The Seven Chakras
"Yoga is a holistic system of self transformation that
approaches well-being through balancing the vital energies in the
body, which harmonize all aspects of your life: physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual. "
There are many energy channels in the body, but here we focus on the
seven main ones. These are located along the
spine starting at the base, and running upwards to the crown of the
head. The chakras are described as "whirling disks of light", and
each Chakra radiates a specific color, and energy.
As each Chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional,
psychological, and body issues, conscious awareness, and balancing of
these energy centers lead to well being.
The sound 'Om' was discovered by the ancient yogis to be the
vibrational sound of the universe. By chanting this sound, you can
connect with this vibration, and feel connected to the oneness of
A Chakra is an invisible (to the normal human eye), center of
spinning energy. Through the chakras we are able to receive and
transmit social, sexual, and spiritual energy.
Each chakra gives off one of the seven colors of the rainbow. When
all the chakras are open, and a person is vibrant, and healthy, all
the colors of the rainbow appear in the electromagnetic energy that
surrounds the body, which is that person's aura.
Each of the chakras resonate with a certain color, sound, and
frequency. As we understand this, it is easier to see how color,
sound, and frequency can have a therapeutic effect. They can help to
stimulate, and balance the activity of the chakras.
The chakras should be thought of as dynamos. Dynamic centers through
which the energy is distributed. This energy is distributed from the
chakras as it comes into the body, as well as when it goes out of the
There is a capacity for the transmission as well as the reception.
The chakras are the centers that make the aura brighter, and
brighter, or dimmer, and dimmer, depending upon their activity.
People who have inner vision can actually see, or feel the chakras.
The pranic network which comprises the pranic body is fueled by the
psychic centres, or chakras. These are very subtle, and high-powered
vortices of energy which receive the cosmic prana, and act as
transformers to step down, or reduce the voltage so that it can be
used by the different organs, and parts of the body.
As well as providing the Prana for specific areas, and functions of
the body, they can also be used as trigger-points for awakening the
higher faculties, and dimensions of consciousness.
The different systems of yoga, especially Hatha, and Kriya Yoga,
systematically purify, rebalance, and awaken the chakras
individually, and also as a whole.
When the chakras are properly prepared by such practices, the pranic
level is naturally higher, and more stable. Therefore, there will be
little difficulty in awakening, and experiencing the transmission of prana.
Of the three dimensions of chakras, Mooladhara is the lowest chakra
in the human body, and sahasrara is the highest. However, this is not
the whole picture. There are three sets of chakras. The lower set of
chakras belong to the instinctive, or animal body, and exist below mooladhara.
They are known as atal, vital, sutal, rasatal, dharatal, mahatal, and
patal. Animals also have chakras, and in the instinctive frame of
consciousness, these are the seven chakras which are activated.
As human beings, we have transcended these seven lower forms of
chakras, and in our personality we deal with mooladhara,
swadhisthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddhi, ajna, bindu, and
When we cease to be human beings, and transcend our individuality ,
then the third set of chakras begins to function within us. This
third set is represented by the lokas, or dimensions of existence.
They are known as bhu loka, bhuvar loka, swaiia laka, maha loka,
janaha taka, tapaha laka and satya laka. These are the seven higher
dimensions, or planes of consciousness.
Through the practice of prana vidya we can awaken the physiological,
or human set of chakras. After they are awakened, and we are able to
raise the kundalini energy from mooladhara to sahasrara, then the
awareness of, and play within the higher planes of existence begins.
*There are also powerful energy centers in the palm of each hand, and
on the sole of each foot.
We hope you have found, or are considering bringing Hatha Yoga into
your life. We look forward to seeing you at one of our
yoga classes, or workshops, held
regularly when we are home in Largo, Florida from November-May. Or,
on our next Yoga Bound Travel Adventure
with special Yoga in Bali
and Yoga in Thailand Retreats.