Chakra Balancing Vinyasa Workshop with Carina
Saturday, TBD Spring of 2017
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Just as we have a physical body, we also have a body of energy, called subtle body. And just as we have a physical spine that acts as the central channel through which nerve impulses flow, we also have a subtle central channel called sushumna through which prana, or life force, flows. Deep within the sushumna lie spinning centers of energy, called chakras, which are like intense vortices of energy that act as distribution points for prana.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel” or “disc.” A chakra is formed where there is a massive confluence of nadis (lines of energy) in the body. Prana (vital life force) is distributed throughout the body via these lines of energy. Therefore, the chakras can be understood as subtle centers of transformation of energy. They do not belong to the material body and cannot be perceived on the physical level. However, they do affect the physical body — each chakra energizes, controls, and influences a different region of the body. There are seven major chakras arranged along the midline of the body within the spinal column, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
Blocked energy in our 7 chakras can often lead to illness or distress on systems of the body. As such, it is important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Chakra balancing creates a sense of equilibrium between your body, mind and spirit. When your chakras are returned to their natural frequencies, inner peace, wellbeing, and joy will follow.
In this workshop, we will explore the deep relationship between yoga asanas (or postures) and the chakras. When the asanas are combined with breath, visualization and mantra, they can have a direct effect on the energy flow within the chakras.
The workshop will be divided into 2 parts: 30 minutes of lecture about the chakras, followed by a 90-minute Vinyasa practice designed to awaken the spinal energies and balance the chakras