seventh chakra affirmations

Seventh chakra affirmations…As you now know, from reading the first and subsequent instalments of these chakra posts traditionally the yogic system holds that there are 7 chakras, or energy centres in the body.   These are arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.  Chakra is the Sanskrit word for ‘wheel’, and these centers are perceived as spinning wheels of energy. Today we arrive at the crown of the head, cerebral cortex, which is, if you are doing a headstand, where you place your head down (as opposed to the forehead). Called the Sahasrara chakra, the colour associated with it is purple.

seventh chakra

crown chakra

The affirmation here is “I am connected to all. I am part of all.” Concepts associated with this energy centre are awareness, and expanded consciousness, spirit, intelligence and divinity; our connection with our higher self. Naturally, if you are lost in worry and over-thinking, this is going to present an imbalance here. Meditation, on the other hand, will promote harmony. If you tend to ‘space out’ just to be clear, this is also an imbalance. the process is one of expanding your notion of self, but also, staying grounded in your body and in the present moment.


vishuddha chakra

The fifth chakra is located at the throat and called in sanskrit vishuddha and the colour associated with it is light blue.

This is the energy centre that involves the neck, throat, mouth and jaw, and is associated with sound, vibration, communication and speech, amongst others. If you are just tuning in, the original blog on chakra balance is here. We have been covering all the chakras to date as well. The 7 chakras when working harmoniously will uplift our energy.  When blocked, we may experience low self-esteem and other difficulties.  I have a meditation on my CD, Yoga Mind that will help you re-balance these centers and remove blockages.  It is a great basis for understanding the subtle energies at work while you do yoga postures.

The meditation of this chakra (and please note these are not my drawings, so I cannot take credit) is “I listen with my whole self and think before I speak. When I speak, I don’t back away from what is true or right. I share and communicate effectively and respectfully with others. I express myself fully and creatively”… as with all the energy centres, obviously if you are bad mouthing someone, you are not using your ‘highest’ vibrational output…chanting on the other hand could uplift..

vishuddha chakra

vishuddha chakra

Heart Chakra Meditation

Heart Chakra Meditation:

heart chakra meditation

heart chakra

Appropriately for this Thanksgiving Day, we turn our attention to the Anahata, or Heart Chakra. If you have been following, today is the fourth day of the series, which originated with an older post I wrote on chakra balance 

The colour associated with the heart chakra is green. Today’s meditation: “I listen to my heart and honor its connection to the hearts of others. I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all of my actions. I gracefully move to the rhythm of life.”

Some of the key concepts of this energy centre are: balance, love, compassion, relationship, breath, peace. The location is upper chest and includes the back of the heart space as well. Put into practice with the essential breath on my Yoga Mind cd

Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra  ~ today in instalment three we focus on the solar plexus, this a continuation of the past 2 days and an older blog post I wrote. The third chakra is also called The Manipura (navel) –or solar plexus, and is associated with the colour yellow.

Each of the 7 chakras is associated with particular emotions and specific issues that we deal with in life. They also relate to how we handle these in our own internal processes and our ways of interacting within our environment. These chakras can be thought of as power/distribution centres of life energy, or prana.  They are sensitive and fluctuations or imbalances can occur through external stressful circumstances, long stored physical tension or limited self- concepts.

The meditation today is “I love myself. I am willing to stand up, with strength and confidence, for that which I believe. I have the freedom to make my own choices in life with appreciation of my sense of self. I am connected to the source of all power and it flows through me to encourage the power of others.” Key concepts are power, will, energy, metabolism, control, fire amongst others.


solar plexus chakra

solar plexus chakra

If a chakra is deficient, it does not receive the energy it needs to help with manifestation of its positive qualities in the world, and, when excessive, it can dominate the personality which creates further imbalances for the chakra to receive, absorb, integrate and distribute the flow of energy through our being.




Cobra Pose

Yoga Therapy moment

BHUJANGASANA (cobra pose)

Rana cobra






Yoga Therapy For The Solar Plexus


Using time on the mat to open to who you actually are gives great feedback to your mind, body, spirit. This shift in perception will transform your practice into a truly therapeutic one which is ultimately healing for you.


I taught this asana to someone today who came in after a week of feeling “tied up in knots”. She acknowledged that there was a particularly large accumulation of stored tension in what felt like a knot at “the solar plexus.  This person’s week was wrought with job related anger, frustration, plus the daily routine of home and family.  She is also someone who does little backbending, as many of us, being seated all day and since she is also rather new to Yoga I reached out to one of the classic poses, cobra – Bhujangasana.


Simple, yet complex, this mild to strong backbend has many benefits including:

  1. Strengthens the spinal column
  2. Stretches chest and lungs
  3. Stretches the abdomen and stimulates the organs in the abdominal cavity
  4. Stabilizes the shoulders, and abdomen
  5. Firms the buttocks
  6. Helps relieve stress especially emotional/digestion issues and fatigue
  7. ‘Opens’ the heart by energizing the area
  8. Soothes sciatica (if done with this in mind, such as with the strap around lower limbs)
  9. Therapeutic for asthma
  10. Traditional texts say that this posture increases body heat, destroys disease, and awakens kundalini.

Shown here, this posture could certainly stabilize the SI and shoulder joints. The belt is looped around the lower legs so that the heels and sitting bones are in alignment.  The blocks under the hands are used to ‘seat’ the shoulder blades on the back, thus providing much freedom for the neck, and release for tight upper trapezius.  The blanket helps cushion the hips and gives just the right amount of lift to maintain the frontal spinal alignment and a backbend that is distributed equally through all segments.

Sometimes trying a pose that you do regularly with a few well-placed props gives you such great feedback that you may do it differently from there on out; even the most well intentioned of us can overdo with ego driven “I can do it” mentality.  Not worth it.  You have a lifetime to practice in, so use time on the mat to open to who you actually are. This honesty and acceptance is transformational. This shift in perception will transform a posture done with an exercise orientation into a trully therapeutic and healing one.  You can do my Chakra Balancing Meditation at the end of your session to refresh your entire system. Note that you need to warm up and do counterposes to stay safe.


How to move into the pose:

  1. If you are using a strap, it is easiest to stand on your knees, reach back and slide the belt up to the shins, then stretch out on tummy.
  2. Press the tops of the feet and thighs and the pubis firmly into the floor, a blanket under the hips helps establish symmetry.
  3. If you are using the blocks, they should be positioned such that the shoulders seat on the back. On an inhalation, begin to press the hands into the blocks so that the shoulders are stable, then visualize a zipper running from the front of the spine all the way up the and another one running from the crown of the head down the spine. Only lift the chest off the floor to the height at which you can maintain a lengthening. Avoid the tendency to push the front ribs forward, but do allow the sternum to stretch up. Firm but don’t harden the buttocks.
  4. Distribute the backbend evenly throughout the entire spine.
  5. Hold the pose anywhere from 15 to 90 seconds, breathing easily. Release back to the floor with an exhalation.