What is a Chakra?

According to yoga, there are seven major chakras, or centers of energy and consciousness, located along the spine. Each one is distinct; they are associated with certain spinal zones and body parts, certain colors and sounds, different aspects of the nervous and glandular systems, and different emotional growth stages. And yet, each chakra is part of the whole human energy system and therefore contributes to a person’s overall health and well-being. Although most of us cannot see them, the chakras are a spinning, vibrating system of energetic gears constantly churning “prana”, “chi” , or “the life force”, through every cell of our being.

Just as radiant light, when seen through a prism or as a rainbow, is revealed as a full spectrum of colors, so too is the radiant and healthy human comprised of a full spectrum of energy, different aspects of consciousness flowing together and expressed as a whole. When we acknowledge these various parts and “colors” of ourselves, and begin to work with them and on them and bring them into a harmonious balance within us, we can truly become All-We-Are.

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Muladhara: The Root Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Element: Earth
Color: Red
# of petals: 4
Verb: “I have”
Body Parts: Legs/Bones/ Large Intestines/ Perineum
Gland: Adrenal
Consciousness: the body as foundation…the beginning… survival…grounding…solidity…embodiment…security
Bija Mantra: LAM

Root Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if you:

*have a sense of disconnect from your body and/or you can’t seem to slow down
*have a sense of disconnect from the Earth or people and feel as if you are “hovering “ above your life and your body
*have difficulty manifesting and materializing your life as you dream it to be
*have a chronic lack of financial or physical resources
*feel attacked, unsafe, or “on the run” in some way
*have “issues” with your bones, legs. knees, feet, or adrenal glands
*are constipated and have trouble “letting go”

ROOT CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I belong here.

I am at home in my body.

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Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Svadhisthana (“seat of life”, “dwelling place of self”)
Element:
Water
Color:
Orange
# of petals: 6
Verb: “I feel/I want”
Body Parts: lower abdomen, womb/genitals, kidneys/bladder, all liquids and fluids of the body
Gland: ovary/ testes
Consciousness: the power of two: reflection, harmony, polarity movement, change, sexuality, desire, emotion, balance
Bija Mantra: VAM

Sacral Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if:

*you easily feel overwhelmed or overpowered by others
*you have a desire for AND are afraid of intimacy
*you try to manipulate others to do what you want them to do
*you have trouble saying “no” and asserting yourself
*you have a weak immune system
*you have difficulty staying balanced, both physically, mentally, and energetically
*you want to learn to “dance” with someone rather than fight with them
*you want to learn to be yourself AND be with others at the same time    

*you want to better understand what it means to “harmonize” with others

SACRAL CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I allow myself to feel a broad range of feelings.

My feelings change as I change.

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Manipura: The Navel Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Manipura (lustrous gem, city of jewels)
Element: Fire
Color: Yellow
# of petals: 10
Verb: “I can”/ “I will”
Body Parts: stomach, muscles, solar plexus, navel
Gland: Pancreas
Consciousness: will, action, power and empowerment, energy and efficiency, attention and intention, courage, confidence, commitment, completion
Bija Mantra:RAM

Navel Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if you:

*you often feel “lost” or “confused” about your life’s work and purpose
*you often feel drained and lack energy and enthusiasm

*you have digestive disorders
*you are overweight

*you lack confidence in yourself
*you lack focus and the energy to complete tasks
• you want to gain tools to boost your energy

NAVEL CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I have the energy I need to accomplish my goals.

I am willing to do what I can do.

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Anahatta: The Heart Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Anahata (unstruck)
Element: Air
Color: Green
# of petals: 12
verb: “I love”
Body Parts: heart, lungs, arms, hands
Gland: Thymus

Consciousness:
love, compassion, kindness, service, acceptance, 
forgiveness, balance, bliss, giving & receiving, embracing & letting go
Bija Mantra:
YAM

Heart Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if:

* you want to heal your heart and allow it to open again (and again) unconditionally
* you want to feel the balance of embracing yourself and embracing others at the same time
* you want to give AND receive love
* you want to know and practice forgiveness
* you want to develop a sense of empathy
* you want to feel compassion for yourself and others
• you want to strengthen your heart
• you want to increase your lung capacity and your ability to breathe deeply
• you have asthma or respiratory ailments
• you have a weak heart or irregular heart rhythm
• you want to increase circulation into your extremities

HEART CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I am grateful for ___________________.

I love and forgive myself.

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Visshuddha: The Throat Chakra

Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha (pure/ purification)
Element: Ether/ Akasha/ Sound

Color: Sky Blue
# of petals: 16
Verb: “I speak”
Body Parts: neck, collar, shoulders, throat, jaw, mouth
Gland: Thyroid and Parathyroid
Consciousness: truth, purification, communication, honesty, self-expression, vibration
Bija Mantra: HAM


Throat Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if:

*you want to discover/reclaim/empower your VOICE
*you want to be more truthful and powerful in your speaking/ living/ being

*you want to feel that your life/work/relationships are a better reflection of your true self
*you want to manifest what you DO want rather than what you don’t want
*you have thyroid dysfunction
*you have chronic tension or pain in your shoulders, neck or jaw

THROAT CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I express myself easily and clearly.

I live in alignment with my inner truth.

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Ajna: The Third-Eye Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Ajna (to command, to perceive)
Element: Light
Color: Indigo
# of petals: 2
Verb: “I see”
Body Parts: eyes, optic nerve, sinuses, brain hemispheres
Gland: Pineal
Consciousness: perception, insight, intuition, “6th sense”, clairvoyance, vision and Vision, visualization, imagination, dreaming, remembering
Bija Mantra: AUM

Third Eye Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if you:

* you desire to and are ready to see/perceive the truth of your reality
* you experience “Third-­Eye” headaches
* you want to connect more with your “awake time” dreams
* you want to remember and connect with both your “sleeping dreams” and your “waking dreams” and integrate this information into your day to day life
* you desire to awaken in your dreams
* you want to improve your vision
* you want to energize the pineal gland
* you desire to orient more toward the Light
* you want to vitalize and balance left and right brain hemispheres
* you want to understand and experience the see/hear/feel sensation & knowledge of the THIRD EYE

THIRD EYE CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I have a healthy relationship with my inner guidance system.

I see other people’s perspectives.

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Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra

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Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Element: Thought
Color: Violet
# of petals: Infinite
Verb: “I believe”/ “I am”
Body Parts: head, skull, brain
Gland: Pituitary
Consciousness: Infinity, Totality, Oneness, Unity, Non-Duality, Integration, Timelessness, Transcendence, Possibility
Bija Mantra: Silence

Crown Chakra Yoga is the right remedy for you at this time if:

*you want to balance and recalibrate the entire endocrine system via the pituitary
*you want to experience breathing exercises (pranayama) to open the Crown Chakra

*you want to go more deeply into meditative states
*you want to bring blood flow to the brain and balance the brain hemispheres
*you want to practice extended synchronized vinyasas to develop unity consciousness
*you want to increase circulation
*you want to tone the entire nervous system

*you want to experience harmony and ecstasy                                           
*you want to enhance this aspect of your consciousness and feel more connected to the life force in you and in others

CROWN CHAKRA AFFIRMATIONS:

I believe it is possible.

I believe it is possible.