Chakras are energy centers
Energy, life force, prana Chi. We need energy to be flowing smoothly in our bodies to function well, to digest, to feel calm, collected and balanced. This is a pretty abstract concept but if you work with some simple principles and leave your critical, uber-practical mind out of it, you may find this short practice to be a helpful part of your stress-less routine!
Chakras are fun to play with as a concept.
Don’t get put off by this sanskrit terminology or the abstract energetic nature of the chakras. Chakras are nothing more than main energy centers said to exist as centers of swirling energy at different points up and down the spine and which correspond to different glands organs and functions of the physical body. It is important to keep these clear and flowing and this is what moving the flow of breath as in this practice does for you.
Chakra (sanskrit cakra – “wheel”) is thought to be an energy point or node in the subtle body.not the physical body, and as such, are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels called nadi. Nadi are believed to be channels that carry the the life force known as ‘prana’. There are seven chakras that are considered to be the most important ones.
The chakras to which this meditation refers are in the center of the body along what is know as Shushumna or central spinal column. When I instruct breathing up or down, it is that central channel to which I refer and the chakra’s are stops along the way as follows.
First: Root Chakra at base of spine. Color red. Sense of smell, fight or flight response, physical strength, stability.. Sound is Lam.
Second: Sacral Chakra below belly button. Orange color. Relating to water element, reproductive function, joy, desire, sexuality, creativity. Sound is Vam.
Third: Solar Plexus Chakra. Yellow color. Power, professional success. Confidence and respect for others. Sound is Ram.
Fourth: Heart Chakra or Spiritual Heart center. Green Color. Relates to air, relationships, Trust and love. Sound is Yam
Fifth: Throat Chakra. Blue Color. Our true voice. Self expression and communication. Sound is Ham.
Sixth: Third Eye Chakra. Indigo Color. Relates to deep inner knowing, wisdom, intuition. connected to the pituitary gland and visualized as in the center of the skull between forehead and back of head, upper palate and top of skull. Sound is Om.
Seventh Chakra: Crown Chakra. Violet color. Unifies energy of all previous six chakras and associated with nervous system, brain, higher forces and divine nature. Sound is Om.