7 CHAKRAS : TYPES,FUNCTIONS,LOCATION: must know

7 CHAKRAS : TYPES,FUNCTIONS,LOCATION

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A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras and Their Meanings

Chakras.

You’ve probably heard about them in yoga class.

You’ve almost certainly heard a “New Age” character on TV or in a movie mention someone’s chakras being blocked.

Perhaps someone has even suggested that you focus on a specific chakra.

However, this does not imply that you are aware of what they are.

You are not alone, so don’t worry.

Chakras (pronounced “chuhk-ruhs” and often translated as “circle” or “wheel”) are center areas where subtle energy pathways known as nadis converge, according to yogic philosophy.

Many yoga traditions believe there are seven major chakras, which we will discuss shortly.

They are reported to run from the pelvic floor to the crown of the skull along the length of the spine.

There is no scarcity of knowledge on this topic, which is growing increasingly popular.

Many yoga instructors base their teachings on these energy centers.

Anodea Judith, a well-known chakra teacher, created the popular book Chakra

Balancing, which you may have seen on an end table at your favorite yoga class. You may even

The Evolution of Chakras

Chakras have just recently gained prominence, coinciding with the rise in popularity of yoga and New Age ideologies in general.

They are an ancient and complicated energy system that originated in India.

They were originally referenced in the Vedas, which are ancient sacred spiritual literature dating from 1500 to 1000 BC. There is a lot to learn about them.

So, what should be done?

 Let’s Now Practice This Together, in order to Activate The Different Chakras.

Complete Guide to 7 Chakras

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Get to know about the chakras, their attributes, strengths, weaknesses, and relation to yoga. Watch the video at the end and learn how to stimulate and balance these energy centers with their specific mantra (sound) and yantra (sign). 

What are Chakras?

Chakras are the energy centers of the body. They are located in the astral body, along the spine, starting at its base and running upwards to the crown of the head. The astral body is the energy body residing inside our physical body. Each physical body part has a corresponding astral body part. The astral body cannot be seen or touched. This is also a reason why we cannot see the chakras. 

The chakras radiate a specific colour and energy. Each one coincides with a gland in the physical body. Since each chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of our being, it is believed that their blockage or malfunction can lead to physical, psychological, and emotional disorders. The conscious awareness and balancing of these energy centers, on the other hand, is believed to lead to well-being and good health.  

The above ties into the purpose of yoga. Through asana practice, yoga seeks to stimulate and balance these chakras or energy centers in the body.  

Does a Chakra have a Shape?

There are many myths about the shape of the chakras. Some say they are like whirling discs, while others believe they are like flowers hanging from the spine. Some people even think that they resemble an ice cream cone! All these different ideas exist simply because the chakras cannot be seen by the eyes or by any device. So, we tend to believe whatever becomes commonly circulated. 

The ancient scriptures say that a chakra is shaped like a sphere or a ball. And it is even believed that planet earth is a major chakra of the solar system and a minor chakra of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It rotates to distribute some energy, but knowing more about this remains beyond the scope of the human imagination. 

What is the Size of a Chakra? 

Some people say that chakras are one foot in radius, while others say that they change their size according to the energy flow. Scriptures, on the other hand, tell us that the chakras are very small, as they are located in the astral spinal cord, which is further located inside the physical spinal cord. 

What is the Size of a Chakra? 

Some people say that chakras are one foot in radius, while others say that they change their size according to the energy flow. Scriptures, on the other hand, tell us that the chakras are very small, as they are located in the astral spinal cord, which is further located inside the physical spinal cord. 

Types of Chakras 

Mostly, we hear about the ‘seven chakras’ but, there is an infinite number of chakras in the human body. A specific vibration, color, and sound are associated with all 7 chakras. Depending on whether these energy centers are healthy or blocked, you may experience different attributes of your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

1. Muladhara Chakra – Root Chakra

Root Chakra - Muladhara Chakra

Color – Red; Element – Earth 

The Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine, between the anus and the genitals. It is characterized by the emotions of survival, stability, ambition, and self-sufficiency. When this chakra is out of balance, a person starts feeling unstable, ungrounded, lack of ambition, lack of purpose, fearful, insecure and frustrated. However, when the root chakra is balanced, these are replaced by more positive emotions, and you feel stable, confident, balanced, energetic, independent, and strong. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Muladhara Chakra is ‘Lam’.

Practicing the following postures helps to balance Muladhara Chakra: Tree Pose (Vrkshasana) and Mountain Pose (Tadasana).

To know more, read our article on the Root Chakra.

2. Svadhishthana Chakra – Sacral Chakra

Navel Chakra - Svadhishtasana Chakra

Color – Orange; Element – Water 

The Svadhishthana Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, about four fingers below the navel. Its attributes include the basic need for sexuality, as well as creativity and self-worth. When the sacral chakra is imbalanced, a person may feel emotionally explosive and irritable, sense a lack of energy and creativity, feel manipulative, or obsessed with sexual thoughts. When balanced, it makes one feel more vibrant, happy, positive, satisfied, compassionate, and intuitive.  

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Svadhishthana Chakra is ‘Vam’.

You can work on balancing Svadhishthana Chakra by practicing balancing poses like Crow Pose (Kakasana) or standing poses like Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).

To know more, read our article on the Sacral Chakra.

3. Manipura Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Ckakra - Manipura Chakra

Color – Yellow; Element – Fire 

The Manipura Chakra is located at the solar plexus, between the navel and the bottom of the rib cage. It is characterized by emotions like ego, anger, and aggression. An imbalance of the solar plexus chakra can manifest physically as digestive problems, liver problems, or diabetes. On an emotional level, one might struggle with depression, lack of self-esteem, anger, and perfectionism. By balancing this chakra, we feel more energetic, confident, productive, and focused. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Manipura Chakra is ‘Ram’.

4. Anahata Chakra – Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra - Anahata Chakra

Color – Green; Element – Air 

As the name implies, the Anahata Chakra is located in the heart region. This chakra is the seat of balance, and it is characterized by emotions of love, attachment, compassion, trust, and passion. When the heart chakra is imbalanced, a person may deal with emotional issues like anger, lack of trust, anxiety, jealousy, fear, and moodiness. By harmonizing this energy center, a person begins to feel more compassionate, caring, optimistic, friendly, and motivated. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Anahata Chakra is ‘Yam’.

Heart Chakra can be balanced by practicing poses like Half Bridge Pose (Ardha Setubandhasana), and Fish Pose (Matsyasana).

Check out our article to know more about the Heart Chakra.

5. Vishuddha Chakra – Throat Chakra

Vishuddha Chakra - Throat Chakra

Color – Blue; Element – Space 

The Visuddha Chakra is located at the base of the throat, coinciding with the thyroid gland. It is associated with inspiration, healthy expression, faith, and the ability to communicate well. A blockage in the throat chakra may be experienced as timidity, quietness, a feeling of weakness, or the inability to express our thoughts. When this chakra is balanced, it enables creativity, positive self-expression, constructive communication, and a sense of satisfaction. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Vishuddha Chakra is ‘Ham’.

Throat Chakra is stimulated in poses like Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) and Plough Pose (Halasana).

Read our article to know more about the Throat Chakra.

6. Ajna Chakra – Third Eye Chakra

Ajna Chakra - Third Eye Chakra

Color – Indigo; Element – None 

The Ajna Chakra (pronounced as ‘Agya Chakra’) is located between the eyebrows. Also known as the Third Eye Chakra, it is often used as a focal point during asana practice to develop more concentration and awareness. It is said that meditating upon this chakra destroys the karma of past lives and brings liberation and intuitive knowledge. 

Its attributes are intelligence, intuition, insight, and self-knowledge. When imbalanced, it may make you feel non-assertive and afraid of success, or on the contrary, it can make you more egoistical. An imbalance can manifest as physical problems like headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain. When this chakra is active and balanced, a person feels more vibrant and confident, both spiritually and emotionally. In the absence of the fear of death, one becomes his own master and remains free of all attachment to material things. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Ajna Chakra is ‘Om’.

Ajna Chakra is stimulated when practicing Headstand (Shirshasana).

Check our article to know more about the Third-Eye Chakra.

7. Sahastrara Chakra – Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra - Sahasrara Chakra

Color – Violet/White; Element – None 

The Sahastrara Chakra is located at the crown of the head. The seventh chakra is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, and dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. When it gets imbalanced, one might suffer from a constant sense of frustration, melancholy and destructive feelings. 

The seed mantra (beej mantra) of Sahastrara Chakra is ‘Aum’.

Balancing Sahasrara Chakra can be done by practicing Headstand (Shirshasana).

Read our article to know more about the Crown Chakra.

Can Chakras Influence Health?

Chakras are associated with the organs and glands of the particular region where they are located. As such, they have a strong bearing on our health, our mental state, and our relation with others. Based on various factors such as our lifestyle, environment and surroundings, past experiences, etc,  the chakras can either be balanced or imbalanced. If a chakra is imbalanced, it goes into either a hypoactive or a hyperactive mode. A hypoactive or blocked chakra’s functioning is either insufficient or reduced. Likewise, a hyperactive chakra means there is too much energy flowing into that particular region, and as such, there is an imbalance in the overall flow of energy throughout the body. 

Since chakras are interrelated, when one of them is imbalanced, it causes a disturbance in the functionality of the other chakras as well. This makes people feel disconnected, anxious, fearful, and it also manifests as health problems in one or more areas of the body. 

To function at their best, your chakras need to be balanced. And for this, you need to know what the chakras actually do and what are some of the things you can do to take care of them.  

Function and Importance of the Chakras 

The chakras act as distribution centers. They distribute the five pranas to their associated local regions. For example, the root chakra will distribute the ‘apana prana’ to the pelvic region and provide energy for the organs in this region. When a chakra is blocked or not functioning properly, this distribution pattern gets disturbed, and physical or psycho-emotional/energy issues arise. 

Can I Balance or Stimulate the Chakras?

Every chakra rotates at a specific frequency and speed. This frequency and speed can change due to various factors like diet, lifestyle, thought patterns, etc. An imbalance starts creating problems with the distribution of the pranas. Imagine what will happen if a 50 watt light bulb starts getting a 500 watt or 10-watt electricity supply! When we speak about balancing or awakening the chakras, we mean bringing them back to their regular speed. 

You can adopt the following as tools to balance the chakras: 

  • Diet: One of the main reasons for an imbalance in the chakras is an imbalance of the five elements in the body. A balanced diet helps to bring balance to the elements of the body. 
  • Asanas:Asanas help to stimulate the chakras, and improve their functioning. They also clear the way for the chakras to heal themselves. 
  • Meditation: Meditation helps to clear the mind, and removes negativity and manipulation in a person. 

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