Recharge your energy levels
Navigate transitions with more calm, confidence, and joy by tapping the powers of your chakras.
TIMES OF CHANGE CAN BE totally exhilarating—and utterly terrifying. After all, along with the promise of something new and different comes the reality that the outcome is unknown. Stepping into this tenuous space takes courage, willpower, and a little faith in your chosen path. Luckily, turning to your yoga practice—and working with the chakras—can help you sail through any type of transition or transformation.
The chakras consist of seven key points in the body—vortexes of energy that run through the spine. When the energy in these centers is balanced and flowing freely, you feel ease, peace, and joy—all emotions that can help you glide through times of change. But when energy in a chakra becomes blocked, it can trigger fear, anxiety, exhaustion, regret, and other emotions that can make transitions trickier.
The key to harnessing the powers of your chakras is to be honest with yourself and admit when you’re feeling off balance or out of sync— and to do so without judgment (because it happens to the best of us). Then, try to identify how, and where in your body, you’re feeling unbalanced, both physically and emotionally. Once you’ve located the site of instability, you’ll have the power and ability to consciously tune and heal the corresponding chakra(s) by stimulating the energy center through yoga practice and mental attention.
Be proactive, and you’ll pave the way for an internal shift that will not only help you handle change but also set you up to have a little fun throughout the process.
Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra) The root chakra is your energetic connection to your home: the earth. It's what connects your spirit to the planet and what grounds you in the present moment. When muladhara is functioning properly, you feel centered, connected, and rooted to the earth—which can result in limitless energy. If change has you feeling uprooted—perhaps you're moving to a new home, starting a new job, or traveling—it's time to re-ground your energy and connect to earth's calming magnetic force. THE POSE // TADASANA Mountain Pose Practice this pose with conscious awareness, sending your energy down through your feet—all the way into the earth’s core. Once you’re concentrating on the connection between your foundation and the earth below, take a moment to breathe deeply. Imagine every breath you take is rooting your energy further and further into the earth. Stay here, continuing this visual meditative breathing practice until you feel calm and fully grounded.
HOW TO Stand with your feet together or hip-width apart. Connect all four corners of your feet to the ground. Allow your palms to face forward and your shoulders and forehead to soften as you find a tall, elongated spine.
Svadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Chakra)
The sacral chakra enhances your ability to feel in this world; it’s also what houses your innate sexual energy. When it’s functioning optimally, you’ll experience intense creative energy and feel connected to yourself and your partner on an intimate level. If you’re dealing with emotional or sexual trauma— say, a breakup or some form of abuse—it’s possible you may lose touch with, or partially shut down, this energy center. The result: feelings of guilt, shame, distrust, or unworthiness around sharing or honoring your sexual energy. THE POSE // UTKATA KONASANA Goddess Pose This posture can stimulate the sacral chakra by activating strength in your lower abdomen, hips, groin, and legs; the longer you hold this pose, the more intense the heat in these areas will grow. (In fact, this pose is sometimes called Fiery Angle Pose.) Practice Goddess Pose to invoke and reinvigorate the fiery energy that’s within all of us.
HOW TO Step your legs a few feet apart, turning your feet out about 45 degrees. Bend your knees so they fall directly above your ankles, making sure they point in the same direction as your toes. As you hold this pose and it intensifies, feel your feet isometrically drawing in toward one another. Draw in and up through your pelvic floor, softly engaging your lower abdomen. Stay here for at least 5–10 slow, deep breaths.