Similarly to how understanding anatomy and the movements of the body assist with our ability to align ourselves in postures like chaturanga or headstand, understanding the chakra’s and how to wield our energy can help us to navigate and align ourselves within the landscape or our inner body. Understanding the chakras and how they operate can give us powerful tools for self-diagnosis and self-healing that will last our entire lives.
Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy in the subtle body and are made up of an accumulation of the intersection of nadis. Nadi means “river” or “channel” in which prana or vital energy flows through the body. Ancient yogic texts, such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and tantric texts note that there are 72,000 nadis within the body, all believed to extend out from the spinal cord. Just like two rivers intersecting at a point creating power and spinning accumulation of energy. Where nadis connect, forms a wheel of energy or a chakra.