What are the Seven Chakras:

When it comes to the eastern philosophy of healing, especially that of the Indian subcontinent, yoga takes the centre stage. People have been doing yoga for years now to maintain a harmony between the mind, the sense and the body. Chakra Yog aiming at balancing all the Chakras in the body is one of the most popular ancient healing techniques evolving gradually. Although the history of Chakra is two thousand years old, it has started capturing the world in the last few years only.

History of Chakras:

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (200 BC) mentioned the science of Chakras in detail. Centuries later, it was mentioned in the Yoga Upanishad (600 AD) till Padaka Panchakar aka Paduka Panchakam (1000 AD) talked about the same.

7 Chakras in Our Body

Then in 1577, Sat Chakra Nirupana talked about the powers of Chakras. Finally, it was Arthur Avalon in 1919 who extensively talked about Chakras in his book The Serpent Power which sparked interest among westerners and the worldwide fame of the Chakra came 1960s onward. In fact, there are discussions among the spiritual leaders, yoga practitioners, thinkers and philosophers over the origin of Chakra system. It is however said that the yoga progressed around the central idea of balancing the mind and the body through Chakra balancing

Science of Chakras:

The whole cosmos is made of macro and micro cosmic elements sharing the same nature. The source of all manifestations is a giant cosmic Super Intelligence beyond our limited understandings. This Super Intelligence creates all manifestations, from subtle to the dense matter in seven stages; hence we have the existence of seven worlds, seven bodies, and seven levels of consciousness. Each of them has a concentrated field of energy that serves as an elevator to a higher level of consciousness. Each center is also linked with the ultimate source. This pattern is common to all fields of existence.

In the science of Chakra, the yogi focuses on the Aura which permeates his physical body. This Aura creates the spinning vortexes of energy at the specific places of the endocrine glands. These vortexes of energy look like spinning wheels (chakra). The India’s ancient healings such as pranayama, qi gong, acupuncture, and tai chi deal with this flow of pranic force, the Life Force.

The body has seven major Chakras that account for our overall health (mental, emotional and physical). Interestingly, these Chakras are governed by our expressions, thoughts, feelings and senses, including the sixth sense (mind). Additionally, these Chakras also reflect the levels of consciousness, colors, and lessons of life, body, mind, senses and identity.

If one meditates on these Chakras, paying attention to their specific roles and lessons, one can attain to their highest potential, the self-realization.

What are the Seven Chakras:

The ancient scriptures accurately mention the subtle link or connection of Chakras with physical (body), mental (mind) and spiritual (spirit) growth in us. When the body, the mind, the senses and the soul are in harmony, it indicates that all the Chakras or the subtle energy centres or the source energy centres are balanced. These seven chakras are located all the way from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

Muladhara Root Chakra

MULADHARA (ROOT) CHAKRA - connected with of Stability & Support

The Sanskrit word mula means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’. This Chakra is the base of our chakra system. Muladhara, meaning root or support, is governed by the Earth element.

Muladhara is located near the tail bone. It is associated with our connection with the earth, emotional/mental health, stability, survival, physical strength and vitality. Also it denotes the blood of life, sexuality, the spine, the pelvis, rectum, legs, bones, feet, immune system and nervous system.

Swadhisthana Sacral Chakra

SWADHISTHANA (SACRAL) CHAKRA - connected with Identity & Creativity

The Sanskrit word swa means ‘one’s own’ and adisthana means ‘residence’. This Chakra is the ‘residence of the self’ (ego on the physical level).

In this Chakra, the body (material) and the soul (spiritual) come into a perfect harmony. One can bring the purified mundane desires into a harmony with one’s higher feelings.

Manipura Solar Plexus Chakra

MANIPURA (SOLAR PLEXUS) CHAKRA - connected with Personal Power

Located in the upper abdomen, it represents personal strength, self-esteem and self-control. It is associated with yellow colour, ulcers, diabetes, digestive problems, Mani means ‘jewel’ and pura means ‘city’. This Chakra can be considered the City of Jewels. It is associated with the solar plexus and the pancreas.

Located at the naval, Manipura Chakra contains prana the Life Force which is distributed to the other parts of the body. In other words, it transforms life energies to bodily functions, like the thoughts, expressions and feelings into actions. It is the place where we attract positive or negative vibes from others.

Anahata Heart Chakra

ANAHATA (HEART) CHAKRA - connected with Unconditional Love

The Sanskrit word anahata means ‘unhurt’. This Chakra located in the middle other Chakras, associated with love (for one’s self and others).

In Anahata, we tend to refer to our own ‘self’. It makes your heart strong to display talents of leadership and independence. It is also associated with our ability to gain insight into the nature of other beings. It is the Chakra wherein we feel the warmth and cold energy coming from others.

Visuddha Throat Chakra

VISHUDDHA (THROAT) CHAKRA - connected with Wisdom & Expression

Shuddhi in Sanskrit means ‘to purify’. VI is a suffix giving emphasize in a sense of completeness. Vishuddhi means ‘completely purified’.

It is the Chakra whose purity elevates us to our higher sense of being because the energy moves upwards through it. Located at the throat, this Chakra relates to wisdom, thought, speech, communication, expression and eloquence.

Ajna Chakra Third Eye Chakra

AJNA (THIRD EYE) CHAKRA - connected with Intuition & Perception

Ajna in Sanskrit means ‘command’. It is the guiding Chakras for the rest.

Located between the eyebrows, it is associated with the mental world, out-of-the-body and other spiritual experiences. It is the gateway to other realms of one’s being. It connects you to your higher self. It is intimately associated with intuition, focus, concentration, insight and philosophy and science. Those having intuitive thinking and deductive reasoning to expand the known towards the unknown have this Chakra work at the optimal level. It is this place wherein our past life experiences are stored. The present and future are based on those experiences.

Sahasrara Crown Chakra

SAHASRARA (CROWN) CHAKRA - connected with Enlightenment

Sahasrara means ‘one thousand’. This Chakra is the last possessing an unlimited magnitude and essence. It is purely associated with your highest self, liberation, wisdom, completeness, oneness, surrender to the Divine, miracles, going beyond the laws of nature, the unconscious and subconscious sides of the mind, pituitary, pineal, nervous system and the brain.

It is this Chakra which is the ultimate goal of every meditator, sadhak or yogi. When this Chakra is opened, one’s past karmas are burnt to ashes and rebirth in the world of illusions does not take place. This Chakra acts as the ultimate light which paves a way for us to reach the Brahman, the Divine behind every atom of the creation.

How These 7 Chakras in Our Body Work:

These chakras absorb the cosmic energy frequencies and distribute it throughout your body, supplying it to all vital organs in the body. Chakras act as the valves that control the flow of energy.

They govern major aspects of your life such as health, feelings, expressions and spirituality. It is important to keep all the Chakras active so that they continue to absorb the cosmic energy and supply it to all the organs in your body. If these Chakras get blocked meaning the free flowing of prana or energy gets stopped. And as a result, your body tends to attract negative energy.

The proper functioning of the Chakras is intricately associated with your mind and thoughts, emotions and perceptions. So, when your thoughts tend towards fear or negativity, there will be disturbances in the energy flow or Chakras, inviting emotional disorders and physical ailments related to the Chakra. This is how the Chakras affect you based on the mind-body-spirit connection.

Therefore, balanced Chakras are the gates to the holistic health and wellbeing at physical (body), emotional (mind) and spiritual (spirit) level.