My Chakras / My Asanas

awkward_pose_3-001Specific yoga poses draw from, and contribute to, how the seven chakras exist within each of us. In theory, chakras strength and asana strength correlate.  I decided to investigate that in terms of my own practice.

Consider the seven Chakras and their related asanas:

muladraha

 

1.         Muladhara – Tailbone / earth / basic needs  – mountain, chair, tree, sitting cross-legged

 

swadisthana

 

2.         Swadisthana – Sacrum / water / emotion – seated forward fold, splits, hero, fixed firm

 

manipura

 

3.         Manipura – Belly / fire – ego – twists

 

 

anahata

 

4.         Anahata – Heart / air / selflessness – camel, bridge, wheel, dancer

 

vishudda

 

5.         Vishudda – Throat / ether / communication – shoulder stand, plow, fish

 

ajna

 

6.         Ajna – Third eye / transcendence / intuition– child’s pose, kapalabhadi breathing

 

sahasrara

 

7.         Sahasrara – Crown of head / soul / unity – twisting poses, headstands

 

If I organize these according to the strengths of my practice, I would order them as follows:

Steady asana: mountain; chair; tree; sitting cross-legged; seated forward fold; hero; fixed firm; camel; bridge; wheel; dancer; shoulder stand; plow; fish; child’s pose; kapalabhadi breath

Wavering asana: splits; twists; headstands

This implies that my basic needs are met, my emotions are often – not always – steady, and my selflessness, communication, and intuition are sound. Meanwhile, my ego is undeveloped and my soul is still seeking its place in this world.  At a first pass, that is a pretty accurate description of the connection between my physical capabilities and mental/emotional condition.

So, are bottled up chakras holding me back from more fully realized poses, or are my physical constraints cramping my poses and restricting my chakras? It’s a chicken and egg thing. It would have been nice if the correlation led to a deeper understanding. But I’m torn. I feel good about energy and poses that align, and frustrated by those that are blocked.

Try it yourself and see where you land.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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One Response to My Chakras / My Asanas

  1. mybodymytime says:

    Great post thanks for sharing this

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