Add a section on the history of yoga and chakras
The word “Yoga” is derived from Sanskrit language and literally means “union”. Its earliest known historical references date back to 3000 BCE, where yoga was described as a system of spiritual practice in the Rig Veda. In the centuries following, many works related to yoga and meditation appeared in India, such as the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita – both of which discuss various yogic meditation techniques and their associated spiritual benefits.
In roughly 500 BCE, Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras, a more specific text on yogic philosophy outlining eight ‘limbs’ or ‘paths’ (Ashtanga) that lead to spiritual liberation: ethical conduct (yama), self-discipline (niyama), posture (asana), breath control (pranayama) concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyanam), contemplative absorption – or samadhi.
The sutras also mention chakras or energy centres believed to be connected with the body’s physical, psychological and spiritual health. Each of these seven chakras is said to correspond with specific locations in the body along the spine including muladhara at the base, svadhisthana above the genitals and manipura near the navel. The traditional Hindu beliefs surrounding chakra function suggest that when properly balanced they are able to generate good health and well-being but if closed off can result in stagnation or illness.
Incorporate lifestyle advice
1. Start the day with a yoga sun salutation ” this is a great way to wake up your body, balance your energy and get your mind ready for the day.
2. Take time each day to sit in meditation ” focus on your breath, listen to calming music and channel energy into each of your chakras.
3. Go for walks or Nature hikes ” as you move through Nature, be conscious to receive the gifts she provides you with, including spiritual growth offered by yoga and chakra practices.
4. Create a yoga mantra ” it can be something simple that resonates with you such as “mindful breathing” or “I am balanced” and repeat it during meditation or other activities that follow yogic principles.
5. Take some time out from screens ” dedicate an hour each day to disconnect from technology as it can interfere with deeper relaxation benefits of yoga and chakra work, allowing for more clarity of thoughts and deeper connection with self.
6. Replace junk food snacks with energizing foods ” fill yourself up with nutrient dense snacks that provides fuel for both physical and spiritual energy channels such as nuts and seeds, fruits and green smoothies.
7. Give yourself permission to rest & relax – when overwhelmed or in need of a break take the opportunity to practice gentle yoga stretches while focusing on healing properties of certain poses; or spend some time in savasana which helps restore balance in body & spirit through letting-go into stillness & peace
Historically, traditional beliefs and superstitions about the chakras were closely linked to those of Hindus and Buddhists within India. According to these beliefs, the seven main chakras (which are details of subtle energy centres within the body) form part of an energetic architecture that can positively or negatively affect one’s physical health, emotional wellbeing, and overall spiritual development.
It was believed that each chakra was associated with different emotions and aspects of life. For example, Anahata or ‘heart’ chakra is thought to be associated with our capacity for compassion and love while Manipura or ‘navel’ chakra is said to be related to willpower and courage. Imbalances in these energy centres could lead to dis-ease in mind, body, and spirit.
Yoga is therefore seen as a way of cultivating balance within our energetic anatomy by connecting to the chakras through physical postures (asanas), pranayama practices (breathing exercises), mudra gestures (hand positions), mantras (chanting repetitively), chanting sacred names, visualization techniques, and meditation. Ultimately this practice assists us in restoring harmony both internally and externally ” making us more connected to our true self.
Explore additional resources
1. Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic – Darren Main
2. The Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation – Harish Johari
3. Awakening the Chakras: A Guide to Inner Balance Through Chakra Meditation – Harish Johari & Dalilah Khalil
4. Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System – Anodea Judith
5. The Seven spiritual laws of yoga: a practical guide to healing body, mind, and spirit – Deepak Chopra
1. How Chakras Affect Your Life and How To Heal Them | Sadhguru
2. Chakra Healing and Balancing Tutorial with Sounds + Crystals
3. Activate All 7 Chakras Meditation Music
4. Yoga Asanas for Balancing Chakras
5. Everything You Should Know About the Seven Chakras (in 12 minutes!)
1. What Are Chakras And How Can They Boost Your Health? ” Dr. Group, Global Healing Center 2. Exploring Five Major Types of Chakras ” Vicki Pavlik 3. Root Chakra Healing Tips ” Britta Love Cowell 4. What Are The Benefits Of Opening Your Heart Chakra? ” Sara Stanizai 5. Balancing Spiritual Energies With Third Eye Chakra Awakeness ” Richard Emanuel
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