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.

 OM

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