Friday, 1 October 2010

Chakras

Chakras are energy systems in our body. According to traditional Indian medicine, tghey are the force centres of our bodies. These energy systems keep us balanced and healthy. They whirl in a clock-wise direction. A blocked chakra can inhibit energy from moving through our bodies.

Our bodies have many chakras, but there are 7 that are most well-known and the largest:

The root or base chakra is called the Muladhara and it sits at the base of our spine. It's colour is a deep red. Physically it governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.

The next chakra is the sacral chakra and is called the Svadisthana. This chakra sits below our belly button and is orange. It is connected to family and relationships, emotional needs and pleasure. Physically, it governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.

The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, sits above our belly button. Sunshine yellow in colour, it is called the Manipura. This chakra is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Key issues governed by Manipura are personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, it governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.

The fourth chakra sits at the centre of our chest at the level of your heart. This chakra is green, the colour if a new bud on a tree. This chakra is also called the Anahata. The Anahata, or heart chakra governs complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being. Physically it governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. The throat chakra is a lighter blue colour. This chakra is also called the Vishuddha. The throat chakra relates to communication and expression. It is also connected to the thyroid. Physically, it governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.

The sixth chakra is the brow chakra. This chakra is often referred to as the third eye and is found at the centre of your forehead. This chakra is generally associated with the colors violet, indigo or deep blue. This chakra is also known as the Ajna. This chakra's key issues involve balancing the higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. It relates to intuition, mentally to visual consciousness and emotionally to clarity on an intuitive level.
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra it sits at the top of your head. The crown chakra is also called the Saharara. This chakra is often associated with violet or white. The crown chakra deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with "beingness".


These chakras move energy through our bodies, balance and ground us. Many people who practice yoga know that there are certain poses that they do to help their chakras balance.



Chakra.com has some good information about chakras.

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