“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” - Buddha
300 million people around the world practise yoga (15 million in China) to realign their chakras. Chakras are the focal points of energy in our bodies, the junctions and there are thousands of them. However, it's usually the seven main ones that we work on.
These seven chakras run along the spinal column with the first at the coccyx, the second slightly above it, the third by your solar plexus, the fourth at your chest, the fifth at your throat, the sixth between your eyebrows, and the seventh on the top of your head. Yoga in India is extremely famous for stress management and mental health.
Even if western medicine doesn’t acknowledge the existence of chakras, these are all located at parts of the body that can retain tension.
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Can We Work on Our Chakras if We Don’t Believe in them?
Maybe you’re a beginner when it comes to yoga. Maybe not. Maybe you believe in the possibility of chakras, life force energy, Kundalini, nadis, etc. Improving your chakras comes with keeping your mind focused, you can practice yoga at home or, in a studio.
Are you a logical person who can’t see themselves imagining energy passing through seven points on your body? Do you have to really feel these seven points open and close?
Then perhaps yoga isn’t for you. But don’t go just yet, though.
You don’t need to believe in chakras to practise yoga. You can still participate in yoga whether you believe in this energy or not as it’s still good for your wellbeing.
Just doing various yoga poses can help you feel more relaxed, open, and confident. It can be tricky to suddenly start imagining energy flowing through you if you’ve been brought up in another belief system. It’ll seem weird to focus on the solar plexus chakra (the digestive system and the colour yellow), but you’ll still feel better at the end of the session.
Just the simple act of reading this article might leave you more open to entertaining the fact and changing your daily habits to work on a bit of introspection. In any case, yoga is good for your balance and strength so all hope is not lost.
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Vibrations and Chakras in Yoga
You’re probably wondering what that bowl they’re hitting is. It can’t be to make you feel more relaxed because it's quite jarring. Vibrations are important when working on chakras in yoga as each organ in the body has a particular resonant frequency that it responds to.
Each chakra is associated with certain organs and certain frequencies:
- First chakra: the skeleton, muscles, tendons, coccyx, intestines.
- Second chakra: bodily fluids, bladder, reproductive organs.
- Third chakra: the digestive system.
- Fourth chakra: the heart and thorax.
- Fifth chakra: the throat, vocal cords, ears.
- Sixth chakra: the head and brain.
- Seventh chakra: the cranial vault.
Each yoga bowl corresponds to a particular note and the note they make resonates with the associated organs and chakras. This can help balance them. Thus, the first chakra is associated with C, the second with D, the third with E, the fourth with F, the fifth with G, the sixth with A, and the seventh with B.
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Balancing Chakras with Mantras in Yoga
You don’t need to invest in a Tibetan singing bowl for each note as you can balance your chakras using your vocal cords.
Each chakra is associated with a mantra and repeating a mantra whilst meditating, usually at the end of a session, can stimulate a particular chakra.
- Root chakra: Lam
- Sacral chakra: Vam
- Solar plexus chakra: Ram
- Heart chakra: Yam
- Throat chakra: Ham
- Third-eye chakra: Om
- Crown chakra: Ham So.
You don’t need to know how to sing to use these mantras. The important thing is to let them resonate in your body when you pronounce them. Take a deep breath and make the mantra last until you have no more air in your lungs. Repeat this exercise two or three times at the start and at the end of a yoga session and focus on one particular chakra.
Some sessions will focus solely on resonating the chakras. This is what we call sound yoga and thanks to the vibrations of the vocal cords, the body’s energy will be stimulated. The power, volume, length, and pitch of the sound are what’s important. The vibrations massage the organs and alleviate tension through breathing.
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Yoga and Chakras: Controlling Breathing and Pranayama
Controlling your breathing is the basis of yoga. Mastering your breathing is essential if you want to have good energy since air oxygenates your organs and your brain.
When it comes to yoga poses, the focus is on breathing and asanas are done as you inhale or as you exhale.
Breathing can also help you to relax. For example, sama-vritti is a type of breathing control to help you relax. You can do this when you feel stressed.
- Breathe in for a count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of four.
- Breathe out for a count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of four.
Do this 10 to 20 times. If a count of four feels like too much, start with a count of 2 or 3. The important thing is to do each of the four steps for the same amount of time. This will slow your heart rate and calm you down.
Balancing Your Chakras with Meditation
Meditation might seem difficult for budding yogis which is why yoga and meditation classes are better. The goal is to let go while not giving up. Starting anything can be tricky but it’ll be worth it in the long run as there are plenty of benefits to doing meditation.
There are types of meditation dedicated to opening chakras. Don’t hesitate to have a look for them on sites like YouTube.
You can also work on all the main chakras in a single session, just make sure you start with the root chakra and the crown chakra. Chakra meditation is more effective while standing but in the beginning, you might want to do it sitting or lying.
Think of the colour of each chakra before moving onto the next:
- First chakra: red. Think of something like a strawberry or poppy.
- Second chakra: orange. An orange or a fox.
- Third chakra: yellow. The sun, a banana, a lemon.
- Fourth chakra: green. A lawn, forest, or apple.
- Fifth chakra: blue. The sky.
- Sixth chakra: indigo. The sea.
- Seventh chakra: purple. Grapes, violets, aubergines.
Yoga Sessions Dedicated to Balancing Chakras
There are yoga teachers offering sessions dedicated to balancing a particular chakra as it's better to focus on a particular chakra in a single session. For example, you can do 30-minute sessions focusing a chakra.
Certain yoga poses focus on particular chakras:
- First chakra (Muladhara): the chakra associated with earth. Focus on asanas such as Utkatasana (chair pose), Malasana (squat pose), or Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend).
- Second chakra (Svadhishthana): the chakra associated with sexuality. Focus on poses like Baddha Konasana (throne pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), or Navasana (boat pose).
- Third chakra (Manipura): associated with self-confidence. The associated yoga poses are Virabhadrasana I and II (warrior I and II) and Salabhasana (locust pose).
- Fourth chakra (Anahata): associated with heart and compassion. You can do Chakrasana (bridge pose), Ustrasana (camel pose), or even Matsyasana (fish pose).
- Fifth chakra (Vishuddha): associated with the throat and honesty. Focus on asanas such as Simhasana (lion pose) or Sarvangasana (shoulder stand).
- Sixth chakra (Ajna): the third-eye chakra. To balance this chakra, you should do Balasana (child’s pose), cat pose, shoulder stand, or Natarajasana (dancer pose).
- Seventh chakra (Sahasrara): the most mysterious of the chakras and the one that's associated with the spiritual. Work on poses like Shirshasana (headstand) or just Shavasana (corpse pose).
There are plenty of other techniques for working on your chakras so don’t hesitate to try them out!
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