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balancing the chakra
Try these yoga poses to balance the chakras within you.
Seated Forward Bend
Use this pose to enhance your communication and self-expression.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Ham
Syllable (calming): ee (as in bee)
Use this pose to enhance your creativity and pleasure.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Vam
Syllable (calming): oh (as in flow)
Use this pose to enhance your personal power and self-esteem
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Ram
Syllable (calming): ah (as in father)
Use this pose to enhance your inner peace.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Yam
Syllable (calming): eh (as in say)
Warrior II Pose
Use this pose to enhance your survival and foundation.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Lam
Syllable (calming): oo (as in moo)
Use this pose to enhance your intuition and imagination.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): Om
Syllable (calming): mm (as in sum)
Leg Up The Wall Pose
Use this pose to enhance your inspiration and sense of connection.
Sounds To Make:
Mantra (activating): (silence)
Syllable (calming): ng (as in sting)
We are at peace when our chakras are in balance. Remember the energy within the seven chakras influence our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. When the chakra energy is stuck or stale, we suffer from various ailments. The secret to healing the seven chakras doesn’t always come naturally. Throughout our life we encounter various experiences and each of those leave a bit of an imprint on your chakra energy. If some of those life experiences are not pleasant, the balance of energy can be thrown off. The messages we learn in childhood can affect the spiritual growth through life.
How can we change the message that each of our chakras emanates? I look at it as a way to heal the soul, and more. I am learning that one very effective way to do this is through positive affirmations. If you can practice positive affirmations you should be able to balance reality and your past. Again I see it as a healing practice for your soul and the things you experienced in life that throw that chakra energy out of balance. Mind, body and soul balanced in harmony, means you are at your peak and happy. Lets look at a few positive affirmations that will help direct the chakra energy back into balance.
Crown Chakra: Remember this chakra is located at the top of your head, and its energy spins a violet color and is connected to spirituality. Repeat the following affirmation to begin with: “I am apart of the divine, and I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences and I cherish my spirit. I will live in the present moment.”
Third Eye Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the center of your forehead, and its energy spins a blue color and is connected to our intuition, repressed emotions and fears. Repeat the following affirmation: “I am wise and will listen to my inner wisdom. I will trust my intuition, forgive the past and learn and embrace the good in my life.”
Throat Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the throat, near the thyroid and its energy spins a light blue color and is connected to our ability to communicate, express ourselves and our creativity. Repeat the following affirmation: “I will communicate my feelings with ease. I will be open honest and clear through my communication. I will show my authentic spirit through my creativity and my body will feel the truth.”
Heart Chakra: Remember this chakra is located in the center of your chest, and its energy spins a green color and is connected to our heart and our emotions. Repeat the following affirmation: “I am open to love. I love myself deeply, openly and I accept myself. I forgive myself and accept life’s challenges that help me connect with others. ”
Solar Plexus Chakra: Remember this chakra is located just above the navel, and its energy spins a yellow color and is connected to growth, intellect, control and self respect. Repeat the following affirmation: “I love and respect myself. I am worthy of love, kindness and respect. I will be strong and courageous and direct my own life.”
Sacral Chakra: Remember this chakra is located just below the navel, and its energy spins an orange color, and is connected to sexuality, reproduction, commitment and pleasurable experiences. Repeat the following affirmation: ” I love and accept my body and have healthy boundaries. I am passionate and can enjoy the present moment through my senses. I will nourish my body and take care of my needs. I will respect my body.”
Root Chakra: Remember this chakra is located at the bas of your spine or tail bone, and its energy spins a red color, and is connected to our basic survival skills and physical needs that allow us to feel safe. Repeat the following affirmation:” I am deeply connected to my body. I feel safe, secure and am deeply rooted. I have the right to be here, and I have what I need. I am stable and will nourish my body and keep it healthy. I trust myself and the choices I make that are good for me.”
These affirmations are just a start to the journey of healing your seven chakras. Some may resonate with you more than others, and that can indicate an area that needs more of your focus. Draw strength from that, listen to your mind, body, and soul.
The seven chakras of the body correlate to different ailments and issues within the body. If these energy centers are not in alignment, the physical ailment affects the mental and emotional strengths. Do you have signs of stale chakras? Just think about it, when you are dealing with a physical ailment, it affects your emotional state. You don’t feel good. The energy within these seven chakras needs to be fluid, not stale. That stale energy can cause a malfunction with in the body and soul. If you are suffering from pains, aches, or stiffness or reoccurring emotions and fears, you will want to explore whether a chakra is blocked and stale.
Read along with this excerpt from MindBodyGreen to see if you could have ailments that are related to unbalanced or blocked energy in your chakras.
1st or Root Chakra
Sits at the base of your spine, at your tailbone.
Physical imbalances in the root chakra include problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostrate gland. Those with imbalances here are also likely to experience issues of degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation.
Emotional imbalances include feelings affecting our basic survival needs: money, shelter and food; ability to provide for life’s necessities.
When this chakra is in balance, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and grounded.
The lesson of this chakra is self-preservation; we have a right to be here.
2nd or Sacral Chakra
Located two inches below your navel.
Physical imbalances include sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain.
Emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships. Our ability to express our emotions. Our ability to have fun, play based on desires, creativity, pleasure, sexuality. Fears of impotence, betrayal, addictions.
When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing.
The lesson of this chakra is to honor others.
3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra
Located three inches above your navel.
Physical imbalances include digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, colon diseases.
Emotional imbalances include issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel self-respect and self-compassion. We feel in control, assertive, confident.
The lesson of this chakra is self-acceptance.
4th or Heart Chakra
Located at the heart.
Physical imbalances include asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.
Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness.
When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained.
The lesson of this chakra is I Love.
5th or Throat Chakra
Located at the throat.
Physical imbalances include thyroid issues, sore throats, laryngitis, TMJ, ear infections, ulcers, any facial problems (chin, cheek, lips, tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain.
Emotional imbalances include issues of self-expression through communication, both spoken or written. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control.
When this chakra is balanced, we have free flowing of words, expression, communication. We are honest and truthful yet firm. We are good listeners.
The lesson of this chakra is to speak up and let your voice be heard.
6th or Third Eye Chakra
Located in the middle of the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead.
Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone function.
Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; An inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others. Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination.
When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight.
The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.
7th or Crown Chakra
Located at the top of the head.
Physical imbalance include depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, environment.
Emotional imbalances include issues with self-knowledge and greater power. Imbalances arise from rigid thoughts on religion and spirituality, constant confusion, carry prejudices, “analysis paralysis.” Fear of alienation.
When this chakra is balanced, we live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance.
The lesson of this chakra is live mindfully.
After reading this, you (just like me) may feel that more than one chakra is imbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate and either become overactive or under-active. I think my next step will be to learn how to balance my chakras. Looking forward to this challenge!