What is Chakra Yoga?
The wheels of the mind allegedly determine your experience of reality, based on your emotions, fears, and so on. They also supposedly lead to physical symptoms, which we will discuss later. That being say, the Chakras regulate different bodily systems and senses, as well as security, communication, compassion, and love in life. Every colour of the rainbow is associated with a particular Chakra, as well as one of the five elements of nature. Yoga, in particular, the Chakra yoga can be efficiently unblock through a well-rounded Chakra yoga practice.
The energy, i.e. your prana, can flow freely through the body during this process. You can perform any set of asanas, Pranayama, mudra, and meditation techniques in addition to them to purify and balance either all the Nadis or Chakras.
The 7 Chakras and Their Meaning
The first Chakra, on the other hand, is associate with earth, supporting his anchoring properties and colour red. The Root Chakra, in addition to balancing the physical body, is related to anxiety and safety. Balanced, on the other hand, you feel confident, safe, and grounded. The following poses can help you balance the first Chakra: Mountain pose, Warrior poses, Balancing poses, and so on. You may feel connected to the earth’s energy through your toes and send that energy upward to nourish your whole body.
1 – Root Chakra (Muladhara) – Groundation
The Ganesha Mudra is excellent for balancing the Root Chakra because it brings a grounding and connected energy. Because this hand gesture eases the path for a powerful connection between you and your personal essence, it is an excellent starting point for your Chakra yoga practice.
In Ganesha Mudra, bring the left hand in front of your heart with the palm facing forward. Clasp your fingers in both hands and bring the right hand in front. When you breathe in, pull in and tighten the clasp, and when you exhale, soften the grip. During the practice, think about the obstacles in your life and the barriers that are keeping you grounded and stable on both a physical and emotional level. Remove the obstacles that no longer serve you.
2 – Pelvic Chakra (Svadhishthana) – Liquid Movement
The Pelvic Chakra (Svadhishthana Chakra)is located in the lower part of your pelvic region. It influences your desire for sex and enjoyment as well as your capacity to procreate. Itand also controls your passion and contentment. In addition, this Chakra controls your libido and your pleasure and satisfaction with life. When you are unwell, it can be the cause of numerous maladies, including addiction and melancholy. If the second Chakra is healthy, then you are more likely to connect with others and enjoy life.
In addition to twisting yoga poses like Reclined Triangle that increase abdominal organ circulation, hip-opening exercises like Malasana, Lizard, Twisted Monkey, or Reclined Bound Angle Pose also help you focus on your lower Chakra. Apart from that, squats such as Twisted Monkey or Reclined Bound Angle Pose boost circulation. In addition, Yoni Mudra is a wonderful technique for connecting to the second Chakra. To nourish your creativity, it is usually form by joining your index fingers and thumbs. Think about what you would like to create in life or where you are stuck, and perform the mudra.
3 – Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) – Fire Center
Manipura Chakra, at the navel, is the third chakra and plays a central role in your sense of identity, ego, and personality. It helps you form your willpower and determination. On the physical level, it governs digestion, sight, and movement. It is also associate with fire, which has the same transformative and heating qualities as it changes and heats our bodies. You feel more assure and capable when the Solar Plexus Chakra is balance.
The 3rd Chakra is located in the abdomen, making yoga poses that strengthen this region particularly beneficial in removing energy blockages or imbalances. All abdominal strengthening poses, such as Boat pose, are great for doing this. Additionally, twisting asanas are excellent for awakening the heat in the body. Of course, the Sun Salutations are an excellent practice to stimulate the 3rd Chakra.
As Bhastrika Pranayama is a Pranayama that focuses on the Bhastrika energy, it is imperative to activate your Solar Plexus Chakra energy. To do so, inhale through the nose and exhale forcefully and sharply through the mouth, starting from the waist. Make fists with your hands at the level of your ribs. Then extend them out in front of you as you inhale. As you exhale, draw your hands back into your ribcage. This breathing exercise is really powerful, as it brings all the energy into your belly.
4 – Heart Chakra (Anahata) – Shine On
The Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra) is located in the thoracic spine near the heart and lungs and is green in colour. It is the location of your self. The fifth energy centre is located in this region, and it is the centre of the air element. This area determines your sense of touch, and it connects you with others and makes you feel compassion, generosity, and respect. You are able to connect with other people and feel compassion and sympathy when your Heart Chakra is balanced. If your Heart Chakra is unbalance, you may lose your connection with others and feel anger or emotional numbness.
Opening the heart and chest with backbend poses such as Cobra (Bhujangasana) and Camel (Ustrasana). As well as fierce poses like Wild Thing (Camatkarasana) and Eagle (Garudasana), can boost light into the Anahata Chakra and open the energetic centers of the heart.
5 – Throat Chakra (Vishuddhi) – Sacred Language
The fifth Chakra colours blue and is located in the throat, which governs voice, speech, and hearing. By controlling your endocrine glands and metabolism, Vishuddhi Chakra colours blue and governs space. It is said to influence the endocrine system and regulate your metabolism. As it has a connection to the element of space, Vishuddhi Chakra colours blue and governs voice, speech, and hearing. It can significantly impact your originality and your willingness to speak your truth and speak in public. An obstruction in this Chakra can result in problems with communication and nourishment absorption. As well as ear, nose, and throat problems.
The 5th Chakra is connected to yoga poses that target the throat, like the Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), and Plow pose (Halasana). In addition to the throat, the internal wisdom mudra (Gyana Mudra) can help you connect to the 5th Chakra. To do Gyana Mudra, make a cross-legged position and bring your hands to your knees with the palms up. Bring the index finger and thumb of both hands together and relax the other fingers. Tune into your breath and simply observe and notice anything that shows up in your mind.
6 – Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna) – I See
The Third Eye Chakra, located at the center of your eyebrows, is known as the Ajna Chakra. It has the ability to open up your mind to inner stillness, divine sight, and intuition. It also provides you with clear thoughts and self-reflection. When you connect your body and mind, this Chakra becomes active, and it allows you to access your own intuition and see into your own consciousness. It is the access point to spiritual enlightenment, because it combines the fundamental energies of the body to open up the mind to inner stillness. By living in the realm of the senses and the realm of ordinary reality, you remain trapped in your consciousness and bound to the senses.
Dolphin pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana) and restorative poses like Child’s Pose (Balasana) and Cat & Cow (Karnasana) are excellent for Third-Eye Chakra re-alignment. Both increase brain and facial blood flow and stimulate the Third Eye.
7 – Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – Quiet Spaces
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra), located at the top of the head, is the last Chakra. It is the gateway to pure consciousness and the source of all Chakras. It is represented by the colour violet and is distinct from the other Chakras in that it is not an intersection of energies, rather an opening. Crown Chakra is the highest energy centre, and as such it doesn’t have any intersections.
The Chakra yoga system can be used to describe the human body from a physical, mental, and emotional standpoint. Practicing this approach to health, self-awareness, and spirituality is what Chakra yoga is all about. It is said to correct existing physical, mental, and emotional imbalances as well as to boost awareness to the more subtle levels of consciousness, ultimately eliminating any obstacles on the way to self-realization. This yoga approach can be fun and exciting as well as grounding and centering. Yoga and meditation, in addition to other practice techniques such as Pranayama and mudra, help you to achieve equilibrium in body, mind, and spirit.