'Chakra' is a Sanskrit word, meaning wheel or disk. In terms of our body, a chakra is a vital point, which vibrates with energy. It spins and draws energy from the universe, and this energy flows between chakras along pathways called 'nadi's.
Scientifically, a chakra is a point where one or more important glands are present. Proper, healthy functioning of these glands ensures healthy living. Energy-wise, when the chakras are vibrating with positive energy, a person is healthy.
Each chakra governs the body parts linked to the gland, and is linked to certain emotions as well. Imbalance in the chakras could cause physical/ mental/ emotional problems, and vice versa.
There are many chakras in our body, but seven are the most important.
|Location||Top of Head|
|Description||Thousand petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Spiritual Awakening, Enlightenment, Cosmic Consciousness|
|Colour||Purple, White, Gold, Silver|
|Physical Problems||Migraine, Brain Tumour, Amnesia, Coma, Sensitivity to Light/ Sound|
|Behavioral Problems||Confusion, Cynicism, Rigidity, Greed, Domination|
|Healing Approach||Discipline, regular meditation and self searching|
|Stones||Amethyst, White Topaz|
|Location||Between the eyebrows|
|Description||Two Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Intuition, Intellect, Imagination, Psychic powers|
|Physical Problems||Poor Vision, Sinus & Nose Problems, headaches, seizures, learning disability, nerve problems, neurological problems|
|Behavioral Problems||Lack of Imagination, visualisation & foresight, poor memory, obsession, nightmares, hallucinations|
|Healing Approach||Meditation, visual stimulation, arts, hypnosis|
|Stones||Lapis Lazuli, Azurite|
|Description||Sixteen Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Communication, self-expression, divine guidance|
|Physical Problems||Stammering, weak voice, laryngitis, swollen glands, thyroid and ear problems|
|Behavioral Problems||Talking too much or too less, poor listening skills,|
|Healing Approach||Improve communication skills - letter writing, think before speaking, singing, chanting. Observe long periods of silence (maun vrath)|
|Stones||Aquamarine, Turquoise, Sodalite, Sapphire, Blue Tourmaline, Blue Quartz|
The Anahata Chakra is related to love, trust, compassion, equilibrium, well-being and higher emotions. It is adversely affected by stress. Lack of giving/ receiving enough love also causes problems in this chakra.
|Description||Twelve Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Love, self-love, intimacy, forgiveness, loneliness|
|Physical Problems||Problems of the heart, lungs, breast, thymus and arms, asthma, allergy, immune system problems|
|Behavioral Problems||Jealous, critical, lonely, depressed, demanding, narcissism, fear of intimacy, intolerant|
|Healing Approach||Breathing exercises, self-discovery, increase self-love and thereby love others more|
|Stones||Rose quartz, Emerald, Jade|
The solar chakra relates to self-esteem and self image, and consequently affects home, family and long-term relationships. It's element is fire, and it represents our action, our will, our vitality and our transition from base, survival instincts to higher emotions. In terms of emotions, it represents warmth. Those who are emotionally cold, or frequently hot-tempered, have a problem in this chakra.
|Sanskrit||Manipur (Lustrous Gem/ City of Jewels)|
|Location||Solar Plexus, 3 finger-widths above the navel|
|Gland||Pancreas, Outer Adrenal Glands|
|Description||Ten Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Intellect, power, ambition, self-esteem, will, responsibility|
|Mantra||Ram (pronounced as Rum)|
|Physical Problems||Arthritis, diabetes, digestive disorders, ulcers, problems with stomach, liver, colon and intestine, anorexia or bulimia, pancreatitis, gallstones, allergies|
|Behavioral Problems||Poor self esteem, overly aggressive, arrogant, stubborn, hyper active, competitive, passive, sluggish, blaming, unreliable|
|Healing Approach||Deal with stress and ego issues, energetic exercises like sit-ups, relaxation|
|Stones||Yellow Tourmaline, Yellow Topaz, Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite|
The main aspect of this chakra is sexuality. It is the center of emotions, pleasure, sexuality and creativity. It is influenced by the moon, and in turn affects our emotions.
|Location||Lower abdomen, 3 finger-widths below the navel|
|Description||Six Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Emotions, emotional identity, sexuality, creativity, pleasure, ethics|
|Physical Problems||Sexual problems, back problems, problems with reproductive organs, spleen, urinary system|
|Behavioral Problems||Dramatic mood swings, Addiction to or fear of sex, emotional dependence, obsession, poor social skills, lack of desire or passion, loss of appetite for food, sex or life|
|Healing Approach||Emotional release, movement therapy, enjoy healthy pleasures|
|Stones||Fire Agate, Amber, Orange spine, Orange Calcite, Fire Opal|
The Muladhar chakra relates to basic survival instincts, and is the foundation for the whole chakra system. When this chakra is in harmony, it brings a balance of stability and flexibility to our life. This chakra is also related to the grounding of a person - the force which keeps us firmly connected with ground realities, and also build strong foundations on which to base our life.
|Sanskrit||Muladhar (Root, Base)|
|Location||Base of the spine|
|Gland||Inner Adrenal Glands|
|Description||Four Petaled Lotus|
|Attributes||Stability, grounding, security, will power, safety, prosperity, physical energy|
|Physical Problems||Sluggishness, tiredness, weight problems, skin, bone, teeth and back problems,|
|Behavioral Problems||Greed, fear, fear of change, anxiousness, addiction to security, restlessness, lack of discipline|
|Healing Approach||Physical activity, touch therapy, massage, hatha yoga|
|Stones||Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Red coral, Smoky Quartz|
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