Introduction to the Chakras

What are the chakras, how do they affect us, and how can we work with them to support our personal growth?

This course by Sandra Anderson will explore how each chakra is connected with our physical, mental, and psychological functioning and our understanding of who we are. You will also learn asana and pranayama practices to unlock, strengthen, and balance the energy at each chakra, as well as how to do a short meditation.

In a little over an hour, you will discover:

  • Which chakra is the best place to begin working with the physical body and to initiate spiritual practice
  • How to gain a greater sense of security and stability through yoga practice focused on the root chakra at the base of the spine
  • Which chakra is considered the seat of our identity and emotions, and which is the seat of the mind
  • Two pranayama practices that enhance the energy of the higher chakras and prepare the mind for meditation, which leads you to the highest chakra

Sandra Anderson

For over 20 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga theory and practice with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and interest in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, offering instructional videos and articles. Sandy leads workshops, trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.