Yoga teacher Giselle Mari shows you how to use your chakras to resolve any negativity or emotional issues holding you back so you become a lighter, brighter version of you.
In the following practice, discover each of the seven chakras. By looking at how these energy centers relate to our physical and emotional body, we can shine a light on our deep, dark subconscious—and take steps toward healing ourselves by bringing any unresolved issues to the surface. Here’s what you need to know about the seven chakras and how to work with each in your yoga practice.
How to Use These Practices
If you’re working on a specific issue, you can go right to the chakra that’ll help you with that issue or you can work through all of the chakras as a sequence, starting with a seated meditation. Here's how:
Journal: Grab your journal and first investigate each chakra as a non-judgmental witness. Notice if you’re able to dive deep or not. Examine your mental and physical threshold and don’t go further than your own capacity. Write down who and what comes up for you as you explore the karmic relationship for each chakra. Allow yourself to feel the range of emotions that may surface and write that down as well.
Practice and Chant: When ready, practice the corresponding pose and chant the bija (seed) mantra aloud for a few breaths, then come out of the pose and note again what’s been revealed. Each mantra is like the passcode to the chakra. Each sound helps awaken our consciousness to what we’ve packed away in the recesses of our body. The mantras combined with the poses help to stimulate a dawning of awareness of what you haven’t addressed.
See also Quiz: Which of Your Chakras Is Out of Balance?
*In gratitude to Sharon Gannon of the Jivamukti Yoga methodology for these powerful teachings.
About Our Expert
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, teacher and model Giselle Mari presents at yoga studios, conferences, and festivals around the world. She has trained with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Sarah Powers, Jai Uttal, and Manorama, to name a few. Her teaching style has spunk, spirit, and depth. Her light-hearted but comprehensive teaching style weaves yogic philosophy, Sanskrit, anatomy, skillful hands-on assists, funky eclectic music, and unabashed authenticity into her classes. Her offerings are not only designed to make you move, sweat, reflect, and elevate but to ignite and restore connection to your essence, inspire spiritual activation, and connect to the power of our humanity. She’s a teacher on YogaGlo, a mom, and a wife with 4 dogs and 2 frogs.