Simple Chakra Tutorial and Poses…
By Gwen Lawrence
Best root chakra poses are the ones that focus on your connection to the earth, or grounding. It is the “root” of you, and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.
It houses your instincts – it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated here. This is your primal center.
Simply standing in mountain pose or savasana taking a moment to actually feel your plug into the earth
This chakra is best described as being the passion and pleasure center, it is focused on being in the moment and to let go and feel transformations. The second chakra is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, and sensuality.
The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body.
The best poses are those that affect the deep hips like pigeon or cobblers that truly manipulate the area open and allow in the hips.
This chakra is identified with the core of our personality, identity and ego…our fire, it is responsible for the perception of who you are. This chakra is sensing your personal power, confidence and reliability.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.
It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The best pose for this are ones the effect the core like navasana or half lord of the fish. These poses literally bring heat to stoke your fire and squeeze it up.
This chakra literally moves love through your life and is where warmth compassion and joy live…it is where deep bonds live
The best poses for this chakra open the heart are camel pose, and cobra
One of the most challenging things in life is to be vulnerable. We all seem to be going the way of becoming more closed and constricted, due to computers phones, deskwork and driving. Physically, we rotate our shoulders forward; we push out our chin and round our upper body to protect the heart.
This constricts the flow of energy to the heart and creates an imbalance in the heart chakra.
This chakra is about accepting your truth, honoring your authentic voice, also allows you to seek knowledge of truth, this is where it all audibly comes through us or gets stuck in us
The best poses for this pose are plow. This pose provides very strong opening for both throat and heart chakras.
Both the throat and the heart are protected in the front and exposed and opened at the back. Also try fish pose to open the front of the chakra
Third eye Chakra
This chakra is about all seeing, as in outer and inner realms, it allows us to experience clear thought as well as gifts of spiritual contemplation and self-reflection. You should always keep in mind inner guidance and inner voice
The best poses for this chakra are downward dog, poses are those that help us connect with our inner self and those that prepare us for ultimately head stands.
Completes the journey and connects us with the universe and a divine source of energy.
This chakra allows us to experience oneness and transcend individuality to be part of the big whole
The best poses for this are headstand and quiet corpse pose focusing the third eye inward with your breath, also realizing the connection and Kundalini energy within and unifies all.