Chakra: Movement & Meditation
“When Kundalini energises the chakras, they are no longer an intellectual concept but a direct experience.”
Anodea Judith phd.
The ancient Chakra system is a practical and spirtual wisdom model that offers up profound insights for yoga and meditation practitioners on their journey towards wholeness.
Working with the chakras enables you to become aware of your body’s subtle energy system and how it shapes your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
The word chakra translates as “spinning wheel”. A chakra is a chamber in motion; a vortex of energy that receives, assimilates and transmits life force or prana. These wheels largely control how we experience reality from our emotional reactions, our desires or aversions, our level of confidence or fear, even the manifestation of physical symptoms.
Each of the seven main chakras, arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head, is associated with particular functions within the body, psychological behaviours and the way we handle specific life issues, both within ourselves and in our connections with the world.
Chakras need to receive energy as well as express and discharge energy.When chakras are blocked; energy does not flow in certain areas of our life; our hearts may be protected; our sexuality repressed, our emotional expression inhibited and so on.
Understanding and working with the chakra model helps us to expand and deepen our self-knowledge at every level of our being.
I teach this course because working with the chakras in my own practice has enabled me to move from an intellectual, symbolic understanding of the chakras to a direct experience of them with profound shifts in certain areas of my life.
This 12 week week chakra course will take you on a movement and meditation journey through the seven chakras. Each session will comprise 30 minutes of movement designed to activate whichever chakra is in focus that week followed by a 30 minute guided meditation and reflection session on each chakra. Once the seven chakras have been experienced, we will focus in on the interrelationship between pairs of chakras; eg; Svadhithana and Manipura (Sex and Power), Third Eye and Crown, Manipura and Visshudhi as well as practice meditation with all the chakras.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Root Chakra is found in the lower pelvis, at the pelvic floor, and is our connection to the Earth. It keeps us grounded and holds our instinctive urges to do with food, sleep, sex, and survival. This is the foundation of who we are; our tribal chakra; our physicality; our feelings of being safe and welcome in this world. Seated work, grounding postures, chair pose, deep lunges, and squats helps bring our awareness to the Root Chakra.
Pelvic Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The Pelvic Chakra is situated in our pelvic bowl at the base of the lumbar vertebrae. It is our creative hub, water center and home of the reproductive organs and our desires. Through it we access our potential for both self-healing, creativity, emotional expression and sensual pleasure. This is the birthplace of relationship; first with self and then with others. Bodywork for this chakra includes anything that encourages flow and creative expression in the body, dance, physical improvisation, pelvic work, hip-openers, deep lunges and squats.
Navel Chakra (Manipura)
Our vitality and power centre. It is here the digestive fires process and assimilate raw food into vital energy but it also here that on we digest and assimilate our experience as we find the energy to strive to get our needs met in the world. This is the seat of our personal power; self-esteem and stamina; essentially how you perceive yourself in the world. Pranayama, Mindful abdominal stabilising work and deep twists will drive energy to this centre.
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Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The Heart Chakra is said to be the most powerful of all chakras and the seat of the soul according to the Himalayan Tantric tradition. The Heart Chakra is also associated with the lungs and therefore air. While the heart has the power to outwardly radiate the highest aspects of the human being, it also has the capacity to develop inner feelings of insecurity, disappointment and anxiety. To overcome blocks with the heart chakra you need to work on self-love, compassion practices and pranayama (breathing) and heart-centric meditation. Yin backbends with directed breathing will also help open the energetic centers of the heart.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddhi)
The Throat Chakra is associated with the element of ether. It is the home of speech and hearing as well as the endocrine glands that control our metabolism. To heal and purify the throat, work with Jalandhara Bandha and nada yoga as well as mindful listening and communication. Additionally use asanas like Shoulder Stand, Bridge Pose and Fish Pose to physically activate this centre.
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Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The Third-Eye Chakra is located eyebrow level mid-brain, at the site of the pineal gland, and is the meeting point between two important energetic streams in the body, the Ida Nadi and the Pingala Nadi. Physically, it is connected to the pituitary gland, growth, and development. Nurturing the Ajna Chakra allows us to brighten our intellect and develop the deeper intelligence capabilities of the mind including intuition, insight and creative potential. Key practices for this centre include nadi shodhana (nostril breathing), meditation, yoga nidra and creative visualisation.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra; it sits above the crown of the head – not actually within the physical body at all. This is our spiritual centre. It is represented by the thousand petalled lotus which in turn symbolises infinity. Here we connect with our spiritual energy; our ancestral energy, and the mysterious universal consciousness which Yoga practice seeks union with. Sahasrara is associated with the pursuit of spiritual peace, and connecting to higher consciousness or states of being. There are several asanas that help boost healing of the seventh chakra. Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana), Plow (Halasana), Supported Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Lotus (Padmasana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) and Reclining Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana).
Course Dates: Monday 19 April to Monday 12 July 2021.
8pm – 9pm (GMT London)
Access to the recording of the complete session will be possible for those that cannot join the live classes.
Full Course: £120
Single Lesson: £15 per session.
★ “Thanks for another lovely class. I wanted to say how especially opening I found Monday’s meditation – this close focus on the chakras is really working for me.”
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