Muladhara which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’, is the first of the 7 primary Chakras, aligned on the spine. It is located at is located at the perineum, the base of the spine and covers the first three vertebrae of the spine, the bladder, and the colon. The Chakra is also called root chakra or base chakra. Muladhara Chakra manifests stability and security as well as the basic needs, necessary for material life. This Chakra is also the foundation for the development of our personality. The opening of this Chakra allows an awareness of the dimensions of safety, security, confidence, fearlessness, and survival. The chakra gives the strength to survive, with the strength to assert oneself. It represents our connection with Mother Earth and its fundamental action consists in rooting in matter including the fundamental needs essential to life: material, physical and terrestrial. A well-balanced Muladhara Chakra can then mean better physical vitality, the feeling of well-being, being well anchored and having self-control. This Chakra represents energy and action. It serves as a link to the physical world and to the earth. When the first energy center is overactive, it leads to a tendency towards excess physical and material pleasures, self-centeredness and developing tendency of lust and hoarding. On the other hand, a blockage of the Muladhara Chakra can lead to apathy, mental lethargy, a lack of combativeness or a tendency to flee reality or being overly fearful about security and survival.
- Color – Red
- Frequency – 396 Hz
- Sound – Lam
- Mantra – Om Aim Hreem Hasoum Tripurayai Pretpadmasan Sabhasthitayai Namah
- Symbol – Four Petal Lotus
- Mudra – Muladhara Mudra
- Essential Oil – Ginger Grass Oil
Swadhisthana or the Sacral Chakra is the 2nd of the 7 primary Chakras. Along with the 1st and 3rd Chakras, the Swadhisthana Chakra is more of a physical nature. Swadhisthana means ‘dwelling of oneself’. Swadhisthana Chakra like the other major energy centres is in alignment with the spine; it is located 2 inches below the navel. The energies of this Chakra influences emotions, sexuality, passion and desires. It stimulates artistic creativity and promotes the relationship with money and work. The opening of this energy center makes it possible to facilitate contact with others and to become aware of one's own emotions. The imbalance or the blockage at the level of this Chakra can result in the lack of motivation, the decrease of the libido or the lack of assurance. As the Swadhisthana Chakra is the seat of physical well-being, it is essential to keep it in balance, to feel good about yourself, to feel your emotions, to be creative and to learn with different challenges of life. When this Chakra is not sufficiently open or completely blocked, this results in a lack of self-esteem, a withdrawal into oneself or even lack of taste for life. On the other hand, an overactive Swadhisthana Chakra can lead a person to have an obsession for sexuality and a tendency to encroach the boundaries of others. Maintaining the 2nd chakra in balance is therefore essential since it allows you to find the joy of living, not to fall into excess as well as withdrawal into oneself, or even a lack of empathy.
- Color – Orange
- Frequency – 417 Hz
- Sound – Vam
- Mantra – Om Vam Vam Swaadhishtthaanam Jaagray Jaagray Vam Vam Om Phat
- Symbol – Six Petal Lotus
- Mudra – Shakti Mudra
- Essential Oil – Ylang Ylang Oil
Manipura or the Solar Plexus Chakra is the third of the 7 main chakras, aligned along the spine. Its location is on the Navel. Like the first two Chakras the Manipura Chakra is the third and last Chakra which is associated more with the physical dimensions of the Universe. The name Manipura means ‘City of Jewels’, this chakra is the source of personal power, determination and the ability to act. Manipura Chakra is associated with the awareness of the self and the mind. Symbolizing solar energy within the individual, this Chakra is the seat of will power and personal responsibility. Imbalance or blockages at the level of the third chakra can mean the inability to stand out from the crowd or an exacerbated will to always be right. The harmonization of the 3rd chakra leads to a state of consciousness on respect for oneself and that of others, to have a taste for life and physical activities. Its imbalance can therefore be the reason for lack of fighting spirit in a person or the source of an oversized ego. On a physical level, the solar plexus chakra acts on the digestive system and it manages the functioning of the stomach. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, a person is aware of personal opinions and he honours the opinions of others. He is independent and a leader in his own right. But an overactive Manipura Chakra will lead to having desire to always be right, pride and the desire to dominate others or feel overly responsible for others. When the Manipura Chakra is underactive, it leads to emotional susceptibility, a tendency to underestimate one's own capacities or even the lack of will to move forward and realize one's dreams. It develops a tendency to be dependent on others and lose vision and foresight to plan and seek for oneself.
- Color – Yellow
- Frequency – 528 Hz
- Sound – Ram
- Mantra – Om Maṇipuraah-bahja-nilayayei Namaha
- Symbol – Ten petals lotus
- Mudra – Rudra Mudra
- Essential Oil – Fennel Seed Oil
Anahata Chakra or the heart chakra brings together the lower and the upper Chakras. The three lower Chakras are more associated with the physical aspect of living whereas the upper three Chakras with spirituality. Anahata mean ‘not struck’ and is located at the end of the central sternum. It ensures the connection between the physical body and the emotions and feelings. The 4th Chakra is primarily associated with the qualities of the heart such as love, compassion and trust. The Heart Chakra is the energy centre, seat of love, in all its forms, the one we receive, the one we can give, divine love and by extension the love of all beings. It influences all feelings in relation to love, allowing the connection between the intellect and emotions. Its opening therefore makes it possible to feel peaceful, sympathetic, or empathetic, or even be in agreement with oneself and with others. When this Chakra is perfectly balanced, it is expressed by an awareness of compassion, the desire to take care of others and to express our true nature. A blocked or imbalanced Heart chakra can result in withdrawal or the need to be constantly reassured, fear of commitment, selfishness or the inability to love or trust others and cause diseases and problems related to the heart, blood circulation and issues such as asthma or allergies. An over-active Anahata Chakra leads to extremes which cause the person to seek acknowledgment for himself, excessive obsession in love, low self-worth and feeling of being exploited and cheated by others.
- Color – Green
- Frequency – 639 Hz
- Sound – Yam
- Mantra – Om Shante Shante Sarvarishta Naashini Swaha
- Symbol – Twelve Petal Lotus
- Mudra – Padma Mudra
- Essential Oil – Eucalyptus Oil
Vishuddha Chakra or the throat Chakra is located at the pit of the U cavity in the throat. This Chakra is the centre of expression and communication. The Vishuddha means 'Pure' or 'Purification', Imbalance or blockage of the Vishuddha Chakra can lead a person to be shy or too talkative, lack of confidence, have difficulty speaking or even lack of sincerity. Balancing of this Chakra promotes awareness of the reality and allows one to detach from attachments and events. On a physical level, the Throat Chakra is associated with the functioning of thyroid gland and the throat and has control over the neck, thyroid and parathyroid glands, the jaw, mouth, and tongue. As the 5th chakra is intimately linked to the expression of one's personality and ability to voice the highest truth, it is essential to keep it balanced. An imbalance in this energy centre is often the cause of speech impairment. When the Vishuddha Chakra is balanced, it promotes clear communication and clarity of thoughts and the sense of listening. One also feels drawn to meditation and spiritual wisdom. Over-active Vishuddha Chakra can lead to issues such as talkativeness and self-righteousness and underactive Chakra will lead to timidity and shyness.
- Color – Blue
- Frequency – 741 Hz
- Sound – Ham
- Mantra – Om Visuddhi-chakra-nilayayei Namaha
- Symbol – Sixteen Petal Lotus
- Mudra – Granthita Mudra
- Essential Oil – Chamomile Roman Oil
Ajna Chakra or the 3rd eye Chakra is located between the two eyebrows in the middle of the forehead. This Chakra is the seat of the intuition and higher mental forces which make it possible to tune into the subtle world. The 6th chakra also known as the ‘Third Eye’ Chakra is the basis of the awareness of the deep vision of life and the foundation of spiritual maturity. It also rules imagination and clairvoyance in an individual. In Sanskrit Ajna means command or perception. In the search for self-fulfilment, it is essential to have a correct perception of life beyond one’s definitions, references, and identifications. The opening of this spiritual Chakra awakens the spiritual consciousness and the individual consciousness as well as the awareness of true self. A balanced Ajna Chakra promotes one's ability to detach from the materialistic world and have clarity of thoughts and access a higher state of consciousness. A balanced 6th Chakra helps connect one with the Divine wisdom and insight and promote perfect harmony between all Chakras. Imbalance or blockage in the Ajna Chakra can manifest as lack of clarity, rigidity, and a tendency to be a perfectionist. On a physical level the Ajna Chakra is related to the proper functioning of the eyes, sinuses, nervous system, and the brain.
- Color – Indigo
- Frequency – 852 Hz
- Sound – Aum
- Mantra – Om Agya-chakra-bahja-nilayāyei Namaha
- Symbol – Upside down Triangle
- Mudra – Great Head Mudra
- Essential Oil – Basil Oil
Sahasrara Chakra or the Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is symbolized by a lotus with a thousand petals. It is also called the enlightenment or self-realization Chakra. In the Sahasrara Chakra, lies the seat of Shiva, the Supreme Self. It teaches us that we are a divine being having a human experience. The Crown Chakra is the last energy centre of the body; it is the seat of conscious and unconscious beliefs. Its opening leads to the awareness of effective capacities as well as to the accession to a state of supreme consciousness, close to enlightenment or self-fulfilment. The 7th chakra is the centre of knowledge, understanding and transcendent consciousness. On a physical level, the 7th Chakra governs the functioning of the brain, on the psychological and mental level; the Sahasrara Chakra is responsible for the behavioural characteristics of an individual. Balanced Crown Chakra is beneficial for sight, soothes emotions and improves inner harmony, clarity, and balance. It also helps improve memory, concentration, and intelligence. It also helps one experiences a spiritual connection to the higher self. On the other hand, an unbalanced Sahasrara Chakra will lead to discontentment, hopelessness, systematic scepticism, or existential emptiness.
- Color – Violet
- Frequency – 963 Hz
- Sound – Ng
- Mantra – Om Sahasra-dala-padma-sthaayei Namaha
- Symbol – Thousand Petals
- Mudra – Thousand Petals Mudra
- Essential Oil – N/A