Transforming Fear to Joy

A Yoga Practice to Energize Hope

Hope inspires and expands; fear inhibits and implodes.

photo by Jeremy Williamson

When I saw these beautiful crocuses, I was immediately reminded of how Earth provides for and protects us from harm.  The hope of new growth exists even during a time of destruction and turmoil.  Additionally, the pretty yellow and purple blossoms of the crocus — symbolizing the solar plexus and crown charkras, respectively — remind me that we are powerful healers and creators when united with cosmic energy.

During this COVID 19 pandemic, liberating our body’s healing reserves as well as tapping into those of the cosmos is good medicine.  We can maximize our health and hopefulness by “tuning up” our chakra or energy system.  The following yoga sequence, which includes poses for each chakra, will help you to stay strong and grounded in your centre.


The more we “download” our higher dimensional powers into our physical body, the more it is essential that we are centered and grounded. If we plug in a small fan we do not need a third prong. However, if we are plugging in a powerful air conditioner we must have that third, grounding, prong or we can burn out the electrical system of our house. It is the same with our Soul’s house — our physical earth vessels—we must remain grounded or we can burn out the electrical system (the nervous system) of our physical body.      Dr. Suzanne Lie

If chakra activation and balancing are new to you, this asana sequence will help you answer the following question for yourself — In my life, is each chakra dormant, balanced or hyperactive?  If you are still wondering why you would want to balance your chakras, John Selby writes in Kundalini Awakening:  A Gentle Guide to Chakra Activation & Spiritual Growth … 

We have assumed that religion and sixth-chakra spiritual intuition are the same, and thus have thrown out the baby with the bathwater.  We have kept spiritual, intuitive education out of our schools at the same time that we have kept out dogmatic religious indoctrination.

The result is a nation highly skilled in cognitive activity and in cognitive/
manipulative action, but utterly unschooled in intuitive/cognitive mental functioning.  We have fixated on the lower masculine chakras and utterly ignored the two highest chakras — and also the central, Heart Chakra.  As a result, we tend to be intellectually and physically adept, and spiritually and emotionally inept.

In other words, we are out of balance within but also with our protector and provider, Mother Earth.  Come home to your true nature with the following 60 to 90-minute yoga practice.

Asana Sequence for the Chakras:

Pre Poses:  to warm up

ROOT (Muladhara) Chakra – Baddha Konasana
with back to the wall

SACRAL (Svadhisthana) Chakra – Supta Padangusthasana I
— keep both sides of sacrum on the floor

SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura) Chakra – Supta Padangusthasana II
with a sandbag on the foundation leg — keep sacrum on the floor

Peak Poses:  to tune in

SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura) Chakra – Ardha to Paripurna Navasana


SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura) Chakra –  Paripurna Navasana

HEART (Anahata) Chakra – Salamba Matsyasana over a block

HEART (Anahata) Chakra – Ustrasana
– blocks for hands; chin tucked

gaze to ceiling 

THROAT (Vishuddha) Chakra – Triyak Bhujangasana
with head & torso twist; turn R & look to R heel,  then
repeat twist to L  

THROAT (Vishuddha) Chakra – Salamba Matsyasana 

THIRD EYE (Ajna) Chakra – Ardha Sarvangasana

Post Poses:  to cool down

THIRD EYE (Ajna) Chakra – Balasana
with head on a block or floor



(remove block)

CROWN (Sahasrara) Chakra
– Sasangasana crown-roll with hands clasped behind
the back and moving away from sacrum


CROWN (Sahasrara) Chakra – Viparita Karani
– either variation; lengthen through crown

Savasana II – No one to be, no where to go, nothing to do.

Tune in again next week for my audio recording of a chakra meditation.  Namaste

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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