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What is Chakra Yoga

I love teaching and practicing yoga for over 20 years. I am not always perfect with my practice, I fall off the wagon occasionally and do not practice like I should. Recently I began teaching again after finding "my people". This isn't always easy to do. I am excited about teaching yoga on a weekly basis here in Prescott AZ. Here is a link to all of my in-person events If you are in town I would love to see you!

Chakra yoga is a holistic approach to yoga that incorporates the principles of the chakra system, which is an ancient Indian system of energy centers within the body. The word "chakra" is derived from Sanskrit and translates to "wheel" or "disk." According to traditional Indian medicine and spiritual philosophy, there are seven main chakras aligned along the spine, each associated with specific physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.

Here is a brief overview of the seven main chakras:

1. Root Chakra (Muladhara): Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is associated with the element of earth and is related to survival, stability, and the sense of belonging.

2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana): Found in the lower abdomen, this chakra is linked to the element of water and is associated with emotions, creativity, and sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): Situated in the upper abdomen, this chakra is connected to the element of fire and is related to personal power, confidence, and self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata): Located at the center of the chest, the heart chakra is associated with the element of air and is connected to love, compassion, and relationships.

5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): Positioned at the throat, this chakra is linked to the element of sound and is associated with communication, self-expression, and creativity.

6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): Found between the eyebrows, the third eye chakra is associated with light and is related to intuition, perception, and spiritual awareness.

7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): Situated at the top of the head, the crown chakra is associated with the element of thought and is connected to higher consciousness, wisdom, and spiritual connection.

Chakra yoga involves practices such as specific yoga poses (asanas), meditation, and breathwork (pranayama) designed to balance and activate the energy flow within each chakra. Practitioners aim to align and open these energy centers, promoting physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

It's important to note that while chakra yoga is rooted in ancient traditions, it has also evolved and been adapted in various ways by modern practitioners. Some yoga classes specifically focus on chakra balancing, while others incorporate chakra principles into a broader yoga practice. If you're interested in exploring chakra yoga, you may want to attend classes led by experienced instructors (me) or follow guided practices tailored to chakra activation.