Chakra ImageAn Introduction to Yoga and the Chakras by Sue Fuller 

Practicing yoga helps to balance the chakras this creates a positive effect on our entire well being.   

Those that practise yoga regularly are well aware of the positive impact that a regular yoga practice has on both body and mind.   

Yoga has a huge impact on our energetic body.   Within the energetic body are dense areas of energy called chakras.  These areas are vortex’s that help to channel energy or prana around the body.  Each chakra spins in a clockwise direction and vibrates at a different frequency; each chakra represents a different emotion, organ, colour, sense and element. 

When our chakras are not resonating at the correct frequency an imbalance can occur.   This may present itself in the physical body as an illness, injury, insomnia, a restless mind or another ailment. 

There are seven main chakras: - 

The Root Chakra (Muladhara) is located at the base of the spine; it is associated with the legs, bowel movements, security, survival and trust. 

Baddha konasana (bound angle pose), dandasana (the staff) and moola bandha (the root lock) can be used to balance this chakra.

The Abdominal Chakra (Svadhisthana) is located between the pelvis and the naval it is associated with our sex organs, desire, willingness to feel our emotions and our food intake.  

Yoga postures that engage the lower abdominals stimulate this chakra.

The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located between the naval and the base of the sternum.  It is associated with the stomach, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, liver, perception and self-confidence.

Santolanasana (the plank), pashchimotanasana (seated forward bend); dhanurasana (the bow) can be used to help balance this chakra.

The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the centre of the chest it is associated with the heart, lungs, matters of the heart and relationships. 

Ardha matsyendrasana (half twist), purvothanasana (the inclined plane), matsyanasana (the fish) can be used to balance this chakra.

The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) is located in the throat it is associated with the throat, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid, expression and creativity. 

Halasana (the plough), sarvangasana (shoulder stand) can be used to help balance this posture. 

The Brow Chakra (Ajna) or the third eye is located just above the centre of the eyebrows it is associated with the head, endocrine system, extra sensory perception (ESP) and the astral world.

Direction of focus towards Ajna will help to balance and stimulate this chakra.  

The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is located on and above the top of the head it is associated with the pineal gland, brain, nervous system and pure conciousness. 

Sirsasana (the headstand) will help to balance and stimulate this chakra.

Practising yoga postures that stimulate individual chakras whilst focussing on the chakra spinning in a clockwise direction will help to balance the chakras and move pranic energy around the body. 

Chakra Yoga by Sue FullerChakra Meditations, Chakra Yoga Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been devised by Sue Fuller to help balance your chakras. 

Sue is the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  She is a course author for the British School of Yoga and a regular columnist for the Yoga Magazine and Natural Health.