By Ashley McGuirk
How much do you know about the chakras? If you practice yoga, you’re probably somewhat familiar with it. I know the first few times I experienced a chakra lesson in yoga class I would sort of tune in and out of what the instructor was explaining. Mainly because it was way over my head. You see, before going through teacher training and understanding the principles of yoga I solely attended yoga class for the physical benefits. We all know the amazing physical benefits yoga has to offer, however the spiritual, emotional and mental benefits often get tossed to the way side. These mental, emotional and spiritual portions of the yoga practice are just as important as the physical practices of yoga, so it is important to pay attention here! One of the key principles that tie in all of the human components of the yoga practice are the chakras. They involve the use of our mind, body and spirit. Therefore, each chakra symbolizes our physical, mental and spiritual connection to not only ourselves but to the universe around us. That’s why when one of our chakras becomes imbalanced we experience physical, emotional and spiritual blocks. These blocks keep us from living in the present and reaching our potential “highest selves”. I know that’s a lot to take in at once, so let me begin with a formal definition of the chakras.
Taken from “The Life of a Yogi” text by Sri Dharma Mittra, the chakras are described as “an energy center within and around the body which clairvoyants perceive as spinning like a wheel. The Seven Major Chakras run from the base of the spine to the crown od the head and occur wherever Pingala and Ida Nadis intersect with the Sushumna Nadi. According to Yoga philosophy, the life-force or Prana of the body activates these centers. If any of the Chakras are over- or under energized there is disharmony or disease within the body. One can then be said to be “out of balance”. One of the principal aims of Hatha, Kundalini and Tantra Yogas is to keep these Chakras “well-tuned” and in balance so that Divine energy can manifest through them. Each major Chakra represents a state of consciousness” (2015, p. 199).
There are seven major chakras that align along the spine from the pelvis to the crown. Each chakra is represented by a color. In my personal experience, when one of my chakras is out of balance I see that color while meditating. I take it as a sign that I need to work on balancing a part of my lifestyle I may not in harmony with. Below I have added a link on how to balance your chakras through Reiki practices. It’s a short post, but it provides some great info!
Another way to dive deeper into the understanding of the chakras and how to balance them properly is taking the “Healing through the Chakras” course offered here at Razz. The class is led by Gina Sager, a well-qualified yogi and holistic healer.
In this 7 Week Program, you will:
- Learn the Eden Energy Medicine perspective on the 7 chakras, recognizing the power of full embodiment and need for grounding for deeper spiritual work and growth
- Understand and embody your capacity to use your own hands to create harmony in your energy body
- Learn the elements and qualities associated with each chakra, and simple practices that can balance each of the chakras including energy medicine, meditation and mudras
- Experience a Mindful Energy Yoga practice for each chakra that incorporates Eden Energy work into more traditional hatha yoga for a well-rounded and blended practice for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance
- Learn essential yet simple practices to balance the chakras when “on the run” and without time for longer practice
For more information about Gina and what she offers feel free to check out her website https://www.ginasager.com/chakras-razz
This course has already started, but drop-ins are welcome! Take the plunge and discover the importance of balancing your life through the chakras. Until next time, Namaste.