This week begins our focus on the Chakras – the vortexes of energy that vibrate within our subtle bodies. For those of us that live in Sedona, a vortex is commonplace. Energy swirls around us everywhere we go! The subtle or pranic body, however, has its own system of vortexes to contend with. As yogis, we strive to balance these internal energies by doing yoga, meditation and pranayama.
Prana flows as oxygen does, fueling our bodies with essential energy. The esoteric pathways of prana are called nadis. Nadis are the channels that direct the energy throughout the body. There are believed to be some 70,000 nadis located throughout the subtle body. Although they are not anatomically viewed, it is understood that the nadis join to form three prominent passageways; the ida, pingala and sushumna nadis which are visualized as running from the left, right and center of the spine.
The chakras are the whirling centers that collect and direct the energies that flow through the nadis. There are seven chakras. They begin at the base of the spine and stack up to the crown of the head.
This week, I introduced the Muladhara or Root Chakra through a few key postures. Hopefully, by now, you are feeling nicely grounded and firmly planted. Here are some other ways to balance your Root Chakra:
- Use the essential oil Cedarwood – apply it as directed to the soles of your feet
- Walk barefoot – a tough one to do in the desert!
- Try gardening
- Focus on your exhalations
- Move more slowly – think about how you are connected to gravity