This week we learned about the seven chakras and we were given a self evaluation test to discover what our strongest and weakest chakras are. I found it interesting that my strongest and weakest chakras are somewhat contradictory however, the stronger chakra is definitely what I have been using to strengthen my weakest chakra. In the past year, yoga has strengthened my weakest chakra significantly and I didn't even realize this was happening.
My weakest chakra is the seventh chakra, the crown chakra. When this chakra is out of balance it causes headaches, senility (memory loss), indecisiveness, depression, and stressing out about your life being meaningless. I definitely suffer from all of the above symptoms and always have but these symptoms have significantly decreased in the last ten years. I always talk to myself when I'm in a bad place and tell myself that everything will be okay, everything will work out. I have worked to focus on what is good in my life rather than bad. As far as the bad, I learn to work through it or figure out something to do to solve the problem. This is my strongest chakra at work, my heart chakra (the fourth chakra). The heart chakra is associated with inner peace, joy, and the ability to love.
Yoga has significantly increased the strength of my crown chakra even though it is still weak. The crown chakra is associated with knowing yourself. Something I was always questioning as I was growing up. Regular yoga practice is getting me closer and closer to knowing who I am. I have been severely attached to materialistic things in the past which negatively affects this chakra. Yoga has allowed me to let go of the materials I was attached to and allowed me to get more organized and declutter both my physical world and my mental world. All of this started before I started learning about the morals, ethics, and positive effects of yoga.
The chakras are always something that I heard about but never studied or understood. It's interesting to know now what they are and be able to look back at my life and see how these chakras have been blocked in the past and how they are getting strengthened now.