Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, circle, or disc. The fine network of energetic lines called nadis that run through our body meet at these 7 colorful centers making up a rainbow spectrum. The Chakras regulate all functions of our body, mind & spirit.
How can we become more aware of these mysterious power centers within us? The answer may come with the natural state of being that the yoga practice brings us:
once the mind reaches a point of stillness, we are able to realize these pulsating, light filled spinning wheels.
Because of the infinite nature of our inner being, it's said that each chakra contains lokas, or worlds, and are inhabited by devatas, or deities.
Here's some more insight into each chakra, what they represent & govern:
Submitted by Nancy Garland, Jan YTT
The seventh chakra, sahasrara, floats above the crown of the head. Often referred to as a thousand-petaled lotus, it is said to be the most subtle in the chakra system, and is related to pure consciousness, our connection to Divinity
The sixth chakra, ajna, is located at the third eye. It is associated with the color violet or indigo, and with higher knowledge, the subtle aspects of sight, and with intuition. It is associated with the syllable "om."
The fourth chakra, anahata, is located at the heart center. It is associated with the color green, and its name references an "unstruck chord", or unbeaten. It is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. The seed sound is "yam." It is associated with air, touch, and the actions of the hands.
The third chakra, manipura, is located in the solar plexus/navel area. It is associated with the color yellow and the syllable "ram." It is often translated as "city of jewels." This chakra is associated with fire and the power of transformation.
The second chakra, svadhishthana, is located in the sacral area. It is associated with the color vermillion or orange, and the sound "vam." It is connected with the sense of taste, and with reproduction.
visualizing each chakra starting with the base or root chakra, the muladhara, working your way up to the crown chakra. The a is pronounced with an ah sound:
a moment of silence…
get a rhythm going & repeat as many times as you like!
*the bija mantras are one-syllable seed sounds that, when said aloud, activate the energy of the chakras in order to purify & balance the mind & body
Make following your heart the whole point
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Crown chakra (Sahasrara, color violet): pineal gland - spirituality and divine awareness.
Third eye chakra(Ajna, color indigo): between eyebrows, pituitary gland, intuition.
Throat chakra(Vishuddhi, color blue): throat area, thyroid, communication and self-expression.
Heart chakra (Anahata, color green): heart area, thymus, compassion, love, and healing.
Solar plexus chakra (Manipura, color yellow): navel area, pancreas, self will, self esteem, courage, and personal power.
Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana, color orange): genital area, ovaries, creativity, emotion and sensuality.
Root chakra (Muladhara, color red): base of the spine, gonads, safety and survival, sense of belonging.
- Bhagawan Nityananda