The Sanskrit word chakras translate as “wheel”. Chakras are spiritual energy centers located within the body, which closely reflects our state of health, psychic abilities, spiritual growth, and consciousness. They take a form of various vibrating vortexes that spin in from the front and out to the back of the body. There are 7 or 9 major chakras, (depending what tradition you reference, we will reference seven) and many minor chakras in the body. The Yoga kundalini Upanishad (an ancient yogic book written 4000 or 5000 B.C.) Discussing various subjects of self-relationship also describe the chakras. It is something the ancient wisdom included in self-inquiry.
Similar to how our body functions automatically the chakra also operate automatically. They are not physically seen yet they can be felt. When we feel another person’s energy, we may describe them as having a “good or bad vibration”, this has a direct link to the energy in our chakras, thoughts, and emotions. The chakras are interdependent on each other for harmony and balance.
The location of Chakras and their associated endocrine gland.
The chakras centers also represent the body’s major systems: excretion, reproduction, digestion, circulation, respiration and the complex functions of cognition. The seventh chakra is sometimes referred to as the center of consciousness. The seven ductless glands that make up the endocrine system, which governs our hormones, are also connected to one of these major chakras in the body. They also connect to different glands and nerve plexus in the body.
Most of the major chakras are closely situated near the spine. In yoga, the spine is also known as the highway of consciousness. The mind and body are in constant communication through the highway of the spine, from the energy of thoughts, and communicating hormones. The Ancient philosophers of the East relate the functions or malfunctions in our chakras related to the changes of our own inner tattvas, the five basic elements held also within each body, of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Akasha ( ether).
These elements are constantly rising and falling like the waves in the ocean with our emotional state and our own circadian rhythms.
The chakras are able to process the energy received and convert it into chemical, hormonal and nervous information via the nadis and the spine so that the body can respond at the physical level. The chakras are therefore responsible for the cellular activity within the body through this conversion of energy into matter.
Each chakra is associated with a specific color, physical functions, an aspect of consciousness, an element, and other distinguishing characteristics.
Each chakra is connected to our being on all levels, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. When a chakra is out of balance it can mean it’s either depleted or excessive. When its out of sync its usually felt on a mental and emotional or physical level. Western medicine and schools are not taught about chakras and they disregard the emotional body, opposite to how the ancient medicine practices of the east incorporates mind, body and spirit integrating the emotional bodies, are included in Chinese, Ayurveda, Korean, Tibetan medicine.
Spiritually and mentally when the chakras are balanced and energy is flowing freely, we feel more connected to not only ourselves but with all life.
There are many reasons why chakras get blocked. This can happen through an emotional upset, such as conflict, loss, or accident. Fear, trauma, anxiety, and stress are common causes of chakra malfunction. Unhealthy food and thoughts also contribute to blockages. Usually, it’s created from a suppressed charged emotion held within the bodies that need to be transformed. As energy cannot be destroyed only transformed.
When blocks accumulate in the energy center, a disruption in the flow of energy through the chakras result, it is these blocks that disrupt the harmony in the field and eventually are the cause of disease, as well as, emotional and mental disorders in the physical body. The emotions cannot move and stay stuck within the bodies.
Removing energy blocks
There is not an easy generic answer to how you remove energy blocks in your chakras. There are many factors to consider as its different for each body. It does require a lot of personal investigation, compassion, forgiveness, love, and acceptance. Since we are not just physical we need to look at all aspects of our mind, body, spirit connection.
Emotionally – What trauma is being suppressed? Think about when you were hurt the most and ask if this specific situation still has a charge when you think about it today?
Mentally – Do you have any harmful repetitive thoughts toward yourself or other
Physically – What kind of unhealthy foods or habits could be harming your bodies?
What is the endocrine gland associated with the area where the block is held?
One of the most important fundamental factors in healing is creating harmony with all your relations, starting with yourself. Cultivating Love for yourself and everyone who has hurt you. This is not easy but requires your willingness to forgive, have compassion and love from those who hurt you, so that pain is no longer kept in the body.
Meditation, deep breathing, movement, sounding, exercise are some ways to move energy blocks within the bodies of the chakras.
Medical science has proven that toxins and other impurities, which include negative thoughts, chemical enhancements in our food and other poor environmental factors, influence our body. Constant forms of “pollution” can cause chakra imbalances to manifest, which may eventually affect us on a physical level. If there is a disturbance on any level, this shows in a chakra’s vitality level, and each of the seven main chakras has its own innate intelligence and function. It is up to each individual to improve his or her health conditions, because of our innate wisdom; we can be our best health advocate by just tuning in to our intuition.
Understanding the chakra system is more about how you can help improve your own state of health, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. If you wanted to go into a serious practice of each chakra it’s recommended that you work on one chakra from 1-6 months before going to the next chakra. Our 300 Hr chakra based Yoga teacher trainings coming up in March 2018 in Goa, India would be a good start if you want to explore the inner worlds of the subtle bodies with guidance and support.