The YogaFit theme for the month is Chakra Balancing. March being the cusp between winter and a promising spring, is the perfect time for a reflection of self. Where we are in terms of the resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year, along with all of our hopes and dreams for the future. A chance for us to really assess what is working for us or against us in both our personal and professional lives. Are we happy with where we are or do we feel unsettled? Working through different Chakra balancing exercises is a great way to not only feel more centered, but to get back in touch with ourselves. To feel more in-tune and better yet, more confident that we are on a upward leading path towards achieving our innermost desires.
To get there we need to start with where we are in this moment. The present. We can acknowledge our past but to create change (if change is needed) it must be done with where we are today. The best news is we don’t need to know anything at all about our chakras to do this work. If we have a regular yoga and/or meditation practice, chances are this work is continuously happening behind the scenes. All we need to do is notice our emotions and thoughts during our practice, honour where they have come from and from there create the shifts required.
A great example of this is noticing a particular negative thought and switching it into a positive. If we have negative thoughts surrounding body image, or a particular body part, we also need to understand that any negative thought against our selves is a mark against self-love. Without self-love we are not nurturing ourselves to be our best selves, which also translates into what we put out into the world and whether we truly believe we deserve to achieve our dreams. What seems like a loose comment: “I hate my legs” quickly turns into a broken record that plays in our minds for years. This comment will affect our 1st Chakra, negatively focusing on this area of our body; our 2nd and 3rd chakra by disturbing our thoughts of self on an emotional and empowerment level. Also our 4th chakra as it goes against self-love, our 5th chakra as negative beliefs and self-talk; which ultimately takes our 6th and 7th chakras out of balance through distrust and an inability to surrender to our higher power, hopes and dreams. Bringing it back, one negative comment has the power to ferment and grow, taking us out of balance and ultimately an upward path.
So this blog post is being written without any specific descriptions about a specific chakra on purpose, and for two reasons. Our chakras are not that specific but rather, up for interpretation by the individual. Certainly there are categories, but where an emotion or thought is categorized is not that simple as per the example above. In addition, I want for you to do the work on you first – as an act of self-discovery to see what comes up as oppose to, “I’m pretty sure I have issues with my xx chakra” and then focusing your entire practice here rather than allowing your own body to tell you what it needs.
So my challenge to you this week is simple. Self-practice: whether through asana (poses), meditation or journaling. Take time this week to simply be an observer, compile all the evidence per say and then start to make your assessments. Over the next few weeks I will be detailing the chakras individually with thoughts on practice and creating balance within them. Or, feel free to dig out your chakra balancing books (Level 3) or search the Internet. Just remember that all of this work is up for your interpretation and as we do this work, let’s focus on what is good and positive and move upwards from there.
In love and light