What is Chakra
In yoga we talk about chakras, the energy centers of our body which are an essential part of the body energy flow. The Sanskrit word chakra means wheel and in Hindi, it is the wheel of energy. We have seven major chakras in our body and various smaller ones. Each of the chakras is connected with a bundle of meridians which further connect with smaller chakras creating full body energy network. The seven chakras are connected to each other through a power line called Sushumna, which is located in the spine. The chakras connect from top of the head all the way to the base of the spine.
As everything in our bodies is moving: the blood, the nutrients, the oxygen the prana. It is vital for the human body to keep these chakras open for a healthy body, mind, and soul. Blockages and samaskaras (emotional baggage buried deep down) can block our chakras, disturbing the flow of energy.
The seven chakras exist in the on-material energetic body, which is the counter part of our physical body. The chakras correspond to the energy we breathe and spread with our breath all over our body. The Chakras regulate the energy flow to our physical body through the meridians. The 12 main meridians are the nervous network in our body, that connects the 400 acupuncture or pressure points of the body to the chakras and to the sushumna. The meridians are the channel of energy from the spine, through the chakras. The meridians are the acupuncture points which are responsible for the electric, thermal, acoustic, optical, magnetic, isotopic and myoelectric body functions.
The chakras are connected, starting from the flow from the base-level self-identity root chakra through sushumna all the way to spirit-level awareness at the crown chakra. Through active, balanced chakras we naturally bring our body to its peak state. We can balance our body by bringing awareness the certain chakras and focusing the energy on that specific chakra.
Blockages create problems
Mental and physical problems effect our chakras and may cause blockages. Stress and emotional experiences effect our chakras more than we like to think. The blocked energy flow of the Qi, Chi or Prana unbalance our body and affect us emotionally, mentally or can even cause physical illness.
The seven chakras
The root – Muladhara
Location: In perineum, base of spine, in the pelvic floor.
Symbol: Four-petaled lotus with a lingam, a symbol of creative potency, inside a square.
Represents: Grounding, rooted, safe, stability, physical well being
Optimal function: feeling of a safe and secure life, connected, worthy of all wonderful things.
Out of balance: worried about money and work and future. Focused on material possessions. Rise of instinctive urges of hunger, sex and sleep, paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.
Association: Legs, feet, bones, large intestine, and adrenal gland.
Yoga Asana: Yamas and niyamas, lotus.
Our spiritual journey in the universe of the body is to awaken this divine potential (kundalini) and unite her with the infinite at the crown of the head.
The pelvic – Svadishthana
Symbol: Six-petaled lotus
Represents: Creativity, sex and ability to accept new relationships and situations in life.
Optimal function: Feeling of pleasurable, creative, ability to enjoy sex, easiness of expressing emotions, and connecting with others.
Out of balance: Unable to enjoy life and sex. Not able to handle emotions and feelings. Suppressing natural needs. Cravings, attachments, and additions.
Association: Abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and your reproductive organs and glands. Governs taste and reproduction, desire and pleasure.
Yoga Asana: Yamas and Niyamas to manage the strong pleasure drives desires.
Svadishthana, meaning “her own abode” indicates kundalini and awakening the kundalini power from her slumber from Muladhara to reside to Svadishthana. The divine desire is awakened and no longer governed by personal likes and dislikes but reflects the deepest level of being.
The solar plexus – Manipura
Location: Few inches above navel, in the solar plexus area.
Symbol: Eight-petaled lotus
Represents: Self-esteem, courage, enthusiasm, vitality and glowing good health.
Optimal function: This is the center for emotional life. Feeling of personal power, laughter, joy and anger.
Out of balance: Blocked Manipura manifests in anger, lack of direction, vulnerability and sense of victimization. Issues with aggression, power and ego-identity. Association: Lumbar spine, digestive system, muscles, pancreas, and adrenals. Also regulates eyesight and locomotion. Sensitivity, ambition, and ability to achieve in life are stored in Manipura.
Yoga Asana: Pranayama breathing will improve digestion. Pranayama—improves digestion and mobilizes healing energy throughout the other systems of the body.
The heart – Anahata
Location: Heart center
Color: Green (Pink)
Symbol: Ten- petaled lotus with The Star of David
Represents: Compassion, connectedness, unconditional love.
Optimal function: This is the center of love, compassion, harmony, and peace. The house of the soul.
Out of balance: Blocked Anahata affects our immune system, creates heart and lung problems. It also manifests as inhumanity, lack of compassion. Manipulation, and feelings of abandonment, isolation, and despair. Allergies and Asthma.
Association: Thoracic spine and the sense of touch.
Yoga Asana: Pranayama and breath work to enhance and quiet the heart.
Supta vjrasana, Matsyasana.
Anahata, the heart center is the intersection of lower and upper chakras. This is the chakra where we fall in love. The feeling of unconditional love moves through the emotional chakra of Manipura into the sexual center in the base chakras where the strong feelings attraction are released in the form of desire. When the energy of desire settles into the root chakra of Muladhara, then we experience the urge to settle down.
The throat – Vishudda
Location: Heart center
Color: Blue or Turquoise
Symbol: 16-petaled lotus, one petal for each of the 16 vowels of the Sanskrit alphabet.
Represents: Communication, creativity, self-expression, judgment. Connection to divine.
Optimal function: Inspiring ideas, inner healing, transformation, and purification. Feeling of being heard can articulate ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Can listen to the inner voice and enjoy both silence and expression.
Out of balance: Blocked vishudda causes a sore throat, mouth ulcers,
scoliosis, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions, voice problems, gum or tooth problems and Asthma. Challenges making decisions and lack of authority. Unable to speak one’s mind. Afraid of silence.
Association: Cervical spine, voice box, thyroid, speech, taste, smell, and hearing. parathyroid endocrine glands, which regulate the metabolism.
Yoga Asana: Lion Breath, Halasana, Sarvagasana.
The Third Eye – Ajna
Location: Center of forehead, at eye level in-between brows
Color: Indigo, purple
Represents: Intuition, inner vision, and wisdom. Questioning the spiritual nature of life. Perception of knowing.
Optimal function: Cosmic vision, seeing things without the filter of past, expectations, or judgment. Ability to make decisions and find confidence in decision making.
Out of balance: Blocked Ajna manifest as problems as lack of foresight, mental rigidity, selective memory and depression. Locked Ajna causes mental confusion, headaches, migraines, dizziness. Challenges making decisions. Challenges seeing other points of view .
Association: Throat, taste, smell, and hearing.
Yoga Asana: Drihsty, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Balasana. Relaxation and meditation practices use Ajna to consciously connect beyond physical awareness.
The Ajna chakra is responsible for our dreams in this life and recollects the memories and reflections of our life. The third eye regulates growth and development at every level through the brain centers and the pituitary gland. The two lower chakras of Muladhara and Svadishthana operate as the opposing force for the Ajna. These lower and higher chakras come together at Ajna, opening the mind to stillness. Through the integration of the chakras and of intellect and feeling, Ajna is the gateway to profound self-knowledge and intuition.
The Crown – Sahasrara
Location: Crown, top of head
Color: White / Prisma
Symbol: Thousand pedal lotus
Represents: Divine purpose and personal destiny.
Optimal function: The Crown chakra divinely protected and guided, I am at peace. Connection to the universe and Spiritual vision. Everything in life is working for me, the world is beautiful. I reflect the divine.
Out of balance: Blockages manifest as psychological problems. The brain is full of thoughts and not able to switch off, disconnected from the world around you. Not able to let go of fear. Blockages result in depression, confusion
Association: Cerebral cortex, central nervous system. Concerned with information, understanding, acceptance, and bliss.
Yoga Asana: Sirsasana, Paschimottanasana.
Sahasrara is the connection point to enlightenment.
Yoga and chakras
Yoga means the union of mind, body and soul. Yoga practice is to balance our body and prepare for concentrated mind and meditation. Yoga poses, asanas are to open these chakras and to boost the energy flow of the body. By practicing yoga we accelerate the energy in the chakras, opening and controlling the breath, pranayama, the control of life force.
As your yoga practice is a connection of asanas and prana, the breath and its life force have a balancing effect on our body. In yoga we say that each Asana is a pearl in a necklace and prana, the breath the life force is the string that holds the pearls together.
Therefore by inviting the prana, the breath, the force into our body and letting it travel through our body activating and nurturing the chakras and meridians, we can balance our body. Through Asanas, we give more space and attention to the prana to flow and heal in the chosen area of chakras.
Opening Anahata with Supta Virasana
Being mindful in practice and fully focused on prana and opening of the body in each asana with correct alignment, we can positively affect the energy flow and activate our chakras and remove blockages. That is the reason why sometimes after mindful practice one might find themselves emotional, as we have been targeting the blockages in our body and opening the chakras.
What if you if yoga is not enough?
Sometimes our body gets so out of balance due to whatever reason in our life, we build blockages that can not be removed with chakra meditation or with yoga. No need to worry, there are natural healing methods to help the body find balance.
Reiki is a traditional Japanese energy healing method to balance our body and to enhance the natural state of the body and its ability heal. Literally, Rei Ki, means spirit and life force, for yogis most commonly known as prana. The healing art of Reiki is based on channeling the energy of the universe into one’s body to balance the chakras and remove blockages.
An easy way to explain the channeling of the energy is to refer to physics. As we know the entire world obeys the laws of physics and we, like every single piece of material on this earth, have an energetic charge. The energy that is surrounding us, can channel through an attuned Reiki healer and balance our chakras and body. Just like a tuning fork, other tuning forks around start to vibrate at the same tone, so our chakras get tuned through the Reiki healer, finding their natural state with universal energy.
After a Reiki session, detoxing starts in our body and you may experience headaches, a strong smell of urine, an emotional or unexpected gaining of strength or confidence. One might end up with more clear thoughts, depending what has been released from your body.
Reiki at Blue Osa
I have heard for more than a month now, how people just love the Reiki treatment at Blue Osa. I have meant to book a session, but I have wanted the guests to have the privilege to book theirs first leaving me with no session.
Finally, I put my foot down and said I take this no more. Despite the fact that I do practice meditation and yoga every day, I do meditative beach walks at sunrise here at Blue Osa and as I am Reiki 1 healer myself and I practice Reiki on myself every night, I had been feeling off my course and out of balance for a few days. Maybe as the reality of my time in Costa Rica is coming to an end and I need to start preparing myself for the reality across the ocean, where there is less sun and just cold. This was the perfect time for a Reiki session.
I enter this tranquil cool room. Where Laura greets me with her calmness and kindness. I lay on the massage table and try to drift away.
My thoughts are too busy. My mind is too full. I am not able to let go. I feel the energy vibrating through my body, I feel the heat in my legs and in my feet.
Over every chakra, Laura gives a boost with audible humming. She continues to balance my energy and I begin to relax. I’m not able to calm my mind, but I let go of control and let her guide me. I feel a lump in my throat I feel tears coming out. Something is cleansing and balancing even if my mind is not fully engaged.
After treatment with the chakras, I get up and sit on a chair. Laura has noted very precise and accurate observation about me and my state of mind. Based on these observations, she focuses on my heart chakra, the Anahata, alignment to get me back centered and back on my path and to clear what needs to be cleared.
Wow! What a sensation. During the alignment, I just cry, cry and cry. I am letting it all out. I feel my pelvis expanding, making room to be rooted. I feel centered, focused and balanced.
I leave the room, light and rooted. I book another session with her. I need to have more of this sensation, before continuing on my path.
Don’t take my word for it, book your Chakra Balancing session and discover using how using sound, aromatherapy, and other modalities, this massage will leave you feeling balanced and clear.
About The Author
Inka means literally “The Child of Sun”. This radiant world traveler from Finland is in her thirties has explored in 55 countries and lived in USA, Latvia, and China. For the past decade, Inka has been working in the Global Mining Industry as Marketing Manager, promoting a sustainable technology solution for the world’s metal producers and process industries. While working in China, she truly discovered Yoga and completed her Yoga Teachers Training. Inka is on her amazing adventure through Americas for 3 months which of one-month volunteering in Blue Osa. Her Mantra is: “The Universe is my Home – my yoga mat my temple. We have one life – so live it well. Choose to be happy”. Follow her adventures and take a peak into her photographic memory in Instagram ituononen, #VirtaavaValonVoima.