Each yoga pose, or asana, is special and unique. Each pose that we do balances specific chakras, or energy systems, within our bodies. The yoga pose of the week here at Stamaste is tree pose, or vrksasana in sanskrit. Tree pose is an awesome pose to do at the end of class, once we have warmed up our bodies and worked our cores. Each vinyasa that we take throughout class can help us warm our bodies. We are at the end of class and feel that we are finally able to do a balancing pose.
Now, let’s get deeper into the chakras before discussing which one tree pose helps us balance out. The chakras, or energy centers, are located from the base of the spine and all the way up to the crown of the head. Each chakra consist of its own color and function. I often think of the chakras as Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need’s. In this sense, both the chakras and the hierarchy of needs share a few components in common. Some examples are that they both govern emotional issues, including our survival instincts. Except Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need’s states that at the bottom of the pyramid, safety and security are key. Anyway, that’s all for the chakras. I just wanted to give you lovely people a synopsis of what they were so that you all weren’t confused when I brought it up throughout this post.
Tree pose, or vrksasana, activates the root chakra, or muladhara chakra. The root, or muladhara chakra, is located at the base of the spine and is symbolized by the color red. Let’s just say it’s one of those poses that you do to make you feel more grounded. Thus, tree pose balances out your root chakra. But what does it truly mean for your chakra, in this case, the root chakra, to be out of balance? In this case, when your root, or muladhara, chakra is out of balance, you may feel imbalanced in various ways. Some of these ways include feeling sluggish and just stuck in your life. You often feel like you are lost in direction and are unsure of the next step to take. Due to this imbalance, you may experience financial problems, as well as dissatisfaction from a mediocre career. By balancing out your root chakra, in this case, through grounding poses such as tree pose, you begin to experience a sense of belonging. You basically feel like you are right where you need to be, whether thats career wise and financially. You also may feel a sense of belonging with family and friends, and have developed a strong community around you.
As we continue this journey together, we will begin to dive deeper into ways to be the best unique version of ourselves. As you can see, yoga does a lot more than help us tone our bodies. It is involved in our physical, spiritual, and mental states. Yoga is a great way to balance out the chakras through various movements.
A personal story on myself on how yoga has helped me feel more grounded. I hope that this story can help those feeling lost, restless with life, and completely stuck realize the benefits of yoga and how it can help them the way that it had helped me. When I had first moved in Washington, DC in 2014, it was a brand new place for me. The people, the surroundings, the food, and the nature all around me was different. After applying to an endless amount of jobs and trying to truly find something meaningful in this new place that I called home, I knew what I had to do. Upon my first week of living in the district, I immediately walked into a yoga studio and started taking classes. I noticed subtle changes in my mind, body, and spirit. This place that I once called unfamiliar was starting to become home. The nature around me which was once unknown was starting to become part of my soul. And the food, well, let’s just say I started growing totally fond of that, too.
This blog post isn’t about me, though. It’s about how yoga can help us feel more balanced in life through consistency and dedication. I know from experience and want to pass on my passion and knowledge onto you guys. Linking the chakras with certain movements, or asana poses, are a wonderful start. I am so joyful that we explored the root, or muladhara, chakra. Balance in life is so crucial for survival and peace, which is why I write about the chakra which assists in doing so first. Stayed tuned next month for another yoga pose and which chakra that pose balances out!