Often back pain is attributed to a physical injury when in fact it may have been onset by one but it is being prolonged by underlying emotions that are stored in your energetic field. Your meridian system interacts with many chakras but there are seven main chakras that people usually focus on for balancing emotions and physical symptoms. The chakras are basically spinning energy centers around areas with lots of nerve endings. The book titled, “Body Electric” covers the body’s meridian system and reminds us how we are electromagnetic conductors. If emotions affect a lie detector, how else do you think that anger or guilt might affect our own electromagnetic field? Luckily, yoga has many simple techniques to help balance the chakras that are in our back and neck. If you have an injury please consult with your doctor before trying any of these stretches.
The lowest chakra, the root chakra, is located at the base of the spine. A great way to help balance this is to get some cardio exercise. This does not mean you have to run, why not take a brisk walk, once or twice a day.
The second chakra, the sacral chakra, is where our creativity and sensuality are housed. Perhaps you have had a painful experience which has left you guarded or feeling jaded. Relationships can affect your sacral chakra, your solar plexus chakra which is your personal power, or your heart chakra which is where you give and receive love. Most of us experience some relationships whoes, it’s about as normal as breathing. What isn’t common is healthy ways of dealing with those toxic emotions. Let’s undue that trend and start our own journey to release negative emotions that can be blocking our energy system and causing us pain. Gentle seated forward folds can help open your heart chakra and low cobra, a yoga pose done lying on your stomach with your hands palm facing down under your shoulders, can also help your heart chakra. Use caution not to yank your spine in these stretches and rather breathe deeply to open the cells surrounding these energy centers. Fill your lungs and empty your lungs as you stretch and feel the negative energy leaving with your breath out. Try sitting in a loose straddle and if it’s comfortable for you, you can stretch to each side and open up the side of your heart chakra. Any of the warrior poses one, two, or three can be found online and they all help your lower two chakras. If you were born in India, the chakra system would be a regular part of your vernacular. There are also certain colors associated with these chakras. The base chakra, is associated with red, it is linked to your basic survival, food, shelter and work. Your second chakra is associated with orange. You can visualize these colors in the corresponding areas to help bring healing energy to those centers. The third chakra is just below the breastbone and associated with the frequency that vibrates yellow. The heart chakra is associated with the color green and the throat and neck chakra is associated with the color light blue. The throat chakra can become blocked if you are having problems communicating. Shoulder problems can also be associated with the heart chakra and one way to help quite tangibly is to stretch your shoulder joints gently while breathing deeply. There are energy healers who can help you balance your chakras if you are in too much pain to do the exercises listed above. Of course there are many more exercises and foods that can help balance these chakras as well as meditations. It is important not to bottle your emotions up as they become stored in your body and become blocked. There are ways to experience your emotions without being controlled by them, realizing that the longer you resist them, the more they hurt you, as you let them come up and pass, they no longer have control over you. As a yoga teacher, I have helped many people learn about how emotions are stored in the body. The pain and discomfort can be helped through yoga which is a science of balancing the body’s energetic and physical systems.