Yoga practice activates the seven chakras (Part 2)
When you enter the body's temple and establish your foundation in the first chakra, the next step is to position the body along the Sushumna (midrib) that runs through the middle canal. In yoga, ordination means finding the best combination between various parts of the body to maximize the flow of life energy gracefully.
Your midrib is the most direct connection between heaven and earth, yin and yang, and the central channel that coordinates all parts of your body: your emotions and will, mind and body, outlook on life and behavior.
Chakra Yoga seeks to define alignment from within by feeling the flow of life energy within the body and finding the best way to strengthen the flow of inner and chakra. You can call it the alignment of subtle energy. Here, the divine construction of the soul is in keeping with the construction of the body. An excellent yoga teacher will guide the alignment of the body in various asanas. Still, at the end of the day, alignment is when the ease of an asana is in place, allowing you to feel the elegance of an asana.
Positioning is how you can establish an energy movement between where you are and where you want to go. For example, when you drive to travel, your journey may have many turning gyrations. Yes, you can look at the map and draw a line from point to point. But, when you drive, you need to be consistent with the roads and highways leading to your destination. Let's see how this works during the movement from Chakra 1 to Chakra 2.
The first chakra represents a point. This is your territory - the space-time position occupied by your body. This is your unique self because you have only one body, and it can only occupy one position at a time. A point gives you a position, a position on the earth. When you move from one chakra to the second chakra, you go from monism to duality, from one point to two points. Two points form a line.
The ordinate position brings your body toward a line and sometimes points to several lines. When you stand upright in a basic standing pose (such as a mountain), your direction is a central vertical line through your core. You place your body and subtle energy symmetrically along this line, balancing the front, back, and left. By drawing a line on your mat, whether literally or in your imagination, you can align your core with the centerline of the mat as you lunge forward or backward. When you do a more complex asana, such as a triangle, there are several lines to consider: one for each leg, the other from the bottom to the top of the head, and one through the heart and arm.
While simple, in theory, internal alignment is not always that easy. Blockages of chakras take us out of our midway, trapping energy in complex defenses. These blockages manifest in the body as muscle tension, stiffness, shortening of connective tissue, obesity, pain, or chronic energy attenuation. In external life, chakras manifest as self-sealing or inability to concentrate, transferring energy in unhealthy ways, and may leave us anxious or exhausted.
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Use Yin and Yang Poles
Just as a line has two points to indicate movement, the number two represents the yin and yang poles. Here you can move from the singularity of the body to the duality of self and others, mind and body, up and down, expansion and contraction, internal and external, and many other attributes listed in the table below.
The poles can face each other, such as pressing your right palm to your left palm, or they can be separated, such as opening your arms and stretching the fingertips of your hands away from each other. Similarly, a line can connect two things or define separation, such as drawing a line on the ground.
In yoga, we consciously use bipolar synergy exercises to guide the flow of life energy. Your fingertips stretch up to the top of your head while your heels step down, which will create an energy line that flows between the upper and lower parts of your body. When you stretch your arms, draw the core, which is to shrink and expand at the same time to show more vitality. While using the two poles, maintaining your middle canal is one of the main tasks of the second chakra.
This action will allow you to feel your core more deeply, even if the action extends to your limits. The stronger your core awareness, the easier it is for the action to expand. The following table shows several polarities in which yoga helps energy flow through the body. To expand your yoga, find the opposites of the poles in one asana. Find effort and submission, control, and freedom. Try to accept the practice of balance of one polarity.
It can even be said that it is the polar opposition that contributes to the rotation of the chakra because the upward and downward airflow is passing through the intersection between the left and right veins, rotating the chakra in the opposite direction like a gear. As shown in the figure:
By dealing with both upward and downward qi simultaneously, you actually run more energy in the chakra. As the chakra expands, its movement helps the movement of the chakra above or below it.
In the chakra system, the most basic polarity is between Prakriti and Purusha, or between matter and consciousness. The integration of these poles is the way to achieve wholeness and is one of the goals of yoga. Once you achieve it, the desire for higher consciousness will awaken the upward journey and take you to the next step.
This is actually about the polarizing unity of the inner archetype of the self, and it contains more grand content. Tantra weaves the polarization of the archetypal existence: mind and body, heaven and earth, spirit and matter, God and Muse, men and women. Through the integration or weaving of these poles, the structure of life can be restored to balance.
Chakra Yoga is a true reflection of the origin of Tantric Buddhism. It uses the forces inherent in any two poles to help balance the chakra. Some of them are achieved by practicing posture. Other aspects are the consistency you establish between mind and heart, self and others, attitude, and intention. When ascending, motivation will be generated, which will enable you to move from the second chakra to the third chakra.
The Sanskrit name of the second chakra Svadisthana denotes the dwelling place of the id. You can enter the position of the id through inner awareness. Because it is internal, you cannot see it; just like your thoughts, you can only feel it. To find the id position in the second chakra is to fully feel your core rising from the root chakra until you reach the infinitely blooming lotus on the top chakra.
It is said that your desires, needs, desires, and impulses come from this chakra. You will experience them with pleasant or uncomfortable feelings, things you want to proceed or things you want to get rid of. The system that processes your experience tries to increase the fun and relieve pain.
The subtle energy of the second chakra
In the second chakra, you enter subtle sensations within the entire body (especially the sacral region). Learning to perceive subtle energy is part of the ascending chakra. The second chakra stimulates consciousness through sensations.
1. Find a comfortable sitting position to ensure that you can easily keep your spine upright; if you sit cross-legged on the floor and your knees are higher than your hips, you should sit on a folded blanket or mat. If you sit in a chair, make sure your legs do not cross and let each foot touch the floor to keep your hips level.
2. First, extend the root wheel down and the top of your head up. Find the centerline between the top of your head and your perineum: your midrib, the center axis of your inner temple. Imagine that centerline extending vertically up to the sky and down to the center of the earth.
3. When you take a deep breath, it feels as if you can pull your breath up to the core every time you inhale and sink every time you exhale. Extend the height of your head when you inhale and the depth of your roots when you exhale. Maintain the depth of your roots when you inhale. Even when you exhale, maintain the rising force you have already gained.
4. Now that you have established the core, gently increase the curvature of the sacrum, as if someone gently presses the sacrum from behind. Keep your shoulders relaxed and extend your head upward.
5. Keep the perfect angle of the sacrum, tighten the muscles of the abdomen, and close the front and back of the second chakra to each other.
6. At the same time, rotate the inner thigh slightly downward and imagine your thigh bones subtly parting and your hips widening. In other words, the front and rear of the second chakra are close to each other while the left and right hips are separated.
7. Now, move your navel back and forth slowly. Notice what happens to your thigh bone when you change the angle of your pelvis, bend and stretch your sacrum. As you increase the curve of your sacrum, you can feel your thigh bone slightly apart. When you press your sacrum back to normal, can you feel your thigh bone slightly moving towards each other? Can you feel the subtle movements of lifting and lowering in your chest cavity? What about your core - can you feel it expanding and contracting? What happens to your other spine? Can you make your sacrum rise and fall with your spine from the pelvis?
8. Feel the difference between the positive and negative poles. Find a place to rest in the middle, where you will feel the core of the second chakra sinking into the midline. Feel the place of your own within the inner temple. Imagine that this is the stem of your lotus, flowing like a snake through the beautiful and sacred pool.
Practice and asana of the second chakra
Chakra Yoga focuses on guidance, which is quite different from the movement muscle guidance in ordinary yoga classes. The same asana will lead to different levels.