Friday, 2 June 2017

Beginners' guide to the chakras


Chakra translates as 'wheel' and is a spinning vortex of energy.  There are seven of them in the body and they align with the spine.  They are connected to our physical, physiological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and may become unbalanced.  The chakras are:-

Root Chakra (muladhara) is located in the perineum. When in balance you feel secure in your relationships, and comfortable with yourself. When out of balance you may feel 'stuck' in your relationships and circumstances, anxious or depressed, exhausted and ungrounded.  Hamstring stretches and grounding poses help bring this chakra into balance.  For a video to balance the root chakra please see 'Cultivate stability' on my You Tube Channel 

Sacral Chakra (svadhisthana) is located above the pubic bone but below the navel.When in balance you are creative, enjoy fun and have an ability to adapt to changing circumstances. When out of balance you may have lower back pain, urinary infections, reproductive problems, emotional issues, poor relationships, lack creativity and fun in your life. Hip openers help bring this chakra into balance. For a video to balance the root chakra please see 'Cultivate creativity' on my You Tube Channel  

Navel Chakra (manipura)  is located in the area from the navel to the breast bone. When in balance you are confident, have clarity of mind and have good digestion. Out of balance you may be indecisive, fearful, have anger issues, have low self-esteem and digestive issues. Twists and poses that work the core help bring this chakra into balance. Also Kapalabhati Breathing technique and abdominal breathing. For a video to balance the navel chakra please see 'Navel chakra balancing to increase confidence' on my You Tube Channel. 

Heart Chakra (anahata) is the chakra that is the link between the physical chakras and the more spiritual chakras.  Located in the heart space, when in balance we are compassionate, loving, accepting of others and joyful. Physical signs that this chakra is blocked include blood pressure problems, heart or lung issues or poor circulation. Other signs of a blocked heart chakra include feeling unworthy, feeling fearful, relationship issues, dwelling on past hurts, or self-loathing. Chest opening poses help bring this chakra into balance. For a video to balance the heart chakra please see 'Heart chakra - opening up to loving kindness' on my You Tube Channel. 

Throat Chakra (vishuddha) is located in the area of the throat.  When in balance you are able to communicate clearly and are not afraid to speak your truth.  You are able to say no when you need to. If out of balance, you may be critical of others, afraid to express your needs, have throat issues or thyroid problems.  Neck releases and inversions help bring this chakra into balance. Also Lion Breath and Ujjayi breathing. For a video to balance the throat chakra please see'Express your truth through yoga' on my You Tube Channel.

Third Eye Chakra (anja) is located between the eyebrows.  When in balance we are intuitive, able to listen to our inner guidance. Out of balance you may feel stressed, disorientated, have headaches, have memory or learning issues. Poses that exert gentle pressure on the third eye can help balance this chakra such as Child's Pose or where the thumbs connect with the third eye in Eagle Pose. Humming bee breath is also stimulating for the third eye. Please see 'Enhance your intuition'  on my You Tube Channel.

Crown Chakra (sahaswara) is located at the crown of the head. It's name means thousand petal lotus and when in balance you feel a strong connection to something higher than yourself.  Out of balance you may be depressed, lack purpose and feel disconnected from the divine and others. Meditation helps balance this chakra. Please see 'Connect with your higher self-Crown chakra'  on my You Tube Channel.

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