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    Discover the Power of the Chakras

    —the series starts NOVEMBER 1st! 

    What you receive with the DAILY email series:

    • Do the daily yoga + meditation classes themed for the chakras.

    • Unlock energetic blocks at each chakra with movement, meditation, and mindfulness practices.

    • Learn the themes for each of the chakras to work with emotional, physical, and energetic imbalances. 

    A Beginners Explanation to the Chakras

    The chakras are a part of the subtle body and are a gateway to better health and longevity.

    Chakra means ‘spinning wheel’ and represents an energy center where our subtle, Pranic body converges with the physical body.

    Understanding the unique elements, themes, and organs associated with each chakra helps you better align and assimilate imbalances at each energy center. 

    —We will go into a deeper examination of each chakra and the movement, mindfulness practices, and alternative health care techniques to work with the energy of each of the seven chakras during the month of yoga.

    We are a circle within a circle… with no beginning and never ending! 

    – Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life.

    Your Guide to the Seven Chakras

    You have seven main chakras located along your body’s primary energy channel, the spine, that provide symbolic insight. Your physical body directly manifests the subtle energy body—the inner body we cannot see, but it’s where we process information and create subconscious patterns. 

    Bringing unconscious patterns into focus is how you heal your mind and body from past traumas. Your habits, belief systems, motivations, and the root of your emotions all reside in your body. What you outwardly express, consciously or not, is a direct reflection of something seeded deep inside of you. 

    The chakras provide a framework for perceiving your inner world and relating to life’s events through symbols and themes.

    Giving a narrative to the hidden inner layer of our being may allow you to free yourself of negative patterns, identify emotional blockages, and clarify your direction in life.

    This is your guide to the chakras, the subtle layer of your body where you digest the outer world and manifest what you desire.  

    Definition of Chakra

    Chakra translates as ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’ and represents an energy center or vortex where every interaction is drawn, processed, and expressed. Every thought and felt sensation is channelled through and by the chakras.

    Anodea Judith describes the chakras as “an organizational center for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life’s energy.” 

    The earliest mention of the chakras comes from the Vedas, a book of hymns containing the oldest written traditions of India. The chakras also appear in The Upanishads and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. 

    On a symbolic level, the chakras relate to the subconscious patterns and processes of our mental and physical programming. On a physiological level, the chakras relate to nerve ganglia, glands, and the endocrine system. 

    History of the Chakras

    According to the Tantrikas, the divine feminine energy known as Kundalini sits at the base of the spine, waiting to be awakened.

    The Shaiva Tantra believe that to be fully awakened, you must activate the Kundalini energy and draw it up the spine to the crown of the head to raise your consciousness and connect to the cosmic vibration, aka, the collective unconscious. 

    The Tantric Yoga tradition is where we source knowledge of Kundalini Yoga and the chakras — it came to fruition in response to the dualistic nature of the Eightfold Path of Yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Tantrikas support being with the world rather than being separate from it. Living through direct experience and savouring each of the senses is largely endorsed by Tantra Yoga and embodying all of life’s experiences—including the harsh and ugly. In Tantric practices, the divine lives within, and liberation is attainable in the world you live in simply by practicing yoga, awakening Kundalini, and worshipping deities. 

    Tantra means “loom” and brings us into the idea of wholeness, embodiment, and yolking the polarizing aspects of existence such as the masculine/feminine, light/dark, divine/human, mind/body, matter/spirit, and so forth. 

    Your human form is comprised of the physical body you perceive and the subtle body—the energy body—you cannot see, touch, taste, hear, or smell. 

    The subtle body is composed of nadis, the energy channels that direct the flow of Prana (life force) through the body. You have over 72,000 nadis in your body and hundreds of chakras where nadis intersect. The main seven energy points are the chakras, which are located along the spine. 

    Sushumna is the body’s central energy channel along the spinal column. Running alongside Sushumna are Ida and Pingala, the two nadis that balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Pingala represents solar energy, masculine, extroverted, bright, left hemisphere. Ida represents lunar energy, feminine, introverted, dark, right hemisphere. 

    Yoga is one method to invigorate the Kundalini energy and draw it up from the root at the pelvis with movement, mantra, and pranayama. When you control Kundalini energy, you connect to the body’s main three energy channels—Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala. 

    To draw the Kundalini energy up to the crown where you connect to the global consciousness and enlightenment, the energy must first move through the seven chakras located along the spinal column from the perineum to the top of the head. 

    A Path to Balance and Healing

    When the chakras are all open, the energy flows freely, and we are free from bondage, blockages, and imbalances. Bringing your awareness to the symbols and themes of each of the seven main chakras provides deeper insight into your psycho-emotional states, physical injuries, and behaviours.

    According to Anodea Judith, the chakras are similar to astrology in that they reflect your tendencies—personal and collective—and are absolutely changeable. By repeating specific movements, words, and thoughts, you create habits that directly influence the word within and all around you. Habits largely inform the content of each chakra—the habits you are aware of, patterns you’re unaware of, and the conditioning by your parents, society, and ancient communities. 

    When you are stuck, aka blocked or imbalanced, in a particular chakra, you will observe repeated actions and feel trapped in a storyline that keeps you at a certain level of awareness. The chakras are associated with the seven layers of consciousness. The layers are reflected in the physical and metaphysical bodies through deeds, words, thoughts, and relationships with self and your environment.

    Yoga is a way to clear the stagnant energy by observing the themes and blockages of each chakra and then creating a practice to clear and move the energy. 

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    Themes and Practices for the Seven Chakras

    The information presented on the chakras is based on the Wheels of Life of Anodea Judith—it’s with deep gratitude we share her research and wisdom.

    1st Chakra | Muladhara 

    Meaning: Root support

    Location: Base of the spine, perineum

    Element: Earth

    Bija Seed Mantra: Lam

    Function: Survival, grounding

    Inner State: Stillness, security, stability

    When in balance, feels: grounded, centred

    When out of balance, feels: fearful

    2nd Chakra | Svadhisthana 

    Meaning: Sweetness

    Location: Lower abdomen, genitals, womb

    Element: Water

    Bija Seed Mantra: Vam

    Function: Desire, pleasure, sexuality, creation

    Inner State: Feelings

    When in balance, feels: Connected to others, playful, harmonious

    When out of balance, feels: Stuck, disconnected, detached

    3rd Chakra | Manipura 

    Meaning: Lustrous gem

    Location: Solar plexus

    Element: Fire

    Bija Seed Mantra: Ram

    Function: Will, power, assertiveness

    Inner State: Laughter, joy, anger

    When in balance, feels: Productive, passionate, powerful

    When out of balance, feels: Angry, over-excited/assertive, powerless

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    4th Chakra | Anahata 

    Meaning: Unstruck

    Location: Heart

    Element: Air

    Bija Seed Mantra: Yam

    Function: Love

    Inner State: Compassion, love

    When in balance, feels: Loving, receptive, balanced

    When out of balance, feels: Grief

    5th Chakra | Vishuddha 

    Meaning: Purification

    Location: Throat

    Element: Sound

    Bija Seed Mantra: Ham

    Function: Communication, creativity

    Inner State: Synthesis of ideas and symbols

    When in balance, feels: Connected to sound, vibration, self-expression

    When out of balance, feels: Creativity blocked, loss of words, inability to communicate

    6th Chakra | Ajna 

    Meaning: To perceive, to command

    Location: Third eye, between the browline

    Element: Light

    Bija Seed Mantra: Om

    Function: Seeing, intuition

    When in balance, feels: Intuitive, clairvoyant, connected to the soul

    When out of balance, feels: Caught up in other’s stories, living in illusion ‘Maya

    7th Chakra | Sahasrara 

    Meaning: Thousandfold

    Location: Crown of the head

    Element: Thought

    Bija Seed Mantra: Silence

    Manifestation: Information

    When in balance, feels: Bliss, meditative

    When out of balance, feels: Attached to physical form, melancholic 

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