Chakras are energy centers within the body (along the spine and in the head), that correspond with the body’s meridians as recognized in traditional Chinese medicine. The Yogic Chakra system is a thousand-year-old system of understanding and influencing the health of the body, emotions, endocrine system, hormones, mind, and spirit.
There are seven major chakras, each is associated with a gland and major nerve plexus within the body. While some associate the chakras with mystical powers like ESP, telepathy, and astral travel, others simply see them as related to the healthy function and structure of our tissues and organs.
We read chakras (usually unknowingly) all the time. We all know the famous quote by Maggie Kuhn, “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.” This quote is about learning to govern your throat chakra, Viśuddha, meaning “especially pure.” The throat chakra is related to honesty and expressiveness. The will resides here.
A more physical example of how we read chakras might be seeing someone protectively curving their shoulders forward. That person is probably shielding his heart chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit which means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten.” Imagine a heart “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten,” a person with such a heart would probably walk with her shoulders thrown back, her chest board and open.
Healthy chakras are essential to better health and happiness. Think of them as you might  a healthy diet. When all your chakras are working in concert, your body, mind, and spirit respond accordingly.
Practicing yoga poses that focus on each of the chakras will increase your self-awareness and bring subtle changes to your life off the mat. Check out John’s Chakra Yoga series Wednesdays 6-7pm. Starts next week! Who knows, you might even access some extraordinary powers you did not even know you had…
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