What is Chakra Therapy?
Chakra therapy means handling or moving energy that is in our body, through different techniques, for the proper harmonization of the chakras.
Chakra Therapy, Energy, Harmony and Health
Through Energy Therapy or Chakra Therapy, such as quartz bowls and acupuncture, we can bring balance to our chakras, the energy centers that are located in the body and which represent directly what happens to us emotionally, physically and psychologically.
Suffering from diseases, disorders or syndromes is something very common among those who are alive in this century. The poor quality of life, bad habits, lousy food and no physical activity deteriorate the body and also disturb the subtle fields that form each one of us.
Thus, our energy is also affected and this influences our health, which not only has to do with physical pains, but also on a mental and social level, factors that undoubtedly become imbalanced with the turmoil to which we are exposed on a daily basis.
That’s why we talk about the chakras, a term which has its origin in the Vedas, and that means “wheel”. It refers to the energy centers present in the human body, which are recognized as seven major wheels and several side wheels, that correspond to acupuncture ends.
Experts in chakra therapy say that the chakras are “vortexes through which energy flows; They are the direct manifestation of our physical, emotional and mental health, representative of our consciousness. Through them, we understand and embody our environment”.
The seven major chakras are seven. They are located along the spine, the first one being the Root Chakra, and the seventh being the Crown Chakra.
The Chakra System
First chakra: Muladhara or Root Chakra
Located at the base of the coccyx, its correct flow depends on our instinct for survival.
Second chakra: Svadisthana or Sacral Chakra
Located in the sacrum, it is related to the ovaries or testicles. It regulates sexual energy, creativity.
Third chakra: Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
Located above the navel, in the solar plexus. It is related to the adrenal glands and its functioning has to do with the mind, control, freedom.
Fourth chakra: Anahata or Heart Chakra
It is at the level of the heart; is related to the thymus, an organ behind the sternum, involved in the development of the lymphatic system and the immune response of the organism. This is the chakra of compassion, love, healing.
Fifth chakra: Vissudha or Throat Chakra
Located in the larynx, it corresponds to the thyroid gland. This gland secretes hormones that are present in almost all functions of the organism. This chakra is related to speech and growth.
Sixth chakra: Ajna or Third Eye Chakra
It is located between the eyes; is related to the pituitary gland, which rests at the base of the skull and is the center around which our metabolism spins. This sixth chakra provides intuition, perception beyond the senses.
Seventh chakra: Sahasrara or Crown Chakra
The crown chakra corresponds to the pineal gland, which produces melatonin, regulating the mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness. Its function has to do with transcendence, the connection with the higher world.
Harmonizing the Chakras
There are many ways to harmonize and balance the chakras. Among the alternatives we can all choose from, we find: reiki, singing bowls, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, flower therapy and others.
Each chakra has a specific color that is not chosen by chance but rather because of its frequency of vibration. Each chakra has a vibrational frequency and vibrates at a particular frequency that is similar to the vibration of its color.
Following the above, we identify the chakras and their colors as follows:
- Root chakra: red
- Sacral chakra: orange
- Solar Plexus chakra: yellow
- Heart chakra: green
- Throat chakra: blue
- Third Eye chakra: indigo
- Crown chakra: violet
Each chakra can suffer imbalances. Because the energy is constantly flowing through these centers, sometimes changes occur in a particular vibration, such as a lack of harmony. Thus affecting both its function and the body organs that receive energy through it.
The location of each chakra has to do with a specific gland with a particular function: releasing hormones, metabolic processes, mood changes, etc. This is also directly related to the energy center it affects. According to Chakra therapy, if the fourth chakra (the heart chakra) is unbalanced, the person might have to deal with love and emotional problems, cardiovascular disease, etc.; If the throat chakra is imbalanced, the larynx might be affected and the chakra therapy will focus on working communication problems.
Chakra Therapy with Sound
In relation to chakra therapy techniques that are recognized as beneficial to balance the chakras, the creator of Sound Therapy mentions that the use of quartz bowls is one of them.
In this regard the sound emanating from these vessels “makes each chakra resonate in its healthy sound frequency. Resonance is a property of sound that makes matter vibrate when in contact with a sound source”, he says.
And to be even more rigorous, the chakra therapist mentions that each bowl belongs to a certain musical note, which in turn coincides with one of the energy centers to which we want to get through the healing technique. These notes and correspondences are:
- Root chakra: C
- Sacral chakra: D
- Solar plexus chakra: E
- Heart chakra: F
- Throat chakra: G
- Third eye chakra: A
- Crown chakra: B
The first step when working with patients that need harmonization of their chakras is to perform a “full scan” to determine the imbalance suffering and its origin.
Then the person lies on the floor on a mat and each bowl is placed a few inches from the major affected chakras. Along with this, breathing and relaxation exercises are done. The point is, before starting the sound chakra therapy with bowls, to focus and set an intention for each chakra that will be healed.
This is a vibrational chakra therapy where there is an instrument used in perfect resonance with the individual. The singing bowls are amplifiers and harmonic energy enhancers, which makes them a good resource in the process of healing and opening our chakras.
Acupuncture Chakra Therapy
Acupuncture and Chakra system theory have a few common concepts,even many of the points used in this ancient Chinese technique are exactly the same as the energy centers that were called Chakras by the Vedas in Ancient India.
This is very likely, since the energies that flow through humans have a common origin and instead on focusing what came first and what later, we must understand that the problem of energies is common to all diseases.
Unlike the chakra therapy, where energy centers coincide with a gland, in Chinese medicine there is a ying yang correspondence with the organs. These are formed into 5 pairs:
- Heart / small intestine,
- Spleen / stomach,
- Lung / large intestine,
- Kidney / bladder
- Liver / gallbladder.
Thus, many of the side chakras will correspond with the energy channels of acupuncture. The main difference is that needles are involved, as a method of toning and dispersion, so the therapy is performed on the base energy.
The harmonization of chakras in traditional Chinese medicine is called Chi Kung (mobilization of the chi energy) and its main points of action in correspondence with the Chakra Therapy are:
- Chakra / Acupuncture point
- Crown / Bai Hui
- Third Eye / Tang Yin
- Throat / Tian Tu
- Heart / Zhan Zhong
- Solar plexus / Zhong Wan
- Sacrum / Guan Yuan or Shi Men
- Root / Hui Yin
When there are cases of more subtle diseases that do not require hospitalization or medical therapy, the patients can improve by themselves. With the help of chakra therapy, an individual can fully open or close their chakras, mobilize their own energy and heal themselves.
These Chakra balancing exercises and techniques will help you cleanse and open your chakras, to remove any blockages or imbalances that are keeping your vital energy from flowing freely through your body. These are all Chakra exercises for beginners, which include mantras, postures, movement and other kinds of easy exercises to heal and balance your chakras every day. Test your Chakra System now to find any current imbalances in your body.
Chakra Balancing Exercises for Beginners
1. First Chakra: How to Open the Root Chakra – Muladhara
Food: Proteins, meat, fish, wine and spicy stews.
Effects of a Blocked Root Chakra:
- Feeling of rootlessness.
- Fear to face everyday life.
- Feelings of guilt
- Lack of concentration.
- Cluelessness (being easily distracted).
- Difficulty to say no.
- Excessive attachment to material possessions or property.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to open or unblock the Root Chakra:
- Aerobic exercise (for the respiratory and circulatory systems) and anaerobic (for muscles and bones).
- Walking (preferably barefoot on sand or grass).
- Sitting, bend over to touch your toes.
- Any kind of dancing or dance exercises (alone or accompanied).
- Jumping on the spot, bending the knees when touching the ground.
- Activities that strengthen self-confidence.
- Trust your body and pamper your inner child.
2. Second Chakra: How to Open your Sexual Chakra – Svadhisthana
Effects of a blocked Second Chakra:
- Fear of enjoyment.
- Sexual Aberrations.
- Contempt of sex.
- Repressions of any kind of pleasure.
- Energy blockages that restrict or limit the free expression of our personality.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to open or activate the Second Chakra:
- Any exercises related to movement and rotation of the hips, to contact, and to water.
- Dances and hip exercises such as Salsa, belly dance, hula hoop.
- Swimming, bathing, showering, jacuzzi, saunas.
- Sexual relations.
- Be aware of your emotions without repressing them. This is energy that wants to get out of your body and express itself.
- Discover the repression and blockages that you have learned since childhood, get rid of your inhibitions, free yourself and enjoy.
3. Third Chakra: How to Open your Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
Food: Carbohydrates, starches.
Effects of a blocked Third Chakra:
- Illnesses of the digestive system.
- Heartburn and ulcers.
- Overweight, thick belly.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Addiction to stimulants.
- Feelings of inferiority, a sense of insecurity and a lack of confidence.
- Feelings of guilt.
- Dissatisfaction with what you feel, you are or do.
- Addiction to power.
- Shutting yourself to others and displaying a cold, calculating and usually bad mood.
- Despite having material abundance, we feel disconnected and dissatisfied.
- Feelings that something keeps us from being happy and fulfilled.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or unlock the Third Chakra:
- The arch: Lie face down, hold your ankles with your hands and do a few swings.
- Release tensions: With a pillow or other object, even with your own feet or hands, hit the bed in order to release your anger when you feel the need to do so.
- Change any habits that bore you.
- Break the routine and inertia that is blocking you.
4. Fourth Chakra: How to Open your Heart Chakra – Anahata
Color: Pink or green.
Food: Vegetables. Oxygen and prana from the air. Green Tea.
Effects of a blocked or imbalanced Fourth Chakra:
- Cardiac and respiratory diseases.
- Inability to love.
- Isolation, disconnection, and selfishness.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate, open or unblock the Heart Chakra:
- Pranayama breathing exercises combined with bandhas (energetic keys) to control your breath.
- Full breathing: Start with a nasal breathing in from the abdomen, chest, and collarbone; then exhale slowly in the same order, expelling all the air.
- Igneous Breathing: Do a series of several abdominal breaths, with your diaphragm expanding and contracting the abdomen.
- Pectoral openings of all kinds: lying back on a pillow or arm of a chair, arch your spine as much as possible, visualize how your heart chakra opens.
- Help someone every day.
- If you hate someone, stop doing it and lovingly show your forgiveness and love.
5. Fifth Chakra: How to Open your Throat Chakra – Vishudha
Color: Light blue and bright turquoise.
Effects of a blocked or imbalanced Fifth Chakra:
- Affections of the throat.
- Voice problems.
- Irritation of the vocal cords.
- Communication problems.
- Being afraid to speak for fear of screwing up.
- Continuous need to talk, babbling.
- Problems with the thyroid gland.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or unblock the Fifth Chakra:
- Repeated and systematic pronunciation of mantras, especially the mantra ‘OM‘.
- With your mouth wide open, stick out your tongue extending every muscle in your face and neck to the maximum, while emitting a loud sound ‘HAM‘ or any other mantra you prefer. Keep this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- Neck twists and neck movements of every kind.
- Scream or yell loudly in a place where you won’t upset or bother anyone.
- Any kind of singing and vocal exercises.
6. Sixth Chakra: How to Open your Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
Food: Dark bluish colored fruits, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grape juice, red wine.
Effects of a malfunctioning Sixth Chakra:
- States of mental confusion.
- Psychological disorders related to vision.
- Vision problems
- Headaches related to vision.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or open the Sixth Chakra:
- Massaging eyes and eyebrows using your fingertips. Keep your eyes closed.
- Circularly massaging the temples and around the eyes.
- Visualize simple geometric shapes.
- Meditate with the Antahkarana symbol.
- Perform guided meditations.
7. Seventh Chakra: How to Open your Crown Chakra – Sahasrara:
Color: White and gold.
Food: None. The Crown Chakra is related to fasting. It can be activated by using incense or herbs.
Effects of having a blocked Seventh Chakra:
- Having a know-it-all attitude and always wanting to be right.
- Dominating and manipulating others to adopt your position or do what you want.
- An Attitude of arrogance.
- Difficulty to think independently, always seeking the support of others to get things done.
- Blind faith in established dogmas, such as social, religious or family patterns.
- Stiff belief systems.
- Narrowness: “Seeing is believing. If I can’t see it, I don’t believe it exists.”
- Difficulty to concentrate and mental dispersion.
- Values oriented towards materialism. Contempt for spiritual aspects of life.
- Expansion of the Ego.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or open the Crown Chakra:
- Any type of meditation and prayer.
- Lying on your back, raise your legs and back, elbows resting while holding the waist.
- Sitting up straight, focus your attention on the “mental emptiness” or a “blank mind” for at least 20 minutes, preferably using a mantra.
This concludes our article on chakra balancing exercises. Make sure to test your Chakra System, and keep reading this blog to learn more about your chakras.
Chakra System Explained. According to Hinduism and some Asian cultures, the chakras are seven energy vortices located in the subtle bodies of human beings, called kama rupa (‘form of desire’) or linga sharira (‘symbolic body’).
Chakra System in the Human Body: Location of the seven chakras
The function of the chakras is to receive, storage, process and distribute prana (‘air’ in the body, which in the West is not considered to be air but a form of invisible and immeasurable energy). Each of these centers resembles an open flower and possess certain colors that are more or less bright depending on the evolutionary state of the person. The chakra system handles a kind of energy that can heal or cause disease. Read about it here: Blocked Chakras Symptoms: Finding Imbalances In Your Chakras.
The Sanskrit word chakra (cakra चक्र in Devanagari) means ‘wheel’ or ‘circle’. The chakra system is aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head. In contemporary practices, a color is assigned to each chakra and they are typically represented as lotuses with different number of petals in each chakra.
The chakra system is known to vitalize the body on physical, emotional and mental levels. The function of the chakras is to maintain spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health balanced. Traditional Chinese medicine also relies on a similar model of the human body as an energy system.
Today, there is a growing interest in chakras. This movement points to a correspondence between the position and role of each chakra and those of the glands in the endocrine system.
The chakras are described in the tantric texts as Sat-Cakra-Nirupana, and Padaka-Pancaka, as energy emanating from the spiritual being and gradually becoming tangible, creating different levels of chakras, and which eventually finds its rest in the Muladhara chakra. Therefore, this system is part of a emanationist theory, like that of the Kabbalah in the West. The energy released in creation, called Kundalini, lies dormant at the base of the spine. It is therefore the purpose of the tantric or kundalini yoga to manifesting this energy, and make it raise through the central channel via the chakras, until union with the Absolute is achieved in the Sahasrara chakra, located in the head.
Chakra System Explained
Besides Indian scriptures, some western authors have tried to explain the chakra system. Several contemporary writers have written their opinions on the chakras in great detail, including the reason for their existence and function.
It is said that the seven chakras reflect how the human sense (the immortal human being or the soul), is divided to handle different aspects of earthly life (body / instinct / vital energy / emotions / communication / contact with the Absolute).
The chakras are associated with different levels of spiritual subtlety, with Sahasrara in the highest position related to pure consciousness, and Muladhara in the lower position being related to the matter.
Origins and Development of the Chakra System
The earliest mention of chakras is found in the Hindu Upanishads, specifically in the Upanishad Brahman and Upanishad Yogatattva. The Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist belief mentions chakras as well.
There are several other models of chakras in other traditions, including Chinese traditional medicine, the Jewish Kabbalah and Islamic Sufism.
The Tantric belief Shakta, has a very detailed book titled The Serpent Power, containing the translation of two Indian texts, the Sat-Chakra-Nirupana, and Padaka-Panchaka. It was written by Sir John Woodroffe (aka Arthur Avalon).
These ideas were developed by C. W. Leadbeater in his controversial book The Chakras, which refers to its own thinking on the subject.
The seven basic chakras
The ancient texts speak of seven major chakras located along the spine, or more precisely in a central nadi along the rachis and to the crown or vertex, called abadhuti, where the serpent called kundalini or shakti will climb, until it meets the Brahman (in the superior chakra), of major importance in the tantra:
The Sahasrara chakra or Crown chakra is the chakra of consciousness, the master chakra which controls the others. Its role is similar to the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to control the rest of the endocrine system, and also connects to the central nervous system through the hypothalamus. It symbolized by a lotus with a thousand petals, in white or violet, it is located on the head, outside the body. Its stone is clear quartz.
The Ajna chakra, Third Eye chakra or Brow chakra is related to the pineal gland. Ajna is the chakra of time, perception and light. Symbolized by a lotus with two petals in indigo. Westerners believe it is related to the pineal gland.
The Vishuddha chakra or Throat chakra is related to communication and growth; growth being a form of expression. Symbolized by a lotus with sixteen petals, in blue. When the individual (yogi) sends the kundalini energy to this chakra, it develops siddhis (extrasensory powers). Westerners believe that this chakra is related to the thyroid, a gland in the throat that produces various hormones responsible for growth and development.
The Anahata chakra or heart chakra is related to emotions, compassion, love, balance and well-being. Symbolized by a twelve-petalled lotus in green. According to western views, it is related to the thymus gland, which in addition to being part of the endocrine system is part of the immune system. It is responsible for defending the body against pathogens, ie agents that cause stress and disease.
The Manipura chakra, Solar Plexus chakra or Umbilical chakra is related to digestion and assimilation, and corresponds to the roles of external adrenal glands or pancreas. It is symbolized by a lotus with ten petals in yellow.
The Swadhisthana chakra, Sacral chakra or Splenic chakra is related to sexuality and creativity. It is symbolized by a lotus with six petals in orange. It is linked to the testicles. According to Western it also relates to a woman’s ovaries.
The Muladhara chakra or Root chakra represents our physical, vital and ancestral roots. It is located at the base of the coccyx, between the anus and genitals, and its function in the body is related to the strength of bones, teeth, nails, intestine, legs and feet. It is the primary energy on developing other chakras, and it is symbolized by a lotus flower with four petals in crimson.
Each chakra is a vortex of energy in miniature, rotating in counterclockwise direction. Each chakra has two connected ends, one for the front of the body and one for the back. Depending on the health of the person and its evolution, it will “shine”, open and rotate with various levels of speed and energy. The more evolved the person is, the more open the chakras will be, and the more harmonious rotation and brightness it will have. As the person grows they open from bottom to top.
Upon moments of strong emotional intensity, the chakra related to the situation will increase its activity responding with sensations of tingling, buzzing, sometimes even pain. This is why the chakra system is explained usually as vortexes of energy located in the body that have to do both with biological functions, but also mental and emotional functions, that allow us to interact with the energy of the environment and the emotional energy of others.
The colors that represent chakras are arranged in the same way as those covered by human perception. One could ask whether the correspondence between the electromagnetic energy in which we perceive colors, and the different chakras, might imply a relationship between the different energies represented by them and their effects on the human body. The Muladhara represented with the color red is associated with the same concepts that this color is associated in other human areas as interior decoration and esotericism. You could create your own intuitive association between the effects of the energy released from that color and how your body processes it, based on an energy center that responds to it at a very subtle level.
Chakra System and Anatomy. Humans have energy centers throughout the body that are connected to major organs and glands, which regulate other parts of the body. Each of these energy centers is called chakra (Sanskrit word meaning wheel).
How does the Chakra system work? A chakra is similar to a vortex rotating in a circular motion forming a void in the center that attracts whatever is in your particular vibrational level.
It is said that our body contains hundreds of key chakras for functioning. These “spinning wheels” attract encoded information from our environment. The encoded information may be of any type: a color vibration, an ultraviolet radiation, a radio wave or microwave, or even the aura of another person. In essence, our chakras are affected by the environment, this includes people who are around us (that’s is why their moods can affect us). In addition, our chakra system also radiates a certain vibrational energy.
It is said that we have seven major chakras and each of these is connected to our being through different levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. On the physical level, each chakra governs a main organ or gland and connects it to other parts of the body which resonate at the same frequency.
The Chakra System in our Body
Each system in our anatomy, such as a system of organs and glands, is connected to a chakra and each chakra is connected to a vibrational frequency of color. For example, the heart chakra governs the thymus gland but is also in charge of the correct functioning of the heart, lungs, bronchi system, lymph nodes, secondary circulatory system, immune system, like the arm and hands. This chakra resonates with the color green.
The main seven chakras are aligned along the spine. When an interference at any level occurs, this is manifested in the level of vitality of that chakra. Moreover, each of the seven major chakras has its own intelligence center, which means that each chakra is associated not only with our physical health, but also controls aspects of our emotional, mental and belief systems.
The names of the seven major chakras and teachers organs that each rule is as follows:
When part of a chakra is out of sync it may affect its other parts and possibly their neighbor chakras, which means the entire chakra system works as a unit. If a chakra is out of balance, usually it means you are too active or too inactive, or possibly congested or blocked. When this happens, you can usually feel it as a mental, emotional and / or physical plane manifesting it as a disease. To help balance your chakra system, either on an emotional, intellectual, physical or spiritual level – it is important to introduce vibrations that resonate with the same frequency of the affected chakra(s).
Chakra System Anatomy Blockages
When we experience an incident in our lives to which we respond with fear, anger, anxiety, etc., these emotions become stagnate energy patterns in our auric field. If these low vibration and emotions are not released from our field naturally, they will eventually migrate to different wheels in our chakra system. For example, an emotional experience related to family matters that have not been clarified, ends up migrating to our root chakra. Once these energies come to the root chakra, this chakra will be partially or completely blocked; due to the low vibration and mass that charge these energies. The severity of a blocked chakra is directly related to the number and intensity of these low frequency vibration experiences one has had in life. Each chakra stores issues of different emotional nature.
When the chakras are completely blocked, the universal energy can not nourish or sustain the physical body. And since the universal energy is the life force, a blockage in the chakra system will eventually lead to imbalance and disease in the physical body.
When our chakras are in a harmonious state of flow with the universal energies, our lives will reflect a balanced state of being; allowing us to enjoy being free from any imbalance or emotional, mental, physical or spiritual disease.
Chakra System Anatomical Functions
Each Chakra governs mental and anatomic functions, as follows:
The amount of physical energy, will to live.
The quality of love for the opposite sex, giving and receiving physical, sexual, mental and spiritual pleasure. Amounts of sexual energy.
Solar Plexus Chakra:
Great pleasure and expansion, spiritual wisdom and awareness of the universality of life. Who you are in the universe. Healing, will towards health.
Feelings of love for other human beings, openness to life. Will towards the outside world.
Sense of self, within society and one’s profession. Take and assimilate.
Third Eye Chakra:
Ability to visualize and understand mental concepts. Ability to carry out the ideas in a practical way.
The integration of the total personality with life, and the spiritual aspects of humanity.
Chakra System and Anatomy
The life force of the human energy system directs energy through the layers of subtle energy bodies. It is the living of us moving to our limbs, and allowing us to feel emotions and make use of our free will. It encourages our minds and keeps us from stress. The life force exists in all life forms and is the same whether you are a human being, an animal or a plant. It differs in form, but it is the same force in all living beings. It is what sets apart life and non-life.
This force directs our physical energies, using the chakra system as an energy driver to move through the physical body. The energy moves through the chakras, stimulating the flow of hormones in the endocrine glands. These, in turn, affect the biochemistry of the body and the speed at which the body uses energy. On the physical level this is what we call metabolism.
When our body stores an excess of heat or liquids, it affects how the body processes energy. Excessive heat, which can be unexpressed anger, causes inflammation of blood. This stagnation of fluid in the body causes excessive mucus and catarrh and can lead to tumors if left untreated.
Our physical bodies are energy maps. The body has its own mind, but acts as a mirror of the higher mind, showing us when there is an imbalance. We have to read the body as a map of emotional distress to understand what is happening at a deep level. This shows when there is constriction, or when there is not enough energy in the system.
The body uses energy that is released by the chakras. If the chakra system is congested, the energy filtering becomes slow. This can be experienced as coldness and a lack of vital energy. You may feel tired, moody, or constipated. Too much energy in the chakra appears as heat, irritability, and stagnation.