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CHAKRAS

The chakra system originated in India, more than four thousand years ago.  In the 1920’s, chakras were brought to the west by Arthur Avalon with his book The Serpent Power.  (Judith, A. Eastern Body Western Mind: 2004)

Chakras are often referred to in yoga and meditation and it simply is the Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel’.  In reference to yoga it describes a concentration of energy at various points in our bodies energy field.  Every major structure in the physical and subtle body has its own chakra consisting of seven major chakras that exist within the spine which are commonly referred to (in yoga) as mooladhara, swadhisthana, manipura, anaharta, vishuddhi, ajna and sahasrara.

These energy points hold considerable information about the state of our life force enabling us to gain a healthier balanced life. Chakras cannot be physically identified like emotions, but they can have a strong influencing effect on our body and mind.  By practising yoga and meditation including breathing techniques and relaxation we can influence our chakras, and in turn our health and lives.

Chakras do not work in isolation as they are able to communicate to each other through an energy channel called Nadi.  This channel rises centrally up the spine and is called Sushumna. The balance of these energies affects everything you do, feel, think or say.  From my own personal experience, it is better to concentrate on balancing them rather than focusing on a particular chakra.

They (Chakras) are the principle controllers and transformers of all the energy you experience every day through your interactions with people around you and your environment.  (Energy flows from above as cosmic energy and from below as earth energy and converges in the main chakras of your body.)  They hold an imprint of the past, and this store of past energy influences your present actions.  The state of the flow of energy flow through your chakras is responsible for the way your thoughts and actions flow throughout the day. ( Dru Yoga: Stillness in Motion 2007)

The first three chakras near the base of the spine (mooladhara, swadhisthana and manipura) focus on the physical level, the heart (anaharta) and throat (vishuddhi) concentrate on our energy around us and communication.  Whereas the brow (anja) and crown (sahasrara) governs intuition, insight and connection to our higher perspective.

Western scientists often are unpersuaded by the concepts of chakras mainly because there is no physical proof.  Some yoga teachers make outrageous claims on the power of the chakras and their ability to ‘cure’ all diseases.  From my own experience they are helpful as a reference point but also need to be balanced with common sense awareness of your own body.

For more information: From my experience there is a lot of information on the internet about Chakras, so be careful what you read.  You can find some information under the title ‘More about Dru’ above.  A good book and author – Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System.  Anodea Judith

 

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Practice what you preach…

Appearance_of_sky_for_weather_forecast,_Dhaka,_BangladeshI am not complacent in thinking that I know everything – I love the idea of continually learning and discovering all about life.  This week life decided to show me that some lessons you have to be reminded of.  So it was this week and to be honest the previous 2 weeks that I was plagued with a cough that seemed to attack me with no warning.  Activities and conversations were cut short as I went into bouts of coughing.  In the initial days I comforted myself with the thought  that it would go soon but it didn’t.  My ‘coping with it’ attitude soon changed to ‘I just want it to go now!.’  But it was going nowhere soon.  So I took myself off to the local chemist to buy an array of cough products and immediately started to dose myself with disgusting concoctions and constantly sucking on a cough sweet.  My small comfort was that I was not a professional singer!  The other blessing was I continue with my yoga practice and with hindsight realised that this was the only time my cough eased.  Was it the breathing?  Was it the gentle movements that may have released negative energy and gave my lungs a helping hand.  I practiced my yoga at night and this may have helped in allowing me to have a good night sleep where many others complain that their coughs keep them awake.

Gradually I am getting better and only occasionally get a coughing attack.  Once I had ditched the cough potions and went back to basics of sipping hot lemon and honey ( a lifesaver) and just allowed my immune system to do its job without hindering with false remedies.

Sometimes when ‘in need’ we need to be kind to ourselves rather than carrying on as normal.  This is often said and I know I say it frequently but like most promises doing it is usually harder than we think.  There is no automatic ‘stop’ sign appearing and we are reliant on our own ego’s in allowing us to simply stop.  You may be thinking that I should know better and that is true.  But sadly I am only human and very much work in progress.  But I take comfort in the fact I now can reflect rather than moving on with life without taking the opportunity to learn and improve.

So join me on Thursday (25th) at Green Hammerton village hall to enjoy a beautiful session of Dru yoga.  This week we will give ourselves the opportunity to ‘stop’ and listen to our body and mind with the addition of meditation after our usual relaxation (no coughing this week.)