yoga teacher trainingBy Faye Martins

The Seventh Chakra is located at the crown of the head and is referred to in Sanskrit as the “Sahasrara Chakra.” This chakra contains a luminous-white thousand-petal lotus that undulates in three-dimensional brilliance. When the awakened Kundalini Shakti travels up through all of the chakras and ultimately pierces the Sahasrara Chakra, true spiritual wisdom begins to unfold.

The Sahasrara Chakra is associated with both the colors violet and white. As all of the chakras are awakened, purified and energized, a Yogi or Yogini will experience successively higher spiritual states finally culminating in a profound sense of oneness with the divine or enlightenment. Practicing Yoga poses that enhance the awakening and balancing of each chakra will help to nourish the Kundalini Shakti and support her journey up towards the Sahasrara or Crown Chakra.

Yoga poses that balance and energize the Crown Chakra, work on both energetic and emotional levels. A classical Yoga asana for the activation of the Crown Chakra is Headstand. Nadi Shodhana pranayama is also a relaxing breathing exercise that balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Additionally, the Kundalini Yoga Sat Kriya helps to clear the energetic pathway up through all seven chakras. Practicing the Sat Kriya will awaken and nourish the divine Kundalini Shakti as she ascends up through the lower six chakras and ultimately pierces the Seventh Chakra.

Sat Kriya

The Sat Kriya is both an asana and a Yoga mudra. It is best practiced regularly for three to thirty one minutes at a time. Practicing the Sat Kriya for forty consecutive days will profoundly stimulate all seven chakras enhancing the journey of the Kundalini Shakti as she travels up along the Sushumna Nadi that lies along the spinal column.

To begin practicing the Sat Kriya, sit on your heels on your Yoga mat. If your knees are sensitive, place a folded blanket under them. Interlace your fingers and raise your arms over your head. Men are advised to cross their right thumb over their left, and women are advised to cross their left thumb over their right thumb. Begin by taking one complete Yogic breath. On your next exhale, begin to chant “Sat Nam” in a regular rhythm for the amount of time your have set aside to practice this kriya. At the end of your practice, sit quietly for a few minutes and feel the vibration of energy pulsate throughout your entire being.

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