Chakras: A Brief Introduction

(via Collage Calamity)


First Chakra —– Muladhara —– Earth —– Security & Survival

LOCATION: The end of the spine between the anus and sex organs
ORGAN/GLAND: Organs of elimination
QUALITIES: Grounded, centered, secure, loyal, stable. Healthy functions of elimination
SHADOW: Fear, insecurity, life as burden, feeling excluded, weak constitution, elimination problems, reduced physical and mental resistance, sexual perversions
YOGA EXERCISES: Crow Pose, Chair Pose, Body Drops, Frog Pose, Mulbhandh, Front Stretches, Lying on the stomach, feet kicking buttocks

Second Chakra —– Svadisthana —– Water —– Creativity

LOCATION: The sexual organs
ORGAN/GLAND: Sexual organs, reproductive glands, kidneys, bladder
COLOR: Orange
QUALITIES: Positive, relaxed attitude toward sexuality, patience, creativity, responsible relationships
SHADOW: Rigid emotions, frigidity, guilt, no boundaries, irresponsible relationships, problems with reproductive organs or kidneys
YOGA EXERCISES: Frog Pose, Cobra Pose, Butterfly, Sat Kriya, Cat-Cow, Maha Mudra, Pelvic Lifts.

Third Chakra —– Manipura —– Fire —– Action and Balance

LOCATION: Navel point, solar plexus
ORGAN/GLAND: Liver, gall bladder, spleen, digestive organs, pancreas, adrenals
COLOR: Yellow
QUALITIES: Personal power and commitment, self-esteem, identity, judgment. This is where the strength for inner balance, inspiration and good health is developed.
SHADOW: Anger; greed, shame, despair. Obstacles everywhere. Not enough strength and spontaneity. Conforming in order to be recognized. Refuting one’s own wishes and emotions. Problems with digestion, the liver, the gallbladder, and the pancreas.
YOGA EXERCISES: Stretch Pose, Sat Kriya, Peacock Pose, Bow Pose, Fish Pose, Diaphragm Lock, Breath of Fire; all exercises that train the abdominal muscles


THE BALANCE POINT (where lower and higher chakra energies mix):

Fourth Chakra —– Anahata —– Air —– Love and Compassion

LOCATION: The middle of the chest on the breast bone at the level of the nipples
ORGAN/GLAND: Heart, lungs, thymus gland
COLOR: Green
QUALITIES: Compassion, kindness, forgiveness, service, love. Recognizing and understanding these qualities in others, sacred transformation, awakening to spiritual awareness.
SHADOW: Grief, attachment, closed to surroundings, easily hurt, dependent on love and affection from others, fear of rejection, helper syndrome, heartlessness. Heart problems; lung problems; blood pressure problems.
YOGA EXERCISES: Ego Eradicator, Yoga Mudra, Bear Grip, Baby Pose, all arm exercises, and exercises which twist the upper torso, all pranayam.



Fifth Chakra —– Vishuddha —– Ether —– Projective Power of the Word

LOCATION: The throat
ORGAN/GLAND:  Trachea, throat, cervical vertebrae, thyroid
COLOR: Light blue
QUALITIES: The center for truth, language, knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively. Authenticity, healthy self-expression and interactions, inspiring, teaching
SHADOW: Lethargy, weakness in expressive and descriptive abilities, shyness, voice problems, insecurity, fear of other people’s opinions and judgments, throat problems, neck problems, thyroid problems
YOGA EXERCISES: All chanting, Shoulder Stand, Cobra Pose, Plow Pose, Camel Pose, Cat-Cow, Neck Rolls, Neck Lock, nose to knees

Sixth Chakra —– Ajna (Third Eye) —– Intuition, Wisdom and Identity

LOCATION: Between the eyebrows
ORGAN/GLAND: Brain, pituitary gland
COLOR: Indigo
QUALITIES: Center of intuition, clairvoyance, visualizing, fantasizing, concentration and determination, self-initiation, power of projection, understanding your purpose.
SHADOW: Confusion, depression, rejection of spirituality, over-intellectualizing.
YOGA EXERCISES: Meditating on the Third Eye, Long Chant, Kirtan Kriya. Archer Pose. Whistle Breaths. Yoga Mudra, all exercises where the forehead rests on the floor

Seventh Chakra —– Sahasrara —– Humility and Vastness

LOCATION: Crown of the head
ORGAN/GLAND: Brain, pineal gland
COLOR: Violet
QUALITIES: The seat of the soul. Connection to the Highest Self. Enlightenment. Unity. Elevation. Relationship to the Unknown.
SHADOW: Grief, the feeling of being separated from existence, and from abundance, fear of death.
YOGA EXERCISES: Ego Eradicator, Mahabandha, Sat Kriya, concentrating on the tip of the nose, all meditation.



Eighth Chakra —– Aura —– Radiance

LOCATION: The electromagnetic field
COLOR: White
QUALITIES: The aura combines the effects of all the chakras, and constitutes their total projection. The aura projects and protects.
SHADOW: Shy, withdrawn, vulnerable.
YOGA EXERCISES: Triangle Pose, Ego Eradicator, Archer Pose. All arm exercises. All meditation.