Tonight it was Prana Yoga at Greenhouse. Strange class — we chanted a chakra mantra 1–3 times at the beginning of each pose. As in “stretch your arm out and down into Triangle, exhaling ‘Lam Lam Lam’ as you go.” Each pose is supposed to activate a chakra along the spine, so I assume we were saying the mantras corresponding to the chakra activated. (For more information, look up “seed mantras.”) I read yesterday (in Jill Camera’s Yoga Fan) that there are basic correlations, I hope I remember them correctly:
- Standing Poses activate the Root Chakra
- Forward Bends activate the Sacral Chakra
- Twists activate the Navel Chakra
- Back Bends activate the Heart Chakra
- Arm Balances activate the Throat Chakra
- Balance Poses activate the Third Eye
- Inversions activate the Crown Chakra
From tail to skull, the chakra mantras are Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham, Om, Om. Sound vibration is also supposed to help your glands — according to Beth Beigler they prefer gentle touch, like the landing of a fly — so the chanting could also help the neuroendocrine system.
In any case, I had a very deep final relaxation. Shana, subbing for Julianna, had us hold each pose for 7-8 breaths, and only then do the chanting, so it was a slow, muscle-burning class at times.