By Sari Huhtala
Feeling out of sorts lately? Lack of get up and go? Stressed? Depressed? Commit to 5 minutes daily to flow through a few simple body movements to elevate your life on all levels.
Chakras are considered “energy transducers” for the subtle energy that surrounds the human body, science shows. According to a study in the scientific journal Evidence-based Complementary Medicine, the chakras convert the subtle energy that surrounds our body into a form the body can use at the cellular level, and are considered part of “integral physiology” for health and healing.
Building on the concept of “chakra dance,” and research in movement and positive effects on chakras, here are a few simple body movements to help keep your first five chakras balanced and energy flowing freely through your body. I flow through these moves, featured in the book Wheels of Life, along with many other chakra moves every morning after I do my shaking meditation to wake up my body’s cells.
1) Root chakra – Not feeling grounded? Stomp your feet. Barefoot outdoors is really grounding, but you can do this in your own living room. Standing and reaching down towards the floor is also an easy root chakra move.
2) Sacral chakra – Surrender to the movement and flow of life. Hip circles loosen the joints in the pelvic area to allow movement forward to happen.
3) Solar plexus – Build your inner fire, your spark of life, so that you get things done. Exercises that build strength and fire in your core, that get energy moving rapidly in your core, are great for this chakra.
4) Heart chakra – This is the centre of self-love, and self-esteem. EVERYTHING grows from your sense of self-esteem. Chest openers, like clasping hands behind your back, are great exercises for the heart chakra, as well as creating small arm circles with arms extended to the sides.
5) Throat chakra – This is about communication, self-expression and speaking your truth. Neck stretches, like tilting to the side, then forward, then side, and repeat are great for this chakra.
Sari Huhtala is the publisher and editor of Alive and Fit Magazine. She is a mother of 3 adult children. She has spent over 20 years navigating a healthy path for her family, one health hack at a time, as a single mom feeding her kids healthy on a shoestring budget. She has over 25 years experience in journalism. She also has over 15 years experience as a certified fitness specialist and personal trainer, 10 years experience as a reiki practitioner; she studied Shamanism and is currently completing her yoga teacher training certification.