A Chakra is a centre of organisation that receives assimilates and expresses life force energy in the body.
The word Chakra translates as a wheel or disk and refers to a spinning sphere of bio-energetic activity emanating from the major nerve ganglia along the spinal column.
Traditionally there are seven major Chakras starting with the first at the base of the spinal column and finishing at the crown of the head with the 7th.There are a number of minor Chakras in the hands, feet, shoulders, knees, etc.
The Chakra system was referred to in the ancient scriptures called the VEDAS and which are the origins of Ayurveda, the Science of Life.The tradition of Yoga has brought the Chakras to the West.
Yoga is a discipline designed to bring together the individual (Man) with the whole (spiritual) using mental and physical practices. This discipline will assist so that we may join our mundane and spiritual lives.
The seven main Chakras are the following:
It is located at the base of the spine and is associated with survival governing base instincts, mental stability and sensuality.
This is located in the sacral region in the lower abdomen. It governs the reproductive organs as well as self worth and creativity.
This is the solar plexus Chakra and it is the centre of health and vitality, governing the capacity to grow and develop.
Situated over the heart region on the sternum and opening to both back and front. Its primary expression is love, and governs compassion, forgiveness, generosity and well being as well as assisting the circulatory system, heart and thymus.
Located in the centre of the throat and is connected with communication and self expression governing in turn creativity, honesty and strong leadership.
Situated in the centre of the forehead and responsible for physical sight and spiritual insight. Involves also perception and intuition, imagination, concentration and peace of mind.
This is the crown Chakra and is located at the top of the head. It is the ‘entry point’ for the higher spiritual energies linking us to our higher self.