The entire universe is made of energy, and our body is no exception. Ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that move inside of us, the 7 chakras. Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally translates to wheel.The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’. Literally translated from the Hindi it means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies, you have seven of these major energy centers and many more minor ones.This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. Chakras are circular (or flower petal shaped) vortexes of energy lying across seven different points on our spinal column. The seven chakras are connected to different glands and organs in the body and are responsible for uniform distribution of “Chi” (also called “Qi” or Praana or life energy) through them. When there is a disruption in this life energy or a blockage in any one or more Chakras, the individual may suffer from health or mental issues.This spinning energy has 7 centers in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head.The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide exactly the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind and spirit. If one of your chakras is too open and spinning too quickly, or if it is too closed and moving slowly, our health will suffer.
They are charged and recharged through contact with the stream of cosmic energy in the atmosphere in much the same way that your home is connected to a central power source within a city – the only difference is that this cosmic energy source is free. Imagine this, a vertical power current rather like a fluorescent tube that runs up and down the spine, from the top of the head to the base of the spine. Think of this as your main source of energy. The seven major chakras are in the centre of the body and are aligned with this vertical “power line. ”
Chakras connect your spiritual bodies to your physical one.They regulate the flow of energy throughout the electrical network (meridians) that runs through the physical body. The body’s electrical system resembles the wiring in a house. It allows electrical current to be sent to every part, and it is ready for use when needed. Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance.Chakra 7 – The Crown. Sahasrara. The crown chakra connects to beauty itself and the spiritual realm. It helps you to understand who you are beyond your physical self—that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. It is not located in the body but actually hovers above the crown of the head. When it’s closed, you think happiness can only come from the outside, and you suffer. Working on this chakra helps you to feel free in any situation. Its color is violet and it is located at the top of your head. It is associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system and the pituitary gland. It is concerned with information, understanding, acceptance and bliss. It is said to be your own place of connection to God, the Chakra of Divine purpose and personal destiny. Blockage can manifest as psychological problems.
Element: Cosmic Energy
Color: Violet or White
Chakra 6 – The Third Eye (or Brow Chakra).Ajna. This chakra is associated with your intuition, or sixth sense, and governs how the rest of the chakras function. When Ajna is functioning well, you have insight, and you trust your inner wisdom to face life’s challenges and choices. When it’s blocked, you feel close-minded, too attached to logic, un trusting, and cynical. Working on the sixth chakra opens your mind to the bigger picture and different perspectives, and it helps you receive the wisdom that cannot be seen or heard by ordinary senses. Its color is Indigo (a combination of red and blue). It is located at the centre of your forehead at eye level or slightly above. This Chakra is used to question the spiritual nature of our life. It is the Chakra of question, perception and knowing. It is concerned with inner vision, intuition and wisdom. Your dreams for this life and recollections of other lifetimes are held in this Chakra. Blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight, mental rigidity, ‘selective’ memory and depression.
Chakra 5. The Throat. Vishuddha. When Vishuddha is blocked, you may feel like you can’t find your voice or your truth. You may also be overly talkative and not listen to others. When this chakra is open and stimulated, your voice moves through space to help you communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You also become better at listening to others and honoring their personal truths without judgment.Its color is blue or turquoise and it is located within the throat. It is the Chakra of communication, creativity, self-expression and judgement. It is associated with your Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid and parathyroid glands. It is concerned with the senses of inner and outer hearing, the synthesizing of ideas, healing, transformation and purification. Blockage can show up as creative blocks, dishonesty or general problems in communicating ones needs to others.
Chakra 4 – The Heart Anahata. Awaken to the power of unconditional love within you through compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance. When the heart chakra is blocked, you become possessive and codependent, and may form dysfunctional relationships. You may also stay isolated for fear of rejection. When you stimulate the Anahata chakra, you can heal past wounds by reopening your heart, learn to love unconditionally, and form healthy relationships. Its color is green and it is located within your heart. It is the center of love, compassion, harmony and peace. The Asians say that this is the house of the soul. This Chakra is Associate with your lungs, heart, arms hands and thymus gland. We fall in love through our heart Chakra, then that feeling of unconditional love moves to the emotional center commonly known as the solar plexus. After that it moves into the sexual center or Base Chakra where strong feelings of attraction can be released. When these energies move into the Base Chakra we may have the desire to marry and settle down. Blockage can show itself as immune system, lung and heart problems, or manifest as inhumanity, lack of compassion or unprincipled behavior.
Chakra 3 – The Solar Plexus Manipura.You’ve heard the expression “firing on all cylinders.” When the Manipurais in balance, you feel alive and have the self-esteem and confidence to take action and be productive. When it’s blocked, you lack courage, have low self-esteem, and feel stagnant and inert. By working on this chakra, you can awaken your true personal inner power and work through your fear of taking risks.Its color is yellow and it is located a few inches above the navel in the solar plexus area. This chakra is concerned with your digestive system, muscles, pancreas and adrenals. It is the seat of your emotional life. Feelings of personal power, laughter, joy and anger are associated with this center. Your sensitivity, ambition and ability to achieve are stored here. Blockage may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction or a sense of victimization.
2.The Sacral (or Navel Chakra) Svadhisthana. This chakra corresponds with your reproductive and sexual organs, and represents fluidity, creativity, and fertility. You can take a literal interpretation of this, or associate this chakra with whether or not you feel deserving of a pleasurable, abundant, creative life. When it’s out of balance, you can feel emotionally unstable, guilty, or hard on yourself. When Svadhisthana in balance, you feel creative, positive, and receptive to change—like the ocean and its tides, you’re in the flow. Its colour is orange and it is located between the base of your spine and your navel. It is associated with your lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and your reproductive organs and glands. It is concerned with emotion. This chakra represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity. Blockage may manifest as emotional problems, compulsive or obsessive behavior and sexual guilt.
1. Base (or Root Chakra) Muladhara governs your family ties and feelings of survival, belonging, and guardedness. Your earliest memories are stored here, including whether or not your basic needs were met. When it is blocked or out of balance, you can become needy, have low self-esteem, or have self-destructive behaviors. When Muladhara is in balance, you feel strong and confident; you can stand up on your own two feet and take care of yourself. Its color is red and it is located at the perineum, base of your spine. It is the Chakra closest to the earth. Its function is concerned with earthly grounding and physical survival. This Chakra is associated with your legs, feet, bones, large intestine and adrenal glands. It controls your fight or flight response. Blockage may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.
To understand better about the chakras and how they work as an energy vortex center in our physical body we have to take a moment to tune in to our body and see if you can feel our chakras.
To fell the work of this vortex of energy how they work we have to prepare our self for that and start with the simplest exercise of preparation. The experience or the feeling which each of you will experiencing is specific from person to person depending from the level of the energetic oscillation is your body. So each person is specific and unique. What you have to do is:
making sure you’re in a quiet space. If you can’t be right now, just return to this section of the article later. But if you can, sit quietly for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Let tension and stress slide away for just a moment. Just be in the moment, with your body.
Now, bring your attention to the base of your spine, your tailbone, and imagine a bright spinning red light. Feel it pulsing and rotating with your breath. Sit with that for a moment.
Move your attention up your spine to the area a couple of inches below your belly button. Feel the warmth of a bright, orange spinning light. Again, notice how it moves with your breath.
Guide your attention further up to a couple inches above your belly button. You’re probably familiar with this area, because when you feel strong emotions like love or fear, you likely feel it here. Notice how you can sense the intense yellow light rotating in that spot.
Bring your attention further up to the center of your chest where your heart is. This area harnesses a bright green light. When you’re touched or moved, you might instinctively place your hand over this spot. Connect with that area now.
Then, bring your attention to your throat, the dip in between your collar bones. Imagine a bright blue light spinning in that area.You may feel the urge to swallow or clear your throat as you think of it.
Next, move your attention up to the space on your forehead between your eyebrows, your third eye. This area holds a deep indigo rotating light. Imagine yourself becoming wiser as it spins and becomes brighter.
Finally, shift your attention to the very top of your head. Imagine a vibrant, spinning violet light that shines right out of the top of your body. This light connects you to the universe. Feel the peace that comes with noticing this light.
1st Chakra is the Root Chakra and represents our foundation and is all about feeling grounded and secure.The Sanskrit word for this Chakra is Mooladhara Chakra (mool means root) (pronounced ‘Moola-dhaara’) Chakra. The official name of this chakra, muladhara, comes from the words Mula, which means root and Dhara, which means support.So, this chakra’s role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, which is called grounding.When you think of your Root Chakra, think of your day to day survival here on earth. This energy center’s role is to give you everything you need to survive. For us in this modern age, that typically translates to financial and emotional security. While all the Seven Chakras are important for our health and well being, some experts consider the first chakra to be the most important Chakra mainly since it directs energy to all other chakras and also helps connect the individual to his/her physical world.. The chakra colors associated with the root chakra is Red. The root chakra defines our relation to Earth. It impacts our vitality, passion and survival instincts. The red chakra colors are also indicative of our need for logic and order, physical strength and sexuality as well as the fight or flight response when faced with danger. The sense of smell in the human body is connected to the Root Chakra. The root chakra directs the Chi or life energy to all other chakras. When it is fully open and balanced, it will help you become a whole and healthy human being. You will be able to tap into this renewed energy and feel more confident, stable and physically alive. The gland to which the root chakra is attached is the Gonads. Here’s the quick skinny on what you need to know about Root Chakra healing:
Location of our Root Chakra: Base of spine in tailbone area
What affects our Root Chakra: Survival issues, such as money and food
Organs and functions it affects– Large intestine, Immune system and all reproductive organs.
Color: Red, the color of blood or passion. Hence, the Root Chakra represents the life force (Chi or Prana) of the physical body itself.
Healing Foods: Red colored foods like apples and beets, Hot spices like red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce, Vegetables from the ground like potatoes and carrots, Animal proteins like red meat and eggs.
When the root or first chakra is overactive, the individual tends to be very angry, aggressive or annoyed all the time. Slightest provocation is enough to set him/her off. Such a person tries to control others and following higher authority is rather difficult for him. Likewise, materialistic or greedy individuals also tend to have an overactive root chakra. Such people are more likely to resist change and are obsessed with feeling secure all the time.
The first chakra can sometimes be underactive, in that; it is not ‘open enough’. In such a case, the individual tends to feel insecure or disconnected with the outside world. S/he tends to be rather disorganized owing to this. Finishing daily tasks with efficiency can be hard for such people. Afraid, overly-anxious and nervous people also tend to have an under active root chakra. They feel easily unwelcome in groups or parties.
Both, under active and overactive root chakras can lead to many physical symptoms like weight loss or weight gain or over or under active sex drives, depression, laziness, anemia, IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome) and so on. Hence, balancing the Root chakra is essential.
There are many ways of balancing the root chakra. Experts recommend the use of Yoga poses, aroma therapy essential oils, visualization and guided meditation as well as the use of colored crystals or stones to balance the root chakra. Here are a few methods:
Envisioning a lotus at the base of the spine, where the root chakra is located. Alternatively, one can visualize red color glowing brightly at the base of the spine in order to open the first chakra.
The root chakra is all about one’s connection to Mother Earth. Dancing is hence considered great way of balancing the root chakra. Likewise, one can get a pedicure, or go for a walk to balance and open the first chakra optimally.
Yogasanas or yoga postures like Mountain pose, Bridge pose and Warrior One etc pose can also help open and balance the chakra.
Aromatherapy: This involves burning a few essential oils (Angelica, geranium rose, Cedar, Frankincense or ylang ylang etc) or candles to make the room fragrant. Applying these oils on the pulse points before meditating can also help one relax and open the root chakra. The aforementioned oils can be used to rub on the soles of the feet.
Crystals like Azurite, Bloodstone and yellow topaz etc are recommended for well-balanced first chakra.
Nutrition for first chakra includes red foods like apples, strawberries, red cabbage as well as high protein foods like red meat, eggs etc.
2nd Chakra is the Sacral Chakra and relates to our ability to feel creative, sexual, and accept change. The Sanskrit word for the sacral chakra is the Swadhisthana chakra. The sacral chakra or the second chakra is known by many different names such as the navel chakra, abdominal chakra or the Svadishthana chakra. Svadishthana is the Sanskrit word for ‘abode of the self or the dwelling of the mind’or “the place of the self.” This chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it.This chakra brings you creative energy to enjoy life.Your sacral chakra is the home of the creative life force energy that helps you enjoy your life here on Earth.It’s the energy that motivates you to enjoy the fruits of your labor including indulging in pleasurable activities like sex. Thus, the second Chakra is concerned with centre of sensuality, creativity and procreation.The chakra colors associated with sacral chakra is orange. Swadishthana chakra relates to the water element in the human body. The chakra colors orange impact sexuality, reproductive function, joy, desire and even creativity, compassion for others etc. The sense of Taste is associated with the Sacral Chakra. Glands and organs impacted by this chakra include the lymphatic system, female reproductive organs, large intestine, pelvis, bladder etc.The sacral chakra is the ‘seat of all our emotions’. When well balanced, it can help an individual love self and others. He/she would become a happy, creative and ambitious person who is capable of accepting change, ‘going with the flow’ and forming healthy and happy relationships with people around. Here’s what you need to know about Sacral Chakra healing:
Location of our Sacral Chakra: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues affecting our Sacral Chakra: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
Color: Orange.The naval or second chakra is connected to the Etheric body (the subtle state of consciousness that transcends the known physical universe). It is associated with the color Orange.
Organs and functions affected by the sacral chakra– The second chakra impacts all bodily fluids, taste, blood circulation, reproductive functions, large intestine, kidneys and lower back etc.
Healing Foods: Orange colored foods like oranges and tangerines, Nuts
Humans have fixed beliefs that help them feel attracted to or repelled by others present in their surrounding physical world. These beliefs are directly impacted by the Second chakra. To rise above these judgments, it is important to balance the second chakra. A person with an overactive sacral chakra will be overly dramatic or highly emotional. S/he tends to have an unhealthy mental, emotional or physical attachment to others around. Sexual problems, especially sexual addictions, are more likely in people with an overactive second chakra. In case of an underactive sacral chakra, the individual will feel constantly repressed or harbor feelings of guilt or shame that lead to denying self of pleasurable things. Such people are unable to come up with anything creative, and tend to be sluggish and lazy. Their constant fatigue also leads to an inability to enjoy sex. Their daily interactions are affected by the fact that they are not always their true self.
There are many physical symptoms which indicate that the second chakra is imbalanced or not functioning as intended: Aches and pains, irregular menstrual cycle, kidney and urine infections and other serious disorders like infertility issues, fibroids or cysts etc are also likely in these individuals. Muscular tension is another sign that something is wrong with the second chakra.
Balancing the second chakra can be done in a variety of ways as follows:
Tone up and exercise- As stated above, muscular tension is one of leading signs that the sacral chakra is not in balance. Individuals can opt for dancing, regular gym workouts or walking daily for 30 minutes to strengthen and tone up the muscles.
Yogic postures like the Cow pose, the Dancer’s (Nataraja) Pose, the Trikonasana or Triangle pose and child’s pose or Balasana are recommended for strengthening and balancing the second chakra.
Meditating and envisioning the orange color in the naval region (or in the abdomen just above the pelvic region) is an effective way of balancing the sacral chakra.
Crystals with a positive influence on the sacral chakra include Amber, Hematite, Orange Calcite and Red Jasper.
Foods that help strengthen the sacral chakra include almonds, melons, coconut, mandarins, oranges, honey and water.
3rd Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. The Sanskrit word for this chakra is ManiPura Chakra which literally translates to “city of jewels”. ‘Mani’ stands for pearl or jewel and ‘pura’ stands for city. Thus, the Manipura Chakra is responsible for ‘pearls of wisdom’, well being, clarity and common sense in every individual.This chakra is where your self-confidence, identity and personal power are born.Have you ever been in a situation that you just knew wasn’t right for you. Perhaps you’ve been in a situation that you knew was going to work out. Where did you feel those cues in your body. Most people say they feel those types of cues in their “gut.”In reality, this is the seat of your personal power, your solar plexus, and you can physically feel that confidence and wisdom in its location. Experts call the Third Chakra the ‘self power chakra’- one’s self-confidence, self-discipline and the ability to achieve goals all come from it.Thus the solar plexus chakra is the personal power chakra that is responsible for one’s personal and professional success. The chakra colors yellow of this energy vortex are associated with fire, energy, charge etc. This element of fire, when balanced and harmonious allows one to feel more confident, cheerful and energetic along with a right amount of respect for self and others. Our sense of sight is associated with the solar plexus chakra. The glands or organs associated with Solar plexus chakra are Adrenal glands.The solar plexus Chakra is a very powerful Chakra that can help you achieve your goals and desires. It is, however, necessary to set smaller and doable goals to assert yourself when trying to balance it. This will enable you to love and respect yourself and become a stronger advocate of your needs. Here’s what you need to know about Solar Plexus Chakra healing:
Location of our Solar Plexus Chakra: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
What affects our Solar Plexus Chakra: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
Color: Yellow.The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with Yellow color. Yellow symbolizes energy, intellect and also the relationship a person has with Fire and Sun.
Organs and functions connected to the Third Chakra– The Third Chakra impacts the stomach, liver, large intestine, pancreas and also the eyes and face.
Healing Foods: Yellow colored foods like corn, Grains and fiber like granola and whole wheat bread, Teas like peppermint and chamomile tea
It is vital to have well-balanced chakras for good health and overall well-being. When there is a block in the flow of energy in any of the seven chakras, one tends to suffer from allergies, digestive problems, psychological issues and other disorders. Often, we tend to blame our ill-health and the inability to achieve goals on our circumstances. However, experts in the field of Chakras suggest that these are a result of imbalanced chakras.
Chakras can be under active (not open enough) or they could go in an overdrive to become overactive chakras. Both these conditions can cause a variety of emotional and physical problems in individuals. Judgmental, critical, angry, over-energetic and aggressive personalities tend to have an overactive Third Chakra. Likewise, a person with a hyperactive Solar plexus Chakra tends to bully others. S/he has the attitude of ‘I am always right’ and tends to turn a deaf ear to advice given by others.
As opposed to people with overactive Solar Plexus Chakra, those with underactive ones tend to be diffident, lacking self confidence or having severe emotional issues. These are the nervous type of people who tend to seek constant approval of others and worry about what everyone thinks of them.
A well balanced solar plexus chakra can enable one to effectively set out and achieve his/her goals. Cleaning and opening the Third chakra can make one a better leader or even stand up for him/herself to create a life one dreams of.
There are a number of ways in which one can balance the Third Chakra:
Thinking Yellow- Meditating while envisioning the color yellow in the navel region is one of the ways of opening and balancing the Third Chakra. Experts also recommend wearing yellow colored clothes or spending time in the sunshine to energize this Chakra.
Dancing, playing sports and indulging in energetic activities are also considered great for balancing all Seven Chakras.
Gems and crystals like Citrine, Topaz and yellow Citrine are also known to harmonize and balance the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Aromatherapy essential oils of Citronella and Lemon can be applied to pulse points to relax the senses while meditating upon the chakra.
Yoga poses like the Camel, Cobra and Cow poses are ideal for opening and balancing the Third Chakra.
Foods and spices like turmeric, chamomile, butternut squash, flax and sunflower seeds and bananas, lemons and corn are known to aid this Chakra.
For healing the solar plexus Chakra (or any other Chakra for that matter), it is important to state your intention before following any of these methods mentioned above. Doing so will make the process more effective.
4th Chakra, the Heart Chakra, represents our ability to love — the quality of our love, our past loves — and our future loves.The 4th chakra is the Heart or Anahata chakra, which translates to “unhurt.” This chakra is where your love, compassion and kindness are empowered.It’s not hard to understand this chakra.We all associate our hearts with love, and that’s exactly what the 4th chakra is all about. This includes love for others and love for yourself, which is why this chakra is also associated with health and healing. Anahata Chakra or the heart chakra is associated with the chakra colors Green. Known as the balance point of all seven Chakras, the heart or the fourth Chakra is located at the center of the breastbone. This Chakra deals with love and relationships and represents the energy center for an individual’s happiness and feelings of compassion.he heart is the organ which is always associated with unconditional love and kindness. In Sanskrit, the fourth Chakra or Heart Chakra is also known as the Anahata Chakra which means ‘unstruck, unhurt and unbeaten’. Thus the Fourth Chakra is associated with calm, serenity and ‘sounds without violence’.This chakra influences our relationships and has the Air element. A weak heart chakra is responsible for sabotaging the relationships through distrust, anger and envy etc. Sense of touch is impacted by the heart chakra and the glands connected to it are Thymus and lymph.The Heart Chakra governs our relationships and interactions with those around us. It determines our values, beliefs and ethics as well as how well we accept ourselves and those around us. Meditating daily upon this chakra can strengthen it so that we can become dearer to others and also have our senses completely under control.Here’s what you need to know about Heart Chakra healing:
Location of our Heart Chakra: Center of chest just above heart
What affects our Heart Chakra: Love, joy, inner peace
Color: Green. The color Green which symbolizes health, prosperity and abundance is associated with this Chakra.
Organs impacted by the Fourth chakra– The Fourth Chakra is associated with the skin, action of one’s hands and the Thymus gland.
Healing Foods: Green colored foods like leafy vegetables and spinach and Green tea.
The Seven Chakras sometimes suffer from imbalances which lead to physical afflictions and/or feelings of dissatisfaction. On the other hand, when the life energy or Chi is flowing freely through the well balanced Chakras; they spin properly and help maintain the mental, physical and spiritual balance in the individual. Hence, balancing the Chakras is very important for overall health and well being.
In the overactive mode, the heart or Fourth Chakra makes the individual feel overwhelmed by emotions. S/he tends to experience extreme grief, sadness, jealousy, greediness, anger etc without any control over these feelings. Lack of self discipline, tendency to live one’s life through another’s, and experiencing difficulty in relationships are a few signs of an overactive heart chakra.
When the fourth chakra is in an under active state, it makes the individual feel unloved, cold, distant, and inferior or constantly seeking out emotional support from relationships.Both overactive and under active Heart Chakra can lead to many physical ailments like circulation problems, skin diseases, sleep problems, heart palpitations, hypertension, immune system dysfunctions, back aches etc. A well balanced heart chakra will make one more compassionate and loving towards others without expecting anything in return. Likewise, one will start to love him/herself first and also have immense gratitude in life. A well balanced Fourth Chakra can also lead to disciplined living, stronger relationships and freedom from depending on others for peace and happiness. People with overpowering heart Chakras need to slow down and discover love within self. Conversely, those with inactive or underactive heart Chakra must open themselves up to receive love fully.
There are number of ways of opening and balancing the Heart Chakra:
Since Green color is associated with the fourth chakra, one can meditate while visualizing the green color in the heart region. Wearing green clothes or decorating one’s room in green or surrounding oneself with plants and trees can also aid the Heart Chakra. Walking barefoot upon (or lying down on) green grass can also benefit in balancing the Heart Chakra.
Crystals and stones like emerald, jade, green jasper, peridot and rose quartz are recommended for strengthening and balancing this Chakra.
Yoga poses like Garudaasana (The Eagle pose) and the Gomukhasana (The Cow pose) are recommended for benefitting the Fourth Chakra.
One of the simplest ways of opening the heart chakra is to love oneself completely. By taking care of and appreciating the self, one can learn to love others better.
For infusing green energy in the body, one can opt for aromatherapy oils like patchouli, Cedar wood, Rose, eucalyptus and pine when meditating.
Foods that strengthen the Fourth Chakra include green leafy vegetables, cucumber, melons, limes, green apples, and mint etc.
5th Chakra, the Throat Chakra, represents our ability to communicate and express ourselves.The Vishuddhi (meaning purification) or “very pure” is used for the Fifth Chakra. This chakra gives a voice to your personal truths.On a physical level, of course the answer is the throat, but on an energetic level, this energy actually comes from your 5th chakra. This chakra lets you speak your truth with clarity.Resting right above the heart, the throat chakra is connected to the compassion and love you have for yourself and others.This Chakra is the center of communication, listening etc. This chakra refers to our true voice. As the name suggests, the Throat chakra with its chakra colors Blue is associated with the ability to communicate, listen etc. The glands to which the Throat chakra is attached are the esophagus, ears, throat, thyroid, jaws, teeth and neck vertebrae. The ethereal element of the Throat Chakra, when balanced, allows an individual to have pleasant voice, artistic abilities, expressive ways and also ability to be in a higher place spiritually. The individuals with balanced throat chakra are able to meditate well and use their energy efficiently and artistically. The Throat Chakra is the centre of communication and purification. Balancing this Chakra can help you reconnect with your true nature and make you feel safe enough to express it. A strong and balanced Fifth Chakra can also help you get in touch with your desires and feelings that have been suppressed or long forgotten about. Here’s what you need to know about Throat Chakra healing:
Location of our Throat Chakra: Throat
What affects our Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets
Organs and Functions depending on the Throat Chakra– Thyroid and Parathyroid glands are connected to this chakra. It impacts communication, hearing, listening, self expression and decision making etc.
Healing Foods: Juices and teas, All types of fruits
All of the Seven Chakras in the body need to be balanced. When that is not so, the individual is likely to experience difficulties in life or professional settings etc. Chakras also impact the health and overall well being of every individual. They are also connected to the endocrine system and affect the glands. Thus, hormonal issues are often a result of weak or imbalanced Chakras. Healthy Chakras spin and radiate energy. They allow the life force to flow smoothly through the body making the individual happy and whole.
Like the other Chakras, the Throat or the Fifth Chakra can sometimes get blocked. Blockages in energy flow can cause the Chakras to go in an overdrive or, conversely, become inactive. In either case, the individual may experience health problems.In the overactive mode, the throat chakra can make a person critical and judgmental about those around him. Shrill, loud and domineering individuals who yell and shout at others (but do not allow others to talk back at them) tend to have overactive Fifth Chakras. Such people also tend to be in disharmony with their own feelings. They are unable to listen or understand and make up for it by intellectualizing, over analyzing or avoiding vulnerability of feelings.Sometimes the Fifth Chakra can be under active. People with under active Throat Chakras tend to whisper; they are afraid of openly expressing their views. They are timid or unable to stand up for themselves. They may also be forgetful or unable to articulate and express their feelings. People with an imbalance in their Fifth Chakra can have variety of health issues like thyroid problems, throat, dental or jaw problems as well as shoulder, arm and neck stiffness, arthritis etc. On the contrary, the ones with healthy Throat Chakras have highly attuned communication skills and the ability to detect lies or truths in conversations. There are many ways of balancing and opening the Fifth Chakra to its maximum potential.
Sounds, colors and positive affirmations pertaining to the Throat Chakra can help balance and open it fully. Visualizing the Blue color in the throat region during meditation, wearing blue clothes, decorating a room in blue etc can help one achieve this objective. Sitting outdoors under the blue sky or at the beach before the blue sea can also aid the Fifth Chakra.
There are many blue stones and crystals that can be used for balancing the Throat Chakra: Lapis Lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise, blue tourmaline are a few mentionable ones in this list.
Painting, artwork, crafts, singing and chanting (and other creative activities) can strengthen the throat chakra.
Foods to quench the throat chakra include juices, fruits and vegetables with high water content and herbal teas etc.
Keeping a journal to express one’s feelings, speaking the truth always and voicing thoughts and opinions while realizing self uniqueness are other ways of unblocking one’s Fifth Chakra.
The Throat Chakra’s element is Ether. Hence, aromatherapy oils like Rose, ylang-ylang and Sandalwood can be used to benefit one during meditation.
6th Chakra (the Third Eye Chakra), is related to our ability to focus on and see the big picture.The Ajna Chakra literally translates to “centre of knowing or monitoring” or “beyond wisdom.”.This chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the 5 senses.Extra sensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all comes from the third eye.There is actually a small pine cone shaped gland in your brain that takes in light. This gland, the pineal gland, is responsible for helping you feel awake in the daytime and sleepy at night.Long before brain imaging, ancient cultures knew this Third Eye existed, and they also realized that it receives information from sources outside of the five senses.The Brow Chakra is known by different names like the Third Eye Chakra, Inner Eye Chakra or The Sixth Chakra. In Sanskrit, the word Ajna meaning Third Eye is used to for it. The Third or Inner Eye is considered as The Gateway to Enlightenment or The Realm of Higher Consciousness. The sixth chakra is thus the center of inner perception and intuition. Our ideas, dreams, ambitions, goals, inner strength and self image all develop from this Chakra. This chakra is associated with chakra colors Indigo and is connected to the Pineal or pituitary gland. Those with a well balanced brow chakra can have telepathic abilities, charismatic personality and they often do not have any fear of death. The element of electricity or telepathy along with the chakra colors of Indigo are associated with our sense of Thought. Our intuition is our guide and teacher that helps us through thick and thin of life and the situations it brings. When the Brow or the Third Eye Chakra is weak, the Intuition becomes weak, leading to misery, disappointments, wrong decisions etc. With a balanced Sixth Chakra, one can start to experience success by taking the right decisions and manifesting the innermost desires.Here’s what you need to know about Third Eye Chakra healing:
Location of our Third Eye Chakra: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra)
Issues affecting our Third Eye Chakra: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions
Organs and functions depending on the Third Eye Chakra-The eyes, nose, ears, brain, nervous system, the pituitary and pineal glands and their subsequent functions are influenced by the Third Eye Chakra.
Healing Foods: Purple colored fruits like grapes and blueberries, Chocolate, Lavender flavored spices or tea.
All the seven chakras located along the spine need to be well balanced and open. Balanced Chakras help in smooth flow of energy which has a direct bearing upon the individual. S/he can enjoy good health and well being and experience gratitude for everything in life. On the other hand, illness, psychological disorders like stress, anxiety etc are the direct result of blocked or unhealthy Chakras. Chakras, when not functioning properly, can become hyperactive or inactive. Both these conditions can have a negative impact on the individual.
In the overactive mode, the Brow Chakra can lead to an overactive imagination. One tends to live in a fantasy world which gives rise to dreams or nightmares. People with a judgmental attitude, over-intellectual thinking and unsympathetic nature tend to have the Sixth chakra in overdrive.
In case of inactive or weak Brow Chakra, the person tends to have memory or learning problems. Such people have difficulty in visualizing or imagining things. They can be quite insensitive towards others and might have poor intuition which they make up for by having rational or black-white thinking.
Both inactive and overactive Brow Chakras can lead to several physical and mental problems. People might experience vision problems, hearing difficulties, stress and chronic headaches due to it. Panic attacks, depression, learning problems and spinal dysfunction issues are often a result of weak Sixth Chakra. With a well balanced and open Brow Chakra, one can become more intuitive, charismatic and completely devoid of ego. Such people do not face obstacles as they have a calm and clear mind that is accepting of people and situations as they arise.
There are several ways of balancing the Brow Chakra. It is essential to first balance all the lower chakras situated below it in order to establish a solid foundation for the Brow Chakra to develop.
To strengthen and balance the Indigo Third Eye Chakra, close your eyes and meditate upon every facet of life that you envision building for yourself. This can be positive thoughts regarding your relationships, stability in income, or enjoyment in everything you do etc.
Crystal Therapy for the Brow Chakra includes the use of purple or indigo colored stones or gems like Amethyst, Sodalite, Lazulite, Azurite etc.
During meditation, you can utilize essential oils like angelic root, sage, cypress, marjoram, patchouli etc for Aromatherapy.
Simplicity and acceptance of situations as they come are also a few ways of opening and strengthening the Sixth Chakra.
Nutrition for the Third Eye Chakra consists of foods high in proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids such as sunflower or flax seeds, fatty fish like salmon, and nuts like walnuts etc. One must also eat plenty of berries like strawberries and blueberries as they help boost the cognitive function of the brain and also balance the Third Eye Chakra.
7th and highest Chakra, the Crown Chakra, represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. This chakra is known as Sahasrara chakra in Sanskrit(the ‘thousand fold’ Chakra), since it is pictured as a lotus having thousand white petals and is associated with the chakra colors of violet or purple. This chakra is pure consciousness energy.The Crown chakra is one of those energies that’s hard to explain.You can think of it like magnetism.When you hold a piece of metal to a magnet, you can feel the energy and tension, but you can’t see it. Consciousness energy is everywhere and in everything. It connects us to the entire universe.Our own personal consciousness is located in the 7th chakra, but it’s really more like the seed of a universal energy than something personal or individual.
The crown or the seventh chakra is located at the top of the head. Just as the Root or First Chakra connects us to the Mother Earth, the Crown Chakra is our connection to the Universe. In fact, the Seventh Chakra disperses the Universal energy or life force into the six other chakras located below it.The crown chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, nervous system, and the brain and head region with its element of light. In its balanced state, this chakra can render individuals the ability to perform miracles, transcend the laws of nature, and have a heightened awareness of death and immortality.The Crown Chakra is our connection with Divinity; it is the portal through which the life energy enters our body. Without this energy, human beings cannot function properly and tend to feel disconnected with self and others. By balancing and strengthening the Seventh Chakra, we can connect with the Higher Power to receive its love which can then be shared with those around us. Here’s what you need to know about opening and healing the Crown Chakra:
The location of our Crown Chakra: The very top of our head
What affects our Crown Chakra: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss
Organs and functions connected to the Crown Chakra– Head, brain, ears, eyes, pineal gland, skeletal and muscular systems as well as the skin.
Healing Foods: Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.
When all seven Chakras are open optimally (i.e. not too much, not too little) they spin with energy and transmit it throughout the body. This helps the individual function properly physically and psychologically.On the other hand, even if one Chakra is blocked or open too much, then the individual may experience frustration, ill health and destructive thoughts. Learning, concentration and memory problems, physical illnesses, chronic disorders, aches and pains as well as depression can be attributed to imbalanced Chakras. Hence, optimum balancing of the Chakras is essential. In the overactive (or hyperactive) mode, the seventh Chakra can lead a person to have obsessive thoughts. Such individuals live in the past or constantly think about the future. Overactive Crown Chakra can also give rise to obsessive spirituality, so much so that his other duties are neglected. Blockage in the Crown Chakra can render it inactive. Such a person tends to be rigid, selfish and spiritually unaware. There is general depression, lack of joy and loss of meaning or identity in his/her life. Blocked Crown Chakra can also lead to selfish thoughts, inability to see the bigger picture in life and a general lack of values and ethics.A person with a closed Crown Chakra gets no guidance from the Supreme Power; this fact tends to anger him but he also feels unworthy of receiving such help in the first place.Blocked or overactive Crown Chakra can lead to various physical ailments such as depression, headaches, neurological issues etc. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, paralysis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, senility, dementia etc are also linked to imbalance in the seventh Chakra. There are a few expert recommended techniques which can help us balance the seventh Chakra optimally. The key here is to open the Chakra just right: not too much, not too little.
Meditate upon the Crown Chakra. Focus your attention on the top of the head and clearly set your intention of balancing the Chakra. Visualize the violet color when doing this. Thank the Universe and feel the connection to the Higher Being, since Gratitude and contentment are the simplest ways of strengthening this Chakra.
Crystals and gems like Amber, diamonds and moldavite may be used when activating the seventh chakra.
Aromatherapy with floral essences such as Lotus, Angelica and white tulip when applied to the pulse points can aid the meditation process.
Yoga postures like Shavasana (corpse position) or Lotus position (Padmasana) are recommended for aiding the Crown Chakra. An advanced pose, the headstand or Shirshasan, also helps balance the Crown Chakra by increasing blood flow to the top of the head.
Detoxifying and fasting for a day or two is also recommended to balance the Seventh Chakra. Light meals, broth, stews and soups, violet colored fruits and vegetables along with plenty of water must be used to clear the Crown Chakra and enable it to receive the Divine Energy.
Chakras are centres within our body’s physical, and etheric energy fields. They are the portals or gates through which Life Force flows in and out of our being. These vital energy centers are sensitive to energy and often become clogged with residues from physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual disturbances and traumas. We should think of chakras as a blueprint for your own self-care, and your yoga practice as the architect that makes that blueprint a reality. The most direct way to use the chakras is to learn how each one is associated with an element in nature as the first five chakras are associated with the physical elements earth, water, fire, air, and ether (or space). The last two chakras are thought to connect us beyond the earthly realm, so they are associated with the elements of light and cosmic energy.
Any build-up of residue will interrupt the natural flow of the chakra. It may get slowed down or even blocked. When this happens, there is a knock on effect throughout your body, which is likely to have a negative effect on the organs and cells of the body to the chakra. This also affects our emotions, thoughts, the quality of our outlook, and well being.Remember, the changes to the subtle body can’t be touched or measured as you would your heart rate or height. You have to trust your inner experience to feel them and to recognize their benefits.
When negative energy is held, or lodged within a chakra, we can feel stuck or constricted in certain areas of our life. Chakra balancing is the perfect way to make sure your bodies energy system is running optimally!Once you are aware of the 7 Chakras and their chakra colors, you can consider the methods of awakening and strengthening them in order to balance all areas of life. Doing so can help you stay mentally and physically fit, and also improve your financial/professional lives.
The human body has energy centers with different rates of vibration or sound. These energy centers are called charkas. These energy centers are not in the human body. Rather they are in what is called the subtle or astral body – the aspect of us that experiences astral travel, out of body experiences, and lucid dreams. The subtle or astral body is an energetic form of the physical body.
There are several chakras in the subtle body, but there are 7 main charkas. Their location corresponds to the human spine starting at the base of the spine and running to the crown of the head. Each of the 7 main chakras correspond to the seven notes on a musical scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). And each chakra also has a corresponding color (seven colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Colors, like sound/vibration, can have an impact on our body’s energies. They can help to clear negative emotions and energy and restore balance. See the chart below for the corresponding color and note for each chakra. Sound vibrations influence us on a physical/etheric, emotional/astral, mental/causal, and spiritual level. Our body and chakra centers resonate at certain vibrations or sound frequencies. If any part of our body or chakra is out of balance, it can gradually be brought back into balance by listening to a sound frequency for the corresponding body part or chakra.
Each chakra refers to a certain level of energy vibration and in the various chakras the physical and emotional aspects of a human being come together. For example, when one is healthy or sick, angry or happy, sad or glad, depressed, hateful, mean, hating people and life, or content with life, happy, loving, caring etc., etc. all this reflects whether the chakras are blocked, or vibrating smoothly. It also indicates which chakra or chakras are dominant in a persons life.It is worth noting that sound (creating certain vibrations using your voice) stimulates the chakras. While in a state of deep meditation ancient seers in India came up with different mantras for stimulating the different chakras. The chakras affect the health and emotions in the region of the body that they govern. By using the correlating mantra you can stimulate the chakra to help heal the body, and release the emotions.
There is an entire science behind working with the chakras and cleansing them so the human body, mind, emotions, and soul run smoothly, efficiently and are in harmony not only within oneself, but the person as a whole is at peace with others. All the commands, ethics, and moral codes in all ancient and modern religions are methods that are used (unconsciously) to cleanse and balance the chakras. Certain yoga techniques (such as pranayama and/or chanting mantras) are used to raise the quality of the energy vibration in specific chakras.
The different musical notes or frequencies, and colors of the 7 main chakras, can help us understand why we feel different, more relaxed and less stressed, or on the other hand more agitated, more anxiety, depression, or stress, when we listen to certain styles of music, sound vibrations or frequencies.
Meditation for checking each of our Chakras
Sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. You may play meditation music if you like. Start by taking 3 large breaths. Let each breath be bigger and let your shoulders drop further down on each exhale. Breath normally as you allow your mind to clear. Now mentally tune into your Chakra system
start at your base chakra.
This chakra is located at the base of your spine. It is associated with your adrenals and its colour is red. This chakra relates to earthly issues, the physical body and financial matters.
When this chakra is blocked, you may not feel completely grounded. You may feel unmotivated. If it’s overactive, you may feel aggressive and hyperactive.
Each of the chakras is like wheels of energy and they can be moving too quickly or too slowly. Think of them as little batteries that keep you powered thru-out the day.
Visulize this chakra and see it as a glowing red disc of light. See it moving. Is it moving too fast or too slow or not at all? Imagine that you can control this spinning disc. If it needs to be spinning faster, imagine grabbing the disc and spinning it a little faster. If it needs to slow down, imagine that you see it spinning slower.
than move up to your navel and imagine the spot two fingers below it.
This is your sacral chakra. It’s related to emotions, desires and creativity. This chakra also relates to sex drive.
If this chakra is overactive, you may feel worried or possessive. If it’s underactive, you might have a lower sexual drive or feel introverted.
This chakra is about enjoying life with passion. See it as an orange glowing disc. Is it spinning too fast or too slow? Speed it up or slow it down until it’s moving at a nice pace.
move up to your Solar Plexus Chakra which is between your navel and rib cage.
This chakra deals with power confidence and self-esteem. This is a major psychic receptor area.
If you feel with your gut and are clairsentient (meaning you feel stuff psychically), then this chakra is an important one for you.
When this chakra is moving correctly, you will feel balanced and confident. When it’s out of whack, you may experience stomach disorders and feel nervous or worried a lot. Picture a bright yellow golden light emanating from this disc. Is it moving at a nice calming speed? If not, imagine yourself moving the disc.
next chakra is your Heart Chakra.
It’s located at your heart and represents compassion, love and joy. This chakra is your centre chakra and it’s your connection to mind, body and spirit.
A balanced heart chakra means that you can transform any past hurts into love. An overactive heart chakra means you have anger and jealousy.
An underactive one leads to feelings of being unloved or lacking compassion for yourself or others. See it as a bright green light. This light disc should be spinning in a nice flowing way. If it isn’t, take some time to move the disc and let your heart open up.
You may experience some tears of joy or sadness as this disc moves. Let yourself feel those feelings and love yourself for performing this act of compassion.
come up to the Throat Chakra.
The throat chakra is located at your throat and it is associated with communication and sounds.
Have you been clearing your throat a lot or get sore throats? That’s a sign that your throat chakra needs some work. Your throat chakra is more balanced when you are able to speak your truth clearly.
When it’s underactive, you resist change and don’t speak your mind. When it’s overactive, you may speak aggressively towards others. See this chakra as a bright light blue spinning disc. Is it moving fast or slow or not at all. You know what to do to get it moving right!
by yourself make your way up to the Third Eye chakra located between your eyebrows.
This chakra deals with clairvoyance (or being able to “see” psychically).
If this chakra isn’t moving fast enough, you may feel scared to move forward or come into your own. If it’s moving too fast, you might be worrying too much or get headaches.
Meditating, exercising and breathing can help balance this chakra. See it as a glowing indigo colour. Look at the disc and watch it move. Is it moving fast or slow? Give it a little push or slow it down if it needs it.
final chakra is your Crown Chakra located at the top of the head.
This is your link to your higher self. It’s your connection to your spiritual wisdom. Positive energy enters thru your crown chakra and energises you when this chakra is balanced.
When this chakra is not flowing right, you can feel depressed, unhappy, disconnected, and blocked from inspiration. Yoga, meditation, and breath work are great for opening up your crown chakra.
Picture a bright violet light rotating right at the top of your head. This light should be glowing brightly. If you see that your crown chakra disc is spinning slowly, then give it a push. If it’s moving too fast, then take some deep relaxing breaths and feel it slow down.
As you balance each of your chakras, it’s like you’re charging up your energy batteries. When they are moving in a balanced way, you should feel like your entire being is glowing. You can do a quick check-up of your chakras when you lie in bed at night or while standing in the shower. Take a look at how brightly your chakras are glowing… if they seem dim, then give them a little spin!