Yoga and the Chakras
Yoga and the Chakras
Yoga Alliance 15-Hour
Continuing Education Yoga Teacher Training
This workshop will introduce you to the experience of the seven sacred energy centers, or chakras, that spin at the core of your being, generating your life patterns and physical health. We will explore our chakras and practice by combining yoga and bioenergetics exercises with asana, pranayama, mudra, discussions of chakra principles, and meditation for each of the seven chakras. You’ll gain valuable tools for self-diagnosis and healing of common energetic blocks as well as a developmental framework for how those blocks came to be. The approach addresses both body and psyche, blending developmental psychology and Jungian concepts, as well as both Eastern and Western somatic studies. Past participants have called this workshop “empowering,”“enlightening,” and “transformational.”
Chakra-related topics include:
- First chakra: grounding and survival
- Second chakra: sexuality and emotions
- Third chakra: power and will
- Fourth chakra: love and relationship
- Fifth chakra: communication and creativity
- Sixth chakra: intuition and vision
- Seventh chakra: consciousness and spirit
6pm - 9pm
Learn about the underlying energy currents that feed the chakras, what causes blockages, how to use the chakra system for diagnosis and treatment of energetic imbalances, and much more that make the chakras intelligible and useful as a map for life’s journey to consciousness. Evening concludes with a meditation through the chakras.
11am - 5pm
An Exploration of the Lower Chakras. This workshop focuses on opening and stabilizing the lower three chakras of the seven layered Chakra System. Often misunderstood by ascension-oriented New Age philosophy, we ignore these chakras at our own peril. In doing so, we lose our connection to our bodies and the earth, to each other, and lose our power to make change. This work reclaims the essential foundation of the Chakra System by focusing on the elements of earth, water, and fire. Through chakra one, we will reclaim the sacred temple of the body, learning skills for grounding and rooting ourselves in the Earth. In chakra two, we will reclaim the mysteries of sexuality and emotions, as powerful agents of connection with ourselves and others. In chakra three, we will reclaim our personal power and will, fully supported by the foundation of the chakras beneath. Techniques used will include yoga and bioenergetic exercises, interactive lecture and guided meditations. Open to all levels of experience.
11am - 5pm
An Exploration of the Upper Chakras. After the challenging work of the lower chakras, the journey through the upper chakras opens us to love, light, and liberation. This workshop focuses on letting go of old patterns so that we can move forward into the future. In exploring chakra four, we use yoga stretches, breath, and meditation to expand our capacity for love and connection. In chakra five, we use sounding and chanting, to open our communication and creativity. In chakra six, we explore our inner vision and learn some basic psychic skills. And in chakra seven, we explore the mysteries of our own consciousness through connection to the divine within and without
We will further our use of the chakra system, and create unique chakra sequences for our own practice or classes we teach. Our weekend together will allow you to use your knowledge of the chakra system to create healing yoga sequences with clear direction and purpose utilizing asana, pranayama, mantra, and mudra.