Chakras: Sanskrit for "Wheels of Light".
Chakras are recognized by Eastern medicine as spinning vortices of pure energy centers in the physical body, and also referred to as "lotuses". Located along the center of the spine, when open and clear, they draw energy or "chi" in to flow freely through them on a vibrational level. It is believed that balancing one's chakras is beneficial to well being, and as a way of uniting the individual soul with the universal soul. This is achieved through the use of color, gemstones/crystals, scents/oils/candles, and yoga techniques. Each chakra has its own purpose, associations and connections as described below:
The Root Chakra
Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Mantra (chant): LAM
Location: feet to pubic bone
Deals with: physical identity, survival, stability, instinctual nature, ambition, and self-sufficiency
Governs: bones, teeth, nails, adrenals, kidneys, lower digestive functions, excretory functions, and sexual activity
Physical Dysfunctions: tiredness, poor sleep, lower back pain, sciatica, constipation, depression, immune related disorders, obesity and eating disorders
Psychological and Emotional Issues: ungrounded, afraid, rage and anger, self esteem, survival, security, obsessed with comfort, alienated, possessive
Balanced Chakra: feeling grounded, centered, committed and independent, having energy and vitality, strength and stillness, able to digest foods well
Yoga Poses that Balance the Root Chakra: Grounding into feet poses like Mountain Pose, Side-Angle Pose, Warrior Pose, Standing Forward Bend & Bridge Pose.
Related Gemstones: Agate, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Garnet, Obsidian, Ruby, Smoky Quartz
Related Essential Oils: Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Marjoram, Myrrh
RECOMMENDED RED CRYSTALS
Red Agate, Bloodstone (Red Jasper), Hematite, Garnet, Ruby, Pyrite, Mahogany Obsidian, Red Carnelian, Copper, Strawberry Quartz
RECOMMENDED PINK CRYSTALS
Rose quartz, Pink Tourmaline, Pink Topaz, Pink Coral, Pink Danburite, Kunzite, Pink Calcite, Pink Sapphire', Strawberry Quartz, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite.
The Sacral Chakra
Represents our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: situated at the base of the pubis between the genitals and the sacral nerve plexus
Deals with: emotional identity, creativity, desire, pleasure and self-gratification, procreation, and personal relationships
Governs: sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine, auto immune system
Physical Dysfunctions: lower back pain, sciatica, decreased libido, pelvic pain, urinary problems, poor digestion, low resistance to infection and viruses, tiredness, hormonal imbalances, menstrual problems
Psychological and Emotional Issues: irritability, shyness, guilt, blame, sexual obsession, power, money, control, lack of creativity, morality
Balanced Chakra: feeling compassionate, friendly, intuitive, vital, sexual, satisfied, prosperous, having a sense of belonging and humour
Yoga Poses that Balance the Sacral Chakra: Hip opening poses like Standing Wide Forward Bend, Sitting Wide Forward Bend, and Bound Angle Pose.
Related Gemstones: Amber, Carnelian, Coral, Garnet, Moonstone, Orange Tourmaline
Related Essential Oils: Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood
RECOMMENDED ORANGE CRYSTALS
Agate, Amber, Orange Coral, Orange Topaz, Carnelian, Cinnabar, Orange Spinel, Orange Garnet, Orange Agate, Orange Jasper, Orange Zircon, Sunstone, Coral (all shades), Peach Calcite, Rose quartz, Peach Onyx
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Represents our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Sense: sight, form and color
Location: situated at the level of the belly button corresponding to the gastric or solar plexus
Deals with: sense of belonging, mental understanding of emotions, defines self-esteem, personal power, stamina, thought, will, success, ego
Governs: upper abdomen, gallbladder, liver, middle spine, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach
Physical Dysfunctions: diabetes, pancreatitis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases, stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, anorexia/bulimia, low blood pressure
Psychological and Emotional Issues: lack of self-esteem, timid, depression, issues with self image and fear of rejection, inability to make decisions, judgmental, perfectionism, anger, rage, hostility
Balanced Chakra: energetic, confident, intelligent, decisive, productive, good digestion, mental focus
Postures that Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra: Heat building poses like Sun Salutation, Warrior Pose, bends like Bow, twists like Half Twist, and abdominal strengtheners like Boat Pose.
Related Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Jasper, Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline
Related Essential Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Golden Yarrow, Peppermint, Rosemary
RECOMMENDED YELLOW CRYSTALS
Golden/Yellow Topaz, Amber, Citrine, Golden Beryl, Rutilated Quartz, Yellow Chalcedony, Yellow Apatite
The Heart Chakra
Represents our ability to love.
Colous: green or pink
Location: situated on the chest in the region of the heart
Deals with: social identity, trust, forgiveness, unconditional love, wisdom, stability, mental patience, compassion, emotional empowerment, issues of the soul
Governs: heart, rib cage, blood, circulatory system, lungs and diaphragm, thymus gland, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands
Physical Dysfunctions: thoracic spine, upper back and shoulder problems, asthma, heart conditions, shallow breathing, pneumonia
Psychological and Emotional Issues: difficulty with love, lack of hope, compassion, confidence, despair, moody, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, anxiety
Balanced Chakra: feeling of completeness and wholeness, compassionate, empathic, friendly, optimistic, motivated, nurturing, outgoing
Yoga Poses that Balance the Heart Chakra: Chest openers like Camel, Cobra Pose, Fish Pose. Breathing exercises like Deep Breathing and Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Related Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Green Tourmaline, Malachite, Peridot, Adventurine, Prehnite, Green Chalcedony
Related Essential Oils: Lavender, Jasmine, Marjoram
RECOMMENDED OLIVE GREEN CRYSTALS: Olivine, Peridot, Jade, Aventurine, Serpentine, Green Garnet, Prehnite, Green Apatite, Green Vesuvianite, Chrome Diopside, Chrysoberyl
RECOMMENDED LIGHT GREEN CRYSTALS: Hiddenite, Green Calcite, Aquamarine, Green Smithsonite
RECOMMENDED GREEN CRYSTALS: Jade, Malachite, Olivine, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Green Smithsonite, Aquamarine, Green Apatite, Hiddenite, Green Calcite, Green Garnet
The Throat Chakra
Represents our ability to communicate.
Element: sound or wind
Colors: blue & turquoise
Location: situated on the level of the throat
Deals with: communication, creativity, learning to take responsibility for one's own needs, confession, faith, truthfulness, self-knowledge, intuition, synthesis, expression
Governs: throat, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, trachea, cervical vertebrae, vocal cords, neck, shoulder, arms, hands, esophagus, mouth, teeth, gums
Physical Dysfunctions: thyroid dysfunctions, sore throat, stiff neck, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, gum or tooth problems, teeth grinding, scoliosis, laryngitis, hearing problems
Psychological and Emotional Issues: faith, decision making, will, personal expression, creativity, criticism, addiction
Balanced Chakra: Creative and expressive, constructive communication, contentment, centered, conscious listening, positive self expression
Yoga Poses that Balance the Throat Chakra: Fish Pose, Lion Pose and neck stretches/ shoulder openers like Supported Shoulder Stand, Camel, Bridge Pose, and Plow Pose.
Related Gemstones: Angelite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Opal, Blue Quartz, Chryoscolla, Lapis, Turquoise
Related Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, SageLink
RECOMMENDED TURQUOISE CRYSTALS
Aquamarine, Boulder Opal, Black Opal, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Apatite, Amazonite, Indicolite Tourmaline.
RECOMMENDED BLUE CRYSTALS
Blue Turquoise, Blue Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Blue Topaz, Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Kyanite, Sodalite, Blue Calcite, Rainbow Moonstone, Chalcedony
The Third Eye Chakra
Represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Sense: extra sensory perception
Mantra: AUM or OM
Location: situated between the eyebrows (Third Eye)
Deals with: self-knowledge, wisdom, intellect, clairvoyance, action of ideas, detachment, insight, understanding, intuitive reasoning, visualization
Governs: brain, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary gland, pineal glands, neurological system
Physical Dysfunctions: headaches, nightmares, eyestrain, learning disabilities, panic, depression, blindness, deafness, seizures, spinal dysfunctions
Psychological and Emotional Issues: judgment, evaluation, concept of reality, confusion, fear of truth, discipline, lack of concentration
Balanced Chakra: ability to think reality into existence, imagination, intuition, concentration and focus
Poses that Balance the Third Eye Chakra: Meditation/guided visualization/sense withdrawal, and Seated Yoga, Child's Pose and palming the eyes and eye sockets.
Related Gemstones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Purple Fluorite, Sugalite, Quartz
Related Essential Oils: Mint, Jasmine
RECOMMENDED ROYAL BLUE CRYSTALS
Azurite, Blue Sapphire, Lapis lazuli, Tanzanite, Sodalite
The Crown Chakra
Represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Sense: empathy, unity
Location: crown of the head
Deals with: intuitive knowing, connection to spirituality, duality, emotional feelings, integration of the whole, conscious awareness
Governs: top center of the head and midline above the ears, brain, nervous system, pineal gland
Physical Dysfunctions: chronic exhaustion, sensitivity to light and sound
Psychological and Emotional Issues: lack of purpose, loss of identity, disbelief in any spiritual realities, trust, selflessness, apathy, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics, sense of fear, materialism
Balanced Chakra: feeling at one with the universe, open-minded, intelligent, thoughtful, understand and learn information more easily
Poses that Balance The Crown Chakra: Balancing poses that bring awareness to the body and the consciousness like the Tree and Eagle Poses.
Related Gemstones: Amber, Diamond, Moldavite
Related Essential Oils: Blilbanum or Lotus
RECOMMENDED VIOLET CRYSTALS
Amethyst, Sugilite', Charoite, Purple Flourite, Lepidolite, Tanzanite, Purple Apatite
The 8th & 9th Chakras
We have the ability to mirror, and therefore recognize ourselves. Clear reflects all the color rays. Represents transparency and reflection.
What we see in others, is what is in ourselves. It holds the energy of purification and cleansing.
CLEAR, WHITE, SILVER and GOLD are the energy colors of the 8th & 9th chakras.
RECOMMENDED CLEAR CRYSTALS:
Clear Agate, Diamond, White Moonstone, White Opal, Clear Quartz, Clear Zircon, Herkimer Diamond, Clear Calcite, White Coral, Clear Topaz, Selenite, Clear Danburite, Clear Zircon.
RECOMMENDED GOLD CRYSTALS:
Amber, Golden Tiger Eye, Golden Topaz, Citrine, Honey Calcite, Yellow Beryl, Pyrite, Gold, Rutilated Quartz.