Each of the 7 main chakras has its own balancing chant

Seed syllables are one word chants in the language of yoga: Sanskrit. Each of our 7 main Chakras has a seed syllable associated with it, except for the Crown Chakra – it is the energy point of silence, also called Sacred Pause.

The Sanskrit word for chanting can be loosely translated as mantra. The following list for each chakra, if incorporated into a daily mantra practice, can help yogins balance their energy fields.

Shh for # 7. Purple = Sahasrara – Crown, “Thousand petaled lotus”
AUM for #6. Indigo = Anja – Third Eye, intuition
HAM for #5. Turquoise = Vishuddha – Throat, our will
YAM for #4. Green = Anahata – Heart, understanding
RAM for #3. Yellow = Manipura – Solar Plexus, “full of rays”
VAM for #2. Orange = Svadhisthana – Belly, finding one’s own place
LAM for #1. Red = Muladhara – Tailbone, “energy from the Earth supporting me”

Use the breath to help bring forward your heart and soul in each uttered seed syllable. Breathing deeply into the belly – let your diaphragm rise and fall naturally, not constricted by tight stomach muscles. Let your whole belly be loose for your mantra practice, and beyond…

The Chakras: Yoga and Meditation help balance our energy fields

There are different forms of meditation, all of which can be found on the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Chanting is a major component of yoga, as is visualization. Both these practices are useful in helping balance our main energy fields, called Chakras (Sanskrit: spinning wheels). These 7 points of power run the length of our spines, and everyone has them, but how can a person tap into them?

Mantra

The activity of mantra practice is chanting. A chant is uttered from deep within the body, usually arising out the throat from the diaphragm. Making the sacred sounds, such as AUM (also spelled OM) or other longer verses activates the chakras.

Visualization

Using the power of imagination, visualizing colours and healing pictures, helps align our chakras, especially once they are activated by chanting. Guided imagery is part of accessing the power of our energy fields. In general, a Total Chakra Balancing starts with the visualization of a rainbow:

7. Purple = Sahasrara – Crown, “Thousand petaled lotus”
6. Indigo = Anja – Third Eye, intuition
5. Turquoise = Vishuddha – Throat, our will
4. Green = Anahata – Heart, understanding
3. Yellow = Manipura – Solar Plexus, “full of rays”
2. Orange = Svadhisthana – Belly, finding one’s own place
1. Red = Muladhara – Tailbone, “energy from the Earth supporting me”

Sit in a quiet spot and close your eyes. Let your breath expand your belly and keep it loosened.

Total Chakra Balancing

Imagine yourself sitting on a chair on a red rug. The red of the rug is flowing into your feet and legs…

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

Now see yourself walking in to water up to your belly button. The sun casts orange all around you…

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

Imagine the sun rising and filling you with yellow radiance…

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

In your mind’s eye you have walked open hearted into a field with a tree. The large tree is dancing with green leaves…

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

You lay down in the field and put your hands behind your head and neck. The sky above is turquoise an fills you light blue truth…

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

The only other colour in the field of vision is a clothes line with a indigo dyed cotton cloth flapping in the wind.

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

The sky darkens to a purple, not unlike the colour of grapes. Plump, they drip from the vines. Nectar of the gods.

Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm
Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm
Chant: Ahhh… Uuuu… Mmmm

After your sitting session is over, do yoga stretches to help steady the flow of your newly activated chakras:

  1. Standing forward bends
  2. Spine Stretches
  3. Energy Sweeps

Tips for refreshing Tadasana – the Mountain Pose

If you feel like the coming new year is a mountain you must climb, then try this pose from a fresh perspective.

Tadasana, the Mountain Pose, may seem like the most straightforward of asanas, but don’t be deceived by appearances. Even in the most simple of standing positions there is much to be gained by doing it right – for you.

  • Stand on the 4 power points of your feet (2 on the ball, 2 on the heel)
  • Spread the feet to a sturdy position
  • Keep a feeling of space in your joints
  • Don’t lock the knees, it strains the back
  • Bow-legged people should stand with a block between their knees
  • Check your alignment against the corner of a wall
  • Hold the tailbone in a neutral position
  • Imagine holding an egg in the second chakra, hold it softly, don’t armour
  • Keep your feet a fist width apart
  • If you are wobbling, place the feet further apart (especially seniors, obese people)
  • Thigh muscles are engaged only somewhat
  • Lift up through your crown chakra
  • Breathe into your belly, middle and then upper chest. Let out the breath that way.

Contraindication: People with foot pain should not attempt standing postures.

Chakra balancing to cure a long-term stomach ache

I got some great feedback from a yoga client yesterday. She called me the week after our first session to book another appointment, saying “I have had a stomach ache for 5 months and since our chakra balancing, it has disappeared.”

Now that’s what I wanna hear!

It resonated with me on a deeper level as well. At one point in my life I endured a long-term stomach ache that nothing seemed to abate. After dedicating myself to studying the chakra energy system and practicing techniques to balance it, I was finally relieved of the pain, and in the process healed my spirit of its disconnect with my soul.

These stomach aches could be seen symbolically as having gut feelings that something is very wrong. When all forms of mainstream and alternative healing modalities fail to bring relief, a much deeper issue than the physical, or even emotional, may be at fault. We are spiritual beings having a material experience, in the high hopes of learning about the true depths of compassion we are all capable of. Follow your gut feelings, understand that everything happens for a reason, and that not listening to our inner experiences, our spirits may end up succumbing to an early demise. As dark as it sounds, cancer is a modern day plague that people still think you can catch for no reason at all. A terminal illness starts somewhere in the energy field, we are warriors in this incarnation and must stay strong in our health, our lifestyle and our faith in our gut feelings…

Live in light always, dear heart warriors, in this ongoing and feverish battle with illusion, duality and fear.

How to use yoga to heal an injured tailbone

If a yoga student has a tailbone injury, sitting asanas are going to be uncomfortable. There is a large community of people with coccyx pain, most commonly incurred from falling on ice and stairs, or from childbirth. If it is simply a bruise, the student can still attend yoga classes and benefit from the healing possibilities therein, but if it is a more chronic problem, then due diligence is in order.

sacrum

The sacrum

The tailbone, sacrum, and coccyx are all contained in our root chakra, the muladhara, and influence our feelings about our right to exist, to belong and to be fully present. On the psychic level, the muladhara chakra has a survival instinct to “brake in case of emergency” if we are threatened or perceive being at risk by something in our lives. The body’s a natural instinct to send all the energy into the head when danger arises functions to shut down the feeling in the pelvis and can cement a tension that, if left unchecked, will result in an armoring of the body. Yoga teachers are all too familiar with this – especially in beginner students who come to class unaware of the amour they are carrying from past trauma.

Since the tailbone is awkward to reach, warming/icing it can be a challenge. To apply heat, get a portable bidet and fill it with hot water (as hot as you can stand) and place it on your toilet seat (lid up). Sit with your tailbone immersed in the water for at least five minutes, especially after driving in a vehicle which tends to inflame the area. To apply ice is another challenge that can be overcome with a little ingenuity. Get surgical gloves and fill the fingers to ¾ full with water. Freeze, with fingers hanging, and then cut them off at the hand joint. Tightly tie the ends in a knot and there you have tiny ice packs to place in the crack of your buttocks. They melt quickly so keep several on hand (pardon the pun).

This complete list of home and office chairs suitable for people who experience coccyx pain also contains photos and tips on what not to use. In particular, a soft exercise ball is a good investment as it is portable and can be used for a number of supported therapeutic exercises.

Yoga postures can help remove the armour, by loosening the withheld tension and bringing suppleness of feeling back into the tailbone region. Cardiovascular and abdominal exercises are excellent for reducing pain in the tailbone, simply by toning the muscles that surround it. Tadasana (mountain), marjoriasana (cat/table) and balasana (child) are some recommended postures for people with coccyx pain. They increase stability, bring suppleness and deepen the breath respectively.

Besides yoga, there are effective alternative therapies such as the pelvic lock, sacral unwinding and Torque Release adjustments that can bring healing to the tailbone region. For those who wish to avoid medical intervention or other invasive procedures, arm yourself with as much information as you can gather about your situation, and possible courses of action. This definitely involves discussing your tailbone, coccyx and sacrum with your doctor. Guidance and record keeping is what they’re here for!