If there’s two things that I love equally and intensely in my life… it’s yoga and tea.
Both are consumed multiple times daily, both are wonderful for my physical and mental wellbeing, and both rituals bring such delicate and elegant joy to my day ❤
I was chatting with my friends at Your Tea recently about the similarities between TCM meridians, prana flow and the chakras. When it comes to alternative and holistic health practices, everything seems to just… fit.
Over the last week I have focused on a few chakra opening poses to get the prana flowing through any blockages occurring along the astral spine (through which the chakra points are placed within the body).
I’ve paired these all with a cup of tea – let me know what you think!
Pose One: Navasana variation
Navasana, or the ‘boat pose’ is a wonderful balancing posture engaging your core. I have made this posture more restorative by supporting myself by wrapping the arms around the back of the thighs.
The benefits of this asana include:
- Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
- Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
- Helps relieve stress
- Improves digestion
Manipura Chakra (Solar plexus/navel)
This chakra is physically associated with digestion, metabolism, digestive fire; and emotionally with feelings of assertiveness, decision making, risk taking and belly laughs!
By activating our core and maintaining the contact of the thighs to the belly, we are massaging and toning the lower abdominal organs (allowing fresh, nutrient rich blood to be delivered to these areas), as well as strengthening the lower back!
My tea selection for this posture is Energy Tea – to help you kickstart your day and give you the strength and determination to assert yourself in the home or office!
Pose Two: Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)
Every yogi’s favourite love/hate relationship: hip openers! The hips and pelvis are home to Svadisthana (the sacral chakra). Here in these tight hip flexors and glute muscles we store so much tension and plenty of emotional baggage! Long, deep holds are necessary to work deeper into these areas in order to achieve a great release. Try warming up with a vinyasa flow before settling in for some Yin style stretching 🙂
Svadisthana Chakra (Sacral chakra)
Svadisthana chakra is a place of vulnerability, creativity, and compassion. Emotional traumas can be stored here, so don’t be alarmed by feelings that pop up that you might have been unprepared for. Be brave and face these feelings, be mindful and observe them without judgment. These is also where we connect sensually with others and foster loving kindness (towards ourselves, and all beings).
My tea recommendation? Well, we ladies go through a lot, and sometimes we need a helping hand. Your Tea’s Fertility Tea can assist with hormonal or reproductive issues, and help you restore balance to your natural cycle.
Pose three: Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand)
If you are a brand new yogi, please practice this under the guidance of a yoga teacher!
Supported headstand along with various inversions allows us to calm the mind, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It can be therapeutic for sinus troubles, infertility, headaches and insomnia. When practiced correctly it can be very restorative and relaxing!
Visuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)
Visuddha is our centre of self expression, of speaking up for ourselves and communicating effectively. Opening up the chakra in this asana can assist us in being more open and honest, more creative, and assists us to self-actualise. Balancing visuddha improves thyroid health, neck and jaw issues, and reduces stress.
To assist further in the lymphatic drainage and youth restoring properties of this asana, pair it with a cup of Anti-C Tea to boost your revitalisation for the day!
Don’t forget to finish up with savasana and a lovely cup of Sleep Tea!
I hope you enjoy these combinations, please comment below and let me know what you think, and what your favourite chakra balancing postures are!
As always, please practice safely and under supervision of a yoga teacher where needed. This is not a paid post – I just really love tea!