Updated: Jul 16, 2021
Chakra in Sanskrit means Wheel. Chakras in Yogasana is a concept of invisible energy wheels that one can imagine along the spine and although the Chakras are not anatomically found by dissection, the culmination of nerve bundles in these spots as well as presence of major organs at the location, can help us understand the meaning of the Chakra, conceptually. If these energy centers are balanced, then that particular aspect of life seems to be balanced. Yoga poses designed to work on each energy center may help remove imbalances of that energy center, leaving the yoga practitioner feeling physically strong and mentally relaxed in that aspect of life!
Here are the 7 major chakras with their English/Sanskrit name, color, primary functions, element and location in the body-
a. Root/Muladhara Chakra: located in the pelvic area, its color is red and element is Earth and primary function is security
b. Sacral/Svadhisthana: located just below belly button, orange color and associated to the element of water and represents creativity as primary function
c. Solar Plexus/Manipura Chakra: located in the stomach, its color is yellow and element is fire and represents confidence as primary function
d. Heart/Anahata Chakra: located in the chest, near the heart, its color is green and element is air and represents compassion as primary function
e. Throat/Visshudha Chakra: located in the throat, sky blue color and is represented by space or ether with primary function of communication
f. Third Eye/Ajna Chakra: located in the space between the eyebrows, its color is indigo and element is combination of water, air, fire and air with primary function of intuition
g. Crown/Sahasrara Chakra: located slightly above the top of our head, its color is either violet or white and it’s associated to the element of Light and primary function being spiritual awareness
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