Imagine having a potent all-purpose tool to use in life whenever you need, like some kind of magical power. Do you need more physical energy because you have an athletic competition coming up? Do you need all your mental power to take an exam? Or do you feel you need a huge heart space to rekindle the intimate connection with your loved one, a parent or child? Imagine being able to concentrate your energy as needed, at various times of the day and life in general!
Welcome to the World of Yoga
It is mistakenly thought that this discipline is a kind of stretching for the body and little else; few people know that, in reality, yoga is much, much more. Work on muscles, tendons and ligaments is really just the tip of the iceberg. The effect of the practice can reach incredible depths, far beyond the physical body. The effects on health are now scientifically established. Stretching the body and its connective tissue, with its nerves, muscles and blood vessels, is known to be a real elixir of life.
Not to mention the chemical effect due to the stimulation of the endocrine system, a true regulating practice of the internal chemistry of our body. And not to mention the breath…But it doesn’t end there! Yoga also influences us on a psychological level, and here we enter the world of chakras. These are energetic structures that reside along the spine at different points, each of them governing a part of the body but also a psychological and energetic aspect.
By following the path of the chakras from the bottom up, from the root of the spine to the crown of the head, we embark on the complete journey of human evolution, from instinctive animal nature to our divine, transcendental essence. The road passes through personal power, creativity and sexuality, love in all its forms, the highest intuition, pure intelligence and the divine nature that each of us represents.
Isn’t that amazing? All of this is within each of us, from the beast to God.
Potential of Yoga in the Chakras
The lower chakras are connected to the more instinctive aspects of human life, those that allow us to keep the body alive and the continuation of the species. These are related to the reptilian brain, the legacy of our animal life and are necessary for survival. As you go up, when the primary needs are satisfied, social needs appear: the need to belong to a group, to be accepted by the community, etc.
Climbing further, the personality appears: the ego, with its need to differentiate itself from all the others, to perceive itself as unique and special. It is only by advancing further, however, that the grip of the ego loosens and leaves room for that sense of union that can only be experienced through love. Pure love, universal love. We have now reached the level of the heart chakra. Only at this point can we start speaking about spirituality.
Climbing further along the column, from the heart up, we arrive at the throat chakra, the ethereal and mysterious vishuddha, the chakra where the sense of space and time resides, the chakra of elevated intuition, connected to the ether element. The penultimate step of the ladder is our formidable mind, the third eye, our most powerful tool and at the same time the most difficult to control. The mind can mess up our existence or open the door to enlightenment, do you agree? At this masculine and feminine level, yin and yang, emissive and receptive, solar and lunar unite.
When the energy rises to this perfectly balanced level between opposites, then the portal opens, the gate of heaven and ecstasy, the crown chakra, where duality no longer exists, where all is One and where one can experience. of its universal nature, eternal and infinite. At this level, the ecstasy of wholeness and emptiness awaits us at the same time. Some have called this Buddhahood, samadhi, or satori, or mystical union. Saints from all eras and traditions have described this experience, but it is indescribable. Often only poetry, music or sublime art can, even minimally, come close to telling it.
If you are now thinking that the goal of enlightenment is too far, for now, from your daily needs, know that the work of the chakras also has a much more earthly application. As I told you, in yoga we learn to energize a certain chakra according to the situation and needs. You can empower manipura, the third chakra, to improve your digestion or heal an abdominal problem. You can focus the energy of svadhistana, the second chakra, to have the best night of love of your life. (Though in that case, if you want that night to actually last all night, you better get used to sublimating energy into the high chakras even in bed!)
You can stimulate memory and learning ability by activating ajna chakra, the third eye, with the plow position, for example. Try practicing it every day while you prepare for that exam. Do you feel a little subdued and with low self-esteem? Try the breath of fire, a few minutes a day … you will see that you will feel like a lion again. You can work with your energy and your chakras for any circumstance.
Isn’t it fascinating?
The Path of Yoga
At this level yoga becomes a true initiate path and it is necessary to have a competent guide to follow. If you are interested in delving into this incredible path of knowledge, let’s stay connected. The AumTantraYoga “Teacher Training Course” will start soon. A whole month of practical and theoretical study, on a beautiful tropical Mexican beach, an experience of profound inner transformation for your personal growth and, who knows … one day … to be able to teach it to others.
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