YOGA POSES TO BALANCE ALL 7 CHAKRAS
In a previous article we discussed the concept behind chakras, which are ‘energetic points of consciousness’ where the body and the spirit meet. Hindus believe that a person’s body plays host to seven of these energy centers, and each one has certain physical and spiritual effects.
We've profiled a few amazing wellness sites around the web for their perspectives on the healing powers of the chakra-yogic connection as well as the best yoga poses for each chakra.
Mind Body Green explained that when the chakras are balanced, a person can enjoy a joyful and harmonious life primarily through good health and strong relationships. This balance can be attained through meditation and yoga. It’s achieved by ‘purifying the lower energies’ (1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras) and channeling them upwards so they can be harmonized with the energies at the upper levels (7th, 6th, and 5th chakras). Everything converges with the 4th or heart chakra, which is the ‘center of a person’s being’. In doing so, you can attain self-realization.
While there is no physical evidence with regards to their existence, the concept of chakras is deeply associated with yoga which has already been proven to promote good health. For instance, the practice is considered as protection or a means to alleviate certain disorders. Everyday Health specified asthma, arthritis, insomnia, and multiple sclerosis as some of the ailments that yoga can help manage. In addition HealthIQ.com states that yogis are 41% less likely to suffer from lower bodily inflammation compared to non-practitioners. These findings are on top of countless studies that show yoga as an effective stress reliever, which is vital for countering any potential mental health issues. It can also boost a practitioner’s energy levels.
With that in mind,
which types of ‘asanas’ can help balance the chakras?
While all yoga poses can stimulate, manage, and release the energy flowing into and out of the body, some are more effective than others. Yoga Journal recommends a yoga sequence comprised of seven poses to correspond with the seven chakras of the body.
- Tree Pose (Vrksasana). The Tree Pose is meant to balance the Root Chakra (Muladhara). It helps a yogi achieve a more stable life and at the same time be more alert, confident, independent, strong, and energetic.
- Goddess Pose (Deviasana). The Goddess Pose is intended to provide balance to the Sacral/Pelvic Chakra (Svadhisthana). Reaching balance here promotes emotional stability, boosts creativity, and allows one to be more adaptable to change.
- Boat Pose (Navasana). The Boat Pose can be used to provide balance to the Navel Chakra (Manipura). When done correctly, this can encourage productivity and help a person feel more self-confident.
Meanwhile, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine has their own recommended poses to achieve balance on the chakras. Here are the recommendations for the four remaining chakras.
- Heart Centering Meditation. Achieving equilibrium of the Heart Chakra (Anahata) can make a person become more compassionate and empathetic. On the other hand, lack of balance on this chakra can put a person at risk of being codependent or needy. Besides the motions, however, they also suggest repeating a mantra to achieve balance faster.
- Camel Pose. This pose is good for people who always feel hesitant about voicing ideas or opinions because it balances the Throat Chakra (Vishuddha). It can improve a person’s ability to communicate not just in terms of speaking, but also in listening.
- Guru Pranam. The Guru Pranam pose aids in properly channeling energy to the Third Eye Chakra (Anja), which is connected to intuition. Balance in this chakra allows a person to have a more open mind and better insight. The position is said to help put the mind in the backseat for the meantime to allow the wisdom of the heart to take over.
- Meditation for Guru Prasad. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is directly linked to mood and spirituality. When energy facilitated by this chakra reaches equilibrium, a person becomes better connected with the universe. The person is able to look beyond physicality and see how he/she is directly related to everything else in the world. Meditation for Guru Prasad is recommended to achieve balance for this chakra.
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