Chakras as a Tool for Self-Healing
In a previous article, we talked about the space Erica Jago created during the Indigo Retreat at Chateau Fengari in August this year, allowing ourselves to connect to our dreams and define them in order to live in alignment with our higher purpose.
Working on the sixth chakra during this retreat was very powerful and I was amazed by all the shifts and expansions participants experienced. I can only imagine how transformational it must be to work on the complete chakras system.
Chakras actually became the core of Erica’s work for the last few years. After leading numerous retreats focusing on one chakra at a time, Erica is now working with the talented Roos Van der Kamp on The Angelus Book, a guide to find our purpose. This book is a workbook taking us on an emotional journey through the seven chakras along the spine. Each chapter focuses on one chakra by telling a strong visual story, offering tools and emotionally connected yoga practices to connect to this portal of energy. It goes beyond the intellectual understanding of the system to go deeper in the self-exploration of our inner wisdom.
Can you tell us what made you decide to combine your yoga practice with the chakras system and how you designed the Angelus book as a tool for others to heal themselves?
“ Chakras as a medium speak intuitively and in the language of metaphors on our journey toward purpose and emotional maturity. When designing my week-long retreats and the book, I saw art working in the same way. Art intuitively and symbolically communicates with our DNA, unlocking new ways of thinking and elevating the way we see reality.
So the combination of yoga with chakra studies was truly a design choice.
What I saw in my own personal growth and in others, is that most of us don’t know we have the power to heal our own hurt by tending to the chakras. This explains why so many of us make unconscious decisions and agreements. When we begin to view the chakras as a healing program with seven necessary levels to our consciousness, we see that our story becomes malleable.
In 2013 I was traveling around the globe teaching yoga. After a lot of soul-searching and lonely nights in unfamiliar homes, I realized that no matter where I went my personal conflicts followed. I went from being completely shut down in my second chakra, to healing and visioning in my third and sixth chakra. Refreshing my conversation around family and career, chakra studies brought me new revelations around how to set up my life. Now I am ready to be of service and share my transformations in an utterly creative way. With the help of my co-author, Roos van der Kamp, we dreamed of creating something practical, yet beautiful—a workbook to inspire others on their journey from pain to peace.
With the help of my co-author, Roos van der Kamp, Angelus translates the retreat experience into seven chapters, based on one chakra at a time.
Like the chakras, each chapter is starkly different on a visual, physical and emotional level. While turning the pages in ANGELUS, we learn how to open the chakras in our body from root to crown. Here is what you can expect:
All chapters begin with a continuous story about a heroine who finds the courage to face her weakest, most broken moments. As she emotionally connects with each chakra, she finds new ways of comforting and releasing past hurt. On her journey throughout the chapters, each chakra is represented as a room in her “body home”.
Designed for teachers and practitioners, all 21 yoga sequences open with a Sankalpa or mood, to sum up the theme and also provide a focal point for your class or at-home practice.
In each chapter, the practice ends with a creative exercise, intended to express and manifest something outside of yourself.
The asana glossary cues anatomical alignment for each yoga posture while the laid-out chapter sequences visually cue emotional and inspirational instructions for your practice. This is especially helpful for teachers seeking mastery of their voice and for practitioners healing injuries or physical limitations.
The book is designed in such way that no matter how many times you come back to it, your interpretation shifts, creating a new practice each time. Our intention is to make a healing impact in the world through visually powerful art and emotionally connected yoga. With each chakra open and functioning optimally, you know with your whole body, mind, and soul, that you deserve to have the life of your dreams.
Thank you Laura for asking me to be a part of your vision. You inspire us all with your art! ”
Erica is also offering 1:1 coaching sessions to work through the different chakras to heal and step into your own power.
Her previous book, The Art of Attention, co-created with Elena Brower, is a pioneer yoga book and I warmly recommend everyone to get a copy.
ONE MINUTE INSPIRATION WITH ERICA
1. Rituals for self-love? Bed by 8pm with a book and candles
2. First thing you do in the morning? Make my man a superfood smoothie for his train ride
3. Favorite self-care routine? Eucalyptus essential oil steam shower
4. Rituals to rest and regenerate? Yoga nidra
5. Tools for self-healing? Journaling
6. Limiting belief or body imbalance you are still working on? Forgiveness when I make mistakes
7. Favorite place to cultivate inspiration? Library or bookstores
8. Your Guardians of Vision ? Maria Abramović and Sofia Coppola
“What I saw in my own personal growth and in others, is that most of us don’t know we have the power to heal our own hurt by tending to the chakras.”
“When we begin to view the chakras as a healing program with seven necessary levels to our consciousness, we see that our story becomes malleable.”