I always like to end my yoga classes with a story or a poem. Often the poem or story comes to me in one way or another and it wants to be shared. It finds its way in front of my eyes, perhaps because I need to read it myself, or perhaps someone else will gain from hearing it, after the relaxation at the end of the class. I have folders and books full of poems and stories that I have been collecting over the years. Stories that are just waiting for the right time to be shared at the end of a class…
Seagull came to me yesterday, after a yoga class focusing on Vishuddhi (or Vishuddha), the throat (and 5th) chakra.
Amongst other things, Vishuddhi is about speaking your truth, voicing your needs, saying the things that really need to be said, being able to voice your feelings clearly, with honesty.
Its colours are often purple or turquoise blue.
I did this painting after the class. The blue of the sky, the purple of the sea and the seagull… although the animal usually associated with Vishuddhi chakra is a white elephant, seagulls are notoriously famous for being quite loud, they definitely speak out their truths…
Sometimes, problems with this chakra can manifest as speech impediments, anxiety, difficulties to swallow, thyroid and throat problems… i have had some issues with this area for the last few days, as I have been suffering from a sore throat and a stiff neck simultaneously.