The dance of the spiritual warrior


As the days become longer and the sun returns to our skies, what better time to ignite your inner sun.

This week we journey through the solar plexus chakra, our centre of personal power and will. Energetically, it is the fire that fuels our metabolism, and when activated it increases our energy, drive, and sense of purpose.

And really, who couldn’t use some of that?

The solar plexus chakra is where we experience our gut instinct, that inner knowing. Here we tap into the intelligence of the spirit.

From the energy of this chakra emerges the ego, our sense of self-identity. Concerned with assertiveness and personal power, it is easy to see where this chakra can be out of balance. Either in excess feeling a desire for material power and control over people, or deficient in allowing ourselves to be dominated by others.

When the solar plexus chakra is inactive we may feel lethargic, afraid, anxious, or withdrawn. There is a fear of taking risks, confronting people or issues, taking charge, and a lack of energy. An overactive solar plexus may cause us to be overly controlling, domineering, or even a bully.


To dance the solar plexus chakra is to call on the ancient dances of the warrior. In Chakradance, fast, dynamic and vigorous movements of the arms and legs, activate our core and ignite the fire in our belly, fuelling our dance with energy and strength.

Reining all this fiery energy in, movements then become strong, purposeful and clearly defined as our inner warrior emerges triumphant, brave and strong.

The solar plexus Chakradance is an inner journey with the Warrior archetype. What does being a ‘warrior’ mean in our world? Integrity? Standing up for ourselves?

The archetype of the warrior – standing strong in their power – is the vision of the healthy solar plexus chakra. It is not aggressive, but it will not diminish itself either. Pema Chodron talks of the tender-hearted bravery of the spiritual warrior. This warrior has the courage to face themselves in whatever they experience, no matter how afraid or uncomfortable they feel. 

Our fiery natures can get dampened by an excessive need for social conformity and a focus on relating to others. The epidemic of depression and anxiety in modern cultures could reflect a loss of connection to the vital core of spiritual power in the solar plexus chakra.


This chakra is known as Manipura in Sanskrit, which means lustrous gem. Many cultures associate this solar plexus energy with our life force.

Manipura regulates our pranic – or life force – energy throughout our body, controlling our energy balance, vitality and strength. It governs our digestive fires and heat regulation in the body.

Krishnamacharya says that it is the prana that ‘connects everything in and of this universe.’ 

The ‘prana vayus’ are the ‘currents’ or ‘winds’ of the great prana (life force) within us. They are located in different regions of the body according to the direction of flow of that vayu. 

When prana enters the body it is the movement of the vayus that carry it to the different areas of the body so that the energy can be used to maintain the vitality and health of the body.

Prana vayu and apana vayu are like two opposite forces – the in and out breath, respiration and elimination – and it is said that these two forces alone rule the body. 

Samana vayu – is also known as the ‘middle’ breath and balances the energy of prana and apana. Samana governs digestion and the absorption of nutrients, bringing vitality to the pancreas, liver and digestive tract. Samana is the pause between the ‘in’ and ‘out’ breath and resides at the solar plexus.

Samana holds the flame that burns off the toxic residue of bodily functions. Samana has the ability to conjoin prana and apana and push the energy up through sushumna nadi (the central energy channel from which the chakras flow) which increases our pranic capacity and raises our consciousness.

Physically activating the solar plexus chakra promotes these vayus, allowing them to energise and revitalise our bodily systems.


The dance of Manipura begins with a flame, and as the music intensifies, and the fire increased, I found myself dancing like wildfire. I became one with the fire, I was fire, flickering and wild. It felt incredibly liberating and powerful. 

The fire burns away all that is no longer needed, and fuels us energetically to face life with purpose, passion and empowered will.

Dancing the solar plexus chakra was the catalyst for allowing myself to release all the ways I had been disempowered in life. And to step into my authentic power.

Without realising it, we may unconsciously give away our power all the time, in our choice of lifestyle, where we spend our money, the kinds of relationships we are in, what we choose to do with our time.

A balanced solar plexus chakra enables us to move through life with genuine confidence, inner strength and self-esteem.

Our inner warrior emerges when we create space for autonomy, instead of constantly worrying about others, we follow our own inner guidance. In this way, we are more likely to find our true purpose and direction in life and have the courage to pursue our goals.

If we don’t tend to our spirit, and to our life’s passion, if we don’t ignite and tend to our inner fire, part of our self is diminished, we have abandoned ourselves, and the lustrous gem we hold within. 

“Begin by visualising your solar plexus as a beautiful golden jewel, like a yellow diamond shining out.” Natalie Southgate

Join me for the Dance of the Spiritual Warrior – Solar Plexus Chakradance journey this Sunday at Raw Mojo.

Namaste,

Christina at Raw Mojo 


 

 

Experience Freedom – the brand new Chakradance journey

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Would you love to awaken your inner vitality and wellbeing? To feel calm, centred, joyful and free?

Sometimes all you need is a map or a practice to guide you back to your inner sense of authenticity, vibrancy and freedom.

Chakradance is designed to do just that.

Chakradance is a holistic (mind, body, spirit) wellbeing modality – a fusion of ancient wisdoms and modern music. Think of it as a kind of musical sister of yoga, but without the set asanas.

It uses very specific music, created to resonate with each in turn of the 7 major chakras, with free-form movement and mandala art-making at the end of each class, to help integrate whatever has come up for participants in the dance.

I am super-excited to be offering my first cycle of the new Chakradance Freedom series. This is a magnificent new cycle with masterfully composed music designed to resonate to each chakra with beautiful new guided meditations. 

The feedback from participants is that this series is even more powerful and exquisite than ever. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Freedom is an in-depth Chakradance experience.

Over an 8 week cycle, you will experience transformational soul work through your chakra system, which can create shifts in all areas of your life, from love, success and confidence to happiness and inner peace.

Every one of us has seven major chakras and each chakra influences an aspect of our lives – from our instincts, sexuality and personal power through to how we love, communicate, use our intuition and connect to our deepest source of spirituality.

Dance is a powerful way to move and shift our energy, allowing blocks to surface and be healed. Chakradance combines the power of the shamanic dance journey and the wisdom of the chakra system to create a system of soul healing like no other.

This is a deep dive into your energy system, your essence, your spirit. Held in a beautiful sacred space, with a small group, this is an opportunity to journey deep into your innermost self and rediscover your sense of freedom and vitality.


Join me on a brand new Chakradance Journey. Dance your way into your authentic self through your seven chakras.

Meet with seven spirit guides to take you deep on an inner voyage to the seven different landscapes, seven different, inner worlds of your subtle energy body or chakras.

At the base chakra a spirit Elder will guide you in a sacred dance journey to deepen your connection with Mother Earth.

A Divine Goddess will lead you on a sacred water journey diving deep into your sacral chakra.

Entering the Solar Plexus dance, you will meet your Spiritual Warrior who will guide you through a powerful solar fire dance, connecting you with your divine protection, power and inner strength.

Immersing yourself in the delicious, healing energies of the Heart dance, you meet an Angel guide who will guide you on a journey to connect with the deepest yearnings of your soul.

In a sacred cathedral of sound, your Ethereal Being guide will take you on a journey of sound and vibration. You become a clear channel for your soul.

At the peak of a mountain, your Seer guide invites you on an initiation journey, to activate your Third Eye vision, your portal to the insight of spirit.

Finally a Light Being escorts you on a journey to celebrate your soul’s journey, to remember who you truly are and your divine connection with all the other souls on your journey.

In the final week, we integrate all these divine rituals into one dance. You reflect on the divine being that you are. You celebrate all the support from your beautiful spirit guides. You feel the freedom of truly being YOU.

I do hope you will join me on this truly exquisite journey.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

For those of you who are new to Chakradance, there is also an Introductory session on Tuesday 16 May or Thursday 18 May

Session times:

Every Tuesday or Thursday night for 8 weeks from 23 May or 25 May, 7:00-8:30pm
The Chakradance series consists of 8 x 90-minute workshops (a workshop on each of the 7 chakras, and an integration workshop).

This cycle is run over 8 weeks.

Each workshop begins with a white light  moving meditation, then each week a specific Chakradance journey for the chakra in focus, followed by a mandala art exercise, and finally a closing meditation.

This is a deep dive into your energy system, your essence, your spirit. Held in a beautiful sacred space, with a small group, this is an opportunity to journey deep into your innermost self and rediscover your sense of freedom and vitality.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Book here on eventbrite 

***Early bird prices finish on May 7***

Hari Om Tat Sat. Namaste. Blessings.

Christina at Raw Mojo