#4 by Bernice (Jan 17 Weekend): chakras

During theory lessons, we learned about chakras, which are the energy channels within our bodies. We were so intrigued by the chakras and how they influence and impact the way we behave and feel. There are 7 chakras: Muladhara, Swadishtana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara.

It was so interesting to learn that our chakras are so related to our mental and physical well-being. For example, an unbalanced muladhara (root) chakra means a person could be aggressive and lack a sense of security, groundedness and stability. In order to balance the muladhara chakra, we should plan yoga postures that target the tailbone area, i.e. standing poses.

This knowledge of chakras helps us to plan and sequence good classes, to ensure that the poses flow well and help students feel good about the class. We can’t just place postures anywhere we like within a sequence, or the student would feel very unsettled and unbalanced. Knowing about the chakras also help us to be more aware about our own shortcomings and how we can try to improve on them through our yoga practice. For myself, i think i want to work on my Vishuddha chakra (which is related to the throat region), to improve on my communication abilities which would definitely help in my day job as well as my yoga teaching.