Swirling Vortexes &
Chakras: 7 energy centers in the body
Breath: fuel to light up the energy centers
There are things in our body that we can’t quite put a finger on, like chakras, the seven “whirling vortexes of energy” that run from the base of the body to the crown of the head. You can’t x-ray them and your doctor may look at you funny if you tell him you’ve sprained one. When spinning smoothly, our bodies function better, both emotionally and physically.
I like to teach people new to chakras to think of them simply as areas of the body. Areas that you can tune into with the breath to heal and energize the body and mind.
In this meditation, you will place your hands on the seven areas that chakras govern. Your hands will help to draw your breath into the chakra, starting at the base of the body and moving to the crown of the head.
Stay with each position for at least 10 breaths or 1 minute each, depending on how you are timing this. Of course, you may stay longer if you wish.
- Muladhara (foundation, security, LAM) Hands, palms down on the thighs
- Svadhisthana (emotions, creation, flow, VAM) Palms on hips & low belly
- Manipura (will, our furnace, creating, RAM) Palms on solar plexus
- Anahata ( love, compassion, YAM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the heart, thumbs resting on the breastbone
- Vissudha (your voice, your truth, HAM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the throat and collar bones, thumb tips resting on the throat
- Ajna (Third-Eye, intuition, OM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the brow, thumb tips resting on the point between the brows
- Sahaswara (crown of the head, Silence) Hands hovering right over your head in Hakini mudra, finger tips touching
You can also add chanting to this meditation with the bija (seed) sounds of the chakras. You can time each hand position by chanting each bija three times. Since the seventh chakra’s sound is silence, simply sit with your breath for awhile, enjoying the vibration in your body.
~ LAM ~ VAM ~ RAM ~ YAM ~ HAM ~ OM ~
Doodling & Writing: Meredith LeBlanc, Pondering Yogini
Photography & Design by Faern, faernworks.com
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