Sahasrara Chakra

Seventh Chakra | Crown ChakraSahasrara Chakra
>>Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
>>Color: white/violet
>>Element: space
>>Development: early adulthood onwards
>>Location: crown of the head (cerebral cortex)
>>Balanced Qualities: connection with divine
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Imbalanced Qualities: negativity, separation, duality
>>Main Right: to know, to Learn
>>Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: brain
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Balancing poses that bring awareness to the body and the consciousness like One-legged prayer pose – Eka pada pranamasana and Eagle pose - Garudasana

Sahasrara chakra is not technically a chakra, rather the culmination of all the chakras. ‘Sahasrara’ means infinite, just like the name suggests, this junction is said to be infinite, the seat of the soul, the place where final liberation is achieved.
It represents total unification, harmony and fulfillment.
The Sahasrara Chakra is located on the top of the head. It is also known as the “Thousand-Petalled Lotus,” a symbol of complete, unfolding Consciousness.
The correlating mantra is the same as for Anja Chakra, the original sound OM.
The positive attributes of the Sahasrara Chakra are freedom, omnipresent, omniscient and true bliss. Misdirected Manifestations include poor balance, lack of purpose or spiritual exploration.

Ajna Chakra

Sixth Chakra | Third Eye ChakraAjna Chakra
>>Sanskrit Name: Ajna
>>Color: indigo
>>Element: light
>>Development: adolescence
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Location: Third Eye (space between eyebrows)
>>Balanced Qualities: intention and intuition
>>Imbalanced Qualities: lack of direction
>>Main Right: to see
>>Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: eyes and ears.
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Child's Pose - Shashankasana and palming the eyes and eye circles and Meditation/guided visualization/sense withdrawal

‘Anja’ means to know. Ajna Chakra is situated in the middle of the head behind the eyebrow centre. It is associated with the face, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, cerebellum, and the central nervous system.
Ajna chakra connects all the senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, and also extrasensory perception. It is often symbolised by the colour violet and a lotus flower with two petals. Its corresponding mantra is AUM.
The positive attributes of the Ajna Chakra are true knowledge, inspiration and intuition. Misdirected Manifestations include confusion, indecision and uninspired.

Vishuddhi Chakra

Fifth Chakra | Throat ChakraVishuddhi Chakra
>>Sanskrit Name: Vishuddhi
>>Color: blue
>>Element: sound
>>Development: 7 – 12 years
>>Location: throat
>>Balanced Qualities: open communication
>>Imbalanced Qualities: withdrawn
>>Main Right: to express oneself
>>Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: throat, lungs, sinuses
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Roaring Lion - Simhagarjanasana, neck stretches and shoulder openers like Shoulderstand Sarvangasana and Plow Pose - Halasana
‘Visha’ translates to impurity, and ‘shuddhi’ means purify, just as the name suggests, this chakra is the purifying energy centre within the being. Vishuddhi Chakra is situated in the throat. It is associated with the neck, throat, jaw, ears, voice, trachea, brochial tubes, upper lungs, esophagus, arms and Thyroid gland.
Vishuddhi chakra is connected with the element of space, also known as ether, and the sense of hearing. It is often symbolised by a pale blue colour and a lotus flower with sixteen petals. Its corresponding mantra is HAM.
The positive attributes of the Vishuddhi Chakra are clear communication, freedom of expression and expansion. Misdirected Manifestations include anxiety, lack of freedom, restriction, thyroid and throat problems.

Anahata Chakra

The Fourth Chakra | Heart ChakraAnahata Chakra

>>Sanskrit Name: Anahata
>>Color: green
>>Element: air
>>Development: 4 – 7 years
>>Location: heart center
>>Balanced Qualities: love for oneself
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Imbalanced Qualities: depression, seclusion
>>Main Right: to love and be loved
>>Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: circulatory system, heartChakras are major junctions of energy within the body.
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Chest openers like Camel - Ustrasana, Fish - Matsyasana. Also Pranayama (breathing exercises) like Deep Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing and Heart Gesture - Hridaya Mudra
‘Anahad’ translates to unstruck, unbeaten, this is the harmonious center of love. Anahata chakra is situated in the centre of the chest, close to the heart. It is associated with the upper back, thorax and thoracic cavity, lower lungs, heart, the skin and the circulatory and lymphatic system.
The corresponding element is Air. Air represents freedom and expansion. This means that in this Chakra our consciousness can expand into infinity.
Anahata Chakra governs the sense of touch and is often symbolised by the colour green and a lotus flower with twelve petals. Its corresponding mantra is YAM.
The positive attributes of Anahata Chakra are love, understanding, forgiveness and empathy. Misdirected Manifestations include jealousy, sorrow and despair.
When completely opened, this chakra forms the center of true "unconditional" love.

Manipura Chakra

Manipura Chakra

The Third Chakra | Solar Plexus Chakra
>>Sanskrit Name: ManipuraManipura Chakra
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Color: yellow
>>Element: fire
>>Development: 18 months – 4 years
>>Location: Solar Plexus
>>Balanced Qualities: confidence
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Imbalanced Qualities: low self esteem, lack of vision
>>Main Right: to be
Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: intestines, stomach
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Heat building poses like Sun Salutation - Surya Namaskar, twists like Half Spinal Twist - Ardha Matsyendhrasana, and abdominal strengtheners like Boat Pose - Naukasana

‘Mani’ translates to jewel and ‘pura’  means city, thus, Manipura chakra s also known as the city of jewels.
The Manipura Chakra is situated behind the navel. It is associated with the lower back, abdomen, digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder and autonomic nervous system.
Manipura Chakra is connected with the fire element and manifests in the body as heat. This energy center governs the sense of sight and is often symbolised by the colour yellow and a lotus flower with ten petals. Its corresponding mantra is RAM.
The positive attributes of the Manipura Chakra are vitality, power, will and achievement.
Misdirected Manifestations include self-doubt, egotism and arrogance.

Swadhishthana Chakra

The Second Chakra | Sacral ChakraSwadhishthana Chakra
>>Sanskrit Name: Swadhishthana
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Color: orange
>>Element: water
>>Development: 6 months – 2 years
>>Location: lower abdomen, below the navel
>>Balanced Qualities: sensuality, sexuality
>>Imbalanced Qualities: sexual dysfunction, lack of sensation
>>Main Right: To Feel
>>Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: reproductive organs
>>Postures that Balance Chakra: Hip opening poses like Legs spread back stretch pose - Pada Prasar Paschimottanasana, Cobra pose - Bhujangasana and Locust pose - Shalabhasana

‘Swa’ translates to one’s own and ‘adhishthana’ means dwelling or abode.
Swadhishthana Chakra is situated at the lower end of the sacrum, the base of the spine. It is associated with the reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder and all fluid within the body.
Swadhishthana chakra is connected with the element of water and the sense of taste.
It is often symbolised by the colour orange, a lotus flower with six petals and relates to the unconscious aspect of our nature. Its corresponding mantra is VAM.
The positive attributes of the Swadhishthana Chakra are joy, faith, self-confidence and energy. Misdirected Manifestations include jealousy, desire, lust and pride.

Mooladhara Chakra

MooladharaThe First Chakra |Root Chakra

>>Sanskrit: Mooladhara
>>Color: red
>>Element: earth
>>Development: from womb to 12 months of age.
>>Location: base of the spine
>>Balanced Qualities: groundedness, stability
>>Imbalanced Qualities: unsettled feelings and tendencies
>>Main Right: to have and to be present
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Body Location Where Physical Issues May Occur: legs and feet


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Postures that Balance Chakra: Grounding into feet poses like Palm tree pose - Tadasana, Side-Angle Pose - Parsvakonasana and Warrior Pose - Virabhadrasana

‘Moola’ translates to root and ‘ashara’ means support thus, this centre is also known as the base chakra.
Mooladhara Chakra is located at the perineum in men and posterior to the cervix in women.

It relates to the lower limbs and eliminatory organs and is associated with the bones, teeth, nails, prostate gland and blood.
Mooladhara chakra is connected with the element of earth and the sense of smell.

It is often symbolised by the colour red and a lotus flower with four petals. Its corresponding mantra is LAM.

The positive attributes of the Mooladhara Chakra are loyalty, courage, steadfastness and groundedness. Misdirected Manifestations include stubbornness, laziness, inertia and domination by one's physical desires.

A balanced or clear Root Chakra is steady and grounded. If unbalanced or blocked, one can have issues with survival—both financially and domestic. Trust and appropriate boundaries can also be challenged.

The main right of your First Chakra is for you to find more safety and grounding so that you can trust in the wisdom of your body with your surroundings.