why dogs are so happy …

Ever wonder why dogs are so happy?  Just like there are quite a few “warrior” poses in yoga there are “dog” poses, downward facing dog, upward facing dog (aka chaturanga), & playful puppy are the ones that come to mind.  The class I went to the other day was focused on our second & third chakras. Second/Sacral chakra: your emotional center, located a couple of inches under your navel (belly button ;)) colors associated with this chakra being orange.  Third/Solar Plexus Chakra: emotional issues, self-confidence, self-esteem (happiness & friendliness), located a couple of inches above your navel, color associated with this chakra being yellow.  The teacher said since it was the summer solstice it was a good day to concentrate on stimulating those chakras, the longest day of the year & therefore the most daylight hours.  Orange & yellow representing the sun.  After 20 plus years of practicing yoga we did a breathing exercise that I haven’t done before, in frog pose which essentially is squatting down knees apart elbows on inner knees, hands in prayer 🙏 at heart center ❤️, it can be quite challenging in itself but then she wanted us to breath/pant like dogs on a hot summer day.  So we did and she said can you feel that part of your solar plexus? And I could! She said THAT is the root of good moods, happiness etc. and that is why dogs are so happy all the time 😊🐶. Also hanging your head below your heart is good for you on so many levels including improving your mood, downward dog! During class in-between particularly difficult asanas she told us to “shake it out” and not like a person but REALLY “shake it out like a wet dog” and guess what? Even if you didn’t think it was improving your mood it made almost everyone in class smile or giggle a bit! So pant a bit more (smile & breath more) & shake a bit more (dance more).  Maybe we should all try to behave like happy dogs more often? The world would be a better place!❤️🐶❤️

The 2nd Chakra – The Sacral Chakra

Color: Orange

Location: The center is located a few inches below your belly button. Color Psychology: Orange is an energizing and creative color. It promotes a feeling of warmth and security. This color brings to mind thoughts and feelings of passion, pleasure and sexuality. Orange can make you feel sensual, safe and abundant.*

Sacral Chakra

The 3rd Chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra

Color: Yellow
Location: The center is located a few inches above your belly button. Color Psychology: Yellow is a strong emotional color. It promotes a feeling of being confident and friendly. This color brings to mind thoughts and feelings of courage, optimism and self-esteem. Yellow can make you feel stimulated, prepared and capable.*

Solar Plexus Chakra  

Do more of what makes you smile …



Play outside & breath (pant) more
hug & cuddle more ...

  The end!🙏 🐶💙

Published by shannbenn50

First a little bit about me ... I'm going to be 50 in about 5 minutes, I've been married for 20 years and have two incredibly great teenagers, (albeit incredibly moody). I am a Capricorn and I'd say 99% Capricorn. I do yoga everyday and my husband says "for someone who does ("practices" is the correct term FYI ; yoga everyday you're awfully high strung", my response is "can you imagine me if I didn't do yoga everyday"? and his response is "I'd be scared"! I've been told by a number of people that I need to lower my expectations of people because then I won't constantly be disappointed. My husband says he tries to have zero expectations and then sometimes he's pleasantly surprised. :) Which is really great advice and may work for him but I'm having a hard time with it, and I don't want to lower my expectations, I want people to rise to my expectations (someone said to me the other day "who died and made you God")? So I've been "practicing" this mantra "lower your expectations, be more forgiving and compassionate & understanding" it has maybe worked a tiny bit. And then I came across this quote while in the throes of being disappointed by others "There is no good way or bad way. And the sooner we let go of expectations about how things are supposed to go, the happier we get to be." Which I wrote down and put in my nightstand from a book I read called "The Divorce Party" by Laura Dave. So I texted my friend that quote, who also has high expectations of people and who is also constantly let down and I said "perhaps my mother is right, she told me I have really high expectations of myself and so I think everyone else should be the same and they're not, so the sooner I accept that the better". And my friend's response was? "Lies, all lies! Of course there is a good way and a bad way, the GOOD way is OUR way"! For better or for worse I have to say I agree! "What is wrong with people?" was going to be the title of my blog because I constantly find those words coming out of my mouth ... but this "blog" has morphed into something else because it turned out I actually have a lot of positive good things to say and share about people, I shocked myself, so therefore I changed the title and the direction of my "blog/website" ... my initial emoji I was going to use was 😩 But now the one I want to use is ❤️

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