A Chakra Sequence

How can we balance the Chakras…

 

As I believe I need to balance my chakras as I guess there’s no harm in doing so.

What would be the easiest way to do so?  There is of course meditation but as I am a very restless soul I find it very hard to sit still and try to focus.

Another option could be to do a yoga sequence based on poses that can help to open up the different chakras while focusing on their location and colour.

 

Muladhara Chakra – Tree Pose – Vrksasana 

Visualize your Root Chakra as a bright red light shining out from the end of your tailbone

This chakra gives us a feeling of being grounded and it is responsible for your sense of security and survival. If this is blocked we may suffer from anxiety disorders, fears and nightmares.

Location: Base of the spine

Colour: Red

Element: Earth

Sound: Lam

Yoga poses for balancing: Grounding poses such as Tree Pose, Warrior I and II

 

Swadhisthana Chakra – Goddess Pose – Deviasana 

Visualise your Sacral Chakra as an orange glowing light and be aware of your reproductive organs

This chakra is responsible for our sexual and creative energies. Honour your body and express yourself creatively to keep this wheel turning. If it’s blocked you will feel uninspired or feel emotionally unstable.

Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel

Colour: Orange

Element: Water

Sound: Vam

Yoga poses: Pigeon Pose, Warrior II, Goddess Pose

 

Manipura Chakra – Boat Pose – Navasana 

Visualize your Solar Plexus Chakra as a shining yellow light and focus on engaging your core 

When you feel butterflies in your stomach, that is the Manipura chakra working. If it’s blocked you might doubt yourself.

Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area

Colour: Yellow

Element: Fire

Sound: Ram

Yoga poses: Boat Pose, Warrior III, Twisting poses like Revolved Triangle Pose

 

Anahata  Chakra – Camel Pose – Ustrasana 

Visualize your Heart Chakra radiating green light filled with love, compassion, and kindness

The heart chakra influences your ability to give and receive love from others and ourselves.

Location: Center of chest, just above the heart

Colour: Green

Element: Air

Sound: Yam

Yoga Poses: Back-bends, Reverse plank, Upside Dog, Camel Pose

 

Vishuddha Chakra – Supported Shoulderstand – Salamba Sarvangasana

Visualize your Throat Chakra in a shining blue light near your throat as it removes any doubt you may have regarding your truth

Relates to communication and your ability to understand and speak your inner truth “purely”, when out of balance you find difficulty in expressing yourself and your needs, desires and opinions.

Location: Throat

Colour: Light blue / Turquoise

Element: Sound

Sound: Ham

Yoga Poses: Fish Pose, Plough Pose, Supported Shoulderstand

 

Ajna Chakra – Easy Pose – Sukasana 

Visualize your Third Eye Chakra in a shining Indigo light 

When this chakra is functioning we can feel our intuitions and sometimes have hits of visions.

Location: Forehead between the eyes

Colour: Indigo

Element: Light

Sound: Om

Yoga Poses: Child Pose, Dolphin Pose, Eagle Pose, Easy Pose

 

Sahasrara – Corpse Pose – Savasana

Visualize your Crown Chakra in a shining white light rising out from the top of you head and showering you with golden white light around you

If this chakra is open we are fully connected to our spirituality and consciousness.

Location: The very top of the head

Colour: Violet / White

Element: Divine Consciousness

Sound: Om

Yoga Poses: Headstand, Treepose, Savasana

 

Nathalie

Chakra FAQ

What is Chakra?

Chakra in Sanskrit means “wheel” (just like your Ardha Chakrasana (Half Wheel Pose)).  They are energy centres which connect to the vagus nerves – the main component of our body’s parasympathetic nervous system which practically connects everything.

 

How many chakras are there in our body?

There are 114 chakras in our body, but there are 7 significant chakras which run along the spine – from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.

 

What are the 7 significant chakras?

(From the root to the crown) Muladhara, Swadhistana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, Sahasrara.

 

What is Muladhara Chakra?

(Also known as the Root Chakra)

Location:   Base of the spine (a.k.a. coccyx) (a.k.a. tailbone)

Element:    Earth

Meaning:   Physical identity, stability, grounding

Objective:

Relates to the basic foundation of life, i.e. basics of survival: safety, food, shelter, comfort and belonging

If blocked:

(physical issues) Arthritis, constipation, bladder or colon problems

(emotional issues) Feeling insecure, stress, sluggish, not good enough or greed and never feel contented

 

What is Swadhistana Chakra?

(Also known as Sacral Chakra)

Location:  Below belly button, above the pubic bone

Element:   Water

Meaning:  Sexuality, pleasure, creativity

Objective: Relationship with others and freedom from guilt, creativity and joys of life

If blocked:

(physical issues) Urinary tract infections, lower back pain, impotency

(emotional issues) Sexually unsatisfied, involve in toxic relationship

 

What is Manipura Chakra?

(Also known as Solar Plexus Chakra)

Location:  Stomach area

Element:   Fire

Meaning:  Self-esteem, confident

Objective: Relationship with yourself, personal power, self-worth, freedom from shame

If blocked:

(physical issues) Digestive issues, such as stomach ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, indigestion

(emotional issues) Feeling powerless or victimised or arrogant, decision making can feel out of control

 

What is Anahata Chakra?

(Also known as Heart Chakra)

Location:  Centre of the chest (remember chakras are on the spine)

Element:   Air

Meaning:  Love and compassion

Objective: Emotional zone and forgiveness

If blocked: 

(physical issues) Heart problems, asthma, weight issues

(emotional issues) Commitment issues, holding grudges

 

What is Vishuddha Chakra?

(Also known as the Throat Chakra)

Location:  Throat

Element:   Sound

Meaning:  Communication

Objective: Communication centre – self expression, speaking the truth, listening and being heard

If blocked:  

(physical issues) Voice and throat problems, problem affecting communication, such as gum, teeth and mouth

(emotional issues) Dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, having trouble speaking your mind

 

What is Ajna Chakra?

(Also known as Third Eye Chakra)(Ajna means “beyond wisdom”)

Location:  Between the eyebrow

Element:   Light

Meaning:  Intuition, imagination

Objective: Sense of purpose in life, self-reflection

If blocked:

(physical issues) Headaches, issues with sight or concentration, hearing problems

(emotional issues) Mr./Ms. Know It All, struggle to find meaning of life

 

What is Sahasrara Chakra?

(Also known as Crown Chakra)

Location:  The very top of the head

Element:   Thought

Meaning:  Awareness, intelligence

Objective: Divine consciousness and enlightenment

If blocked:

(physical issues) Migraine and tensions headaches

(emotional issues) Stubborn, narrow-minded, skeptical

 

How to unblock Chakra?

Meditation is one of the best ways to unblock your chakras.  Mudras (hand gestures) and mantras (chants) are encouraged to be used during meditation to assist in concentration.

Positive Affirmations

 I’ll like to share with you guys one technique you can use in your next meditation session which is the use of Positive Affirmations!

What is it?

Positive affirmations can be defined as an action or process of offering emotional support and encouragement.

Why is it useful?

When we look at the steps of Karmic Cycle (Intention, Action, Reaction, Reflection, Effect, Action), our intentions or thoughts contributes to the decisions in the karmic patterns of our lives.

The concept of positive affirmations allows us to find consciousness in both enforcing patterns in our lives that promotes our well-being and breaking patterns that hinder us from progressing in life. As thoughts orient our actions and decisions, positive affirmation can help to bring awareness in manifesting positive thoughts for a happier you!

How can you use it? – Chakra Meditation

If you have never used positive affirmations in your practice, try using positive affirmations based on the chakras of the body to start!

As chakras represents states of consciousness, each chakra is a centre of subtle awareness and relates to specific feeling and emotion. Therefore, it’ll be easier to focus your attention to relate it to specific emotions.

First, try to visualise 7 points in your body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head as follows:

  1. Root Chakra (Muladhara) – located at Base of the spine
  2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) – located in the genital area
  3. Navel Chakra (Manipura) – located at the navel
  4. Heart Chakra (Anahata) – located at the heart
  5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) – located at the base of the throat
  6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) – located in between the third eye
  7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – located at the crown of the head

Next, use these affirmations for each specific point of chakra. Gently close your eyes and focus on your inhales and exhales to slow down your breathing. While meditating try to repeat each affirmation to yourself and observe how your body at that particular chakra point reacts to each affirmation.

  1. Root Chakra – Deals with security/survival/ belonging

Affirmation- “I do not let fears hold me back.”

  1. Sacral Chakra – Deals with intimacy/passion/desires 

Affirmation- “I feel empathy for others. ”

  1. Navel Chakra – Deals with Energy/Power/ Self-Esteem

Affirmation – “I am strong and confident.

  1. Heart Chakra – Deals with Love/ Hope/ Compassion

Affirmation – “I seek to help others.”

  1. Throat Chakra – Deals with communication/ Honesty/ expression

Affirmation – “I am honest with myself and others.”

  1. Third Eye Chakra – Deals intuition/intelligence/ clairvoyance

Affirmation – “I have clarity in my thoughts and mind.”

  1. Crown Chakra – Deals with Enlightment/ Understanding/ Oneness

Affirmation – “I let go of all my attachments. ”

Notice how your body reacts to each affirmation while you are repeating each affirmation. For example, if you feel any physical tension in the body or any thoughts that comes to you in each chakra point during your practice. You can also take note if there is any chakra you feel more empowered or feel hindered by.

You can keep a journal to pen down any of your observations. As the idea of positive affirmations is to bring awareness to karmic patterns of your mind. It’s recommended to continue practising with these affirmations to find patterns in trains of thoughts to provide clarity to the mind.

I hope this help you guys in your practice!

Beyond the Science- Chakra

Coming to the Yoga teacher training is my first time coming across Chakra. Yet the more I learnt, the more curious I become. These focal points with energy spinning around them constantly at different speed are according to my teacher, not existing, yet it reflects our experience, knowledge, emotions, love.

One widely popular schema of seven chakras is as follows, from bottom to top:

(Grimes, John A, 1996).

1. Muladhara

2. Svadhisthana

3. Nabhi-Manipura

4. Anahata

5. Vishuddhi

6. Ajna

7. Sahasrara

Yoga philosophy believes these spinning wheels are reflecting our consciousness and our thinking. Practicing asanas is one of the ways we keep our chakras balanced, which determines how we live our daily life, show our emotional reactions, visions.

Muladhara/root foundation with its center is found at the pelvic floor at the base of the 2nd bone of coccyx. It represents the Earch principle, keeping us grounded into embodied reality, physically strong and secure. Asanas like butterfly, warrior stance, squats help bring our awareness to Muladhara chakra.

I found this concept very similar to the word QI in Qi-Gong. Qi is known as a focus point for energy in Chinese (and Chinese-influenced) martial arts, and often seen as an intrinsic life energy or vital force within living things. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra )

Chakra is also mentioned in Ninja training techniques. It is believed there are 361 chakra points (called Tenketsu) in the body. Chakra is a mixture of the energy present in every cell of the body and the spiritual energy gained from exercise and experience. Once mixed, it can be channeled through the Chakra circulatory system. (Ninja Encyclopedia Wiki)

I wasn’t able to find any science or anatomy explanation whether Chakra exists or how it connects with our body, and why different religions, races back thousands years ago shared the similar belief and techniques. Maybe I will come back for more discussion after practicing more asana and breathing.

The Yoga Mum

Let’s start from the start of the day.Being a mum is definitely the most rewarding and a very demanding job. There are days when you question your own decisions and choices and then the silver lining of love in the form of hug assures you that “all shall be well”.

Every morning sun comes up with its own list of do’s and never ending decision making at each stage.

According to me that luxury I give myself to spend some time every day with Yoga has helped me with many different aspects of my mummy role.

In this hustle and bustle of life , we sometimes forget that “I” as we are so caught up with playing ‘the responsible person” role. Yoga gives you that time to connect with your soul when you spend time doing Pranayam and let the thoughts pass by.

Next time when my daughter gets into a unpleasant discussion ,instead of getting into an argument  I will consciously try and  tell myself that this too shall pass whether its protein or nutrition.

When we are practicing yoga, we take care of the finer details, like positioning the front leg in right angle in uddita pashvakonasana , and sucking the tummy in to fold forward in pashchimotan asana. These little detailing can transform a pose from an unpleasant  or even painful exercise to rejuvenating experience .

In a similar way, going into little awareness can often completely lift the quality of parent-child communication. . With young ones this may be as simple as giving advanced warning of an impending transition to stave off tantrums. More so then ever one does realise that keeping calm mind like in yoga also when applied in parenting can take care of most awful moods. And if nothing works, ‘breathing in and breathing out and hug can bridge lots go gap.

 

 

Anahata (Heart) Chakra

When I first read up about Chakras, I was curious as to how they regulate and can be unlocked. Reading through a few online sources and youtube, I came to really connect with one chakra in particular – the heart chakra. This Chakra speaks to me a whole lot as I find that it is the key to spreading love and compassion to everyone around.

The main characteristics of the heart chakra is that it promotes compassion, peacefulness, generosity, kindness and you are loving to others, including yourself. An open heart chakra can allow for one to completely be open and accept themselves, thereby being able to heal others. It is not only about being open to all requests either, but also knowing when to say “no” to anything. It is living in balance, giving and receiving with equal ease.

In yoga, there are several poses that activates the heart chakra. Mainly, postures that open up the shoulder and chest help with it. This includes Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Camatkarasana (Wild Thing), Urdvha Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) and more.

When not in balance, the heart chakra can also cause some issues. When overactive, it develops into a constant pressure to please people. At the end of the day, your acts might sometimes lead to negative impacts on yourself. Personally, I have experienced this pressure to make everyone around me happy before. This makes it hard to make decisions and you fall into dilemmas very often. You might also over-tire yourself from always being kind to others. There are instances where by I have also experienced extreme denial, from realising that not everyone in reality is kind as well. However, meditation and constant yoga practice will counter this. The key is to also be aware of your own feelings and reflect often. That way, your heart chakra is likely to be more stable, without being overactive or underactive.

 

JT

Oxygen from 1 Teaspoon Haritaki = 2 Hours Pranayama?

In Ayurvedic Medicine Haritaki is called “The King of Medicines”

 

Haritaki has many names like a lot of herbs out of India, so here are some of the other names it is known as: Abhaya, Kadukkai, Chebulic Myrobalan, Black Myrobalan, Hardh, Ink Tree, Hardad, Harar, Karakkaya, and Marathi.

 

 

Haritaki fruit has been used for thousands of years with great success in India. This wonderful fruit grows in Asia and is common in Ayurvedic Medicine. Haritaki is a great for cleansing our GI tract and building good probiotics and thus improving our immune system.

 

It is also important as a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal agent, and anti-inflammatory agent. Haritaki also helps to protect and cleanse the liver as well as to improve digestive issues such as constipation and indigestion. In Ayurveda, haritaki is said to support the “Vata” dosha.

 

In addition, Haritaki has a bunch of active compounds including healthy acids and metabolites: tannic acid, gallic acid, chebulinic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, terchebin, chebulin, behenic acid, oleic acid, sennoside, anthraquinone, mucilage, arachidic acid, and linoleic acid.

 

Uses of Haritaki
In Ayurveda, Haritaki powder is used to treat blood and digestive disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, and has been proven to be a wonderful all-natural alternative remedy for the following health conditions:

Conjunctivitis
Gout
Anemia
Dysuria
Urinary Stones
Gastrointestinal Disorders
May help lower blood sugar (Caution is advised in patients with blood disorders or hypoglycemia)
May reduce cholesterol

 

Haritaki Benefits:
Antiviral – extracts of the fruit inhibit HIV
It has laxative, purgative, astringent and restorative properties
Boosts energy
Promotes longevity
Improves memory
Improves metabolism and aids digestion
Anti-inflammatory
Enhances the five senses
Protects from oxidative stress
Aphrodisiac
Antioxidant
Mouthwash preparation using this herb’s extracts can help prevent cavities

 

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Chakra

Chakra colors are usually divided into seven, following the order of the rainbow colors, from red to purple to white.

The colors of the seven main chakras are:

1. Red – first chakra

2. Orange – second chakra

3. Yellow – third chakra

4. Green – Fourth Chakra

5. Blue (sapphire blue or turquoise) – fifth chakra

6. Purple (deep blue) – sixth chakra

7. White (sometimes purple) – seventh chakra

each color reflects a vibration or frequency radiation through the chakra.

The meaning of the red chakra: red is the color of the bottom wheel (first chakra), which symbolizes safety, survival, foundation, and nourishment by the energy of the earth.

If this chakra develops a good friend, he will live and work in peace and contentment and have a sense of security.

If a friend who lives in the first chakra, in addition to the above talents, will only live for survival, only consider survival problems every day, no ambitious goals, no ideals, no understanding of enjoyment.

The meaning of the orange chakra: orange is the color of the reproductive wheel (second chakra); it contains emotion, creativity, sex-related meaning, and is related to water and flow.

A good friend of this chakra development will be particularly friendly and gentle, very human, with good heterosexuality, good interpersonal relationship, enjoy life and live in the present.

But if you are only a friend who lives in the second chakra, in addition to the above talents, you will only focus on emotional life, chasing love, greedy pleasure, and not enterprising.

The meaning of the yellow chakra: Yellow is the color of the navel (third chakra), which symbolizes mental activity, intelligence, personal strength and will.

A good friend of this chakra development will be especially sunny, full of strength, joy, self-confidence, tenacity, and know how to choose.

But if only the friends who live in the third chakra, in addition to the above talents, they will also pay attention to power, like control, conceit or pride, personal willpower is too strong, and they have high demands on others.

The meaning of the green chakra: Green is the color of the heart wheel (fourth chakra), which is related to care, connection, integration, compassion and so on.

This chakra developed a good friend will be particularly compassionate, full of love, gentle, soft, healing ability, able to accept and accommodate each other unconditionally.

But in addition to the above talents, only the friends who live in the fourth chakra will only consider dedication, self-denial, easy compromise, easy thinking, easy to forget.

The meaning of the purple (or deep blue) chakra: purple (or deep blue) is the color of the eyebrow (the sixth chakra); it evokes human intuition, super-perception and inner wisdom.

This chakra develops a good friend, the wisdom will be very high, the object is objectively neutral, the insight is strong, the intuition is strong, and the imagination is rich.

But if only the friends who live in the sixth chakra, in addition to the above talents, they will be too calm, no emotions, no emotional expression, no love for sports, and poor mobility.

The meaning of the white (or purple) chakra: white is the color of the top wheel (seven chakra), which is associated with the universe, spirituality, and consciousness.

This chakra develops a good friend, has a particularly high degree of understanding, is particularly interested in the universe, likes to explore mystery and unknown, has a deep interest in the origin of human beings, has high spirituality, and has a big love heart and cosmic consciousness.

However, if only friends who live in the seventh chakra, in addition to the above talents, they will easily live in spirituality, out of reality, cynical, only pursuing spirituality, not knowing life, derailing from society, and even escaping from reality.

Life around Chakras

By Harsh Thakkar

We are living in the age of data. Yet there are so many things around us that we know nothing or very little about. Back in the stone age when the Neanderthal man did not know or understand something, he looked at stars to see signs to guide him in the right direction. Then came the middle ages and the homo sapiens around the world had been taken over by religion. They started going to priests and reading the scriptures be that the Holy bible or the Quran or ancient Hindu Vedic scriptures to enlighten them and tell them what to do when they were lost. Today when we are lost we google. Which is of course the biggest warehouse of – you got that right – Data. Yoga on the other hand tells us to look inside when you feel lost. Understand yourself and your own body so that you can understand your surroundings.

However, we still understand very little of our own body and how that fits in the vast reality we call universe. Yoga Sutras always had an answer to this question for the mind that seeks. Different books and interpretations of how the human body is powered have been written and explained in different cultures across the world. Of course, over time when we underwent the scientific revolution we found logical answers too to pretty much every religious and cultural belief that we had accepted over hundreds of years. The same scientists still send a silent prayer when things go beyond their rational expertise or will shout out to God to be saved if they were thrown in front of a hungry tiger. No I’m not undermining science or its miraculous achievements. I’m just trying to shine some light that there are so many things that still cannot be explained by science.

Different people are governed by different motives or energies at different stages of their lives. One could say that you have been motivated to work towards becoming a millionaire or that promotion in your current job or to write that novel or this blog. In another part of the world; there is a poor farmer who labors day in and day out just to earn enough to survive and feed his family, a young teenager from the same village puts in the hard work in school and college and becomes an engineer. Another from a different village become an entrepreneur and a millionaire. What is powering these different people from similar backgrounds yet able to achieve such diverse goals and destinies? Then there are some who are born with a silver spoon, everything served on a silver platter, yet they’re not motivated enough to leave their own mark on the world. Chakras may have the answer.

So what are chakras?

Ancient texts between various traditions noted 5 to 114 chakras throughout our body some even elaborated as many as 88,000. The most important of them can be shortlisted to only seven. They can be explained as small rotating or vibrating discs of energy centered around the plane of the spine from the base of the spine at the pelvic floor to the crown of the head in a human body. Every chakra since it is a concentrated disc of energy has its own frequency and color associated with it. And if all chakras in a human body are rotating at the ideal frequency then you as human being are balanced spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Every chakra is related to a different ailment, or a different strength of your body, even different traits of your personality. At times the focus of your life can be determined by a certain chakra being more powerful than the other. Let us start with describing these Chakras first: 

1. Muladhara (Root) Chakra, Color: Red, Frequency: 396 Hz

Think about your root chakra as the foundation of a house, except for your body—it’s sturdy, stabilizing, and supportive, keeping everything safely connected if it’s functioning properly. It’s associated with the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, and responsible for an individual’s sense of security and survival. Because of that, it’s also connected to whatever you use to ground yourself, including basic needs such as food, water, shelter and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear and feeling safe. As you well know, when these needs are met, you tend to worry less.

When it’s unbalanced: A variety of ailments can occur from blockages, including anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physically, the first chakra is associated with problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues.

2. Svadhishthana (Sacral) Chakra, Color: Orange, Frequency: 417 Hz

Located above the pubic bone and below the navel, it’s responsible for our sexual and creative energies. Associated with the element of water, when your sacral chakra is aligned, you will likely feel great: You’re friendly, passionate, and successfully fulfilled while also eliciting feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. By honoring your body and expressing yourself creatively, you’re keeping the energy wheels turning and fluid.

When it’s unbalanced: When you’re feeling uninspired creatively or have some emotional instability, your sacral chakra may be misaligned. Likewise, this can also be associated with physical sexual dysfunction, while also potentially experiencing fear of change, depression, or addiction-like behaviors.

3. Manipura (Solar Plexus) Chakra, Color: Dark purple, Frequency: 528 Hz

With its name meaning “Jewel City” in Sanskrit, the third chakra is said to be your source of individual power, ruling over self-esteem. Located from the navel to about the rib cage, it reportedly governs all things metabolic, digestive, and stomach-related.

When it’s unbalanced: You can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. It’s not just feeling badly about yourself, but also may lead you to outwardly express apathy, procrastination, or that you’re able to be taken advantage of easily. Likewise, you’ll also possibly have a tummy ache of some kind such as digestive issues or gas.

4. Anahata (Heart) Chakra, Color: Green, Frequency: 639 Hz

As the central chakra, found at the center of your chest, represents where the physical and the spiritual meet. Physically, it’s said to encapsulate the heart, the thymus gland (which plays a vital role in your endocrine and lymphatic system), the lungs, and the breasts. And as its name implies, is all about the love. “It’s the awakening to spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service”. Associated with the color green, it’s believed that when your heart chakra is aligned and balanced, love and compassion are flowing freely—both in terms of giving it out and getting it back.

When it’s unbalanced: A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others—especially in the form of holding a grudge against something or someone. Holding onto hurt harbors negative feelings and cuts you off from opportunities to love.

5. Vishuddha (Throat) Chakra, Color: Blue, Frequency: 741 Hz

Have zero problem saying how you feel? Your fifth chakra, which is all about speaking your inner truth—or specifically, ensuring that your opinions are properly communicated—is likely well-balanced. The throat chakra rules all communication and is the first of the three solely spiritual chakras (as opposed to the lower ones, which manifest themselves in a more physical way). Anatomically, the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. When this chakra is in check, you’re able to fully listen as well as speak and express yourself clearly.

When it’s unbalanced: In addition to having trouble speaking your truth, you find it hard to pay attention and stay focused, or fear judgment from others—which can further hinder your ability to keep it real. Physically, this blockage can manifest itself as a sore throat, thyroid issues, neck and shoulder stiffness, or tension headaches.

6. Ajna (Third Eye) Chakra, Color: Indigo, Frequency: 852 Hz 

The third-eye chakra is physically located between your eyebrows. Organs including the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain are said to be ruled by the third eye. And it reportedly governs your intuition—plus the ability to recognize and tap into it.  What’s more, the third eye is also said to be responsible for all things between you and the outside world, serving as a bridge between the two, allowing you to cut through any illusions and drama to see the clear picture.

When it’s unbalanced: You may have trouble accessing your intuition, trusting your inner voice, recalling important facts, or learning new skills. And if your lower chakras—AKA the root, sacral, solar plexus, and heart chakras—and are unbalanced, your third eye will likely be as well, which may cause you to act more judgmental, dismissive, and introverted. A third-eye blockage is associated with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and a more judgmental attitude—while physically, it’s said to cause headaches, dizziness, and a slew of other brain-health issues.

7. Sahasrara (Crown) Chakra, Color: Pure White, Frequency: 963 Hz 

Known in Sanskrit as the Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra, it is the center of enlightenment and our spiritual connection to our higher selves, others and ultimately the divine. As the name suggests, the seventh chakra is located at the crown of your head. When aligned, the realizations that occur within you are said to be along the lines of pure awareness, consciousness, undivided and all expansive.

When it’s unbalanced: Unlike the other chakras, the crown chakra is often only opened fully through specific yogic or meditative exercises, or at certain times—which is not a skill set you can call upon at any given moment. You may be able to get a taste of it, though, through daily practices—anything from meditation, prayer, to moments of silence and gratitude—to have those moments of spiritual connection.

Chakras are essentially nerve centers in the human body the presence and the frequencies of which has been proven scientifically. If the Manipura Chakra is powerful in a human being then he/she would go after power, money and recognition making him/her very ambitious during that phase of life. On the other hand if a person is barely just surviving financially and fighting over stability and security in life he/she is ruled by the Muladhara Chakra. A motivational speaker or an influencer on the other hand is being ruled by the Vishuddha Chakra. With the practice of certain asanas, meditation or breathing one can balance and master the different chakras to maintain proper energy flow in the body. I would like to end this rather lengthy article by quoting Dalai Lama :

“In the view of Tantra, the body’s vital energies are the vehicles of the mind. When the vital energies are pure and subtle, one’s state of mind will be accordingly affected. By transforming these bodily energies we transform the state of consciousness.”

~ The 14th Dalai Lama

SLEEPING DURING YOGA, PRESSURE POINTS AND YOGA NIDRA

Is it normal to sleep during yoga?

Being someone who has the tendency to fall asleep when not doing something of a certain engagement level can create a fair few problems. Dozing off during class comes across as disrespectful and uninterested although this is not the case for me! I’ve faced this issue from as early on in my life as I can remember. Maybe it’s a combination of growing up in an era where media is causing attention span to decrease, maybe it’s a genetic disorder, I don’t know.

It is close to the end of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course and I have fallen asleep during Shavasana almost after the end of each practical class. I have also fallen asleep while holding various sitting and supine poses. So I research about whether it is normal to sleep during yoga and it is completely normal! (Phew.) It also shows that you are in a state of relaxation, a goal of yoga practice.

However, if like me, you would like to not fall asleep during yoga, here are some recommended poses.

5 POSES TO PREVENT FALLING ASLEEP:
Breath of Joy (Pranayama)
Upward-Facing Salute – Urdhva Hastasana
Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
Reverse/Exalted Warrior Pose – Viparita Virabhadrasana
Dancer Pose – Natarajasana

Besides these poses, I feel like inversions also help me to feel more awake. Although I still sleep in class, I don’t think that this is an issue that can be resolved overnight and other measures need to be taken as well. First and foremost, ample sleep. Secondly, a classmate of mine who practices qigong shared with me her knowledge regarding pressure points, saying that pressing firmly onto certain pressure points on my body would aid with my blood circulation and hopefully help me stay awake during class. This is similar to the concept of chakras that we are taught in yoga. Apologies to my non-Mandarin reading friends but I’m sure a quick Google check can provide you with information!

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Any points showed on the red and blue lines pressed during 7 to 9 in the morning would be the most effective.

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There are three indentations at the back of our head, those are also pressure points that are easily accessible to be pressed by ourselves to help relieve fatigue.

Yoga is about going with the flow and not fighting our body’s desires and signals.

Do note that sleep and yogic sleep (aka yoga nidra) is different. Yoga evaluates the overall state of the mind and body by the relative proportion of three inherent qualities: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Sattva is associated with calm awareness. Rajas is the principle of movement and activity. When out of balance, it can lead us off on mental tangents and manifest in the body as twitches and jerks. Tamas is the force of gravity and gives a sense of groundedness. In excess, it can be felt as a restrictive heaviness, dragging the conscious mind into sleep. Falling asleep during relaxation practices is usually a sign that the quality of tamas is excessive or the quality of rajas is deficient. The practice of systematic relaxation requires a balance between rajas and tamas so that we are grounded and comfortably present in the body, but at the same time alert and mentally attentive. When both conditions are present, our consciousness can rest in sattvic self-awareness.

This Sattvic self-awareness can be achieved through yoga nidra, a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping that occurs during the stage where we enter deep sleep. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.

I hope my post has been reassuring and informative to those who face the same problem as I do!