The chakras, or the seven energy centers along the spine, are an essential part of everyday life for a yogi or yogini. Awakening these chakras takes time and practice, but by doing a short chakra yoga routine everyday, you can start to tap into these powerful energy sources and enrich your life.
Set up your space as you would for a yoga routine. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, dim the lights, play soft music if you like to and stand at the top of your mat to begin.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): Step or jump your feet back into Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana). Hold this pose for ten breaths (one breath is a full inhalation and a full exhalation) and feel the blood rushing to your head and awakening your crown chakra.
Eyebrow Chakra/Third Eye (Ajna): Now, bring the knees down and sit back into Child’s Pose (Balasana). Focus on the point between your eyebrows and feel the energy of your third eye. Hold for ten breaths.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): Roll onto your back and come into Fish Pose (Matsyasana). Hold for five breaths and concentrate on your throat.
Heart Chakra (Anahata): Roll over and come up to sitting, cross your legs and make sure your back is straight. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in, visualizing the breath “”touching the heart”” then exhale and imagine the breath “”relaxing”” the heart. Repeat ten times.
Navel Chakra (Manipura): Lie down on your stomach and come into Bow Pose (Dhanurasana). Concentrate on your stomach and hold for one breath, then relax and repeat twice.
Sacrum Chakra (Svadhisthana): While still lying on your stomach, release your legs and lie flat along the floor. Put your hands under your shoulders and come into Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana). Hold this pose for one breath, concentrating on the sacrum, then relax and repeat twice.
Root Chakra (Muladhara): Roll over onto your back and relax into the Corpse Pose (Savasana). Focus on feeling grounded and stable for two minutes.
When finished, get up slowly, rolling up to standing. Place the hands together in prayer position in front of the heart and bow. Namaste.