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By using chakra yoga to keep the energy centers of your body open and balanced, you can attain optimal health and function at your fullest potential.
What is Chakra Yoga?
Chakra yoga is the practice of using yoga postures and controlled breath, known as pranayama, to cleanse, balance, and open the chakras, or energy centers, of the body.
Yoga Poses for Chakras
Yoga poses, or asanas, are a great way to cleanse and balance the chakra system. Not only does the stretching and strengthening help benefit your physical health, but when used in conjunction with pranayama, it helps to bring new life (via oxygen) and balance to the chakras in yoga.
Practicing chakra yoga also introduces elements of meditation, which helps sharpen the mind while balancing and opening the chakras.
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- Root chakra yoga poses: Since the first chakra is at the base of the energy system, poses that help ground you are beneficial here. Consider:
- reclining bound angle
- child’s pose
- forward bends
- head to knee pose
- Sacral chakra yoga poses: Considered the gate chakra for all fluidity that makes you human, from tears to blood and urination to menstruation, include:
- cow face pose
- pigeon pose
- bound and open angle poses
- Solar Plexus chakra yoga poses: To foster positive energy for personal transformation and to keep your belly’s fire at a controlled burn, introduce:
- sun salutation
- boat pose
- leg lifts
- mountain pose
- Heart chakra yoga poses: Promote peace and harmony between your physical and spiritual worlds with:
- eagle pose
- Throat chakra yoga poses: To purify your being and keep your emotional self balanced, include:
- camel pose
- plow pose
- bridge pose
- Third Eye chakra yoga poses: Bolster healthy energy flow through the Third Eye with:
- child’s pose
- cat/cow pose
- Crown chakra yoga poses: Although meditation is considered the best exercise for this chakra, promote energy center balance with:
- half lotus
- corpse pose
Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga for the Chakras
Kundalini yoga is synonymous with yoga for chakras. First introduced to the West in 1969, it blends the technical and spiritual aspects of yoga to achieve balance.
Kundalini Yoga, aka the yoga of awareness, combines breath, meditation, and postures to bring harmony to the chakra system. It is also used to awaken the essential life force, known as Kundalini energy, which is housed in the root chakra at the base of your spine.
Incorporating elements of hatha yoga in the form of postures, called kriyas, Kundalini yoga uses poses and pranayama to bring balance to the physical body. Additionally, Kundalini introduces the use of voice (such as chanting) to affect subtle positive changes within the body.
According to Kundalini yoga practice, the main goal is to usher life force energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
The process begins with the awakening of Kundalini energy in the root chakra which travels up the spine, activating each of the chakras along the way. When this energy reaches the crown chakra the circuit is considered complete and Enlightenment is within reach.
Pranayama to Activate the Chakras
Life is breath. Without it, you wouldn’t be here.
Controlling the breath helps the mind to focus, the body to acquire and maintain balance, and the chakra system to open and function the way it’s supposed to.
Proper breathing helps saturate the body with oxygen, which facilitates good energy flow. Think about it, when the body’s organs receive the right mount of oxygen they’re able to fully function. The same goes for the chakra system.
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.
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