Whether you are a regular yogi, or just discovering the benefits of yoga and meditation, there is much to be said for the effects that travel has on the chakra system. For those in the dark, the chakra system is made up of seven energy centres that are located at different points along the spine.
1st located at the base of your spine
2nd at the pelvic area
3rd behind your navel
4th at heart centre
5th at your throat
6th at your third eye (the space between your eyebrows)
7th at the crown of your head
While the three lower chakras (1, 2 & 3) ground us in the physical world, the three upper chakras (5, 6 & 7) deal in spiritual awareness. The whole point is to balance those six so that we can live from our heart centre, aka the fourth chakra.
So, frequent flyers, are you starting to find clues to why you may be feeling “off”? Trust me, there is more than jet lag going on. During travel, I recommend concentrating on chakras one, two and three to quickly restore body, mind, and your sense of grounding between those sky high jaunts.
Restore balance with 3 easy meditations tips:
1st Chakra Located at the base of the spine, this energy centre represents your foundation.
5-Minute Meditation: Lay in savasana, or corpse pose, and imagine a warm red glow at your base. Repeat out loud (or mentally) the mantra LUM.
2nd Chakra Located at the pelvis, this energetic centre has everything to do with your movement and emotions. When we aren’t “going with the flow”, this chakra is blocked.
5-Minute Meditation: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and reach your arms to the sky on a deep inhale. On the exhale, fold forward and either let your arms hang or grab opposite elbows. Shake your head yes and no a few times to release any tension in the neck. Focus on the pelvis area and imagine a comforting orange light radiating out to your hips. Repeat the mantra VUM.
3rd Chakra Located at the navel, this is your power centre. When we feel disempowered or our energy is low, this chakra needs some attention.
10-Minute Meditation: Restore energy by getting down in a spinal twist. Start by laying flat on your back, then bringing both knees to your chest. After giving them a hug, you can stretch your arms out in a ‘T’ or cactus position before gently taking both legs over to the left (keeping legs bent and place a blanket, or your neck pillow, between knees). Visualize a brilliant yellow light radiating from your navel and repeat the mantra VUM. After five minutes on the left, gently bring your legs over to the right side for another five minutes.
Once you have landed in your destination, keep working on those first three chakras for at least another day.
Travel Tip: If your airport does not have a designated quiet room, then search for the next best thing – a departure gate that is closed. Usually there are quiet corners where one can OM without feeling odd.