Chakra in yogic science is an energy center in our subtle body. Literally, chakra means a wheel and there are seven such energy centers lined up in our body. These chakras are the vital centers through which Prana, the vital life force, flows into our body. These Chakras are situated from the bottom of the spine to the top of our head.
Situation of Chakras in our body
Muladhara Chakra – It is located at the base of the spine and deals with basic instincts
Swadhisthana Chakra – This chakra is situated at the Sacrum, just above the Muladhara Chakra which deals with reproductive power
Manipura Chakra – This chakra is situated at the abdominal area and deals with self-esteem
Anahata Chakra – Anahata chakra which lies just above the heart Center corresponds with inner peace and love
Vishuddhi Chakra – This chakra is situated at the throat and deals with power of self-expression
Ajna Chakra – Ajna chakra corresponds with intuition and is situated between the eyebrows
Sahasrara Chakra – This chakra is situated at the top of the head and deals with spiritual energy
As each of these chakras has their own specific function, they play vital role in keeping our health, life and emotional being at a good level. But, in many of us, all the chakras are not functional meaning the energy centers are blocked and flow of the vital life force is disrupted at the point. This disruption of the flow of Prana, the vital life force, into our body causes several problems on our physical, psychological and emotional realms. It is very important that all the chakras are open and functioning to live a balanced, healthy and happy life.
Yoga is such great tool to open up the chakras and make the flow of Prana smooth through them so that we live well balanced life on all realms. Practicing certain yoga postures regularly and properly helps in opening up the energy centers and brings balance in our life.
Some awesome yoga asanas that open up and balance the chakra
Dhanurashana (Bow Pose) – This is a wonderful yoga posture that stretches the whole body. The active engagement of abdominal region to form a strong base and stretching of all body parts open up our chakras.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – Bhujangasana opens up the chest and actively engages the upper body giving a nice, gentle pressure which is helpful in opening up of the chakras.
Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose) – The active engagement of spine with the strong base of shoulder top and feet basically opens up the Muladhara or root chakra but has very strong effects on other chakras as well.
Ushtrasana (Camel Pose) – Camel pose basically helps in opening up the Anahata chakra which boosts the love, compassion and inner peace. Regular practice of this pose also helps in opening other chakras.
Naukasana (Boat Pose) – In the practice of Naukasana, our abdominal region is actively engaged while root of the spine is the base of this posture. This posture has direct effect on Muladhara and Swadhisthana chakras and at the same time is helpful in opening other chakras too.
These are some of many other yoga asanas which are helpful in opening up of the chakras in our body. The yoga asanas along with pranayama practice on regular basis open up all seven chakras in our body. When the chakras are open in our body, we live a well-balanced life and enjoy happiness through out our life.