Chakras In Transition

March 9th, 2010

Chakras In Transition – What Are They Anyway?

Are you feeling out of balance? Perhaps you are moving through transitions or changes and having difficulty integrating what’s coming your way? Do you feel like you have the support or energy you need to move forward? When things are unclear, are you able to give space to the emotions that may come up or find the focus you need to reflect on what comes next? Or perhaps there is a situation where you do not feel heard and are having difficulty in speaking your truth. Taking a look at what is happening with your charkas can give insight on what may need to be addressed in order to feel like you are moving forward.

Chakra is the sankskrit word for “wheel”. There are seven major charkas that are located down the center of your body, starting at the base of your spine and going all the way to the top of your head. These wheels of energy have a natural tendency to spin, and as the spin they help us to receive, integrate, and transmute energy. I like to think of them as one’s energetic spine. When a chakra is out of balance it is much like when your physical spine is out of alignment – there can be discomfort and a feeling of being stuck in life. And just like when one’s physical spine is out of alignment and an area of pain grabs our attention – the rest of our spine and surrounding muscles can be compensating by working harder than they need to. This can happen energetically as well – so we might not be feeling the ease in processing what comes our way because we need realignment to feel the flow again.

One of the most common imbalances I work with, takes place in the 3rd chakra, known as the solar plexus chakra. It spins around the area at the base of our ribs and is also connected to our adrenal glands (which are located on top of the kidneys in the back of our body within the 3rd chakra) which triggers our “fight or flight response”. So often auto-immune diseases have connection to the stress that we experience. Our adrenals kick in to create adrenaline when this stress is high or during periods of prolonged stress, giving us the energy to face into the challenge or run away from it. The third chakra is the ruler of our will, our sense of purpose and the ability to take action. The natural element connected to it is fire.

In our culture we are often focused on producing results and being productive. When this is in balance it can feed our sense of who we are and what we bring to the world. However, when we push too hard and try to take on more than we can chew – we exhaust ourselves, our adrenals and our third chakra. So we may be invited to slow down and reflect on what we can adequately take on and what is our purpose. We also might question if we are getting the support we need to feed our fire from our family, community and our work (1st – Root chakra). Or perhaps we are not attending to what brings us pleasure (2nd – Sacral chakra) or we are feeling uninspired (7th – Crown chakra).

Creating a deeper relationship with your etheric body impacts your physical body as well, since all systems are a part of the larger whole. In meditating on the chakras and having someone do chakra work for you – whether it be clearing or balancing, you can begin to attend to the deeper meaning of what is challenging you and experience a greater sense of clarity and release, grounding and flow

So what do you say? Are your charkas calling you?

Gina C James LMT #7348, Reiki Master and Spiritual Director has been working with charkas for the last twelve years. She uses Reiki and Pranic Healing to balance and clear one’s energetic body during private sessions. She also teaches Movement Through The Chakras Classes which include meditative and movement explorations of the chakras through a variety of creative, mindful and experiencial techniques.

Movement Through The Chakras – Wheels of Transformation Class

Saturdays 2:30-4:30
Purchase the whole series for $90 or take individual classes for $15 per class

April 3rd – Introduction To The Chakras
Gain a greater understanding of this dynamic system

April 17th – Root – 1st Chakra
Survival, the Body, Family

April 24th– Sacral – 2nd Chakra
Flow, Creativity, Pleasure

May 1st – Solar Plexus – 3rd Chakra
Will, Purpose, Action

May 8th – Heart – 4th Chakra
Compassion, Connection, Love

May 22nd – Throat – 5th Chakra
Truth, Expression, Sound

May 29th– Third Eye – 6th Chakra
Insight, Intuition, Light

June 5th– Crown – 7th Chakra
Unity, Spirituality, Trust

June 19th -Integrating The Whole
Celebrate the dynamics of the whole

Interested in the next Movement Through the Chakras Class? Feel free to call Gina at 503-282-8600 ext 5.

In Focus: Christy Yogerst, DC

November 19th, 2009

Dr. Christy is originally from Missoula, Montana. She graduated from college with 2 Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biology from Montana State University in 2000. With a heavy focus on drug therapy research in her studies, this seemed her likely career path, until she found herself personally disillusioned with the limiting choices available in the science and drug industry. Christy took some time off after graduation and at the prompting of a friend, decided to look into Chiropractics: it instantly spoke to her as the profession in which she was meant to work.

Christy started chiropractic school at Western states Chiropractic College in 2001. Because of a severe car accident in her younger years, she found herself keenly interested in treating car accident victims and their unique injuries. Her main focus in the first several years of school was concentrated on things like care for whiplash, headaches, and various problems related to the neck, specifically the upper cervical spine.

While studying the art and learning the craft of chiropractic care, Christy soon developed something of a following in her classes: massage therapy and chiropractic students began to flock to her for in-depth care of their hands, feet and shoulders. By necessity she learned as much as she could in how to treat these injuries to help her fellow professionals. This work eventually came to encompass all joints of the arms and legs, making Christy somewhat of an accidental extremities specialist.

Around the same time that she began to focus on treating injuries and extremities, Dr. Christy had the fortuitous pleasure of meeting Dr. Suzi Levy, and was instantly impressed both by Dr. Levy’s work ethic and incredible knowledge of the human body. The two quickly became good friends and respected colleagues. In 2004 Christy graduated from chiropractic college with good solid chiropractic skills but an unfortunately poor understanding of the business world. In an effort to learn more about the business end of her craft, she took a position in Lynnwood Washington, as an Associate Doctor in an incredibly busy, million-dollar-plus practice. In this setting she polished her chiropractic skills and gained a vast amount of knowledge about the work of running and owning an ethical, responsible, and effective business. After 4 years of learning and training in this supportive environment, Christy grew bored with being an employee and hungered to treat patients in a practice more of her own making. When the opportunity to partner with Suzi, who offered her a full partnership in her established and transitioning NE Portland clinic, Christy (eventually) leapt at the opportunity. In 2008 she moved to Portland and joined Dr. Suzi’s business, “Levy Chiropractic LLC” at Numinosity, A Center for Wellness. She has never looked back.

In the past year, Dr. Christy has enjoyed joining the practices at Numinosity and is once again in love with Portland and with chiropractic care. She is excited to be caring for you and yours and considers it a privilege to be your chiropractor.