Explaining Chakras, most people seem to either love them or hate them. Everything in our universe is radiating energy, from the biggest mountain or ocean, to the tiniest blade of grass, to each individual cell in our body. Generally, all of our cells emit energy in different ways, and different cells will emit different kinds of energy.
There are different channels located on several key points of the body through which energy can flow in and out in a constant stream. These are chakras.
Here, we will try to explain Chakras as simple as possible
When your yoga teacher starts talking about chakras or ‘wheels of energy,’ do your eyes glaze over? Yes, we will describe how these chakras are like understanding ourselves on a completely new level.
What are chakras?
The word chakra means ‘wheel’, and in this sense, we are indeed referring to wheels of energy. Our bodies, minds, thoughts, emotions, actions, and everything around us is made of energy. Let’s read how chakra system balances our body in a spiritual way?
So, the chakras are basically points of energy located throughout the subtle body (‘subtle’ refers to something we can’t see but can feel energetically), there are approximately 114 of them in total.
Major chakras and their basic properties
The seven main chakra points are located along the spine, from the tailbone right up to the top of the head, and they link to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. There is a lot of discussion around where accurately the chakras are located and how many of them are there? but this overview is all about understanding the basics of this complex system.
Undoubtedly, the chakra system is as old as yoga itself and has been something yogis have turned to for thousands of years before the invention of organized medicine. Also, the chakras link very closely to the nervous and endocrine systems. This important relationship between them gives emphasis to the essential nature of inner and holistic health.
The seven main chakras points
The seven main chakra points in the body, are linked to the elements, and expand further, relating to all areas of the body, mind, and soul.
Moving from the tailbone upward, these are following seven main chakras:
The Muladhara Chakra is situated at the perineum for males and labia majora for females; it is the first of the human Chakras.
- English Name: Root Chakra
- Location: Perineum
- Element: Earth
- Colour: Red
- Sense: Smell
- Emotions: Security, safety, primal urges stable, steady, confidence, and having sufficient energy.
Svadhisthana is located at two finger-widths above the Muladhara chakra (Sanskrit: मूलाधार, IAST: Mūlādhāra, English: “root support”) or root chakra.
- English Name: Sacral Chakra
- Location: Just below coccyx
- Element: Water
- Colour: Orange
- Sense: Taste
- Emotions: Joy, sensuality, creativity, and self-worth.
The Manipura Chakra is the centre of vitality. It controls our energy balance to strengthen and consolidate our health. Besides, this Chakra has an effect like a magnet, attracting Prana from the Cosmos. As the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs.
- English Name: Solar Plexus
- Location: Navel
- Element: Fire
- Colour: Yellow
- Sense: Sight
- Emotions: Willpower, ego, determination, inner strength, focus, and dominance.
Anahata or heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten”. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm). Anahata is related with balance, calmness, and serenity.
- English Name: Heart Chakra
- Location: Chest / Heart
- Element: Air
- Colour: Green
- Sense: Touch
- Emotions: Love, concern, connection, energy, generosity, and authenticity.
The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. The name of the Chakra is derived from this particular function. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind.
- English Name: Throat Chakra
- Location: Throat
- Element: Ether
- Colour: Blue
- Sense: Hearing & Speech
- Emotions: Self-expression, authenticity, communication, confidence
Ajna (Sanskrit: आज्ञा, IAST: Ājñā, IPA: [aːɟɲaː]), guru chakra or third-eye chakra, is the sixth primary chakra in the body according to Hindu tradition. It is supposedly a part of the brain which can be made more powerful through meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices just as a muscle is.
- English Name: Third Eye
- Location: Between the eyebrows
- Element: Ether
- Colour: Indigo
- Sense: Intuition
- Emotions: Intuition, Trust, intelligence
Sahasrara Chakra or crown chakra is generally considered the seventh primary chakra, according to most tantric yoga traditions.
- English Name: Crown Chakra
- Location: Top of the head
- Element: Beyond elements
- Colour: Clear / White
- Sense: Beyond senses
- Emotions: Calmness, serenity, balance, spiritual connectivity, enlightenment, wisdom
Moreover, each of these chakras and their connection to our own lives can give a deep insight into areas of ourselves we may have ignored, or those that would benefit from being balance.
Try the various practices related to each chakra, and observe any changes that occur along the way as well. With all sides of yoga, working with the chakras is all about self-discovery, and this system provides a lifetime of exploration.
Reclaim Your Right to Heal
The ancient healers knew that the body is more than what is seen. They respect the wholeness of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, saw the goddess (god) within all Beings, and treated their patients with respect and care. Healing was a three way agreement between healer, goddess (god) and the person being healed, and healing was an active choice.