Energy centers, also known as chakras in Sanskrit, literally meaning wheel. These chakras correspond to the main nerve plexuses along our spine. Each chakra governs certain mental, physical and emotional traits within us.
When our Inner Energy flows through these chakras, it energizes, nurtures and balances them.
To visualize how energy flow works, imagine your subtle energy system as a flute with seven holes. Each hole represents a chakra. The air blown through the flute represents your Inner Energy.
If the flute’s holes are unobstructed, the flute can produce melodious, harmonious music. When our chakras are clear and free of obstructions, your Inner Energy flows through our body smoothly, achieving a harmonious balance.
The Mooladhara is the root chakra. It represents the earth element and helps keep us 'grounded'. In Sanskrit mool means root and adhara means support - so Mooladhara Chakra translates to the supporter of our subtle system.
The fundamental quality of this chakra is innocence and the purity of joy that comes with it. Through meditation we learn to be less motive-led in our actions and to rediscover the wisdom which makes us self-correcting.
The chakra is represented by a corol red colour and it's vibrations can be felt on the base of the palm.
This energy center is located in our pelvic plexus and governs the excretory and reproductive organs.
The Swadisthana is the second chakra. The word's literal translation from Sanskrit is 'one's own place'. This chakra is our place of desire, knowledge, and attention. It therefore, governs the quality of creativity within us.
When this chakra is balanced, it helps us stay fully focussed on the present moment. This way we can be attentive and productive, without excessive thoughts, doubts, and distractions. Such a peaceful state leads to enhanced creativity.
This chakra is represented by the colour yellow, and aligned with the purifying element of fire.
This energy center is located in the aortic plexus above our sacrum bone and governs the liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, and female reproductive organs.
The Nabhi is our third chakra. In Sanskrit, the word means 'navel' or 'one's nucleus'. This chakra is our nucleus of contentment with oneself. Once we are content with ourselves, we have the desire to give and grow. This contentment can only be felt with self-mastery over our body, mind, emotions and senses.
This chakra can often get unbalanced due to excessive worrying about the future, feeling dominated by the external environment, and unbalanced eating and consumption. When this chakra is balanced, it makes us feel fulfilled, generous, dynamic and peaceful by freeing us from being slavish to our environment.
This chakra is represented by the colour green, and aligned with the essential element of water. It's vibrations can be felt on our middle finger.
This energy center is located parallel to our navel, around the solar plexus and governs abdominal organs, such as stomach, liver, spleen.