Our body is made up of millions of cells, each constantly vibrating at a certain frequency. Even our thoughts and emotions have vibrating energies. In fact, the word ’emotions’ is derived from the Latin word ‘emotere’ which means ‘energy in motion’. These vibrations form an energy field or ‘aura’ around our body.
Chakras are concentrated vortices of energies, forming the energy centres that receive, integrate, and transmit the energies. The word ‘chakra’ meaning ‘wheel’ has its origin in the Sanskrit language.
Each chakra is associated with specific endocrine glands. We are aware of that fact that, endocrine glands secrete hormones which control our bodily functions as well as our emotions.
Hence, emotional suffering, trauma and deep-rooted negative beliefs cause an imbalance in our chakras – either blocking them partially or completely or making them work excessively.
A dysfunctional chakra, if not healed can lead to physical discomfort and eventually a disease. In fact, latest imaging techniques can notice an imbalance in the body’s energy fields, and thereby help to predict the onset of a disease way before its symptoms are noticed in the body.
Here are the seven main chakras of the body :
- Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
- Location: Base of spine
- Associated Gland: Adrenal
- Root Chakra governs the sense of security and survival. It is responsible for bringing in grounding and stability in life as far as our basic needs are concerned.
- Sanskrit Name: Swadhisthana
- Location: Lower abdomen, below the navel
- Associated Gland: Overies, Gonads
- Governing our genital and gastric region, the Sacral chakra is responsible for the sense of creation, passion, sexuality. It brings in the zest, creativity and passion to live life to its fullest.
- Sanskrit Name: Manipura
- Location: Surrounding the navel
- Associated Gland: Pancreas
- Responsible for self-esteem, feeling of personal power and assertiveness, it helps achieve the purpose of our life by making us self-confident.
- Sanskrit Name: Anahata
- Location: Over the sternum, at the centre of the chest
- Associated Gland: Thymus
- The heart chakra governs our feeling of compassion and acceptance for self and others. Going by its Sanskrit name, this is the chakra where no hurt exists and there is only flow of love.
- Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha
- Location: Throat
- Associated Gland: Thyroid, Parathyroid
- Responsible for communication and expression, the Throat chakra connects us with our surroundings through activities such as speaking, writing and listening.
- Sanskrit Name: Ajna
- Location: Center of the forehead, slightly above the eye
- Associated Gland: Pineal
- Imagination and intuition are the main functions of this Chakra. Yogis are known to meditate on the 3rd eye chakra to enhance their clairvoyance abilities.
- Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
- Location: Crown of the head
- Associated Gland: Pituitary
- Sahasrara (means thousand petals) is the chakra of consciousness. With consciousness comes knowledge and our ability to connect with our higher self.