Thursday, June 25, 2009
An Overview of All the Chakras
As you probably know, I am a big proponent of Kundalini Yoga; you could even call me a "Pusher."
I have been doing yoga for about 14 years. I started with Iyengar and was pretty obsessed with Pose Perfection. I have dabbled in many schools of yoga, but I feel most at home in Kundalini. I've been with Kundalini now for about 7 years, and it has been a happy and healthy union.
(If you are new to Kundalini yoga, I have an amazon widget with some of my favorite books and DVD's for the beginner.)
The YogaDance training I will be attending at Kripalu (I got my confirmation of my space!) is also, I think, going to feel very like home to me. It is yoga; it is dance, yes, but it is also based on the Chakras.
I have been studying the chakras for as long as Kundalini Yoga, if not longer.
(For a great book that synthesizes the concepts of the Chakras along with the concepts underlying the seven deadly sins, read Matthew Fox's Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh.)
Last August and September here on Blisschick, I ran a series of posts about each of the chakras that include questions so you might explore each energy center.
And recently, someone used Skribit to suggest that I write about the chakras. I thought a good answer to this suggestion would just be the bringing together of these posts. So here they are, in order from the "bottom" up:
Chakra One: How Strong Is Your Sense of Self?
Chakra Two: Is Creativity Flowing Into Your Life?
Chakra Three: Navel Power Fuels Your Life
Chakra Four: Harmony of the Heart
Chakra Five: Let Your Voice Be Heard
Chakra Six: Awakening Your Intuition & Being True to Yourself
Chakra Seven: How Connected Are You?
Chakra Eight: How Bright is Your Radiance?
Categorizing only eight chakras is an oversimplification, to say the least, but it's also just a great place to start without getting overwhelmed.
Have fun exploring and let me know if there's anything specific that comes up that you might like to see me delve into further.
(Photo Credit: Christine C. Reed, Summer's First Lily, 2009)