Yoga and Meditation balance body chakras by accessing and stimulating them. When we follow a regular and moderate (leading to intense) yoga practice, followed by a Mindful Meditation, we start tapping and rejuvenating our specific body parts and organs where our chakras reside.
Different yoga poses stretch open that specific part and oxygenate the surrounding area. This results in related energy center to get more alive and whirling in a balanced rhythm.
What Are Chakras?
A big question indeed! But not difficult to understand, however complicated it may appear at first sight. Chakras are energy centers! We all possess a body with complex energy forms. While most of you must have heard of seven chakras, there’re as good as 114 centers of energy in our body. To distribute this energy, there are 72,000 energy channels called Nadis. These are the carrier of our vital energy- Prana.
Chakras are formed at the space where nadis meet with each other to create those triangular deltas. The reason, why these triangles are called chakra (wheel), is their being a representative of growth and vitality. When these triangular energy centers are perfectly synched and balanced, become the wheel of energy. At different levels, these energy centers produce different qualities to our existence.
Chakras in our body are stacked in the same order as colors of a rainbow. Which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and the violet– "VIBGYORE", this reminds me of the science class with chapter optics.
This also reminds us of the principle of oneness! That we are a part of this universe. With the change in our emotions, chakra colors may also change.
How Chakras Become Imbalanced?
At the age 70 plus, Mummy feels insecure. She assumes there is no one to look after her. That is when papa, 5 years senior to her is almost more fit at the physical and mental level.
When I passed the class 12th exam and my brother his class 8th, Papa sends both of us to live in the hostel for further studies. The reason was the lack of proper facilities in our tiny home town.
While papa remained busy days in days out managing his work and meeting out our expenses, loneliness trapped mom! The feeling of negligence prevailed with her for years.
“If insecurity un-rooted her so much so that she is losing trust from her children, siblings relatives or even our father!”
Our Body- A store House Of Emotions
Among all these concerns, raising so many thoughts, I can’t forget an assertion made by her about her own childhood. Mom is the eldest of her six siblings. Sometimes back when she was yet in “her best sense of humor”, I would often tease for the size of her parental family.
Painfully she kept telling me about her insecure childhood. How she had to take care of her younger brothers and sisters because my grandma remained busy is household chores and even in fields with my grandfather.
Mummy had to cook for all before leaving for school. She was a bright student, yet the next day her presence in the class was uncertain.
But these conditions were not rare. Anyone with large family size and limited resources can undergo such painful situations in childhood. Why only she appears to lose her sense of being rooted or being secure.
Didn’t papa would have had the same phase in his life! With a yogi father (my grandfather), who lived a nomadic life, far less willing to bear family responsibilities, my father’s childhood was not any less insecure than mom’s. He too stumbled for many years before getting finally settled. But he is in the best of his brain and body at 75 plus!
So where lies the difference? How could the outcomes of two almost identical journeys be so different?
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Yoga Takes Care Of Our Wellbeing
I got all replies after watching *Anadea Judith master class about chakra balancing. There she described how unbalanced chakra can cause havoc in your life. How childhood feelings are stored and how they are manifested later in life.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. has been called "a prophet for our time." A groundbreaking thought leader who is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, and a writer, therapist, and spiritual teacher. She is considered one of the country's foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the Chakra System. ( Excerpts from Amazon Author Page Biography)
Presently, I'm reading her book "Wheels of Life". This amazing book is helping me to understand our Chakras profoundly. I recommend you to invest in this jewel.
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Then how could papa remain unaffected while mom is on the way of losing her sanity? My logical side has only two strong echoes- Genes and Yoga!
Well, papa spends his morning hours in yoga practices and meditation and takes care of his physical and mental wellbeing. Always eats (sometimes over) healthy food. Starts his day with the flaxseed, honey and curd mix.
A..aand mom! ‘A glass full of ultra-sweet tea’ she starts her day with! Then spends hours thinking about her past. Can’t she leave her past in the past and be present for the future? Seems a difficult task for her!
“If her chakras are balanced?” I am in doubt!
Moral: Dear friends the moral behind making my parents’ personal life public is to convey something precious for your journey towards Chakras. I hope they (especially mom :), will never get to know this. Mom… Pa…will you forgive me!
Well… back to chakra!
Understand Your seven Chakras, Associated Color, Elements, and Bija Mantra
The seven main chakras live in the area from the base of the tailbone on the pelvic floor to the top of the head. Each corresponds to a different physical and spiritual developmental state, with a unique connection to particular organs, emotional and spiritual issues, physical ailments, colors, and sounds (Bija Mantra chanted while in meditation).
Essentially, any spiritual journey can be understood by navigating from the root chakra, called the "Mooladhara," which is located at the base of your spine, to the crown chakra or "Sahasrar," placed at the crown of your head.
Hence, your spiritual life has to begin from the physical mode, finally reaching all the way to three-dimensions.
That said, a change in dimension, from one to another (Mooladhara to Sahasrara and Physical to spiritual) is possible.
Here are your Chakras one by one-
1. Muladhara- The Root Chakra
Mula (root) adhara (foundation) – Positioned at the tip of the coccyx (tail bone) and the pelvic floor, this chakra is associated with physical identity, survival, stability, and instinctual nature.
Psychologically it relates to fear and anger. Physically it corresponds to tiredness, poor sleep, lower-back pain, immune disorders, and obesity.
- Element- Earth
- Related Color- Red
- Bija Mantra- LAM
- Yoga Poses: Moutain Pose, Warrior Pose, Standing Forward Bend
2. Swadhisthana - The Sacral Chakra (Orange Color)
This chakra is positioned at the pubic bone, a place below the navel. Therefore, it is the sexual center and the primary source of creativity.
There is a vital connection between the Sacral Chakra and the sense of taste of the body. The female reproductive organs, the bladder, lymphatic system, and the pelvic glands are some of the major glands impacted by the Swadhisthana chakra.
- The orange color is associated with enthusiasm, happiness, attraction, sexuality, and joy.
- Element- Water
- Related Color- Orange
- Bija Mantra- VAM
Yoga Poses: Hip openers, Forward Bend, Seated Twists
3. Manipura- The Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura means a town of Jewels. Located at the solar plexus in your abdomen, Manipura is a central point of transformation in the body because of its anatomy.
The organs associated with Manipura include the stomach, liver, gallbladder, mid-spine, and small intestines. Maintaining the health of this chakra is important in order to deal with psychological issues like self-esteem, nervousness, depression, fear of rejection, etc.
With balanced solar plexus you feel more confident, clear, decisive, productive, and focused.
- Element- Fire
- Related Color- Yellow
- Bija Mantra- Ram
- Yoga Poses Half-twist, Boat Pose, Backbends, “Breath Of Fire”
4. Anahata- The Heart Chakra
Anahata literally means “unbeaten.” The heart chakra lies at the center point in the chakra system, between the three lower earthly chakras and the three celestial chakras above
The central theme of this chakra is love, the unifying force that connects us with the other. One of the best ways to strengthen the heart chakra is to offer it openly to the world.
- Related Color- Green
- Bija Manta- YAM
- Yoga Poses: Eagle Pose, Cow Pose, Backbends, Chest-opening poses
5. Visuddha- The Throat Chakra
Visuddha is the chakra responsible for your spiritual being. Located at the throat, this chakra connects the spiritual and physical plane through the vibration of sound.
- Element- Akasha
- Color- Blue
- Bija Mantra- HAM
- Yoga Poses: Fish Pose, Lion Pose, Supported Shoulder Stand
6. Ajna-The Third Eye Chakra
Located between your two eyebrows, Ajna is related to inner vision and intuition. This is unified with our uppermost chakra- The Crown Chakra and enables a greater consciousness1
This chakra needs to be rooted with the earth element through the breath in order not to over-activate it. Misbalancing of this chakra may cause you headaches, nightmares, eyestrain, and learning disabilities. When balanced, this chakra produces a deep, clear calm and is capable of manifesting your thoughts and ideas.
- Element- Light
- Color- Indigo
- Bija Mantra- AUM
- Yoga Poses: Systematic Breathing, meditation, Child’s Pose, Yoga Nidra
7. Sahasrara- The Crown Chakra
Sahasrara stands for One-Thousand-Petaled Lotus – The lotus represents the infinite creation and destruction of all things. Located at the crown of the head, Sahasrara allows you to directly receive celestial signals and to connect with deities and other energy forces available to you.
Further, this chakra, when open, can collapse time and space and allow the future and past to be available to you simultaneously.
- Elements- Thoughts/ space
- Color- Violet
- Bija mantra- OM
- Yoga Poses: Tree Pose, Eagle Pose, Seated Meditation
Wrapping up- Yoga and Meditation Balance Body Chakra
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