Some spiritual viewpoints hold that our body is more than just physical and mental, it is also an energy system called chakras. chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or bicycle. There are seven main chakras located along the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the spine. Chakra translates to wheel in Sanskrit, and you can imagine them as wheels of free flowing positive energy.
The word “Chakra” translates to wheel in Sanskrit. It refers to energy wheels throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which line the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the spine. If any of the chakras is blocked, then the energy cannot flow freely, causing emotional and physical ailments.
Each of the chakras is directly related to a part of our body and affects your overall health. It is vital to clear and open these wheels to allow the body to function as designed. If a chakra becomes blocked, it can have a significant impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being. The Root Chakra is connected to the sense of smell within the body and is attached to the gland known as the gonads.
Physically, the first chakra is associated with problems in the colon, bladder, discharge, or with problems in the lower back, legs, or feet. Also known as the third eye chakra, it is often used as a focal point during asana practice to develop more concentration and awareness. Diane Malaspina, PhD, a therapeutic specialist in yoga medicine, says she prefers to think of chakras as out of balance versus blocked. The third eye chakra governs your ability to invite a new reality into your life by dreaming of different possibilities.
Chakra meditations involve simply focusing on the specific area of the body or color associated with the chakra as a means of restoring and balancing energy flow. As such, a basic understanding of chakras can have a profoundly positive influence, both in terms of healing specific wounds and living a more optimal life. An imbalance of the solar plexus chakra can physically manifest as digestive problems, liver problems, or diabetes. When the sacral chakra is out of balance, a person may feel emotionally explosive and irritable, lack energy and creativity, feel manipulative, or obsessed with sexual thoughts.
Terrones says that postures that strengthen the pelvic floor, where the sacral chakra resides, such as the bridge posture or deep hip opening postures such as the pigeon pose or the lizard pose, are excellent for strengthening the sacral chakra.