Each one of us might have suffered from some kind of demotivation and other psychological disorders such as stress, insecurity, low self-esteem etc., physical and emotional disorders at some point of time in our life. And when we think of the reason behind it, we would easily blame others or today’s highly competitive environment in which we have to live in.
But can you imagine truth is somewhat different, it could be because of some kind of imbalance in energy centers within our body. What?...energy centers within our body? Yes!...you heard it right. We carry the whole universe within ourselves. Some of you might be aware of these energy centers.
The human body is a complex energy form. There are 114 energy centres called Chakras in our body. It has 72,000 nadis along which the vital energy or “prana” flows. The nadis meet at different points in the body, where they form a triangle which called a chakra or wheel.
They are located along the spine starting at the base of spine and running upwards to the crown of the head. Each chakra coincides with a gland and radiate energy and a specific color.
So, each chakra is associated to a specific psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual character of our being. Thus, balance of chakras lead to a vibrant well-being and good health whereas imbalance can lead to many disorders.
In this article we will learn about the SEVEN MAIN CHAKRAS and how we can activate them to reach our maximum potential.
1. Root Chakra- Muladhar Chakra
It is located at the base of the spine between the anus and the genitals.
It represents the element earth and radiates red color.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Lam’ (लं).
As the name suggests, it is the very basic foundation of our life which means we cannot exist if there is no energy in this chakra.
When this chakra is imbalanced, we might feel unstable, lack of ambition and purpose, insecure and get frustrated easily.
However, when it is balanced, we feel confident, energetic, independent and strong.
2. Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana Chakra
It is located at the lower abdomen about three fingers
below the navel.
It represents the element water and radiates orange color.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Vam’ (वं).
When this chakra is imbalanced, we might feel lack of energy and creativity, irritable and manipulative or obsessed with sexual thoughts.
However, when it is balanced, we feel positive, vital, satisfied, compassionate and intuitive.
Plexus Chakra – Manipura Chakra
It is located about three fingers above the navel.
It represents the element fire and radiates yellow color.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Ram’(रं).
When this chakra is imbalanced, we might face digestion problems, liver problems and may get diabetic, can get depressed, have lack of self-esteem and get angry easily.
However, when it is in balance, we feel energetic, confident, productive and focused.
4. Heart Chakra – Anahata Chakra
It is located in the middle of the chest. It represents the element air and radiates the color green.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Yam’ (यं).
When this chakra is imbalanced, we have lack of trust, anxiety, jealousy, fear and moodiness.
However, when it is balanced, we are compassionate, optimistic, friendly, motivated, understanding and caring.
5. Throat Chakra – Vishuddha Chakra
It is located at the base of the throat.
It represents the element space and radiates the color sky blue.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Ham’ (हं).
When this chakra is out of balance, we feel timid, quietness, feeling of weakness or inability to express thoughts clearly.
However, when it is balanced, we are creative, positive self- expression, constructive communication and satisfaction.
6. Third Eye Chakra – Ajna Chakra/Agya Chakra
It is located between the eyebrows. It is free from elements and radiates color royal blue.
Its corresponding mantra is ‘Aum’ (ॐ).
When this chakra is not in balance, we feel non-assertive, are afraid of success, egoistic, may suffer from headache, blurry vision and eye strain.
However, when it is balanced, we are intuitive, and are free from any kind of fear.
7. Crown Chakra – Sahastra Chakra
It is located at the top of the head.
It is free from element and radiates violet color.
It has no mantra.
When it is imbalanced, we have constant sense of frustration, destructive feeling and have no spark of joy.
However, when it is in balance, we have the feeling of wisdom and have cosmic consciousness.
How to activate these chakras?
These can be activated and kept in balance by regularly practicing guided kundalini meditation or chakra activation dhayana.