Build strength and stability in your asana practice by focusing on the “city of jewels,” or the third chakra.
Standing poses are especially helpful in working with muladhara chakra and the pelvis, giving us a sense of stability and security.
The Muladhara chakra, or root center, is the foundation that supports our physical life, energies, and consciousness.
“The heart chakra is my favorite,” says Panditji, and he sees no reason for anyone to prefer another chakra. The books he writes and the lectures he gives come from his heart, not his head.
There are an infinite number of chakras in the body, metaphysically speaking, but from a practical viewpoint, only 6, 7, or 9 are real because these are the ones we can work with through the different practices of yoga.
The second chakra, svadisthana, connects us to fluidity and movement of energy. In order to maximize the benefits here, strength and containment is also important.
The second chakra, svadisthana, translates as "Her own abode", the place where Kundalini resides.
Our two light-filled guru chakras connect us to intuitive wisdom and the inner divinity.
The manipura chakra, located in the lumbar spine and the navel center, is the physical and metaphoric connection between the heart and the pelvis.
The third chakra, manipura, translates as "city of hidden gems" - representing an inner illumination. Dominated by the fire element, this chakra is the entry point to working with the physical body and initiating spiritual practice.