We were given a brief introduction on the chakras: what they are (enery centers) and how they work particularly the first chakra. The first or root chakra is connected to the element earth, it is about feeling grounded in yourself which makes you feel safe emotionally as well as physically. Our most important basic instinct - survival - resides here, just like our need for food, sleep and shelter.
|drawing of the first chakra|
The yoga session was focused on asanas or yoga postures that activate the first or base chakra like half moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana) and the Chair (Utkasana).
|drawing of my own prejudices|
|drawing when I felt self-assured|
She first introduced clay as coming literally from the earth, so clay is very appropriate to work with in connection with the first chakra. It is a basic element and you can shape it with your own hands. We first just made connection with it, kneaded it, shaped it and kneaded it some more. Then we visualized our first situation in which we didn't feel very confident and let those emotions go through our hands into the clay. When a form emerged we let it go, breathed deeply in and out and visualized the second situation. In both cases form just materialized without me thinking about what I should make. In the second case the shape of an asymmetrical heart appeared and I felt I should put a whole in it, to let something in.
|the four finished clay products|
|my finished heart of clay|