Get to Know Your yogafusion – Andrew Czuchwicki

Meet the instructor: Andrew Czuchwicki (Cancer with moon in Scorpio)

When did your yoga journey start? And why did you start?

I began yoga about 15 years ago. Sue and I were training for 50-100km training rides and I would always find myself hobbling around sore and stiff afterwards. When I queried Sue why she was not sore she told me she was doing yoga and she demonstrated half pigeon and once I tried it and felt such deep relief, I was hooked!

What led you to decide to become a yoga instructor?

I like to draw a distinction between instructing and teaching. For me instructing is just about cuing poses in a sequence. Teaching yoga is about using the poses to challenge and stimulate peoples minds and leave them questioning. Continue reading

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Manipura Chakra: stand in your power

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the solar plexus chakra:

Manipura Chakra

Manipura is located at the solar plexus region and driven by the element of fire, this is where your inner sun is located – the area that produces your inner heat and sun like energy.

It is about your core self, your “power”, and your inner sun, which produces heat and energy. It’s about accepting the “jewels” of life – also known as your birthright. The yantra features a ten petalled lotus, with an inverted red triangle in the centre. Continue reading

Sacral Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the sacral chakra:

Svadhisthana

Sva = vital force or soul

Adhara = substratum/foundation/support

This chakra is located between the navel and the base of the spine, just above the base chakra. It is here we dwell and is the energy place of Shakti. Whilst the base chakra gets our material needs in order, the sacral chakra then allows our emotional nature to be attended to. Continue reading

Base Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning. base chakra

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana (energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the base chakra.

Muladhara

base chakraMula (or moola) = base/root
Adhara = substratum/foundation/support

Known as the base or root chakra, this can be visualised as being located at the floor of the torso or base of the spine. It is the seat of our primal energy.

This is our foundation and if it is imbalanced the prana is not able to easily flow freely throughout the rest of the chakras and beyond. You may even be able to feel the subtle energy changes when this chakra is out of balance. Continue reading