As an aspiring yoga teacher, I strive to bring the best information and practices to my students. However sometimes it can be challenging when faced with students whom focus on the physical and ignore the Energetic. For most of the alternative spiritual and mental thought process, the energetic body is the most important to keep up and keep healthy, in some circles it is even believed to be the root of all or most illnesses, and physical trouble. The energetic body can not only affect our physical state, but also when out of balance can severely disturb our relationship with the outside world. Although there are many different views and versions of energy work, for the purposes of yoga the Chakras are often times the most known and discussed. Besides they can also be the most relatable to new comers to energy work and have corresponding yoga poses that can help in and out of class when working with a blockage.
The chakras are seven energy points in the body that rule different physical, emotional, and energetic states. Each one has a particular job in the balance of one’s life and energetic field. Further they also create an outer energetic field, called an aura, that acts like feelers reaching out to the outside world both in taking and out putting information. When these area are blocked, it can cause interference in the communication causing negative or wonky situations. For example, have you ever walked into a room and just felt drained, or very uneasy/upset? It could have been a jar in the energy you either were receiving – aka someone else’s energy was out putting negative vibrations and you caught wind – or you could have been putting out wonky vibes that were not mixing well with the energy already there.
The seven Chakras include, Muladhara or the base chakra, Svadisthana or the sacral chakra, Manipura or the solar plexus chakra, Anahata or the heart chakra, Vishuddha or the throat chakra, Ajna or the brow chakra, and Sahasrara or the crown chakra. If there is a block in any one of these seven chakras it can cause problems in the particular areas that each one rules. For example you could have a block in Vishuddha Chakra, which rules communication and self expression. If you are unable to express yourself truthfully and communicate that expression, it could cause anger and aggression due to miscommunication. If this ended up in full on arguments between you and your loved ones, you could end up with a sore throat, a physical manifestation of the underlying problem a block in the throat energy.
In yoga, these chakras can become very useful and instrumental. They can become a theme for an instructor, and given that they have particular physical spots and qualities can create full flows to complement the theme. They can be points of recognition for students and teachers about underlying problems with accessing a pose, or tension and strain in a certain area, and they can further the understanding of our greater connection and interactions within classes and studios. If we are energetically blocked, we are less likely to be open to a yoga class and its environment and for no reason just not ‘feel right’.
Further in understanding physical pain, lets say that a student just went through a bad break up and you were unaware as a teacher. Yet you notice that this student, whom is usually really good with arm balances or backbends is struggling in one way or another, unable to keep the pose’s energy, unable to get fully into the pose, or just giving up all together and uncomfortable in poses usually they are so fond of. You know there is nothing physically wrong, so after class you chose to catch up with this student and you find out the trauma that has happened. Now you not only have a deeper connection with your students, but you again can create ideas and classes that may hit home for that student and others – I find that these things happen in groups.
The energetic body can be a bit intimidating when you begin to work with it or understand it, however upon opening up to the possibilities the rewards far out weigh the initial push back. Getting our Chakras aligned and our auras bright and shinny, we open up to whole new worlds and possibilities. Free flowing energy radiates from us in positive ways drawing like minded people to us allowing for new and deeper connections. It helps us better relate to the people already in our lives, and of course can help work out kinks in the body that could have previously been misunderstood. There is no commitment is just checking it out and seeing what works for you!
Practice in Peace and Love ❤