What are Chakras and how are they relevant to yoga practice?
Chakras are considered to be the points of spiritual presence within the human body. The word ‘Chakra’ literally means vortex or tunnel, implying that these points are connections to a higher power or to the inner self. Just like tunnels, chakras can become blocked, which can leave us feeling unbalanced, tired, stressed- all types of feelings that are mental but have a physical effect on the body. Chakras can be opened through many different natural remedies, and one of these is yoga. Through yoga and different postures, different chakras or spiritual points can be opened and exercised- helping us to gain mental strength, clarity and peace of mind.
There are 7 chakras or spiritual points on the human body, and different yoga poses are beneficial for different points. We have made a list of our favourite chakra-specific poses- have a read!
1. Root Chakra: helps us to feel grounded
Location: tail bone area
Yoga pose for root chakra:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
2. Sacral Chakra: helps us to connect with out experiences
Location: lower abdomen
Yoga pose for Sacral Chakra:
Standing Bow (Dandayamana-Dhanurasana)
3. Solar Plexus Chakra: helps with confidence levels
Location: upper abdomen
Yoga post for Solar Plexus Chakra:
Half lord of the fishes pose (Ardha Matsyendrasan)
4. Heart Chakra: Increases our ability to love
Location: centre of chest
Yoga pose for Heart Chakra:
Camel Pose (Ushtrasan)
5. Throat Chakra: Increases our ability to communicate
Yoga pose for throat chakra:
Plow Pose (Halasana)
5. Third Eye Chakra: Helps us to focus
Location: between the eyes
Yoga Pose for Third Eye Chakra:
Childs pose (Balasana)
6. Crown Chakra: Our spiritual connection
Locations: crown of the head
Yoga post for Crown Chakra:
Tree pose (Vrksasana)
Want to learn more about the Chakra system? Come to our ‘Raise Your Vibration’ workshop on the 26th September 2015 at our Seaton studio! Click HERE for more details (then select ‘special events)!