Article by Eve Sengkeo
When our chakras are balanced, this impacts our aura, our energetic field. In turn, the “vibes” we give off can be picked up by others.
As you may know, according to the universal law of attraction, what we put out into the Universe impacts what we can attract into our lives.
Practicing yoga can also help to open up specific chakras in the body. By consistently taking small steps to balance your chakras, even if it’s just a few minutes each day, you’ll not only be able to maintain a balanced energetic system.
My last article focused solely on the warm-up portion at the beginning of a yoga sequence. The next phase is the workout phase followed by the cool-down phase.
After warming up comes the “heart” of your practice. Here you open your Heart chakra to your truth. The backbend postures in this part of the sequence invite you to surrender to your truth by way of opening the Throat chakra.
Overall, opening up the chakras is great for lifting your mood and detaching from the ego. The below three yoga poses can be incorporated into various styles of yoga practice to help balance the chakras. Doing so will help not only to clear blocks in the chakras but also raise your vibrations.
1. Three Legged Downward Facing Dog to Forward Fold
Send the hips back to downward facing dog. Pedal out the feet to activate the Foot chakra. Allow oxygen flowing to the head to open up the Crown chakra, shaking your head yes and no. Take 3 cleansing breaths here.
Inhale making the sound: H-A- Haaaa, activating the Throat chakra. Inhale, let it all pour out with the HA sound.
From downdog, lift the right leg up to the sky. Take a deep bend in the right knee. Open up the hips lining up the right on top of the left. Stretch the core to activate the Sacral chakra. Bring the leg back down to the earth.
Lift the left leg up. Really twisting open so you feel it in the solar plexus too. And bring it back down to ground yourself.
Walk your feet to your hands to forward fold. Grabbing opposite elbows. Let go any thoughts fall from the crown of the head to the mat.
2. Wild Thing
From downdog, extend your top right hand. Bring your weight into your left hand. Roll onto the outer edge of the left foot. Gaze down as you pivot back to the ball of the foot. Swing your right leg back into a one-legged downdog.
Note, in backbends and chest openers, the Throat chakra and Heart chakra is completely exposed. There’s a certain amount of vulnerability. After all, it can feel vulnerable to speak your truth.
All those throat and heart opening backbends are great for becoming more outspoken, finding your voice. Specifically, when the Throat chakra is blocked, you may feel like you can’t find your voice or your truth.
When the Throat chakra is open and stimulated, your voice moves through space to help you communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You also become better at listening to others and honoring their personal truths without judgment.
Savasana, or corpse pose, helps to balance all chakras, as the root to the crown is exposed yet relaxed. Savasana seems like the easiest pose of all. But it’s not easy to be fully immersed in the pose when we have a busy mind.
When there is a lot going on in life, it’s difficult to stay grounded. Thus, connecting to the earth, by having the palms face down, helps ground the Root chakra.
In savasana, the objective is to experience a truer state of being. In a sense, we become the truth. The Crown chakra represents our ability to fully connect spiritually, experiencing higher planes of consciousness, and deep connection with ourselves, which is what savasana is all about.
Eve Sengkeo, RYT is a prenatal and Hatha yoga teacher. Her passion is helping busy women achieve holistic wellness through yoga and energy healing. You can read all about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between on her website SilverLinedDays.com. Welcome to connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/