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Chakra Yoga

Chakra yoga is an exercise system that encourages the flow of positive energy throughout the body, through using the yoga practice to open seven energy centres of the body. This practice identifies seven main energy centres called, "chakras," which are located along the spine from the base to the crown of the head. A chakra yoga class aims to cleanse these chakras and open them up to allow positive energy to flow throughout the body and re-balance participants' mind, emotions and spirit. A class may focus on a specific chakra, or may attempt to cleanse all seven chakras. Chakra yoga classes incorporate asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. Like other forms of yoga that have grown in global popularity, it has become increasingly available as a commercialized form of exercise and now carries diverse meanings, both spiritual and secular, in various communities - although, Chakra yoga retains an explicit spiritual emphasis.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Yoga is estimated to originate during 5th Century BCE, as part of Hinduism and Buddhism, and was introduced to Europe and North American by Indian yoga gurus during the early 20th century. The exact origins of Chakra yoga in Canada and the GTA are not clear.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Chakra yoga occurs year round in the GTA, during regular classes at studios and occasional public demonstrations.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

889 Yoga; Mula yoga; Iam yoga

Cultural Significance

Historically, yoga has significant cultural significance in Buddhism and Hinduism. Today, yoga has become a popular mainstream form of exercise that may or may not carry spiritual significance, although Chakra yoga has an explicit spiritual emphasis.

Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System
  • Iam Yoga - Downtown
    200 Wellington St. W
    Toronto, ON M5V 3C7
  • Iam Yoga - Midtown
    680 Yonge St.
    2nd floor
    Toronto, ON M4Y 2A6
  • 889 Yoga
    889 Yonge St.
    Toronto, ON M4W 2H2
  • Mula Yoga
    80 Mitchell Ave.
    Toronto, ON M6J 1C1

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