Open Lotus is a homespun innovation that fosters community, clarity, education, and amusement. It is a place for yoga-centered learning and development. Yoga is an all-encompassing art form when it comes to building upon one’s own expansion physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. The practice of yoga—of uniting oneself with a chosen cause, relationship, idea, or pose—will expediently reveal the best possible path to take, in order to reach a state of pure empathy and reverence for the present moment. I teach yoga to show people that there is always the capacity to love oneself, and one another, because we are one and the same. There is very little separation between us, and in my teaching I endeavor to emphasize all the ways we are connected. The power of love is limitless, while the opposite is true for fear—fear will only take you so far before you have to turn around and begin again.
For nearly 15 years, yoga has weaved its way through my existence, painting broad strokes across my point of view, and shaping the way I present myself to others. Professionally, I have over 300 hours of training, and I have been teaching in my hometown of Seattle since 2011. Becoming a yoga practitioner has impacted my life through and through. I was drawn towards meditation at a young age, and by virtue of this practice I have learned how to harness the power of my mind, and actualize it from deep within my heart. I see a direct link between the health of my physical body, and the appearance of my thoughts and actions. Balance, breath, and intuition are all a synchronized part of my approach to my students, my family, my friends, and myself. More than a decade ago, I was introduced to Reiki Therapy. I became cognizant of the energy body that all of humankind possesses. Learning about the energy patterns of my own chakras motivated me to study more about the subtle body, auric field, Akashic records, and my spiritual guidance system (or spirit guides, or simply guides). All along I felt that I would become a Reiki Master and embrace this type of work, and because of my own experience and constant education I am qualified to offer Reiki for anyone in need. As my story unfolds, I sincerely hope that kismet will unite me with more and more like-minded souls who endlessly seek the answers from within.
Spreading love, one Om at a time.
Embrace the Unlimited Energy of the Chakras
Red. Earth. Grounding.
Muladhara, also called the Root Chakra, sits at the base of the spine. This foundation is connected to the element of earth, and our sense of smell. The 4-petaled lotus blooms a brilliant red color. Muladhara (meaning “root support”) proclaims, “I am”/ “I do” / “I am here”.
I often refer to it as “the family basket” as this energy center represents our connection to the material realm, the beliefs of our tribe, as well as feelings of safety, survival, grounding, security, trust, and family bonds. This chakra is involved in the function of the coccyx, anus, large intestine, back, legs, feet, and bones. The age of development for the Root Chakra begins very early in life, from birth to 12 months, and shapes the way we experience support in all aspects.
Orange. Water. Creativity.
Svadhisthana, or the Sacral Chakra, resides in the pelvis/lower abdomen. Its element is water. Svadhisthana is linked to our sense of taste, and its 6 petals glow fiery orange. Svadhisthana (meaning “sweetness” or “one’s own base”) says, “I feel”/ “I want”/ “I am me”.
It is our center of creativity, fertility, transformation, joy, pleasure, sexuality, emotion, intimacy, procreation (which is a creative process), and our overall connection to our bodies. Physically, this chakra is linked to the sacrum, ovaries and testicles, the womb, genitals, kidneys, and bladder. Svadhisthana represents the way we move, or flow, through life, and how we bond in our relationships. The developmental age of this energy lasts from 6 months to 2 years.
Yellow. Fire. Personal power.
Manipura means “lustrous gem” and is also referred to as the Solar Plexus Chakra, as it occupies the space between the navel and the ribcage. Its element is fire, and it is a yellow gold. Manipura is connected to our sense of sight. Its corresponding affirmation is “I can”/ “I do”/ “I am free”.
The 10-petaled lotus stokes the fires of our will, autonomy, personal power, energy, metabolism, self-esteem, and our ability to manifest our desires. In the physical body, Manipura governs the pancreas, adrenal glands, digestive system, liver, and stomach. It is from this center that we assert ourselves, follow our “gut instinct”, and exude confidence. The development of this radical place of power spans from 1 ½-4 years of age.
Green. Air. Love.
Anahata is the Heart Chakra. In Sanskrit it means “unstruck” or “that which cannot be destroyed”. It is located at the base of the sternum, often referred to as the heart center. The air element is associated with Anahata, whose lotus has 12 petals and glows a vibrant emerald green color.
The Heart Chakra represents our right to love and be loved, and teaches us to cultivate self-love above all. The affirmation that the heart speaks is “I love”/ “I am love”. The characteristics of the heart are forgiveness, compassion, loving unconditionally, and hope. Anahata is linked to our sense of touch. This chakra regulates the function of the lungs, circulatory system, ribs, breasts, arms, hands, diaphragm, and thymus gland. Development of the heart center lasts from 4-7 years of age.
Blue. Sound. Truth.
Visuddha, the Throat Chakra, translates as “transcendentally pure, without contamination by material nature”. This lotus has 16 petals and is an effervescent spectrum of sky blue. The element of sound is associated with the throat center and its main purpose is in communication, truth telling, self-expression, and synthesizing our intuition into words. Our sense of hearing—our ability to listen to our inner voice—is linked to Visuddha and its mantra is “I speak”/ “I express”/ “I am truth”.
The thyroid and parathyroid are the main glands associated with the Throat Chakra, and it also interacts with the neck, shoulders, esophagus, trachea, mouth, jaw, and teeth. The power of Visuddha helps us narrate the inner depths of our creativity, as well as hone the skills of telepathy. The developmental stage of this chakra lasts from 7-12 years of age.
Indigo. Light. Perception.
Ajna, sometimes called the Third Eye or Brow Chakra, is our center of intuition, visualization, imagination, clairvoyance, seeing, vision, and intention. It dwells in the center of the forehead just above the eyes. The Sanskrit translation is “one by whom nothing is unknown” or “to perceive” or “all-knowing”. The inner state of Ajna is “I know”/ “I am understanding”/ “I see”.
The 2-petaled lotus of this powerful energy center shines a beautiful indigo color. Physically, Ajna correlates with the pineal gland, neurological system, brain, nose, skin, and the eyes. The Third Eye Chakra has dominion in the realm of our dreams. The highest function of this energy center is to strengthen our psychic consciousness, wisdom, intuitive ability, and visualization (as is done in meditation, for example). It is developed throughout adolescence.
Violet/white. Cosmic energy. Pure consciousness.
Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra, is located at the top of the head and translates to “thousand fold”. A gleaming, violet, thousand-petaled lotus symbolizes Sahasrara. It is also perceived as bright white, as this chakra synthesizes all other chakras and creates a limitless prism of light. Sahasrara facilitates our spiritual evolution by awakening our thoughts and understanding to the possibility of transcendent consciousness.
The element of thought resides in this center of information, which coincides with the cerebral cortex and central nervous system, as well as the muscles and skin. In general, the summation of Sahasrara is that “your thoughts become your reality.” The work we do in relation to Sahasrara involves (further) developing our psychic abilities, reaching towards enlightenment, and becoming aware of our relationship/union with the divine. This energy center develops throughout our lifespan.