Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts
95 Brewery Lane Portsmouth NH
Chakras

Chakras

This class is appropriate for beginner and continuing students.  You will be guided to practice at your own pace.

Tuesday class $10 per class or 6 for $54

Saturday class is$12 or 6 for $60

The chakra system involves the major energy, gland, and nerve centers of the body. 

Our Chakra classes begin with the First Chakra with standing/grounding and balance postures. 

The Second Chakra  involves deep hip and pelvic opening postures. 

Third Chakra postures take us deeply into the solar plexus. 

Fourth Chakra postures bring us to a place where we can open our hearts and strengthen our arms and shoulders. 

Fifth Chakra postures bring us into nurturing twists.

  The Six and Seventh Chakras take us into deep meditation and relaxation. 

Practicing Yoga in this way enhances your practice and approach to life. 

Learn more about the Chakra System below:

Chakra SEVEN
Sahasrara - "Thousand petalled"

LOCATION

top of head

ELEMENT

thought

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"emanation/ngng"

GLAND

pineal

NERVE PLEXUS

upper cerebral center

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

cerebral cortex, top of head, central nervous system

SENSES

beyond senses

CENTRAL ISSUE

understanding union, wholeness, enlightenment, cosmic consciousness

GOALS

wisdom, knowledge, ability to trust life, connection, selflessness, oneness

RIGHTS

to know

ASANAS

yoga mudra on top of head, hand stand, headstand, lotus, meditation

YOGIC PATH

Jnana

IDENTITY

Universal: self-knowledge

 

Chakra SIX
Ajna - "To perceive"

LOCATION

forehead

ELEMENT

light

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"omb/mm"

GLAND

pituitary

NERVE PLEXUS

carotid plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

eyes, forehead, sides and back of head

SENSES

inner knowing

CENTRAL ISSUE

intuition, insight, visualization, imagination

GOALS

equanimity, peace, witness, psychic perception, vivid imagination

RIGHTS

to see

ASANAS

yoga mudra on forehead

YOGIC PATH

Yantra

IDENTITY

Achetypal: self-reflection

 

Chakra FIVE
Vishuddha - "Purification"

LOCATION

throat

ELEMENT

either/sound

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"yam/ee"

GLAND

thyroid

NERVE PLEXUS

pharyngeal plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

throat, mouth, ears, neck shoulders, arms, hands, upper back

SENSES

hear

CENTRAL ISSUE

communication, expression

GOALS

personal expression, truth, creativity, manifestation

RIGHTS

to speak and be heard

ASANAS

neck stretches, bridge, inclined plane, shoulder stand, fish spinal twists

YOGIC PATH

Mantra

IDENTITY

Reactive: self-expression

 

Chakra FOUR
Anahata - "Unstruck Resonance"

LOCATION

heart

ELEMENT

air

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"yam/ah"

GLAND

thymus

NERVE PLEXUS

cardiac and pulmonary plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

lungs, heart, shoulder, arms, hands, mid back, immune system, skin

SENSES

touch

CENTRAL ISSUE

love, acceptance, compassion

GOALS

balance, forgiveness, hope, trust, self-love, authentic relations

RIGHTS

to love and be loved

ASANAS

fish, camel, bow, cobra, wheel, bridge, pigeon, back bends

YOGIC PATH

Bhakti

IDENTITY

Social: self-acceptance

 

Chakra THREE
Manipura
- "Lustrous Gem"

LOCATION

navel, solar plexus

ELEMENT

fire

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"ram/ah"

GLAND

pancreas/adrenals

NERVE PLEXUS

solar plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

muscles, liver, gall bladder, stomach,
small intestine, skin, digestive system, low back

SENSES

sight

CENTRAL ISSUE

power, control, ego, self image

GOALS

vitality, strength of will, purpose,
integrity, honor, self esteem

RIGHTS

to act

ASANAS

boat, locust, bow, standing squat, child's pose

YOGIC PATH

Karma

IDENTITY

Ego: self-definition

 

Chakra TWO
Svadhisthana - "Sweetness"

LOCATION

sacral region

ELEMENT

water

BIJA MANTRA VOWEL SOUND

"vam/oo"

GLAND

ovaries/prostate

NERVE PLEXUS

lumba sacral plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

womb, sex organs, bladder, spleen, kidneys,
sacrum, circulatory system, tongue

SENSES

taste

CENTRAL ISSUE

sexuality, emotions, passion,
creativity, self confidence

GOALS

fluidity, movement, pleasure,
relaxation, self-nurturance, change

RIGHTS

to feel, to want

ASANAS

lunge, cobra, pigeon,
lotus, downward dog, warriors

YOGIC PATH

Tantra

IDENTITY

Emotional: self-gratification

 

Chakra ONE
Muladhara - "Root Support"

LOCATION

base of spine

ELEMENT

earth

BIJA MANTRA/VOWEL SOUND

"lam/oh"

GLAND

adrenals

NERVE PLEXUS

coccygeal plexus

ORGANS AND BODY PARTS

legs, feet, bones, large intestine, nose

SENSES

smell

CENTRAL ISSUE

survival, security, safety

GOALS

stability, grounding, prosperity, rights,
livelihood, physical health, stillness

RIGHTS

to have, to exist

ASANAS

standing poses, balancing poses, leg stretches

YOGIC PATH

Hatha

IDENTITY

Physical: self-preservation