The Human Chakra System

What is a Chakra?

To define Chakra, we must first look at the literal definition of Chakra. The meaning of Chakra in the Sanskrit language is “wheel”. Chakras in the human body are the wheels of energy or the energy centers,  primarily located along the spinal column at various positions between the coccyx and the crown of the head. The brain and all the other organs in the human body require a life force called Prana for their functioning. This life force permeates the human body through the human chakra system. So, the physical, psychological and spiritual states of humans are directly or indirectly associated with the health of their Chakras.


Importance of Chakras

Quite often, we hear about those Chakra alignment and Chakra healing Meditation practices. The reason for such a surge in these chakra training exercises is that people have started recognizing the significance of Chakras. People of all age groups are increasingly wanting to improve their Chakra auras because Chakras are greatly responsible for the functioning of various organs in the human body. The Chakra power also determines the psychological and spiritual states of an individual. Hence it is required that these Chakras remain open, fully functional and capable of infusing energy to every part of the human body. If a Chakra is weak, it could signify a weak organ or a weak aspect of your emotional or psychological state. To determine the health of Chakras one can take a chakra test and choose an appropriate chakra energy healing technique. Chakra Meditation is one such technique for chakra opening and chakra activation. It is a practice aimed at restoration of the full potential of Chakras.


Scientific Evidence

In the last few decades, the Chakra knowledge has been explored greatly by the modern researchers. Konstantin Korotkov, a professor of Computer Science and Biophysics at Saint-Petersburg Federal University of Informational Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in Russia is one such researcher. Korotkov is famous for his “Gas Discharge Visualization” (GDV) device used to visualize the energy fields in and around a person by capturing the Electrophotonic emissions on his fingertips in real time. This device was tested on multiple individuals and it clearly showed the movement of energy fields around the various Chakra energy points in every single case. The device is now licensed in many countries and is stated as very useful in finding out the psychological and physiological states of a person.


Levels of Chakras

Now that we know the Chakra definition and its significance, let us categorize Chakras based on three levels of human existence:

1. Material Level – At this level Chakras deal with the physical aspect of the human body.

2. Transitional Level – This is a level where the Chakra connects our physical state with our psychological and spiritual states.

3. Spiritual Level – This is a level where the Chakras are directly responsible for the wellbeing of our psychological, emotional and spiritual states.


Types of chakras

Among all the Chakras in the human body, seven Chakras are considered to be the most significant and are called the Fundamental Chakras. Each of these come under one of the Chakra levels discussed above.

Following is a Chakra list in which the chakra order begins from the base of spine and ends at the top of the head.

  • It covers the 7 types of Chakra points and meanings.
  • It also includes details like chakra elements and the chakra locations.
  • Mentioned alongside the Chakra names are the Chakra Sanskrit names and the Chakra functions relating to the mental aspect.

Material Level Chakras

1. Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) – Ambition

Root Chakra is the first chakra and is also called the Base Chakra. This chakra is denoted by the Red color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Lam’.  It is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone or coccygeal region. Root Chakra relates to one’s survival instincts such as financial freedom and security. If an individual feels stable and secure under most circumstances, it indicates a strong and open Root Chakra and if an individual is fearful or nervous at most times, it means that the Root Chakra is weak.


2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana Chakra) – Desire

Located at the sacral bone about two inches below the navel, the Sacral Chakra is the second chakra. This chakra is denoted by the Orange color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Vam’. It is related to the genitourinary system and the reproductive cycle. This chakra is responsible for the sense of well-being and pleasure. A person with an open Sacral chakra is passionate and is able to express feelings freely. On the other hand, an individual with a weak Sacral Chakra may suffer from emotional issues, addictions and lack of creativity.


3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra) – Values

The third chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra and it is also called the Navel Chakra. This chakra is denoted by the Yellow color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Ram’. It is positioned in the spine, slightly above the navel. Solar Plexus Chakra governs the pancreatic and digestive systems. Psychologically it corresponds to self-esteem, willpower, joy, and motivation. A person with an open and strong Solar Plexus Chakra has all of these virtues whereas an individual with a weak Solar Plexus Chakra is bound to be indecisive and low on self-esteem.


Transitional Level Chakras

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra) – Empathy

The Heart Chakra is the fourth chakra which is located along the spine, at with the center of the chest. This chakra is denoted by the Green color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Yam’. Physically this chakra governs the immune system and the endocrine system and psychologically it is related to compassion and love. An individual with a healthy Heart Chakra is often compassionate, pleasant and sociable. A person with a weak Heart Chakra may be overstressed at times and is less likely to mingle with people.


Spiritual Level Chakras

5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra) – Expression

The fifth Chakra and the first among the Spiritual level Chakras is called the Throat Chakra which is located at the base of the throat. This chakra is denoted by the Light Blue color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Hum’. It governs the aspects of self-expression and communication. People with weak Throat Chakra either tend to speak very less or shy away from speaking the truth. A strong and open Throat Chakra results in better self-expression and the desire to speak and hear the truth.


6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra) – Perception

The Third eye Chakra is the sixth chakra and is probably the most popular of all Chakra types. This chakra is denoted by the Indigo Blue color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Aum’. It is located slightly above the point between the eyebrows. Physically the Third eye Chakra is related to the Pituitary Gland and psychologically it governs the aspects of intuition, wisdom, and imagination. A person with an open Third eye Chakra tends to be wise and creative. Such an individual exhibits great wisdom and intuitive powers. An individual with a weak Third eye Chakra tends to be less intuitive and excessively depends on others.


7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra) – Realization

Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra and is often called the highest chakra. It is the topmost and the most important of all the Chakra centers in the body. This chakra is denoted by the Violet color and the Sanskrit syllable ‘Om’. The reason Crown Chakra is most important is that it is considered the door to the realm of ultimate consciousness. The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is often related to the Pineal Gland which is said to be the storehouse of highest knowledge. A person with weak Crown Chakra often tends to have no Spiritual aspirations. A person with an open Crown Chakra shows high levels of awareness and divine wisdom. Such an individual is capable of leading people in the most rightful way. It is said that only through the mastery of the Chakra energy flow, one can open the Crown Chakra. Some of the greatest religious figures were also the masters of Chakra tuning and were among the very few individuals with a fully open Crown Chakra.


Final Thoughts

The above chakra information puts ample light into what each chakra means. But more importantly, it makes clear that the Yoga Chakra and the 7 chakra system is not a myth. Scientific chakra study has provided ample proofs to authenticate the chakra explanations and have created a solid ground for the Chakra energy system to be explored and made use of. Today, people around the globe are exploring various chakra details and are actively trying out Chakra yoga and Chakra cleansing. Most Chakra meditation techniques make use of chakra mantras and chakra sounds and recommend focusing on the chakra locations in the body. We would cover the Chakra balancing meditation techniques for the 7 points of chakra in another section on Chakra Practice. Hope you enjoyed reading this article. Have a great day.