Chakras • There are seven main chakras in yoga. They are root (red), sacral (orange), solar plexus (yellow), heart (green), throat (blue), third eye (indigo), and crown (violet). They align with the spine and nervous system. An easy way to remember their corresponding colors is R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. Each chakra also has a corresponding sound vibration and symbol. • http://www.yogajournal.com/article/chakras-yoga-for-beginners/beginners-guide-chakras/ What are the chakras? Chakras are in essence, energy centers within the body. Chakra literally translates to “wheel,” or “disk.” When balanced, each chakra provides the right amount of energy to every part of the body, mind, and spirit. While the chakra system was first noted in the Vedas (dating back to 1500-500BC), when overlapped with western scientific anatomy, each chakra can be associated with major bundles of nerves and vital organs within the body. See the list below for each chakra location in the body.
Muladhara Root Red Base of the spine, pelvic floor, first 3 vertebrae Sense of security and survival. Basic needs, physical and emotionally. -anxiety disorders -fears -nightmares -colon, bladder, elimination, lower back, leg or feet issues Svadhisthana Sacral “Your own place” Orange Lower abdomen, above the pubic bone and below the navel Sexual & creative energies Emotions are -uninspired creatively -emotional instability -digestive issues Manipura Solar Plexus Yellow Upper abdomen Navel to the ribcage metabolic, digestive and stomach related Individual willpower, personal power, and commitment -low self-esteem -difficulty making decisions -anger/control issues Anahata Heart Green and pink – rose quartz Center of your chest – where physical and spiritual meet Love, joy, inner peace and compassion -grief -anger -jealousy -fear of betrayal Vishuddha Throat Pale Blue Throat Communication – able to fully listen and express yourself clearly -unable to speak your truth -hard to stay focused -fear of judgment Ajna Third-Eye Indigo Forehead between your eyebrows Intuition, imagination, wisdom -depression and anxiety -headaches, dizziness Sahaswara Crown Violet Crown of the head Pure awareness, consciousness, undivided and all expansive -feeling of isolation or emotional distress Define the influence of chakras on one another. The root chakra is the vital foundation of all the others – the sushumna, ida, and pingala begin at the root chakra. Solar plexus chakra is said to mediate the desires and wishes of the lower chakras (sacral and root). The heart chakra is the center of the chakra system and connects the lower (physical and emotional centers) to the higher (mental and spiritual centers). It is also said to refine the perception observed through an open Third Eye. The throat chakra is the link between the lower chakras and the crown chakra – the bridge between our thoughts and feelings; and impulses and reactions. The third eye chakra allows a yogi to see what needs to be seen. When open, it prepares the practitioner to be receptive from the crown chakra. Crown chakra gathers all the energies of the lower chakra centers – where our personal prana becomes one with the universe. It is said that when the crown chakra is opened to the Devine, any blockages in the lower chakras will dissolve and will vibrate at their highest frequencies, mirroring the Devine Being.