The Chakra System – fact or fiction?

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The Chakra System – fact or fiction?

Whether you think chakras are airy-fairy or have significant connotations, the evidence shows how the structural/postural relationships and muscular imbalances connect with the  human being.

When we are in any sort of pain,  discomfort, or experience a tragedy in life, we embark on a journey of self-exploration and self discovery. If we want to achieve optimal balance the end journey must be explored. This means not only practicing specific postural corrective exercise or rehabilitation programs but also a connection to the spiritual, mental and emotional being. In my 25 years experience of teaching I know that if we treat just the physical it just becomes a quick fix as “we can’t solve the problem with the same thinking that caused it.”

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Very rarely do we ever think of round shoulders, shoulder impingements, breathing problems being connected with low self esteem, being hurt or lack of self confidence. By understanding the emotional patterns that are related to specific chakras, we can contemplate, accept and then let go of these patterns and evolve a further stage along our path to well being and peace of mind.

Chakras are related to the body’s subtle levels and forces. These are known as nadis. There are said to be 72,000 in the body and they are interrelate with the Chinese meridian lines and the teachings of acupuncture.

The subtle levels are:

  1. Life force (prana)
  2. Knowledge (manas)
  3. Understanding (Buddha)
  4. Ego ((Ahamkara)
  5. Chitta (feeling)

There are seven major chakras in the body; they bridge the gap between the body’s subtle level and gross material level (flesh, bone, fat, marrow, fluids, etc.). They are situated in line from the perineum (area between the genitals and anus) to the crown of the head, embedded along a single nadis channel.

470253.image0The word chakra means wheel or disc from this we can visualize vibrating prana moving through them. They are often depicted as lotus flowers. Lotus flowers are very much a national emblem in India, they are everywhere and a symbol of peace. The lotus flower starts in muddy water and eventually blossoms to the air – its very much similar to our own life journey. We need to be connected to become evolved, but first we must travel through the material world to find a place with in it.

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Prana, life force, chi, dantiene is a must for the chakras to evolve and move together. It’s a bio-electrical magnetic field and from this field the chakras draw up and disperse energy. When our prana flows rhythmically through the vortexes and nadis even energy is dispersed creating harmony, balance, calmness and tranquility. There will always be energy blocks throughout the system, these can be anything form injuries, emotions to physical problems, environmental toxins and a poor diet. When the flow energy is blocked the vibrational field slows down, the result can be feeling of being stuck, restricted, lack of drive and enthusiasm, depression and so we work to bring everything back in balance.

Bibliography

“Anatomy of Yoga” – Lee Brandon and Nikki Jenkins

“Chakra workout”- Pustak Mahal

By | 2018-05-16T13:11:12+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Embodied Emotion, Emotional Experience, life, pain, Philsophy, stress|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.