02 Sep '16
Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw
Throughout yoga history, practitioners have delved deeper and deeper into the science of the chakras.
But to us everyday yogis, those 7 energy centers–plotted along seven sites from our pelvis to crown—seem mysterious– even if we have delved hard into yoga philosophy!
But there are ways to approach this part of the subtle body anatomy that are simple.
Try this exercise:
Sit with your back straight.
Close your eyes.
Walk your feeling touch through your body with your mind’s eye, as if a finger were poking at different places inside your being.
Feel your pelvic floor.
Walk up to your heart.
Feel it with your imagination. Sense toward it.
Sense your throat.
Sense your brow.
Sense the crown of your head.
We skipped a couple of the low chakras for the sake of brevity, but what did you feel at each one of these stops?
Most of us have some form of synesthesia—i.e., we see colors, hear sounds or feel things in response to some accompanying stimuli. For example, if I close my eyes, I might see colors when I listen to a Charlie Puth song.
So, maybe when you did this, you had some image, sound or emotion come to you.
The point is, we feel things of different qualities in different places in the body. Usually, as we go lower, things get darker, denser and more primal in their quality—and as we go higher things feel brighter and lighter and there might be clearer sensations of oscillation or vibration.
This approximates our body psychology. Sex, elimination and digestion happen in the low body; heart-love, complex ideation and conceptualization happen higher.
This is a rough approximation of the subtle-body chakra system.