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Manjari Saxena

Manjari Saxena, Deputy Editor, The weekend tabloid! and four participants take up Bharat Thakur's Himalayan Challenge for better health and well-being



Synchronise the energy and heal

  • Posted by Manjari Saxena
  • Published 19:21 June 23, 2013

Yesterday was another extended meditation session at the Bharat Thakur’s Himalayan Challenge weekly review. This time we did the chakra meditation.

Chakras are the centres wherein Prana, the life force or the vital energy flows through our being at different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Often enough these are clogged because of the use and abuse we put our body, mind and heart through (and if you believe in rebirth, maybe not from your current lifetime).

These clogs in turn negatively affect various organs in the body in the area of that chakra.

Mostly people are unaware why this happens. What’s more important to know is that in different people and at different times the chakras appear differently, which are mainly identified by colours.

I remember going for this massage sometime ago where coloured crystals and rocks were placed at different points of my body and depending on what colour they turned into, the therapist tailored the massage. I remember the therapist telling me that if the crystal placed at the crown turned red, it meant the mind was stressed or angry or anxious. Similarly, other crystals reflected the conditions at different energy centres, such as the throat, heart, pelvis, etc.

Although there are many chakras within our body, seven are considered as most associated with our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being. If these are in sync, our emotional, mental and physical aura is balanced. And this can be achieved by chakra meditation. Meditation helps clear the trauma in the energy centre, allowing it to move freely and in sync with the other chakras. This free and clear movement can also lead to healing.

“When we experience chakras in our daily life, we don’t notice them,” explains Ravi Seshadri, programme director of the Bharat Thakur’s Himalayan Challenge.

“Instead of studying theory why don’t we begin our journey by experiencing them in our small ways? Chakras are part of energy body or ‘sukshma shareer’ and can be best experienced through meditation. Studying them deeply is a kind of yoga called kundalini yoga.

“Imagine we are driving in the night at a high speed and a boy crosses the road. There’s an instant panic. At that point you squeeze the muscles of your perinium just at the tip of the tailbone even as you are pressing the brake. Roughly around that point is where your Mooladhar Chakra or root plexus is located.

“When you experience physical desire, it is the Swadishthana Chakra at work. This can be found around three fingers below the navel and is known to be the feminine and masculine energy or the yin and yang. When the chakra is open, you are in touch with your feelings and able to express them better.

“The Manipur Chakra (or the solar plexus chakra) is where you experience your drive, that gut wrenching feeling around the navel when things are not going your way happens. Here are stored our beliefs, opinions and judgements.

“When your heart swells in love, what you feel is at the Anahat Chakra or the heart chakra located at the centre of your chest. This love can be spiritual or human, and also relates to your compassion, confidence, trust and inspiration.

“When someone suppresses you as you speak, sometimes you must have experienced a heaviness in the throat. That happens at the Vishuddhi Chakra located at the throat. Vishuddhi means purification. This chakra when open allows us to fearlessly express our feelings and thoughts.

“When you are closing your eyes sometimes you see a light, sometimes you experience intuitions. This happens at the Ajna Chakra or the command centre located between your eyes. Also known as the third-eye chakra it deals with your intellect, intuition and vision.

“Your spiritual connection with divinity is due to the Sahasrara Chakra located on the crown of your head”.

Each Chakra has a root mantra to activate it and the meditation is based on focusing on each of these and humming the root mantra with that, leading to resonance within the body.

My progress: 8 ½ /10. The weighing scale and the measuring tape barely showed any change. However, the important thing is mentally and emotionally I’ve never felt better.

Bharat Thakur’s weekly review:

Manjari is plateauing. Hopefully it’s a temporary one and the coming two weeks will allow her to pick up pace. Breathing and static postures are important for her at this point.

Progress: Yoga – 7/10; Intensity (personal effort) – 8/10; Motivation (self encouragement) – 7/10

 

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