The Modern Yogi's Guide to Self-Exploration:

A Creative Journey Through The 7 Chakra System

a new book by Ely Bakouche

This book is a collection of reflections, prompts, tools, and practical exercises to support your self-discovery, mental, emotional, physical well-being and healing in a way that is durable.

What you'll find inside:

An introduction to the myths in our modern understanding of the chakra system and alternative ways of thinking

7 chapters based on the ancient wisdom of the chakras to anchor your reflections and healing in various topics like emotional awareness, confidence, or belonging

Everyday challenges & exercises to widen your understanding of your yoga practice and integrate seamlessly into your daily life

Illustrations by artist Katya Uspenkaya

Meet The Author

Ely is the co-founder and editorial director at Shut Up & Yoga magazine. She’s also a writer, yoga teacher, world traveler, life student, and absolute language nerd. She believes that, in a productivity-centered world, rest, questioning, and play are forms of resistance and ones she has made her mission to share with her communities. She currently lives in Shanghai, China.

Author's note

From a very early age, I’ve always felt like the world was going against my inner, natural pace. I always felt like I was playing catchup and never quite met expectations of what it meant to be a human being in our shared world.

Yoga for me became a way to connect with my intuitive rhythm. It has taught me again and again about what it means to simply be, with myself and with the world around me. After a while, I started wondering if I could stay as present in everyday challenges and happenings as I was when I was moving and breathing in my asana practice.

I’d started on a yoga mat but never felt quite powerful enough to infiltrate all areas of my life. Why was it so difficult to say no to things I didn’t want to do when I’d been learning about that in my physical practice? Why would I not let myself “flow” in my creative projects as much as my breath during meditation?

This book is part of my journey discovering how yoga can truly be a practice of every day, every hour, every minute. It is a collection of my attempts at putting together building blocks of awareness so I always find pockets of connection whether I’m sitting on a loud train, cooking a meal, or deep into my email inbox.

I hope you find comfort and ways to cultivate confidence through these pages. May the reflections and practice build the freedom and intuition you need to let the wonderful practice of yoga take the shape it needs to serve you and your communities.

With love and curiosity,

Table of Contents


Why write about the chakras?

What is the chakra system and how is it relevant to rely on its ancient wisdom in our modern lives? We present another way of looking at the system so we can start to integrate it into our daily activities-way beyond the mat.


Root Chakra: Find stability, safety, and a sense of home

A closer look our the building blocks of our physical and mental home. What makes us feel anchored in the world? What makes us feel supported? Through journaling prompts and grounding practices, you'll be invited to create your own definition of 'home.'


Sacral Chakra: Learning to make space for emotions

A look at how emotions shape our experiences and vice versa, and practices to embrace what comes up, no matter where we are, what we need, and what season of life we are at.


Solar Plexus: Rethinking confidence, leadership, and power

Hindu and Buddhist practices encourage us to let go of the ego. But where does that take us? We look at creating a sense of identify and self that will help us navigate the world and create one we want to live in.


Heart Chakra: Acknowledging negative self-talk

We look at relationships with ourselves and the people around us and attempt to find a new, personal definition of love.


Throat Chakra: Finding belonging through self-expression

Why do we fit in specific environments and not others? What is our responsibility and what is not ours to carry? In this chapter, we re-think self-expression and its power.


Third Eye Chakra: Questioning the world to see it clearer

If reaching enlightenment is our goal, there are many steps we take while on this earth, one of which being looking for the truth. Where is it, how do we look for it, and how do we know we've got it?


Crown Chakra: Exploring with the 9 spiritual temperaments

Is there a god? What is it? What does it do? Does everyone need to be spiritual? In this final chapter, we embrace the diverse ways we, humans, experience spirituality and go in the search of our own, unique spiritual needs.


Extending our learning out to others

How can we continue to share the practice of yoga and the wisdom we find within all of us? This short and final chapter provides ways we can take our learning into our communities - whether in person or online.

Ready to embark on your self-exploration journey?

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I get a paperback version of the book?

Yes! You can find it on Amazon.

Is this book for me?

If you’re looking for heart-centered and practical tools to grow and reconnect with your intuition, natural rhythms, and needs, then yes. 🙂