Here is a link that gives an overview of the 7 chakras as interpreted by Caroline Myess. Just point at each colored circle to see the information. www.myss.com/chakra/chakrasflash.asp If you'd like to read more, pick up a copy of her Anatomy of Spirit.
The chakras are the seven main energy centers in the body. They are located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. The chakras are described as "whirling disks of light", and each chakra radiates a specific color and energy. As each chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological and body issues, conscious awareness and balancing of these energy centers leads to well-being.
**The First Chakra: Root The first Chakra, Muladhara (root), is located at the base of the spine. Its color is red and its issues are survival, stability, and self-sufficiency. *Affirmation: May I be able to nourish and nurture my self, be grounded, stable, and feel connected to the oneness of life/universe. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Staff posture Bound angle Bridge Crab Half wind relieving Full wind relieving Locust Child Half warrior *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Mudra: Ganesha Mantra: Lam Bandha: Mula Bandha Meditation: Root Chakra Meditation
**The Second Chakra: Sensual The second Chakra, Svadhisthana (sweetness), is located at the lower abdomen (between belly button and pubic bone). Its color is orange and its issues are sexuality, creativity, relationships and emotions. *Affirmation: May I be at home and at ease in my body, and find balance in my relationships between myself (or my self) and others. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Cobra Boat Seated forward bend Supine bound angle Dog Cat Puppy Seated angle Balancing bear Frog *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Pranayama: Dirga and Kapalabhati Mudra: Yoni Mantra: Vam Bandha: Uddiyana Bandha
**The Third Chakra: Power The third Chakra, Manipura (lustrous gem), is located at the solar plexus (between belly button and bottom of rib cage). Its color is yellow and its issues are personal power, self esteem, willfulness and energy. *Affirmation: May I be able to honor myself, be who I am in the world, and express that power without fear. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Bow Seated forward bend Upward boat Inclined plane Warrior I Warrior II Half circle *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Mudra: Surya Mantra: Ram
**The Fourth Chakra: Love The fourth Chakra, Anahata (not struck), is located at the heart (center of the chest). Its color is green and its issues are love, compassion, acceptance, and trust. *Affirmation: May I be free to feel my true feelings, desires and passions, and be at home in my heart. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Fish Standing yoga mudra Pigeon Camel Standing backbend Prayer twist *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Mudra: Hridaya and Anjali Mantra: Yam Meditation: Heart Chakra Meditation
**The Fifth Chakra: Communication The fifth Chakra, Vissudha (purification), is located at the throat. Its color is bright blue and its issues are communication, inspiration, expression, and faith. *Affirmation: May I be able to express my feelings with ease, and be balanced between heart and mind. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Fish Camel Standing backbend Half shoulder stand Plow *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Pranayama: Ujjayi Mantra: Hum Bandha: Jalandhara Bandha
**The Sixth Chakra: Perception The sixth Chakra, Ajna (to perceive), is located between the eyebrows, just above the bridge of the nose. Its color is indigo blue and its issues are psychic, emotional and mental intelligence, and intuition. *Affirmation: May I see and perceive clearly on every level, and seek only the truth. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: Staff posture Bound angle Bridge Crab Half wind relieving Full wind relieving Locust Child Half warrior *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Mudra: Hakini Mantra: Om Meditation: Third Eye Meditation
**The Seventh Chakra: Universal Connection The seventh Chakra, Sahasrara (thousand petaled), is located at the crown (top) of the head. Its color is white or violet and its issues are devotion, inspiration, selflessness, and spiritual understanding. *Affirmation: May I have a clear and open connection with source energy (spirit), and live in the present moment. *Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra: seated yoga mudra head stand prep mountain *Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra: Mudra: Rudra and Jnana Mantra: Silence Meditation: Crown Chakra Meditation
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