Chakras and Their Relation to Yoga

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Intro You exercise to become fit, you consume food to gain energy, you go out to relieve stress, but what do you do when you want to focus. What do you do when you want to study for your midterm but you’re not able to concentrate? What do you do when the answer to a question is right at the tip of your pen but you just can’t grasp it? Practitioners of the method I’m about to introduce to you believe that it is capable of increasing our concentration level. That method is yoga. However, I’m not here to talk to you about yoga itself, I’m here to talk to you about the science behind yoga and that is chakras. I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 3 years and I’ve watched several videos of yogi explaining everything there is to know about chakras. What are chakras? Chakras (also spelled Cakras) are conceived of as focal points or spinning wheels of life energy where psychic forces and bodily functions merge with and interact with each other located at various points in the human body. They function as portals between the mind and the body. Some yogi say that the origin of chakras was in Hinduism but according to David Gordon’s book, yoga in practice, (2012) it was not until the eighth-century that Buddhist Hevajra Tantra and Caryāgiti, that orders of chakras were introduced. Chakras are not only treated in the field of yoga. They are treated in the fields of aromatherapy, acupuncture, and energy healing through the method of gems and rocks. Chakras in the human body Among the supposed 88,000 chakras in the human body, six major ones are located roughly along the spinal cord and another one located just above the crown of the skull and those are the most important. These chakras are called Sahasrara, Ajna, Vishuddhi, An... ... middle of paper ... was conducted as a dissertation submitted to the institute of transpersonal psychology for the degree of doctor of philosophy by James spencer in 1987. In this study spencer made 2 groups of people practice yoga. One group has no knowledge whatsoever in yoga and other have a strong foundation in it and other group were masters in yogi. Both groups practiced the same type of yoga and then spencer asked both groups the same questions (49). The study showed that the masters had a high level of tranquility, purity and personal integration that the other inexperienced group didn’t have and so they were able to concentrate and perform well. Conclusion: All in all, I would just like to say that yoga isn’t all about getting extremely flexible. It’s a routine, a lifestyle and as I explained today, it’s a treatment to the body and soul through the channel of chakras.
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