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MODULE 6: Fifth Chakra (Throat Chakra)

Carol:Hi, this is Carol Tuttle, and I am coming to you from my living room for this part of the presentation. Some travel conflicts of mine kept me from being able to be at the seminar live, but its really important that I talk to you about this Chakra, because this is like my Chakra. This is the Chakra that I shine in, that I have a lot of strength in, and its a big part of my purpose here on the Earth, to use this energy center. The Throat Chakra is the Chakra that were talking about this evening. Its the fifth Chakra, its located here in the center of your throat, it actually connects all other Chakras, in that the energy and information coming from these lower ones and from the higher Chakras all move through this Throat Chakra. This is the expression center, where you learn to express yourself, and the imbalances that can occur with this Chakra, like anything, they go into both extremes, where youve got people that shut down, that dont say anything, that retreat, that are quiet, that kind of remove themselves verbally; and then youve got the other side of the imbalance, which is people who are just talking too much, and theyre not listening. Theyre not ready to hear other people, or take things in, because they are so much thinking about whats their next thought to express. So hopefully, youre going to find yourself somewhere in the middle there. But youll notice that you tend to go toward one or the other, because its unusual that were completely balanced in any one of these energy experiences.

YOUR THROAT CHAKRA DELIVERS YOUR BELIEFS

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The Throat Chakra has been very important for my lifes work in that I do a lot of communicating, and I have the opportunity to communicate a lot of ideas, insights, and principles that come to me and express them to the people who are interested, that Im attracting, that are ready to hear what I have to say, hopefully to benefit their life. You may recall, if youve seen the entire series, or if youve been attending this seminar series, that each of us has one prominent Chakra, energy center. Meaning that is something that gives us a strength, and yet it can also be a weakness for us. The mental, the mind, is a big part of the Throat Chakra, because thats where thought becomes a voice. That your mind forms thought, which then is delivered into expression. So were working both with the mind and the voice, as a team, as a unit. So the Throat Chakra becomes the deliverer or the expressive center of what your thoughts, beliefs, and ideas are. So youre going to have a lot of mental energy around the Throat Chakra as well, being fed from the sixth and seventh Chakra, which are your intuition and your crown, which well talk about those in the next two months. Some of the conflicts that occur for people with the Throat Chakra that close this energy center and make this a struggle is the fear of expressing themselves, feeling judged, feeling that their words are harmful, that if they speak their truth they may do damage to someone else. The other side of it, if theyre too strong in this energy center, they dont come from the heart enough. Theyre too blunt, they do say harsh things that are hurtful to people. Theyre too expressive, maybe saying too much, more than needs to be said. Going on and on, not giving others a chance to talk. And so in this balanced state, the Throat Chakra, what that looks like is youre able to speak your truth comfortably, other are comfortable with you speaking your truth. Youre able to listen and receive the truth and the

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insights and allow others their experience, and youre able to receive that. That doesnt necessarily mean that you agree or support whatever their life experience is, or that you would choose that for yourself, but youre at least able to allow it, and to give that support, that that is that persons choice, and thats their life experience, and youre honoring that. When your Throat Chakra is balanced, you come from your core, from your center, from this willpower center, comes up through your heart, your heart softens that will, which then becomes the expression of you. Thats really important, that thats connected to your willpower, that youre able to express who you are in this world, openly and honestly. Not based on what you think others want you to say, or what others expect of you, but because that is who you are. The authentic expression of yourself. YOUR THROAT CHAKRA AND LISTENING Also, this Throat Chakra, as Ive been talking about, its about listening, being heard, communication, finding your true voice, expressing it. If you have a lot of problems in this area, you may have viral problems, or you get sore throats a lot, anything that the bodys in manifesting in any particular area is the body trying to shift and open up, and cleanse, and become balanced. So you may be holding energy in here, and that energy aggravates those conditions. Maybe youre misusing the energy, its too harsh, so thats the kind of karmic cause and effect playing out for you, that youre going to have some side effects at the physical level for your misuse of this energy. So the Throat Chakra, its really important that youre in integrity with it. The expression of you. Youve heard the expression You walk your talk, but what you express is really what you live. Especially if you work in this arena of healing, the healing arts, any kind of metaphysical type work that you do, thats

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something that I believe God and the universe and those powers greater than ourselves expect, that we walk our talk. Your will, your choices, the cause and effect of your life, do come into harmony with the expression of you. So, those are some good insights about the Throat Chakra. I want to introduce to a few of the therapeutic gemstones that Ive found very valuable to work with this energy center. Most people in todays world need some help with the Throat Chakra. YOUR THROAT CHAKRA HELPS YOU HEAR YOUR INNER VOICE Another valuable insight is to when this energy center is open and in balance, you have a real discernment to know whats your expression, your inner voice, and whats a voice or information coming at you. So you want to really be able to distinguish this. This is me, this is the expression of me, and these are the voices and influences outside of me. Im able to take in and receive whats beneficial to me, and ignore, overlook, just let go of whats not, instead of having to consider everything. So one of the first gemstones I am really fond of that helps you in establishing that sense of your own mind, your own voice, is Sodalite. Blue is the color of the Throat Chakra, so youre going to find these gemstones have blue the gemstones in the blue category are going to work with the mind and the voice. So Sodalites function is, its like a garbage disposal of negative energy in the mind, to clean up negativity in the mental field, so you can clean up what youve put in there, whats been taken on, its not even yours. A lot of mental chatter thats unnecessary. Negative talk with yourself, lots of worry, stressful thoughts, its going to help clean that up. You may even take on negative mental energy of other people. This will help clean it up. Its an absorber of negativity, and it helps purify your own field. So thats huge, in todays world. Theres a lot of negative waste thats coming at us.

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So check out Sodalite for that. Then Lapis is a really vibrant blue. You look at this in real life, and its one of the most vibrant blues that Ive ever seen in a gemstone, and its function is it connects the heart with the mind. Which is really what the Throat Chakra is wanting, to have the heart energy pulled up, swirling up so the expression of you is very heart centered, theres compassion, theres charity, theres a sense of wellness and seeing the bigger picture in the expression of you. YOUR HEART ENERGY IS INFLUENTIAL So you find a lot of people expressing themselves, not having that heart connection - this really plugs that mental and heart energy together so they can work in tandem, so the expression of you is very Christ-like and very powerfully influential. Because people are much more easily influenced when theres heart energy involved, versus just mental logic and mind energy. So Lapis really gives you that connection and plugs those two energies in together. Then one of my favorites is called Angel Fire. This has a little bit of a blue sapphire in it, and this has white coral. What this does is connect you with your higher mind. Where thought begins. I think its called Angel Fire because it connects you with the realm of angels where thought is more pure, so you can become a more pure mind, and eliminate the negativity by connecting with thoughts that are available from a higher source, and let yourself be connected and flowing in those energies because thoughts are swirling all around us. Every thought we think is a creation, so youve got these basically thought energies all over the place that you can be plugging into, and you want to get above the dimension of this world into a more pure energy to pull in the energy to form your thoughts. Angel Fire will help you do that. Then blue sapphire is the gemstone for, this is very small, and theyre very delicate, but it is the gemstone for the Throat Chakra. Wearing this, tensionally, this small little necklace, once put on youll notice that it comes right at the

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throat, and that little sapphire is literally pulled in by the Throat Chakra, and feeds the blue ray into the mind, which helps get rid of just garbage thoughts. We create thought patterns, or habits with our thoughts, youve heard me say, or you may have read in my book that about 80% of the thoughts that you had yesterday, 80 to 90% of the thoughts you had yesterday, youll recreate today. So if you look at that, youve got a 10% window of changing your life on a day to day basis, unless youre intentional and very conscious of that, to choose new thoughts. Wearing the blue sapphire, feeding your mind the blue ray, is going to help you open up to a greater percentage of choosing new thoughts, and thoughts that only serve your highest and greatest good. CHOOSE THE THOUGHTS THAT FEED YOU Becoming a master of your mind and the expression of yourself, I believe is a lifelong process. To become that connected with who you are, and that you can control and choose every thought, is a profound thing, that I believe were capable of, yet it takes a daily dedication to that effort and really working with yourself and whats coming out of you, the expression of you. I believe you can live at that higher level of consciousness, move beyond your feelings of I think we start this work when were feeling a sense of powerlessness and worthlessness. Once we establish that center and connect with our core, and know that we are worthwhile, we know that were loved, that we are children of God, and we have that in place and we have our self-esteem connecting with our core, we move to a higher role with ourselves - what you no longer have to struggle or question your divine worth, your sense of power in this world. You now, knowing that, have a responsibility to use power of the individual to choose thoughts, expression, behavior to represent the person that you know you are, I believe thats a higher calling to come to. That you that and and can

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then refine that, because you will make mistakes, you will goof up, if youre married, I guarantee theres hardly a day that goes by that you may have to be accountable for something thought, said, or a behavior that youve chosen thats not in your best interest, or a true expression of who you know you are now. So these gemstones help you become a master of those thoughts and the expression of those thoughts. EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE Lets go through this clearing script that were going to use with the emotional freedom technique, Im going to review this technique. Its a tapping on accupressure points while youre stating out loud these clearing statements, telling your mind/body energy system and your deeper subconscious mind to release these beliefs, emotions, patterns, that youve been operating in. This is developed for the Throat Chakra. So all the phrases and the references are to some of the most common blocks and issues that we carry in this Chakra. The intention of this clearing will be to help open this energy center, release it, let it go. I mention on the handout that you could just take your fist and rotate right on this energy center, as youre speaking these clearing statements, and thatll help again. You could go backward and unwind it, while youre saying releasing, cant say my truth, afraid to speak up whatever, theyre all on the page here. Ive written a script. But that, going in a backward motion unwinds the energy, take a deep breath, let it out. You can work right on this energy center to clear, but were going to go ahead and use the EFT and the tapping process, and get a little familiar with that. Let me review that with you. Youre going to tap on the pressure points that are on the face and torso, and as best you can, follow along with me, with the working and the tapping. You dont have to stay right with me on the tapping, so if youre on a different point than I am, thats no big deal. Just

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keep moving after three or four or five taps, go to the next position. And youll find, I have information on my website at caroltuttle.com that you can go to the home page, and scroll down, and print out the simple two page instruction sheet for EFT if you need to follow up and get a copy of that. Because its outlined and you then know what you are doing. Its a very simple process. If anything, people tend to complicate it, because it is so simple, theyll think it needs to be a little harder than it is, and remember, simplicity works when it comes to energy. Because intention is what drives any clearing you have a desire to release yourself from these old illusions and patterns that are keeping you stuck. So the tapping points begin with your inside of eyebrow, you can use either hand, either eyebrow, but Im going to use my right hand on my right side. Inside of eyebrow, side of eye, under your eye, under your nose, on your chin, on your collarbone, under your arm, about four inches down under your armpit. Now, I lay on my collarbone here, I have a microphone, you may find me doing it off my body because I dont want to create any unnecessary noise on the mic, but you go ahead and tap right on the body on that collarbone point. Alright, so the script just begins exactly with the releasing, so if youll go ahead and follow along with me, just start tapping right up here, and follow along with me. Releasing fear of having no power or authority. Not speaking up, letting others speak for me. Angry that I cant find the words. Letting others dominate me verbally. What am I afraid of? Pointless to speak. Unheard, communication problems. Releasing patterns from my Throat Chakra that no longer serve me. Fear of words --- I forgot to tell you, go to the top of your head stay with me, fear of words, being misunderstood, afraid to say no. Fear of speaking honestly, dont want to hear it. Release it from every cell, let it go, releasing, arguing, afraid to argue, dont want to hear it, conflict, debates, shutting down. Not being able to discern between inner voice and

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outside forces, too many voices. Rage and anger caught in the throat. Holding back of energy, irritation, giving my power away to avoid conflict, unexpressed feelings, intense frustration, choking on my words, letting go of blocking my voice, unable to swallow my reality, expressing yourself is unacceptable. Shame and guilt, sensing the unspoken, recreating the dysfunctional communication in the family, the patterns of my family. Let it go. Out of balance, no will, no center. Dont know my truth, cant speak my voice, too big a risk. Old tapes, holding back. Anxiety attacks, letting go of the lies and illusions Ive been telling myself. Let it go. Release it, once and for all. Release it from every cell in the body. Let it go. Take three deep breaths. And on that last one, pull that energy all the way up from your feet, big breath, full body breathe, drop your body like a rag doll, let it go, imagine your energy just flowing off you. Youre letting go of all these old ideas, these old patterns with your voice, with your ideas and beliefs. Letting every energy center open up and clear. Okay, now that weve done the release statements, you always want to anchor in the new positive belief by doing reframes. Again, you can take your fist and rotate in a clockwise direction, while repeating these positive statements. These are all I am statements, theyre a declaration of your truth. As youre repeating them and working right on the energy center, thats coming alive. The energy holds that truth. What it is doing, is giving it permission to get turned on, open up, realize the truth of who you are, so you can experience the expression of that truth. Were going to go ahead and use the EFT, tapping on those same points, as we repeat the I AM statements. So were going to anchor that in to the mind and body, as we say these. Your system, your mind/body energy system, your physical body, all aspects of who you are hold true. Were just

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helping the whole system remember and recognize, and activate that truth. Truth is held within you, you dont have to go looking out in your world for truth. What youre looking for is something to recognize the truth that you already carry. When you do, those light switches get turned on, and you make a shift. This is very powerful to work with your Chakras, to do this work on a several days a week basis. PRAYER FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA Thank you, God, I am the authority in my world. I am speaking my truth and supported by others. I am powerful and safe within my family. I am power of choice. I am the creator of my life. I am personal authority. I am centered. I make wise choices and decisions. Im allowing others their opinions and choices, and I am allowing mine. I am honored, letting it in, opening the Throat Chakra. I am open to hearing. I speak with clarity and kindness. I am important, what I have to say is important. Im allowing others to speak their truths, I am supported in speaking my truth. I am discernment. My words are supported by love and joy. I exist. I am deserving. I am my spiritual self. My choices about life serve my highest good. Thank you God, I am creating speech that reflects my loving thoughts. Im openly expressing myself. I am always saying the right thing in the right way. I am vocalizing my feelings. I am safe expressing my inner emotions. Im able to swallow my reality. I am understanding whats going on. Im comfortable with what comes out of my mouth. I am choosing my words with discernment. Great. Now take a deep breath, full body, breathe that into every cell. You can even tap all over your body, turning the truth on. You can thank your Throat Chakra, thanking it for opening up, being more expressive. The fifth Chakra. Say I am grateful for a clear, balanced fifth Chakra. You know you can do that any time of day. Just put your hand up

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here, you can be sitting anywhere. unusual.

That doesnt look too

Just, in your mind, say I am grateful for a clear, open, balanced Throat Chakra. Especially if youre in a situation where youre starting to shut down, things starting to clamp down, and you dont feel you can speak up, you want to put your hand there and give permission, validate. You have a right to speak. Maybe you dont even want to speak, but you want to know you have the choice. CHOOSE TO SPEAK You know, some people are just less expressive. But if they feel like they dont have the choice to speak, then theres going to be a sense of victimization and blocked energy and a sense of powerlessness. So its not even necessarily about having to say anything, its knowing you always have the choice to say something, and to feel the freedom in that choice. And in that choice, you may choose to only say it to yourself. You can say a lot of things without ever putting them into verbal expression. In fact, next time you want to come back at your husband, or a childchoose to not, and express yourself, you still feel like you need to say something, then do it non-verbally. Send it out as a thought. You get a lot more accomplished sometimes by doing that than to verbalize, get people on the defense, and get into a whole pattern of conflict. So youre able we are meant to be expressive and sound coming out of our mouths, yet how much expression are you offering that doesnt need to be a sound out of your mouth? You can be expressive through thought and intention, quietly, silently, and be very, very powerful. So know that you always have a choice to speak, so sometimes you may choose not to, but in that knowing, and giving yourself the choice, this energy center stays open and clear.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES If you really need some assistance with this particular Chakra, two audio programs that I recommend that Ive produced, the Powerful Affirmations to Change Your Life Now, thats all about positive affirmations, the expression of your truth. Theyre very theres probably eight, nine different life categories that Ive created affirmations for. Its an hour long audio CD, very powerful, helps really get the words in there. Ive worked with many clients that just cant find the words. They so much want to express themselves, but they lack the forming of the words into sentences, so that particular audio CD is going to give you the statements to help form the words in your mind that become your expression. And then Clear Your Childhood Issues, thats recommended for any of the Chakras. This particularly, because that was your parents job; around your five to six years old and then up through your teens, that particular time span, Id say three to six, when you started becoming more verbal, and actual sentences and the actual expression of yourself, and then into your teens, your young adult and teenage years, critical, critical times for you to be validated. We appreciate what you have to say. We may not agree with it, but you have a right to speak your own mind, to say how you feel about things, to be taught how to come from your heart and the expression of yourself. Typically, there are family themes with the Throat Chakra. What I mean by that is you may come from a family where the Throat Chakra is just not being used. That may look like everything is always just fine. Theres no real expression of emotion and life situations, being able to talk about them and work them out. Everythings always just fine. Then theres the other side of it, where theres constant quarreling, yelling, arguing, where the Throat Chakra is being used to just be real harsh. So your childhood is the time in which you were meant to just activate this energy center and know how to use it in

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your best interest and the interest of others. So you can always go back through meditation and guided imagery, go back to that child self, and activate that Throat Chakra, in your five year old, in your twelve year old, in your sixteen year old you know, imagine yourself in those age groups, bring them into the light, and put a big ole blue light right in their throat. Just give them that energy, and say You have a right to express yourself, we love hearing from you, we love your ideas, we validate you, we are going to disagree at times, and you are still loved and accepted. Those are the things that you really needed to hear, that you most likely didnt hear enough of. Anyway, thats my experience with the Throat Chakra, its very powerful in todays world. God wants to use us as instruments to help guide others to remember their truth. To be able to teach people to come home to their truth, to live their life more consciously. To live with intention and integrity so that we are people who walk our talk and that we resemble who God created us to be in the fullness of ourselves. So thanks for being a part of this series, its a fabulous program. We hope youll benefit from it, but really encourage you to do the whole program. Your life will change as a result, I guarantee it. So thanks for joining me tonight. POEM FOR THE HEART CHAKRA Syl: Tonight Im going to begin with a poem. You can find this at davidwhyte.com hes a wonderful, wonderful poet. And it is called Revelation Must be Terrible.
Revelation must be terrible with no time left to say goodbye. Imagine that moment staring at the still waters with only the brief tremor

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of your body to say you are leaving everything and everyone you know behind. Being far from home is hard, but you know, at least we are exiled together. When you open your eyes to the world you are on your own for the first time. No one is even interested in saving you now and the world steps in to test the calm fluidity of your body from moment to moment as if it believed you could join its vibrant dance of fire and calmness and final stillness. As if you were meant to be exactly where you are, as if like the dark branch of a desert river you could flow on without a speck of guilt and everything everywhere would still be just as it should be. As if your place in the world mattered and the world could neither speak nor hear the fullness of its own bitter and beautiful cry without the deep well of your body resonating in the echo. Knowing that it takes only that one, terrible word to make the circle complete, revelation must be terrible knowing you can never hide your voice again.

I think weve all kind of experienced that, when you have the heart pounding, and you know youve got to get up, and speak. Whether that be off the couch, or the pew at church or whatever, its just like oooh, I see dead people. Ive got to get up. Ive got to get up and talk, or you have to say something that is true, that is true from your heart.

WE BUILD OUR LIVES ON OUR CHAKRAS

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Thats why these Chakras are so amazing, the system of the Chakras - it really is the base. You deal with the root, and then you move on to that instinctual creativity and then the power of the ego and then the heart. The heart cant open when the ego is shining forth to an extent, you really cant speak from the heart. And when the heart is opened and we have moved kind of through that center, then you can speak with a clear voice, and you speak what is true from your heart. Theres a huge difference. You always know when someone is talking from their ego. So that is my hope tonight, that you wont interpret anything I say as coming from my ego.

THROAT CHAKRA PRACTICES Tonight Im going to share a couple of experiences with you that are fairly personal experiences that have to do with, actually, this series that were doing. I would hope that you would be able to take from that experience some sort of metaphor that will help you in other areas of your own life. Amazing, just wild Chakra things are going on. Its like Carol said, you know, you start working on the Chakras, and theyll start working on you. Thats for sure. The fifth Chakra, vishudda. This is the vishudda Chakra. The color is shades of azure, or bright blue. Its at the throat. Weve talked about that a little bit. Just take your finger, and just press in, straight in on that jugular notch. Right there. And this is a very amazing place on the body. When you press in, nice and firm on that, what emotions arise? Anybody want to share? Panic, and its amazing how many of us are walking around choking. I loved what she put in her clearing script, my choking on my words. Am I able to swallow my truth? Im tired of swallowing my truth. And when you lie, which is the inhibitor of this Chakra, your throat actually tightens when you lie.

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I had the biggest problem with Santa. I remember I broke down, and I went the Santa route, but man, he wears a red suit and he comes down the chimney you know, it was so brutal. Were dealing with that as best we can, but just clear that throat. Take a deep breath in. Out the mouth. Swallow okay. Try another deep breath in. How about again, just like for real. (loud exhale) A couple of times a day, when no one is watching, its really therapeutic. To really let that tension roll out from the throat center. Thank you, Jackie. The jaw, the neck, the shoulders, are Throat Chakra. Your ears, from about hear down, hearing, just enough to hear through. Because that s also the Throat Chakra. Sound, is the element of this Chakra. Its at the thyroid, the parathyroid, the glands, there. Fruits are the food of this Chakra. The sense of hearing is the sense for this body Chakra. Hammmmm is the seed sound. If you want to chant hmmmm. Well finish with a little chant there. Turquoise and aquamarine are actually the traditional gemstones of the Throat Chakra. Gemospheres does offer aquamarine, and Im wearing it tonight, and I think its done the most for me. Of all the gemstones Ive tried for my specific issues of throat. Frankincense is the aromatherapy. The frankincense that I have here tonight comes from Oman. Oman is where frankincense its like the home of frankincense. When the wise man took it to the baby Jesus, they got it from Oman. Thats the place it came from. Its kind of the ancestral home of that essence, that oil. Lies inhibit this place. It has to do with communication and creativity, and its different from the creative center. The creative center, or the second Chakra, is instinctual creativity. You dont have to do anything once you conceive, for the baby to grow. You know, its instinctual. Its what you do, sort of off the cuff. Conscious creativity is different. Conscious creativity is thoughtful and a process of unwinding and uncovering and brings you into that. When, continuing on, vibration and
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resonance, and that really, the world exists on levels of vibration. Its just the atom moving, within the space, that creates existence. I speak is the verb to speak, and the well sing. So that give you just a brief overview of that Chakra. Some things that you can do the teeth, the tongue, the lips, the earlobes, the inner ears, the throat, and the neck. I always know, when Im doing a Thai massage, when I get to the jaw, its so tight. How tight is your jaw? Really great Throat Chakra release is just (camera notwithstanding) to just open your mouth as wide as you can, and release it. That will release those muscles. Thats why yawning is so relaxing, because -- all I have to do is mention it, and look how many of you are yawning. Its a release, and it releases all the way down the throat, and most of us have these little guardians. Theyre called these little muscles right here. We dont really connect with our guardian angels enough, so we create them ourselves, this tension in our shoulders, to protect our throat. To protect that expression. The tightest jaw I have ever felt in Thai yoga therapy has been a hairdresser, who had to sit and listen to people talk every day, and go Oh, yeah. Shes nuts click click, click, click. You know. It was amazing, how tight her poor little jaw was. I could tell she just could not share her truth. I like my hair with a streak of electric blue, and shave it short on this side and long on this side. And shes Okay, yeah, it looks great. So you know, that whole thing, the jaw.

LIES INHIBIT YOUR THROAT CHAKRA Lies inhibit the fifth Chakra. When you lie, theres a tendency to raise the voice, as though that will make it more real, to talk really loud. And also theres a tightening, a physical tightening in the throat, when you lie. When you were telling your mom where youd been, theres a tendency to need to swallow. To release that tightness in the throat.

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And we basically are raised with the different variations of lying. Theres white lies, and whatever. But all really inhibit that fifth Chakra. Anything that isnt true. Thats why one of the most healing things is actually to say out loud what happened. When Steven Spielberg had done Schindlers List, he did a really beautiful documentary after that, where he had people come in and tell their experience. And they said the most powerful part of that was saying it, in German, in their own language. They had been here in the United States, and these are people who have their serial number burnt into their arms. You know. To speak their truth, in their native tongue, there were many really powerful experiences, its just an amazing documentary.

SOMATIC BALANCING FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA Somatic balancing for the fifth Chakra, ohm seven times, and feel the resonance of ohm. Hum is the seed sound of this Chakra. Message in a bottle, letter writing, thats fifth Chakra. So writing a letter, whether you mail it or not, is up to you, but actually writing a letter, send it down the river, do whatever you need to do. Read out loud, and be read to. Its wonderfully soothing, for that center. Listen with the intent to understand. In the fifth Chakra, we not only have sound and resonance, for me to speak and for you to hear, or vice versa, but we have the space. If you tried to hear music that didnt have any space between the notes, it would eventually become white noise and you wouldnt hear anything. So the pause is actually a fifth Chakra thing - the quieting and the not speaking. Awe out your day, like we did, as many times as you need to. Sometimes it takes a lot, a lot of awes to clear it all out. But that will clear out tension in the Throat Chakra. Inner child dialogue, you know, I resisted that for a long time. But I had to do it eventually. And it was interesting, what came out of me. Palm to ear press, Ill just demonstrate it real quick. You can go ahead and join me.

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As you put your palms to your ear, youll hear your own inner vibration. Youll hear ohm, really. I get chided for this one a lot, but Zen vacuuming. How many of you have done that? Am I the only one, who harmonizes with the vacuum? I think Im the only one. Okay, Im getting some shaking heads. Im very strange, I already know that. Youre not telling me anything new. Neck rolls what we started with, the rolling of the neck. Oh, theres a knot right there. Ah, really releasing, do both directions. Silence practice. How long do you want to go, being silent? Play with that a little bit. Where you actually take time for silence, and that space between the two notes in your life. Its really wonderful when I do go to these trainings, usually its at the White Lotus foundation, Ill just I wont say much. I just kind of like to sit in the background and listen to other peoples conversations and its very therapeutic to just listen, and love within yourself. Jalandhara Bhanda, which is a body lock. It is done at the retention of the breath. I have a CD, they are back here and Im going to go into that story in a minute, in the back room. But I teach the body locks and the pranayama, the breath practice there, and its a there are nine different types of breath. They will balance your brain chemistry, its just really soothing. Its probably been one of the most healing things Ive come across in my life. Its through yoga, its part of yoga, but anyone can do it. Someone whos thinking Im just not going to go do yoga, no matter what, the breath work is something you can sit and do. And if you have an interest in yoga, but dont really feel like you could do or join in a class, on the back there, theres a little flyer or signup, Im giving a yoga basic workshop. I teach it once a year, and thats in July, in a couple of weeks, and its for very, very basic yoga. We dont try to get you into any really funky postures, theres no like competition. Its for we use a lot of the bolsters, a lot of the restorative, what can you do at home, to open up. Hang this way, take a door frame, hang this way. All sorts of different things like that, in a booklet, that

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you can leave with, to help you begin your own at home practice. Well talk a little bit about meditation there too.

ETHEREAL BALANCING FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA Ethereal balancing for the fifth Chakra, how challenging is it to hear the truth spoken of you? Does anybody do Zen vacuuming? (laughter) How challenging is it for you to speak your truth to others? thats okay... (growling) you know. How challenging is it for you to speak in public? How challenging is it for you to speak one on one? Theres both sides of the same coin. Does your voice seem necessary? Do you feel people hear you when you speak? How challenging is it for you to communicate your ideas clearly? In what ways do you cultivate your own creativity on a conscious level? To have an open and clear second Chakra is to live creatively. At one point during my marriage, while my sons father and I were driving down the street and we saw this kid walking across the crosswalk. It was a girl, and her head was shaved all the way around, and she had the hair on the top with the ponytail back, and she had rings all over the place, and it was interesting. I turned to him, and I said, What are you going to do if and Tommy was three months at the time, and I said What are you going to do if Tommy at some point looks like that? and he just, without looking at me, said Take a picture. How can you live creatively? When listening back to others, mirror back what they say, and see how well youre connecting with what they say to you. A lot of times this is done in the heat of the moment, in an argument. You just said.. No I didnt, I just said.. You know, and back and forth. The Throat Chakra, most of us live in work environments that are fairly noisy. The noise levels in most industrial work environments are far and away beyond what our ears can really handle. Freeway noise is above and beyond anything our ears were meant to deal with. When you are exposed to that for two weeks at a time, it takes you four months for your blood
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pressure to return to where it was, before you started with exposure to that kind of noise. So taking time for silence, to cover your ears, to hold quietly, things like that are really healing for the body. Things that you resonate with. Dont have to be sound related, but you know, youll have somebody that its like I like that person. Theres a resonance there. Or like I like this.. clair. We resonate with each other. Okay.

YOUR THROAT CHAKRA AND SECRETS So, Alice Miller has a really wonderful book, called For Your Own Good, it talks about how to raise children in love, and how we kind of get out of train with that, but she has a wonderful quote. She says, hold on, let me see if I can find it here. Its wonderful, so Id really like to read it verbatim. Okay. Someone who is not allowed to be aware of what was being done to them has no way of telling except to repeat it. Secrets. You know, when youre told to keep a secret, when youre a child, and you dont have the ability to really understand what is either happening to you, or in an experience that youre witnessing, then you dont understand how to ever express it, unless its repeated. Thats why, in cycles of abuse, it goes generationally. So to be able to actually speak your truth, is what is so freeing about that. It really is true, that the truth will set you free. Once its spoken out loud, theres a validity to it. Once its in the written word, theres more to it than that, which also lets us take a more sacred look at ourselves and what were expressing, both verbally and in writing.

THE CHAKRAS AS MANIFESTORS Whats been going on with me in this Chakra series has just been very unique, and I think some of you have come up

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and expressed similar experiences. Not exact experiences, but similar resonance, with what Im talking about. We started this, Carol approached me, asked me, Would you be willing to do this? I teach a yoga series once a year, on the Chakras, where we spend an hour of discussion and an hour of yoga, and how to physically open up the body to these centers. And I teach it at Christmas time, its a holiday series. And its always intense for me. Im always kind of glad when its over, because its way intense. So when she said would you do this for a year, I really thought, because I knew the commitment that would take, physically and emotionally. So we go to do the root Chakra, and at the root Chakra, the place where I work during the day is a bank, and it was robbed. So talk about grounding and survival mode, there is was. Robbed ski masks, sawed off shotguns, people face down. It was total Root Chakra. Second Chakra is the sexuality center, and I just said to her, I dont know if I can go any further. If it was robbery in the first, I dont want to go to the second Chakra. And so in the second Chakra, its instinctual creativity. And as I was thinking about this, and what I could offer people, healing wise, that they could take from this, to have something to take with them, from this, that would hopefully be a healing, and enlightening, lifting thing. I thought You know, I have been using these essential oils...Ill offer the oils. Im not an essential oil person, I dont do it to make money. You cant make money on the types of essential oils that I sell. Theyre out of price range if I tried to double my money. So I thought, Well, Ill include the oils, that will be great. And I thought Were going to be talking a lot about breath work. It would be really nice, Ive always wanted to have someone sit down and talk me through the breathes, Ill do maybe a CD about the breath, and maybe Ill put these guided meditations that are new book on tape, so people can take them and listen to them. So I called this guy, he says Yeah, yeah, yeah, come on over, lets do it. So I sat down to do it, and we hashed it out, and it took like five days. There was no script, there was no nothing, and I said Id like to have some

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background music, and he said Sure, sure, I do it all the time. Let me get permissions, you just pick some CDs you like. So I picked some nice soothing music to put in the background of all this, and it sounded really good. I was really glad, I enjoyed the creative process. A few weeks later I called the companies to say Id like something in writing, youve given so and so permission, Ive done this work. None of them had given him permission, and I paid him a fairly large amount of money, large for me. So after all of the second Chakra, I really did get taken a little bit. Really interesting. And then the solar plexus, when we moved on to the power center, I had some definite things happen. Long story that I wont go into, but experience this where I felt like my power center had this little balloon that just popped. And the Heart Chakra as well. As I went into the heart, to give that that night, on the heart, it was like trying to remain open to my heart. I knew I had to forgive this person, for this issue with these CDs. So any of you who had bought those CDs, if you would bring them back to me, I will replace them with something better. Thats what the Throat Chakra will tell you in just a second. But the Heart Chakra, I let it go. I basically sort of forgave the process, and really felt an opening to what I truly wanted to express, and just kind of got out of the way of myself. And I was doing these yoga DVDs that I have now filmed, and it was a really amazing experience, because I was kind of going to set out the dialogue for these DVDs, and finding a place and finding the right kind of people to help me with the process.

SUCCESS CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT THAN FAILURE It was really interesting. I had a friend, I said it was White Mountain Yoga, it would be nice to film it at a cabin, and I shared with them the experience of my dream the night before. And then going up to this cabin thats up above Sundance, and its hand hewn wood, it took them seven years to build, it was $7 million. Seven years, $7 million,

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seven Chakras, and I go around and what the day before the shoot, I just went up there. So Im up there, and you can hear a hawk screech in the background, just the birds, and the sound of the water, and the wind. It was just amazing, and as Im rounding the corner, I see the cornerstone to this cabin. Like you drive up to it, and theyve got a woodland scene carved in half the cabin that James Christianson designed. You know, whatever. Amazing. It worked for yoga. Im sure that s why it was built. But I saw the cornerstone to it, and its this big iron piece. Its like okay and its got a half sun on it and it says The Seven Sons Lodge. Im just like Chakras. Wow. Blew me away. Freaked me out. I didnt want to go any further. It scared me to death. It was really scary. When things line up for you, its terrifying. Like the poem, Revelation Must Be Terrible. And a lot of times success is more difficult than failure. Were used to this lower area, and this is what Carol has hit on with her book. You dont have to suffer. Thats terrifying, that I dont have to suffer. That I can actually live from an open heart and an open voice. So as I went through this process, it was really amazing. I sat down to write the purl logs, just like I did her. First Chakra, red, route, earth, blah blah blah blah blah. What came out of me was beyond me. It wasnt that at all. It was something totally different, and it was terrifying. It was like being at the burning bush for like five days. It wore me out. And it was conscious creativity. It was knowing that I could never hide my voice again. As I was discovering this, the important of going from the root, and what happens there, and discussing it, and then the next center and the next center and the next center. I got to the Throat Chakra, and visshuda is the name of the Throat Chakra. Thats the traditional Sanskrit name, and it means purification. Because this is sort of the bottle neck of the body, and here is divinity, inside the divine consciousness.

THE THROAT CHAKRA AND PURIFICATION

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And the throat is where you purify yourself, before entering the presence of God. That truth is within every religion. Youre going to find these cleansing practices, and its within the Chakras as well. You have this feminine energy that moves up, Shakti. and she is mother nature, baby. She is all of it. Destruction and creation and the whole thing, just wild manifestation without consciousness. And Shiva resides at the crown, and that is consciousness without manifestation. So theres this sort of intersection, this female that rises up and connects with the divine. As Im writing these purl logs, it occurs to me that Ive gotten to the top, but I was visiting with a friend of mine who was giving me some advice on this singing for another thing Ill tell you about in a second. But when we got to the crown, it was like you cant end a song like (holding a note) and then end. You need that return. And once Shakti unites with Shiva, then you have enlightenment. And all of that divinity can come down to each center and take care of everything it couldnt do itself, which is grace. Its like this most amazing process of life, through these Chakra centers. So Im having this really incredible experience with the Throat Chakra, this last month. This has all happened in the last month. So Im kind of going to do the voice over for the Heart Chakra with Perry, and I told him about my experience being taken at the second Chakra, by this person. It just so happens he knew someone very well, really personally, who happened to compose music. As hes composing this music, I say You know, each Chakra has a seed sound. How would you feel I dont read music, I dont understanda,b,c,d,e,f,g I think, I dont understand much other than that. I havent ever really sung. But through my own healing process, interestingly enough, when I jot, doodle, when youre on the phone, I would write sing, sing, sing Its been 15 or 20 years that Ive done that. Just sing, sing, sing, I dont know why. I should be writing what I hope my new married name to be someday, or something. You know, I dont know. But those words would just sing, sing, sing, and I never really understood it, until this month. So at the throat is where you have the conscious creativity. I say to him what if you know,

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just, if he knew someone that could record me just going in and chanting the seed sound for each Chakra, and the studies Ive done on sound as healing have been amazing whats going on, in the medical community with healing.

CHAKRAS AND HEALING Harvard and Columbia have both done studies on healing for cancer, for rheumatoid arthritis, for different things, and theyre finding that different notes resonate with different diseases. And there are specific notes for the Chakras, starting with whatever, it starts, with abc, I guess. It starts with c, okay. C D E F A B Okay. and each Chakra has a complement note, that is five above, or five on. So if you get up here, you go one, two, three, four, five. Okay. So interestingly enough, the crown Chakra resonating note is the heart. So Im learning all this amazing stuff about sound, resonance, all of those different things. Really unusual. And weve come up with basically this background music for these guided meditations. I thought, when we listened to it, it was just like when I finished the recording the, just the lam, you know, vam, ram, ham. I had just come from a meeting with the Board of Directors of the bank, and my solar plexus was completely blown out. And I was chanting, you know, lammmmm...for the root, and then vammmm, and then when he called me he said You know, your ram is a little short, and you got to the ram, the third Chakra, and it was like rom. I was like totally blown out. So these chants, making a sound come out of you, can connect you with whats going on in your Chakras. Which ones are easier and which ones arent. So afterwards, wed finished, and I said What if I do just, its something thats really sacred to me. Its something I do on my own. Some chants. And basically, Chakra chants are God God God, Love Love Love. thats basically the general idea of any kind of chants you hear, as far as yoga goes. If you go to a kirtan and people are sitting there and theyre singing and theyre doing this thats basically what theyre

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saying. And theres one that I do to praise, thats a praise for God, thats called Sri Ram Jai Ram, and another one that is a call to God, its a supplication, and its Om namah shivaya and that is Om, the name of shiva. So its like a calling to God. And so Im telling Perry kind of what I want to have happen in these, and hes just really talented, amazing thing that he came up with. I am offering this CD with just the music too, because you can put it in and you can lay back and you can feel that resonance. So you can get the Throat Chakra resonance in the root or in the creative center or in the solar plexus. The whole process has been totally conscious and creative and terrifying, and totally natural too, which is really interesting. So when we speak from our throat, we start to live more creatively. Its more than scrapbookings great, but Im talking about live creatively.

SPEAK / SING / CHANT YOUR TRUTH AND HEAL YOUR THROAT CHAKRA Doing things different or seeing things different than youve seen them before, its kind of the work of the Throat Chakra, and speaking truth is probably the biggest freer of the throat. How good does it kids? Theyre awesome. Hi, how are you today? Dont you wish you could do that? So what do you do to kind of heal or clear the throat? The hum chant is wonderful for throat clearing. And how are we doing on time? Okay. Great. Basically, what youre doing with this chanting, so you can use these throat chants to tune into your root, if you have deep grounding issues. Or sexual center, instinctual creativity. Healing that place, healing the distortions of the second Chakra. I talk a lot about in the guided imagery mediations of the Chakra, where Im basically sort of guiding you through a relaxation and a balancing of these points in the body. What is going on is called sonic entrainment, and there is a really great book called Sound as Healing and its by
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Mitchell Gainer, and Ill just read The process by which the powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object are projected upon a second object with a similar frequency thereby causing that object to vibrate in resonance with the first object. Theyre finding peoples blood pressure lowers, people who suffer from high blood pressure, if they put in the right music, the heartbeat actually resonates with the beat of the song. Interestingly enough. And in terms of sound resonance, in terms of sound and healing, waves may entrain the human organism, causing us to vibrate in resonance with those waves in a variety of interconnected ways. On one level, so called sonic entrainment may alter our energetic states of being, leading to psychological transformation, often very subtle, but over time, its very powerful. On another level, sonic entrainment can affect us emotionally, which can thus influence us on a cellular level. Numerous studies have shown the degree to which stress, pessimism, and feelings of hopelessness depress every aspect of our immune system. The Throat Chakra exists in a way that sometimes we live as though we have a noose around our neck. And to speak freely will loosen that. Through the process of entrainment, you can transform the negative and repressed emotions into a state of psychological equanimity that directs an immediate effect on our physiology. If I talk to you like this, you will relax, you will start to yawn, and eventually you will all be asleep, and I will be up here talking like this. But if you talk to someone whos like (annoying noises) youre like Hi, Im feeling good too you really get that resonance. A lot of times, you know if youre in kind of an area with someone who is maybe of a lower vibration, because the vibration actually comes out through the voice. Im not talking about volume, or pitch even. Sonic entrainment can restore harmony between our innermost selves, our essence and the universe, thus reawakening our spiritual consciousness. Its a really interesting book, and he discusses these seed sounds that are on this CD. What Im going to have us do

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right now, if youd just like to sit up nice and straight, were going to do just a little uji breathing. and this is a breath, really from the Throat Chakra. Uji, we talked about at the very first introduction of the series. Its a fairly simple breath. Theres a sound with this breath, similar to the sound of the waves of the ocean. Its done by touching the tip of the tongue just behind the two front teeth. Like that. The lips close, but the tongue just lightly touches. And it relaxes, youll notice its spread, kind of against the sides of the bottom teeth, okay? Now, back to the open mouth, you make the sound that you would make by fogging up sunglasses, and then an inhale. So its like a whisper. So it is like that too. I go for the ocean. But if you hold your hand in front of your face and do that, feel the heat? it comes out on the hand. With the lips closed, youre creating that warming within your own body. So in the middle of the night, when I wake up, and Im cold and Im too tired to go get another cover, Ill just do like three minutes of uji, and Ill wake up the next morning in the same position I was when I fell asleep.

OPENING YOUR THROAT CHAKRA Its really soothing. Its great for insomnia, but its also an energizing breath. So when you start practicing uji, I go into a lot of detail on that pranayama Cd, about how to do it, as well as others. But when you start, you want to do it probably mid day until you know how it affects you. Because once you become sort of adept at the pranayama practice, you can use it to either relax or energize yourself. Its really amazing, and it opens up all the energetic channels in the body. So deep breath in same on the inhale. And you want to think about the air, ideally, it wont really, but metaphorically coming in and out through the jugular notch. So think about breathing from here. Really soothing. To further open up the Throat Chakra, we can do some shoulder work. I can show you some things you can do at home, that are Thai yoga therapy, if youve got a partner. Or theres a sign up sheet. I have availability in week three and four of July, if anyones interested in a session. But Throat Chakra issues. Anybody in here have

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real specific Throat Chakra issues that would be willing to come up and let me work on your shoulders? Okay come on up. Just sit on the end of the bolster, just with your legs crossed, if thats feasible for you. Okay. Just so youre nice and comfy. With the Throat Chakra, we hold a tremendous amount of tension right here and right here. Okay? So you want to lift through the heart, because were going in through the throat. Palms of the hands on those little knots, and then as you exhale, you want to keep the heart lifted. Deep breathe in, and exhale. We spend about twenty minutes on the shoulders and neck, in the Thai yoga sessions. Deep breath in again, so you basically just spreading the shoulders. Where do you feel that to? On your head? Can you feel it up on your head? the throat and the heart are connected, baby, well just put it that way. To deepen, a little bit deeper, a nice deep breath. If you want to, tell me to stop. Keep the heart lifted, deep breath. Gentle pressure with the exhale. Another deep breath. So you can really release a lot.

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THROAT CHAKRA YOGA GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE

One of the variation of headstands for the throat chakra - for intermediate or advance yogis

And then a great one is to extend the neck, come back to center, lift the back of the head, lift the heart, just a little lift right through there. Im going to guide the head to one side, deep breath in. Again. and it just takes that muscle and it says stop it some more deep breath. Tight shoulders are actually a Throat Chakra issue, as much as a heart. Tight shoulders this way, which is where I am, is really closing in and protecting that heart area. Up here, its the throat. Because this muscle here connects right up into the jaw. So opposite side and over. Just a nice little release. Just like that, just nice pressure there. Now go ahead, and lace the hands behind the head. This is a throat and a heart opener. So Im putting my foot just at the base of her spine. My knee, in fact, why dont we have you turn around this way? So my foot is at the base of her spine, my knee is right next to her scapula. Deep breath in.

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Just like that, and then we switch sides. Sorry, I know my back is to the camera, forgive me. Okay, so working on the shoulders, tight shoulders, can be not speaking your own truth, or holding someone elses lies, within your body. Thank you. Do you mind holding the mike while I work on her? For the Thai yoga therapy on this, basically drawing the shoulders down and away, again. Stop it some more, she said it. Extra points. To open up this back side of the body, these upper shoulders and right behind the heart, will actually connect through the throat. So its all connected there. Not only energetically, but physically. So to open up the shoulders, top right there hold on to my arm. All I sort of do is work the tricep, and just take my elbow, deep breath in, a little bit of pressure. Again. And then swing it around behind you. Thai yoga is the most bizarre thing to watch, but its actually one of the most natural ways to move the body. Its just very organic. Everything moves connected to everything else. And then I take my thumb right underneath her scapula, and just press in at the back of her scapula. and I just basically push my thumb up under her scapula, so it releases this muscle right here, that comes right up to here, to the speech. Okay, let me do the other side. So just holding on to my forearm there. Just press in with the elbow, just naturally opens things up again. One of my yogis said to me, Thai yoga, I see myself in 3D in Thai yoga therapy. You know we never see ourselves. Its always in a mirror, a reflection. When you get into your body in these various levels, its really amazing what you see in yourself. Deep breath in, thumb just goes in as the shoulder goes back. And thats actually connecting speech, heart, speech. Go ahead and lay back, and this is something anyone can do, as long as youve got a partner. Go ahead and extend your legs back, and Ill try not to push myself off the end. So you can release pretty much all the Chakras sorry Perry by just taking the ankles. You can give me the weight of

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your legs. And its not you specifically. Its like every single person I work on, I lift the legs, and some people I could remove my hands, and it would stay right there. Deep breath in, exhale, and I just pull back. Thatll release all the way up the back to the top of the head. And all that does is it takes her whole body, but specifically her neck. When we lay, we lay like this. It takes the neck, and it goes whoo, and just aligns the back of the head. One foot, one shoulder, other side, and then I just hold the base of her skull. So if you were to take your hands and just go like this, youd feel it. Right there. Its actually part of the Throat Chakra/third eye region. As she exhales, I push down with my feet and I pull up with my hands. Some gentle pressure again. Sorry. Its just fabulous. The whole process last two hours, so we start from the toes and go all the way to the head, but its amazing. It is from a Chakra perspective. It balances your Chakras. Now, you can just lay there if youre tired, and you just want to stay there. Were just going to finish tonight, Tom how am I on time? Okay. Were just going to finish tonight, Ill share with you a little off of this CD that Ive explained about tonight. I just called it Chakra Resonance, because I couldnt think of a fancy, sort of pseudo name, but basically its just a resonating with the Chakras. Since were on the throat tonight, I was just going to play the through for you, okay? And then maybe well do a few hammms ourselves. If you feel comfortable enough to hamm along. I would suggest that you kind of do it out loud with the music, if you feel comfortable. Not required. The space between two notes is what this Chakra is about, just as much as the sound of hammm. Can you hear that? Is it hooked in? (chanting hammmms) So its just about that connection with the sound of the throat. Deep breath. Just that movement, the space. So just kind of take it in. You can close your eyes, take a deep breath on the pause. Come out. So where are you feeling it in your
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body? Whether youre doing it out loud, or just listening and taking it all in. Feel the sound resonate with the silence and the connection. Just kind of centering yourself in the present moment. As you just gently begin that uji breath, just imagine the blue of an azure sky coming in and out through that jugular notch of the throat. Coming in to wash clean anything false, coming out to witness your own personal truth. Reaching out through the arms, lift them to align with the ears, as you inhale up, reach through the spine, lift through the belly, and when youre ready reach back through the hands, and exhale out falling forward at the hips. Inhale, bend the knees in a gentle squat, and roll back as you exhale. Gently roll forward as you inhale, pressing off with the hands, exhale, lift the hips, and allow yourself to fall into a forward fold. Inhale, the arms out to the sides, and up through hips. Press strong, and exhale the hands back. Inhale, reach out with the arms, and align them with the ears. Exhale, fall forward, inhale squat down, exhale, roll back to plank. Inhale, exhale, deep breath in, let the head fall. Breathe in, let the head fall. Relax the neck. Breath out, and as you come up, reaching high with the heart, and drawing the chin back, only to the ability of the strength of your neck. Bring it back. If youre seated, twist. Take a hold of the left ankle and draw it back to the hip. Cross the right foot over the left knee, and reach the left forearm around the knee. Hold at the wrist. Inhale, the right arm up, and exhale it down to the spine for a deeper twist. Inhale, reach up with the heart, exhale, relax into the spinal twist. When youre ready to come out, you gently lift the arm up, to align with the ear, and rotate the torso back to center. Switching sides, lift the feet off the floor and reverse the cross. Gently pulling the left foot to align in with the right

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knee. Wrapping the right forearm around the left knee, the heart faces the upward bent knee. Reaching up with the arm on the left side, align it with your left ear. Inhaling, exhaling into the twist. Inhale with the heart, exhale, twist deeper. Gaze over your left shoulder. Inhale the arm up to the ear, exhale back to center. Bend at the elbows, using the elbows like a lever to lift the torso through the heart, extending through the neck. Pressing actively through the hips. Reach up with the heart and open with the neck and thyroid. As you press actively through the hips and the balls of the feet, reach your arms up, breathing deeply with active pressing through the hips. The head is the top point of the triangle, with either hip at the base pressing in and active balls of the feet. To come out, bring the elbows back down to the mat. press actively with the hips and the elbows. Reach around and take a hold with your hand just at the top of the thigh, to release the neck back down. Twisting out either side will release any tension or compression in the low back. Breath in, exhale twist. Breath in, back to center, exhale. relax back. Inhale, exhale, tuck the knees in, taking a hole of the sacrum to help lift the hips. Take a deep breath in, opening up through the shoulders, and pressing out and upward with the feet, into a half shoulder stand. At home for the plow we can rest the feet on the chair. Bring the knees in, inhale let the feet fall to the ground and extend the legs one at a time. Inhale, bring the knees in, exhale, tuck back to the plow position, lifting through the hips. Deep breath in, exhale the feet all the way out, pressing through the balls of the feet and lifting through the hips. Youre on your shoulders and the neck is free. Support your neck with a folded blanket underneath the cervical spine
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and shoulders. With the crown of the head and the base of the cranium just off the blanket. If you want to add movements through this posture, you can move into various hip openers that feel extremely therapeutic, once youve mastered the shoulder stand. Exhale, inhale.

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