Is there a connection between the breath and Chakras? Firstly, a human being takes 21600 breaths a day, per Yoga literature. However, Scientists count the number of breaths to be between 20,000 to 24,000. Secondly, scientists now affirm what Yogis have said all along. Only one of the nostrils is active at any time of the day and after a gap of 2 hours the other nostril takes over. This means that 10,800 breaths flow easily through each nostril in a day. 10800 is a revered number in eastern traditions. So is there any truth also to the fact that these 10800 breaths are connected to the Chakras?
Chakras are energy centers in the subtle body. Their locations roughly correspond to the endocrine system in the human body. Most people who practice Yoga are aware of seven major chakras. In what way do the 21600 breath map to these chakras? For example. 50% of the breath daily breath count maps to each of the left and the right nostrils. We get some hints from the works of Siddhars who were advanced Yoga experts from the South of India. Siddhars attribute 600 breaths to the base chakra, ten times this count to each of the next three chakras and a sixth of this count to the upper three. But how do these 21600 breaths map to the Chakras in the time domain? Let us first look at the nature of the Chakras.
Chakras are centers where the Prana or the subtle energy of the body flows in a concentrated manner. They are like distribution centers. For example, the solar plexus is a bundle of nerves. Coincidentally, the third chakra is in this vicinity. In fact, the word chakra itself means a circle or a vortex. However, neither Prana nor Chakras exist in the physical dimension. We can therefore imagine the Vortex to be be a pulsation. Yoga literature may agree with this idea because they describe chakras to be like a blossomed flower in case of an advanced practitioner.
Assigning breath counts to Chakras
How about counting breaths from 6am? In summary, we can assign the first 600 breaths to the base chakra. And sequentially assign the next 6000 to the second and so on. Does the breath impact only one chakra at a time per this time? Let us consider the logic for an alternate assignment. Firstly, breath is not the only source of Prana. Secondly, different Chakras contribute to experience of different types of emotions, especially the negative ones. Obviously, anger can arise at any time of the day! Therefore, there must be another way to assign breaths to the Chakras
Let us take 216 counts of consecutive breaths. We can begin by assigning six of them to the base chakra and spread them evenly out. Secondly, we can assign ten and sixty breaths respectively to each of the top three and the remaining three chakras. Finally, we can spread all these assignments equally within the set of 216. We are once again left with the question – what happens when anger arises? Does this assignment go out of whack? Certainly, Prana must move to the corresponding energy center. How realistic is the effort to map 21600 breaths to Chakras?
21600 breaths per day is an ideal count. Therefore, scientists notice the count to be in a range of numbers in ordinary people. Certainly, Siddhars assigned 600, 6000, 1000 breath counts to Chakras based on their observation. However, this must be the situation for a person who is in harmony with nature and their surroundings. After all, the goal of Yoga is to maintain the cool in all situations.
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