Each chakra is an expression of energy, also called prana. The infinite consciousness is comprised of an energy that is capable of expressing Divine knowledge. When these channels are closed they can cause illness. The spine is the information highway for this energy.
The root chakra, Muladhara, “sense of safety and security,” it is the groundedness of basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and your safety including your emotional needs. To be able to trust or not to trust depends on the energy in this chakra. What blocks it? If you feel the world is not safe for you, if your caregivers delayed or withheld giving you what you needed, inconsistencies in caretaking. You will experience anxiety and nightmares, physical interpretations by the body could result in colon or bladder issues, lower back leg or feet, prostate in men and eating disorders.
What heals this chakra? Connection to your higher power. Poses, lotus, squatting, head to knee and knee to chest. Kegel exercises and exercise where you tighten and then loosen will heal the root chakra. Color, red. Gemstones, garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, bloodstone. Mantras, LAM, music.
Second chakra, Svadhisthanam creativity, sexual. The dwelling place of the self is located above the pubic bone and below the naval. When balanced wellness and cohesiveness, abundance, joy. What blocks this chakra, conformity, emotional instability, fearing change, sexual dysfunction, depression, addiction.
What opens it? Feminine energy, passive, playing, personal magnetism, freedom from disease, longevity,healthy sex life, and the moon. Left nostril breathing, Ida Nadi. Poses, seated pelvic circles, butterfly pose, cobra pose. Mantra, VAM. Color, orange, Gemstones, amber, calcite orange, carnelian, hematite.
Third chakra, Manipura, naval chakra. Located in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone, it is the residence of personal power and self esteem, warrior energy and transformation. Controls metabolism and digestion. Fire. What blocks it? Low self esteem, trouble making decisions, metabolism, control or anger issues. Being stuck or at a crossroads. When you ask a question and the answer is the right one, this area feels lighter like you are able to breathe easier. When it is all wrong for you this area will feel like sinking or nauseated. Color, yellow. Drink your liquids at room temperature, eat small meals do not over eat, avoid spicy food, soda, alcohol and fruit juice. Let your stomach rest between meals. Poses, boat pose, seated spinal twist, warrior. Gems, tiger eye, labradorite, topaz.
The fourth chakra, heart chakra, or Anahata means “unstruck or unhurt.” It means that underneath the hurts and grief is a place that is pure and no hurt exists there. Isn’t that peaceful and healing to take in? When you are open in this chakra you are flowing with love and compassion. You are very forgiving and you are very unassuming and accept others as well as yourself. “Let it go, let it flow.”
What closes up this chakra? Past hurts, pain and grief and holding on to it. Experiences can hurt you deeply but when you let them go, you open this chakra and come to know love and the ability to serve others. Give it, be open to it, let it come to you, love. We all know ways to love and be love and to pass love on to people we do not even know on the street. Yoga poses that open this area camel. Standing bow and cow face. Corresponding mantra sound, YUM, OM MANI PADME HUM. Colors, emerald green. Gemstones, emerald, malachite, jade and rose quartz.
Fifth chakra, your truth, are you accommodating instead of saying what you want? Listening is also a strength of this chakra. The truth from your spiritual being. Chanting, reading outloud, singing, humming, the mantra HUM opens this chakra. Lion’s breath brings heat to the fifth chakra. Poses, camel, bridge, shoulder stand and the plow. Color, blue. Gems, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, aquamarine and turquoise.
Sixth chakra, Ajna, third eye. The space between the eyebrows. Your intuition, beyond wisdom, inner knowledge, lucid dreaming, telepathy, imagination and visualization. Your intuition is what you used to “feel” the world around you. Trust the clues you get even though you cannot see it concretely right in front of you. Meditation is how to balance this chakra as well as all of the other chakras. A tingling or pulsing feeling is a sign you are opening this chakra that is blocked. Mantra, AUM. Releasing tension in the head will open this chakra. Poses, anywhere the head is pressed to the floor, dolphin pose. Color, indigo. Mantra, SHAM. Gems, amethyst, lapis lazuli and azurite.
Seventh chakra, Sahaswara, thousand-petal lotus, crown chakra. Enlightenment and spiritual connection, that which creates. All expansive, undivided, pure consciousness. Meditation, prayer, and daily silence. Alternating nostril breathing. Poses, Inverted poses, headstand, down dog, poses that bring the crown to the floor, fish pose. Color, violet or white. Mantra, OM. Gems, amethyst, selenite, sugilite.