The chakras are energy vortexes that run through the body beginning from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, and when they are in balance your body, mind, and spirit function in harmony. Each chakra deals with its own organs, has its own assigned color and mantra, and is linked to its own specific emotional issues.
For the next seven weeks I will tell you about each of the seven main chakras, starting , with the Root Chakra, and we will discuss it in all its aspects and meanings. So here we go with the first chakra, the Root Chakra.
In Sanskrit the Root Chakra is called Muladhara and its symbol is within a four-petaled lotus. It is located at the base of the spine, its color is red and its mantra is LAM. The associated organs are the spine, legs, feet, blood, teeth, and skeleton. Its element is Earth, and it is the security and safety chakra. When it is in balance you feel grounded, safe, at home in your body, and secure within yourself. Crystals and stones used to balance Muladhara are red jasper, smokey quartz, and hematite. One of the best ways to balance this chakra is to visualize a clear, pure red spinning at the base of the spine. Also, the Root Chakra is the seat of Kundalini, which is known as the vital life force. Yoga poses that strengthen this chakra are Shavasana, Tadasana, and Virabhadrasana.
The second chakra, also known as the Sacral Chakra or Svadhisthana is the pleasure and emotional centre, and is also the well-spring of your creativity. Its color is orange and the mantra for this chakra is Vam. It is located in the pelvic area, its element is water and the organs associated with Svidhisthana are the kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs and the genitals. To balance the Sacral Chakra, visualize a clear, vibrant orange spinning in the pelvic region. Yoga poses that strengthen this chakra are Balasana, Natarajasana, and Parivrtta Trikonasana Essential oils that assist this chakra are rose, jasmine, clary sage, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.
The third chakra also called the Solar Plexus or Manipura is located above the navel where the diaphragm sits. Its mantra is RAM and its color is yellow and sometimes golden. Its element is fire and it is the seat of the ego, your personal power, and your ability to make choices for yourself. Organs in the body that are associated with Manipura are the liver, large intestines and the digestive system, the adrenal glands, stomach, pancreas, and lungs. Essential oils that assist in balancing the Solar Plexus are Frankincense, Rose, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sandalwood,Rosewood, and Sandalwood. You can inhale the oil, rub directly on the Solar Plexus, or on the bottoms of the feet.
The fourth chakra up from the Root Chakra is Anahata, or the Heart Chakra. This is the seat of compassion, love, forgiveness, and is located in the center of the chest at the heart level. Its element is Air, and color is green. The mantra for Anahata is YAM and the organs associated with this chakra are the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. Yoga poses that can assist in balancing Anahata are Uttanasana, Ustrasana, and Bakasana. These will help you in opening your heart center. The Essential Oils that can help you balance the Heart Chakra are Lavender, Frankincense, Angelica, and Rosemary.
The Throat Chakra, called Vishuddha in Sanscrit is located in the neck and shoulders and its color is blue. It is the seat of self-expression, and when it’s out of balance it means that you are not speaking your truth. The parts of the body associated with Vishuddha are the thyroid, neck, shoulders, mouth, teeth and arms, and its mantra is HAM. The yoga poses that balance the throat chakra are Matsyasana, Simhasana, Sarvangasana, and Halasana. The Essential Oils most associated with balancing Vishuddha are Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Frankincensea, and Jasmine. (Note: The beautiful representation of Vishuddha above was painted by the artist Anna Quigley and graces the wall of our Casita.)
The Third Eye chakra is called the Ajna center and its color is Indigo. The mantra for this chakra is AUM, and it is located between the eyebrows and behind the forehead. Ajna is most closely associated with the brain, and the glands associated with the Third Eye are the Pituitary, and Pineal glands. The organs connected to Ajna are the ear and eye and the entire nervous system. Essential Oils that help to balance the Third Eye are Frankincense, Angelica, and Vetiver. There are also Yoga poses that help strengthen and balance Ajna and they are Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, and Janusirsasana. Ajna is a center of insight and inner wisdom.
The last of the primary seven chakras is the Crown Chakra, also called Sahasrara. It is located at the top of the head and its color is violet or white. It is said to be the gateway to higher consciousness, and its mantra is AUM. The associated parts of the body are the nervous system, and the the pituitary and pineal glands, and it is depicted as a lotus flower with a thousand petals. In balancing the Crown Chakra, the Yoga postures that assist are Vriksasana, the Half Lotus, Shavasana, and Sirsasana. These will help strengthen Sahasrara. A regular meditation practice also balances the seventh chakra. The Essential Oils that balances Sahasrara are Frankincense, Vetiver, Lavender, Jasmine, and Sandalwood.