Yoga for your Chakras
Healing is an important theme for us at Ubuntu. Mothers need to maintain balance with so many different aspects of our lives. The demands that are placed on mothers could make us feel unbalanced physically, mentally and spiritually. This series is designed for busy working mothers who may like to access a yoga meditation at any point during their day.
Each video recording is approximately 15 mins, and focuses on only one chakra or energy centre. The videos are here to support your vitality, and to help balance any areas of your life where you may be experiencing excess or deficiency. Feel free to journey through each individual video, or work with one that resonates with you on your unique path to healing.
Pro tip: Try working with the chakra colour by bringing in flowers, clothing, fabric of your choice to accelerate the healing process of each chakra.
About your Instructor Elisha
What are chakras?
Chakras are spinning wheels of energy that distribute its flow of energy throughout your body to keep you functioning properly. Starting from the base of your spine and working up to the crown of your head, your chakras affect your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
For example, the throat chakra governs communication, truth, self-expression, and honesty.
Understanding the role and purpose of each chakra is a crucial first step in balancing them and establishing the harmonious flow of energy throughout your being. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; balancing one chakra will create change in the others.
My name is Elisha Conover-Arthurs. I am a founding member of the Ubuntu Community Collective. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children.
I have been on the single mother trajectory for the past few years. It is a very difficult and challenging path at times, although the autonomy is worth every minute.
Throughout this journey as a woman and life-giver, I have been practicing and teaching yoga as a vehicle for radical self care, and internal connection to my mind, body and spirit.
Yoga has helped me transition and transform during the most intense times, including pregnancy, labour, and the long postpartum phase. Yoga has given me the fuel and energy to keep going forward day by day.
This is my offering. Through my practice, Mystic Seed Yoga, that I operate with my sister, and in collaboration with Ubuntu, we created this video series, with our mothers in mind. I invite you to journey through the chakras with me, and bring quick relief and healing to the various energy centres and aspects of your being.
Mystic Seed is a strong virtual kundalini yoga space for our community to practice the art of yoga in big and small ways. Ubuntu offers a scholarship for mothers who feel they would benefit from a regular yoga practice.
Fill the mother's cup and she will poureth over from the source of well-being
This is my prayer for my Sisters here on Earth.
Divine Mother working through us to brighten up the future generations.
ROOT CHAKRA - Muladhara
Located at the base of your spine, the root chakra or muladhara is the first of your seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “base”. As the root of your being, this chakra establishes your foundation as well as your sense of security and stability.
The energy of your first chakra extends from the base of the spine downward like a root through the legs and feet. This forms your deepest connections between your physical body, environment, and Mother Earth.
MORE ABOUT THE ROOT CHAKRA
The root chakra colour is red and the element is Earth. It is related to your basic needs, it's your survival centre. As the foundation of the chakra system, the root chakra governs aspects of our lives such as eating, sleeping, exercising, housing, financial security, sense of safety, trust, tribe and stability. Your first chakra is where you ground yourself and anchor your energy. When balanced, the root chakra allows you to harness courage, and resourcefulness, and to expand upon our ancestral instincts while keeping you grounded.
The root chakra message is: I am
SACRAL CHAKRA - Svadhisthana
Located two fingers below the navel in the womb area, the sacral chakra or svadhisthana is the second chakra that is closely connected with your root chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “one’s own dwelling”. The centre for emotion, desire and passion, the second chakra brings creativity, empowerment, sincerity and sexual energy into your life.
The energy of your second chakra extends from below the navel into the pelvic region. It embodies your relationship to the discovery and exploration of your world. Motivated by pleasure and joy, the sacral chakra is the driving force for your enjoyment of life.
MORE ABOUT THE SACRAL CHAKRA
The sacral chakra colour is orange and the element is water. When your sacral chakra is balanced, you feel and experience life to its fullness. Your sacral chakra awakens your creativity. You can discover what you truly enjoy and create intimate relationships. The sacral chakra helps cultivate flexibility and adaptability. This empowers you to move on, accept change, and transform. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows you to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with your feelings and emotions.
The sacral chakra message is: I feel
SOLAR PLEXUS - Manipura
Located above the navel and up to the diaphragm, the solar plexus chakra or manipura is the third chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “shining gem”. As the core of your personality and identity (ego), the third chakra allows your authentic self to shine brightly.
The energy of your third chakra extends from your navel up to your sternum. It is the source of your personal power and confidence. This forms your deepest connections with willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra embodies your unlimited potential to transform thought into action.
MORE ABOUT THE SOLAR PLEXUS
The sacral chakra colour is yellow and the element is fire and governs your digestive system. A balanced solar plexus chakra gives you the ability to overcome fear, master your thoughts, and make conscious choices. The solar plexus chakra helps grow your confidence and vitality. This empowers you to follow your true path and create the life you want. When balanced, the solar plexus chakra allows you to seize your personal power, develop your authentic self, and take responsibility for your life.
The solar plexus chakra message is: I do
HEART - Anahata
Located in the centre of your chest, the mid-point of your body, the heart chakra or anahata is the fourth chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “unhurt”, "unstruck" or “unbeaten”, implying that beneath the hurt of past experiences lies a place of purity and strength. The heart chakra is associated with compassion, affection, love, beauty and joy.
The energy of your fourth chakra starts in the centre and expands through the chest. Driven by the principles of transformation and integration, the heart chakra connects the lower and upper chakras and acts as a bridge between earthly matters and higher aspirations. This chakra embodies your ability to love unconditionally.
MORE ABOUT THE HEART CHAKRA
The heart chakra colour is green and the element is air. Motivated by love, your fourth chakra is responsible for moving love and beauty throughout your life. It is a healing and unifying chakra that brings wholeness and uses love as the ultimate healing force. This enables you to live life with kindness and compassion towards others and yourself. The heart chakra is also the centre of your deepest bonds with other beings. This expands your feelings of compassion, empathy, and respect. When your heart chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to recognize that we are all interconnected (UBUNTU!) and allows you to not only show love to others but to show love to yourself as well. The heart chakra message is: I love
THROAT - Vishuddha
Located in the area of your neck, the throat chakra or vishudda is the fifth chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “especially pure”, to show that the throat chakra is about speaking your authentic voice.
The energy of the throat chakra starts in the centre of the neck at the level of the throat and expands through the shoulders. This chakra is the first of the higher or upper chakras. With a strong connection to your second or sacral chakra, your throat chakra embodies your true originality and authenticity.
MORE ABOUT THE THROAT CHAKRA
The throat chakra colour is blue and the element is ether. The throat chakra is motivated by expression and truth, it allows you to see the knowledge that is true, beyond the limitations of social conditioning. This chakra is responsible for communicating effectively and with conviction. When your fifth chakras energy is in harmony, you will stand up for what you believe in, be honest with yourself, and speak your truth.
As the centre of communication and creativity, the throat chakra allows you to express who you are but also listen deeply to others. When your throat chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to be inspired, projects your ideas, and align your vision with reality. The throat chakra message is: I speak
THIRD EYE - Ajna
Located between the eyebrows, the third eye chakra or ajna is the sixth chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “perceiving" or "command” because the third eye chakra is responsible for how you see the world - your vision. It is the centre of intuition, wisdom and your sixth sense: your spiritual centre.
The energy of the third eye chakra is between your eyebrows and is physically connected to the brain, pituitary and pineal glands. This is the mind chakra. It resonates with the energy of our psyche, as well as our conscious and unconscious psychological tendencies.
MORE ABOUT THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The third eye chakra colour is indigo and the element is light. The third eye chakra is motivated by truth, reflection, and intuition. The third eye chakra symbolizes your connection to wisdom and insight. It allows you to access the inner guidance that comes from deep within your being. This chakra enables you to cut through illusion and access deeper truths. Deciphering what we believe to be true and what is genuinely true is at the core of this chakra.
As the centre of your intuition and wisdom, the third eye chakra allows you to open your mind to deeper understandings and to expand your intuition. When your third eye chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to self-reflect and to not only see the world but understand it. The third eye chakra message is: I see
CROWN - Sahasrara
Located at the crown of the head, the crown chakra or sahasrara is the seventh chakra. The Sanskrit name translates to “a thousand petals” because it is said to form a lotus flower with 1,000 petals. It is represented by the pituitary and pineal gland and hypothalamus in the brain.
The energy of the crown chakra sits like a crown on your head and radiates upwards. The crown chakra is said to be the place where individual consciousness meets the higher state of universal consciousness. This enables you to experience spiritual growth and be connected to the universe.
MORE ABOUT THE CROWN CHAKRA
The crown chakra colour is violet or white and it encompasses all elements. The crown chakra is responsible for your connection to the divine. When you are immersed in the energy of your seventh chakra, you feel a state of blissful unity with everything around you. The crown chakra is the meeting point between the physical body and the universe and soul. This chakra embraces gratitude for your life.
As the centre of your connection to the divine, the crown chakra gives a sense of pure awareness, selflessness, and interconnectivity. It provides space to feel life-affirming emotions like compassion, beauty, unity and gratitude. The awakening of the Crown Chakra means a universal flow of energy and spiritual enlightenment. The crown chakra message is: I am divine