We’ve all heard about chakras from yoga instructors, television programs, metaphysical and crystal shops, and those providing healing energy work. Often, they talk opening chakras to improve energy flow and wellness.
A chakra is an energy point or node in the subtle body. The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to disk or wheel. In yoga and meditation, “chakra” refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. Chakras are believed to be part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such, are the meeting points of the subtle energy through which the life force (Prana) or vital energy moves. There are seven (7) main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. Each chakra correlates with a major endocrine gland. To visualize the chakras, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where consciousness and matter meet and spinning clockwise when healthy, open, and functioning properly. This invisible energy is considered vital life force keeping us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
There are several ways to enhance this energy flow. The different postures you hold in a yoga class is designed to open the different chakras. Meditation can also help in balancing and opening your chakras. For those new to meditation, sitting while being consciously quiet for 5 minutes is a good way to start. One of the most effective way to open and balance your chakras would be to receive hands on energy work, such as Healing Touch TM — one of the most widely recognized and regulated forms of energy work. I practice yoga, meditation and Healing Touch TM in my life and prescribe for patients in my clinical practice.
Here are the seven main chakras:
2. Sacral Chakra (Splenic) — Honors the Creative. Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. Adrenal glands; regulates the immune system and metabolism. Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra — Honors the Life Force. Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. Pancreas; regulates metabolism. Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
4. Heart Chakra — Honors the Heart. Our ability to love. Thymus gland; regulates the immune system. Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
5. Throat Chakra — Honors Communication. Our ability to communicate. Thyroid gland; regulates body temperature and metabolism. Location: Throat.
7. Crown Chakra — Honors Spiritual Connectedness. The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Pineal gland; regulates biological cycles, including sleep. Location: The very top of the head.