In order to experience changes in life and to feel sublime, stable and connected to others; we need to start making a difference from within.
Along the human spine there are seven energy centers located at important branching points in our nervous system and according to yogis, working with these are the key to this change from within.
These energetic centers or ‘chakras’ as they are commonly known, are a combination of feelings, thoughts, energy and the physical body. The word ‘chakra means’ – spinning wheel.
Our conscious mind gets projected through these wheels. As a result, the wheels determine how we experience reality, our level of fear or confidence, our dislikes or desires, our emotional reactions, and even physical symptoms.
If you feel like an invisible force or a mental barrier is stopping you from reaching your highest potential, then the balancing or removing of these blocks, can be done, in yoga and meditation practices while working with the energy centers.
The seven energy centers:
The first energy center or Root chakra or Muladhara, is represented by the color red and located at the base of the spine (pelvic floor). This is the chakra that keeps us grounded, secure and aligned to our physical reality. The root chakra is our connection to the Earth. It links to our sense of belonging with others and self acceptance. It also contains our urges around food, sex, sleep and our survival instinct.
Those with a balanced Root chakra are courageous, have excellent instincts and are confident decision makers and strong leaders. An unbalanced Root chakra can make one feel anxious, worried and physically or materially insecure and this in balance manifest as avoidance and fear.
The second energy center or Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana, is represented by the color orange and located in the lower belly, just below the navel. It is home of our emotions and creativity, and it is also the center of our desires and the reproductive organs.
Those with a balanced Sacral chakra access their potential for high creative energy, sensual pleasure and self healing. Those with an unbalanced Sacral chakra could have a blocked creativity and feelings of emptiness, guilt and indecisiveness that paralyse personal development.
The third energy center or Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura, is yellow in color and located between the navel and sternum. It associated with our intelligence, self esteem and digestive system. It is the body’s energy power-house where a vast amount of our physical vitality is held. It represents individual power, purpose and the element of fire.
Those with a balanced third energy center are empowered by a transformative energy, therefore, they take action to achieve and reach their desires and goals. When the third energy center area is blocked one could experience imbalances associated with heightened ego like aggressive ambition, frustration, feeling powerless and susceptible to others’ negativity.
The fourth energy center or Heart chakra or Anahata, is green in color and located in the middle of the chest. This chakra is the meeting ground for the vast spectrum of our love, compassion and human emotional experiences, as it relates to accepting and giving love back to the world.
Those with a balanced Heart chakra have the capacity to feel deeply connected to other people, and also have the optimism to radiate the highest aspects of faith, compassion and unconditional love. In contrast, a closed Heart chakra has the capacity for deep feelings of alienation, loneliness, selfishness, insecurity, disappointment and despair.
The fifth energy center or Throat chakra or Vishuddhi, is represented by the color blue and is located in the throat. As the energetic home of hearing and speech. It is associated with communication and self expression, which is the ability to express our dreams.
When the Throat chakra is tuned, one can communicate thoughts and feelings without being concerned by the opinions of others. As opposed to someone with an unbalanced Throat chakra, who holds back from expressing opinions, thoughts and feelings, due to worrying about how others might contrastly react.
The sixth energy center or Third Eye chakra or Ajna, is represented by the color indigo and located between the eyebrows. It is the energy center linked to memory, imagination and inner-knowing where the mixing of intuition and information take place.
Those with a balanced Third Eye chakra can have psychic abilities, a strong connection with trust and inner wisdom that leads to intelligent choices. And a realisation of this fact: we are more than a physical body.
An excessive or deficient chakra could lead to a lack of imagination, self doubt, mistrust, denial and poor memory.
The seventh and last energy center or Crown chakra or Sahasrara, is violet and purple white. It is located at the top of the head and links us to a higher level of spiritual knowledge and consciousness. It also connects us to everything that is beyond our individual ego, emotional experiences and preferences, personal needs – our linear intellect.
Those with a balanced Crown chakra are genuinely appreciative and aware of what and who they really are. When this chakra is closed, finding the meaning of life, living in the now and feeling one with the universe are principles that can not be understood.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle