The Water Element & Yoga
Part of the hand: Little finger
Chakra: Swadhisthana/ Sacral Chakra
Physical Associations: Body fluids, urinary system, wellbeing, reproductive system, sense of taste, sacrum and adrenal glands
Traits: Moving fluidly, adapting to change, moving forwards, letting go, going with the flow
Up to 60% of the body is water. Water is the only element that exists in three states: Liquid, solid and vapour. Water is essential to life and we cannot survive for long without it.
It is vital for the following reasons: It delivers vital nutrients to every cell in the body; it regulates our body temperature by sweating and respiration; it transports carbohydrates and proteins around the body as food is metabolised; it flushes toxins and water from our system; it forms saliva; it lubricates our joints; falls as tears; acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord and helps deliver oxygen to every cell.
Water protects the body from the elements fire and air. When our water element is balanced we connect easily to others, emotionally we feel stable and content, and are able to express ourselves calmly and smoothly.
In yoga we will bring fluidity to our practice, moving with a flow; smoothly, gently, gracefully, softly and effortlessly; fluid, strong, movable, dynamic. Never the same, powerful yet strong.
Swadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra associated with the sacrum and the adrenal glands. The Sacral Chakra helps to create balance and harmony within the central nervous system due to its proximity to the base chakra.
Swadhisthana is connected to the colour orange; bursting with life, a zest for life and energy; so it’s a great centre to focus on if you need an injection of happiness.
Water is the element related to Swadhisthana chakra. So our practice this week is fluid and flowing with movement, grace and softness.
Thanks. Faye x