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Chakras are energy centres of the body that govern our spiritual, psychological and physiological functions. This Sanskrit term means wheel or disk. Thus the chakras are wheels in our bodies that radiate energy in a circular motion through the vital centres of the spine. Most yoga schools identify seven major chakras located either along, or just in front of the spine following the central Sushumna nadi. The seven chakras start from the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head.


[edit] What do Chakras do?

The chakras vitalise the body, sending the prana (life energy) flowing between them. Balancing the chakras leads to a feeling of well being. Once all these channels are opened and balanced, the Kundalini Shakti (dormant cosmic energy) which is said to reside at the base of the spine rises upwards piercing the knots or blocks along the way. When this central channel is opened and energy flows freely through the body, both your mental and physical faculties become balanced and the mind is calm. The blockage or hyper activity in any of the chakras is believed to lead to disorders of the mind and the body. Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance and opening of all these centers.

[edit] Balancing the Chakras

Each of these chakras relates to a different aspect of our being. They also correlate to certain colours, sounds, elements, body functions, emotions, gem stones and oils.

Different methods are used to unblock and energise the seven chakras. The twisting and turning during yoga asanas are said to unblock these energy vortexes. Specific asanas unblock specific chakras.

Colour Therapy and Light therapy aim to balance and enhance the chakras by using the seven colours of the light spectrum, each of which corresponds to a chakra. This in turn helps to stimulate the body's own healing process.

Meditation, sound therapy and Reiki are also used to cleanse and energise these centres.

Acupuncture attempts to free the energies of several minor chakras that also exist in the body.

All these disciplines attempt to unblock or activate the various centres. It is when this intricate network of subtle energy channels are cleansed, that energy flows freely throughout the whole system.

[edit] The Seven Chakras

Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra) is located at the base of the spine between the anus and the genitals. This is the location of the cosmic energy and the source of the sushumna nadi. Its colour is red, it represents earthly grounding and controls your fight or flight response. It deals with survival, ambition and your instincts. This is where the Kundalini Shakti exists.

Svadhishthana Chakra (Spleen Chakra) is located between the pubic bone and the belly button. Its colour is orange and it deals with emotions, sexual energy and creativity. It is linked to the reproductive system and the gonads.

Manipura Chakra (Power Chakra) is located at the solar plexus. Its colour is yellow and it is said to rule the personal will, self-esteem and sense of belonging. It is linked to the digestive system.

Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra) is located at the heart centre, and is believed to be the seat of the divine. Its colour is green and it represents devotion, love and compassion. This is an important chakra for healing as it lies in the centre.

Visuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra) is located at the throat. Its colour is sky blue and it is associated with communication, creativity and intuitiveness.

Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra) is located in the centre of the forehead. Its colour is indigo and it is associated with our subconscious being. It is related to the act of seeing both physically and intuitively.

Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra) is located at the crown of the head. Its colour is violet and it is associated with our feeling of oneness with the Universe; it controls our spirituality and is the final destination of cosmic energy which is said to rise from the Muladhara Chakra.

[edit] References

  • A bit about Chakras
  • The Chakras

For a detailed explanation for all the chakras and their corresponding images go to

  • Chakra Charts