I've had a love affair with Pilates and yoga for a decade now. You could say I'm polyamorous when it comes to these methods. I teach both and love them equally.
A few years ago, I decided to become a yoga teacher. I had been teaching Pilates for quite some time and had an active yoga practice in addition to Pilates. I knew I was meant to teach yoga, so I dove right into a teacher training. I didn't really learn about the chakras until my 300 YTT with The Kaivalya Yoga Method. My teacher Alanna was able to explain these energy centers in such a way that it had a profound, life-altering effect on me. From that moment on, I understood how important the chakras were to our collective well-being.
So, what are chakras? The chakras are living, breathing energy centers located in our body. Matter at its tiniest, most observable form is energy. We are made of matter; therefore we are made of energy. There are parts of our body where a dense amount of energy exists.
That is a chakra. We have seven major chakras that line up along our spine starting with the root chakra at our tailbone, and ending with the crown chakra at the very top of our head. When one of our chakras is unbalanced, every other chakra will suffer because energy is affected by everything. Imbalances are caused by everyday life stress and painful past experiences that are stuck inside our bodies. This reveals itself as pain, disease, and tight muscles.
Through researching these energy centers I discovered how they could be healed. Movement is one of the many ways you can restore your chakras because it literally moves stagnant energy around. Pilates is one of the greatest forms of movement out there.
Read on for five ways Pilates can help you heal your chakras: