Why balance your chakras?

Chakras are energy centres within the body. The word chakra means “wheel” or “disk.” Think of the chakras as spinning vortices of energy. Everything is composed of energy and information. Every object emanates from movement and vibration. The seven main chakras align along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the crown of the head.

I can give you tools to balance the seven main chakras, For each of the chakras I can provide of pranayama (breathing) techniques and yoga poses. While healing your chakras, practice these poses once in the morning and once in the evening. I have also included dietary recommendations, a guided meditation, thoughts to ponder for the day, and other areas to explore for emotional and spiritual healing, with practices such as prayer, visualization, and chanting. I also offer suggestions for taking your energetic healing a step further through work with colours and gems: you can wear the colour of the chakra you’re healing, and carry with you throughout your day the crystal or gem associated with that chakra.

Through these practices you can heal your chakras in seven days. You can repeat these seven days every week for a year, going deeper into your awareness and healing each week. Or you can take seven months and dedicate your practice to one chakra for each month. Or you can go at your own pace, spending more time on certain chakras than others, as needed. There is no single best way to go about this healing practice. I know that many of you are good, disciplined students and will try to do every single suggestion in each chapter. Instead of attempting to do everything in one day, see which healing practices call to you most, and try those first. If you let it, your intuition will guide the way.

As with the practice of yoga asanas, you don’t need to adhere to any particular religion, sect, or spiritual belief to heal with the chakras. You only need to be open to your body’s inner wisdom and the energy field that surrounds you. Now is the moment you might ask, “How do I tune in to my energy field?” The answer is, you are already tuned in to your energy field. Have you ever walked into a room filled with tension and felt that the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife? Or have you felt a rush of energy when walking into a sports stadium or rock concert? You’re perceiving energy all the time, but you’re not often aware that you’re aware.

Expanding your perception is something that happens naturally as a result of spiritual practice. As you go through life on this physical plane, you get accustomed to a narrow vision, seeing only things that are in your pathway. We all do this, as it’s a way our brains filter out the “noise” to get us through our days without getting distracted all the time. However, it’s not so useful when it comes to your health and well-being. A broadened perspective is an asset and will allow you to notice subtle changes in your body.

Body awareness, mindfulness, and learning how to direct your thoughts are ways in which you can start to attain better health. Working with your chakra energy can help you with early detection before an illness becomes full-blown, or it can help in your healing in the midst of a disease.

Finally, it can be helpful to look at the ailments associated with each of the chakras. I believe all diseases are messages from the body indicating that something is off. In looking at diseases you might be experiencing, you can take a deeper look by knowing which chakra is out of balance. Taking medicine or removing a tumour or even an organ or body part might be necessary to stop the spread of the disease, but it won’t help you get to the root of it. Considering the “why” is important to achieve complete and total healing. Sometimes you don’t get an answer. But often you do. Through chakra balancing you learn to listen to your intuition, that still, small voice inside you, and it will give you an inner knowing of how to heal.