Chakras 101: What, Exactly, Are These Whirling Forces of Energy?

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Billed as a subtle body roadmap for physical, mental, and spiritual balance, the chakras are often presented in modern yoga individually or without context. But there is so much more to these powerful forces of energy beyond a backbend-themed class to open up Anahata (the heart chakra). Here, Alan Finger, co-founder of ISHTA Yoga and Tantra master teacher, shares a simple explanation of what, exactly, the chakras are, how they are integrated, and which of the 7 energy centers serves as command.

Want to explore the chakras like you never have before? Join Alan Finger and Sarah Platt-Finger, co-founders of ISHTA Yoga, for YJ's new 4-week online course, Chakras 101: Unleash the Wisdom and Vitality Within. Through lessons, meditations, asana, mantras, and visualizations, you will learn how to balance these whirling forces of subtle energy, from root to crown. You’ll also fill in the blanks and discover what, exactly, chakras are, where they came from, and how they work. The results: The ability to alter your state of mind, carry yourself with more confidence and ease, and tap into your innate intelligence and power. Class starts January 29. Sign up today!

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