Your Energy Rainbow
In yogic traditions, there are seven energy centres of the body flowing up the spinal column. These are known as the chakras.
Each chakra has a corresponding colour, and each is based in a particular place in the body.
I describe them to my students as their own energy rainbow.
The first three chakras involve an individual's sense of self, each evolving from the previous. These are:
Safety and Belonging
Expression of Feelings and Creativity
Capability and Confidence
The remaining four chakras involve the individual's relationship with him or herself and others. These are:
Loving Kindness and Gratitude
Trusting yourself and your intuition
Trusting in something bigger than you
During the past five years of using children's picture books in my yoga sessions, I realised that most of the stories could be easily aligned with the chakras. I now focus on stories from one of the six chakras (combining the sixth and seventh together) each half term of the school year.
These stories feature characters expressing their feelings and embracing their individual creativity.