Benefits of yoga in everyday life: the chakras

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June 24, 2021

As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, yoga is not only a source of benefits for our physical and mental state, but also for our spiritual side, that important part of our essence that we often leave aside without paying it the attention it deserves.

Based on this, we are going to analyse the advantages of yoga in our spiritual life and, specifically, the way it helps to open and align our chakras.

As we know, chakras are energy centres located in our body. We have seven main chakras:

  1. Muladhara or root chakra, located in the perineum (between the genitals and the anus). In order to help cleanse this chakra, it is recommended to practice the asanas Tadasana (mountain posture), Uttanasana (standing clamp), Utthita Trikonasana (extended triangle posture); specifically, this chakra is located at the apex of the latter posture.
  2. Sua-adhishthana located in the sacrum. The recommended asanas are Dandasana (staff posture), Paschimottanasana (seated pincer), Upavista Konasana (seated forward bend), as they directly influence this chakra and stimulate and massage the reproductive organs, bladder and uterus, associated with this chakra.
  3. Manipura, at the solar plexus. The asanas recommended to balance this chakra are Dhanurasana (bow posture), Ustrasana (camel posture) and Setubandhasana (bridge posture), as they massage the lumbar and abdominal area.
  4. Anajata, in the area of the heart and lungs. To open the heart chakra the asanas Bhujangasan (cobra posture), Ustrasana (camel posture) and Marjariasana (cat posture) are recommended.
  5. Vishuddha is located in the throat. We can open this chakra through Vajrasana (diamond posture), Viparita Karani Asana (inverted gesture posture), Halasana (plough posture).
  6. Agna, also known as the Third Eye located in the pineal gland, the eyes. To open this penultimate chakra we recommend the asanas Janu Sirsasana (head to knee posture) and Makarasana (crocodile posture).
  7. Sajasra-ara located at the crown of the head. We can practice the asanas Vrksasana (tree posture), Salamba Sirsasana (headstand) and Ardha Padmasana (half lotus).

Having the chakras correctly aligned will contribute to a better life experience and benefit not only spiritually, but also physically and mentally. To achieve this goal, yoga plays a very important role as it helps, with its practice and the performance of specific asanas, to balance our chakras in an optimal way. If you want to know more about how to practice the asanas we have seen in this article and many others, try our yoga courses.