Health Chakra

Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means ‘wheel’. As per ancient Hindu beliefs, Chakras are circular energy vortexes in the body, which spin like a wheel. The chakra symbol offers a wealth of meaning and lessons which we can apply to all aspects of our lives.

Chakra is also all about connectivity. These emblems come from ancient Hindu tradition which is steeped in the knowledge that nothing is separate from it. If we pull one thread, it affects the entire fabric of life.

Chakras are also known as guideposts for spontaneous work especially with colour. The colour therapy uses colour to re-balance the Chakras that have become exhausted of energy. Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level. However there are important issues around colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Colour has a philosophical effect on all of us on all levels – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. If our energy centers become blocked or worn-out, then our body cannot act in a proper way and this, in turn, can give birth to a series of problems on any level.

In our life, all experiences have an effect upon us. Some experiences will be positive while the rests will be negative. These are the negative experiences which can manifest themselves over time as disease and can lead to problems. For example, perhaps over the years we have been in a situation where we were unable to speak our mind for one reason or another or to express our needs and feelings. This can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates, in the spiritual aspect, to self expression. Thus, if the expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing. Working with the appropriate colours can help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks and re-balance the body.

There are seven main chakras in the human body. Each of these seven chakras is found in one straight line from the top of the head to the bottom of the spine. The seven energy vortexes have their own individual traits. For instance, the seven main chakras are all different in colours. These colours correlate to the colours of the rainbow (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red) going from top to bottom.

Sahasrara

The head Chakra is associated with the pineal endocrine gland. It governs the upper brain and right eye. It functions on an emotional level and its main work is to connect you to your spiritual self. It is through this head chakra that the energy is drawn into the body for other needs. As stated before Head Chakra is also known as Sahasrara.

Sahasrara is a Sanskrit word which means ‘thousand’. It is also known as the ‘Lotus of Thousand Petals’ located four finger breadths above the crown of the head. It is also called Brahma – Randhra as it is the meeting point of Shiva and Kundalini Shakti. Immorality can be achieved within Sahasrara Chakra. Before attain this chakra, the yogi must reach the unconscious-conscious stage called Asama-Prajnata-Samadhi. In this particular stage there is no activity of the mind and no knower, no knowledge, nothing to be known. Knowledge, knower and known all become unified and liberated. When the Kundalini is raised up to Sahasrara chakra, the illusion of individual self is dissolved. The yogi becomes one with the cosmic principles that governs the entire universe within the body.

Benefits of the Chakra:

The seventh chakra is also called the crown chakra and it is the top of your head just above the hairline. This chakra is related to the pineal gland, which is a light sensitive gland that produces hormone and melatonin. Its purpose is to help your thinking ability and intelligence. Moreover, Sahasrara Chakra integrates all the chakras with their respective qualities. It is the last milestone of the evolution of human awareness.

Yogas

Matsyasana

Here the back is totally stretched and the chest is expanded like a rooster. The neck and the throat are also extended. Now, this opens out the entire region of the heart and considered to be very good for it.

Sukh Purvak

Here is a powerful breath technique for the Chakra which is also given for the Heart Chakra. Sukh means joy and Purvak means complete. This breathing exercise harmonizes the Moola Dhar chakra in order to be able to exercise the complete joy of Kundalini awakening.

Now, if you start practicing this three times in the morning and also at night, you will begin to feel a difference in, both, your body and mind. Once it gets easier you can increase the number of times you practice this.

Vishuddha

The Throat Chakra is associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands. It governs the respiratory system including the bronchial apparatus. The emotional function of the throat chakra is that of a communication center.

The Yantra of Vishuddha Chakra is a silver crescent within a white circle shining as a full moon surrounded by sixteen petals. The silver crescent is symbolic of Nada, pure cosmic sound. The crescent is a symbol of purity and purification and is a vital aspect of Vishuddha Chakra. The moon encompasses psychic energy, clairvoyance and communication without words. Vishuddha chakra is positioned at the neck area near the spine, with its ksehtram or superficial activation point in the pit of the throat. Also this chakra is white in colour with 16 purple or smoke coloured petals and the periphery is a sky blue descending the element of Akasha or Ether. This region is actually represented by the deity Ambara. He is white with four arms, holding a noose and a goad, making the gestures of granting boons and dispelling fears and is seated on an elephant.

Benefits of the Chakra:

This chakra is above where the throat joins the chest. It rules the thyroid glands, the rate of metabolism and lungs function. When this chakra is underactive, you may suffer from cold, coughs, thyroid problems and a lack of communication. If it is overworked, you tend to speak in an authoritarian manner. When you sit and visualize this chakra, you activate your ability to connect on a telephonic level and it enhances your extra-sensory hearing. Moreover this chakra also eliminates feelings of superiority and jealousies.

Yogas

Halasana

This is a posture that most students beg to do before the Final Relaxation. Now it is important because it directly brings blood to the throat where it is located.

To do this you need to lie sideway on a floor in front of an empty wall or door. Now you have to push your buttocks right up against where the floor and the wall meet. To do this properly, roll over on your side against the wall and scout your buttocks right up to the wall. Once you are right up against the wall place the soles of your feet high up on the wall and walk up to lift yourself in this way. Hold this and breathe slowly. When you bring your feet down again, turn over on your side and lie for a moment or two. Breathe slowly. Also remember, never to turn your head to look at anything or anyone while in this position. It could injure your neck. You also need to check that your head is in line with your feet by lifting it and looking at your naval. If you are crooked, it will be obvious and you can correct your position.

Manipura

The Solar Plexus is related to transition from simple or base to complex emotion, energy, dynamism, willpower, assimilation and digestion. Manipura is said to radiate and distribute Prana to the rest of the body. The colour in the solar plexus represents the centre vibrator of your being, The Solar Plexus is associated with power and wealth, and is called the money pot by the Hindus. The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the pancreas and adrenal glands. It governs the stomach, liver, gall bladder and spleen. Its element is “fire”. Its emotional function is of regulating self pride and wisdom. It helps in connecting the self to the universe. For a number of treatments this is the Chakra most commonly used. It lies in the center of the body and is also associated with a number of ailments.

Benefits of the Chakra:

This is the third chakra and it can be located by a one-hand span just on top of the belly button. Related to the adrenal glands, it also connects to the digestive system, spleen, liver, pancreas and gallbladder, which manufacture and emits enzymes, acids and juices needed for the digestion and the ability to absorb proper nutrients. Now, if this is overactive, chances are you may suffer from sluggishness or face problems with your digestive system and being super aggressive. This chakra can bring a lot of positive energy, effectiveness, impulsiveness and power into your system.

Yogas

Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana is an interesting yoga to practice. When you perform this act you have to visualize the colour yellow and focus on that area of your body. (Just below your naval and up to the solar plexus centered below your breasts) . You have to lie on your stomach and bend your left elbow. Then you have to bend your left knee and hold the left ankle in your right hand. Then you have to let your head sink and breathe deeply as you lift your knee and head at the same point in time. You have to hold your breath while you are in this position.

Vajroli Mudra

This position is especially for the reproductive and urinary systems and strengthens the entire abdominal area. An easy crunch sit up is the best possible way to begin before you practice the Vajroli Mudra. Don’t strain yourself to get into the position. Go slow and easy are the mantra of the asana.

This asana will actually build up the abdominal muscles and will improve the blood circulation to the inner organs. Also if you want to get rid of fat around the middle of your body, this is the best asana to practice.

Moola Dhar

Moola Dhar is basically a root or base which is located in Pelvic Plexus at the base of our spine or tail bone. Our survival instinct and the ability to present ourselves physically in the world are connected through this chakra. The seat of Moola Dhar is the coiled Kundalini and it is a vital power or female energy. The kundalini serpent is shaped like a coil around ligament. This chakra is called the foundation chakra and it is the root of all growth awareness of the divinity in our lives.

The Root Chakra is associated with the adrenal and supra renal glands. It governs the excretory system of the body with the kidneys, bladder, spinal column and legs. Its element is “earth”. It is also the seat of the Kundalini energy. It helps in relating to the opposite sex physically, mentally and spiritually. It is also crucial in being grounded with your own self.

Benefits of the Chakra:

This is your root, or first chakra and it is between the anus and genitals. The first chakra connects to your adrenal glands, kidneys and your spinal column. It is accountable for your flight or fight response. When this chakra is underactive, people have conditions such as constipation and body pain. However, when the chakra is overactive, individuals tend to become materialistic, greedy, obsessed with being secure and resistant to change. Concentration and meditation is needed to rectify the Moola Dhar chakra and enhance inner stability and balance.

Yoga

Chakra Bhandasana

This is an interesting asana to perform. From down dog, place the arms on the floor and inhale up into a clasped hand headstand. Exhale as the feet drop over to the floor. Inhale as you lift the head, open the upper chest and walk the feet to meet the hands. Take 5 breaths. An easier entrance is to enter urdhva dhanurasana by lifting up the mat. Then let the head come to the floor and take the hands behind the head into a headstand clasp.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra comprises the secrets of total transformation which give a real positive direction to our life and eliminate the root cause of all negatives like stress related disorders, ailments like hypertension, depression, insomnia, asthma, and digestive disorders etc which drain our life energy. It is the key to penetrate the latents of mind and train the mental faculties to access the immeasurable powers of the subconscious and unconscious mind. Here you not only enjoy the complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation but also get to explore the tremendous powers hidden in the deeper layers of the mind.

Swadhisthana

Swadhisthana Chakra is the axis of our sexual and creative energy. It covers all the creative sides like art, music, emotions, storytelling business etc. Sacral Chakra keeps on changing its colour, whose actual colour is understood as orange. All our emotions, friendship and relationship with others are related to this chakra.

It is associated with the gonads. It governs the reproductive systems and all associated organs in both the male and female reproductive system. Its element is ‘water’. It is the center of your gut feeling or instinct. The chakra is used to treat sex related problems which a person may suffer from.

Benefits of the Chakra:

This Chakra is located slightly below the belly button. Swadhisthana is related to the female ovaries and the male testes. It also focuses on the liver, kidneys and lower abdomen. It is responsible for your assimilation, procreation, lymphatic system and menstrual secretion processes. When this chakra is overworked, you tend to become emotional. When Swadhisthana is underactive, you can get diseases like diabetes, blood cancer and other illnesses related to these glands.

Yogas

Ardha-Matseyendra asana

Ardha Matseyendra asana is not an easy yoga to practice and unless you are already advanced in the field, it’s better not to give it a try. In Ardha Matseyendra asana you will have to perform the half spinal twist. The nomenclature emanates from the name of one the prominent practitioner of Hatha Yoga. The Sanskrit term “Ardha” means half and as the full twist of the hip is a rather strenuous posture hence the half hip twist posture is more popular among the yogic practitioners.

Ardha Matseyendra is one of the best twisting postures. The entire spine gets rotated around its axis. Moreover, the spine also gets two twists throughout its length. The levers used for these extreme twists are the arms and the knees.

Nakra Kriyas

It is considered the most important yoga to practice and there is no better exercise for a bad back. The massive importance of Nakra Kriyas is that by moving the spine from the bottom to the top in opposite directions, at the same time that we hold our breath, our entire spine gets an air massage and becomes more flexible.

These systematic and progressive movements free the spine stiffness and enhance elasticity of each vertebra all along the spine. This results in stronger back muscles, better posture and an inner sense of balance. Prana or the life force can stream into the entire spine when blockages are released.

Anahata

The Heart Chakra is the seat of balance within the body. There is no longer any concern with attachments to worldly pleasures, honors or humiliations. Anahata chakra has twelve vermillion petals. The centre of the chakra is composed of two overlapping, intersecting triangles. One triangle, facing upward symbolizes Shiva, the male principle. The other triangle, facing downward, symbolizes Shakti, the female principles. A balance is attained when these two face in harmony.

The Heart Chakra is associated with the thymus gland in the endocrine system. It governs the circulatory system, naturally being associated with the main organ, the heart. It also governs the liver, lungs and hands of the person. Its element is “air”. It is also responsible for the emotions of love and compassion. It shows the way to openness in life.

Benefits of the chakra:

Anahata is situated in the center of the chest and is linked to the heart, blood, lungs and circulation system. If this chakra is not active, it can cause asthma or multiple heart issues. If it is overactive, you can possibly be suffocating people with your love with selfish intent. Now to lessen worries, uncertainties or fears and to obtain cosmic and true divine love the Heart Chakra or Anahata plays a major role.

Yogas

Ustrasana

Ustrasana is a very powerful yoga and there are preliminary stretches to achieve this. For this asana, you can sit cross legged, with your legs stretched but it will be more useful if you can sit on your heels. You can sit back on your buttocks between your heels with your knees bent for the pose. If it is difficult then you can sit with your feet under your buttocks. Regardless of how you position your legs, stretch your arms up over your head and stretch your entire spine up as high as you can as you inhale. Then you inhale and exhale. Stretch back as far as you can without straining and then lift your chest up as high as you can.

Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana’s posture is a true classic posture in the world of yoga. To practice Bhujangasana, you need to place your hands on the floor, palms down and fingers outstretched, with your thumbs at shoulder height and the elbows down on the floor next to your body. You have to use your spine just like a cobra here to rise because your arms are not holding your breadth here and your palms are there just for mere support.

Also between the activities you can rest your forehead on your hands. If you have neck problems, make fists and place one on top of the other to put your forehead on the soft part where your thumb is curled in. This keeps your neck and head straight when you are lying on your tummy.

Gyan

The Third Eye Chakra is associated with pituitary gland. It governs the lower brain, left eye, ears and nose. It functions as a center for intuition. It helps in thought formation and visualization as well. This is the chakra which you need to develop if you wish to build up your psychic abilities. Most yogis use this chakra.

Ajana Chakra is the location of the third eye which is the conscience. The two physical eyes see the past and the present, while the third eye reveals the insight and the future. When one establishes himself in the place between eyebrows he/she goes beyond all kinds of desires that motivate life and drive one to move in many directions. All experiences and ideas serve only to clarify one’s perception in the Ajana. Here, the plane of neutrality or Sarasvati appears as a balance between solar and lunar energy within the body. Now, one becomes one-pointed and he becomes knower of the past, present and the future. Ida and Pingala are time bound, up to the fifth chakra the Yogi is also time bound. This also brings a sense of togetherness with the cosmic laws that appear in the plane of austerity.

Benefits of the Chakra:

Ajana or the sixth Chakra is located at the center of your forehead. As we all know it is also called the third eye (Kutastha). This is the center where wisdom and intuitiveness develop. It is connected to the pituitary gland and the part of the brain that sends our hormones to communicate with the rest of the body and endocrine system. It also connects to your central nervous system through hypothalamus. If this chakra is underused, you could develop negative thoughts, lack of energy and probably cause bad karma. If it is overactive, you can become disillusioned, live in a fantasy world and suffer from hallucinations. Now meditation and concentration can destroy all karmas from the past.

Yogas

Yoga Mudra

This yoga is based on Kundalini i.e. the vertebral column and the nervous system. Now when the sleeping Kundalini awakens, all the chakras are pierced through. Also you need to exhale slowly with your chin remaining in the notch of where your larynx is. This will help you to remove pain from your body.

To do this you need to press the heel of your left foot into the yoni. Stretch your right leg forward and grasp the toes of the right foot with the thumb and the first finger of your hand.

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Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means ‘wheel’. As per ancient Hindu beliefs, Chakras are circular energy vortexes in the body, which spin like a wheel. The chakra symbol offers a wealth of meaning and lessons which we can apply to all aspects of our lives. Read more

Sahasrara

The head Chakra is associated with the pineal endocrine gland. It governs the upper brain and right eye.

Vishuddha

The Throat Chakra is associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands. It governs the respiratory system including the bronchial apparatus.

Manipura

The Solar Plexus is related to transition from simple or base to complex emotion, energy, dynamism, willpower, assimilation and digestion.

Moola Dhar

Moola Dhar is basically a root or base which is located in Pelvic Plexus at the base of our spine or tail bone.

Swadhisthana

Swadhisthana Chakra is the axis of our sexual and creative energy.

Anahata

The Heart Chakra is the seat of balance within the body. There is no longer any concern with attachments to worldly pleasures, honours or humiliations.

Gyan

The Third Eye Chakra is associated with pituitary gland. It governs the lower brain, left eye, ears and nose.