The sun is currently travelling through Taurus, the stable, patient, practical and hard-working bull. This is a welcome slowing down from dynamic Aries and brings more steadiness to our daily lives. Taurean energy is what’s needed when we need some stability in our lives and it supports us to get in touch with the parts of ourselves that enjoy things to be practical, plentiful and pleasurable.
For our asana practice this translates as cultivating empowerment by pressing into the earth and opening our hearts. We are asked to channel the qualities of the slow and steady bull, finding our grounding and alignment and slowly, steadily building our postures with patience, love and authenticity. Taurus helps us to find contentment and ease in our practice.
Taurus rules the throat in the body so it calls on us to focus our energies at the visuddha chakra to create spaciousness around the throat and neck, through which profound spiritual truths can flow. Vishuddha (throat chakra) governs self-expression and our ability to communicate effectively. When the throat chakra is balanced we are confident and able to express ourselves to others clearly and effectively.
One of the easiest ways to balance visuddha is by chanting, the seed mantra for this energy centre is ‘hum’. Some of the most widely used Yoga asanas that activate visuddha are Matsyasana (fish), Makarasana (crocodile), Ashtangasana (eight-limbed pose), Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), Simhasana (lion’s pose), Sasangasana (rabbit), and Halasana (Plow).
Visuddha is the energy vortex that harmonizes our ability to express ourselves and communicate with others. It is the chakra of musicians, artists, writers, poets, or any artist who uses sound and vibration as their medium. When visuddha is open we connect to our imagination and flow through the river of creativity with ease.
The most important lesson to take away from visuddha is learning to express ourselves freely and authentically.
“Our body is an instrument played by divine breath. It is our job to keep the instrument well tuned and to listen to the voice of truth moving through us” - Anodea Judith