DAY 4. (read to the end for your challenge today)
The body’s energy centres
Before we explore the body’s energy centres, it’s important that we have a quick discussion about prana and the subtle body. The yogic concept of energy is known as prana, a force that operates both within our physical bodies and in the world around us. It is in essence, a kind of “life-force”, a universal flow of energy that gives us, and other living things, the spark of life. The prana is said to be part of the “subtle body” as it cannot be seen or touched.
At specific points along the midline of the body there are energy centres knows as chakras. Each chakra, depicted in the shape of a lotus flower, has its own particular set of characteristics. The chakras are also associated with particular animals, gods and goddesses, and areas of influence. Yoga helps to develop awareness of the chakras and encourages energy flow toward them.
Like the prana, chakras exist in the subtle body, but they do have close links with the physical body and coincide with nerve plexuses along the spinal cord.
The word “chakra” means wheel. It is believed that at the point where the chakras occur, the prana flows through and spins to form brightly shining “wheels of light”. The more you practice yoga, the more bright and vibrant these wheels of light become.
A balance of prana that flows unimpeded in the body will directly improve your physical and emotional health. When you perform the bending and twisting postures in yoga, you free up prana and help it to circulate smoothly to the different chakras. The process may take many years, or a lifetime, but it is said that as the energy reaches each chakra the yogi experiences a specific spiritual state.
Day 4 challenge:
On a scale from 1 – 10 (1 being lowest), how bright do you think your “wheel(s) of light” are shinning at any particular chakra point? After our 30 day journey, do you think your answer will be different?
Let us know in the comment box below.
All participants’ names will be entered in our 30 days of yoga with hipS-sister draw Oct. 1st.
Tomorrow, we have a look at the yoga diet. It’s only a few more days until we start learning our first yoga posture!