The Seventh main energy centre in the body is the Crown Chakra. It is located at the crown of the head. It is known as Sahasrana, or the thousand petal lotus and allows us to be spiritual beings beyond our physical existence. It is our consciousness and pure awareness. When Sahasrana is overly active we may feel lost, confused and over sensitive to our environment. Or when this energy centre is blocked we may feel lonely, unconnected to others and lack direction and purpose in life. When balanced we feel positivity, have life force flowing through us, an open mind and become connected to others and the world.
In our physical Yoga practice inversions such as supported headstand are great for the crown chakra, as well as postures where you lengthen up through the centre of the body such as mountain and tree pose. And one of our favorites...Savasana also know as Corpse Pose (where we lie down at the end of a Yoga class) helps to calm and balance the crown chakra.
Here are some tips for balancing the Crown Chakra.
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The sixth main chakra is know as Ajna, the third eye chakra. Anja is related to our ability to see things as they are without them being clouded by the ego. It is located in the space between the eyebrow and slightly in towards the brain. When the chakra is out of balance we may be judgmental to others, overly intellectual in our thinking and even delusional. Physical symptoms include frequent headaches and migraines. When balanced we able to express ourselves and make our dreams a reality. We feel the sense of connection with others and the world. How wonderful!
When we do our Physical Yoga practice we can use our Drishti ( gazing point). We focus on a single point e.g.: gazing in towards the navel when we are in a downward dog or up at our fingertips in triangle. This helps to still the mind by reducing distraction from external objects, people and happenings. This could be from noticing someones colourful Yoga attire to a bird flying past the window. Over time as we practice using drishti we can come into deep concentration and help balance the Third Eye Chakra. Balancing postures in Yoga such as tree and dancers pose are also add an extra layer of focus an concentration.
Here are a few more tips to help balance the Ajna Chakra.
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The 5th main chakra (energy centre) is known as Vishuddha, the throat chakra. It is related to our ability to communicate with others, self expression and authenticity. When it is out of balance we may have difficulty communicating, be scared to speak our true feelings or feel indecisive. Or we may be the other extreme. Talk a lot and not listen at all to others, over react, gossip and use a lot of negative language. Having a balanced throat chakra helps us express our feelings and emotions with compassion and love. It allows us listen well to others and can help us have stable relationships.
Physical Yoga postures that are great for the throat chakra include reverse warrior, fish pose, bridge pose and plough*. Lions breath (Simhasana) where you stick you tongue out and breath out, is one of the funniest and one of the best things to do to relieve stress in the throat and balance Vishuddha.
Tips for finding, honoring and expressing your truth..
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Anahata is the fourth main energy centre in the body according to the chakra system. It is located in the centre of the chest and is all about love. When this energy centre is unbalanced we maybe closed emotionally, fearful or hold resentment towards others. When we connected to our heart chakra we can experience joy , happiness, compassion and unconditional love.
Imagine you are frightened of something and notice what happens to your body as you feel this emotion. You might start to close in on yourself, bring your shoulders forward into protection mode. Now imagine walking around like that all day! Its not fun. Now imagine a loved one coming towards you and opening your arms wide to embrace them, or lifting your chest up to the sky on a summers day to receive the healing energy of the sun. Opening up your chest invokes such a wonderful feeling within us and in our physical yoga practice backbends are the king(or Queen) for opening up the heart. Upward facing dog, cobra, camel and bow pose are just a few feel good poses that get the heart energy open and flowing!
Here are some other simple tips to help feel the L.O.V.E!!
The third Chakra (energy centre) known as the Manipuri Chakra relates to our willpower, ambition and ability to take action. It is located just below the rib cage and above the navel. Manipuri is also the place of our intuition, it is our 'gut instinct'. When something is wrong we often feel the tension in our guts or when things are just right we feel warm and fusy inside. With the Manipuri Chakra out of balance we may have low energy, doubts, feel out of control of our lives, worry what others think or be overly critical towards others.
In a physical yoga practice core work, spinal twists and warrior poses help to ignite the inner fire (also known as Agni), helping us to access the energy within our Manipuri Chakra. We get a great workout and burn off impurities in the body and also in the mind. Next time you do a warrior pose, focus your on your solar plexus and see if you can feel the power within you. Doing this can simply remind us we already have the ability, strength and knowing inside us to live a life true to ourselves.
Here are some tips to get create vitality, energy, action and balance the Manpuri Chakra.
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The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) : Tips to unlock Creative Energy, Passion & Joy!
The Sacral Chakra(Svadhisthana) is the second of the seven main chakras (energy centres) of the body. Located below the navel in the pelvic area. The sacral chakra is associated with creativity, sensuality and the ability to experience pleasure. The root chakra (the first chakra) gives us grounding and from that stability we can find freedom, movement and flow. When the Sacral chakra is out of wack it may manifest in having a sense of being ruled by your emotions or the opposite, feeling numb, uninspired and out of touch with yourself.
In a physical Yoga practice hip openers are great for unleashing trapped energy in and around the sacral chakra. Its very common in todays busy and demanding life to get tight hips from all that sitting and then rushing around from here to there. We are often just moving our hips in only one way, all day every day, forwards and back (our poor hips!). Our hips are the biggest, most powerful joint in the body. Hips openers can have a LOT of sensation. As we stretch and release our hips it can help us let go of stiff and rigid beliefs in our minds and allow our creativity to flow. This gives us more ability to feel alive, present and joyful.
Here are a few other tips to help balance the Sacral chakra, unlock your creative energy and find expression and joy!
Allow yourself to experience the joy of your wonderful and unique body. Feel, trust, move and unlock the wonderful creativity inside you!
There are seven main energy points (Chakras) in the body which run run vertically upwards along the spine. Muladhara is the first chakra, located at the base of the spine and is also known as the root chakra. This chakra harnesses our ability to feel safe, steady and grounded. It connects us to our physical bodies, environment and the Earth. Our root chakra can be out of balance when we don't have this sense of stability in our bodies or our lives we may feel as if we are slipping and sliding all over the place, we may feel unsafe or fearful.
A physical Yoga practice helps us reconnect deeply with ourselves. When everything in life seems to be in a constant state of of flux, simply stepping onto a yoga mat, moving the body and listening to breath can give us a great sense of being grounded. Feeling the soles of the feet and sending energy down into the earth is almost like the roots of tree reaching down to allow the tree to withstand the wind, rain and elements.
Having a sense of stability is an anchor that allows us to handle change be it positive and exciting or not so fun. Here are few other ways to help balance the root chakra:
So lovelies, trust and love your beautiful bodies and feel the earth supporting you in all you do!
Om Shanti xoxox