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Hello fellow yoga enthusiasts! I'm a teacher in training working on my Restorative Yoga certification while simultaneously teaching in the small community where I live. I have a student who recently asked me about the directional spin of the chakras. I've been reading the Chakra Balancing workbook by Anodea Judith but I haven't yet come across anything that speaks to that question so wondered if there was anyone on this forum who could bring some clarity to the topic. My student has been exploring a chakra balancing technique using a pendulum to determine which direction specific chakras are moving (some apparently spin clockwise, others counter clockwise) and then applying some exercise to make it spin in the "correct" direction... she's confused about which way to direct the chakra to spin and wondering if she could throw her chakras out of whack if she tells them to go in the wrong direction! I have no knowledge about directional spins so I'm no help there. This also raises the question, however, should one attempt to balance a chakra without first addressing the underlying issues/blockages (emotional, trauma, conditioning etc.) that caused it to be out of balance in the first place. I confessed I'm clueless on this topic. Any thoughts?
As you face a student, his or her chakras are said to spin clockwise. Some gurus claim to know these things including the exact shape or color of a specific chakra. In my humble opinion, please take opinions about chakras with a grain of salt. I'm sure many more opinions will surface on this thread as many yoga teachers are distracted by this holiday time. But I can guarantee you will see some dogmatic opinons here. My last say on this is - how can they prove a chakra spins at all?
Great question! There are no actual photos of chakras, most of these types of photos are of auras, which are created by the body's vibrations and the aura camera displays as colors. From what I learned, chakras can spin counter-clockwise, but something is wrong in that case. And I agree with Jassmeet about the clockwise spin as you face the person. If you face a student with all of the chakras spinning clockwise everything should be fine. There is plenty of room for debate here because some teachers believe the spin would be opposite below the equator. Just saying...but that's another story that somebody else might want to pick up.
Stop the bus and let's get a grip. When somebody really comes up with a genuine photo of a chakra spinning in any direction send it in. It's not as hard as finding a picture of a real UFO, just point the camera at where the chakra is supposed to be and shoot. Guess what? No picture exists! Now you know why people who don't take yoga classes think we're a bunch of fruit cakes!
Diane - Excellent Question! I researched this one all over the Internet and it seems to have many supposed expert opinions. Nobody agrees with anybody else. Until Anodea Judith came along nobody standardized the colors of the chakras. Some schools don't agree with her to this day. If a chakra spins, nobody can prove it. Jassmeet and Gator give candid opinions that reflect reality as we know it. Yoga is now subject to scientific scrutiny and we're finding new things from research. Yet, we don't know why chakra balancing or reiki work. We know they work sometimes, but the same is true for prescriptions. Anyone practicing chakra balancing, clearing, or awakening should understand we don't know why or how it works. We know why medicine works. A blind leap of faith isn't really safe. My feeling is there is no room for people who are supposed experts. If someone is an expert in this field produce a photo of a chakra or better yet a spinning chakra.
Many years ago I was taught that the chakras spin in the opposite direction in the males to the females, at every chakra. Each individual is unique. The body is a living magnet. The head is the positive pole, and the feet is the negative pole. energy currents circulate in the region of the central core of the body which is the spinal column. The top of the spine is the positive pole, and the base of the spine is the negative pole. The central nadi, Sushumna rises straight up the spine. It is a flow of energy.
In regards to chakra balancing. Firstly you must have a pendulum which has been programmed to you, in regards to the way it spins with energy.
In all aspects of Yoga you must always have the "right intent" for the goodness of mankind. Once you have the person who wants to experience "chakra balancing" you have them lie down with their palms faced upwards (to also receive the energy in the chakras in their hands). Scan over the body with the pendulum wherever the person maybe experiencing any pain. Firstly straighten the pendulum and keep it perfectly still and then release it and see how it spins. If it hardly moves or only slightly moves forward and backward very slowly then you know that the energy is blocked. Then you ask the person to give themselves permission to allow healing to take place. (Breathe in positive prana and breathe out, knowing that the healing will take place) You then; if with a class ask the class to visualise sending a colour e.g. purple to that area, or they can have their hands facing the person with their palms faced forward to them sending them the selected colour e.g. purple. Do this for 5 mins or less depending on time constraint. To prove the healing, take the pendulum once again over the same area and straighten it so it is not moving and then let go and show how the pendulum now spins clockwise with great force as the energy block has been cleared.
As with yoga, we must always be mindful of the gifts and show "gratitude" for the healing.
As for wanting to see a photo of the Chakras spinning it would be enough for me to just see Yoga as a spiritual part of our lives and if Yoga brings true happiness and bliss that is all I need to experience.
Mediumship is another aspect of wanting to see proof in a photo. Many mediums pass on messages from loved ones who have passed over. The messages are quite accurate and the description of their loved ones in also accurate, yet unfortunately we cannot take a photo of the person that the medium is seeing or hearing. Sometimes if a photo has been taken you may see an orb of light and that is "spirit" and that is a leap of faith.
Good luck in your Restorative Yoga Certification.
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