The latest craze to hit alternative circles is a chakra workout. Converts claim you can heal yourself by balancing your chakras – energy centres found at seven main points in our body. Practitioners say you can balance your chakra through yoga, breathing, visualisation and reflexology. To help you activate your chakras, we show some simple visualisation and reflexology exercises.
Where is it located? This chakra – which is the colour red – is found at the base of your spine. Stimulating your base chakra through visualisation: Sit down, relax your body and quieten your mind. Now, focus on the base of your spine – the spot where your base chakra is located. Visualise this chakra as a circle of red light. Bringing your concentration to your feet, imagine breathing in red light through the soles of your feet, up to your legs and into your base chakra. As you exhale, imagine this red stream of light flowing into your base chakra and back down through your feet. Continue this exercise for five to ten minutes and notice any changes that have taken place.
Starting with your right foot, gently apply pressure with your thumb to your heel bone – the point that stimulates your base chakra. Now, massage it by rotating your thumb in a clockwise direction. If you experience any pain – a sign of blocked energy – apply pressure until the pain fades away. If the pain continues for more than five minutes, stop massaging. Repeat on the left foot.
Which chakra? The sacral chakra influences our female reproductive organs, mammary glands, skin, kidneys and adrenal glands – the gland that produces adrenaline.
Where is it located? This chakra – which is the colour orange – is found halfway between the hipbone and navel.
Start this exercise by slowly inhaling and exhaling to a count of five. Repeat this eight to ten times. Now, focus on your chakra – located halfway between your hipbone and navel. As you breathe in, imagine a shaft of orange light entering your body through your feet, moving up your legs and entering your sacral chakra. Continue this exercise for five to ten minutes.
Place your thumb over the chakra point – found just below your right ankle bone. As you breathe in, imagine a shaft of orange light entering the sole of each foot, moving up your legs through your body towards your shoulders, then down your arms and into your thumbs. Breathing out, visualise the light passing from your thumbs to the chakra point on each foot. Continue for five to ten minutes before repeating on the left foot. Which chakra? The solar plexus chakra influences the skin, digestive organs, stomach, pancreas, liver and endocrine gland – the organ which controls our hormones.
Where is it located? This chakra – which is gold – is found just above the navel.
Focus on your solar plexus and imagine a ball of golden light filling this chakra and energising your whole body. Continue this exercise for five to ten minutes. Stimulating your solar plexus chakra through reflexology: Place your finger or thumb on the chakra point found halfway between your heel bone and the big toe of your right foot. Applying a medium amount of pressure, slowly rotate your finger on this point – moving in a clockwise direction for around seconds. Still applying pressure visualise a ball of light flowing through your fingers into the chakra point for one to two minutes. Now repeat on the left foot.