Yesterday my power flow class worked through the last chakra, Sahasrara. Located at the cerebral cortex, the central goal for this chakra is transcendence. The element is thought and the color associated is violet or white. The basic right of this chakra is to know and to learn.
We began our practice in savasana, imagining a violet or white light emanating from the crown of the head. The affirmation for this chakra is, the world is my teacher. We touched on what an unbalanced 7th chakra looks like. If the chakra is excessive, you may experience: overintellectualization, spiritual addiction, confusion, and/or dissociation from the body. Conversely, if the chakra is deficient, you might experience: spiritual cynicism, learning difficulties, rigid belief system, and/or feel apathetic.
So what does a balanced 7th chakra look like? Well, a person will be spiritually connected, intelligent, open-minded, and having the ability to perceive, analyze, and assimilate information.
This chakra deals a lot with meditation, and so during this particular practice, I did not have music on. I really wanted my students to meditate on the breath, and let that guide their asanas. Music is great, but sometimes it can be distracting, so it’s beneficial to experience one’s practice sans any background noise, beyond the breath.
I read the following passage (and a few others) from Eastern Body, Western Mind:
The crown chakra is the thousand-petaled lotus. Most people think of the petals as reaching up into the heavens; actually, the lotus petals turn downward like a sunflower, dripping nectar into the crown and down through the chakras. In this way, the two ends of the spectrum are profoundly connected.
Previously, I had not thought of the crown chakra symbol in this way. I really like Anodea Judith’s description of the lotus dripping downwards into and beyond the other chakras.
A few of the specific postures we worked on in our “Sahasrara Flow” were: Headstand/Tripod, Prasarita, Dolphin Pose, and Rabbit Pose. All postures utilize the crown chakra, however, since this chakra acts as the “operating system” for the rest of the chakras. In most any posture, we can think about reaching up and through the cerebral cortex.
I think some of my students were a bit taken aback by the lack of music in this class, but I think most enjoyed it. I definitely heard them using their breath more, and most seemed like they put a lot of great effort into each pose. It was really interesting noticing these differences.
In teaching on the chakras, I hope that I was able to give my students at least a nugget of information. Any new knowledge helps expand our consciousness. Judith states:
Enlightenment comes in pieces. It happens a little bit every day. Each time we have even a small insight, we have an expansion of consciousness that can then be applied wherever it is needed. Each time a feeling comes to consciousness, an image communicates meaning, a relationship gives us a lesson, or a success or failure gives us feedback about our actions, we gain a piece of wisdom that we can bring down through our chakras. Though we have talked about the chakras individually, remember that we are a complete, indivisible system. What affects one part affects the whole. As we change ourselves, so do we change the world.
If there is anything to be remembered about about the chakras, it’s how much we all impact–not only ourselves–but everyone else.