Journey Through the Chakras

The Chakras – Decoded

Often in our Shri Yoga classes or workshops you may have heard your teachers talk about the chakras or energy centers. These wheels of energy can be utilized as a tool for optimizing both our physical and emotional wellness.  Chakra means wheel or disk in Sanskrit and refers to the energy centers that run the length of your spine from the base of your pelvis to the crown of your head.  Each chakras has their own symbol, color, area of the body and even elements that it affects and controls. To function at their best, your chakras need to stay open, or balanced. If they get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra. Let’s see how we can decode these systems to help support our overall wellness, one energy center at a time.

First Chakra (Muladhara)

Element

Earth

Color

Dark Red like clay dirt

Physical Connection

Lower body legs and feet

Effect

Self-Preservation, family, tribe

In Balance

Healthy Prosperity security and dynamic presence


Second Chakra (Svadhistana) 

Element

Water 

Color

Deep, rich orange like the sunset

Physical Connection

Hips, pelvis, low back 

Effect

Emotions, Relationships with others

In Balance

We feel fulfilled, creatively empowered and are able to accept change.  


Third Chakra (Manipura) 

Element

Fire

Color

Bright yellow like the sun

Physical Connection

Solar plexus, abdomen, center.

Effect

Personal will, autonomy and our metabolism

In Balance

We feel energized, effective and standing in our personal power. 


Fourth Chakra (Anahata) 

Element

Air

Color

Green like new, spring grass

Physical Connection

Heart and chest

Effect

Love, compassion and forgiveness

In Balance

We are able to love deeply, feel compassion and have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. 


Fifth Chakra (Vishuddha) 

Element

Space

Color

Bright Blue, the color of the tropical ocean

Physical Connection

The area of the throat and voice

Effect

Our ability to communicate effectively and speak our own truth

In Balance

We are able to experience the world through vibration, sound and language.


Sixth Chakra (Ajna) 

Element

Light

Color

Indigo

Physical Connection

The eyes located in between our eye brows

Effect

This is connected to the act of seeing both physically and intuitively.

In Balance

We clearly see and perceive external and internal situations


Seventh Chakra (Sahasrara) 

Element

None – Beyond the elements

Color

Violet

Physical Connection

The top of the head and brain

Effect

This center integrates all six chakras below it and invites in a higher vibration to all

In Balance

This energy center brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding and spiritual connection.

Now that we have broken down each energy center into its parts, what do we do next?  How do we put this information into practice?  We use the tools of yoga movement, breath, sound and meditation to first access then balance these energies within us.

Join Shauna at Shri Yoga for a Journey Through the Chakras. 

Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

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