I found my voice a couple of weeks ago.
Even better? I used it.
Seems it’s been here all along, right at the bottom of my throat. Who knew?
I’m kidding. Sort of.
I do think we all have a few big life questions we were put here to unravel, and one of mine is to find my voice — literally and figuratively.
I’d much rather listen than speak, and observe than participate. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you wind up getting a little trampled. I think my journey of voice guided me to teach yoga and to write. These are incredibly challenging avenues of self-expression for me, but they seem necessary in the grand scheme of things.
So a few weeks ago, I opened my mouth. I asked for something I needed, and then I said no to something I didn’t want to do. If you’re anything like me, you’ll know it was a little scary.
No doubt I’m not the only people-pleaser in the house, and I feared the people on the receiving end of my requests would be angry. I wasn’t surly, nor did I apologize unnecessarily like so many women have a tendency to do.
And those people weren’t thrilled, but that’s OK. I had to take care of myself, and clearly that felt so empowering that I decided to write about it. You might think it’s no big deal, but they were small victories for me. I celebrate them with you and encourage you to roar a little louder, too. Yoga can support you in finding your voice.
There are said to be seven main energy centers in the body. They are called chakras, a Sanskrit word that means “wheel.” These invisible discs of energy start at your pelvic floor and go in a straight line to the crown of your head.
The first chakra is known as your root chakra. It symbolizes your stability and the security you feel in life. I like to think of the chakra system as a version of Abraham Maslow’s triangular-shaped hierarchy of needs. The large bottom portion of the triangle encompasses physiological needs, such as a safe place to call home, adequate sleep, and food and water.
The position of the fifth chakra is at the base of your throat. It corresponds to your voice, as in speaking your truth, finding a way to creatively express yourself and asking for what you need and want.
It is here you can focus extra time and attention if you are anything like me. Yoga poses like fish, camel, plow and shoulderstand are said to help balance that chakra.
Other practices also can help, including lion’s breath, chanting a simple “om” and singing along to a favorite song.
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