Human body is made up of several elements. Apart from air & water, chakras have significance in human lives too. Spiritually, chakras are the energy boosters associated with different parts in the body. They aren’t visible to the naked eye, but a yogi who has been practicing rigorous yoga for years can easily sense about others and tell what and what not to do to improve their state of chakras. The body then turns into a ‘subtle body’ where chakras become strong enough.
Contrarily, if chakras become weak the body senses physical, emotional as well as mental imbalances.
A human body possesses seven chakras. So, let’s see what each chakra has to do with health and the associated asana with them.
Muladhar (Red chakra): The Muladhar chakra is located at the tip of coccyx and the pelvic floor. A strong and balanced Muladhar chakra represents our connection to earth, health, family, passion and moving ahead in life. On failing, you may feel stuck, detached and emotionally weak to take any further decision in life.
A weak Muladhar chakra represents pain in legs and joints, constipation and water retention problems.
To overcome the problems associated with Muladhar chakra, virbhadrasana or warrior pose is recommended that re-connects us to earth that gives you a strong foundation for feet.
Svadhisthana (Orange chakra): Svadhisthana(in sanskrit) is located at the base of the spine. A balanced svadhisthana chakra represents our connection with people, creativity, energy and confidence. On failing you may feel low on motivation, leading to loneliness and sadness and mild depression.
Kidney problems and urinal tract, sexual problems, intestinal problems physically denote an imbalance svadhisthana chakra.
To overcome the problems associated with svadhisthana chakra, baddha konasana works well to heal this chakra.
Manipura (Yellow chakra): Manipura is located at diaphragm. It is the most important chakra of the body aligned with emotions, instincts, power, desire and inner-strength. A strong manipura is a symbol of great self-awareness and keeps mind and body in harmony.
With the weakening of manipura, you’ll feel mentally and physically exhausted leading to live in a confusion state.
To overcome the problems associated with manipura, navasana or the boat pose is the best.
Anahata (Green chakra): Anahata is located in the heart region of the body. It is responsible for summing up all positive energies thus enhancing love, compassion and all positive emotions.
If unbalanced, you may feel detached from outer world and shall always keep you in a state of distrust which results in loss of faith, power of love and empathy!
Physically, you may experience pneumonia, asthma, respiratory, breast problems, premature aging, pain shoulder and pain in upper arm.
To overcome problems of anahata chakra, utasana or camel pose is just great!
Vishudha (Blue chakra): Vishuddha is located at the base of the throat and is associated with communication, expression, freedom and responsibility.
Weakening of vishuddha means finding hard to cope up and living with nervousness which eventually results into feeling of being isolated.
Matsyansana or fish pose heals the blue chakra. This pose includes stretching of throat which strengthens it, allowing you to express freely.
Ajna (Indigo chakra): Ajna is located in between eyebrows. Being associated with mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams and intuitions ajna helps in developing the difference between truth and illusions.
Upon weakening of ajna, you may experience cloud of thoughts, unable to process quick thoughts and a big cause to make poor decisions.
On physical levels, headaches and migraines, nightmares and personality disorders are the symptoms observed.
To overcome the problems associated with ajna, balasana or child pose is recommended. Balasana stimulates the center of intuition and gives wider access to inner wisdom.
Sahasrara (Violet/purple chakra): Violet chakra or sahasrara (in Sanskrit) is located at the crown of the head and is associated with god, spirituality and divine wisdom enlightening the spiritual path. A balanced sahasrara is the pathway to control the flow of energy with the other six chakras that develops our vision and outlook on life. Schizophrenia, loss of faith, depression is some of the problems associated by having a weak sahasrara. While having frequent headaches, dementia, autoimmune disorders and neurological disorders are some of the physical ailments faced.
To overcome the problems associated with sahasrara, shirsasna or headstand activates the crown chakra. It thus helps in gaining a wide gateway to great consciousness and a higher self-connection.
With this, you now know how chakras are important for mind and body. To live a self-sustaining life and overcoming challenges you too can turn into a tougher and pure soul from inside. Yoga itself is a big institution that offers the best to those who embrace it positively. Enlightening and enhancing chakras need consistency and sincere efforts.
If you genuinely want to improve and attain higher spiritual levels, start doing yoga today!