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Yoga Energetics and Chakras
Transcript of Yoga Energetics and Chakras
Yoga Energetics & Chakras
Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna
Setting intentions in Yoga Practice
"River" or "Channel"
72,000 tubes in which energy flow throughout the body
800 to 700 BCE in the Upanishads:
"... one of them leads up to the crown of the head. Going upward through that, one becomes immortal."
pg. 49 in How Yoga Works
Fall under Kundalini Yoga or Tantra Yoga
Lunar, feminine, cooling, mental processes, apana vayu
Left nostril, right brain
Rolling to right side after asana
Solar, masculine, warming, vital processes, prana vayu
Right nostril, left brain
Sushumna= "very gracious"
Path to samadhi
Intersections of all 3 main nadis
"The organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies." - Wheels of Life
Correspond with nerve ganglion and endocrine glands
Why do you practice yoga?
Brings focus to practice and makes more powerful
Have students do this at start of class
Can be in line with the "theme" of the class...
Muladhara= Root support
Location= center of sacrum
Gland= ovaries and testes
Function= desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation
Inner state= feelings
Malfunction= lack of sensitivity, addiction, impotence, bladder/kidney problems
Food= melons, berries, cucumber, chocolate
Postures= hip openers, pigeon, pelvic rocks
One's own dwelling place
City of Gems
Location= solar plexus
Function= will, power, assertiveness
Inner state= laughter, joy, anger
Malfunction= egotism, unhealthy self-image, ulcers, diabetes, digestive disorders
Food= legumes, seeds, carbs, ginger, peppers
Postures= twists, plank, abdominal toners
Color= blood red
Function= survival, grounding
Inner state= stillness, security, stability
Malfunction= fear of death, ungrounded, weight problems, sciatica, degenerative arthritis, knee problems
Food= root plants, whole grains, nuts
Postures= staff, warriors, squat
Gland= thymus (immune system)
Function= unconditional love
Inner state= compassion
Malfunction= depression, conditional love, unforgiving, asthma, HTN, heart & lung disease
Food= fruits, green veggies, nuts, avocados
Postures= backbends, gate, shoulder openers
Gland= thyroid, para-thyroid
Function= communication, creativity
Inner state= synthesis of ideas
Malfunction= attachment, impatience, sore throat, hearing problems
Food= lemons, limes, dark leafy green veggies
Postures= neck stretches, fish, plough
Location= third eye
Gland= pineal (wake/sleep patterns)
Inner state= intuition
Malfunction= reliance on theoretical knowledge, blindness, headaches, nightmares
Food= eating consciously
Postures= lotus, eagle, focused drishti
Color= crystal light or violet
Element= beyond elements, thought
Gland= pituitary (regulates homeostasis)
Inner state= understanding
Malfunction= depression, confusion, boredom, apathy
Food= none, fasting
Postures= headstand, rabbit, meditation postures
Sahasrara = Infinity
Yogic View of Energy
Pranayama is a psycho-spiritual science developed around
the concept of energy
the little rivers flowing in our bodies
the major energy plexuses
Prana means "breathing forth"
Usually synonymous with the breath or with air (vayu)
Cleaning Blockages from your "Pipes"
1. Banging on the pipes from the outside
2. Cleaning pipes from inside