Our prana is the energy system that exists both in and around our bodies. Chakras are points where many energy pathways in the body convene…intense junctures (or nadis), manifesting in funnel-like wheels that are understood to regulate our physical, emotional and spiritual qualities. In yogic philosophy, we are constructed not unlike an onion ( a la Shrek! :) with layer upon layer of life force. The chakra system is governed by the seven major chakras that sit in alignment with our spines, though there are many, many minor ones too. This belief system goes way back to the beginnings of recorded time, but much of what we study about chakra healing originates from the Sanskrit. Each of the major chakras corresponds with a unique color, sound and vibration. Studying our chakras can teach us what we might need to improve the quality of our health, on all levels ( physical, emotional, spiritual). When the chakras are out of balance, our energies feel ‘off’…we feel in our hearts and bodies that we are not our best selves at the moment. Yoga invites healing through mindfulness and a curiosity about yourself, and exploration of ‘self’ relative to the universal truths. Here are the chakras, and their corresponding bija mantras ( in italics), colours, location and overall purpose…..
muladhara = root chakra = grounding = LAM = garnet
feeling of security and healthy body awareness
svadhistana = sacral chakra = nourishing = VAM =carnelian
unblocked emotions and good connections to the 5 senses
manipura = solar plexus chakra = intention = RAM= citrine
strong sense of motivation and personal direction
anahata = heart chakra = harmony = YAM= peridot
feelings of love and connection to self and others
visuddha = throat chakra = expressive = HAM= turquoise
inner trust and reliance, easy expression of thoughts to others
ajna = third eye chakra = insight = AUM= iolite
sense of a strong intuition and mental alertness
sahasrara = crown chakra = wisdom = AH= amethyst
general sensation of joy in life and connection to the universe
Working with your chakra energies can bring a sense of balance back to your life and your physical being. There is so much to learn about this kind o energy balancing and healing…my understanding is only the very tip of the iceberg…. for myself, I look at the chakra meanings metaphorically….and will choose to work with the energy of a particular chakra when the aspects that it stands for are feeling unbalanced. Either way, I love these symbols…there is a grace to them, for sure!
….hand carved in beeswax, and created in recycled sterling, each one is hand engraved with a bija mantra on the back….built in sound exploration to align you with the vibration of the mantra shown on the pendant. They swing and sway from your neck, accompanied by a gemstone bead that corresponds with the chakra colour at the clasp.
perhaps one of them speaks to you?