Chakra and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

One of my favourite topics is definitely, Chakra. Chakra literally means a wheel or disc, that enables energy to flow through or around it at various speeds, different directions, at different orbits, with a centre that is anchored to a fixed point. We have learned that there are 7 main Chakras revolving around our spine, from our Coccyx all the way through our spinal bone and finally at the cranium, of the top of our head. Each Chakra represents a state of consciousness and has a specific feeling, tone, bliss or emotion tied to it. What interests me the most is that if one chakra is blocked, all the other following chakras will be block too.

This reminded me of the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – a five-tier model of human needs in psychology, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid as seen below (courtesy to Simply Psychology for the image). Maslow’s also noted that one has to fulfill their most basic need before transiting to the next level, much like if our Muladhara Chakra is blocked, all the other chakras above will be block too.

Where the Muladhara Chakra is associated with our root issues, such as sense of security and safety, sense of belonging, satisfying our basic needs like food and shelter; it corresponds with the basic needs of Maslow’s Hierarchy where all humans will need to satisfy our physiological needs first before being able to consider our other needs.

The Svadhisthana Chakra governs our emotions, creativity, sexuality, intimacy, emotional well-being and self-expression. This corresponds with belongingness and love needs in Maslow’s Hierarchy where we look to fulfil our needs for interpersonal relationship.

The Manipura Chakra is associated with our self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal identity and individual will, which corresponds with esteem needs of Maslow Hierarchy Needs. Both looks at one’s ability to achieve which impacts our self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment.

The final tier of Maslow’s Hierarchy is self-actualization which looks at one’s realisation of their own potential, self-fulfilment, personal growth, and peak experiences. In my opinion, the Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna, Sahasrara Chakra are all steps toward self-actualization in Maslow’s hierarchy. Where at Anahata Chakra we surrender our self-centredness to selflessness, letting go of judgment, we focus more on compassion and love for others, and find joy in giving more than receiving. In Vishuddhi Chakra, we are able to live authentically as who we are, speak our truth, set clear boundaries with ourselves and others. In Ajna Chakra, we are in touch with our intuition and intellect, and able to evaluate our own beliefs and attitude. And in Sahasrara Chakra, we find detachment in illusion, gaining freedom over our thoughts and emotions that bound us and connect to our life’s purpose and spirituality. All these chakras together will help us to reach self-actualisation stage.

There is so much knowledge to draw from ancient text that can be applied in today’s modern society. How our ancestors have so much wisdom and foresight to come up with all these theories never fails to amaze me! As I continue to learn Yoga Philosophy, I see so much connection to Yoga and Psychology and it is intriguing to connect ancient knowledge to modern science!

Understanding your Chakras

Ever since I started YTT program, I’ve made an effort to develop my self-awareness and be more conscious of my surroundings. Other than practicing yoga and pranayama, learning about the chakras and knowing my chakra has definitely helped me gained a deeper understanding of myself emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

There are 7 chakras and each chakra has its own position and purpose. It is important to find balance in your chakras such that you can find harmony within yourself. And before you can find balance in your chakras, you will first have to identify which chakra is blocked.

Let’s run through the 7 chakras:

1) Muladhara (Root Chakra) is associated with our most basic physical needs like food and security. The shadow of of this chakra is fear and anxiety. When this chakra is in balance, you should feel safe, grounded and have a sense of security physically and emotionally.

2) Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra) is associated to creativity, pleasure and connection with others. When this chakra is blocked, you tend to feel uninspired and struggle to express emotion or desire.

3) Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra) is related to our ego, will and drive. Signs of imbalance are low self-esteem and feeling unmotivated. Symptom of a blocked solar pexus chakra can be manifested in a form of obsession like overeating, powerless to gain control or being attached to an unhealthy relationship.

4) Anahata (Heart Chakra) is located near our heart and as you can guess, this chakra has to do with love and compassion. A closed heart or an imbalanced Anahata are emotions like jealously, anger or fear of loneliness. Likewise, when it’s in balance, you will feel joy, gratitude and love for people around you.

5) Vishuddha (Throat Chakra) is about pure and honest communication. When it is overactive, you are probably talking to much and needs more listening. On the other hand, if you have an underactive throat chakra, you are probably refer to as being shy or an introvert, who is not able to express yourself well.

6) Ajna (Third-eye Chakra) is located in the center of the forehead and is about dreams and intuition. A blocked Ajna will cloud your judgment leading to poor decisions.

7) Sahasrara (Crown Chakra) is positioned at the top of the head and is about connection with the universe. You will likely have difficulty connecting to a spiritual living if you have an imbalanced sahasrara and also may be attached to material achievements.

The above 7 chakras when balanced will harmonize the prana in your entire body, mind and spirit. By understanding these 7 chakras, you can then identify your physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras and empower them. Since I have been introduced to the chakras, I have been practicing self-awareness by asking myself questions relating to the characteristics of each chakra as I tried to identify any blocked or imbalanced chakra in me. After I started this, I became more aware of my emotions, behaviors and moods and I definitely feel more empowered and clear-minded.

Visuddha

While I was looking through my recipe ingredients list that I consumed daily and studying the 7 Chakra in deeper knowledge. I came to realise all this while I’ve consumed most of the food that related to the fifth Chakra – Visuddha. I am excited and hope I can share with you what are the food that I consumed and how it affected me so far.

 

Visuddha, the throat Chakra located at the throat area closed to the cervical spine. It refers to “especially pure”. The symbol for Visuddha is a blue triangle surrounded by 16 purple petals. It is also associated with the element of Ether. 

 

Ths chakra expresses our authentic voice and ability to speak our truth openly and purely but also our ability to understand our own needs and desires and being able to communicate them freely to others. 

 

The signs of underactivity: Inability to communicate, express creativity, feelings and emotions; procrastination, stagnation, flakiness and difficulty in being honest.  Physically, we might have problems with hearing, sore throat, and toothache.

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Anahata

My Chakras

 

Today we practiced the technique of scanning our Chakras. It was out of my expectation that the heat actually stronger at my Heart Chakra in sanskrit terms is called Anahata. 

 

In Anahata the fourth chakra, Anahata chakra is located at the center of the chest closed to the heart. The corresponding element of this chakra is Air. Air represents freedom and expansion, this means this chakra is our consciousness that can expand to infinity.

 

In the symbolic of Anahata Chakra there is a Lotus with twelve petals. These represent the Divine qualities of the heart, such as bliss, peace, harmony, love, understanding, empathy, clarity, purity, unity, compassion, kindness and forgiveness. 

 

Our heart, the center of emotions and feelings. The emotion that frequently fluctuates according to external and internal impact. Our heart is so much difficult to handle and control by our mind, and often, our mind and our heart are always fighting over matter. It can be as simple as choosing a colour for our clothes, to as difficult as making the choice to let go of a relationship. 

 

So, that is the signs of underactivity/overactivity of one of my chakra, then what can I do to balance up my underactivity/overactivity? And so what is the balance in between? When our Anahata is balanced, we will feel ease with people, have great compassion for all the living creatures, are comfortable with our own company, exuding love and enjoyment.  

 

There are many ways that are able to help with balancing my heart chakra, like Asana, Pranayama, meditation, or incorporating breathing in meditation or in asana. I particularly prefer music and food. 

 

In sound/music, the heart chakra frequency is 341.3 Hz, this frequency associated with the element of Air, listening to the music attuned to this particular frequency brings balance to the heart of the chakra. Research also showed that The 528 Hz frequency which is also known as ‘love” frequency helps to open your heart chakra to unconditional love.

 

In nutrition, green and rose coloured foods full of phytochemicals resonate with the heart chakra; there are predominantly fruits and vegetables. Good nourishment of the fourth chakra is essential for supporting the cardiovascular system, thymus, and lungs. 

 

Some recipe to helps me with my daily diet:

 

Smoothie 

1 avocado

2 stalks of celery

2 large handful of kale

Pinch of salt 

1 tsp of plant milk 

→ blend all together, top with blueberries, cranberries, Kiwi 

→ pair with a cup of matcha or green tea

 

Salad

½ cups of quinoa

2 cups of vegetable stock

100g green bean

150g fresh garden peas

Some pine nuts

→ with dressing: 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 glove garlic and 1tbsp pomegranate molasses 

 

Dessert

Carrot cakes 

→ Pair with a cup of Matcha or Green Apple Juice 

Why activate your Muladhara or root chakra and how?

Are you worried about basic needs such as food and rent? Do you feel unsettled and keep changing projects, jobs, places? Do you have an unstable relationship with your family? Do you react to stress with excessive eating or drinking behaviors? Those signs may indicate that your Muladhara or root chakra is low.

What is Muladhara chakra and its characteristics? It is the first of the seven chakras, the root chakra, which lays the foundation of the energy system. It is the root and basis of existence, our survival center, our natural instincts. It connects us to Mother earth and provides a sense of being grounded.

  • Etymology: mula means main, root and adhara means identity, basis
  • Location: base of the spine (2nd bone of the coccyx)
  • Symbol: red four-petaled lotus with a yellow square at its center
  • Meaning: Physical identity, stability, grounding
  • Elements: earth
  • Mantra: the bija mantra is Lam; the sound vibrations of the four petals are vam, bam, sham, and sam
  • Colour: red
  • Frequency: 396 Hz
  • Sense: smell
  • Animal: serpent
  • Deity: Indra

Why is Muladhara chakra important for all?

It is the foundation of the physical and energy body. Stabilizing it is key. If its energy is low, we are in a survival mode. We think only of basics of survival, both physical and emotional: safety, food, shelter, comfort and belonging. Unless the root is stabilized, we will not know health, wellbeing, and a sense of stability and completeness. We cannot settle and we keep changing projects, relations, hobbies, places. As a result of this lack of continuity, we may fail and think we cannot achieve anything.

An unbalanced chakra will lead to illness and diseases. For the root chakra, common physical issues include bowel and rectal problems, arthritis, urinary tract disorder, pain in the feet and legs; common psychological issues include feeling insecure / anxiety, stress or sluggish, greed and never feel contented or not good enough, addictions and compulsive behaviors (food, alcohol, drug, sex…), nervous system disease, feelings of disconnect or alienation, family dysfunction, hypochondria.

The soul and life force enter from this chakra. If you have a solid and stable foundation, later work with the other six chakras is easier. If the foundation of the building is loose, nothing can hold. Hence root chakra impacts all the other chakras, as a ripple effect. A well-balanced root chakra also gives you the sense of safety required to explore and to try new things.

How to activate Muladhara chakra?

Activating the root chakra through healing exercises can help restore the feeling of safety and grounding.

Meditating

Meditation is one of the best ways to unblock your chakras. Visualize your root chakra as a bright red light shining out from the end of your tailbone. Let this glow slowly expand and make the whole area warm and relaxed.

Using sound: mantras and affirmations

Chant the bija mantra of the Muladhara chakra, LAM, during the meditation

You can also recite (or listen to) affirmations that relate to home and safety. By repeating these statements, we begin to create new thought patterns, behaviors, and actions that align with feelings of safety and stability. Examples are:

  • I am always safe
  • My home is safe and secure
  • I have a healthy body and a healthy mind
  • I am complete
  • I belong
  • I am grounded / stable
  • The universe will always provide for me
  • I am connected/anchored to the Earth
  • I am financially secure

The root chakra corresponds to the frequency 396Hz, so you can listen to sounds or music at this frequency as well.

Practicing asanas

You can practice postures that open and stabilize the root chakra

  • Uttanasa (forward bend) or Baddha Hasta Uttanasana (dangling)
  • Utkatasana (chair pose) or Parivritta Utkatasana (revolved chair) or Garudasana (eagle pose)
  • Virabhadrasana I and II (warrior I and II)
  • Aschwa Sanchalasana (lunge) or Anjaneyasana (low lunge) or skandasana (side lunge)
  • Malasana (squat)
  • Shashankasana (Rabbit Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana series (seated forward bend)
  • Baddha Konasana (butterfly)
  • Mandukasana (frog) or Prasarita Balasana (wide child pose)

Getting closer to nature

Walking meditation is a very interesting activity when we have imbalanced root chakra and tend to be unsettled. It deepens connections both with our body and the earth at the same time. You can practice mindful walking barefoot on the grass, sand, or dirt. This earthing technique allows us to recharge energy from the earth and release toxic free radicals at the origin of inflammation in our body. You can also simply spend more time in nature, go swimming in a lake or river, resting on the sand or grass, go for a picnic or camping.

Leveraging aromatherapy

Essential oils which can be used to balance and activate the root chakra tend to have deep, slowly unfolding, long-lasting scents, with more red colors. It can be used for massage or with diffusers, candles, or incense.

They include sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, cypress, black pepper, clove, red rose, camphor and sage. One need to choose according to its specific manifestation of imbalance (e.g. insecure, stress, bowel dysfunctions…)

Healing from past insecurities

Our sense of safety and security today is often strongly correlated to how safe and secure we felt as a child. The first stage of Erickson development model (trust versus mistrust) also closely relates to root chakra development. By healing from past events associated with home, family, safety, and security will help balance the root chakra.

Practicing Mula Bandha

Practice of the Mula Bandha (root lock) can help consolidate and collect the energy at the root chakra. With this exercise the perineal muscles are repeatedly tightly contracted and relaxed. It is a restraint system to channel the prana.

Rediscover Yourself Through Chakras

I believe Chakra is not an alien word to those who watched Naruto, a Japanese comic series. I was a huge fan of it and you can not imagine how badly I wanted to own a powerful Chakra as Naruto to perform Ninjutsu when I was young. I always thought Chakra was just created by the animator in the imaginary world. Amazingly, I found out it does exist in reality through yoga. In Naruto’s world, Chakra is a form of energy. It resides in every cell of the body and is transported throughout the Chakra Network, which runs through the entire body. And the more Chakra a Ninja has, the more powerful Ninja Arts he/she can perform.

What is Chakra in real life? The Chakra literally means “spinning wheel”. In the point of the yogic view, Chakras are storage places for energy force instead of energy itself. There are 7 Chakras located along the spine from coccyx to the crown of the head: 1) Muladhara (Root Chakra) at the end of the spinal column; 2) Svadishthana (Pelvic Chakra) at the genital organs in the sacral region; 3) Manipura (Navel Chakra) at the navel in lumbar region; 4) Anahata (Heart Chakra) at the heart to the thoracic region; 5) Vishuddha (Throat Chakra) at the throat in the cervical region; 6) Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra) between the eyebrows; 7) Sahasrara (Crown Center) at the crown of the head. Each Chakra represents a state of consciousness. They converge energy, thoughts, feelings and the physical body and largely influence our potential and experience. In other words, by understanding how Chakras work in our body, we can rediscover ourselves.

Muladhara (Root Chakra) affects our natural instincts like safety, security and basic needs to be met like food and living. The imbalance in Muladhara causes anxiety, fears or eating disorders. If you are insecure, your Muladhara Chakra is not strong enough. Asana and meditation are good ways to strengthen it. Asanas such as Warrior stances, Chair Pose, deep lunges, and squats can be practiced to balance this Chakra.

Svadishthana (Pelvic Chakra), as the water center and home of the reproductive organs, is associated with our desires as well as social feelings and bonding. If it’s blocked, we may be ruled by our attachments. if our consciousness moves freely through this area, we can access our potential for self-healing and sensual pleasure. Similar to Muladhara, meditation and asanas such as forward bends, deep lunges, and squats help us bring our awareness to this Chakra.

Manipura (Navel Chakra) is the center of personal strength and purpose. It holds a vast amount of our physical vitality. When this Chakra is balanced, we are empowered by strong self-esteem and confidence. If it is imbalanced, we may experience disorganization, aggressive ambition or heightened ego. Twisted asanas are excellent for purifying and healing Manipura.

Anahata (Heart Chakra) is the gathering point of our human emotions. So we can experience compassion, love, connectivity and peace if the awareness flows freely in the area. But if you are always suffering from deepest feelings of insecurity, loneliness and despair, you can try practice pranayama, meditation and backbend asanas to help open the energetic center.

Vishuddhi (Throat Chakra) is the energetic center of expression. If you have stage fear and have difficulty in speaking out your opinions, you are undergoing an imbalance in this Chakra. To increase throat energy, you can practice the chant, Jalandhara Bandha as well as asanas such as Plow, Camel, and Fish Pose.

Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra) is the place where the mind and the body converge. It is responsible for our six senses, intuition and inner-knowing. If you feel unsettled, lack sleep or cannot concentrate on tasks or remember things, we may need Nadi Shodhana and meditation to focus on this Chakra.

Sahasrara (Crown Center) is the bridge to the spiritual world to connect us to our spirit and self-awareness. If you are experiencing depression or lack of life compassion, you can work on meditation to increase this Chakra.

To know yourself more, you should assess which of your Chakra is out of balance. Try the asanas, meditation and pranayama above and be a better version of yourself.

 

The Manipura Chakra and Your Self-Confidence

I’m sure everyone has had moments of self-doubt and anxiety. I’ve definitely had some of these moments too. When we were introduced to the different chakras I was intrigued to learn that these chakras can influence our behaviours, and even our physical wellbeing.

When you are feeling a lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem, it could be that your manipura chakra is underactive.

The manipura chakra, or the solar plexus chakra, is the third chakra in our body, located in the navel and corresponds to the 4th lumbar spine (L4).

It is associated with self-confidence, personal growth and transformation, and self-development. Hence, a balanced manipura chakra will lead to healthy self-confidence and self-esteem. You will also feel that your life has purpose and determination. Physically, because the manipura chakra is associated with the digestive endocrine glands, it will also present itself in a well-functioning digestive system.

Symptoms that the manipura chakra is blocked or underactive (low energy flow):

  • Lack of confidence
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Seeking help or validation from others
  • Heightened victim mentality
  • Depression

Symptoms of an overactive manipura chakra:

  • Stubbornness
  • Arrogance
  • Need to control others
  • Getting angry and aggressive often
  • Easily pass judgements on others

Of course, an imbalanced manipura chakra may bring about some physical symptoms too, such as: anxiety, fatigue, issues with the digestive system, frequent gas and constipation.

Here are some ways you can balance your manipura chakra:

Using sound: mantras and affirmations

  • You can recite (or listen to) affirmations to harness positive energy. Examples to affirmations for the manipura chakra are
    • I am worthy.
    • I am strong and courageous.
    • I am confident.
    • I am capable of achieving my desires in life.
  • You can also chant the bija mantra for manipura chakra: RAM, like how you usually chant Om or Aum.
  • The manipura chakra corresponds to the frequency 528Hz so you can listen to sounds/music at this frequency as well.

Using asanas and pranayama

These poses can help to realign your manipura chakra:

  • Virabhadrasana A, B and C (Warrior I, II and III)
  • Phalakasana (Plank)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved triangle pose)
  • Navasana (Boat pose)

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Practising Kapalabhati Pranayama is good way to activate the chakra too.

Using meditation

To balance chakras using meditation, you need to bring your awareness to the location of the chakra, in this case, it would be the solar plexus, just above the navel.

  • Sit in a comfortable Asana such as Sukhasana or Padmasana, hands on your lap. Relax your whole body with a couple of breaths and close your eyes.
  • Bring your awareness to the Manipura Chakra location, that is just above the navel.
  • Since this chakra is associated with Yellow color, therefore, imagine a yellow source of light just above your navel.
  • Now take deep breaths and try to warm the navel region. Maintain the whole process for 5-10 minutes.
  • Chant the mantra RAM (Manipura Seed Mantra) during the meditation

Finding the right essential oils

If you are a Naruto fan, you must have heard of “Chakra” powers! Chakra means “wheel” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along our spine. There are 7 main Chakras that possesses a colour and vibrational frequency. I love to imagine these wheels circling within the centre of my body. It is important to keep the chakras “open” as they are linked to our nerves, and major organs that are in proximity to each chakra. Aside from yoga and exercises, do you know that different essential oils can also help to “unblock” Chakras?

Essential oils are 100% organic as they are extracted from plant components. It is known to enhance the mental and emotional wellness of oneself. You can also use these oils to improve your skin, relieve sore muscles, and improve spiritual wellness.

The 7 chakras will start from the base of the spine to the crown of the head as illustrated below.

Source from: healthline.com

The 7 Chakras explained, represented by its colour.

1) Root chakra Muladhara” 

Location: Bottom of Spine.

It is the foundation of chakra system that manages our most basic needs: safety, security, trust, fear, pooping, survival, etc. When in balance, we will feel safe in life and have a sense of trust on what, who and when toproceed with caution. When it is “blocked”, it may exhibit as fear, insecurities, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, health issues like constipation, or fatigue.

To open this Chakra – Practise poses like wide-legged forward fold, malasana squats, mountain pose, tree pose or any balancing poses.

Recommended Essential Oils: Vetiver, Ginger, Patchouli

2) Sacral chakra Svadhisthana” 

Location: Below Navel

Associated to our reproductive area and responsible for our sensuality, creative energy, and expressing emotions. Issues with this chakra can create health problems like urinary tract infections, lower back pain, and impotency. Emotionally, this chakra is connected to our feelings of self-worth around pleasure, sexuality, and creativity.

To open this Chakra, would recommend doing strengthening of Pelvic floor exercises, bridge pose or hip openers poses like pigeon/Lizard Pose

Recommended EssentialOils: Ylang Yang, Orange, Neroli

3) Solar plexus chakra Manipura

Location: Upper Abdomen, Stomach area.

It’s responsible for self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping you feel in control of your life. It is linked to central nervous system, pancreas, liver, digestive tract, skin. If blocked, digestive issues like ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, and indigestion will occur.

Opening of this Chakra – Do Core strengthening exercises, boat pose, twists, warrior III.

Recommended Essential Oils: Neroli, Rosemary.

4) Heart chakra “Anahata” 

Location: Heart, Center of Chest

Heart chakra is all about our ability to love, show compassion, forgiveness and accepting others. A balanced heart chakra would display confidence, warmth, self-discipline, reliability, and a positive sense of self. A closed heart chakra can let in grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.

Opening of this Chakra – Do chest opening by doing back bends poses such as Camel, wheel, upward facing dog, reverse plank.

Recommended Essential Oils: Sandlewood, Ylang Ylang

5) Throat chakra Vishuddha

Location: Throat

This chakra rules all communication. It is the ability to speak with truth and clarity. If it is well balanced, you are able to fully listen and express yourself. When it’s blocked, you will find difficulty staying focused, speaking your mind and fear judgment from others. Physically, you will experience sore throat, thyroid issues, stiffness in neck and shoulder areas, and headaches.

Opening of this Chakra – Try fish pose, plow pose, shoulder stand. This will help in opening the back and front sides of your neck.

Recommended Essential Oils: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

6) Third eye chakra “Ajna

Location: Between your eyes, on forehead.

This chakra enables us to follow our intuition and to open up to new ideas. It is associated with the pituitary gland, left brain, left eye, nose, ears, conscious mind, neurological system. A balanced third eye chakra will have strong intuition, good memory, ability to visualise and imagine.

Opening of this chakra Forward fold, Child’s pose, Dolphin or Eagle pose.

Recommended Essential Oils: Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine

7) Crown chakra “Sahasrara

Location: Top of your head.

It represents your spiritual connection to yourself, others, and the universe. It also plays a role in your life’s purpose, self-realisation and enlightenment. When the it is misaligned, you may experience a spiritual distrust, a sense of negativity about life, and a disconnectedness from your body. Whereas a balanced Crown Chakra will be perfect as it brings peace, joy, serenity, and positivity to your life!

Opening of this chakra Headstand, Tree pose, Corpse pose

Recommended Essential Oils: Palo Santo, Lavender

In conclusion, the type of chakra that is imbalanced may affect both emotionally and physically to the parts of your body in close proximity to that chakra. Poor personal habits such as poor physical alignment or posture, eating unhealthy food, or self-destructive behavior may also cause a chakra to be imbalanced.

How To Apply Essential Oils?

There are many ways to use essential oils in yoga classes or at your home, car or workplace. You can apply them on skin, spray around, release from a diffuser, or even use them for cleaning purposes.

Feel good, smell good and may you find the balance in your body.

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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