Number 7 – It’s Significance & Our Focus This Yoga Term
This term’s yoga classes will be run over a seven week period. This term we focus on the seven chakras.
The number seven is significant for a number of reasons, not only in yoga but spiritually, mathematically and magically!
- There are seven chakras in the human body. Our yoga practice will focus on these seven chakras this term; from the root chakra to the crown chakra.
- There are seven colours in the light spectrum/rainbow: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Each colour corresponding with the chakras.
- The number seven has great significance in almost every religion. For eg. The Old Testament confirms the world was created in six days and God rested on the seventh, creating the seven-day week we use today.The number seven is also featured in the Book of Revelation (seven churches, seven angels, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven stars). Christianity speaks of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Koran speaks of seven heavens and Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in Mecca seven times. In Hinduism there are seven higher worlds and seven underworlds; and in Buddhism the new-born Buddha rises and takes seven steps.
- The number seven is associated with luck and magical properties. Seven not only represents the jackpot on slot machines, but it is also the basis for many myths and folklore. For example, various parts of the world had beliefs about the seventh son of a seventh son, legends that endowed him with magical powers of both the good and evil
- Seven matches our memory capacity. In 1956, George Miller of Harvard University demonstrated that most people can retain roughly seven items of information in their short term memory.
- It is a prime number. Prime numbers are those that can only be divided by themselves and by the number 1, and have long been considered special to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike.
- It is the most popular number. The mathematician Alex Bellos asked 44,000 people to name their favourite number and over 4,000 of them named the number 7, far more than any other number.
- It has been significant since ancient times. It was prominent in many ancient cultures. Most famous of all were the seven wonders of the world.
- We begin this week’s yoga classes with a focus on Anahata chakra, the heart chakra, associated with the colour green, the air element, prana and life force, ahimsa and kindness, compassion and love, and confidence.