Ever been to a yoga class and heard mutterings of ways to unblock your chakras or how to balance your third eye? Or perhaps you’ve practiced meditation and heard these words wash right over you without really paying them much attention. But it’s not until you really start uncovering the Chakras do you come to realise just how incredible they are.
SO WHAT ARE THE CHAKRAS?
Translating literally from the ancient indo-aryan language, Sanskrit, the word “chakra” (pronounced “cha”-“kra” with a harsh “ch”, means “wheel” or a centre of energy. They function, within the body, to spin energy and interact with the human body to help regulate all of it’s functions; from the organs to the immune system to our emotions.
There are 7 Chakras positioned along the axis of the spine, through an energy channel called the Sushuma. They run from the base of your spine all the way to the crown of your head and each one is unique to it’s own colour, vibrational frequency, element and bodily function. When in balance and full flowing, it is said that we have a full energy throughout the body and when anatomically grounded in the physical body, the chakras are a union of body, mind and energy.
A BALANCING ACT
When the Chakras are out of balance, we can feel an array of negative emotions from lack of self confidence and anxiety to sexual disfunction and depression and even problems in the physical body, such as digestive issues. Through regular yoga practice, our aim is to bring focus and awareness to all of the Chakras and to keep them flowing freely, cultivating balance throughout our entire body.
When balancing the Chakra’s, it’s important to know that it’s almost impossible to be completely balanced all the time and that is what makes us unique and ourselves! Often, even the act of acknowledging when we may feel a little lost in ourselves, can do wonders for getting us back on track but embrace your imperfections and visit balancing the chakras as an act of self love rather than a negative act that you must work to change. The joy of practicing yoga, and not just physically, is that it is a practice. We are constantly learning, playing and evolving in ourselves.