Over the next few months, I’ll be working on the theme of the Chakras in the yoga classes I teach on Cortes Island. So I thought I would share some information on where your Chakras are in your body, why we care about them, and just some general thoughts on the subject. Each week I’ll dig deeper into each one!
Chakras are energy centres that run the length of the spinal cord in our body. They play a role in our spiritual, emotional, and physical health. The word Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “circle”. There are 7 main Chakras that are recognized in common practice, two of which are aligned vertically and five others which open horizontally (on both our front and our back even though we tend to focus more on the front openings). Together they form a channel – kind of like a flute with each Chakra like a note on the scale. And this is not far from the truth since each Chakra has its own colour, note, vowel sound and symbol. They also each correspond to an organ, system, and gland in our body.
The first Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is aligned with the earth. And as you can see on the image, the other Chakras move up the spine to the crown of the head, which is aligned with the cosmos and our Higher Self. Keep in mind, these are the main ones only and there is said to be more, both in our physical and ethereal bodies! In Yoga philosophy, it is believed that each Chakra needs to be open and aligned for the energy – or Prana – to flow harmoniously through the body. When they are aligned we feel that we are vibrating optimally, which makes us energetic and connected to our body, mind, and soul and everything around us. The first Chakra I will deepen in my practice is the Anahata (Heart) Chakra which is where we centre ourselves for love, compassion, and harmony!