Whether you are new to yoga, or even if
you've been practising for some time, you may or may not have come
across the Chakras, I was years into my practice before I took an
interest in Chakras, but as soon as I did I was hooked, so much made
sense and I still strive to find balance, it was only when I began my
Kundalini training that I found it necessary to develop even more
understanding around the Chakras, what they are, what they do and how
we can use them to gain deeper insight into ourselves and make sense
Very simply the chakras are energy
centres which relate to certain parts of the physical body, our
emotions, our internal and external awareness and how we represent
ourselves in the world.
We generally talk about the seven major
energy centres in which energy flows through, they are positioned
along focal points of the spine and we'll look at these in more
There are actually 114 Chakras in the
body, in addition to the 114 Chakras it also has 72,000 nadis (energy
channels) along which vital energy, or 'prana' moves.
When the nadis meet at different point
in the body they form a triangle, we call this triangle a Chakra,
which means 'Wheel' it is believed to be called a wheel because it
symbolises growth and movement, so even thought it's a triangle we
call it a Chakra.
These Chakras each have their own
vibrational frequency (represented through a specific Chakra colour)
which influences our basic behaviour and attitudes.
Some of the energy centres are very
powerful, while others are not so much.
Most of us have a particular Chakra
where the majority of our Kundalini energy is focused, leading the
behaviour or attitude associated with this Chakra to be our dominant
Chakras can become blocked, the free
flow of energy in and out, and the flow of energy to other Chakras
can have a significant impact on your entire energy system.
Through different yoga poses and
exercises, we can stimulate or direct Kundalini energy to rise,
balancing the Chakras and empowering us as individuals to enjoy a
more whole and meaningful life.
The first three Chakras deal with the
physical needs of the body and the basic needs of life.
They focus on elimination and
First Chakra (Muladhara) The Root
Chakra : Security and Survival
Qualities: survival, security, habit,
Challenges: Feelings of fear,
insecurity or not really belonging on earth.
Location: End of the spine between the
anus and reproductive organs
Organ/Gland: Organs of elimination
Yoga Exercises: Crow pose, Chair pose,
front stretches, lying on stomach, root lock
Second Chakra (Svadisthana) The Sacral
Chakra : Creativity
Qualities : Stimulate the ability to
feel, desire or create
Challenges: Guilt, no boundaries, and
Location: Reproductive organs
Organ/Gland : Reproductive organs,
reproductive glands, kidneys, bladder
Colour : Orange
Yoga Exercises: Frog pose, Cobra pose,
Butterfly, Sat Kriya, Cat/Cow, Pelvic tilts
Third Chakra (Manipura) The Solar
Plexus Chakra : Action and Balance
Qualities : Willpower, personal power
Challenges: Anger, greed, shame and
Location: Area of the navel point,
Organ/Gland: Solar plexus, liver,
gallbladder, spleen, digestive organs, pancreas, adrenals.
Yoga Exercises: Stretch pose, Sat
Kriya, Bow pose, Diaphragm lock, Breath of fire
The fourth Chakra is the point of
balance in the body between the upper and lower triangles, between
the flow of the upper energies of the heavens and the lower energies
of the earth.
This is where the experience shifts
from 'me to we'
Fourth Chakra (Anahata) The Hearth
Chakra : Love and Compassion
Qualities: Awakening to spiritual
awareness, forgiveness and services
Challenges: Grief, attachment, easily
hurt and co-dependancy.
Location: middle of the chest on the
breastbone at the level of the nipples.
Organ/Gland: Heart lungs, thymus gland
Yoga Exercises: Ego Eradicator, Baby
pose, Yoga Mudra, all pranayama, all arm exercises
The Chakras in the upper triangle and
the aura (which combines the effects of the seven chakras)
accumulate, create, and refine the energy. The sixth, seventh and
eighth Chakras correspond to the more subtle realms.
Fifth Chakra (Vishuddha) The Throat
Chakra: Projective Power of the Word
Qualities: Hearing and speaking the
truth, The Teachers.
Challenges: Lethargy, weakness in
expressing oneself effectively, shyness, voice problems and
Location: The throat
Organ/Gland: Trachea, throat, cervical
Colour: light blue
Yoga Exercises: All chanting, Cobra
pose, Plow pose, Shoulder stand, Cat/Cow, Neck lock.
Sixth Chakra (Ajna) The Third Eye
Chakra : Intuition, Wisdom and Identity
Qualities: The union of opposites,
understanding one's purpose
Challenges: Felling of confusion,
depression, rejection to spirituality
Location: Between the eyebrows (The
Organ/Gland: Brain pituitary gland
Yoga Exercises: Focus on the third eye,
Archer pose, Whistle breathes, all exercises with forehead resting on
Seventh Chakra (Sahasrara) The Crown
Chakra: Humility and Vastness
Qualities: Transcendence, the tenth
gate, the seat of the soul
Challenges: Feelings of being separate
from existence and abundance, along with the fear or death
Location: Crown of the head
Organ/Gland: Brain, Pineal gland
Yoga Exercises: Sat Kriya,
concentrating on the tip of the nose, all meditation.
Eighth Chakra “The Aura”
Challenges: Susceptibility to illness,
feeling shy, withdrawn, and vulnerable to environmental influences
Location: Electromagnetic field
surrounding the physical body.
Yoga Exercises: Triangle pose, Ego
Eradicator, Archer pose, all arm exercises and all mediation.