Chakras For Beginners
Chakras For Beginners, Fancy a little chakra trip? You learn a lot – about yourself and his big and small sensitivities.
“Chakra” – the word has been heard before. There are T-shirts with chakra symbols or even cups and yoga mats on which the chakras are displayed, and maybe even one or the other has a CD with chakra meditations. But if you ask the (mat) neighbors, you get to the question of what such a chakra is or should be, rarely an enlightening answer. Consensus, however, is for the most part: the word that sounds so intangible has certainly spiritual meaning.
Right. The chakra doctrine is a philosophical and meditation system originating in India that deals with invisible energy centers. Doctrine describes one of many ways in which man can reach his goals. Since it is very vivid and easy to implement on everyday life, it is now widely used in the West – and a nice enrichment of our way of thinking.
What are the chakras?
Chakras are subtle energy vortexes in and out of the body, that is to say neither organically nor the soul. In yoga, meditation, Reiki, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurveda, chakras have been firmly established for millennia. The knowledge about them has its origin, like all other basic energetic concepts, philosophical writings of Hinduism mentioned in the Vedic scriptures and the Upanishads.
It has been preserved and transmitted in different ways in different cultures. The Tibetans say that they have the deepest knowledge of the chakras, but this will only be passed on orally and in the original language. In Europe, the hitherto traditional knowledge of chakras was lost with Christianization. It was not until the last century that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and anthroposophy founder Rudolf Steiner revived the teaching.
With Chakra – the term comes from the Sanskrit and means in the literal translation wheel, discus, circle – the joints between body and astral body (energy, invisible shell) of the human being are called. Ancient Indian and Tibetan texts mention 72,000 to 350,000 such energy centers.
Seven of the chakras are considered to be the main energy centers of the human and lie along the spine respectively the vertical body axis. The joints are funnel-shaped, protruding several centimeters above the surface of the body. Since chakras are invisible, their recognition and importance has taken a while.
Tasks of the chakras
In simple terms, chakras, such as pumps, function to absorb energy from outside and supply it to the human energy system. Along the spine, the chakras are connected to each other, each of which is associated with a specific body area and these, which, however, in turn, depending on the individual development and state of consciousness are differently formed; their condition determines how much energy gets into the body.
In the worst case, the energy swirls turn quickly, shine strongly and are clear in the colors assigned to them. An “enlightened person” is called Hinduism / Buddhism when all seven chakras are fully open and the life energy (prana) flows without blockages and disturbances.
Each of the seven chakras also represents a particular area of life: at each age, we learn new ways of living harmoniously with what we currently perceive as our environment. If we experience the learning steps successfully, our chakras are stimulated and can absorb the ambient energy. So the development of the individual chakras should begin already in the womb.
Childhood up to the age of seven is considered the formative phase. Lack of love, indifference of the parents or suppression of natural needs can lead accordingly to the fact that one or more chakras develop only insufficiently or not at all. Especially the first year of life is important for the root chakra, responsible for the basic trust. But even later events or an unfavorable lifestyle can lead to blockages in actually well-developed chakras. Feelings such as fear, envy, jealousy or hatred can lead to under- or over-functioning, which we always find disturbing and unpleasant.
Hook work can solve these blockages: The goal is to reach the levels of consciousness through awareness. This means that learning steps repeat until the respective learning goal is achieved. Blockages slow down – if they are recognized, the resolution is no longer difficult. By empathizing with them and accepting, accepting and then letting go of all the attendant feelings.
The philosophy of yoga also says that we are not powerless to such disturbances. So one of the yoga goals is to energetically heal body, mind and soul and lead them to a wholeness. The body postures, breathing and meditation – for example in the form of stretching, strength building or concentration exercises – influence the energy state of the chakra. This can have a timely or long-term, concrete or general effect.
Each of the seven major chakras vibrates in a basic color and is associated with specific organs and body areas. The seven chakras also correspond to the seven major glands of the endocrine system (our hormone system) and control specific aspects of human behavior and development. The lower chakras, whose energies oscillate more slowly, are assigned to the basic needs and emotions of the human being. The finer energies of the upper chakras correspond to man’s higher spiritual and spiritual capacities.
The root chakra
Sanskrit: Muladhara – meaning: Mula = root, adhara = support
Location: It is located at the lower end of the spine, the coccyx.
Color: fire red
Word: I have
Features: The first chakra stands for vitality, attachment to the earth (steadfastness) and to oneself (self-confidence). Our relationship to material things is located here.
Physical reference: The solid components of the body such as bones, spine, teeth and nails – but also blood, pelvic floor and intestines.
Disruptions: Showing existential fears, mistrust, listlessness and materialism. Physically it comes to intestinal and bone diseases, weight problems, varicose veins and blood pressure fluctuations.
When activated: Strong life energy, self-confidence, earthiness (with both feet on the ground), assertiveness and good digestion are the reward.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: lots of exercise in the fresh air, barefoot walking, rhythmic music with drums, red clothes and flowers.
With Yoga: Everything that works on the feet, knees, legs, pelvis and cross-coccyx area. Posture and forward bending.
By nutrition: protein ground. If you feel weak and disoriented, a meat meal can help. Vegetarians grab tofu, beans, nuts and dairy products. Attention: too much meat can make you sluggish.
With fragrances: carnation, rosemary, ginger, vetiver, cypress, cedar.
The sacral chakra
Sanskrit: Svadhisthana – meaning: sweetheart
Location: about a hand’s breadth below the belly button
Glands: ovaries, testes
Word: I feel
Characteristics: The second chakra is about creativity, relationships, procreation, deep joy, pleasure and pleasure – just let go and flow with life.
Physical reference: All humors are influenced from here: blood, lymph, sweat, digestive juices, sperm and urine, as well as the tears. Hormonal control of the ovaries, gonads and testes.
Disorders: Frigidity and impotence, but also sex addictions can be signs of an impaired sacral chakra. Physically, the disorder shows as obesity (want to keep everything) or anorexia (do not want to take anything). On an emotional level, loneliness, envy, jealousy and grief are symptoms.
When activated, people with an active second chakra can engage with other people and opinions, have a vital sex life, are enthusiastic, creative, and life-affirming.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: looking for contact with water: swimming, swimming, drinking plenty and walking the sea. Creative activities such as painting and orange furnishings are supportive.
With Yoga: All asanas that affect the pelvic space and lower spine.
Example: the pigeon – Eka Pada Kapotasna
By nutrition: Liquids in the form of water, herbal teas and juices support the cleansing process. Therefore drink at least two liters daily.
With fragrances: ylang-ylang, sandalwood, myrrh, pepper, vanilla, bitter orange and orange.
The solar plexus chakra
Sanskrit: Manipura – meaning: radiant jewel
Location: Belly button to solar plexus (sun netting), approximately at the level of the stomach
Color: yellow – golden yellow
Glands: pancreas, adrenals
Word: I can
Properties: The solar plexus chakra is the seat of our personality. From here, the conscious goals and changes are evoked by feelings and needs. The third chakra is considered as the energy reserve of the body and nourished by the fire of the solar braid.
Physical Reference: It nourishes the abdomen (organs), liver, stomach, bile and vegetative nervous system.
Disturbances: A blockade manifests itself on the one hand in feelings of inferiority and powerlessness, on the other hand in aggressiveness, outbursts of rage and power obsession. Physically, it can manifest itself in the form of obesity and diabetes mellitus.
When activated: Willpower, strong nerves, decisions from the gut, an inner happiness arises as well as the desire for one’s own power (in a positive sense).
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: In addition to yellow flowers help deep abdominal breathing, soulful music, candlelight, fire and short sunbathing.
With yoga: turning exercises and postures, which act on the abdominal organs.
Example: the swivel seat – Ardha Matsyendrasana
Through nutrition: carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta) serve as energy food. It is best to use whole grains as the body absorbs them slowly. Sugar acts as a stimulant and harms the third chakra in the long run. An addiction to sweetness indicates an imbalance in the solar plexus chakra – which can also be the cause.
With fragrances: lavender, chamomile, lemon, anise, grapefruit, fennel.
The heart chakra
Sanskrit: Anahata meaning: not struck, undamaged
Colors: green and pink
Glands: thymus gland
Word: I love
Features: This is the center of love. Devotion, selflessness, compassion, tolerance, and healing are just a few of the attributes assigned. The fourth chakra also perceives beauty in nature and art.
Physical Reference: Supplies the heart, lungs and circulation. The immune system is strengthened via the thymus gland.
Disruptions: A blockage leads to love and insensitivity – also coolness. This inner emptiness often results in addictive behavior, whether alcohol, money or drugs. Physically, disorders manifest in heart disease, asthma and allergies.
When activated: With the fourth chakra developed, you take people as they are – you just love and can take responsibility for others with a lot of heart warmth.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: wear green and pink clothes, often stop in the green nature, make self-pampering programs, but also take care of other creatures.
With yoga: backbends and exercises for the cardiovascular system.
Example: Sun Salutation or Cobra – Bhujangasana
Through nutrition: It is said that the vegetable contains both the life energy of the sun (fire) and the best of earth, air and water. Since the heart chakra has the color green, help plenty of spinach, peas, cucumber and salad.
With fragrances: rose, jasmine, tarragon, cardamom.
The cervical or laryngeal chakra
Sanskrit: Vishuddha – meaning: purification
Location: neck / larynx
Color: light blue
Glands: thyroid, parathyroid glands
Word: I speak
Features: The Vishuddha is called the chakra of communication and is considered the seat of truth. It expresses our thoughts and feelings, helps with the perception of the inner voice and is the gateway to higher levels of consciousness.
Physical connection: There is a connection to the spinal cord, to the thyroid gland and to the upper lung, bronchi and esophagus. The chakra also energetically charges the vocal cords.
Disruptions: Difficulties in expressing ideas, opinions and ideas. Speechlessness, shyness and fear of going out. Tonsillitis, hoarseness and thyroid problems are possible consequences.
When activated: Strong communication skills – not in the form of superficial chatter, but as an ability to communicate to others and to choose words consciously (truthfulness). Likewise a beautiful voice and musicality.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: regular singing and writing, listening to music. Integrate the color light blue into life.
With yoga: backbends and inversions.
Example: Shoulderstand – Sarvangasana
Through nutrition: Ripe fruit contains many vitamins, minerals and natural fructose. Of all the solid foods, it’s the quickest way to get rid of the digestive system, and it does little work for the body, so much energy can be put into the upper chakras.
With fragrances: eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, Roman mint, manuka
The Forehead Chakra – Third Eye
Sanskrit: Ajna – meaning: perceive, command
Location: middle of the head, between the eyebrows
Color: indigo blue
Sense: seeing, intuition
Word: I see
Features: The third eye is considered a place of intuition and is the seat of the mind and mind. The chakra is ascribed the power of visualization as well as extrasensory perception, intuition, insight, development of the inner senses, mental power.
Physical Reference: The face with eyes, nose and ears plus cerebellum.
Disruptions: When the third eye is blocked, worries, fears, nightmares, and stress often arise – you are unable to plan for the future. Episode: headache, tinnitus and low moods.
On activation: Good memory, a lot of imagination, mental clarity and intuitive knowledge. Development of the so-called sixth sense.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: write down dreams, read for a change fairy tales and fables. Instead of black, go out of the house completely in blue clothes.
With yoga: eye exercises and meditation on the third eye.
With nutrition: For this and also for the seventh chakra, dietary recommendations can not really be pronounced because they are not related to physical but to mental states. So the fasting most closely matches the two upper chakras.
With fragrances: jasmine, mint, lemongrass, violets, frankincense, basil.
The crown chakra
Sanskrit: Sahasrara – meaning: thousand-petalled, thousandfold
Position: highest point of the head
Color: purple to white
Glands: epiphysis (cervical gland of the brain)
Characteristics: It is the gateway to the universe and the chakra of the highest knowledge: trust in God, spirituality, freedom, perfection and – not to forget – the humility of the universal greater.
Physical reference: Except for the pineal gland, it is not assigned to a single organ, but has a protective effect on the whole body. The chakra has a great influence on the sleep-wake rhythm.
Disorders: Inner emptiness, dissatisfaction and mental exhaustion as harbingers of a life crisis, feelings of lack. Physically expressed a blockade by an immune deficiency as well as in and drowsiness.
When activated: self-realization, spiritual understanding. Deep inner peace – in harmony with oneself and the world. Healing up to enlightenment.
THE CHAKRA STRENGTH:
In everyday life: looking for far-reaching views, for example, climbing a mountain and bowing: to the self and to other living beings.
With Yoga: singing of the mantras “Om”, the cosmic sound.
By diet: fasting – see 6th chakra.
With fragrances: frankincense, rosewood, neroli.
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