You have probably heard people mention chakras before, in meditation class or even among friends. I have researched a lot into the subject but I never found any articles that felt like they were relevant to me. Then one day while browsing through YouTube I found a guided meditation video about unlocking chakras. I decided to give it a try to finally understand what the big deal about chakras are all about. I am glad I gave it a shot.
It is funny that one eight-minute video gave me more understanding and knowledge than half of the stuff people try to explain in books or internet articles. Hopefully this article will help you understand a little more about chakras as well, in an easy and fun way that you can share with others.
Put very simply, chakras are energy centers that form at key places in the body. They collect at seven major areas of the body and form a rainbow spectrum from the feet to the crown of the head. If you can remember the colors of the rainbow, you can remember the colors and positions of the seven chakras.
The Seven Chakras
The seven chakra colors and positions are as follows:
Red Chakra: Root/ Base chakra. Its position is at the ground or the feet. It represents the connection with life.
Orange Chakra: Sacral Chakra. Its position is the pelvic area. It represents order.
Yellow Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra. Its position is the midsection. It represents wisdom.
Green Chakra: Heart Chakra. Its position is the chest. It represents love.
Blue Chakra: Throat Chakra. Its position is the center of the throat. It represents power.
Indigo Chakra: Third Eye Chakra. Its position is the center of the forehead. It represents imagination.
Violet Chakra: Crown Chakra. Its position is the top of the head. It represents understanding and will.
Now that you are familiar with the colors, the positions, and representations of what each chakra stands for now I can talk about how this knowledge can be applied to yoga, meditation, tai chi, reiki, and other activities which utilize energy manipulation in various ways.
Chakras and Meditation
In the case of meditation, visualizing the opening of each chakra starting from the red, root chakra at the feet and working your way all the way up to the violet crown chakra at the crown of the head helps to get the energy centers flowing. For each chakra I like to picture that I am unlocking a door of that color which helps to let the energy flow out of it and activate the next chakra in the line.
Meditation is a great starting point before you move on to using the chakras in yoga, tai chi, reiki, or other energy manipulation activities. It is good to have all seven chakra points activated before you attempt to use the energy centers of your body in various ways.
Chakras and Yoga
When applying chakras activation to yoga, first meditate and activate the chakras one by one. Guided meditation can help with this. Make sure to clear your mind, take deep healing breaths so that you are relaxed and focused. Listen to meditation music if you need something going on in the background to help focus your mind.
Once the chakras are activated, proceed to do the different yoga positions while focusing on the chakras that pertain to the area you are stretching. For example, if you do a yoga tree pose, the focus is on the movement of the arms. The arms are in line with green heart chakra, so focus on the chakra and think of subjects pertaining to love while in that position.
Chakras and Tai Chi
When applying chakra activation to tai chi or other energy centered martial art forms, first activate the chakra centers with meditation. Then decide what chakra you want to use as an energy focus to enhance your tai chi move. You can use any chakra center but I like to use the third eye indigo chakra and violet crown chakra to focus energy with as they are the highest energy points in the chakra line.
Chakras and Reiki
When applying chakra activation to reiki or other energy centered healing forms like crystal healing, first activate the chakra centers with meditation. Then decide what chakra you want to use to focus its energy on the area of the body that needs to be healed. You can either determine this by the chakra’s location, for example if someone has an injured foot, so you use the red base chakra to heal the injured foot, or the chakras identity, for example someone has a problem finding inspiration so you use the Indigo third eye chakra to help channel inspiration energy to the person.
A final thing to note is that when it comes to chakras you shouldn’t limit yourself. There are endless ways to use the energy centers of the body which just takes imagination and practice on your part.