The Art of Yin & Yang Yoga (4/4): Chakras
Is your mind, body, and soul aligned? Are your chakra channels open? In this week's Teesha Talk Tuesday, we delve into personal alignment, the impact of your chakra channels, and how it all relates to the art of Yin & Yang Yoga!
What are chakras? Chakras are the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds; they are the energy points within your body. In Sanskrit, "chakra" means 'disk' or 'wheel' which refers to the energy centers throughout your body; a spinning wheel or disk of energy. Chakra channels are focal points that correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and the deep-rooted areas (surrounding the energy we emit) that affect our emotional and physical well-being. There are seven chakra channels: the crown chakra, the third eye chakra, the throat chakra, the heart chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the sacral chakra, and the root chakra. When your chakra channels are open and unblocked, your energy can flow freely, increasing your overall positivity for both your mind and body. Think of the ocean and how it's constantly flowing with ease, this is a great way to depict your chakra channels: the goal is to have open, flowing energy that cradles self-awareness and a peace of mind. When your chakra channels are closed, you may be avoiding certain thoughts and activities associated with that particular chakra, which creates blocked and closed off energy. An example would be if your throat chakra was closed due to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, lack of self-expression and fluid communication, and can even be linked to insecurity.
Listed below are the seven chakras, where they are located, and how they impact our energy:
Crown Chakra is located at the top of your head and it represents your spiritual connection with yourself, others, and the universe. This chakra plays a huge role in your life's purpose.
Third Eye Chakra is located between your eyes, often times you'll see in Indian culture, they will wear a jewel at the center of their foreheads between their eyes, to represent the third eye. This chakra represents strong intuition, a gut instinct.
Throat Chakra is located in your throat and is connected to your thyroid gland, which regulates our sense of security, leadership, and expression. This chakra is associated with our ability to communicate verbally and effectively.
Heart Chakra is located near/area your heart, in the center of your chest. As you can imagine, this chakra represents our ability to love and to show compassion to ourselves and others.
Solar Plexus Chakra is located in our stomach areas and it is associated with your confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping your feel control in your life.
Sacral Chakra is located just below your belly button and this chakra is linked to your sexual and creative energy, two things that go hand-in-hand. It is also linked to how you relate your emotions to you and others.
Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine. This chakra is associated with the foundation for/of life, it pushes you to feel grounded and able to withstand challenges.
So, now that we've covered all seven of the chakra channels, let's discuss how it relates to Yin & Yang Yoga and why it's important to keep them open and unblocked. As you know, yin yang yoga is focused on achieving balance, increasing flexibility, and improving blood flow. Yin Yoga particularly incorporates meditation to help ease the mind and body with gentle but stimulating poses, with the goal of removing blockages deep within our connective tissues kept in mind. Likewise, having an open chakra channel strays you away from blocked and closed energy that could disrupt the flow of energy that controls your life. Yin & Yang Yoga easily coincide with open chakras because meditation and challenging poses allows you to challenge your body while simultaneously relaxing it, letting go off stress and bad energy, and opening yourself up to peace and growth.
Did you enjoy this Teesha Talk Tuesday? We sure hope so! Please consider signing up for a session in Yin Yoga or even a class in meditation and chakra channels. We look forward to seeing you there! Until next time, stay safe!