More fulfilled personality, less stressful life, inner balance, and harmony … Knowledge of the seven chakras, centers of vital energy, will help you on this path. A little practice is enough.
The word ” chakra ” comes from Sanskrit, the Indo-European language in which the sacred texts of India are written. It means “wheel” and, beyond, the spiral or the cycle. It, therefore, translates a connotation of movement. This makes it possible to understand that, even in a state of rest, a body continues to be in motion. We must learn to know how to listen to this movement, to know its degrees, its strength, and its influxes, in order to achieve better-being. Indeed, we are not only composed of flesh, blood, and tissue, but also energy, a vital force.
There is no question here of giving you a yoga class or explaining all the virtues of the chakras, but rather approaching their meanings.to your story. The best encyclopedias published so far will never replace knowing yourself or your own experiences. The image above shows you the location of the seven chakras, which should be read from the base, “I”, to the top, “I am”. After having studied their meaning and their usefulness, you can do the suggested exercises, according to your needs and always at your own pace.
How to identify our 7 main chakras?
First chakra: Muladhara. Anahata: Red, located at the level of the perineum, it is connected to the coccyx. It is the Root chakra, that of the base. Its element: Earth.
Second chakra: Svadhishthana. Orange, located above the genitals, it is called the Sacred chakra. It is connected to the sacrum, at the base of the column. Its element: Water.
Third chakra: Manipura. Yellow, located between the solar plexus and the navel, it is the Solar chakra. It represents the gateway to astral travel. Its element: Fire.
Fourth chakra: Green, located in the middle of the chest, at the level of the heart, under the sternum, it is the Heart chakra, place of love par excellence. Its element: Air.
Fifth chakra: Vishuddha. Turquoise or light blue, located at the level of the throat, where the thyroid gland is located, the Throat chakra is connected to the larynx. Its element: Ether, celestial space.
Sixth chakra: Ajna. Indigo blue, located between the two eyebrows, in the middle of the forehead, the third eye chakra is related to the pituitary gland. Its element: the mind.
Seventh chakra:Sahasrara: Violet, located at the top of the head, where, in babies, the fontanel appears, the Crown chakra is linked to the epiphysis. Its element: the cosmos.
Kundalini Yoga practitioners identify the 8th chakra: it is the aura. White in color, it is 60 cm around the body. It is our personal magnetic field, it encompasses all of the chakras. It is a very powerful energy center, of protection and projection which is not fixed. As soon as we dress in white, we increase this aura by a few centimeters. To be heard and seen, it is recommended to wear white. Beyond the virginal aspect, this color has an energetic symbolism. The dogma of religion has broken the energetic aspect that existed before, but the Immaculate Conception is someone magnetic. Reinforced by meditation, yoga, and a healthy lifestyle, the aura can be polluted by the environment or toxic people (who are not necessarily aware of it).
How to activate the 1st chakra, Muladhara?
His message: “I have”
His meaning: the human being is aware of being alive, at the same time, he discovers that his life has a limit. It is then preserved through possession, heritage, like so many ramparts against fear.
To be born is to incarnate and have a body. To accumulate material goods is to want to preserve one’s body eternally. Wisdom appears when the individual integrates that he must detach himself materially and strip himself in order to be. And this stage assumes that he is ready to detach himself from his body.
Exercise to open the 1st chakra: Visualize an image of pleasure, linked to money, food, a reassuring place, or material satisfaction, like one of your objects that reassures you.
How to activate the 2nd chakra, Svadhishthana?
Its message: “I feel”
It’s meaning: It refers to the first relationships with others, experienced through the family. The seat of family and maternal love, it contains the emotions of early childhood: joys, anxieties, or guilt. His ally is the dream, the imagination, the refuge of the child, which still links him to the prenatal world. And there is the home of the unconscious.
The lived history is first suffered because we do not choose his family origins. Between acceptance and rebellion, the internal struggle is very tough.
Exercise to open the 2nd chakra: Remember a beautiful emotion from your childhood. You visualize yourself alone or with other people who, in the past, reassured you as a child.
How to activate the 3rd chakra, Manipura?
His message: “I can”
His meaning: He is the bridge between the family link (6th chakra) and the social link (4th chakra). He is the center of gravity of man, the internal sun which gives him strength and stability. It represents what we receive from life, according to our ability to control our destiny. It leads to the affirmation of the personality. Adolescents are often stuck in this chakra because they have a hard time breaking away from childhood.
Exercise to open the 3rd chakra: Remember an event you were the star of? The image should make you a hero. Remember a moment of conquering a fear or great satisfaction, linked to your one and only will.
How to activate the 4th chakra, Anahata?
His message: “I like”
His meaning: Life in society is organized and altruism grows. And through the others is born the desire to unite, to make one’s way with someone who is neither oneself nor of the family, to face another destiny. With this union, more universal love is born. It is the seat of communication, of the effect produced by the relationship: the beating heart. It is the chakra of forgiveness and respected freedom. It represents the individual consciousness that flourishes.
Exercise to open the 4th chakra: Visualize a face that is not family and that moved you, intimidated you. Imagine someone your eyes could not take away from. Or remember a burst of laughter, elicited by someone else.
How to activate the 5th chakra, Vishuddha?
His message: “I say”
His meaning: It is the chakra of listening and speaking. The inner truth says being heard and verbalizing becomes essential. Blockages, unspoken, and other fear of others that obstruct this chakra have effects on the thyroid. The ego exists through speech. The duty to listen to others should not obscure the right to express what one feels. And the voice is an instrument. The pulse is also taken there, beating like an inner listening.
Exercise to open the 5th chakra: Choose a sound (music, voice, or noise). Imagine that the Vishuddha chakra is a microphone and a speaker spreading sound between your shoulders and your spine.
How to activate the 6th chakra, Ajna?
His message: “I see”
His meaning: This chakra commands and questions. The big questions are expressed through him. “Who am I, what is my mission on this earth? “. It also brings together what we know and does not master: I know that at such an age, I will experience this, but I cannot explain why. And when the mind immerses itself in it, it comes out purified, endowed with a consciousness that it lacked. For that, you have to shed your ego, the distractions of the mind and reach the void.
Exercise to open the 6th chakra: Let images come. Find the most enjoyable. Visualize it more and more precisely and focus on it. Then savor its effects.
How to activate the 7th chakra, Sahasrara?
His message: “I Am”
His sense: Spiritual peace appears with knowledge. This chakra contains the energetic qualities of the other six chakras. The spiritual path follows the material path. To no longer have is to begin to be. We let fall the dead skin of emotional pain, family, or hard social hardships … The soul listens to divine harmony. Only the evolution of existing.
Exercise to open the 7th chakra: Visualize yourself with what you have that is unique. The importance of the image will be relative to the one you really give yourself. Then, mentally place yourself in the scheme of things and the universe, being part of the whole.
The notes, colors, mantras, and elements associated with each chakra
Root chakra – Muladhara – 1st chakra:
ROOTING – note of the scale = DO – color = red – mantra = LAM – element: earth
Subumbilical chakra – Svadisthana – sacral chakra – 2nd chakra:
SEXUALITY – note of the range = D – color = orange – mantra = VAM – element = water
Solar Plexus chakra – Manipura – 3rd chakra:
EMOTIVITY – range note = MI – color = yellow – mantra – RAM – element = fire
Heart Chakra – Anahata – 4th chakra:
COMPASSION – scale note = FA – colors = green and pink – mantra = YAM – element = air
Throat chakra – Vishuddha – 5th chakra:
EXPRESSION – scale note = SOL – color = light blue – mantra = HAM – element = space
Frontal chakra – Ajna – 3rd eye – 6th chakra:
MEDITATION = note of the scale = LA – color = indigo blue – mantra = AUM – elements = sky and earth
Crown Chakra – Sahasrara – 7th chakra:
REALIZATION = note of the scale = SI – color – violet – mantra = AUM – elements = sky and earth
The chakras: open? closed? Too little or too active?
According to Buddhist / Hindu teaching, all chakras should contribute to the well-being of a human being. Our instincts should combine with our feelings and thoughts.
Some of our chakras are balanced, others are overactive. Some are underactive or even almost closed.
If the chakras are not balanced, peace with oneself cannot be achieved.
Be careful not to get confused: a chakra is never completely closed, otherwise, you are dead!
Chakra Yoga consists of using Yoga postures and breathing techniques to cleanse, balance, and open the 7 chakras.
POSTURES FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA
The child’s posture
=> Rooting postures are recommended to balance this chakra
- Child posture
- Forward bends (pinch, posture from head to knees, etc.)
POSTURES FOR THE SUBUMBILICAL CHAKRA
The cow head pose
=> It dominates all the production of our fluids: tears, urine, menstruation …
- Cow Head Posture
- Half-pigeon pose
- Shoemaker’s pose (version A and B)
POSTURES FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The mountain posture
=> Generate our energy and support the process of digestion
- Mountain pose
- Greetings to the sun
- Boat posture
POSTURES FOR THE HEART CHAKRA
The eagle pose © Christie Petko
=> To create and maintain peace and harmony between people
- Eagle pose
POSTURES FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA
The posture of the candlelight
- 1/2 deck
POSTURES FOR THE 3RD EYE CHAKRA (FRONTAL)
- Child posture
- Cat stretch
POSTURES FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA
The posture of final relaxation
- Head posture
- 1/2 lotus
- Final relaxation
My personal experience of the chakras
For my part, I am not a very sensitive person to the chakras.
It’s quite astonishing because I am not however a person known in my entourage for his scientific spirit, on the contrary…!
I am often told that I have a lot of imagination, a little too much sometimes … And yet, oddly enough, I do not manage to familiarize myself with the idea of chakras. It’s still quite abstract for me, maybe too esoteric …
If I consider for example a Yoga posture and I learn that it acts on this or that muscle or on this or that gland, then I think I have understood.
On the other hand, if I am told that a particular posture is beneficial for such or such chakra, then I remain rather skeptical.
I remember when I was in India we took a written exam to graduate as a Yoga teacher. And it was at the level of the chakra questions that I felt the least resonance with my personal experience and sensitivity.
Well, at the same time, I tell myself that I am still young and that my practice and my teaching will undoubtedly continue to be defined and refined. This may go hand in hand with a better understanding or even experience of the chakras!
Ah yes, I also need to tell you how the chakras have made a direct appearance in my life recently.
I went to see an Ayurvedic doctor a short time ago. Following his questions on possible pain or blockages at home, I replied that I had indeed a pain in the lower abdomen, a little to the right, for some time already.
I had already done all the regular medical exams and absolutely nothing organic had been found.
And there, the Ayurvedic doctor said to me: “One of your chakras is imbalanced”
He then gave me more details which I will keep personal but everything he said was indeed very close to reality.
Then he added that you just have to wait and continue practicing Yoga and that the chakra will gradually rebalance itself.
I spoke about it with a doctor of my entourage who found this hypothesis of the chakras completely outlandish …
And yet, after about 2 weeks, my pain was gone!
So is there a psychological part in the disappearance of my pain? Is it because this Ayurvedic doctor told me that this pain was over that she indeed passed out?
Well, I have no idea, but I still find it disturbing!
Here is my little experience concerning the chakras …
Do chakras exist outside of Indian spirituality?
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a similar model of the human body as an energy system crossed by vessels and points, those used by acupuncture.
These points are strongly reminiscent of the locations of the different chakras.
Reiki, a mystical Japanese discipline, also works on energy points by affixing the hands of the practitioner above the body of the person receiving the energy treatment.