An Introduction to the Chakras
Hey Yogis, here are Stephs notes from the recent Chakra Tuning Workshop! Keep an eye on the events page for the next one!
Now that the dust has settled...
I know that Chakra Tuning Workshop can be intense! You all did so amazing. It takes courage and bravery to step into the unknown - to a place that can drag up old stories and experiences - all to dive deeper into the self. And you all did it with elegance (most the time) and grace (some of the time!). Be proud.
I talked A LOT about the chakras with the intention of letting something land in your body so you can experience it on a deep, cellular level. Now that the integration has started, I'd like to share with you what I spoke about so you can get to the information from another angle. Have a read, ask yourself some questions, and continue doing the work! The hardest part of self growth is both acknowledging our shadows and then actually doing the work to call on the light.
So if you find something that you connect with then sit with it. Contemplate it. And then use all the tools (meditation, mantra, colours, visualisations, affirmations, breath, poses etc.) you learned at the workshop to get the light moving.
WHAT ARE THE CHAKRAS?
- Chakra translates to “wheel” or “vortex”.
- They were conceptualised 4000 years ago.
- Chakra is literally a centre of organisation that receives, assimilates and expresses life’s energy.
• They in uence our body shape, chronic physical ailments, thoughts and behaviour.
• Each chakra represents a different human instinct -
1 - survival
2 - sex
3 - power
4 - love
5 - communication
6 - intuition,
7 - consciousness.
• Each chakra is responsible for an energy / frequency which corresponds to a colour. For example the lowest colour frequency is red = base chakra, the highest is violet = crown chakra. Each chakra also has a sound frequency, called a bij mantra (see below).
• We charge our chakras with energy. Energy comes in the form of thoughts, awareness, attention, excitement etc. So by understanding our chakras, we under- stand our physical, behavioural and emotional patterns
• Each chakra has 2 energy ows: the current of expression and the current of recep- tion. When they are unbalanced we become either in excess or de cient.
• The way we deal with experiences in life, whether good or bad, cause us develop coping strategies that either increase or decrease the ow of energy, which can cause physical or emotional problems.
HOW DO WE WORK WITH THE CHAKRAS AND HEAL IMBALANCES?
The rst part is recognising which chakras need work and being open to allowing change to come into your life. Many different techniques can be used to “tune” your chakras such as yoga, meditation, mantra, colour visualisation, breathing and self study. To bring our chakras back into balance we need to either discharge or invite energy using the techniques mentioned.
THE BIJ MANTRAS
Root Chakra - Lum
Sacral Chakra - Vum
Solar Plexus Chakra - Rum
Heart Chakra - Yum
Throat Chakra - Hum
Third Eye Chakra - Om Crown Chakra
Root Chakra - Red
Sacral Chakra - Orange
Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow
Heath Chakra - Green
Throat Chakra - Blue
Third Eye Chakra - Indigo
Crown Chakra - Violet
Description for each Chakra
1 - MULADHARA
Location: base of spine
Emotional Issues: safety, security, family law and order, ability to provide for one’s necessities
Balanced: stability, grounding, trust, physical health
Excessive : heavy, sluggish, monotony, hording
Defecient: fearful, undisciplined, restless, underweight
2 – SVADHISTHANA
Location: Abdominals, genitals, low back, hips
Emotional Issues: blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control Balanced: pleasure, healthy sexuality
Excessive: sex addiction, overly emotional, obsessive attachments De cient: frigid, emotionally numb, fearful of pleasure
3 - MANIPURA
Location: Solar Plexus, stomach, middle spine
Emotional Issues: trust, fear, intimidation, self esteem, self con dence, care of self and others, decision making, sensitivity to criticism
Balanced: Vitality, willpower, self esteem
Excessive: Controlling, aggressive, scattered, constantly active
Defecient: Weak will, lack of self esteem, passive, fearful
4 - ANAHATA
Location: Heart, lungs, shoulders
Emotional Issues: love, hate, resentment, grief, anger, loneliness, commitment, forgiveness, compassion, hope
Balanced: self acceptance, good relationships
Excessive: dependancy, jealous, possessive
Defecient: shy, lonely, isolated, bitter, critical
5 - VISSUDHA
Location: Throat, neck, mouth
Emotional Issues: personal expression, addiction, judgement Balanced: clear communication, creativity
Excessive: excessive talking, inability to listen, stuttering Defecient: fear of speaking or communicating
6 - ANJA
Location: Brow, brain
Emotional Issues: truth, feelings of adequecy, intelligence
Balanced: imagination, clear seeing, accurate perception
Excessive: headaches, nightmares, hallucinations, lack of concentration Defecient: poor memory, unimaginitive
7 - SAHASRARA
Location: Top of head, skeletal system, skin, muscular
Emotional Issues: ability to trust life, values, ethics, courage, sel essness, spirituality, faith, inspiration
Balanced: wisdom, knowledge, spiritual connection
Excessive: Spiritual addiction, overly intellectual
De cient: Learning dif culties, limited beliefs, apathy
1 - ROOT:
It is safe for me to be here
The earth supports me and my needs I love my body and trust it’s wisdom
I am immersed in abundance
I am here and I am real.
2 - SACRAL:
I deserve pleasure in my life
I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly
The re within me burns through blocks and fears I can do whatever my will to do
3 - HEART:
I am worthy of love
I am loving to myself and others There is an in nite supply of love I live in balance with others
4 - THROAT:
I hear and speak the truth
I express myself with clear intent Creativity ows in and through me My voice is necessary
5 - THIRD EYE:
I see all things in clarity
I am open to the wisdom within I can manifest my vision
6 - CROWN:
Divinity resides within me
I am open to new ideas Information I need comes to me The world is my teacher
I am guided by a higher power
I am guided by my inner wisdom
GREAT BOOKS THAT EXPLAIN THE CHAKRAS IN MORE DETAIL
- Anatomy of the Spirit - Caroline Myss
- Eastern Body Western Mind - Anodea Judith