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THE CHAKRA SYSTEM

 

The word Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or revolving disc. The chakras are subtle revolving vortices of energy situated within the astral body. They connect the five sheaths (koshas) that embody the soul to the functions of the physical body, primarily through the endocrine glands and nerve plexus in the spine.

The chakras serve as transformers and act as regulators to receive, assimilate and distribute pranic energy (the life force) to the subtle body, which then distributes the energy to the spinal nerve plexus where it is in turn transferred to the blood circulation and organs of the physical body to promote optimum health..

The subtle pranic life force enters the body at the base of the brain, (medulla oblongata) and flows to the higher centers in the brain.. As this energy and light filters and spirals down through the six major chakras or energy centres, it increasingly intensifies in density. At the lowest point of the chakras at the base of the spine, (Mooladhara Chakra) the vibrational frequency is lower and slower than those above it. The higher the chakra the more subtle and finer the vibrational frequency becomes. These higher chakras are closely related to the inner most sheaths (koshas) and higher levels of consciousness.

The energy that filters down through the chakras spirals down from the cosmic energy which is produced from cosmic light, and is created by the Divine will.

Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for the life energy to flow into and out of the aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our "self"- consciousness. The energy and vibrancy of our chakras is directly related to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Each chakra is associated with specific physical, mental and emotional qualities. Each chakra governs certain organs and functions in the body. The symbolic attributes associated with each chakra are as follows:

Chakras are generally depicted as lotus flowers

  • Each chakra has a Sanskrit name and and English meaning
  • Each chakra has a certain number of petals
  • A specific colour
  • A specific location
  • A trigger point (kshetram)
  • A mantra
  • An element
  • Association with a particular endocrine gland
  • Association with particular organs in the physical body
  • Sense perception

There are many other aspects related to the chakras, however the list below will give the student of yoga a basic intoduction to the concept of chakras and the importance of using these points of awareness throughout their practice.

Yoga and the Chakras

Many people practice yoga and spend a lot of time working on improving their postures and constantly challenging their bodies as they have not yet come to the realization that this will not take them very far on the path to freedom. Yogasana should ideally be practiced with total awareness on the breath and the chakras if one is to achieve any real benefit from the practice. Without this awareness one is merely performing just "exercises" and not gaining the deeper experience that is available to all of us through the wealth of knowledge that has been passed down to us by the masters of yoga as an aid to spiritual growth, radiant health and in living a life that is peaceful and harmonious.

Introducing the Seven Major Chakras

In this article we will be focusing on each individual chakra and the qualities of the chakras so you will get a broader understanding of the concept of the chakras. We will look at the physical and emotional problems associated with each chakra as well as the fragrances and gemstones that can be used as an aid in healing and balancing each of the chakras.

1. MOOLADHARA CHAKRA (Root Chakra)

Physical Dysfunction

Cancer, bone disease, problems in the coccyx region, boils, headache, constipation, joint aches and pains, knee problems, problems in the lower spine region, muscular aches and pains, physical weakness, hemorrhoids, prostate gland problems, stiffness, male reproductive problems, cancer of the large intestine.

Emotional Dysfunction

Anger, Schizophrenia, phobias, addictions, attachment, emotional difficulties, complaining, controlling, depression, dominating personality, egotistical, fear of survival, inflexibility of body and mind, irritable, imbalance, laziness, lethargy, suicidal tendencies, feeling unloved, disorientated, lack of support, feeling uncared for, feeling as though one is not good enough, ungrounded, unwanted, insecurity.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

Ruby, Garnet, Blood stone, Onyx, Tiger's Eye, Rose Quartz, Hermatite, Load Stone, Alexandrite, Smoky Quartz.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Musk, Lavender, Hyacinth, Mud (earth).

 

2. SWADHISTHANA CHAKRA (Sacral Chakra)

Physical Dysfunction

Anemia, bladder problems, cysts, dry skin, eczema, suffering and instability, bed wetting, blood disorders, body odor, hernias, herpes, impotency, frigidity, kidney problems, lower back pain, menopause difficulties, menstruation problems, ovarian disorders, uterus problems, sexual addiction, swollen ankles, urinary tract infections, vaginitis, premature ejactulation, hydrosis, blood cancer.

Emotional Dysfunction

Alcoholism, lonlinesss, drug addiction, emotional suffering and instability, extreme sensitivity, fear, lust, feeling withdrawn, guilt, lack of creativity, lack of trust, passive-aggressive behaivor, pre-menstrual syndrome, isolation and shyness.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

Diamond, Pearl, Moonstone, Jasper, Citrine, Aventurine, Carnelian.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Rosemary, Rose, Honey, Night Queen

 

3. MANIPURA CHAKRA (Solar Plexus)

Physical Dysfunction

Bad breath, body odor, boils, burns, diabetes, diaphragm problems, digestive problems, domineering, excess gas and wind, eye problems, fever, gall bladder problems, rashes, cancer of the digestive system, liver disease, mid-back problems, sun burn, ulcers, abdominal problems

Emotional Dysfunction

Anger, demanding, fear, lack of concentration, lack of confidence, not trusting, unhappiness, worries, low self-esteem, depression, lack of motivation and commitment, superiority complex, greed, self defence, confusion in sex and love, low self-esteem.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Citrine, Topaz, Coral, Apatite, Calcite, Kunzite.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Henna, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang

 

4. ANAHATA CHAKRA (Heart Centre)

Physical Dysfunction

Allergies, anxiety disorders, asthma, breast problems, breathing disorders, chest pain, chronic pain, difficulties with arms, dullness, problems with hands, heart problems, lung disorders, upperback problems.

Emotional Dysfunction

Abuse, crying, fainting, fear of the unknown, feeling closed off, feeling a lack of love, feeling no joy in life, lack fo respect, lack of understanding, lack of warmth, moodiness, never satisfied, sadness, shame, smoking, unforgiving, problems in love and wih relationships.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

Emerald, Green Calcite, Rose, Azurite, Jade, Watermelon Tourmaline.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Rose, Sandalwood, Honeysuckle, Pine

5. VISHUDDHI CHAKRA (Throat Centre)

Physical Dysfunction

Problems of the neck, mouth, thyroid gland, throat, shoulders, ears, difficulties with hearing, expression, communication, arthritis, deafness.

Emotional Dysfunction

Controlling behavior, feeling closed in, holding back in life, internal tension, lack of discipline, lack of spiritual purpose, loss of memory, lack of personal truth, low self-worth, motion and nervous system disorders, nervousness, overly passive, pride, speech difficulties.

Gemstone and Crystals for Healing

Sapphire, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Sodality.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Patchouli, White Musk, Eucalyptus

 

6. AJNA CHAKRA (Eyebrow Centre)

Physical Dysfunction

Difficulties with ageing, brain tumors, chronic fatigue syndrome, coma, ear infections, epilepsy, headaches, insanity, insomnia, pituitary gland malfunction.

Emotional Dysfunction

Depression, lack of ambition, lack of knowledge, loss of spiritual connection, manipulative tendencies, memory problems, mental illness, non-assertiveness, disorganized.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

Amethyst, Blue and White Flourite, Lapis Lazuli.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Motia, Violet, Jasmine.

7. SAHASRARA CHAKRA (Crown Centre)

Physical Dysfunction

Accident prone, brain difficulties, cancer of the brain, concentration problems, chronic disease, low energy, parkinson's disease endocrine system disorders.

Emotional Dysfunction

Manic depression, difficulties in making choices, fear of death, feeling lost, frustration, ignorance, insanity, lack of inspiration, loss of bliss and joy in life, loss of happiness, lack of enthusiasm, seeking approval and acceptance, spaced out feeling.

Gemstones and Crystals for Healing

White Tourmaline, White Jade, Snowy Quartz, Rock Crystal, Diamond.

Fragrances for Balancing the Chakras

Lotus

 

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