In the scalar energy healing segment we will discuss about the Sixth Chakra, which means yoga poses for Ajna Chakra.
The following series of balancing poses have a range of energetic effects on the sixth chakra, from calming to energizing. Stimulating the sixth chakra will ultimately center and empower the practitioner.
Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) in scalar energy healing
This is a very basic standing balancing pose in sending healing energy, often the foundation pose for developing balance as a yoga student. The opposite foot is placed on the inner thigh of the standing leg in this pose. The action of pressing the foot into the thigh and the thigh into the foot allows the upper body to rise out of the foundation of the pose and for a greater feeling of stability. The hips should be level and the chest open, as in Mountain Pose.
Because the arms are free, the energy of this pose can be influenced with mudras. Taking shiva mudra above the head can bring strength and power to the pose. Opening the arms shoulder width or wider above the head opens the heart. Bringing the hands into prayer at the heart center turns the mind inward and encourages introspection.
Eagle Pose (Garundasana) in scalar energy healing
In sending healing energy this pose brings energy into the midline of the body. This is a grounding pose so it is good for the first chakra, but also requires focus and concentration, thereby stimulating the sixth chakra. Garundasana strengthens one’s overall mind/body connection.
The free leg is wrapped around the standing leg in this pose so that the toes of that foot wrap around the outside of the standing leg’s ankle. The arm that is on the opposite side of the body as the standing leg comes under the other arm at the elbow and the lower arms are intertwined so that the palms touch in front of the face. Stretch the body upwards to open the upper back. Bend deeper at the joints (knees, hips, shoulders, elbows) to strengthen the core and also to cut off circulation to these joints. When you release the pose, the joints are revitalized and cleansed with fresh blood flow.
Bird of Paradise Pose in scalar energy healing
This is a challenging pose intended for flexible and advanced students. Begin in a deep squat. To balance on your left leg, bring your right hand behind your right thigh. Bring your left hand under the right thigh to bind with the right hand or wrist. Rise to standing slowly, adjusting your balance on the standing left leg carefully as you transition. Once you are standing, roll the shoulders back to open the chest. Level the hips. Externally rotate the right thigh and straighten the right leg. This is an intense hip and groin opener. It is also a very empowering and invigorating pose that builds self-confidence and promotes mental clarity. Repeat on the opposite side.
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) in scalar energy healing
This is a calming pose that feels expansive and freeing. It is usually easiest to enter from Side Angle Pose. Most students enjoy doing this pose against a wall as it makes it easier to achieve the alignment of the pose.
The hand of the same side of the body as the foundation leg is placed about a foot or more in front of that leg. As the leg is straightened, the opposite hand extends straight up and the opposite leg is lifted as high as possible. The hips should be stacked and the gaze and heart turned slightly upward. Once the point of balance is found in this pose it feels completely effortless.
Headstand (Shirshasana) in scalar energy healing
Inversions are intimidating at first, but are very important for overall health and are worth the investment of time. Begin practicing at a wall and in short increments. As you become more familiar with the headstand and the body gets stronger, you may move away from the wall and stay in this pose for up to ten minutes. Starting slow in headstand is especially important for those with hypertension and heart conditions. Inversions will help to strengthen the circulatory system over time, but too much strain too early is dangerous.
The most solid foundation for headstand is on the forearms in sending healing energy. The hands are loosely clasped and the elbows are shoulder-width apart. Place the head on the mat so that the back of the skull rests lightly on the palms. Straighten the legs and walk the feet towards the head so that the hips come directly above the shoulders. Walk the hips a little bit past the shoulders and engage the core muscles; this action will cause the legs to float up. as the legs pass the horizontal plane, slowly bring the hips back into alignment with the shoulders as the feet come over the hips. Core strength is the key to balance in this pose.
There are an endless number of balancing poses with many variations. Balance is a fun element to add to any hatha practice and is a great way to strengthen the mind-body connection. Balancing poses also bring confidence, inner-strength, and self awareness to one’s practice.
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