energy centres

The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and we refer to the chakras as energy centres. They act as receivers, transformers and distributors for the various forms of prana, which they take up from the nadis. According to yogic anatomy, there are over 1000 chakras in the subtle body. Of these seven are primary. These are located in the astral spine from its base up to the crown of the head. 


Each has a colour, a shape and a mantra. They relate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, development stages of life, colours, sounds, body functions and much more. These chakras are located in the region of the body’s major glands, and is associated with this gland. In addition, each of these centres relates to a major nerve ganglia branching from the spinal column.


Yoga allows an increased amount of prana to flow. If energy is flowing freely, then the chakras can ‘spin’ more easily and the faster the chakras can spin, the higher our consciousness. The chakras can become unbalanced at any time. They are not fixed. They can change moment to moment so it’s a constant balancing act, day in and day out. An imbalance in any chakra will affect the entire system. The chakras get out of balance through injury, a difficult emotional experience, a profound shock or putting too much emphasis on any one part of your life at the expense of another. An imbalance, results in the chakra either under functioning or over functioning. 


To keep (or bring) our chakras into balance we can incorporate the needs of all seven chakras into our everyday life. Not only will this be emotionally, physically and spiritually healing, but you will find that your life transforms as you come into balance. 


Through yoga we can use the physical processes and techniques, which balance the body’s chemistry, through the glands and so by a matrix effect, influence the associated chakra. Alternatively we can meditate on the chakras in the subtle body and thereby bring harmony to the physical organism. 

BASE | Muladhara Chakra 

SACRAL | Svadhishthana chakra 

SOLAR PLEXUS | Manipura chakra 

HEART | Anahata chakra 

THROAT | Vishuddhi chakra 

THIRD EYE | Ajna chakra 

CROWN | Sahasrara chakra 



Contact with nature. |  Work and earning a living. | Time with family and friends, chilling out, having fun.  | Health, diet and exercise. | Spirituality and meditation. | Being creative and expressing yourself. |Personal growth and expanding your knowledge. | Helping others and voluntary work.






  • Signs you are in balance:

The first chakra has to do with family, ancestors, and a sense of being ground. When this chakra is balanced, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and grounded.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Physical imbalances in the root chakra include problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostrate gland. Those with imbalances here are also likely to experience issues of degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

If your energy is imbalanced here, you may experience money issues and general financial instability. Moving homes often. If you move from one home to another, typically staying less than two years. The degree to which you move is related to how weak your root is. Have trouble being consistent and staying in routines. You are not very connected to your family. You feel like the “black sheep” or an outsider, or your family is dispersed and not very cohesive. You have a lot of general anxiety and you usually wake up with it.




  • Signs you are in balance:

This chakra governs your ability to relate to other people and the world around you. When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Experiences of imbalance within the second chakra include; sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain.

  • Signs of Emotional Imbalance:

When sacral energy flow is blocked, you can become unemotional and experience uncertainty, insecurity, and an inability to cope with life’s changes. You will have issues with commitment, expressing emotion and creativity, and problems embracing desires, pleasure and sexuality.




  • Signs you are in balance:

We experience self acceptance, when this chakra is balanced, we feel self-respect and self-compassion. We feel in control, assertive, confident.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Digestive problems, ulcers, liver problems, gallstones, pancreas disorders such as diabetes or hypoglycaemia.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

You see yourself as powerless, you have lots of different ways of shaming yourself and frequently feel embarrassed by imagining what other people think about you. You see the future as full of danger and you also see change as a threat, so you play it safe and try to protect what you think you have. You are highly goal oriented and get your sense of meaning and purpose by your list of accomplishments. If you are not accomplishing something bigger and better, you feel like a failure. You are generally highly stressed and often comment to others how stressed and busy you are as a badge of honour. You experience, issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances.




  • Signs You Are In Balance:

When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Corresponds not only to the heart but your lungs, thymus gland, and your cardiac plexus. Signs of imbalance may include; asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness. Feelings of shyness and loneliness. If you have an inability to forgive or a tendency to lack empathy, then you may be leading with your head more often than your heart. An overpowering chakra can include feelings of codependency, and looking outward for acceptance or fulfilment. Intense jealousy or harsh judgment of others is also a red flag.




  • Signs You Are In Balance:

When this chakra is balanced, we have free flowing of words, expression, communication. We are honest and truthful yet firm. We are good listeners.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Physical imbalances include thyroid issues, sore throats, laryngitis, ear infections, ulcers, any facial problems (chin, cheek, lips, tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

A blocked throat chakra can significantly impact your ability to communicate effectively for fear of ridicule and judgement. A throat chakra blockage can also manifest as the inability to express and realise your truth in the world. You may find yourself unable to speak your truth when you need it the most, or holding back on expressing your needs and desires. Perhaps, you long for realising your dreams and living with a strong and clear purpose. You may experience, emotional imbalances include issues of self-expression through communication, both spoken or written. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control.




  • Signs You Are In Balance:

When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight. An open and strong sixth chakra will enable you to spend most of your time in relaxed flow mode and to tap into inner wisdom and intuition which is really guidance from your own soul.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Signs of imbalance include, frequent headaches, upper/frontal sinus conditions, neurological disorders, disorders of the eyes or ears, disorders of the outer brain.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

A closed or blocked sixth chakra will keep you stuck in analytical, busy, churn mode, which is exhausting and stressful. You spend much of your day in analytical, churn mode, trying to figure everything out and getting frustrated when you can’t.  You are often highly attached to things turning out the way you want them to or think they should, so life is experienced as a constant emotional roller coaster. You feel up when things seem to be going your way and down when they don’t. Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; An inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others. Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination.





  • Signs You Are In Balance

The crown chakra deals with your connection to the divine within you and all around you, and it is weakened by all forms of earthly attachments. We live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance.

  • Signs of Physical Imbalance:

Physical imbalance include depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, environment.

  • Signs of emotional imbalance:

You feel disconnected to the divine in you and around you. You only believe what you can sense with your five physical senses to be real. You have a condescending  skepticism towards the spiritual and metaphysical. You have an “everyone for themselves” attitude toward life. You see everything and everyone as separate and distinct from you; You have a strong attachment to possessions and relationships, and define yourself by what you have and who you are in a relationship with. By attachment I mean that your sense of purpose and well being is attached to your property and your relationships with others.

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