The chakras – yoga is more than physical exercises

While practicing yoga one aligns one’s body in certain postures with the so-called asanas.  For example, in downward facing dog, you lean your weight on your hands and feet and stretch your upper body towards the floor. In this way you can strengthen and relax the muscles in your back. So you take different positions with your body in order to increase and maintain its functionality and well-being. But not only your body benefits from yoga. Ultimately yoga also aims to strengthen your composure. 

There are similar exercises for the mind, our thoughts and our consciousness. To let your thoughts wander is more like a walk where you don’t have a specific goal. Learning vocabulary is more like a certain sequence of repetitions, like doing push-ups. And just as your muscles adapt to the other demands by becoming stronger, your mind also changes with new impressions.

The mind and what is collected, filtered and perceived in your consciousness is therefore malleable. Just as you can also change the shape of your muscles through training.

Often we want to change something about ourselves and our lifestyle through yoga or sport in general. The best way to learn something new is in a relaxed atmosphere. So how about having positive thoughts about yourself while practicing yoga? Yoga includes meditation, mantras and affirmations to focus and direct consciousness. So the different affirmations or confirmations work like vocabulary for the mind with positive and strengthening messages.

These are words that you would like to hear more often and that should give you a sense of strength and connectedness.

To get you well through the darker times of the year, we have collected some encouraging messages for you. To start, we have selected reinforcing phrases that are in harmony with the chakras. 

What exactly are the chakras?

Chakras are another part of the ancient Indian knowledge about yoga. The word chakra from Sanskrit can be translated as wheel or disc. Chakras are centers of consciousness and life energy in the body. Whereby the original teaching describes seven main energy centers. Of course, there are still many tributaries of the life force in your body. However, these seven act as nodal points that concentrate and distribute the most. The seven main centers are located along the spine. This is anatomically consistent with the fact that the spinal cord also lies in the spinal canal of the spine and forms part of the central nervous system. The intestinal nervous system is also located in the middle of your body, which is often referred to as the abdominal brain because so many nerve cells work there.

Fascinatingly enough, Western teachings and this traditional knowledge also assume these energy pathways on which information is guided through your body – only with different concepts. So you see there are anatomical agglomeration points of the nervous system as well as symbolic and energetic agglomeration points called chakras in Indian teaching.

They are divided into four lower and three upper chakras. The lower chakras correspond to the basic needs and emotions and the upper chakras to the mental and spiritual abilities.

Where exactly in your body is which single chakra?

The lowest one, the root chakra – or Muladhara – is located at the end of the spine on the pelvic floor and stands for grounding, stability and safety. The following chakra is the sacral chakra – or Svadhisthana – and is at the level of the sexual organs. Sexuality can be assigned as a topics to this chakra, but also joie de vivre and emotions. The chakra, which stands for self-efficacy, willpower and assertiveness, is called the navel chakra – or Manipura – and is accordingly located between the sternum and the navel, at the solar plexus. The heart chakraAnahata – is located at the level of the heart in the chest area, where you can feel connection, love and closeness. 

Throat chakraVishuddha – is the next higher chakra and is appropriately entrusted with communication, clarity and creativity. The third eye or forehead chakraAjna – sits in the space between the eyebrows and supports insight and thinking, intuition and your vision power. At the highest point of your head, the crown chakraSahasrara – is located. It helps with your personal radiance, the connection to infinity and enlightenment. 

Wow, that was a lot of new vocabulary. To make it more vivid we have designed some picture cards. You can find them all on our Pinterest page. We will also post an affirmation sentence there every day, always starting from the lowest chakra. You can use the sentences as inspiration for a meditation or maybe integrate them into your yoga practice. Or you can just enjoy the pictures or send them to a loved one to greet them. We hope they support you in your spiritual journey and that the words of affirmation arrive in your consciousness.