Exploring the seven spiritual energy centers of the human body and how they each relate to the mind and body.
The word Chakra is a Sanskrit term meaning "circle" or "wheel" ("Wheel of Energy"). Each of the seven Chakras sends the Energy of Life (Prana) to corresponding areas of our physical, mental, or spiritual bodies. When the Chakras are blocked, illness, emotional problems, or spiritual deficiency can result. The practice of Yoga helps to clear the Chakras so that Prana (Energy of Life) can flow freely and bring harmony and enlightenment.The philosophical theories and models of chakras as centers of energy were first codified in Ancient India.
In the body the Root Chakra is associated with the inner adrenal glands, the large intestine, skeleton system (teeth and bones), the bladder and elimination system, and the lower extremities in general (feet, legs , etc.)
The Root Chakra is our support and foundation and concerns our relationship with physical reality, the Earth(being grounded), natural forces, the body and our ability to master it. It represents our primal Instincts, our security, survival and fight our flight response. It also represents human potential.
A blocked Root Chakra leads to Fear, Entrapment in the Physical World, Intestinal Problems, and Skin Disorders.
This Second Chaka is located in the lower abdomen (below the naval )and it's name is Swadhistana. It's color is orange and it's element is Water. Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Amber and Coral. Swadhistana is Symbolized by a lotus with six petals
In the body the Sacral Chakra is associated with the genitals, the sex/reproductive system/organs (Ovaries/testes), and bladder, and Kidneys, and the circulatory system
The Sacral Chakra is related to our base emotions, sexuality and Intimacy, passion and pleasure, and the act of giving and receiving. It is also associated with creativity, with the balancing life forces of the male/female or Yin/Yang.
This third Chaka is located in the stomach area above the navel and below the chest.), and it's name is Manipura. It's color is yellow and it's element is Fire. Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Amber and Gold. Manipura is Symbolised by a lotus with ten petals.
In the body the Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the muscular system, the skin, the pancreas, the organs and fuctions associated with digestive system, (small intestine, bladder,spleen, and other organs and glands in the solar plexus region.)
The Solar Plexus Chakra is related to Personal Energy, our Sense of Purpose, and the forces of power and authority. It can also be considered the transformation of internal energy to manifest power within the external world, self-esteem, will and desire, and also self-control and discipline of the ego.
This fourth Chaka is located at the Center of chest, and it's name is Anahata. It's color is green, and (sometimes Pink), and it's element is Air. Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Emerald and Malachite and the Sense of touch. Anahata is Symbolised by a lotus with twelve petals.
In the body the Heart Chakra is associated with the thymus, the immune system, and part of the endocrine system. It is associated with the Heart, chest, lungs, circulation and the arms.
The Heart is related to complex emotions of the heart, and is associated with love of self and others, and universal love, It involves compassion,understanding, sensitivity, trust, Forgiveness , and growth. It also symbolizes freedom, harmony and peace.
This Fifthh Chaka is located at the front of the neck,and it's name is Vishuddha. It's color is blue, and (sometimes Pink). Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Turquoise and Blue Topaz. Vishuddha is Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals
In the body the Throat Chakra is associated with the base of neck and throat , the thyroid, lungs, the voice and sound.
The Throat is related to Creativity, Communication, and Self Expression. and is the link between emotion and thought. It is also associated with truth and knowledge; honesty, kindness and wisdom that is conveyed through speech and other means of communication.
This sixth Chaka is located at the forehead between the eyes/brows, and it's name is Ajna. It's color is indigo/deep blue, and (sometimes Pink). Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Lapiz Lazuli and Sapphire. Ajna is Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals
In the body the Brow Chakra is associated with the Pituitary Gland, the base of the skull, eyes, nose,face,nervous system and brain
The Third Eye is related to Psychic abilities/E.S.P and Vision, intuition, insight, imagination. It is the mind - spirit connection, Inner Spirit,Spirituality, divine wisdom and peace of mind. It can also be considered the subconscious or unconscious, and our perception beyond the physical realm.
Ajna is held as the chakra of time, awareness and of light. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and awakening.
*(Note: some opine that the pineal and pituitary glands should be exchanged in their relationship to the Crown and Brow chakras, based on the description in Arthur Avalon's book on kundalini called Serpent Power or empirical research.)
This seventh Chaka is located on the top of the head, extending outward and outside the physical body,and it's name is Sahasrara. It's color is violet, and (transforming to white and sometimes gold as it extends further from the body). Gemstones that represent this Chakra are Amethyst, Diamond and Quartz Crystal. Sahasrara is Symbolised by a lotus with one thousand petals
In the body the Third Eye Chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, upper skull, cerebral cortex, mind and spirit, and with the entire body as a whole.
The Third Eye is related the Spiritual and divine, and to our higher selves. It also associated with inspiration,wisdom and integration of our eternal selves with our current physical selves. It is the exploration of one’s consciousness, and connection to god or source.
A blocked Crown Chakra leads to Spritual Poverty and a Lack of Awareness of Higher Realms. An open Crown Chakra leads to Enlightenment, Bliss, and the Sense of Being as One with the Universe. The associated gland is the Pineal.
Sahasrara or the crown chakra is generally considered to be the chakra of consciousness. Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. The thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness.
(Note: some opine that the pineal and pituitary glands should be exchanged in their relationship to the Crown and Brow chakras, based on the description in Arthur Avalon's book on kundalini called Serpent Power or empirical research.)
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