Chakras are intangible points on the body which are centers of prana or vital life force energy. The word chakra is a sanskrit term, which translates to wheel or turning, as each chakra is visualised as a spinning lotus petal. The number and location of the chakras depends on what religion or thought practice is followed, but the most common belief is that there are seven major chakras, and hundreds of minor chakras located in a person’s energy field. Each chakra has its own color, and corresponding physical, mental and emotional patterns. This article takes a deeper look into the seven major chakra centers in the body.
Muladhara: The Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. It is a fiery red color, and it is depicted by a four leaf lotus petal. This chakra governs all things relating to sensuality, human survival and stability. It is important that this chakra is functioning correctly, as the kundalini energy flows upwards from this chakra to the other 6 chakras. A blocked root chakra can result in a feeling of being lost or not belonging on this planet.
Swadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located in the sacrum, several inches below the belly button. It is orange in color and it has six petals. This chakra governs all things to do with sexuality, emotions and reproduction. A blocked sacral chakra may cause addiction problems, relationship issues and even infertility. An opened sacral chakra allows you to express yourself sexually and feel emotions such as joy, bliss and happiness.
Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is bright yellow in color, just like the sun. It is symbolized by a lotus leaf that has ten petals and contains a downward facing triangle. This chakra is seen as the personal power base of the entire chakra system. A fully functioning manipura chakra will result in motivation, ambition and plenty of energy to allow you to go out and achieve your dreams. A blocked manipura chakra can leave a person feeling like they are stuck in a rut, and it can also cause digestive problems.
Anahata: The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is located in the middle of the breastbone. It is vivid green in color, and represented by 12 green petals and a hexagram. The heart chakra governs all matters relating to love, both for oneself and for others. Rejection, loneliness or other relationship issues can cause a block in the heart chakra. This block can be gently released by meditating and focusing on the heart chakra and imagining it being cleansed and cleared. You may find that you feel a release of emotion, such as sadness or anger when working with this chakra.
Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is sky blue in color, and it is symbolized by 16 petals. It relates to matters of communication and fluent thoughts. A clear throat chakra will enable a person to speak their truth and communicate effectively. It also plays an important part in lucid dreaming and astral travelling. A blocked throat chakra can indicate problems with self expression, it can also cause colds and physical throat problems.
Ajna: The Brow Chakra
The brow chakra, also known as the third eye chakra, is located in between the eyebrows. It is purple or violet in colour, and it is represented by a 2 leaf lotus petal. It governs intuition, spirituality and perception. When this chakra has been fully opened a person will often be able to have psychic and intuitive abilities. A blocked brow chakra can result in confusion and indecision in life.
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is positioned on the crown, or just above the crown of the head. It is represented by 1000 shimmering multi-colored petals, while the chakra itself is a glowing white color. It covers spiritual notions, such as inner wisdom, universal consciousness and unity. A blocked crown chakra may lead to feelings of isolation or abandonment, and can also result in physical dysfunctions, such as depression and exhaustion. When this chakra is fully awakened it acts as a vortex into the higher dimensions, and it brings us knowledge into the true nature of reality and consciousness.