Chakras are energy centers in the body. They are the combination of energy and emotion that make us who we are.
Aligned chakras create feelings of peace and happiness, but chakras can become blocked and unaligned overtime. If chakra energy becomes blocked, all sorts of physical, mental, and emotional health problems can take place.
Each chakra affects a different part of who we are. Our ability to communicate, express ourselves, and love others all stem from our chakras. So, taking the time to work on your chakras will not only improve your health, but will strengthen your personality and make you more comfortable in your own skin.
But how do you work on your chakras?
The answer is, of course, yoga!
The art of yoga is directly linked to your 7 chakras. And this is because yoga works to move energy through you and into different parts of the body. Even if the movement of energy isn’t something you think about when practicing yoga, it’s still happening on a subconscious level.
Each yoga asana, or pose, works to revitalize your body in a different way. Similarly, each asana focuses on a different chakra.
If opening your chakras is a goal of yours, learning and practicing certain yoga asanas will take you a long way.
The Root Chakra - Muladhara
This chakra thrives from a deep connection with nature and the earth beneath your feet. Finding comfort in your surroundings and focusing on your place in nature is key to opening your root chakra.
Some yoga poses you can do to balance your root chakra are...
Sukhasana or Easy Pose
This cross-legged, seated position pose is one of the most basic poses in yoga and meditation, but it is also one of the most widely used. As you practice this pose, focus on the natural world around you.
Even if you’re inside, think about the trees, the wind, the sky, and the birds outside your window.
Tadasana or Mountain Pose
For this pose, stand up straight with your feet planted flat on the ground. With your hands at your sides, on your hips, or pressed palms-together at your chest.
As you stand still and focus on your breathing, imagine roots growing out of your feet and into the ground beneath you. This simple yet powerful pose allows you to practice balance and meditation, and helps you feel connected to the earth.
The Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana
Creativity and sexuality are the lifeblood of this chakra. When we feel bogged down by our tedious, overwhelming lives, creativity and passion are what keep us going. They’re what turn a day that feels pointless into a day brimming with opportunity.
To tap into your natural self-expression, aligning your sacral chakra is essential. Some yoga poses you can do to balance your sacral chakra are…
Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
This seated pose can be done with the back leg bent up towards the head or layed out flat on the yoga mat. Either way, this pose works to open your hips and focus your energy on your lower abdomen – the location of the sacral chakra.
Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana
This pose, also referred to as the Butterfly Pose, is another great hip opener. It’s also often used as a meditation pose. Whether used for meditation, or as a simple stretch at the beginning or end of your yoga routine, this pose is perfect for aligning your sacral chakra.
The Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura
This chakra has the power to control our feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. It is our fire center, and from it comes inner strength, ego, vitality, and so much more. Like a line of defense for our conscious mind, this chakra gives us the power to love ourselves and stand up for ourselves when the time calls for it.
You don’t want to go through life without a well-aligned solar plexus chakra. Some yoga poses you can do to balance your solar plexus chakra are…
Reverse Plank Pose or Purvottanasana
This pose engages so many parts of the body. Your glutes, hamstrings, back muscles, and triceps will all feel the burn after a few seconds of this.
This pose doesn’t only strengthen your muscles, it puts you in a position that says, “Here I am. I’m not afraid to be me!” Like a power pose, the Reverse Plank will teach you confidence and self-esteem the more you do it.
The Bow Pose or Dhanurasana
The Bow Pose improves blood flow to many of your organs, including the liver, which is linked to digestion. This pose also improves your posture. A healthier body and a taller stance are essential for living with confidence.
The Heart Chakra - Anahata
The heart chakra also has a powerful effect on our sense of self-worth and self-esteem. However, the main focus of this chakra is on how we handle personal relationships and connections with other people.
Some yoga poses you can do to balance your heart chakra are...
Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana
Opening up your heart to the world around you is essential to aligning the heart chakra. And with the Cobra Pose, your vulnerability is front and center. Use this pose to improve your arm strength, and to teach you that it’s okay to let go and put yourself out there.
Dancers Pose or Natarajasana
This elegant pose works to improve your balance, both physical and spiritual. This heart-opener teaches you to feel stable in your life, but always open to new experiences. When you’re confident in yourself as you are, you’ll have an easier time opening yourself up to others.
The Throat Chakra - Vishuddha
An aligned throat chakra gives you the power to express your true self to the world. Your conversation and listening skills are directly linked to this chakra, as are your abilities to tell the truth, express your creativity and individuality, and to publicly speak.
Some yoga poses you can do to balance your throat chakra are…
Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana
After hours hunched over at your desk, the jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back tend to be tense. To align your throat chakra, it’s important to release this tension. The Shoulder Stand does this by promoting the flow of blood and energy to the throat chakra region.
Fish Pose or Matsyasana
The Fish Pose is traditionally used as a counter pose to the Shoulder Stand. While the Shoulder Stand gathers energy into the throat chakra region, the Fish Pose allows you to release that energy back into the world.
The Third Eye Chakra - Ajna
There is more to life than meets the eye and the third eye chakra is what lets us see the bigger picture. This chakra improves our perception of the world around us, our wisdom, and our connection to life’s spiritual side.
Feelings of clarity, self-awareness, and peace come with an aligned third eye chakra. Some yoga poses you can do to balance your third eye chakra are…
Candle Gazing or Trataka
Meditation is one of the best ways to align your third eye chakra. In meditation, you can let go of the stresses of the day and focus on your perception of the world. In this meditation, light a candle and place it in front of you. As you sit, stare at the dancing flame.
Clear your mind of everything besides the flame. Then, close your eyes and focus on the afterglow behind your eyelids. You’ll find that meditating on a flame, or another aspect of nature, will reveal a greater meaning of life.
Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
This well-known pose acts as a full body stretch. It also improves stamina and strengthens muscles in the arms, shoulders, and core. With your head faced down to the ground or mat, this pose provides the perfect opportunity for concentration and improved mental clarity.
The Crown Chakra - Sahasrara
The seventh and final chakra is located at the top of the head and acts as a gateway to the previous six chakras. An unaligned crown chakra leads to the other chakras being weakened, making the crown chakra incredibly important.
This chakra is also linked to happiness, openness to new ideas, and spiritual enlightenment. Some yoga poses you can do to balance your crown chakra are…
Rabbit Pose or Sasangasana
In this pose, the top of your head is pressed into the mat, allowing increased blood and energy flow to the area surrounding the crown chakra. You’ll also experience a release of tension around the neck and shoulders, as well as a greater awareness of your body and breath.
Corpse Pose or Shavasana
This pose usually comes at the end of a yoga session, and is used to cool down and relax. As you lie still, feel all of your stress, tension, desire, fear, expectations, frustrations, and judgments float up and out of your body.
You can also imagine a light entering the top of your head and gradually moving to every part of your body. Doing so will help you feel a deeper connection to your body and to the universe.
For thousands of years, yoga has been a tool for finding inner strength, confidence, self-esteem, individuality, and so much more. By regularly practicing yoga, you’ll soon find yourself reaping its emotional, spiritual, and physical benefits.
Life can only be lived to the fullest when we are our best selves. In other words, unless our chakras are open and aligned, there’s so much life we’ll be missing out on. So what are you waiting for?
Now you know how the 7 chakras related to yoga.
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