Chakra Theory

Part three of our Introduction to Yoga

The chakra points in the body are often used in yoga to bring awareness to a certain aspect of your self. Chakras are wheels of energy that connect the energetic subtle body, and although they cannot be seen, they can sometimes be experienced during practice. They are commonly considered to be psychosomatic energy centers in the body. Presented here is a summary of these points in the body and their common characteristics.

Name Characteristics Element Sound Organs/Body parts Sense
Pictoral representation of the crown chakra Crown Chakra: Sahasrara Unity, connection to Highest Self, cosmic sound, humility, surrender Brain, pineal gland
Pictoral representation of the third eye chakra Third Eye Chakra: Ajna Intuition, clairvoyance, visualization, concentration, subtle light, determination aum Brain, pituitary gland
Pictoral representation of the throat chakra Throat Chakra: Vishuddha Communication, truth, language, knowledge, self-expression Ether ham Trachea, throat, thyroid, cervical vertebrae Sound
Pictoral representation of the heart chakra Heart Chakra: Anahata Compassion, love, awakening, relationships, intimacy, kindness Air yam Heart, thymus gland, lungs, immune system Touch
Pictoral representation of the navel chakra Navel Chakra: Manipura Will power, action, exuberance, expression, focus, control, coordination, inner balance Fire ram Liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, stomach, digestive organs, pancreas Sight
Pictoral representation of the sacral chakra Sacral Chakra: Svadisthana Desire, creativity, impulses, feelings, passion Water vam Sex organs, adrenalin glands, reproductive glands Taste
Pictoral representation of the root chakra Root Chakra: Muladhara Foundation, security, habit Earth lam Large intestine, rectum, adrenal glands, root of the spine at the coccyx or perineum Smell

The Eighth Chakra or Aura is an oval or circle surrounding the body, also seen as the circumvent force, combines all of the 7 chakras together as one.