In the science of yoga there is the idea that the One becomes split into many in the manifest world. The human body itself is considered as containing all of the universe within, as well as being a single cell of the universal body; microcosm, macrocosm. Just as white light contains the seven frequencies of the rainbow, so too is the case in the human body, codified in a system of chakras.
Chakra, Sanskrit for ‘wheel’, may be considered as eddies of energy along the river of the spine. There are seven main chakras in the human body, starting at the tip of the tailbone and culminating at the crown of the skull. These chakras are the symbolic origin for physical, mental, emotional and psychic phenomena which make up life. For a human being to be fully activated, all seven chakras must be opened, aligned and charged. Let us examine each individually.
Muladhara, root support, corresponds to earth, the perineum, anus and genitals. Its color is red, and its bija(sacred sound), ‘Lam.’ It’s responsible for a person’s sense of smell and physical wellbeing, and is blocked by fear.
Svadhisthana, Her favorite resting place, corresponds to water, the sacrum, pubic bone and the genitals. Its color is orange, and its bija ‘Vam’. It’s responsible for the sense of taste, relationships between people, passions and creativity, and is blocked by guilt.
Manipura, city of lustrous gems, corresponds to fire, the navel, belly and adrenal glands. Its color is yellow, and its bija, ‘Ram’. It’s responsible for a person’s sense of sight, drive, determination, control and digestion (of food, emotions and sensory information), and is blocked by shame.
Anahata, the un-struck sound, corresponds to air, the heart, hands and thymus gland. Its color is green, and its bija, ‘Yam’. It’s responsible for a person’s sense of touch and ability to love unconditionally, and is blocked by grief.
Visshudda, with purity, corresponds to akasha or ether, the throat, shoulders and thyroid gland. Its color is turquoise or sky blue, and its bija ‘Hum’. It’s responsible for a persons’ sense of hearing, ability to communicate fully and truthfully, and is blocked by lies.
Ajna, the command center, corresponds to light, the third eye point; the pineal gland. Its color is indigo, and its bija is ‘Om’. It’s responsible for a person’s ability to see beyond duality, clairvoyance and other psychic abilities, and is blocked by illusions.
Sahasrara, thousand-fold, corresponds to the area above the crown of the skull, in-between the fontanels, and the pituitary gland. Its color is violet, gold, full spectrum and pure white light, and its bija is ‘Ong’. It’s responsible for a person’s spiritual wellbeing and connection to the heavens and beyond, and is blocked by attachments.
By studying this system, we may become aware of the complex interconnections between the spheres and affect change in areas of life that seem stuck. Yoga gives us the keys to the full spectrum.
Love and light to you all!
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