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The first chakra - Mooladhara

Sanskrit word moola means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’, base of chakra system

‘I am’ or  ‘I am here now’

Earth, grounding, home, work, finances, manifestation and being here. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

Related Gemstones: Agate, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Garnet, Obsidian, Ruby

Related Essential Oils: Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Marjoram, Myrrh


Our body knows exactly what to do to regain balance or return to its natural state of health and vitality - that is its’ job!  Just think for a moment, our hearts keep on ticking, our nails and hair keep on growing, our food keeps on being digested… All without our conscious control. 

If we trust our body, in this case our hands, to express what is most needed for our ‘return to health’ and vitality, they will gladly do so.

Knowledge is often overrated: In this painting series, we celebrate ‘not knowing’ by making art instinctually and spontaneously. This provides a mirror for contemplation as individual metaphorical expressions are personal.

By consciously choosing to create artworks intuitively and specifically leaving the intellectual work out of it, the language deep within our bodies is allowed to surface unedited, with integrity and completeness. 

This is not to say there is no meaning to the work that is created. On the contrary, what comes from the unfathomable recesses of our being brings our own truth to light.

This series of classes focuses on power and symbolism within.

Following descriptions and associations of each chakra, you will be guided  through a short centering exercise (similar to meditation) to then take a few moments to write words of inspiration.  These simple intuitive creations (paintings, words and collages) will become your private visual reference, or emblem, crystallizing your ideas and goals to support a value-centered life.

Chakra metaphors can be used as guideposts or blueprints to navigate us to broader solutions in our lives and behaviour we want to nurture.

When we decide to actively direct our thoughts to coCreate our life, we assume responsibility it and begin the process of reclaiming our self-empowerment and self-mastery.

We have all been given the talents, virtues and abilities to coCreate a life of joy, peace, abundance and love. The choice lies within.

Each class will focus on an individual chakra, its imagery and associations. Connect with your body and energy to represent the themes and emotions of each of your chakras. Discover their power and symbolism as a model for wholeness and personal growth through artistic expression, visualizations, journaling, affirmations, postures and sound. As the visual language of colour, shapes and textures emerges you will create unique art that integrates reference points that hold power and insights for expanded awareness, greater aliveness and joy.

Basic supplies are included. 

Please bring your favourite paints, brushes, markers, pencils and paper. 

Questions? Please email

or CALL 613.315.2030

Making art is a wonderful way to discover

ourselves and develop self-compassion.  As the visual language of colour, shapes and textures emerges we discover unique reference points that hold power and insights. 

In this 8 week course, we will use a variety of simple techniques and exercises and work with paint to represent weekly themes and associated emotions. Corresponding imagery, music, movements, visualizations and other explorations will be incorporated throughout. 

These workshops are about self-discovery through an artistic medium and as such focuses on the process rather than the product.


“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.”

Buckminster Fuller

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Chakra ExPloration & Painting

$30 incl. HST/class

$212.39 ($240.00 incl. HST)

Friday Afternoons ~ 12:30 to 3:30 pm

April 15th to June 3rd (8 classes)

Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa

to register please contact GNAG at (613) 233.8713

or register online by clicking HERE

No previous painting experience is needed.

Chakras are the sacred energy centers within you that carry you toward greater aliveness and realization. They integrate mind, body and spirit. As the architecture of the soul, they provide an important map for your wholeness and evolution.

“Chakra,” the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk" or “spinning disk”. It refers to energy vortices in the human body first described over 4000 years ago in India. Chakras may be conceptualized as organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies.

Most schools of yoga distinguish seven major chakras, each with a specific location in the “subtle” or nonphysical body and associated with specific physical, psychological and spiritual issues.  Although the chakras exist in the “subtle” rather than physical body, they also correspond to seven major nerve ganglia of the spinal column. Disturbances, imbalances and blocks in the flow of energy within and between the chakras are created by and mirror disturbances in the life of an individual. The blockage or energetic dysfunction in the chakras is believed to give rise to physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual disorders.

Restoration of balance and flow - whether through yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, artistic expression, massage, medicine, psychotherapy, or other means - leads to improved health and well-being.

Each of the seven major chakras has its own distinct character and relates to a unique aspect of our being. The chakras correlate to levels of consciousness, body functions, colours, elements, sounds and much more.

We live in a universe propelled by electro magnetic energy and governed by its laws. All life forms within the universe reflect this. Our stars and planets (geo-magnetic life forms) all have a north pole and a south pole with magnetic lines of force flowing between them. Our human bodies (bio-magnetic life forms) also conform to this bipolar magnetic field.

Chakras are one of many human names for what is perceived to be a bio-physical connection to our soul or spirit. These energy connections or chakras exist in that the soul or spirit is immersed in the physical body and mingles throughout. These centres are similar in function to the junction box found in the electrical system of a home or office. 


Making sense of the brain's mind-boggling complexity isn't easy. What we do know is that it's the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought. It's also responsible for each individual's personality, memories, movements, and how we sense the world.

We are energetic beings and our brain is made of approximately 100 billion nerve cells, called neurons. Neurons have the amazing ability to gather and transmit electrochemical signals - think of them like the gates and wires in a computer.  Neurons share the same characteristics and have the same makeup as other cells, but the electrochemical aspect lets them transmit signals over long distances (up to several feet or a few meters) and send messages to each other.

Neurons come in many sizes and have have different shapes depending on their functions. Motor neurons control muscle contractions, sensory neurons, interneurons, or associative neurons, carry information between motor and sensory neurons.

As the power of modern computers grows alongside our understanding of the human brain, we move ever closer to making some pretty spectacular science fiction into reality.

IMAGINATION and open-mindedness is key as we work with our brain and bodies to coCreate new realities.


My approach to spiritually if of Love with a capital L and inclusive of all faiths.  This painting class is not religious nor does it endorse specific religious beliefs.  This class is about assisting you in your connection with you innate wisdom and spirit.

In her study of the chakra systems Patricia D. Williams reports that a survey of ancient wisdom traditions from around the globe indicates that there are compelling similarities between the chakra system that originated in India over 4000 years ago and ancient wisdom traditions from six different continents. Common themes include the notion of human beings as having both a physical body and a non-physical energy body, specific energy centers, the movement of energy along subtle pathways, and practices for healing and enriching one’s life through the integration of body, mind and spirit. 

From my perspective, working with energy, spirit and imagination is not based in religious dogma, it is honouring the body and its capacity to holistically heal itself.  I use the word healing in its truest sense, ‘to make whole’ or ‘restore to health," (Old English hæling). The figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s. 


When a chakra is blocked, a person lives in the frustration and suffering of the block and cannot access their core. The internal gears that move and regulate energy up and down the core get sluggish. This creates further defences, discomfort, and eventually illness, addiction, or dysfunctional behaviour.

As a profound formula for wholeness, the Chakra System contains an elegant system for diagnosis and treatment of emotional, physical, behavioural, and cognitive issues. It spans the full spectrum of human possibility: from our bodily existence to our emotions and behaviour, relationships and expression, intuition and divine realization. Just as a yoga teacher studies the anatomy of the body, if you want to truly understand yourself or another, you need to understand how this ancient architecture describes the true yoke of yoga.


The second chakra - Swadhisthana 

Sanskrit word swa means ‘one’s own’

and adisthana means ‘dwelling place or residence’

‘I feel’ or ‘I desire’ or ‘I am a force of attraction’

Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification. The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.

Related Gemstones: Amber, Carnelian, Coral, Garnet, Moonstone, Orange Tourmaline

Related Essential Oils: Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood

The third chakra - Swadhisthana 

Manipura is derived from two Sanskrit words:

mani meaning ‘jewel’ and pura meaning ‘city’ - ‘city of jewels’

‘I will’  ‘I know who I am’ ‘I am Power’

Fire, energy, ego, power, will, risk, digestion, motivation and action. This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

Related Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Jasper, Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline

Related Essential Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

The fourth chakra -  Anahata

Sanskrit anahata actually means ‘unstruck’ or ‘unbeaten’

‘I give and receive love’ ‘I am Love’

Air, love, relationship, balance, breath, nurturing, and balance. This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.

Related Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Malachite, Rose Quartz

Related Essential Oils: Lavender, Jasmine, Marjoram

The fifth chakra -  Vishuddhi 

Sanskrit shuddhi means ‘to purify’, known as the ‘purification centre’

‘I have power to communicate’ ‘I express my Truth’

Sound, vibration, communication, self-expression, being heard. This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.

Related Gemstones: Angelite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Opal, Blue Quartz, Chryoscolla, Lapis, Turquoise

Related Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, SageLink

The sixth chakra -  Ajna

The ajna comes from the Sanskrit root which means to know,

to obey or to follow. Literally, ajna means ‘command’ or ‘monitoring centre’

‘I am who I am’  ‘I am Knowledge’

Light, vision, sight, perception, visualization, insight, dreaming. This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us “see the big picture.”

Related Gemstones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Purple Fluorite, Quartz

Related Essential Oils: Mint, Jasmine

The seventh chakra -  Sahasrara

Sanskrit word sahasrara means ‘one thousand’,

implies that its magnitude and significance is vast, in fact, unlimited.

‘I surrender to Divine Will’ “I am Divine”

Spiritual connection, beliefs, understanding, thought, and awareness. This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Related Gemstones: Amber, Diamond, Moldavite

Related Essential Oils: Blilbanum or Lotus