Exercising the Chakras
As with all parts of our physical bodies, our subtler spiritual bodies require regular exercise in order to keep them fit and healthy, and to allow closer and more significant harmonization with the rest of us. Our chakras in particular, those powerful centres of neverending energy, require regular nurturing and attention in order to keep them pulsing and pumping energy throughout our physical forms. It is this energy which gives us the force and the will to move forwards in our lives, and blockages or leakages of this energy can have disastrous effects not only on our overall health, but on our spiritual and mental progression also. Take a little time each day to exercise each of the seven chakras, and your body will reward you with revitalization, motivation and blissful harmony.
The First Chakra
In order to exercise the root chakra, located at the base of your spine, try lying face down on the ground, with each of your arms underneath your body. Allow your hands to maintain contact with the fronts of your thighs, and whilst keeping your knees straight and your legs extended, raise one leg off the floor by several inches. Hold your leg in this raised position for as long as you comfortably can, before repeating with your other leg. Once you have gotten used to this action, attempt the same procedure, except with raising both legs at once.
The Second Chakra
The Sacral Chakra’s energy is based on your ability to to give and receive pleasure comfortably and healthily. As such, it is a relatively enjoyable chakra to nurture, and great progress can be made in the exercising of this chakra through simple and healthy indulgences, such as a long bath, or a massage. Spend a little time making sure you are completely comfortable – adding candles or incenses to your daily routine can be a truly luxurious way to nurture and exercise the second chakra.
The Third Chakra
Exercising for the solar plexus chakra can be a little hard work, but with practice certain exercises become easier and more comfortable over time. Try lying on your stomach, in a relaxed state with your hands to your sides. Taking a couple of deep breaths, bend your knees whilst arching your spine, so your hands can reach and grab your ankles. Transfer the pressure to your hands, so they can take on the work of keeping the arch in place while your relax your body as much as possible in this tightened position. Again, breath deeply and allow the rising and falling of your solar plexus rock you forwards and backwards slowly and fluidly. By holding this for approximately a minute or two, you can energize and exercise your third chakra.
The Fourth Chakra
The heart chakra is to be exercised in primarily mental ways – by letting go of grudges or ill feeling towards others, striving to forgive and love more wholeheartedly. However, there are some good yogic exercises which can improve your ability to do so quickly and effectively. The position of the fish is perfect for expanding and opening the heart chakra, and is relatively easy to fit into a daily routine. Begin by lying on your back, before coming to a half-way seated position, with your upper body supported by your elbows as your hands remain on your hips. Extend your head back, and arch your spine, with your head attempting to reach the floor behind you. Breathe deeply, and hold for as long as possible, before breathing once more, releasing and repeating.
The Fifth Chakra
The throat chakra has many exercises attached to it, some as simple as making an effort to sing or shout to yourself when you are alone (the shower is the ideal place for this!). However, yogic positions such as the fish and the plough can bring about positive changes and development to this particular chakra. Shoulder stands, and bringing your legs up around your eyes whilst lying on the floor are ideal ways to open and expand the throat chakra.
The Sixth and Seventh Chakras
The Third Eye and Crown Chakra can both be opened, exercised and expanded through the act of mindful and sincere meditation.
Any practice which encourages you to regulate your breathing and quieten the mind nurtures these chakras, as through silencing the noise we all live with inside our heads allows us to maintain a relationship with the divine spirit we all share, and which allows us to find our path and walk it in our own way. Chanting, reading meditative and spiritual wisdoms, and praying or conversing with the universe all greatly nurture and develop these all important chakras.