What Do I Need to Know?
So you started attending a yoga course for beginners, but ended up disappointed after few sessions because nothing extraordinary happened? You haven’t felt as relaxed and energized for a long time, but one question spoils the impression: “okay, am I going to open the chakras any time soon?”
One of the biggest mistakes beginner yoga practitioners make is expecting too much as soon as they start practicing. They read many online articles before attending an actual class, so they anxiously wait for the superpowers to arise. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), reality doesn’t work that way.
What should I know before I start practicing?
What used to be secret knowledge is now a widespread trend. Awakening the chakras sounds tempting, but we should not forget that yoga needs to be practiced with great perseverance and care. Have you stumbled upon those online tests that tell you how “open” your chakras are in exact percentages? Do not take them seriously. Maybe we could give more validation to chakras using modern electron photonic analysis of each chakra resonating at a different frequency level (1).
The truth is, there is no need to read theory about the human energy system before you attend your first yoga class. One of the most important preconditions for success in yoga is not to expect anything. Accept all experiences that come and work towards your progress, but do not chase after something you’ve heard or read online.
Every experienced yoga instructor will tell you that going directly to chakra-healing meditations is not a wise thing to do. Your energy system will evolve when you are ready to accept and deal with the changes. If you try to force anything, your body and mind won’t be able to deal with the changes.
How is yoga practice helping me balance the energy?
If you are a beginner in yoga, it’s best to start with a mild program even if you already are flexible. Getting easy into a complex pose doesn’t mean that your body and mind are ready for bandhas, pranayama, and meditation. As always, the best place to start is the beginning. As you get deeper into the practice and understand what yoga means to you, your conscience will start expanding and recognizing the subtle harmony behind the crude, physical matter of existence.
A great place to start is with your lower two chakras, Muladhara.and Swadhistana, which help you to feel grounded and stable. Try Tree Pose!
With regular yoga practice (which includes not only your weekly sessions, but constant devotion to the principles of yama and niyama as well), your conscience will start evolving through the chakras one by one. However, this needs to be a gradual and slow process that will give you enough time to stabilize the prana in one center before progressing towards another one.
There is no need to rush through the journey.
Before you start thinking about awakening your energy, you should understand that its nature is neutral. Your thoughts, experiences, and feelings are the aspects that give its positive or negative charge. If you still haven’t dealt with your baggage, your mind and body won’t be able to deal with forced awakening of the kundalini, and the negative features of your personality will only be enhanced. Of course, your ego won’t allow you to recognize that. Remember Darth Vader?
Even beginner’s practice makes a difference on your deeper levels. Every single asana, breathing, relaxation, and meditation technique has an effect over your energy system. This is why it’s important to practice a properly-balanced program under the guidance of a good instructor. The commitment to yama and niyama also has an influence over the development of your energy system.
You cannot skip the steps on your spiritual journey, so there is no need to rush through it. All changes are meaningful and beautiful, no matter how subtle they are. The awakening of the chakras will come when you’re ready for it.