Maybe you don’t expect to see a chakra clearing session mixed in with yoga classes. The western part of the world tends to be more focused on outward results, and you do yoga because that’s what you want. Results.
Strength. Flexibility. Toning. Gentle exercise for an injured or unconditioned body.
And you know nothing of chakras or chanting or all that other “woo woo” stuff.
The truth is, yoga, chakra clearing, and chanting work together to create harmony with your inner and outer world. They are all forms of meditation!
If you’re new to the woo, then this post will be helpful in understanding why I offer a Chakras and Sound Healing class through MyYogaTeacher.
Chakras are energy points in your body that correspond to organs, nerves, and areas of our body that affect our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. We are all made up of energy! Everything is made of energy.
So it is no surprise that energy flows through and around us.
When your chakras or energy centers are off balance or blocked, you may experience negative emotional or physical symptoms related to a particular chakra.
1. Root chakra (Muladhara): Responsible for your sense of security, stability, and safety.
2. Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana): Responsible for sexual and creative energy and linked to how you relate to and connect with others.
3. Solar plexus chakra (Manipura): Corresponds to confidence, self-esteem, and helps you feel in control of your life.
4. Heart chakra (Anahata): All about our ability to love and show compassion.
5. Throat chakra (Vishuddha): Has to do with how we communicate verbally.
6. Third eye chakra (Ajna): Linked to intuition and imagination.
7. Crown chakra (Sahasrara): Represents your spiritual connection to self, others, and the Universe/God. Also linked to your life’s purpose.
How do you know if you have one or many – or any – blocked chakras? And what does clearing them even mean? Or do?
Having balanced chakras (or imbalanced ones) impacts all areas of your life. Chakras are receptors and emitters. They receive and give back energy. You will receive the same frequency of energy back from the world that you emit.
An easily relatable example of this is when you constantly see the negative attributes in someone’s character. The more you talk, think, and explore those negative things, the more you will find. This also works in reverse. When we love someone, we choose to see all the good things in them, which leads us to find more good things.
When you feel poor, you often act poor. So you receive more of the same. When you are unkind, you are often met with unkindness.
This is energy. Chakra energy.
1. Root chakra: Stress about money, digestive issues, arthritis, problems in the legs, feet, tailbone or rectum, prostate issues.
2. Sacral chakra: Constant fear of betrayal, sexual or reproductive health issues, hip or lower back pain, urinary or kidney dysfunction.
3. Solar plexus chakra: Fear of rejection, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, pancreas or gallbladder problems.
4. Heart chakra: Fear of being alone, asthma, arm and wrist pain, jealousy or bitterness, upper back or shoulder problems.
5. Throat chakra: Fear being out of control, thyroid issues, sore throats, ear infections, trouble expressing yourself, neck and shoulder pain.
6. Third eye chakra: Moodiness or stubbornness, blurry vision or eye problems, sinus issues, headaches.
7. Crown chakra: Fear of alienation, rigid thoughts, analysis paralysis.
Regularly clearing your chakras through a guided chakra clearing session or by visiting an energy healer will help alleviate many of these symptoms.
And don’t rule it out as a part of your regular yoga routine!
Chakras are energy centers in your body that are believed to be responsible for different aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By clearing these energy centers, you can remove blockages that may be preventing you from feeling your best. Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won't be disturbed. It's important to be able to focus your attention on your body and your breath without distractions.
Step 2: Take a few deep breaths and close your eyes. Allow yourself to settle into the present moment and let go of any worries or distractions that may be on your mind.
Step 3: Start with the root chakra, located at the base of your spine. Visualize a red ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire pelvic area. As you focus on this visualization, repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am safe and secure."
Step 4: Move up to the sacral chakra, located just below your navel. Visualize an orange ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire lower abdomen. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am creative and passionate."
Step 5: Next, focus on the solar plexus chakra, located just above your navel. Visualize a yellow ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire upper abdomen. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am confident and empowered."
Step 6: Move up to the heart chakra, located in the center of your chest. Visualize a green ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire chest. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am loved and loving."
Step 7: Next, focus on the throat chakra, located at the base of your throat. Visualize a blue ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire throat area. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am honest and expressive."
Step 8: Move up to the third eye chakra, located in the center of your forehead. Visualize an indigo ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire head. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am intuitive and aware."
Step 9: Finally, focus on the crown chakra, located at the top of your head. Visualize a violet ball of energy at this location. Imagine this energy ball expanding and filling your entire body. Repeat the following affirmation to yourself: "I am connected and at peace."
Step 10: Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to sit in this state for a few minutes. When you're ready, slowly open your eyes and come back to the present moment.
Congratulations, you've just completed a chakra clearing exercise! With regular practice, this can be a powerful tool for enhancing your overall well-being. Remember to stay patient with yourself and enjoy the process.
Meditation is a powerful tool that can be used to clear your chakras and bring your mind and body into a state of balance and harmony. By focusing your attention on your breath and your energy centers, you can release blockages and allow energy to flow freely throughout your body.You may not feel comfortable chanting at the end of your yoga practice. Might want to check on your throat chakra about that (jk)!
Or maybe it’s just unfamiliar to you. Why do we do it? What’s the point?
Sound healing is real. The practice of using vibrations in order to relax and heal the body has been scientifically proven to be effective.
Traditionally, the chanting of “Om” (pronounced “AUM”) happens at the beginning and end of a yoga or meditation session. The letters AUM symbolize the divine energy of Shakti. Shakti is referred to as the “Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism.
The three main characteristics of Shakti are creation, preservation, and liberation.
The sound Om, when done correctly, vibrates at a frequency of 432 Hz, the same frequency as everything throughout nature. It’s a universal sound that helps us connect with ourselves and everything around us.
Chanting not only helps us open and close our practice, separating it from the rest of our day. It also helps slow down the nervous system and calm the mind.
Just as chanting helps calm the mind and connect and ground us to the present, “Namaste” shows respect and reverence for the experience, the Universe, and the other people around you.
It may seem weird to you, but think of it as a handshake of gratitude to your body, your instructor, and the planet that supports you both.
Chanting is a powerful way to activate and balance your chakras. The vibration of the sound can help to clear blockages and promote the flow of energy through your energy centers. Here's how to get started with chanting your chakras:
Choose a chant that resonates with you: There are many different chants and mantras that can be used to activate and balance your chakras. Explore different options and find one that resonates with you. .
Find a comfortable and quiet space: Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you won't be disturbed. This can be a room in your house, a quiet outdoor space, or anywhere else that feels calming and peaceful to you.
Focus your attention on the specific chakra you want to activate: Each chakra has its own unique sound and vibration. As you chant, focus your attention on the specific chakra you want to activate. For example, if you're working on your heart chakra, you might focus on the sound "YAM."
Use deep, intentional breathing: As you chant, use deep and intentional breathing to help you connect with your body and your energy centers. Breathe in slowly and deeply, and exhale slowly and fully.
Repeat the chant as many times as you like: You can repeat the chant as many times as you like, whether that's for a few minutes or for an extended period of time. The important thing is to stay focused and present, and to allow the sound of the chant to help you connect with your chakras and promote the flow of energy through your body.
Are chakras scientifically proven?
While the existence of chakras is not widely accepted within the scientific community, there are studies that have explored the connection between the body's energy centers and overall health and well-being.
How do chakras relate to life purpose?
According to some spiritual teachings, each chakra is associated with a specific aspect of life and can provide insight into one's life purpose. For example, the heart chakra is associated with love and compassion, while the throat chakra is associated with communication and self-expression.
How often should you clear your chakras?
There is no set schedule for clearing your chakras, but many people find it helpful to do so on a regular basis. You might choose to clear your chakras daily, weekly, or whenever you feel like your energy needs a boost.
How to heal chakras?
There are many different techniques that can be used to heal and balance your chakras. Some popular options include meditation, yoga, energy healing, and sound therapy.
Why does my solar plexus feel weird?
The solar plexus is associated with personal power and self-confidence. If you're feeling a strange sensation in this area, it could be a sign that your solar plexus chakra is out of balance. Consider exploring techniques to balance this energy center, such as practicing self-empowerment or visualizing a ball of bright yellow light in this area.
What is the chakra for digestion?
The third chakra, located in the solar plexus region, is associated with digestion and metabolism. A balanced solar plexus chakra can help promote healthy digestion and a strong metabolism, while an imbalanced chakra can lead to digestive issues and low energy levels. Techniques such as yoga and meditation can help to balance this energy center and promote digestive health.
I encourage you to challenge yourself to a Chakra and Sound Healing session. Feel the difference in your heart, mind, and body afterwards. Pay attention to how it makes you feel. Do any parts of your body ache or hurt less? Is your mind more calm and focused? Do you feel more connected to yourself and nature?
These are some of the benefits you may experience!
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