Chakras: Delving Into the Subtle Body

April 21, 2020

When we practice yoga, we have an opportunity to connect the physical body with the subtle body – our energy, mental state, emotions. Linking breath to movement and moving with intention allows us to harness what we’re doing externally to create shifts internally. 

Gaining a deeper understanding of these energetic shifts requires an understanding of the chakra system. The chakras have long been known as mystic centers of energy and a road map for the journey of spiritual awakening. These seven major energy centers in the body, running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, are said to generate behavioral patterns and beliefs.

Chakras Yoga with Uptown Yoga

Root Chakra

This energetic center is responsible for your sense of grounding, security, and stability. It’s associated with the base of the spine and the pelvic floor. Blockages of the root chakra are related to anxiety, fear, and even nightmares.

Sacral Chakra

Located between the pubic bone and the navel, the sacral chakra is associated with creative and sexual energies. Individuals experiencing creative blocks, emotional instability, or even physical sexual issues may have a blockage of the sacral chakra. 

Solar Plexus Chakra

Associated with what many describe as your core, the solar plexus chakra is related to your sense of personal power. A blocked solar plexus chakra may manifest as low self-esteem, indecisiveness, or even anger and control issues.

Heart Chakra

We’ve all heard the term “heart space” used in class – your heart chakra is located exactly there, at the center of your chest, representative of where the physical and the spiritual meet. It’s associated with your sense of openness, vulnerability, and love – blockages here have direct impact on those elements of your life.

Jennifer Usherr in Uptown Yoga

Throat Chakra

The throat chakra influences your ability to speak and embody your inner truth. Blockages here may make it difficult to speak up for yourself, or even feel fear of judgment from others.

Third-Eye Chakra

Located between your eyebrows, you may have heard this space referred to as the center of your intuition. Spiritually, the third-eye chakra serves as the bridge between your Self (yes, with a capital S) and the outside world. A blockage here may influence not only your intuition but also your ability to recall facts or acquire new skills.

Crown Chakra

Considered the center of enlightenment and connection to the spiritual self and the divine, this chakra is located at the crown of the head. Feelings of isolation or disconnection can result from a blocked crown chakra. 

Energy blockages and imbalances can create physical, mental, and emotional “dis-ease.” By aligning and activating key areas in your chakras, you can give your body, mind, and spirit a revitalizing overhaul. On Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, we’re offering you an opportunity to delve into the chakra system in a two-day virtual workshop led by Jennifer Usherr on our online studio. Learn more about this event and register here.

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