Our Monday Meditation is an introduction to the chakras. We often see this imagery of colors and symbols associated with yoga, but how many of us actually know what they mean? There are 7 “chakras” or energy centers that are located along the midline of our bodies. When energy flows freely through them, we feel healthy, happy and centered. When any one of them is blocked, we may face illness or distress. You can think of each chakra as a spinning wheel or disk that emits bright colored light. When our energy is unbalanced, a chakra may spin too quickly/slowly or be too bright/dim. It is normal to experience emotional or physical imbalance as a result of your day to day activities and challenges. There are many ways to work on balancing the chakras, including things like specific yoga asanas, meditation, using mantra and even listening to certain frequencies and tones (check out YouTube). The first chakra is located at tailbone or base of the spine. When the chakra is balanced, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the Earth, and grounded.
Try this meditation for the Root Chakra or Muladhara: Sit in sukhasana (easy pose, shown below) and take a few deep breaths. Envision a bright red light shining from the base of your spine. As you inhale, feel the red light travel up the spine and out into your fingers and toes, filling the entire body. As you exhale, envision breathing this light back down into the Earth, creating deep and stable roots. Repeat for several breaths. Then, step back and take a moment to observe how you feel.