7-week syllabus: The Chakra System
HOA is pleased to introduce our new 7-week syllabus on The Chakra System, starting November 4th. Each week, we will be focusing on a different chakra during our Gong Yin, Gong Yin Yang and Gong Meditation practice, as well as delving into the principles, purposes and properties of each chakra during a special 2-hr session every Thursday.
The seven chakras are subtle energy centers along our spinal column that correspond to various functions in our body. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means wheel, as the chakras are seen as spinning wheels of light by those who have the ability to see subtle energy. This does not mean that there are literal whirls of energy in our body, but rather, we can imagine each chakra as a metaphoric representation of how well that specific part of the body is functioning. Blocked energy in each chakra can lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep energy flowing freely. Through modern physiology we can see that these seven chakras correspond exactly to the seven main nerve ganglia which emanate from the spinal column and are associated with a variety of functions: motor control, organ function, cognition, emotion and learning. Damage to the vertebrae - and similarly imbalances in the chakras - may manifest in dysfunction in the physical body.
However, The Chakra System can also be viewed through a metaphysical lens, as a map for the journey to divine realisation in the individual, and an evolutionary map for our civilisation’s spiritual awakening. The Chakra System exist at the meeting point of matter and spirit and enables us to realise our core, the sacred center of which our life force energy flows, aligning us with the divine. Blocks in our psyche and physical body, and life limitations distort that alignment and take us out of our optimal functioning. The goal of chakra work is to clear blockages and gain better access to our core.
In the following introduction, we summarise the function of each chakra to help you identify the imbalances you may have. To learn more about how you can balance your chakras, join us for The Chakra System syllabus on the following dates:
November 4th - 10th: Root Chakra Practices
November 7th: Root Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Root chakra (also known as the Base chakra) corresponds to our foundation, and our feeling of being grounded. The Sanskrit name of this chakra comes from “Mula” which means “root” and “Dhara” which means “support". This chakra represents survival issues such as financial independence, stability and security. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder and the colon. When this chakra is under active, we may experience frequent daydreaming, while an overactive Root chakra might cause us to feel anxiety and fear. Physically, we may suffer digestive issues, lower back pain, hip pain, ovarian cysts in women and prostate issues in men. When this chakra is balanced, we feel safe, fearless and connected.
November 11th - 17th: Sacral Chakra Practices
November 14th: Sacral Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Sacral chakra is the center of our creative and sexual energy. The Sanskrit name “Svadhisthana” translates to “the place of the self”. This chakra is associated with our sense of abundance, pleasure and sexual expression. It encompasses our identity as a person and what we do with it. When the Sacral chakra is under active, we may feel depressed, experience a lack of creativity or decreased sex drive. When it is overactive, we may encounter addiction, gluttony, obesity and restlessness. When this chakra is balanced, we will delight in doing the pleasurable things life has to offer, without overdoing them.
November 18th - 24th: Solar Plexus Chakra Practices
November 21st: Solar Plexus Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Solar Plexus chakra represents the seat of our personal power. The Sanskrit name “Manipura” translates to “lustrous gem”. This chakra is associated with our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It corresponds to our ego, self-esteem and passions. When this chakra is under active, we may feel indecisive, insecure and needy, while an overactive Solar Plexus may leave us feeling quick to anger, feeling the need to be controlling and dominating. We may even suffer from digestive issues or problems in internal organs such as the appendix, pancreas, liver and kidneys. When this chakra is balanced, we will feel a sense of wisdom, decisiveness and motivation.
November 25th - December 1st: Heart Chakra Practices
November 28th: Heart Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Heart chakra sits in the middle of all seven chakras, uniting the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The Sanskrit name “Anahata” translates to “unhurt”. The Heart chakra is our source of love, compassion and kindness for ourselves and others. When this chakra is under active, we may feel emotionally unavailable and fear intimacy, while an overactive heart chakra may cause us to lose our personal boundaries and make unhealthy choices in the name of “love”. Physically, we may feel heartburn, heart palpitations or circulationary problems. When the heart chakra is balanced, we have love and empathy for all living beings, and feel understanding and compassion even when we are wronged.
December 2nd - 8th: Throat Chakra Practices
December 5th: Throat Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Throat chakra governs how you express yourself and communicate with others. The Sanskrit name “Vishuddha” translates to “very pure”. This chakra is responsible for how you speak your highest truth with clarity and authenticity. It also corresponds to your thyroid and parathyroid glands, tongue, mouth, jaw and neck. When this chakra is under active, we may struggle to find the right words, or have trouble conveying our meaning to others. When this chakra is overactive, we may often interrupt others, as we feel ignored or invalidated, and thus we may try to be louder, to be heard. Physically, this may cause us to suffer from frequent sore throat, mouth infections, ulcers or cavities. When this chakra is balanced, we can speak easily with love, kindness and truth, in turn inspiring those around us.
December 9th - 15th: Third Eye Chakra Practices
December 12th: Third Eye Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Third Eye chakra opens up our world to information beyond the material world and our 5 senses. The Sanskrit name “Ajna” translates to “beyond wisdom”. This chakra is responsible for our intuition, imagination and psychic ability. It also corresponds to our pineal gland which produces and secretes melatonin to regulate sleep and wake cycles. When the Third Eye chakra is under active, we are unable to extrapolate based on current information, unwilling to trust our instincts and are disconnected from spiritual experiences. When the Third Eye chakra is overactive, we may be delusional, have an overactive imagination and may spend too much time in spiritual activities that distract us from having a human experience. Physically, we may suffer headaches and problems with allergies and sinus. When the Third Eye chakra is balanced, we will feel in tuned with both the material and spiritual world, and we will trust ourselves completely based on information perceived not only from our 5 physical senses but also our metaphysical or psychic abilities.
December 16th - 22nd: Crown Chakra Practices
December 19th: Crown Chakra Principles, Purposes, & Properties
The Crown chakra represents pure consciousness energy. The Sanskrit name “Sahasrara” translates to “thousand petaled”. This is the chakra of Enlightenment and it relates to our connection with our higher selves, others, and ultimately, the Divine. Consciousness is everywhere and in everything; It connects us to the entire universe. Apparently, it is not possible to have an overactive Crown chakra, but to have an under active one just feels like being human. Due to our mortal limitations, it might prove more useful to practice spiritual development and work on balancing the other chakras to come closer to experiencing Enlightenment. A balanced Crown chakra may feel like having an expanded state of consciousness and being fully spiritually connected to the Divine.
Delve deeper into The Chakra System with us at HOA with our new syllabus. Book your spots here!
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Suraya Sam (Sue for short), co-creator of House of Ascend is a yoga, aroma, gong - practitioner, guide, teacher and facilitator with over 10 years of experience. She is a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider with more than 22,000 registered hours. Her teaching ranges from Ashtanga, Bhakti, Power, Aroma, Chakra, Nidra, Restorative, Gong, and Strala yoga to help guide one to understand the sacred science of yoga. She believes in the ability to heal oneself through the power of the mind, body and breath connection. This knowledge was passed down to her from generations of holistic practitioners in her family. Her self-realisation came in her early teens, guided by her mother who practices Sufism and Inca Mythology in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Over the years, her inspiration draws from her fellow mentors - Anodea Judith of Sacred Centers, Mehtab & Laura Benton of Yogi Mehtab, Martha Collard of Red Doors, Ed Dailey of Young Living, Alex Young of Crystal Tones, Tara Stiles of Strala Yoga, and Chaitanya Nitai Das of Inbound School of Yoga.
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA