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The 7 Chakras
February 5, 2016
Central to yoga (literally) are the 7 major chakras. They are energy points or 'spinning wheels of light' located along the mesial (middle) channel of the human body. The Sanskrit word chakra may possibly be the root for the Greek word kuklos (circle).
1. Muladhara or root chakra - located at the base of the spine it relates to our primal survival instincts, the harnessing of courage, resourcefulness. Incense : cedar
2. Svadhishthana or sacral chakra - often associated with reproduction organs it is linked to sexual desires and connectivity as well as the unconscious and emotions. Incense : gardenia, damiana.
3. Manipura (Sanskrit, "jewelled city") or solar plexus chakra - centre of willpower, self-knowledge and action, also digestion and metabolism. Incense : saffron, musk, sandalwood.
4. Anahata (Sanskrit, "unhurt, unbeaten") or heart chakra - involved with emotional complexities, compassion, well-being, serenity. Incense : jasmine, lavender, rose.
5. Vishuddha or throat chakra - related to communication, emotional growth and independence, associated with the thyroid gland. Incense : frankincense
6. Ajna (two-petalled lotus) or third-eye chakra - located behind the forehead, it is related to intuition and inner guidance through a balance of our higher and lower selves. Incense : mugwort.
7. Sahasrara (thousand-petalled lotus) or crown chakra - located on or above the crown, it is related to a state of pure consciousness from which all other chakras emanate and deals with the release of karma. Incense : myrrh.