One of the main goals of a yoga practice is find our center and feel a sense of our midline. The ancient yogi’s believed we had a center channel of energy, called the sushumna channel, and along this imaginary plum line were 7 major chakras or energy centers. There are thousands of chakras throughout the body; but the main 7 line up from our tail to our crown.
I really think these yogis were on to something. Our bodies are energy; and when we move, breathe, eat, practice yoga, etc., we are moving that energy around in certain ways that affect every aspect of our life. Tapping in to our chakras; or feeling that line of energy in our spine, is a wonderful way to balance ourselves out and connect to areas we often ignore or feel stagnant in.
The first chakra is the root chakra, it’s color is red and it’s located at the base of our spine at our tail bone. It represents survival and stability. The next chakra, at the sacrum, is orange, it helps us develop a sense of connection with ourselves. The third chakra, is at the solar plexus, it is imaged as yellow and it helps us connect to others. The fourth chakra, is our heart chakra, our ability to give and receive love unconditionally–it’s my favorite color, green. The fifth chakra is blue in color located at the throat and it is related to communication. The sixth chakra is at our third eye and it’s color is indigo. The sixth chakra helps us tap in to our own sense of intuition and develop trust in ourselves. The final chakra is at our crown, usually associated with violet or purple. The crown chakra opens us up to our infinite potential and to receiving the gifts of the universe.
Our imagination is a very powerful tool. Playing with the imagery of the chakras can be a really creative, fun way to explore your body and mind. You can use chakra mediation sitting with eyes closed, or while practicing yoga, to help unblock certain areas in your body and life, or heighten areas you want to grow in.
I was recently sent a really cool mat made by EQ Love. The mats are made from a new foam technology that contains no latex, PVC or rubber, helps prevent slipping and absorption of fluids, and provides great traction. The mat is black and the design features the 7 chakras, with an EQ hologram (containing EQ’s negative ions) centered on the 3rd chakra to help us yogis tap in to our creative expression when we practice. I love the flip side lavender color too! The mat comes with an organic cotton shoulder bag in blue or pink.