Connecting these two systems creates what I call the Energetic-Somatic System (ESS). This system represents the relationship between the energies of the body – in this case chakras and the physical body – and how they relate to posture. Connecting the dots with all these systems results in the chakras that affect organs/glands will then affect muscles of posture along the spine. This results in healthy chakras which equals healthy posture (3).
Improve Your Posture
You can improve your posture immediately. One place to start is with the basic meditation sitting position. When you are in your seated meditation position you can keep a healthy seated posture by optimizing spinal and pelvic biomechanics (6). This will affect your chakras in a positive way.
Here are four parts of your body to bring attention to – to enhance your posture.
Pelvic Level – if you are sitting on a chair, floor or cushion be sure to keep your waist even. This is done by keeping your legs in a symmetrical position. For example, if you are on the floor and have your legs crossed you may notice the “top” leg causes the hip on the same side to be elevated. I recommend placing a cushion or block under your pelvic bones to lift your hips up allowing your legs to rest more evenly.
Low Back Curved – Engage your belly slightly (Uddiyana Bandha). This will help keep your back from curving excessively forward or back. It keeps your center of gravity in line with your core and chakras.
Chest Lifted – Imagine a cord attached to the top of your head that gently pulls your head and torso up. This elongated your spine and helps to decompress your spine. A common mistake people make is to stick their chest out. Avoid the recommendation to lift the chest as it tends to cause people to lean back instead of lifting straight up.
Shoulders Pulled Slightly Back – Instead of lifting your chest, a more effective postural correction is to gently pull your shoulders back. It is like squeezing your shoulder blades together without overly exerting those muscles that connect the shoulder blades to the spine.
In addition to improving your seated posture, I highly recommend seeking out posture guidance through a posture expert. Recommendations of exercises, therapeutics and posture devices are given to make profound long lasting changes to your posture. I’m sure you will find not only improvement in your chakras health but also in your overall health and well-being.