“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz
70% of yogis are women according to the French National Federation of Yoga Teachers but the previous year, it was 80%. More and more men are taking up yoga, even if they still are in the minority.
Through yoga, we work on balancing our main chakras through different poses. Each chakra is associated with a frequency, a vibration, a colour, several organs, and a mantra. Asanas allow you to balance and align them so that they’re neither too open nor too closed.
In this article, we’re looking at the 10 best yoga poses for aligning your chakras and circulating life force energy.
The tree pose is associated with the root chakra (Muladhara) and earth. The goal of this pose is to take root like a tree with your foot anchored on the floor while reaching up to the sky. The pose stimulates the chakra at the coccyx and allows energy to circulate from the foot to the top of the spinal column.
Regularly doing yoga comes with a lot of benefits. (Source: vkhima)
To do the tree pose, you need to start with the mountain pose (Tadasana), standing, with both feet on the floor with your toes well positioned. Focus on the distance.
Transfer your weight onto your right leg and then bend your left knee as you raise your leg.
Find your balance as you raise your left leg and before you place your left foot onto your right thigh. If you’re not flexible enough or you keep losing balance, start by placing your left foot on your knee, calf, or ankle. Balance is the most important part of this pose.
Pay particular attention to your hips and the base of your torso without curving your back.
Lift your arms over your head or up to your solar plexus if you can’t manage that.
Hold this pose for around thirty seconds and then do the same with the other leg.
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The goddess pose allows you to balance your sacral chakra (Svadhishthana), just a bit above your root chakra. It’s associated with your sexual organs, sensuality, creativity, and sexuality.
Start by standing, feet shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees. Turn your toes outwards as you bend down with your hands on your hips.
The back of your pelvis will lower while the front will be raised.
Hold the position for eight to ten breaths.
Start with an easier pose than this! (Source: jeviniya)
The chair pose allows you to align your solar plexus chakra (Manipura), located two fingers or so above your belly button. It’s associated with the digestive system.
Start by standing with your feet together and your weight equally distributed. Your arms will be placed in front of you parallel to the ground at shoulder-width. Open your shoulders by lowering your shoulder blades.
Raise your arms over your head and bend your knees, creating a right angle. Ensure your weight remains on your heels and stretch your chest upwards.
Remain in this position for two complete breaths before pushing down onto the floor as you stand back up as you breathe in.
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The cobra pose allows you to work on your heart chakra (Anahata), associated with your heart, lungs, feelings of love and empathy. Bhujinga means snake in Sanskrit.
Lie flat on your stomach on your yoga mat with your hands flat on the floor at the side of your chest. Raise your belly button and your chest upwards while keeping your elbows against you and breathing out.
If you can’t fully extend your arms, don’t worry and don’t overexert yourself as you could harm yourself.
Hold the pose for three breaths and try to extend the pose with your back muscles each time. Gently go into the child’s pose.
The half-bridge pose is used to align the throat chakra (Vishuddha). It’s associated with the thyroid gland and respiratory organs.
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Your legs and feet need to be shoulder-width apart and parallel.
Try to bring your feet to your bum by grabbing your heels and as you breathe in, raise your hips. Try to open your collarbone. Stay in this position for three breaths before slowly descending back down to a neutral position.
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This pose can balance the third-eye chakra (Ajna) located between the eyebrows. It’s associated with the eyes, nervous system, and intuition.
Make sure you warm up before you do yoga. (Source: 532Yoga)
Sit upright on your yoga mat though you can also use a cushion.
Raise your torso upwards while keeping your back straight. If your back curves slightly, don’t worry, just try to keep it as straight as possible.
Place your forehead onto the floor (or on a yoga block if it’s too low) and stay there for three breaths.
The corpse pose allows you to work on your crown chakra (Sahasrara). It’s associated with the cerebral cortex, concentration, and memory.
The corpse pose is for relaxation and is often done at the end of a yoga class. Lie on your back on your mat with your palms facing the ceiling.
Bit by bit, relax your body starting with your feet and making your way up to the top of your head.
The child’s pose can work on two chakras at once: the root chakra and the third-eye chakra.
The child’s pose is often done after the cobra pose. (Source: AndiP)
Start this pose on all-fours on your mat with your knees at the same width as your mat and your hands directly under your shoulders.
Position yourself so that your big toes are touching. As you breathe out, lower your heels while lowering your torso and relaxing your arms with your palms on the floor.
Relax as you place your forehead onto the floor and stay in the position for a few breaths.
This position is perfect for the sacral chakra. Make sure you warm up before you give this one a go.
Sit down with your legs relaxed out in front of you. Fold your left leg under you and sit on your left foot.
Take your right leg and place your right knee onto your left knee. Your hips need to be on the floor and your feet by your waists. Your thighs must be touching the floor.
Raise your right arm and place your right hand on the top of your back. Fold your left arm behind you under the shoulder. Try to grab both hands on your spine. Your head will be pressed against your left arm.
Hold this position for three deep breaths.
The sun salutation allows you to develop your solar plexus chakra which is associated with your pancreas and digestive system. This pose can gently awaken your body.
Start with the mountain pose, standing with your feet together. Stretch your arms towards the floor with your palms facing in front of you with your shoulders lowered.
Then move into Urdhva Hastasana (upward-facing arms-up posture). As you breathe in, raise your arms over your head while looking directly in front of yourself. The next step is to look towards the sky while keeping your shoulders relaxed.
Finally, as you breathe out, bend down forwards with your knees bent and place your hands on the floor or yoga blocks if you can’t touch the floor. Completely relax the top of your body and your head.
So are you ready to align your chakras with yoga poses?
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