What exactly are Chakras?
How do they function?
Why are they important to us? How can they be worked on?
Knowledge of the chakras is a means of understanding ourselves a little bit more.
Let me start by saying that according to yoga, we are composed of 5 different bodies: the physical body, mental body, emotional body, energetic body, and spiritual body.
Simply put, a chakra is a vortex of increased energy. As a center of energy, a charka can exist anywhere in the body and it serves as a transformer that moves energy between these various bodies. Chakras are the energy centers of the body. They are located in the astral body along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and running upwards to the crown of the head. The Chakras coincide with a gland in the physical body and each radiates a specific color and energy.
Since each chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of our being, it is said that the blockage or malfunction of the chakras can lead to physical, psychological, and emotional disorders. The conscious awareness and the balancing of these energy centers on the other hand is believed to lead to well-being and good health. That is one of the purposes of asana practice: to stimulate and balance the chakras or energies in the body.
Of the 88,000 chakras within the subtle human body, only SEVEN are considered of main importance and are referred to as the “major chakras”. These seven major chakras go from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra is responsible for the health of the organs, glands, and systems of the particular region where it is located, and also responsible for certain emotional states, mental characteristics, and personality traits.
The three “lower chakras” – first, second, and third- help us to handle our daily life in the physical world. Therefore, when working when looking to balance the chakra system, it is best to start at the root as the foundation for physical health, as well as to establish the basis for successfully fulfilling basic needs.
We all have weaker and stronger chakras. Chakras may be overactive, or underactive. Any imbalances that exist within the chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. Once the chakra has been properly balanced then, our bodies, mind, and actions will gradually return to normal.
When we practice yoga asanas (the postures) with breath awareness and meditation techniques, not only we get to strengthen and rejuvenate muscles, bones, nerves, and organs, but also, we are in fact, activating the chakra system.
From beginning to advanced levels of VeroYoga classes you will work every one of the 7 chakras and experience their significance in your life!
Keeping your chakras healthy and functioning well will go a long way towards keeping you in great shape physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Wish you PEACE, HARMONY, LOVE, JOY, AND GREAT HEALTH!
With Much Love,