You can’t practice yoga for long without a teacher introducing you to chakras. According to the ancient Indian tradition and philosophy, there are a series of chakras, or energy centres, in every human. These energy centres cause physical and emotional illness when improperly aligned along the spine. While the concept of chakras is an ancient one, it is a concept that is a crucial component of many people’s yoga practices.

Of course there are sceptics out there. After all, there is little physical proof of chakras. Discovering your chakras is an internal experience. Although you can’t SEE your chakras, you can FEEL them. Today, you can find some evidence of chakras. But the real way to prove their existence is to open your mind and look for them.

These workshops at the Toronto Yoga Show are a great place to start!

Rod Stryker – AWAKENING THE LOTUS VINYASA

 

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Date: Sunday April 2
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Course Code: SA3STR
Find it in the Guide: Page 9

Why You Should Go:

The Sushumna is the central channel that links your chakras. Rod Stryker’s workshop will build stillness and clarity to awaken the Sushumna and unlock new energies within it.

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Seane Corn – YOGA FOR INNER VISIONING: A CLASS DEVOTED TO THE SIXTH CHAKRA – THIRD EYE

 

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Date: Saturday April 1
Time: 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Course Code: SA2MTS
Find it in the Guide: Page 6

Why You Should Go:

This workshop begins with a backbending vinyasa practice to stimulate the central nervous system. The workshop closes with a deep Yin practice and a guided meditation that focuses on connecting to your sixth chakra.

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Shonna Brown and John Bauld – MANTRASANA

 

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Date: Thursday March 30
Time: 9 AM – 11 AM
Course Code: TH6SJB
Find it in the Guide: Page 17

Why You Should Go:

It’s Hatha Yoga meets live Mantra Music: posture, breathing and meditation will take place in an effort to open all your energy channels, chakras and psychic centres. Bring open ears and open minds for what is sure to be a lively class!

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Marla Ericksen – YIN YOGA FOR THE CHAKRAS

 

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Date: Saturday April
Time: 1 PM – 3 PM
Course Code: SA3ERI
Find it in the Guide: Page 18

 

Why You Should Go:

Marla Ericksen is offering plenty of great Yin yoga experiences at the conference this year. This particular workshop will explore postures for stimulating and harmonizing each chakra. These are great postures to know for both teaching and personal practice.

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Paul Galloro – CREATE YOUR OWN CHAKRA DANCE PARTY

 

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Date: Sunday April 2
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Course Code: SU4GAL
Find it in the Guide: Page 32

 

Why You Should Go:

Paul Galloro’s Chakra Dance Parties are always energetic, lively and positive experiences. We’re sure it will be again this year! However, taking this workshop means you don’t have to wait for the Yoga Show to return: you can make your own Chakra Dance party whenever your heart chakra desires!

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Danielle March – CHAKRAS + YIN YOGA

 

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Date: Friday March 31
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
Course Code: FR1DAN
Find it in the Guide: Page 34

Why You Should Go:

Want some long-lasting chakra connection? Danielle March’s full day Yin workshop explores the chakras one by one. Focus on connecting to your subtle body, and learn the tools to sustain this connection or teach it to others.

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Devinder Kaur – OUR 8 SACRED SYMBOLS

 

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Date: Friday March 31
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Course Code: FR2KAU
Find it in the Guide: Page 35

Why You Should Go:

A lot of yogis teach there are seven chakras, However, in some traditions, there are eight. This evening workshop explores the eight energy centres of the body. You’ll gain meditation and breathing tools to continue unblocking and aligning these chakras.

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Michelle Tamblyn-Sabo – THE POWER OF PLEASURE: THE 2ND CHAKRA, THE MISSING CHAKRA ON THE MAP

 

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Date: Saturday April 1
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Course Code: SA2MTS
Find it in the Guide: Page 38

Why You Should Go:

Goddesses and yoginis everywhere can’t get enough of Michelle Tamblyn-Sabo’s Goddess Flow classes. Pleasure and sexuality are often neglected parts of our being, and ironically, this chakra needs a lot of love!

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Hillary Faye – BANDHAS IMMERSION

 

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Date: Saturday April 1st
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Course Code: SA2FAY
Find it in the Guide: Page 44

Why You Should Go:

The bandhas, or locks, are a fast route to equilibrium, elevation and happiness. Learn how to properly apply and teach the three bandhas, and experience the energy moving up your chakra system. Also learn about the great lock, Mahabandha.

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Veronique Dumont – CHAKRA MANDALA NAMASCAR

 

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Date: Saturday April 1st
Time: 8 AM – 10 AM
Course Code: SA1DUM
Find it in the Guide: Page 55

Why You Should Go:

This Prana Flow class dives into the Chakra Mandala Namaskar sequence. Through a circular flow on your mat, this balancing and energizing class will help you anchor yourself to the earth, connect with the flow of water, ignite your inner fire, and open the heart center. You will discover peak poses for all levels to harmonize and open your body to the flow of life.

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