Presentation on theme: "Chakras. What is a Chakra Exactly? Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function."— Presentation transcript:
What is a Chakra Exactly? Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self- consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.
They are called: Root Chakra - Muladhara Sacral Chakra - Swadhisthana Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura Heart Chakra - Anahata Throat Chakra - Vishuddha Brow (Third-Eye) Chakra - Ajna Crown Chakra - Sahasrara
Chakra Personality Test Do not copy this slide! To learn which chakras are especially well developed, which chakra is dominant, and which chakras may have blockages, you can take the following kinesiological and chakra personality test.
Kinesiological Chakra Test Find a partner and extend your left arm so that the palm faces downward and think of a very pleasant, enjoyable experience. Your partner will lightly press down on your arm and registers the muscular resistance. Recalling a pleasant experience will strengthen your muscles. Next, think of an unpleasant experience and repeat the muscle test. The muscular resistance should be much weaker, since negative thoughts weaken the musculature.
Once again, stretch out your left arm and place your right hand on one of your chakras. Your partner then follows the procedure described on the previous slide. The stronger the muscular resistance, the stronger the chakra. Weakened resistance indicates weakness in the chakra. If your partner can push down your outstretched arm with little or no resistance, then you likely have a blockage in that chakra.
Chakra Personality Test Respond to the statements on the following slides with YES or NO. Don’t think about them too much – your answers should be intuitive and spontaneous. If you’re unsure, chose the answer that first came to mind.
Chakra Personality Test Part One Are you comfortable with your physical body and are you rarely sick? Yes No Are you self-motivated and do you achieve most of your goals? Yes No Are you very passionate about most things and willing to fight for just causes? Yes No Do you have a strong drive to live and do you feel that you have a right to exist? Yes No
Part Two Are you free from asthma as well as allergies (such are skin conditions, candida, yeast infections, etc.)? Yes No Are you very creative with your mind and do you have the ability to see situations from different perspectives (mentally and emotionally)? Yes No Are you confident, enthusiastic and outgoing and are you able to spread joy to others with a constant positive outlook on life? Yes No Are you connected to your emotional self and do you understand that feeling and expressing your emotions are your right? Yes No
Part Three Are you free of digestive problems such as ulcers, food intolerances, constipation or diarrhea, blood sugar disorders, sluggish liver, etc.? Yes No Are you mentally strong and clever and do you have an exceptional memory and learn new things quickly? Yes No Can you truly say your ego is in balance and are you confident enough that you easily admit when you are wrong? Yes No Does your belief system include knowing that a higher power exists and do you use your personal power to openly discuss your beliefs? Yes No
Part Four Is your breathing deep and when stressful situations arise does your breathing pattern remain constant? Yes No Can you say no to people without feeling guilty or remorseful? Yes No Are you friendly and compassionate and do you rarely gossip? Yes No Are you a loving and giving person with little thought of receiving back and are you free of jealousy and envious thoughts? Yes No
Part Five Do you rarely have sore throats, shoulder and jaw tenseness or problems expressing yourself? Yes No Are you very organized and do you have a good ability to plan and give orders? Yes No Do you consider yourself a person with high integrity and are you devoted and loyal? Yes No Do you always communicate your inner truths and are you open and honest with others regardless of the situation? Yes No
Part Six Do sleep well and are you able to get out of bed in the morning easily with no problems? Yes No Do you trust your intuition and insights and do you have a good imagination without losing contact with reality? Yes No Do you have a deep understanding of your existence that allows you to have little fear or anxiety in your thoughts? Yes No Are you connected to your unconscious self and do you have a strong intuitive (psychic) awareness? Yes No
Part Seven Does your body feel and smell clean and is your lymph system flowing freely? Yes No Do you consider yourself a visionary and is your creativity and inspiration unlimited? Yes No Are you spiritually aware and are you in balance with your masculine and feminine energies? Yes No Do you believe in enlightenment and the universal consciousness and do you feel you have a purpose and a spiritual knowingness? Yes No
How You Use the Test Results Each section above pertains to a different chakra intelligence. –If you answered 4 Yeses in one section it means that you are connected to that chakra center. –If you answered 3 Yeses it means you have a good understanding of that chakra power. –If you only answered only 2 Yeses it means that you have the possibility to use that center but you do not completely understand its function. –If you answered one or zero Yeses than it shows that you have little understanding of that chakra’s full potential. Remember there is no right or wrong–it just is. This Chakra Test was only for you to see that you use different “thoughts of energy” and by understanding your own energy will only help you to achieve your maximum potential. ___ Part One: Red Chakra ___ Part Two: Orange Chakra ___ Part Three: Yellow Chakra ___ Part Four: Green Chakra ___ Part Five: Blue Chakra ___ Part Six: Indigo Chakra ___ Part Seven: Violet Chakra
Which one do you identify with? Root ChakraRoot Chakra – the grounding force Sacral ChakraSacral Chakra – finding balance Solar Plexus ChakraSolar Plexus Chakra – Self esteem Heart ChakraHeart Chakra - love Throat ChakraThroat Chakra – voicing truths Brow (Third-Eye) ChakraBrow (Third-Eye) Chakra – intellect and wisdom Crown ChakraCrown Chakra – spiritual connection
Muladhara (Root) Root ChakraRoot Chakra - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. Location: Base of spine in tailbone area. Color: Red Element: Earth Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food. Healing Exercises: Stomping your bare feet on the ground. Remember, the Root Chakra is all about feeling "grounded." Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower spine. Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to try outKundalini Yoga Healing Foods: Red colored foods (apples and beets) Hot spices (Red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce) Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots) Animal proteins (red meat and eggs)
Muladhara (Root) Acceptance This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. Focusing one's attention on the colour of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body "down to earth" and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words....."spacing out."
Muladarah (Root) cont. We connect to the planet through our first chakra. If we are balanced in this part of our body, we feel at home in our own skin. Unbalanced can manifest in lower back pain! We connect to the planet through our first chakra. If we are balanced in this part of our body, we feel at home in our own skin. Unbalanced can manifest in lower back pain!
Swadhisthana (Sacral) - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. Sacral Chakra - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. Sacral Chakra Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in. Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in. Color: Orange Element: Water Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality. Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality. Healing Exercises: Pelvic thrusts Cobra Yoga Pose Healing Foods: Orange colored foods (oranges, tangerines) Nuts (any kind)
Swadhisthana (Sacral) Try to visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when focusing on the second chakra.Try to visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when focusing on the second chakra. This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our "control issues" and find a balance in our lives.This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our "control issues" and find a balance in our lives.
Swadhisthana (Sacral) cont. This chakra is about desire, passion, duality polarities, movement, change, and creativity.This chakra is about desire, passion, duality polarities, movement, change, and creativity. The energy of this chakra involves others. When it is well balanced and open, life is colourful, vibrant and meaningful.The energy of this chakra involves others. When it is well balanced and open, life is colourful, vibrant and meaningful. Associated with the reproductive organs.Associated with the reproductive organs.
Manipura (navel) - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. Solar Plexus Chakra - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. Solar Plexus Chakra Upper abdomen in the stomach area. Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area. Color: Yellow Element: Fire Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem. Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem. Healing Exercises: Kundalini Yoga, Boat Pose (image above)Kundalini Yoga Dancing. Shake those hips! Healing Foods: Yellow colored foods (corn) Grains and fiber (granola, whole wheat bread) Teas (peppermint, chamomile tea)
Manipura (navel) This is the area which defines our "self-esteem". The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra....otherwise known as the "EGO".This is the area which defines our "self-esteem". The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra....otherwise known as the "EGO". This intuitive chakra is where we get our "gut instincts" that signal us to do or not to do somethingThis intuitive chakra is where we get our "gut instincts" that signal us to do or not to do something
Manipura cont. It encompasses the entire digestive systemIt encompasses the entire digestive system It is our source of energy – it is the element of life.It is our source of energy – it is the element of life. A person with a strong navel center has control over their actions.A person with a strong navel center has control over their actions. Energize using full yogic breath.Energize using full yogic breath.
Anahata (heart) - Our ability to love. Heart Chakra - Our ability to love. Heart Chakra Center of chest just above heart. Location: Center of chest just above heart. Love, joy, inner peace. Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace. Color: Green/Pink Element: Air Healing Exercises: Bikram Yoga Love, love, love. Simply opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra. Healing Foods: Green colored foods (leafy vegetables, spinach) Green tea
Anahata (heart) This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth.This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth. Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The "wounded child" resides in the heart chakra.Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The "wounded child" resides in the heart chakra.
Anahata cont. The heart chakra is the home of compassion, which breeds kindness.The heart chakra is the home of compassion, which breeds kindness. Imbalance can lead to becoming overly attached to some object of affection.Imbalance can lead to becoming overly attached to some object of affection. Can be related to negativity, fatigue, tension, anger, insomnia and heart disorders.Can be related to negativity, fatigue, tension, anger, insomnia and heart disorders. “If you’re not loving yourself, you won’t be able to love others.”“If you’re not loving yourself, you won’t be able to love others.”
Vishuddha (throat) Throat ChakraThroat Chakra - Our ability to communicate. Location: Throat Color: Blue Element: Sound Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth. Location of our Throat Chakra: Throat Emotional issues affecting our Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets. Healing Exercises: Shoulder stand (see above image) Singing, chanting Healing Foods: Juices and teas Fruits (all kinds)
Vishuddha (throat) This chakra is our will center. We speak our choices with our voices (throats). We have all experienced that "lump in our throats" when we are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even stuffing our own emotions. A challenge of the throat chakra is to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Seek only the truth.
Vishuddha cont. The gateway between the head & heart – learn our authentic voice & what we are meant to “say to the world”. Imbalance can lead to arrogance, self- righteous, talk too much or not enough and addiction as well as throat inflammation, ear infections, etc. Speak the truth with compassion.
Ajna (Third-eye) - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.Third Eye Chakra - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.Third Eye Chakra Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra) Color: Indigo Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions. Healing Exercises: Child's Pose or other types of yoga poses with forward bends.yoga poses Eye exercises. Herbal oil treatment (see above image). Healing Foods: Purple colored fruits (grapes, blueberries) Chocolate Lavender flavored spices or tea
Ajna (Third-eye) It is also often referred to as the "third eye" or the "mind center." It is our avenue to wisdom.It is also often referred to as the "third eye" or the "mind center." It is our avenue to wisdom. Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusions is in connection with the healthfulness of this chakra. Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusions is in connection with the healthfulness of this chakra. This is where your intellect overrides the heart.This is where your intellect overrides the heart. Intuition is related to the third-eyeIntuition is related to the third-eye
Ajna cont. The pituitary gland is located here. It is responsible for the secretion of serotonin which is a major factor in the health of our emotional lives.The pituitary gland is located here. It is responsible for the secretion of serotonin which is a major factor in the health of our emotional lives. It is here that we start to move into thought and spirit.It is here that we start to move into thought and spirit. Imbalance can lead to difficulties with the brain and ears, pain, agitation and psychic exhaustion.Imbalance can lead to difficulties with the brain and ears, pain, agitation and psychic exhaustion.
Sahasrara (Crown) Crown ChakraCrown Chakra - The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Location: The very top of the head. Color: Violet/White Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss. Healing Exercises: Meditation Running or cardio Healing Foods: Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.
Sahasrara (Crown) We use the seventh chakra as a tool to communicate with our spiritual nature. It is through this that the life force is dispersed from the universe into the lower 6 chakras. Call it a spiritual connection or communicator. This chakra is often pictured as a lotus flower opening to allow spiritual awakening in an individual.
Sahasrara cont. This chakra rules not only the brain itself, but all the major systems of the body (nervous, skeletal, circulatory, etc) Gateway to enlightenment. Imbalances in this chakra have been associated with migraines, depression, baldness, dandruff, parasites.