Chakras are energy centres within our bodies. Taken from the Sanskrit “cakra” which means wheel. Chakras are circular vortices of life-force energy forming a vacuum in the centre, drawing in anything they encounter on their particular vibratory level. These can include light, colours, sounds, and anything that gives off an energy vibration within our environment and the universe.
Chakras were first mentioned in the ancient Hindu text the Vedas, written in Sanskrit over 3000 years ago. However, there is some debate whether chakra theory was derived from even older Norse and Germanic traditions. Though known in the West through the efforts of the German Idealists and the American Transcendentalists in the 19th century, a more acute understanding of chakras came by way of an Englishman, Sir John Woodroffe back in 1919. His translation of 10th and 16th century Indian texts about chakras are contained in his book The Serpent Power. The ideas in Woodroffe’s book later influenced the theories espoused by the Theosophist and New Age movements.
The seven main Chakras are located from the base of the spine, up along the spinal column to the top of the head. However, there are many hundreds of other minor ones within us. They radiate their own vibratory frequencies. Imbalance or illness can result from any blockage to these chakras, so knowing what they represent and what can be done to keep this energy flowing freely through them is important. Yoga is a great way to balance and heal one’s chakras. Each of the chakras is symbolized by a lotus flower, with a varying number of petals. They also have corresponding stones that are used for clearing, revitalizing and healing.
The seven main chakras are:
The Root Chakra (Sanskrit name: Muladhara) at the base of our spine, in the tailbone area. It is also called the Base Chakra. It governs the adrenal gland, and its colour is red. It represents our foundation and a feeling of being grounded, and emotionally ties in with survival issues like financial independence, money and food. An imbalance in this chakra can result in; anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression, frequent colds, cold hands and feet. Exercises to regain balance include stomping your feet on the ground, practicing yoga to open up the lower spine, and wearing red gems and clothing. Foods for healing include anything red (apples, beets) hot spices, vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots), animal proteins (red meat and eggs), and red oils. It is symbolized by a lotus with four petals. Some of its stones include Hematite, Black Obsidian and Black Tourmaline.
The Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana) is located in our lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in, and is also called the Spleen Chakra. It governs the gonads, and its colour is orange. It represents our connection and our ability to accept others and new experiences, and emotionally ties in with our sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality. An imbalance in this chakra can result in; eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, low back pain, asthma or allergies, candida & yeast infections, urinary problems, sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity. Exercises to regain balance can include pelvic thrusts, yoga, hot aromatic baths, massage, and wearing orange gems and clothing. Foods include orange coloured food (oranges, tangerines) any kind of nuts, and orange oils. It is symbolized by a lotus with six petals. Stone of its stones are orange Calcite, Vanadinite, and Carnelian.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located, you guessed it, in our solar plexus (the upper abdomen in the stomach area). It governs the pancreas and its colour is yellow. It represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives, and emotionally ties in with feelings of self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Imbalances in this chakra can result in; digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation, nervousness, toxicity, parasites, colitis, and poor memory. Exercises to regain balance include yoga, dancing, doing mind puzzles, detox programs and wearing yellow gems and clothing. Foods include yellow coloured food (corn), grains and fibre, and teas (peppermint, chamomile). It is symbolized by a lotus with ten petals. Some of its stones are Citrine, Yellow Jasper, and Golden Calcite.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the centre of the chest, just above the heart. It governs the thymus, and its colour is green. It represents our ability to love, and emotionally ties in with feelings of love, joy, and inner peace. Imbalances in this chakra can result in; heart and breathing disorders, heart and breast cancer, chest pain, high blood pressure, passivity, immune system problems, and muscular tension. Exercises to regain balance include bikram yoga and nature walks, and wearing green gems and clothing. Foods include anything green, including oils. It is symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals. Some of its stones include Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, and Jade.
The Throat Chakra (Visuddha) is located in our throat. It governs the thyroid, and its colour is blue. It represents our ability to communicate and emotionally ties in with communication, feelings of self-expression, and the truth. Imbalances in this chakra can result in; thyroid imbalances, swollen glands, fevers and flu, infections, mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems, hyperactivity, hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause. Exercises to regain balance include shoulder stands, chanting and singing, poetry, stamp or art collecting, wearing blue gemstones and clothing. Foods include blue juices and teas, and fruits of all kinds. It is symbolized by a lotus with sixteen petals. Its stones include Sodalite, Angelite, and Blue Turquoise.
The Third Eye Chakra (Anja) is located on the forehead between the eyes. It governs the pituitary gland and its colour is indigo. It is also known as the Brow Chakra. It represents our intuition, imagination, wisdom, our ability to think and to make decisions. Imbalances in this chakra can result in; learning disabilities, co-ordination problems, sleep disorders, thyroid imbalances, swollen glands, fevers and flu, infections, mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems, hyperactivity, hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause. Exercises to regain balance include stargazing, meditation, and wearing Indigo gems and clothing. Healing foods include purple coloured fruits, chocolate, and lavender flavoured spices and teas, and oils. It is symbolized by a lotus with two petals. Its stones include Lapis Lazuli, Azarite, and Sugilite.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is the highest Chakra, and is located at the top of our head. It governs the pineal gland, and its colour is violet or white. It represents our ability to fully connect spiritually, and emotionally, ties in with inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, and pure bliss. Imbalances in this chakra can result in; headaches. Photosensitivity, mental illness, neuralgia, senility, right/left brain disorders and coordination problems, epilepsy, varicose veins and blood vessel problems, and skin rashes. Exercises to regain balance include meditation, running and cardio, and wearing violet gems and clothing. Foods are not applicable, but using violet oils, breathing fresh, clean air and being exposed to sunshine are beneficial. It is symbolized with a lotus of a thousand petals. Some of its stones are Amethyst, White Calcite, and White Topaz.
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