An Intro to Yoga

March 25, 2019 0 By admin

Ok, so you might not actually want to be a future yogi. I’ve recently started practicing and I have fallen in love. Turning to yoga happened for a few reasons. The company I get my workout programs from has a section dedicated to yoga. I was also looking for something that would only take up about half an hour. My schedule is really hectic and I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to exercise every day. The last reason that I decided to start doing yoga is because I am really bad at self-care. I have a habit of not taking the time to stretch my muscles back out before I start working out again. I figured doing the three week intro program was a good start to letting my muscles recover and discovering something new. 

Now I will admit I have what some would call an obsessive personality. When I find things that I love whether it be movies, tv shows, food, exercise, I dive right in and I want to learn everything about it. I then like to share my newfound knowledge and talk about it with others. So here I am, talking about yoga and the chakras. 

Forms of yoga

There are many forms of yoga. Some are more active than others and focus on different areas of the practice. The most basic and encompassing forms of yoga are Hatha and Iyengar. They are really good for beginners because it focuses on the physical movements as well as the all-important breathing aspect. Kundalini yoga is for the more experienced and spiritual yogi. It focuses on the core and meditation. Ashtanga and Vinyasa forms of yoga are very fast paced and involved where the individuals must have some background knowledge in yoga and know sequences. Yin and restorative yoga are also great for beginners because they are slower paced. You hold fewer poses for longer periods of time while focusing on meditation. Jivamukti yoga is a form that takes Hindu spiritual teachings into the practice.

The Chakras

One of the main functions behind yoga is the alignment of the body and finding an internal connection to yourself. This is done by paying attention to your chakras, or points in your body where energy flow connects. You align these chakras to improve the flow by doing certain poses. 

Root Chakra

The chakraat the base of the spine is related to family, belonging, and guardedness and is connected to the earth element. When it is blocked, we may become needy, have low self-esteem, or start showing self-destructive behaviors. A move used to align this chakra is Mountain or tree pose.

Sacral Chakra

At the pelvic area, this one is related to sexuality, desires, and sensations, and is connected to the water element. When out of balance, you can feel emotionally unstable and become hard on yourself. Poses to align the chakra are the goddess and warrior 2.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura, in the navel and solar plexus area is related to power, self-control, and intellect and is connected to the fire element. When flow is blocked, you may lack courage, have low self-esteem, and feel stagnant in life. Poses to help this chakra are the boat pose and plank.

Heart Chakra

lso called Anahata, is related to all things love and is related to the air element. When flow to this one is blocked you become possessive and may form dysfunctional relationships. A pose to fix this one is Camel.

Throat Chakra

Vishuddha is connected to expression and communication and is related to the Ether element.  when affected, you may feel as though you cannot voice your thoughts and opinions or be the opposite and be more talkative than usual. Poses to open this chakra are Bridge and supported shoulder stand.

Third Eye

My favorite chakra, is related to wisdom, self and spiritual awareness, and self-realization and is related to the element of light. When flow to this all-important chakra (governs how the rest of the chakras function) is blocked, you become close minded and become attached to logic and are untrusting. Poses to help with this chakra are easy pose and downward dog.

Crown Chakra

Sahasrara is related to the spiritual realm and is not related to an element because it is said to be beyond the elements. When this chakra flow is altered, you think happiness comes only from the outside. Poses to fix this flow are corpse and headstand.