The Chakra System is an old body map that details 7 main energy centers that work to balance your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual power. It came from with old Indian holy men and seers, or rishis, who studied hidden energies discovered in humans. According to David Pond, yoga educator and author of ‘Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Stabilizing Your Chakra Energies,’ the chakras are wheels of energy placed from the sacrum to the pointer of the head.

Definition

Chakra comes from the old Indian language called Sanskrit. Chakra means indicate ‘wheel’ or ‘turning’ and these energy centers are compared to a force that moves with all life, including your body, according to ‘A Handook for Chakra Healing.’ The seven principal chakras are: Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra.

Chakra Associations

Each chakra is placed along the spine from the tailbone to the crown of the head and is related to main styles or mental functions, states Kalashatra Govinda, author of ‘A Handbook of Chakra Recovery.’ The Root chakra is located at the base of the tailbone and its mental functions are survival, stability and security. The Sacral chakra is located in the hips location and its psychological functions are satisfaction, flexibility and feelings. The Solar Plexus chakra is found near the navel and its mental functions are self-discipline, self-confidence and individual power. The Heart chakra is found at the heart center and its psychological functions match its name, love, compassion and openness. The Throat chakra is found at the throat and its mental functions are communication, self-expression and imagination. The Third Eye chakra is located at the forehead center and its mental functions are intuition, perception and realization. The Crown chakra is found at the crown of the head and its psychological functions are connection to spirituality, awareness and expertise.

Chakra Glands

The chakras correspond with the endocrine gland system and the definition of each chakra is closely linked to the function of its matching gland, according to Pond. The Root Chakra’s associated glands are the adrenals, which are liable for your ‘fight, flight or freeze’ trigger. The sacral chakra’s linked glands are the gonads, the recreation gland. The Solar Plexus’ linked gland is the pancreas, the gland accountable for digestion. The Heart Chakra’s connected gland is the thymus, the gland that produces cells for the immune system. The Throat Chakra’s associated gland is the thyroid, the gland that regulates metabolism. The Third Eye chakra’s connected gland is the pituitary, the major endocrine gland that regulates development and healthy development. The Crown chakra’s connected gland is the pineal, the gland that manages mood

Chakra Work

Classical yoga poses relate to the chakras and are among the methods utilized in Chakra work, states Govinda. Specific yoga positions work to stimulate the certain gland area related to each chakra, and in doing this, trigger the chakra and work to ease energy blockages. According to Govinda, Chakra yoga incorporates standard yoga poses with spiritual development and the benefits consist of: ‘boosted immune and circulate systems, healthier organs, inner peace and harmony, and spiritual clearness.’

Example Yoga Poses

Each of the 7 chakras have correlating yoga presents. For example, a deep squat, a yoga present where your feet are the width of your yoga mat with your toes ended up at a 45 degree angle and you been your knees as your squat your pelvis between your knees, is a posture connected with the Root chakra due to the fact that the body weight is moving toward the sacrum. Another example is Lion Pose, the yoga posture that corresponds to the throat chakra. You kneel with your knees together and sit your hips back onto your feet. Correct your arms and bring your hands to the top of your knees. Elongate your spinal column as your inhale through your nose. Exhale with your mouth and let your tongue extend out and down toward your chin while making the noise of a lion, ‘ha’. Close your mouth and duplicate the posture two times. Lion Pose cleans your throat chakra while toning your throat muscles.