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How the Chakra system is linked with us
and how they affect us...


1). The Root Chakra


Colour: Red (warm & stimulating)


Element: Earth


Aspect: Active Yang principle


Plane: Material


Consciousness Issues: Survival, security, connectedness, groundedness, safe-in-the-world, fear, anger, manifestation, material world, bodily care & hygiene, kinesthetic feeling, movement, social order, family issues, instincts, etc.

Endocrine Gland: Adrenals


Location: Base of spine, perineum


Area of influence: Skeleton, feet, ankles, legs, large colon, blood circulation


Signs of deficiency: Fear, anxiety, insecurity, etc


Signs of excess: Greed, hoarding, anger, weight gain, constipation, IBS, etc


State of balance: physical strength, stamina, robust health, fit & healthy body, able to conquer fears, balance between the material and spiritual sides of life, etc


Healing methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Tadasana, Uttanasana, Dog pose, Standing poses, Janu Sirsasana, Supta Virasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Child’s pose, etc


  • Essential Oils – Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper, Vetivert, Black Pepper


  • Gemstones – Ruby, Red Garnet, Coral


Fun ideas:

  • Red Food – beetroot, red kidney beans, tomatoes, radish, red peppers, rhubarb, red apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, etc

  • Nature – Red Rose, Pink Hibiscus, Red Carnation, Red Tulip, autumn leaves, walking in the woods, and forests close to the trees and their roots, caves

  • Activities – Food shopping, paying bills, earning money, walking, stepping-out-into-life, gardening, pottery and clay work, etc



2). The Sacral Chakra


Colour: Orange (warm & stimulating)


Element: Water


Aspect: Receptive Yin principle


Plane: Material


Consciousness Issues: Sense of identity, creativity, emotional well-being, sociability, boundaries, fertility and reproduction, sense of pleasure, sexual energy, sense of belonging, of one’s place in the world, relationships, gut feelings, etc


Endocrine Gland: Gonads (ovaries in women, testes in men)

Location: Between the pubis and the navel


Area of influence: Lower back, sacrum, hips, uterus, bladder, kidneys


Signs of excess: Over-emotional, lack of boundaries, abuse, addiction, etc


State of Balance: Good self-esteem, express emotions freely and creatively, ability to enjoy life


Healing Methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Poses that open the groins and hips, eg Supta Baddha Konasana, Sukhasana, Pidgeon Pose (first part), Legs in Gomukhasana, Upavista Konasana, Supta Virasana, etc


  • Essential Oils – Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Petit Grain, Neroli (all parts of the orange tree)


  • Gemstones – Amber, Fire Opal, Topaz, Mandarin Garnet


Fun Ideas:

  • Orange Food – Pumpkin, orange peppers, carrots, papaya, apricots, oranges, clementines, satsumas, peaches, mangoes, etc

  • Nature – Rising & setting sun, ripe fruit orchards, autumn leaves, bonfires, orange Lilies, Californian Poppies, Marigolds, etc

  • Activities – Laughing, creative play, handicrafts, visiting art galleries, building a fire in the hearth or outdoors, dancing, planting, bathing, swimming, laundry, etc


3). The Solar Plexus


Colour: Yellow


Element: Fire


Aspect: Active Yang principle


Plane: Material


Consciousness Issues: Self-worth, ego, confidence, get-up-and-go, will, study, decisiveness, ability to act, to choose, sensible risk-taking, assimilation, personal power center, power, control, freedom, etc


Endocrine Gland: Pancreas (islets of Langerhans)

Location: Above navel and below breast bone


Area of influence: Liver, spleen, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine


Signs of lack: Low self-esteem, digestive disorders, diabetes, sense of persecution, etc


Signs of excess: Skin irritations, elitism, power-hungry, stubbornness, over sensitivity, frustration, pent-up anger or hatred, etc


State of Balance: An ability to act, decisiveness, self-esteem, assimilated knowledge, dynamic, etc


Healing Methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Abdomen strengthening postures, eg Navasana, Leg raises, Twists, Sun Salutation, Passive Backbends, Setu Bandhu, Supta Virasana, Warrior Poses, etc


  • Essential Oils – Lemon, Lime, Lemongrass, Citronella, Grapefruit, (all citrus smelling oils in the lemon spectrum), Peppermint, Basil, Ginger, Chamomile, (oils for digestion)


  • Gemstones – Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Chrysoberyl


Fun Ideas:

  • Yellow Food – Yellow split peas, yellow courgettes, yellow peppers, bananas, grapefruit, lemon, yellow apples, yellow pears, pineapple, etc

  • Nature – The sun at midday, golden beaches, yellow water lilies, daffodils, primroses, yellow crocuses, sunflowers, etc

  • Activities – Cooking and eating, sunbathing, study, decision taking, etc


4). The Heart Chakra


Colour: Emerald Green


Element: Air


Aspect: Receptive Yin principle


Plane: The bridge between the 3 lower chakras on the material plane and the 3 upper chakras on the spiritual plane


Consciousness Issues: Giving & receiving, harmony & balance, love, peace, service, ‘wounded child’ resides here, trust, compassion, forgiveness, letting go, etc


Endocrine Gland: Thymus

Location: Cardiac plexus


Area of influence: Heart, upper chest, upper back, lungs


Signs of lack: Loneliness, shyness, afraid of getting hurt, feels unworthy of love, etc


Signs of excess: High blood pressure, jealousy, possessiveness, lung and breast problems, etc


State of Balance: Ability to forgive, connected to those we love, ability to release suppressed trauma, ability to heal, able to receive and to give love, etc


Healing Methods:


  • Yoga Postures – Passive bolster work, Heart and Chest openers, Gomukhasana & Garudasana arms, Backbends, etc


  • Essential Oils – Geranium, Rose, Lavender


  • Gemstones – Emerald, Peridot, Jade, Malachite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Rose Quartz


Fun Ideas:

  • Green Food – Green apples, green peppers, broccoli, spinach, peas, avocado, cabbage, kale, cucumber, celery, courgettes, marrows, grapes, gooseberries, kiwi fruit, limes, lettuce, runner beans, etc

  • Nature – Green grass, springtime, meadows and fields, trees, green plants, green glades, pink lotuses, etc

  • Activities – Parenting, unconditional love, peace marches, silent vigils, charity work, making donations, contemplation of nature, etc


5). The Throat Chakra


Colour: Sky blue


Element: Ether (crossing over between the physical and spiritual dimensions)


Aspect: Active Yang principle


Plane: Spiritual


Consciousness Issues: Communication, inner truth, perception and creation of art, inner voice, transformation and change, honest self expression, self-knowledge, etc


Endocrine Gland: Thyroid, parathyroid


Location: Pharyngeal plexus in the throat

Area of influence: Throat, neck, jaw, mouth, teeth, ears


Signs of lack: Throat ailments, stiff neck, under-active thyroid gland, shoulder tension, etc


Signs of excess: Over-active thyroid gland, stuttering, inability to listen, over talking, deafness, etc


State of Balance: Honest self-expression, artistic expression, listening to one’s intuition, hearing the voice of inner guides, etc


Healing Methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Ustrasana, Setu Bandhu, Shoulder Stand, Plough, etc


  • Essential Oils – Tea-tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus


  • Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Blue Sapphire, Aquamarine


Fun Ideas:

  • Blue Food – Blue Berries, water

  • Nature – The blue sky, the sea, lakes (especially high-altitude lakes), Himalayan Poppy, Blue Cornflower, Bluebells, etc

  • Activities – Singing, public speaking, poetry readings, acting, writing, painting, drawing, etc


6). The Brow or Third Eye Chakra


Colour: Purple


Element: Sixth sense


Aspect: Receptive Yin principle


Plane: Spiritual


Consciousness Issues: Soul’s path, psychic ability, receiving guidance, channeling, inner guide, imagination, intuition, telepathy, visions, dreaming, awareness of other world dimension, clairvoyance, ability to distinguish reality from fantasy, awareness of the motivation behind our actions, etc

Endocrine Gland: Pituitary


Location: Eyebrow center (the place of the bindi)


Area of influence: Eyes, sinuses, forehead, temples


Signs of lack: Poor memory, eye problems, confusion, etc


Signs of excess: Headaches, poor concentration, nightmares, etc


State of Balance: Visionary, able to visualize, insightful, intuitive, avenue for wisdom, open mindedness, seeing the real picture, ability to see patterns (symbolic or literal), etc


Healing Methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Supported forward bends, blindfold practice, Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), etc


  • Essential Oils – Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tuber Rose, Cardamon


  • Gemstones – Amethyst, Ametrine, Smokey Quartz


Fun Ideas:

  • Purple Food – Aubergine, purple kale, purple grapes, blackberries, mulberries, myrtle, figs, etc

  • Nature – Autumn mists, shooting stars, Purple Iris, African Violet, Wisteria, etc

  • Activities – Art appreciation, meditation, philosophy, religion, giving and receiving healing therapies, contemplation and reflection, etc


7). The Crown Chakra or Thousand–Petalled Lotus


Colour: Violet or Golden white light


Element: Consciousness, Mind


Aspect: Integration of Yin and Yang principles


Plane: Spiritual


Consciousness Issues: Connection with the Divine, Higher Self, Higher Purpose, Higher Consciousness, Humanitarianism, gift of Cosmic Consciousness, the well from   which intuitive knowledge is drawn, integration of the whole, personal identification with the infinite, inner light, etc

Endocrine Gland: Pineal


Location: Top of the head


Area of influence: Brain


Signs of lack: Metaphysical angst, apathy, materialism, skepticism, mystical depression, exhaustion not related to illness, elitism, overly intellectual, etc


Signs of excess: Migraine, headaches, sensitivity to light, sound, environment, etc


State of Balance: Sense of purpose, connectedness to one’s spirituality, unity, etc


Healing Methods:

  • Yoga Postures – Head stand, supported Dog Pose, Handstand, Svasana, Meditation, etc


  • Essential Oils – Frankincense, Myrrh, Jasmine


  • Gemstones – Diamond, Opal, Pearls, Quartz Crystal, Moonstone, Iolite


Fun Ideas:

  • White or Golden Food – Milk, honey, dates, almonds, brazils, walnuts, rice, oats, soya beans, chick peas, pomegranate juice, etc

  • Nature – Rainbows, mountains, frost, ice, snow, Jasmine, White Lotus, Lilac, white Wisteria,

  • Activities – Humanitarianism, silent reflection, spiritual practice, prayer, meditation, etc

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