(originally posted on Chopra.com)
It’s a good time for a personal check-in:
In yoga philosophy, the Chakras are wheels of energy located throughout the body. Attending to the physical and emotional manifestations of imbalances in each of the seven main chakras helps bring your entire system into optimal balance. As you evaluate your life midyear, start from the top of the chakra system and work your way down to get grounded and centered. Use the following poses and positive affirmations to consider what the rest of this year can bring for your life overall.
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and one foot above the top of the head. The Crown Chakra is associated with your connection to the realm of infinite, universal energy. Stimulating and opening up the Crown Chakra allows you to remember that you are part of something greater than yourself. When you step outside of the minute dramas of your life for a broader perspective and remember that you are interconnected to everything, you can better share your gifts and work to make the world a better place.
Connect to the Crown Chakra by inverting—bringing your head below your heart—physically and mentally turning the world on its head.
Affirmation: I attend to my highest, best self and serve from a place of understanding.
Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottananasana)
Connect to the Third Eye Chakra by practicing focus, balance, and yoga poses or meditation with closed eyes.
Affirmation: I focus my awareness on my intuition, intention, and imagination.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Connect to the Throat Chakra with doing neck stretches, chanting mantras, and enjoying silent meditation.
Affirmation: I speak truth to others and to myself with clarity and compassion.
Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana) with Neck Rolls and Lion’s Breath
Connect to the Heart Chakra with chest-opening poses and shoulder stretches.
Affirmation: I am open to love.
Wild Thing Pose (Parsva Vashistasana)
Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)The Solar Plexus Chakra is located at the abdomen and the sides of the waist. The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with all of your thoughts and feelings about yourself. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, you feel secure and comfortable in your own skin and in the world.
Connect to the Solar Plexus Chakra with twisting poses and any poses that warm you up.
Affirmation: I courageously stand in my power and honor my strength.
Phalakasana Variation: Forearm Plank
Connect with the Sacral Chakra with hip-opening poses and flowing, dance-like movements.
Affirmation: I flow creatively with the tides of life.
Connect with the Root Chakra by stretching and strengthening your legs and intentionally placing your feet on the ground.
Affirmation: I am grounded, centered, and fully supported by life.
Broken Bridge/Active Resting Pose