Yoga & Meditation

A Beginners Guide to Chakras

August 24, 2017 • By

 

The chakras are vortexes within the body that allow energy to move through them. Often described as ‘spinning vortexes’, there are 7 main chakras that align the spine. Through the movement of yoga (asana) it is said we can unblock trapped energies from our chakras, allowing us to become free, calm, at peace and enlightened. This is Samhadi, the 8 limb of the yoga practice.

 

The 7 chakras line the spine at specific locations and each chakra is responsible for our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

 

Root Chakra: The first chakra is located at the base of the spine and is responsible for our feelings of grounding and security

Name: Muladhara

Posture to access chakra: Mountain Pose

Colour: Red

Sacral Chakra: The second chakra is located in the lower abdomen and is responsible for our sense of pleasure, sexuality.

Name: Swadhisthana

Posture to access chakra: Cobra Pose, Upward Facing Dog, Bow

 Colour: Orange

Solar Plexus Chakra: The third chakra is located in the upper abdomen and is responsible for our self-confidence and self-esteem.

Name: Manipura

Posture to access chakra: Boat Pose

Colour: Yellow

Heart Chakra: The forth chakra is located at the heart centre and is responsible for our ability to love.

Name: Anahata

 Posture to access chakra: Backbends (Urdhva Danurasana)

 Colour: Green

Throat Chakra: The fifth chakra is located in the throat and is responsible for our ability to communicate well.

Name: Vishudha

Posture to access chakra: Shoulder Stand

Colour: Blue

Third Eye Chakra: The sixth chakra is located just between the eyes on the forehead and is responsible for our ability to focus and our intuition.

Name: Anja

Posture to access chakra: Childs Pose

Colour: Indigo

Crown Chakra: The seventh chakra is located at the very top of our forehead and is responsible for our spirituality and pure bliss.

Name: Sahasrara

Posture to access chakra: Headstand, Meditation

Colour: Violet or bright white