This practice kicks off YogaJournal.com’s #ChakraTuneUp2015. Join us all month to tune in to and tune up your energy centers for a mind-body-soul health overhaul this year.
For many years I was resistant to "healing my chakras." I simply hadn't found an explanation about them that made logical sense to me. That was until after my divorce, when I went deeper into myself and studied the subject of healing in greater depth. At that point I learned that the seven chakras are actually synonymous with seven spiritual life lessons that lead an individual to evolve toward a higher consciousness of one's Self. With this new understanding, I was able to embrace the process and heal one step at a time.
In the following sequence, I've shared a life lesson, a pose, and an affirmation connected to each of the seven chakras. Hold each pose for several breaths repeating its affirmation to yourself as you inhale and exhale. These postures and mantras will help you heal from 2014's trials and start the new year with trust, acceptance, confidence, compassion, clarity, intuition, and recognition of your own divinity.
See also A Beginner's Guide to the Chakras