When working with the 7 main energy centres of the body, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to focus your work.
It would seem that root chakra, first chakra, is a good starting place. Perhaps not always the case.
In Ayurveda, the 5,000 year-old sister science of yoga, there are 3 doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Every person has these 3 doshas, or qualities, in varying amounts in their mental, emotional and physical health. These 3 doshas are also present in the seasons, which can exacerbate aggravated doshas in the individual. To balance the person, we work on pacifying the aggravated dosha(s). Again, this can feel confusing.
But there is a queen of the doshas: vata.
If you don’t know which dosha to focus on, you focus on vata. When vata comes into balance, she brings the other 2 doshas with her. Interestingly, meditation is a highly effective method of focusing the moving monkey-mind of vata.
So I contemplated if this was true of the chakras. Is there a queen of the chakras?
The queen of the chakras is heart.
If you don’t know where to focus your energy or practice, focus it on the heart and she will bring all the other energy centres in the body into balance.
According to the HeartMath Institute, “The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body… about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an EEG”.
The practice of loving kindness, Metta Bhavana, is a wonderful place to focus your work with heart chakra.
If you don’t know where to start, start with the heart.
watercolour chakras (Queen of the Heart) – gift to Yoga Within the Heart of Bragg Creek