The Chakra System in the Body:
Chakras are centers of energy in the subtle body, focal points of power, located along the spine. They are depicted as wheels (the actual meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘chakra’) in the form of lotus flowers, with different numbers of petals, as seen by the ancient ‘rishis’ or seers of India. There are seven main chakras universally known, and two more that we will explore during this workshop.
If we where to understand our energetic system as a series of channels, the main chakras would correspond to the main intersections. Our ‘prana’ or vital force, flow through these energy channels, known in the Vedic system as ‘nadis’, which is a Sanskrit word meaning riverbead containing water. There are 72 thousand nadis and they are the equivalent to the meridians, in the Chinese system.
There are three main nadis: the IDA, on the left side of the spine, the PINGALA, on the right side of the spine, and the SUSHUMNA, along the spine. The Sushumna nadi is the central channel along the spine. Both Ida and the Pingala nadis begin at the base of the spine, and twine around it, intercrossing at the seven main chakras. They terminate at the level of the brow center, and the Sushumna nadi continues flowing through the crown center.
The Kundalini is our own vital energy that sits at the base of the spine, and flows through the ida and pingala nadis, like two serpents, resembling the shape of the caduceus symbol.
In addition to the chakras and nadis, our energy body has three main circuits, knows as ‘granthis’ or knots. These knots act as breakers that control the amount of energy that flow through this intricate system. The RUDRA granthi, located in the navel center, the VISHNU granthi, in the heart chakra, and the BRAHMA granthi, in the crown chakra.
The System of Chakras:
1. Muladhara Chakra (Root center)
LOKA: bhu (Earth)
Sanskrit Letters: vam, sham, sham, and sam.
2. Swadhisthana Chakra (Sacral center)
GEM: Red Aventurine
LOKA: bhuvar (atmosphere)
DEITY : Varuna (god of waters)
Sanskrit Letters: bam, bham, mum, yam, rum, and lam.
3. Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus)
GEM: yellow sapphire, citrine
LOKA: sarva (celestial region)
DEITY : Agni (god of fire)
Sanskrit Letters: dam, dham, nam, tam tham dam, dham, nam, pam, and pham.
4. Anahata Chakra (Heart center)
LOKA: maha (loka of saints)
DEITY : Vayu (lord of the wind)
Sanskrit Letters: kam, kham, gam, gham, ngam, cham, chham, jam, jham, tam, and tham.
5. Vishuddha Chakra (Throat center)
COLOR: turquoise blue
LOKA: jnana (loka of progenitors)
DEITY : Saraswati (goddess of wisdom)
Sanskrit Letters: am, aam, im, eem, um, oom, rim, reem, ereem, eim, eiem, om, aum, am, and aha.
6. Ajna Chakra (Brow center)
QUALITY: cosmic intelligence
COLOR: indigo blue
GEM: Blue sapphite, lapis lazuli
LOKA: tapa loka
DEITY : Rudra
Sanskrit Letters: ham, and ksam.
7. Sahasrara Chakra (Crown center)
PETALS: one thousand
LOKA: satya loka (region of truth)
DEITY : Shiva
Hridaya Chakra or Hrit Padma (Sacred heart)
SEED SOUND: HRIM
GEM: Diamond, clear quartz
DEITY : Ishta devata (chosen deity)
Soma Chakra (Pineal gland)
SEED SOUND: OM
GEM: Pearl, moonstone
DEITY : Shiva
TaTha-Stu! (So be it)