In case you’re one of those like me, who on being stuck or falling ill go straight to check “which chakra” first…then a counselor or a doctor! This is for you yogis. However, this whole Chakra thing is not a substitute for a doctor’s visit. This is something to do with un-frequenting those disturbances which lead to our serious physical and psychological glitches. But first, one thing I wish to mention here that our Chakra Series is already in progress which is a much-much deeper form of this one- 7 yoga poses to unblock your 7 chakras. Where each chakra is explained individually and thoroughly. “7 yoga poses to unblock your 7 chakras” is an attempt to clear your insight on the chakra system as a whole and how you can keep it fit from the first day.
What are chakras in the human body?
The word chakra literally means “wheel” in Sanskrit and symbolizes the flow of energy in our body. The 7 main chakras present in your body are actually energy centers and are known to regulate different emotions and physical activity. Their origin can be traced to early Hinduism and Buddhism and both of them talk about the shifting nature of chakras.
Before diving deeper into 7 Yoga Poses To Unblock Your 7 Chakras
Let’s learn that…
Where Are The Chakra Points Located Within Our Body
Chakras are the energy centers of the body. They are located along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and running upwards to the crown of the head. The energy centers accord with one or more glands in the physical body. Each radiates a specific color and energy.
Since each chakra recounts to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of our being, it is said that the blockage or malfunction of the chakras can lead to physical, psychological, and emotional disorders. The conscious awareness and the balancing of these energy centers, on the other hand, are believed to lead to well-being and good health. That is one of the purposes of Yogasanas practice: to stimulate and balance the chakras or energies in the body.
Why On The Earth Chakras Get Blocked?
When we hear from the profound Gurus or Saints about the Blocked Chakras, we may naturally assume blocked arteries due to the excess of “bad cholesterol”! Resulting in a cardiac arrest. Yet chakras blockage is more analogous with an engine that has long due service. That said when we don’t take proper care of self in terms of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, our chakras exhibit weakness and rhythmic flow of energy is obstructed.
Further, it is more important to acknowledge that chakras are interwoven with each other and the wellness of one can influence the wellness of others. When we talk about Chakras, the concept of a universal life force a.k.a. Prana comes into limelight. Prana the vital energy that flows within our subtle body is the deciding factor how healthy our energy centers are. Chi, qui, or ki are how Prana is referred to, in other Asian countries like China and Japan.
The following factors are mainly responsible for the blockage in a chakra or the whole Chakra System.
Stress And Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are the most dreaded cause behind our number of physical and mental ailments. We’re humans, we have the best version of the brain to which we keep straining through various activities. These activities could be in the form of overthinking, ambitions, jealousy, or even love. If we don’t know how to manage our day to day stress, it can cause havoc on our overall health and wellness.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, anxiety may cause gastrointestinal disorders. About 10% to 20% of Americans suffer from the two most common functional digestive disorders — IBS and functional dyspepsia (upset stomach). In these disorders, the nerves regulating digestion appear to be hypersensitive to stimulation.
When we are stressed mentally, our bodies and organs are stressed too. You may feel tightening up, stiffness in breathing, and raised heartbeats. We breathe rapid and shallow. This pattern gives rise to the stress hormone cortisol inducing a phenomenon ‘flight or fight’. These body changes communicate further to our energetic centers a.k.a. chakras and obstruct the energy flow to restrain their synchronized movement.
Most of the psychological and emotional issues like depression, anxiety, and addiction can take a toll on a person’s energy. Since these feelings normally accumulate over time, removing these is usually a long and gradual process.
It is crucial to learn techniques like yoga and meditation to help calm yourself and reduce any tension that you feel day today.
Chakras influence our physical wellbeing too. And vice-versa is also a valid thing. An unhealthy digestive system, IBS, constipation, plaque in arteries, cyst or tumor can be a reason to block your chakra. So in order to nurture your chakras, you need to nurture your body first.
Other factors to influence your chakras include a poor diet, lack of sleep, drug use, overexertion, or a lack of exercise.
Gratitude, kindness, and karmas
Being spiritual, truthful and kindness are some of the main factors accountable for the well-being of our Chakra System.
Along with association with the chakras and prana, the idea of karma comes naturally. In Sanskrit, karma means “action” and in simple terms, you can think of it as the balance of all of our good, bad, or neutral actions. So helping someone in distress renders good karma. On the other hand, lying or earning money via unfair means brings you bad karma.
Some people believe that this karma builds up for our entire lifetime, and we carry the burden of all our past positive and negative options with us. Good or bad karma is even believed to pass between lifetimes, and you may carry bad karma from your past life that you still need to repay.
This bad karma can manifest as everything from bad luck to chakra blockages. So if you try everything else and nothing seems to work, you may try doing good deeds to improve your karma and see if that helps.
To add this, many cultures also believe that planets can have an energetic impact on people and help or limit the flow of energy throughout the body.
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How to know whether You Have Blocked Chakras
Unfortunately, the diagnosis of the blocked chakras is not as straight forward as that of a medical condition. However, it is also true that a body with a healthy overall chakra system is the one whose physical and mental wellbeing is not in question. A sense of satisfaction and happiness prevails when your chakras are ‘whirling in sync’ without any blockage. Obviously, the opposite results are caused by blocked chakras. Thus it could lead to a malicious cycle causing more serious issues.
In terms of physical ailments due to blocked chakras, different symptoms and illnesses are linked to blockages or imbalances in the various chakras.
Generally speaking, one blocked chakra can affect the wellness of the other chakras too. So it is more important to recognize that one chakra is blocked hence slugging the others. This one needs special attention.
. Although the normal practice is to start from the root chakra and work your way up until all of the chakras have been cleared.
Your 7 Chakras At A Glance
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ELEMENT AND NATURE
UNBLOCK THE CHAKRA
VAJRASANA, WARRIOR-II, SHAVASANA|
BASE OF THE SPINE
CONFIDENCE, POWER AND
CROWN OF THE HEAD|
7 Yoga Poses To Unblock Your 7 Chakras
1. Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra)- Warrior Pose
Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine between the anus and the genitals. It radiates the color red and represents the element earth.
It is characterized by the emotions of survival, stability, security, ambition and our basic needs. When this chakra is out of balance, a person might feel unstable, ungrounded, lack of ambition, lack of purpose, fearful, insecure and frustrated. However, a balanced Muladhara Chakra enables us to feel stable, confident, balanced, energetic, independent and strong.
Practicing the following postures helps to balance Muladhara Chakra: Mountain Pose (Tadasana), WARRIOR POSE
2. Swadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Chakra)- Goddess Pose
The second chakra, Swadhisthana Chakra, is located at the lower abdomen, about four fingers below the navel. It radiates the color orange and represents the element of water.
The attributes of Sacral Chakra are the basic needs for sexuality, desires, creativity, and self-worth. When imbalanced, a person might feel emotionally explosive and irritable, lacking energy and creativity, manipulative or obsessed with sexual thoughts. When Swadhisthana Chakra is balanced, a person might feel positive, vital, and satisfied.
3. Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra)- Bridge Pose
Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra is located above the navel at the solar plexus (between the navel and the bottom of the rib cage). It represents the element fire and thus radiates yellow color.
This chakra is characterized by energy and emotions like confidence, ego, anger, and aggression. An imbalance of Manipura Chakra can manifest itself physically by digestive problems, liver problems or diabetes. On an emotional level, you might struggle with depression, lack of self-esteem, anger, and perfectionism. By bringing the chakra into balance one might feel energetic, confident, productive, and focussed.
Working on Manipura Chakra can be done in poses like seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) and Bow Pose (Dhanurasana).
4. Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)- Fish or Half Fish Pose
This fourth Chakra is the seat of balance within the body, characterized by emotions of love, attachment, compassion, truthfulness, and passion. Anahata Chakra is also a link between our three lower and three upper chakras.
When Anahata Chakra is out of balance a person might deal with emotional issues like anger, lack of trust, anxiety, jealousy, fear, and moodiness. By balancing this chakra, you become compassionate, optimistic, friendly, motivated, loving, and caring.
Heart Chakra can be balanced by practicing poses like Half Bridge Pose (Ardha Setubandhasana), and Fish Pose (Matsyasana).
5. Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)- Camel Pose
Vishuddha Chakra represents inspiration, expression, faith and the ability of communication. Imbalance of the Throat Chakra may lead to timidity, quietness, a feeling of weakness or the inability to express your thoughts truthfully. A balanced Throat Chakra can manifest itself by creativity, positive self-expression, constructive communication, and satisfaction.
6. Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)- Tree Pose
Third Eye Chakra is often used as a focal point during asana practice to bring more concentration and awareness. It is believed that meditation on Ajna Chakra rescinds the karma of past lives and gives liberation and intuitional wisdom. Its attributes are intelligence, intuition, understanding, insight, and self-recognition.
When Ajna Chakra is out of balance, one might feel non-assertive, afraid of success, or on the contrary, be egoistical. On the physical level, the imbalance of Ajna Chakra can manifest itself on a physical level by headaches, fuzzy vision, and weak eyesight. When Ajna Chakra is balanced, one is his own master without fear of death and free of all the materialistic attachments.
Ajna Chakra is stimulated when practicing Headstand (Shirsasana) and Tree Pose.
7. Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra)- Mindful Meditation
Sahasrara Chakra is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought, and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. When out of balance, one might suffer from a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy and destructive feelings.
Watch the video- Chakra Balancing Yoga Postures With Affirmations
This is it yogis, your minuscule kit for Chakra Awareness, and Balancing. The bigger is on the way. I hope it will kick-start some chakra quest inside you. For more details and insights keep visiting www.yogarsutra.com.
Wrapping UP- 7 Yoga Poses To Unblock Your 7 Chakra
Thanks for trusting me and believing your Chakra System yogis! Now you may feel if 7 yoga poses are sufficient to unblock all the seven chakras…Maybe you’re right here. Because for something as precious and important as the chakra system, the remedial course should not be as simple and straight forward as just slipping on your yoga mat and doing just 7 asanas and lo, chakras become unblocked!
In anticipation, I want to say that, be sure about the power of mindfulness and regularity friends. It pays off huge in long terms. GOOD LUCK.
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