Yoga means unity. It is the perfect blending of mind, body and spirit that creates a unified and balanced person. By achieving the unity, you will have a better understanding of your journey in life, which will give you peace, wisdom, good health and fulfilment. Hatha Yoga is the yoga of breath and postures, and it is the yoga style most commonly practices in western cultures. You will be using controlled breathing throughout these exercises, but as it also activates the third eye chakra, we will look at other types of breathing practices that can be done with the postures of meditation.
If you have mobility issues props such as benches, blocks, straps and blankets can help you achieve the necessary alignment in the postures. It is important to learn the accurate physical alignment of the postures so that not only will your practice be more successful but it will also minimise the possibility of injury.
Always remember that yoga is about the journey, not the destination. So there is never any need to rush from one pose to another. Start the poses slowly, only bend as far as you can without pain and then move back. As you practice and progress further you will find that you become more flexible, but never push past your threshold just to be able to do what someone else can. Yoga is a journey of self discovery not a competition.
Don't forget that yoga is an exercise regime so you won't be able to do all the poses at the beginning for each of the chakras. One option is to do one or two poses for each chakra per session or alternatively concentrate on one chakra per session, increasing the number of poses or the number of chakras you are working on over time. I have found that increasing the workload once per week is very effective, continue this process until you are performing all the poses for all the chakras in one session.
Don't forget to be aware of your breath it is an integral part of your movement and the yoga poses.
A breath cycle is one complete inhale, followed by one complete exhale.
As with all exercises, if you have a pose that concentrates on one side of the body don't forget to change over and do the pose on the other side of the body.
As with all things this will only come to you with practice.
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z