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CHAKRAS: IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Think about a time when you felt at ease, happy with life; the way you feel after a good yoga class.
For most of us, it’s a rare state of being. Imagine how much better you'd feel if you could have more of it.

We may not admit it -or even know it- but we really do need to be more that way, in a state of balance. Most of our lives are anything but balanced- our time spent in planning, rushing, worrying; doing far more than just being. And when we’re un-balanced or in a state of stress we tend to do the wrong things— like ordering a double-shot latte when what we really need is a herbal tea. We over-indulge our cravings, spend less time with friends and family, drink too much, sleep too little.

When life’s demands trigger our reaction mode, when we’re “out of whack”, we feel the strain physically and emotionally; our nervous systems take a hit, and our immune system breaks down. But it’s on an energetic level that we are most profoundly affected.

Perhaps you’ve felt this way; worn-out, run-down, physically and emotionally drained, wondering how to get back on track, how to find the right balance to support and sustain you. 

There is a way. It’s not new-age, or hip, or even the focus of glossy magazine features. It’s as old as recorded history, perhaps older, and you can access, learn and apply it with a little guidance on the workings of the Chakras, or energy centres. The Chakra system is a map for integration of all our systems- physical, energetic and spiritual. Integration brings balance, whole-ness, a sense of overall well-being. In this state we flow, and glow, and radiate goodness. Our energy levels up, we cruise rather than stumble through life, with confidence, without fear.

Imbalance – whether it’s simply a case of being out of step with life’s natural rhythms or a more acute state caused by severe stress or trauma- manifests in our physical body. An experienced therapist or teacher can tell which energy centres are out of balance simply by watching you sit, stand, or move.

Because the stress shows up physically you can begin to re-balance with a body-centred practice. To achieve whole-ness you need to go deeper than simple exercise, to re-balance energetically and spiritually. And that’s the essence of Chakra Yoga.

A Chakra-based practice is designed to re-align those centres where we receive and assimilate our vital energy. Each of the seven Chakras represents a vital part of being human: the need for security, how we feel emotion and sensation, our confidence and energy, how we relate and communicate, our sense of compassion and ability to love and our intuition. Keeping them in balance is the key to vibrant health, healing, and spiritual growth.

A typical Chakra-based class will focus on a single Chakra, combining asanas that target the energy centre and pranayama to focus the mind and move the vital energy. Blockages clear, and the way opens to a rejuvenating flow of prana.

The addition of sound -as simple as the repetitive chanting of seed mantras- deepens the therapeutic effect and opens the door to the more subtle aspects of the chakras. Meditating on the subtle energy completes the process of integration, and brings body, mind, and spirit into balance. 

Thus balanced, we relax. Free of stress, full of life.