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Discovering and Tuning Into the 7 Yoga Chakras

If you’ve ever attended a yoga class you’ve undoubtedly heard the teacher refer to the chakras. Ancient yogis believed that the seven chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels of light”) were the energetic basis of all matter.  These energy centers are located along the spine (or Sushumna) from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, and radiate energy in color that corresponds with our physical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional wellness. The belief is that if a blockage occurs along the chakras energy line, several physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional disorders can result.

It’s time to get in tune with your 7 yoga chakras…

1. Muladhara: The Root Chakra

Let’s begin with Muladhara, or the root chakra, which lies at the base of the spine. The root chakra is the primary grounding chakra symbolizing the grounding or stability of the body and mind, governing instinct, ambition, self-sufficiency, and responsible for physical and mental balance in health and success.

If you look at a chakra diagram, the root chakra takes the form and color of a red lotus leaf. Ancient yogis believed that if the Muladhara Chakra is blocked, problems may occur in the genitals, prostate, anus, kidneys, lower digestive tract, and adrenal glands (i.e., chronic fatigue, insomnia, sexual disfunction, bowl disfunction, and weight issues). Yoga poses to unblock the root chakra include locust, child, bound eagle, and wind relieving pose.

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