Goddess Kanixa is native to Dallas Texas and is now an Intuitive Tantra Practitioner in Eugene Oregon. Kanixa has dedicated her life to serving humanity, primarily through the Healing Arts. She uses aromatherapy, Reiki, crystal healing, shamanic journey meditation, Tarot, sound healing and she is continually expanding upon her offerings to the community. Kanixa is a World Traveler who loves art, to dance, to play, connect, practice Yoga, and teach. She teaches AcroYoga with her partner Thomas at festivals in the U.S. around the World. Kanixa has embraced the Goddess and is honored to represent the Goddess in one of her many forms to share compassionate nurturing to those in need.
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Tantric healing is a healing tradition based on Tantra, the holistic science of energy and consciousness. It can be regarded as the shamanic tradition of Asia and its practices are similar to what is found in worldwide shamanic healing. The unique perspective of tantric healing however comes through the link with yogic science in general and Tantra Yoga in particular.
Tantric healing includes Ayurvedic remedies, as well as general guidelines for a more healthy, yogic lifestyle. The tantric healer however adds another dimension to it : the spiritual world. Through mantra, yantra and rituals (puja), the karmic impressions of the patient are affected, in order to produce or promote effective healing. The tantric healing practices may thus seem rather bizarre or incomprehensible, yet to the person who gets healed this is not very important.
A disease may originate with an imbalance on any level :
physical, mental/emotional or spiritual. However, if the condition becomes chronical, then the imbalance will spread to all levels. Just eliminating the original cause may then not be succesful in removing the disease and only a holistic approach on all levels of our being may produce the desired result. And if the cause is spiritual, the sole treatment of the physical and mental/emotional symptoms may often produce new symptoms and problems, which may even be more severe than was originally the case.
The spritual world
The spiritual world that is referred to here is exactly what the word says : it is the world of the spirits. Next to beings like us who have a physical body on the physical plane, other beings exist with a more subtle energy body. Thus they are also often named “energies”, even though it must be clear that these energies are not non-conscious. They are beings and most of them are quite simply people who left their bodies and became spirits. Those who believe in reincarnation also naturally believe in the existence of spirits, even if for many this is not so obvious.
Next to relatively “normal” spirits, there also exist beings that are more powerful than average, or more spiritually evolved. But basically, spirits are just like people : some are more happy or less happy, more nice or less nice, more smart or less smart, more or less spiritual, more playful or more serious, etc.. Another name often used for the spirits is the “vayu”, because they live in close connection to the air element.
Most spirits are relatively harmless and live their own lives without much contact with life on the physical plane. Yet some spirits are more connected to the physical plane because of their own karmas. They feel the need to affect people on the physical plane, whether in a positive way, or in a negative way, or in a more playful way that is neither positive nor negative. The spirits that cause or maintain a disease are basically unhappy spirits that may be driven by quite normal emotions such as jealousy, depression, greed, sadness, etc… They may also increase the same negative feelings in us.
Most people are influenced by the spirits of their ancestors, because through the blood link, the connection is easy. When a spirit leaves the body, the time frame very fundamentally changes. Before again incarnating in a new form, an ancestor spirit may well stick around for dozens of years, because to that spirit it will seem like a very short time. This explains why ancestor spirits are very important and why they are so numerous. Sometimes a person may be influenced by an ancestor that left his or her body even before the person was born. In any case, it is vital to regularly pay respect to the ancestors. This may happen in a more formal way, like in a puja for the ancestors, or in a more personal way, simply greeting and thanking the ancestors. For health and general well-being, it is important quite simply that the ancestors do not feel neglected or forgotten, especially if the relationship with a particular ancestor was not very good in life. Kedar Upreti clearly indicates that the general loss of these traditions is causing many mental, emotional and physical problems worldwide. Regularly keeping contact with the ancestor spirits is not just important for health : it may also produce much help in any aspect of life, such as in business, art, relationships, etc…
Some people are born with more channels connecting them to the spiritual world, and some may develop these channels throughout life, yoga and meditation. These people then may experience that they are particularly sensitive to the spiritual world and may be more often affected by the spirits, both in a positive way as in a less agreable fashion. They may need particular tantric practices to become more protected. And in everybody, the spiritual world is essential in bringing our karmic impressions into expression.
The role of karma
According to the Hindu view, we produce our own karma, but this karma is manifested through the intermediate of the vedic planets. The nine planets are seen as manifestations of Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Thus they serve to preserve the universe by bringing balance wherever there is imbalance. Where knowledge is needed, Jupiter will rise. Where a fight is needed to protect the universe, Mars will do the job, etc… While these planets are themselves also highly evolved spiritual beings, they do not do their work “all by themselves”. Each of them is aided by a large number of devoted spiritual beings that may affect our lives quite directly, in order to balance our karmic impressions. In that, they bring us only what we want to receive, on a subconscious level. If subconsciously we feel guilty about something, then we may ourselves invite a suitable punishment, for example through the intermediate of spirits related to the planet Saturn. Or if we feel subconsciously very much in need of affection, the spirits belonging to the planet Venus will help us to find it. These are just simplified examples of what is really quite a complex, magical process of vibrations resonating with other vibrations, the interaction between our karmic impressions and the spiritual world.
In a similar way, other mighty spiritual beings like the Hindu devatas or gods
(sometimes called demi-gods) have particular roles in the universal Leela
(play). And just as it happens with the planets, less mighty spirits may feel attracted to this or that deity and serve their main purpose or role. In this way, praying to Hanuman, Ganesha, Lakshmi, etc… may produce very direct results in life and health, because the prayers may be responded to quite concretely by the spirituel beings that are associated with these deities. Many of the puja practices happening at home as bhakti yoga, are thus also tantric practices.
The tantric healer
A tantric healer is a person who has a strong connection to the spiritual world. That means that he or she has developed strong alliances with particular spirits that help the healer in diagnosing the problem and in finding a proper solution. These ailliances have to be created and also maintained by proper ritual. Kedar Upreti for example is a seventh-generation tantric healer, who was taught the art of tantric healing by his father and grandfather from the time when he was only 6 years old. Some of the spirits that help him in his healing practices today have been aiding his family for many generations.
To be trained as a tantric healer starts with learning a large variety of rituals. But it goes way beyond that. The healer has to learn to be very concentrated, so that for example the sound frequencies produced by a mantra are not disturbed by the “sounds” of unnecessary thoughts within. Each mantra that is to be used by the healer has to be repeated for a prescribed number of times (24.000, 100.000,…) so that the mantra becomes strongly embedded within the mind of the healer. In this way, the healer truly receives the power of that mantra, so that even using it only ones may already produce considerable result. Building up this kind of power also includes establishing connections with particulate spirits, which in truth are the ones who bestow these powers.
The tantric healer may essentially cooperate with spirits of two kinds : devic and asuric spirits. One might translate these two words as “divine” and “demonic”, but that is not really correct as the names only indicate a particular tendency or character. Devic spirits help the healer because they like to aid in the healing process. They are caring and peaceful by nature and are usually associated with some or other deity. Asuric spirits are a little more selfish. They help the tantric healer because they get some reward in return, such as an offering of alcohol or meat. They are by nature more fierce. Some tantric healers will only use devic “helper” spirits, while others may use both and a few will only associate with the more asuric spirits. Asuric spirits are more forcefull and thus they may provide some aid where devic spirits may not. On the other hand, the effects of the aid of more asuric helper spirits may be rather shortlived, while the aid offered by more devic spirits, if succesful, is always more durable.
The tantric healing process
At first, these “helper spirits” will communicate with the spirits that are connected to the patient, in order to diagnose the problem. If an unhappy spirit is causing or maintaining the disease, then the approriate means will be chosen to end this influence. Generally speaking, the first thing to try is simply to convince the unhappy spirit to leave the patient. For this purpose, the more devic “helper” spirits are used because they are able to remove some of the unhappiness through love and compassion. Second, the unhappy spirit may also be offered certain rewards for leaving the patient, such as some fruits, flowers, etc… The spirit is then guided to take possession of these offerings, which are then placed somewhere in nature, away from the patient. In more extreme cases, “bigger” rewards may be offered, such as an egg, or even animals. Third, if the spirit cannot be convinced by these more gentle approaches, the
more asuric “helper” spirits may be used to drive it away or “push” it towards the offerings. But even then, the tantric healer will always try to be gentle, understanding that the unhappy spirit is to be respected also and should not be caused any unnecessary pain. After all, the tantric healer should also be concious of his or her own karma.
In any case, karma is always an important consideration. If
the “diagnosis” reveals that the spirit which is causing the disease is supported by the karma of the patient, then the healer will usually refrain from interfering. An analysis of the horoscope will often reveal that the disease is just a symptom of a period in which the patient has some karmic debt to pay. Removing the disease or the spirit that is causing it may then result in the manifestation of another, more severe problem, linked to the same karmic debt. This karmic debt comes associated with a certain planet and the spirits that are associated with this planet will make sure that the debt is paid somehow or other. Ultimately of course, this karmic debt is stored in the subconcious mind of the patient, so it is the patient him- or herself which gives the spirit the “opening” to cause a particular disease.
Tantric healing rituals
To the outsider, tantric healing rituals may seem very obscure and also quite rigid. The main reason why certain things have to happen in a particular way is because they have been done in the same way before. Ritual actions are like a language adressing particular spiritual beings in a particular way. This explains why different healers may have totally different traditions, each maintaining that the ritual has to happen in a very particular way. If two healers have a totally different opinion for example on how to perform the ritual cleansing before a ritual, they are both correct because they are communicating with different spirits that have different opinions on this cleansing ritual themselves.
Many helper spirits are in fact quite old, so they may hold on to practices that are very old. Rituals may change over time, but these changes should be very gradual and the healer will take time to explain the reasons for these changes to the spirits. Whenever such a change is made, the healer should carefully consider the details, assuring that he will be willing and able to maintain the new ritual practice over time. Some of these changes may also be suggested by the spirits themselves, who will communicate them to the healer by a form of telepathy.
General rituals that pay respect to the beings of the spiritual
world or adress, praise and thank helper spirits are thus
usually very traditional and rather rigid. On the other hand, the
particular ways in which a healing is done may vary very
much according to the situation. The healer may thus receive
very specific instructions from the helper spirits on the kind of offerings that are needed, the mantras that are to be used, the moment on which the healing is to take place, etc…
Of all tools used in tantric rituals, mantras are probably the most important. Through their sound syllables that produce certain energetic vibrations, they influence the spiritual world in a major way. They may be used to attract helper spirits, to make unhappy spirits more happy, or drive away spirits that are causing problems. Very often, the patient will be given a mantra that should be used as much as possible for further protection or even to help to bring the healing about. Unhappy spirits that are more asuric in nature may quite simply dislike certain mantras, incenses, ash from a fire ritual, etc.. that create more devic vibrations, so regularly using these tantric tools is very important for spiritual health. On the other hand, such spirits usually like bad smells, bad sounds, etc… so these should be maximally avoided.
The above is just a symplified introduction to what is really a highly complex science. There are many more aspects to tantric healing that have not yet been discussed here. As tantric healing traditions are so highly varied, some of the practices or interpretations described here may not correspond to what is valid in a particular tradition.
These days, tantric healers in Asia are not having an easy time. The younger generations of patients often regard tantric healing rituals as superstitious and turn towards “modern” western medicine. Tantric healers always have had a special position in society, feared by many because of their connection to the spirit world, but respected by all. These days however this respect is waning and many tantric healers have difficulty to provide for their families. Their sons and daughters are thus also less likely to believe in the future of their family tradition, even if only for economic reasons. As a result, a lot of understanding and spiritual power is lost. Fortunately, westeners as well as asians who have had sufficient experience with the limitations of western medicine are returning towards tantric healing in number. Especially if diseases become chronical and regular doctors seem unable to provide any clear cause or cure, it is advisable to seek ou those that look further than the purely physical aspects of disease.
Tantra has a unique connection to Oriental religions, particularly the techniques outlined in a manual from Hinduism. Taken from the Sanskrit, the sacred Hinduism language, it derives from a root word of “tan” which actually means to expand, continue, or otherwise extend. Just like the universe in which people live, Tantra is always expanding, manifesting, and spreading. Made from different energies, people who utilize Tantra contribute to this ever growing weave of energies through their thoughts, actions, and their physical being. Those who decide to practice Tantra can apply the things they learn, the positive gains, and the expansion of the mind and body to every aspect of life. Those who enjoy Tantra might, for example, also seek to expand their minds with regular reading, meditation, even fun activities like soccer, ping pong, or gambling. Those who want to gamble for enjoyment, to expand their understanding of the games, can use strategies for online slots.
Using a Winning Strategy
Whenever you have a game that focuses on gambling there are people out there who are going to try to beat the odds. So what can you do to utilize slot strategies when you play online casino slots? Well, first understand that betting strategies are simply a system that you can use to that in specific ways based on certain circumstances. The idea is that you can take something seemingly random, like slot games, and insert into this random thing an element of control. This control can change the odds so that you are more likely to win the game. Instead of relying on dumb luck, you can use a strategy to win. Obviously if you win using a betting strategy than that system worked. If you don’t win the maybe you simply are using the right strategy for you are applying it to be correct situation.
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That said there are many types of strategies out there, some of which are based on the side of the bed and some of which are based on patterns, the number of spins, or the times you win. Understand that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no such thing as a guaranteed win or betting strategy that works 100% of the time. Understand that if you find a strategy that claims to be 100% effective, you are not going to sit down for a marathon of online slot games, ready to quit your job the next day, and win $1 million. However, you can use certain betting strategies to try and increase your odds and to simply make the game more enjoyable for you to play. You really want to have fun when you play the slots. You have better odds of winning big if you rely on dumb luck rather than strategy, but with strategy you get smaller wins, more often and that can make all the difference.
A new awakening is taking place, a resurfacing of ancient truths — an inner alchemy – a merging of divine feminine and divine masculine that religious dogma has enshrouded for centuries. A divine union relationship—is a co-creative partnership of equality. To experience Divine Union in all its power and beauty is to participate in the dance of creation. The child of cosmic birth is referred to in alchemy as the True Self, and it is created from a union known as the sacred marriage of dualities.
The One Living Light LogoIn the Greek alphabet, the letter Delta (triangle/triune) was the symbol for cosmic birth. The triangle can represent: father/mother/child or the Perfect Union of the Two that creates the Third or the perfect union when two become one.
The union of masculine and feminine polarities is fundamental in the quantum physics of creation. The two polarities, the magnetic (female) and electric, (male) coming together to form a trinity. This geometry occurs when a planet is being born and when the first 2 cells of a human being form in the womb and the creation of Light. We need both the feminine and masculine in equal proportions for creation to occur and to keep all life in balance.
The lack of acknowledgment of the divinity of the feminine has created a state of imbalance that permeates all life. Feelings of inequality have set up boundaries between women and men. These imbalances and difficulties come about as a result of our internal beliefs and conditionings over eons of time. Our deeper higher self knows a great re-awakening and shift is happening. In order for sacred union to occur—individually and globally—the illusion of separation has to be healed. We must dissolve duality and clear our energy channels of judgments. These judgments create disconnection from the feminine principles—from the body and emotions. We must reclaim the sacredness and spiritual union and embrace an alchemical relationship of co-creation.
Reclaiming the Feminine
Receptivity is a key quality of feminine energy. When we think of receptivity, it seems to imply that we are receiving something from outside of us. However, the feminine quality of receptivity is actually about deeply receiving our Self. The Divine Feminine energy is also about inner flow and allowance, trust and intuition. These qualities are feminine in nature. Our physical body is earth and form. The emotional energy current running through the body is water. It is about believing in our inner worth as “BEingness,” and not basing it on the masculine equivalent of “doingness.” It is about balancing stillness and action. It is joining in an authentic way with ourselves and others and becoming whole. And through our wholeness, meet our counterpart that is you fully reflected as your other.
The Divine Feminine energy brings about a new honoring of the female spirit. It is empowerment and reclaiming our divinity as women. It gives back to men a balance. By opening their energy field, men through surrender and embodying the feminine principle of receptivity, begin to honor their feminine aspects more than ever before. Men begin to observe the feminine aspect with greater awareness and appreciation. Regardless of gender, a healing balance of peace, harmony and interconnectedness love for all, never experienced before on the planet, is beginning to occur. When we can deeply receive our self, we experience our own subtle energies flowing through our body. This deep receptive state requires surrender, trust and total self-acceptance.
One key thing that makes the dance of union sacred is the love and acceptance of Self. We must have total acceptance of Self in order to surrender deeply and allow full freedom of expression to occur. Through loving and accepting our Self, we open the door to ecstatic experience of our Self. This means total acceptance of the body, emotions, every aspect of our-self, and beyond that—acceptance of our divinity.
The emotional body needs to be fully embraced. The feminine energy brings mastery of our emotions—a receptivity that allows us to feel the subtleties of our creative power. The emotional body, which has been suppressed and belittled, is the very thing we need for full mastery as conscious creators. We as men and women need to regain full connection with the emotional body. In so doing we experience the ecstatic bliss of sacred union to be fully experienced and expressed through the whole body.
By being so connected with our physical body and the tangible experience of it while simultaneously surrendering to the emotional body, we can allow the fluid energy of our emotions to flow freely through us. Having unconditional acceptance of our emotions, allows emotions to flow into balance in the Higher Heart—where transformation occurs and we access our pure creative potential.
Surrender & Presence
In order to experience a sacred unified field with a partner, one must first experience an inner alchemy, connecting with the internal qualities of feminine and masculine energy within one’s self. Two important factors for bringing this experience into the body are Surrender and Presence—core energetics that must be experienced equally. Surrender being feminine energy and Presence being masculine energy, the equilibrium between them creates the place of pure potentiality—non-duality, void, a unified quantum field ~~~ Divine Sacred Marriage or Union within the self. The state of being truly present brings us into full sensory experience. Surrender prepares us to receive divine impulse. When these essential elements of an ecstatic and powerful union are in balance, a portal opens and we can really feel our energy flowing. There is a lightness of being and we feel as if we are being held – like we are Receiving energy instead of expending it. We feel connected to our heart and our truth as we are suspended in effortless union while we stand sovereign in his and her own power.
Preparing for Sacred Union
By awakening the subtle flows within the body, the alchemical transformation and union begins. The combination of breath, movement, and harmonic frequencies tone up the inner energy channels. Connecting our breath with our body is vitally important. Shallow breathing and periods of unconsciously holding our breath scatters mental focus and allows emotional chaos to arise—suppressing emotional release. Shallow breathing is a pattern that reflects unprocessed emotional energy.
The sensory experience of breath entering our body becomes an anchor that drops us out of our mind’s chatter and gets us into the body. Breath, movement and sound open the energy centers so there is more space for spirit to merge with our form. While breathing, moving, and sounding, we have the opportunity to be deeply receptive to our emotions. By using breath, sound and movement we can open and cleanse the energy centers and release emotions that block the potential for full creativity.
Movement can be used to open up our vibrational field and release old energies. Movement creates space to allow more breath to come into our body. Movement stimulates sensory experience in the body to feel a connection with the body, more energy flow and a deep sense of bodymind and spirit.
Relationship – The Alchemy of Divine Union
Once we have connected with our body, opened up the subtle energy flow and brought the internal energies of the feminine and masculine into equilibrium, we are ready to connect with another. When we are both in our essence, in union with ourselves, we can become conscious of the alchemy of the relationship that is being created between us. Within the sacred relationship, we are two beings enjoined and vibrating in harmony. Breathing in sync, heartbeats in rhythm, we create a third field of energy, the trinity or the child. This is the alchemy called relationship.
The sacred relationship is a place where our frequencies merge and all aspects of separation are lost. The thing we have in common is the new relationship that has arisen. So we sit in this unified field together—two empty vessels—and allow the subtle energy flows of this union to surround, engulf, and flow through us. We watch it unfold, its uniqueness the flowering of a subtle alchemy between two people without expectation. When you don’t need the experience to be anything predetermined, you allow the highest force of the universe to flow through. There is no separation, no ego that needs identity—just pure cosmic flow.
This presents a pathway to our connection with the Source ~~~ a vibrational experience that opens the energy field to Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Oneness and Creation. Reintegrating the Divine Feminine completes the circuit of energy essential for divine union. These energies were needed to access higher dimensional realms.
Our body is the sacred doorway to ecstatic union with the Divine. Through a union based on purpose and intention, aligned in our hearts, we open ourselves to a higher directive. The feminine principle is our connection to embody spirit in form. Once the temple of the body has been fully reclaimed—through self-acceptance, total surrender and full presence—the Divine Union of the feminine and masculine opens a channel for “DIVINE SACRED MARRIAGE”.
Today I will be chatting with you about light, dark, masculine and feminine energy. This is a funny one to bring up with really masculine men as a lot of the time they think that you are somehow implying that they have to throw on a Celine Dion album, watch Titanic and dress up in a pair of pink fluffy slippers to embrace their inner femininity, but that is really not the case.
When I say light and dark, I am talking about emotions, feelings and states of mind. Don’t make the common misconception that I am saying light is positive and dark is negative, I think this is one of the mistakes many people make by giving these emotions a label of negative or positive, both are just a natural part of the flow of life and can be experienced without a need to attach a positive or negative label.
The same for masculine and feminine, masculine would usually be associated with the male and feminine with the female and while most males will be more masculine and most females more feminine, it is not always the case and traits of both will exist in both males and females.
The light masculine energies include the energies of protection, giving, support, and doing. Light feminine energies include those of nurturing, receiving, and being. Masculine is more of a purpose driven mindset, so the completion of a mission is the driving force behind masculine energy, while feminine is more of a care giving mindset, so you can reach a level of satisfaction from knowing that those around you are safe and cared for.
One of the problems that can come up if you don’t have the internal balance of these energies, is the external seeking of the energy you lack from a partner, friends or companions. This on the surface may seem quite acceptable, but one of the problems with seeking completion from an external source or in this case a person, is total reliance on that person. Which means separation will cause a lot of suffering.
Also, if you are completed by another person’s energy, the 2 of you in essence are one person in 2 bodies, this is where a struggle for power can arise, who controls the energy, who is the captain of the ship and who takes charge.
A healthier approach is to try to find a sense of wholeness and meet someone who also has that sense of wholeness and the 2 of you can complement each other instead of complete each other.
You will have dominant energies in you and that is very normal, but if you are seeking to complete a mission and you are doing it at the expense of your family, then you are lacking in your feminine energy. If you are caring for others while completely disregarding your own well being you will need to work on your masculine side.
You may have an imbalance in one of the areas if you are-
-Expressing too much dark energy through anxiety, depression or other constant dark emotions.
-Express too much light energy by keeping a brave face when you really need to express the true emotions you are feeling.
-Expressing too much feminine energy, by disregarding your own well being in order to care for others.
-Expressing too much masculine energy by disregarding others to fulfil a personal mission.
So how can you balance these energies?
The best starting point is in awareness. It is a little like when you cut yourself and you don’t realise you have cut yourself. It takes for you to look at the cut to realise you’re bleeding, then all of a sudden you realise you are bleeding and it really starts to hurt. It is the same for balancing your energies, you need to bring awareness to them, this can be achieved through meditation and other conscious practice.
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Enlightenment itself is not a goal or something to be reached; it is a process-oriented way of becoming more of who we already are. It is a journey to our most authentic self. Tantra enables us to embrace our true nature and to peel away the layers, if you will, to our ‘home coming.’ It all begins and ends with you…let me explain.
In Sanskrit the physical body or ‘sheath’ is called the Anna Maya Kosha which is essentially what we are made of: 70% water and the rest bones, muscles, organs, you get the idea. What we ingest or consume ultimately consumes us. Therefore we are affected by the food and beverages we take in as well as other environmental factors and stressors. We become especially tuned into our physical nature when we experience pain, which is stress manifested in its’ physical form. That is our intuition speaking to us through our human instrument of a body. By giving ourselves proper care in adequate rest and relaxation techniques such as massage, restorative stretching and proper exercise, we can help to re-store our frame into its most supple form. In this beginning stage of relaxation, we allow for the energy to move upward through the limbs and into our lower energy (chakra) centers. The sacrum, or our sacred storage, is thought of as our storehouse for the kundalini energy. This is where we get ‘our engines started,’ so-to-speak. In order to liberate ourselves from the restraints of the physical body, we can contract and then relax it in a way that frees up the space for the energy to do what it needs to do.
The next layer to peel away then is the energy body, or the Prana Maya Kosha. You may have heard it referenced as chi or qi or even our ‘aura’ emanating from within. Without fuel you cannot get your car to run. The same holds true for the body and mind, which is why prana is often viewed as ‘the vital life force’. This energy can be seen as the breath, with the breath simply being the communicator between the body and mind. The yogis say that one who controls the breath also controls the mind. In tantric practices we utilize the breath as a powerful yet subtle way to release bodily- tension and calm the mind. We are metaphorically letting go so as to allow for new breath and new life to take shape or form. The first and last thing we do when we enter and exit this world is breathe. As the breath creates that pathway for us to ‘settle in,’ we can then move a little deeper into the next layer.
The Mano Maya Kosha then is where we have finally ‘come to our senses,’ where our thoughts and feelings have come alive, through our sense of home. This is where we really get to know ourselves through our likes and dislikes and discover our personal boundaries, guided by our sense-forms. Our pain can run much deeper here in the form of our memories within the mind and senses. Have you ever wondered why you keep injuring the same area of the body or why you seem to get a similar sickness around the same time of year? It is no coincidence my friend. It can become en-lighten-ing to discover where your heaviness lies, where your ‘heaviest’ thoughts and feelings have manifest. We can access these areas again with the breath in a way that allows us to then let go of any of our emotional attachments or holdings. As we release these so-called attachments, we inevitably feel lighter.
Then we enter into a body of higher wisdom, or the Vijnana Maya Kosha. It’s that feeling of knowing without a shred of doubt. The challenge here is learning to trust that inner-guidance system and to listen to our own hearts, more over what we hear or read from outside sources. When we have come to think for ourselves, independent of our environment, we become more whole and self-fulfilled and self-sufficient. We have all of the answers already inside of us. We just need to be willing to go that deep. This is where we can access those subtle messages that are meant for our guidance, and this can be made possible when we have totally relaxed the mind and body and let them take a break. This can almost feel like we are ‘outside of the body and mind looking in,’ acting as an unattached witness or peaceful observer. Our prejudices and biases melt away as we come to a more non-dualistic way of thinking where we don’t judge our experiences as either good our bad, or right or wrong. We take everything in as it is, at its rawest form. Very little energy is required and used to do this; it’s like we are running on auto-pilot. We become more open, and this awareness is what brings us deeper into that knowingness of pure joy.
The last sheath is the body of joy, Ananda Maya Kosha, our most vulnerable and intimate state of being. This is where we reach that still and quiet place within where everything else just disappears, including time and space. Where we have come to the end of the tunnel only to find that the light was the tunnel all along, bathing in the light-body that we are to its’ greatest capacity. Coming to an understanding that the energy within is also all around and that there is in fact no separation, only the illusion of separateness. The entire universe is with-in, and therefore we can never be with-out.
Tantra allows for this awakening to be made possible. It gives us a taste of this state of bliss. It is through the body, the mind, the breath, the senses, and heart of intuition that we can en-lighten ourselves to our highest form, not in spite of. In Tantra we embrace everything and exclude nothing. The potential is limitless.
In addition to the seven chakras of the subtle body, the Tantras have described a network of subtle channels known as nadis through which the life force (prana) circulate. Nadi means “stream”. According to the tantric treatise Shiva Samhita, there are fourteen principal nadis. Of these, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are considered the most important.
Ida is the left channel. Ida is white, feminine, cold, represents the moon and is associated with the river Ganga (Ganges). Originating in Muladhara, Ida ends up in the left nostril.
Pingala is the right channel. Pingala is red, masculine, hot, represents the sun and is associated with the river Yamuna. Originating in Muladhara, Pingala ends up in the right nostril.
Sushumna is the central channel and is associated with the river Saraswati. Within the Sushumna nadi there are three more subtle channels: Vajra, Chitrini and Brahma nadi through which Kundalini moves upwards running up the body from just below Muladhara chakra to Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head.
The kanda in Muladhara chakra is the meeting place of the three main nadis and is known as Yukta Triveni (Yukta: “combined”, tri: “three”, veni: “streams”). In Muladhara, Shakti, the static unmanifested Kundalini, is symbolized by a serpent coiled into three and a half circles around the central axis Svayambhu-linga at the base of the spine. The serpent lies blocking the entrance to Sushumna, the central channel with his mouth. Sushumna remains closed at its lower end as long as Kundalini is not awakened.
The technique of Kundalini Yoga consists in using Prana (the vital air), guiding its circulatory movement through Ida and Pingala down to the base of the spine into the space where Kundalini lies coiled. The vital energies of the opposite forces circulating in Ida and Pingala will be unified and Shakti Kundalini will then awaken and rise up Sushumna, energizing the seven chakras.
From Muladhara chakra, Ida and Pingala alternate from the right to left sides at each chakra until they reach Ajna chakra where they meet again with Sushumna.
In Ajna chakra the meeting of the three main nadis is called Mukta Triveni (Mukta: “liberated”). Continuing beyond Ajna chakra, Ida and Pingala end in the left and right nostrils respectively.
Once the Kundalini Shakti has ascended through Sushumna to Sahasrara, the highest psychic center at the crown of the head, it is made to reverse its course and return to rest in the base center again.
Channel more confidence, creativity, and joy in your life with a basic understanding of your body’s energy centers.
It’s too bad our problems don’t stay behind with our shoes when we step into the yoga studio. Too often, we get on the mat feeling overwhelmed with worry or stymied by a relationship conflict or in need of an energy boost. But the right class can leave us feeling clearer, lighter, and refreshed. Credit the stress-busting powers of a good workout? Sure. But the ancient yogis, and many teachers today, would also chalk this up to the unique way that yoga poses and breathwork move blocked prana (life force) through the subtle body.
According to yoga tradition, the subtle body is a part of you that you can’t see or touch—it’s where your energy flows, which is why it’s also referred to as the energy body. There are seven key points in the subtle body that are thought to be vortexes of energy, known as chakras. When energy becomes blocked in a chakra, it triggers physical, mental, or emotional imbalances that manifest in symptoms such as anxiety, lethargy, or poor digestion. A well-tuned asana practice can free up energy and stimulate an imbalanced chakra, paving the way for that wonderful internal shift for which yoga is known. With just a little bit of coaching, you can tap into the chakras as a potent way of harnessing and shifting your energy in the direction you want it to go.
Start by thinking of chakras as a blueprint for your own self-care, and your yoga practice as the architect that makes that blueprint a reality. The most direct way to use the chakras is to learn how each one is associated with an element in nature. As Alan Finger, founder of ISHTA Yoga, explains, the first five chakras are associated with the physical elements earth, water, fire, air, and ether (or space). The last two chakras are thought to connect us beyond the earthly realm, so they are associated with the elements of light and cosmic energy.
Once you learn the element that each chakra is associated with, you can start to suss out how that element feels in your body. And thinking about your body in these symbolic terms can help you access new stores of energy with the practices detailed in these pages. For example, the root chakra is associated with earth. When it’s in balance, we feel strong and grounded; when it’s out of balance, we may feel unrooted and insecure. Or take the pelvic chakra, which is associated with water. When it’s in balance, we feel fluid and like our creative juices are flowing. When it’s not, we might feel rigid, dry, or emotionally brittle, like a plant that hasn’t been watered enough.
In order to restore balance in your chakras, you must first tune in to how you’re feeling, then figure out which chakra to stimulate to counteract the imbalance. For example, if you’re feeling low in energy, you can do poses that target the navel chakra to rekindle your inner fire. If you’re feeling anxious and long to feel more grounded, choose poses for the earthy root chakra. Or if you seek more courage to speak your truth, the right poses can open and stimulate the throat chakra.
The effects of a chakra-based practice can have a tangible, empowering ripple effect on your life. Jasmine Tarkeshi, vinyasa teacher and cofounder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, says she’s been doing more root-chakra practices since becoming a new mom, and the effect is palpable. “If I’m feeling frenzied, I hold the poses longer to feel more grounded and present,” she says. “It informs the rest of my day to the point where maybe I’m not losing my keys so much or I’m not so busy or forgetful that I skip lunch. If I specifically use the poses medicinally rather than just haphazardly, I can really change my day.”
Lie down with your shoulders supported on a folded blanket, head on the floor. Bend your knees, rock your hips up, lift your legs overhead, and then release your toes toward the floor beyond the crown of your head. Place your hands midback, and lift one leg at a time skyward. Allow your gaze to drop toward your heart, and hear the sound of your breath. Feel free to express yourself by joining the soles of the feet, or by lowering one leg at a time toward the floor. Hold for up to 2 minutes. To release, lower both feet to the floor above your head, release your hands to the floor, and lower yourself vertebra by vertebra. Freeing the neck and spine, and then turning the senses in toward your breath, allows you to connect with your own rhythm.
This chakra is associated with your intuition, or sixth sense, and governs how the rest of the chakras function. When Ajna is functioning well, you have insight, and you trust your inner wisdom to face life’s challenges and choices. When it’s blocked, you feel close-minded, too attached to logic, untrusting, and cynical. Working on the sixth chakra opens your mind to the bigger picture and different perspectives, and it helps you receive the wisdom that cannot be seen or heard by ordinary senses.
Come to a seat. Fold one heel in toward your groin, and then the other. If your knees aren’t lower than your hips, sit on a folded blanket. Cup your palms toward each other, touching opposite fingertips in Hakini Mudra. For 10 breaths, close your eyes, pose a question to yourself, and focus on the sound of your breath, placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth as you inhale, and relaxing it as you exhale. Release the backs of your hands to your knees, and see if you sense an answer. Stay here for up to 5 minutes. Hakini Mudra is known to increase the power of concentration, and in this pose you can easily access calm focus.
Element: Cosmic Energy
Color: Violet or White
The crown chakra connects to beauty itself and the spiritual realm. It helps you to understand who you are beyond your physical self—that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. It is not located in the body but actually hovers above the crown of the head. When it’s closed, you think happiness can only come from the outside, and you suffer. Working on this chakra helps you to feel free in any situation.
Make sure you’re warm and comfortable, and lie down on your back. You can cover yourself with a blanket, cover your eyes with an eye pillow, or place a rolled-up blanket under your knees or head. Open your legs hip-width apart, and release your arms to your sides with your palms facing up. Take a deep breath and squeeze every part of your body tight, lifting your head, arms, and legs off the floor. Hold for a moment, and let everything go with a big exhale out of the mouth. Do this several times. Imagine a lotus flower at the crown of your head. With every inhale, imagine Divine light pouring in through the flower, and with every exhale, let go of anything that binds you to the past. Stay for 5–20 minutes, then slowly bring your awareness back to your breath, and move your fingers and toes to reconnect to your physical body without losing your connection to your infinite self.
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Muladhara is associated with the earth element and directly linked to your ability to dig in and feel firmly rooted in your life.
Life Motif of the Root Chakra
Aptly, this energy center is associated with your root issues, such as your sense of security, satisfying your basic needs, familial relationships, and how at home you feel in your body and on this planet.
When the root chakra is out of alignment, you may find yourself busily bouncing from one thing to the next in a rush without appropriate attention or intention. This can lead to exhaustion, anxiety, and stress. On the flipside its imbalance can result in a feeling of lethargy, being stuck, feeling unable to take action, and manifest intention.
Energetic Benefits of Aligning the Root Chakra
When the first chakra is in healthy alignment, you will be able to tap into its graceful stability to support a calm and steady energy.
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In Tantra, chakras are viewed as spinning vortices of energy in the body and as storehouses of experiences and memories. When the chakras are balanced—meaning they’re not over- or underactive—a Tantra practitioner can experience clarity, access power, and feel more joyful, fearless, and free.
Muladhara, or root chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It is related to survival, safety, and basic human needs. When it is balanced, we experience feelings of safety and courage.
Svadhisthana, or sacral chakra, is located at the top of the sacrum. It governs relationships, violence, addictions, base emotional needs, and pleasure. When balanced, we experience creativity and expansiveness.
Manipura, or solar plexus/navel chakra, is located in the spine behind the navel. It is the source of personal power, and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation.
Anahata, or heart chakra, is located in the spine, in between the shoulder blades. It unites the lower chakras with the higher chakras. At the center of the human energy body, the heart chakra is the source of love and connectivity.
Visuddha, or throat chakra, is located in the throat. It is the source of verbal expression and governs our ability to speak our highest truth. When balanced, our actions, thoughts, and speech are fully integrated.
Ajna, or third eye chakra, is located in the mid-mind between the eyebrows. When balanced, we have mastery over our thoughts and experience wisdom.
Sahasrara, or crown chakra, is located at the crown of the head. It governs enlightenment and our connection to divinity and limitless knowledge.