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Purification through communication









How well we communicate to the world and to ourselves is how we show our own self-expression, and creativity. Our throat is the center of our communication and this is where we take in sustenance and express ourselves. When the throat is closed off we have no way to reveal our feelings or our creativity. Ultimately we can end up with hearing problems, thyroid imbalance, sore throat, TMJ and become shy, mousy, emotional, and disempowered.

Communication involves not only what we say but what we fail to say. By failing to say what you really feel, you bottle up emotions and can limit yourself. Also, what sustenance we put into our bodies determines how much nourishment we are offering ourselves. Not saying what needs to be said and stuffing yourself with coca cola, potato chips, twizzlers or whatever junk foods you enjoy can lead to temporary comfort, but long lasting disempowerment and emotional instability….continue reading at Ashley Turner’s site.


New Live Light Thought Pattern

My words are consciously selected and I communicate openly and honestly.


Let me clear my throat





As I prepare for the upcoming yoga retreat to Bali I have been reading Fragrant Rice by Janet De Neefe. As Janet writes about her adjusting to life in Bali and understanding the culture she expresses how one of the most difficult skills to master was that of silence.

“…the Balinese art of sitting with family and friends, hardly speaking a word, for what seemed like an eternity. Silence is just another way of communicating feelings, a space for words and thoughts to gather.”

Our throat chakra is the center of communication, our ability to speak clearly to ourselves and others. At times silence is needed in order to really hear the truth. In my studio classes this week I have been taking time to turn off the music, stop speaking, and have each person lead themselves through Surya Namaskara B with the sound of their own breathe moving and guiding them. This is a powerful and quiet practice that allows you to really listen to your body rather than be distracted by things outside of us.

Live Light Practice:

Sit with family or friends in silence for 20 minutes, no need for music, tv, or other noises for distraction. See how it feels to be with others in silence.




This podcast is of the practice of ujjayi breathing, a pranyama technique. It is a short and easy way to become familiar with ujjayi. You will learn what it is and how to do it.

Ujjayi breathing requires a slight constriction of the throat and is particularly helpful for balancing the Vishuddha or throat chakra.

Suggested props: 2 blankets or 1 chair.