Chakra means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body. They are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay “open” and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.
In this blog I will break down each of the seven chakras and offer a pose to help balance each specific chakra.
First Chakra/Muladhara or Root Chakra- located at the base of the spine between the anus and the genitals
A balanced root chakra will help you feel grounded, centered, committed and independent. Having energy and vitality, strength and stillness.
Warrior 2 pose to balance your root chakra. To line up warrior 2 pose, you want to take your feet about the width of your wingspan. Your front knee should be bent at a 90 degree angle, hips and chest should be open to the side of your mat. Remember to lift up and engage from your pelvic floor or root chakra.
Second Chakra/Svadhishthana or sacral chakra- situated at the base of the pubis between the genitals and the sacral nerve plexus
A balanced sacral chakra will help you feel compassionate, friendly, intuitive, vital, sexual, satisfied, prosperous, having a sense of belonging and humor.
Pigeon pose is a great pose to balance your sacral chakra. From a table top (hands & knees) position bring your knee up outside of your hand or wrist. Straighten into your back leg. Now hinge at the hips, still finding length in your spine. Be careful not to roll over and sit on your hip. If you need to, support your hip with a block or blanket.
Third Chakra/ Manipura or Solar Plexus- located at the naval.
A balanced solar plexus is the source of your personal power and governs your self-esteem. When this chakra is balanced your feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated.
Plank pose is a great pose to balance your solar plexus. Remember to keep shoulders in line with your elbows, and pull your belly button in to your spine. Think of bringing your hip bones closer to your rib bones.
Fourth Chakra/ Anahata or heart chakra-situated in the cardiac plexus in the region of the heart
A balanced heart chakra gives you a feeling of completeness and wholeness, compassionate, empathetic, friendly, optimistic, motivated, nurturing, outgoing
Camel pose is a great pose to balance your heart chakra. Start kneeling, shift your hips forward and begin to lift your chest to the sky. Hands can be on your hips, at your low back, blocks or if you can heels. Remember to keep your glutes active.
Fifth Chakra/ Vishuddha or Throat Chakra- located at the base of the throat, in the center of the larynx.
A balanced throat chakra allows you to speak your truth, but also be able to listen and express yourself from a higher form of communication.
Bridge Pose is a great pose to help you balance your throat chakra. Start lying on your back, knees bent and heels in line with hips. Lift hips, low back, middle back. Tuck shoulder blades under. One option is to interlace fingers behind your back.
Sixth Chakra/ Ajna or third eye chakra- located in the space between the brows
A balanced third eye chakra can enable a sense of clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination and visualization.
Childs pose to balance your third eye chakra. Start in a table top position, bring your big toes together. Take your knees wide or keep them closer together. Lengthen your spine and extend your arms long. Bring your forehead to the mat.
Seventh Chakra/Sahaswara or crown chakra- located at the crown of the head
A balanced crown chakra means the realization that you are pure awareness. Pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive.
To balance your crown chakra practice mediation. Find a comfortable seat, you don’t have to cross your legs. Sitting on a blanket or cushion for support may be helpful. Find a peaceful space or create one. Close your eyes and begin to listen to your breathing. Meditation is not about controlling the thoughts of the mind but instead about not letting the thoughts of your mind control you.
*Please note there are many poses to balance each chakra and we could go even deeper into whether your chakra imbalance is because the chakra is too open or too closed. Therefore the pose needed would change. Please note that I chose very beginner, basic poses since your will be practicing on your own and many reading this may be very new to yoga. Also please still take time to warm up your body before trying these poses.