Well, the answer is likely simple: it is tradition. Our prana, or life force, depends on the two in balance. Since I also teach Tai Chi, I find it curious how most of the sequences start with the left in this practice, representing the yin or feminine energy. Perhaps because Tai Chi is a peaceful, defensive practice, rather than an offensive martial arts? Well, we could speculate in circles, but I think it is likely simply tradition in this case too.
That was my answer to my friend. I knew there must be more, so I told him I would look it up and get back to him and so this article was born. What I found was that the tradition of the right side being first and holy runs deep. Traditionally, in India, gifts are given with the right hand. For luck, you step into newly constructed buildings with the right foot first. Then, I remembered my mother telling me that when she studied abroad in India and Sri Lanka during college, the tradition was that you always ate and greeted people with your right hand and used the left hand in the bathroom.
Since sanitation was not historically the best, such practices were not only holy, but also just safer. Maybe, something as practical as this is the true root of this tradition. Is the real reason we start our yoga poses on the right side because of sanitation concerns during medieval times? After exploring energetic, traditional, and historic reasonings, I had to dive into the possible scientific perspective. I am into anatomy and physiology as a side gig. So, naturally, I have tried my hardest to justify the possible benefits of starting with the right.
We might twist to the right first to aid in peristalsis since the vital organs run clockwise throughout the body. When twisting to the right, perhaps we help move things across the transverse colon toward the descending colon and, ultimately, out. Maybe we turn to lie on our right side after Corpse pose because our heart is on the left side. Being on the right can help distribute the blood better through the body with the aid of gravity. We activate the left side of the brain when we move the limbs of the right side, accessing the thinking mind. Maybe we must start from this logical perspective because that is how our mind mostly processes in our day-to-day lives before we can delve into the right brain, which generally lends itself to creativity, spirituality, and a meditative state.
Although these things may be true and fascinating to think about , the effects are likely minimal. In a last ditch effort to get to the bottom of this mystery, I messaged every yoga expert and master teacher that I knew and I know a lot. The response was almost laughable.
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Most said that they start with the right so they remember which side that they have done or taught. Personally, I find tradition and rituals fascinating and fulfilling. In the end, whether you decide to start with your right side or left, do it mindfully and intentionally. Remember which side you start with especially as a teacher! It then kind of dissipated as I awoke from my meditation, I have been left with an amazing humbled feeling that I am blessed to have experienced this. I have had a headache for the last two days which I got the moment I awoke from my meditation.
Is this my brow chakra blocked your advice would be amazing and appreciated …Nemeste. Firstly thank you for this website and post, I have been practicing yoga for a few years now, and find after practice I feel discomfort in between first and third chakra points, is there any food that would help remove this discomfort quicker, as I am unable to practice when this occurs!
Whats the purpose of doing yoga. Suggestions please. Thank you. Very good exercise for the health of your loved ones all the recommendations I used to be healthy. I got all my chakras open but still need a way to make them active more faster …if you know the way just tell me plss. Just get started with Kundalini yoga, Ganesh! All your chakras will awaken without you having to will it to be so. This is a self-guided practice and not a kriya designed by Yogi Bhajan. You can hold them for 3 minutes each and flow gently into each on the breath if you like.
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Can all the poses be done with breath of fire i. I usually do camel with breath of fire. What breath should be used for the first one i.
I have been trying to balance my chakras for so long and have a kundalini yoga book,I really like this article. Chakra activation is certainly one of the most desirable things for New Yogis, BTW great post on kundalini. Chakra meditation may also be used to open up your chakra centers and improve the flow of positive psychic energy in your body. During meditation you simply concentrate on each of the chakras starting with the first one and working your way up to your crown chakra.
By imagining the flow of energy from chakra to chakra, you are helping to remove blockages in each energy center that might be causing pain and disease. I dont know how many time get this posture to open my chakras but i m doing these …………..
Dear yoga guru how can i know that my first chakara is clear. You feel steady, grounded, and safe if you have a strong and clear first chakra. You can clear chakra imbalances quickly using Kundalini yoga. Blessings, Ramdesh. This article is fantastic. We did not know, that chakra balancing could be such easy cost free task…Bless u spirit voyage. I was captured with these exer. Wish You good meditation practice for absolute love and peace. I show asana for Chakra Suddhi are very good can be tried.
I am getting Pran flow up to Crown Chakra, what to do for more improvement? I would like to clear my chakras with these poses. How can I be effective while my back and hip muscles and joints are currently in spasm and pain? Is there any variation I could do for the time being, to accelarate my healing?
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Thanks So Much!!! Good information on your blog. I really like this article. So helpful with all the images and the basic descriptions that invite participation without too much thinking … Sat Nam. Love the information. Thank you for the information. Your email address will not be published.
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