Chanakara

The Chakras

Western Name
Access Areas
Emotional Polarity
Chakra Name
Chakra Area
Dream Color
Astrological Association
Ayurvedic Element
Chakra Tea

Pituitary Gland
Top of Head
Ego
Trust
7
Above Head
Violet/White
 
Energy
White Lotus
Pineal Gland
Forehead
Indulgence
Selfcare
6
Forehead
Indigo/Purple
 
Light
Guanabana
Thyroid Gland
Joints
Grief
Return to Spirit
5
Throat
Blue
 
Ether
Blue Ginger
Thymus
Shoulders
Kidneys
Ankles
Judgment
Unconditional Love
4
Chest
Green
Gemini
Libra
Aquarius
Air
Melon and Green
Liver
Pancreas
Forehead
Solar Plexus
Thighs
Anger
Forgiveness
3
Stomach
Yellow
Aries
Leo
Sagittarius
Fire
Vanilla Honeybush
Testes
Ovaries
Breasts
Pelvis
Feet
Attachment
Letting go
2
Pelvis
Orange
Cancer
Scorpio
Pisces
Water
Dragonfruit
Adrenal Glands
Neck
Bowels
Knees
Fear
Courage
1
Anus
Red
Taurus
Virgo
Capricorn
Earth
Red Berry Rooibos

Jeffrey Coleman

Introduction to the Chakras

by Jeffrey Coleman, MA, LMT for Chanakara

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Inspired by his own work as a polarity therapist, Jeffrey Coleman, MA, LMT , a professional artist, teacher and speaker who specializes in chakra research, created the The Anatomy of Energy Guide, to help explain the rather elusive ideas of the chakras in a creative and enjoyable way. Jeffrey is founder and president of Coleman Energy Tools.

Chakra is an Indian word that means wheel or center of light. In our western world, we recognize seven centers of light within the body, each with specific associations to our emotions, glands, and body parts to name a few. Some schools of thought recognize dozens of chakras. Although not connected to any specific religion, chakras are, like many esoteric ideas, quite spiritual in nature. Many of the modern concepts related to the subject were borrowed from ancient spiritual and medical texts from India. The most successful of this initial research was done when a doctor from Chicago, named Randolph Stone, went to India to search for remedies and explanations for illnesses, which our limited western medical texts did not explain. He returned with a new explanation of the chakras that he included in a series of books he published in the 1950's defining Polarity Therapy.

Polarity Therapy is a holistic health care system that contains ideas about illness, health, diet, and the body, which are just beginning to find acceptance nearly fifty years later. These include: Yoga, Energy Medicine, Positive Affirmations, Meditation and Vegetarian Diets.


Chakra 1: Hey Rocky!

Chakra 1 is the first of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of survival and oversees your ability to either stand up and fight with courage or to run out of fear. Located within the red circle in the base of the spine, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your first chakra as your adrenal glands. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your first chakra and access it in the following three areas: neck, anus/colon and knees.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color red, the earth element and the three strong-willed astrological earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. How fitting that the heavy-footed bull, the pristine bare-footed Virgin, and the earthy smelling goat represent the first chakra.

Additional Thoughts: If you're student feeling a tad ungrounded at exam time, a mom with ten thousand errands to run or a business executive stressed by the idea of job security, you're most likely experiencing imbalances in chakra one.

Chakra 2: MTV's top 100 list of Creative and Sexy Artists

Chakra two is the second of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of sex and creativity and oversees your ability to either go with your intuitive flow or to censor yourself with attachments to preconceived ideas. Located within the orange circle in the area of the pelvis, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your second chakra as your testes or ovaries. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your second chakra and access it in the following three areas: breasts, kidneys, and feet.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color orange, the water element and the three emotional astrological water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. How fitting that the water loving crab, the lobster-like scorpion, and the beautiful trout represent the second chakra.

Additional Thoughts: Are you a pack rat who can't let go of things? Do you have old photographs of your ex? Are you so attached to your parent's approval that it shapes your entire existence? If you answered yes to any of these, it might be time to look at your second chakra.

Chakra 3: A Little Fire in the Belly

Chakra 3 is the third of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of your life-force and it oversees your ability to either utilize inward resources for forgiveness or for anger. Located within the yellow circle in the area of the stomach, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your third chakra as your liver. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your third chakra and access it in the following three areas: head, stomach, and thighs.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color yellow, the fire element and the three intense astrological fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. How fitting that the hot-headed ram, the dramatic lion, and the swift archer, represent the third chakra.

Additional Thoughts: Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive? Do get angry easily or have trouble getting angry. Do you drink alcohol in excess? Better give your third chakra a check.

Chakra 4: Be Mine, Mine, Mine

Your fourth chakra is the fourth of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of love and oversees your ability to either embrace yourself and others unconditionally or to become burdened with judgmental thoughts. It is sometimes referred to as the heart chakra. Located within the green circle in the area of the chest, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your fourth chakra as your thymus gland. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your fourth chakra and access it in the following three areas: shoulders, kidneys, and ankles.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color green, the air element and the three busy and inventive astrological air signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. How fitting that the ever-busy twins, the undecided scales, and the ambitious water bearer represent the fourth chakra.

Additional Thoughts: Imagine, as was the case in ancient times, that green symbolized stop and red symbolized go. At a green light you would stop and at a red light you would go. Some say this color mix-up has led to a culture that thinks more than it feels. Can you look in the mirror and say our loud, "I love myself unconditionally." If not, it might be time to check number four at the door.

Chakra 5: The Blue Butterfly

Chakra 5 is the fifth of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of communication and oversees your ability to either express you emotions with ease or to become numb to your feelings. Located within the blue circle in the area of the throat, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your fifth chakra as your thyroid gland (a butterfly shaped gland). However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your fourth chakra and access it in the following area: your joints.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color blue, and symbolized as an empty bowl of ether. This chakra has no formal astrological connections.

Additional Thoughts: Have you ever had a sore throat due to uncommunicated ideas? Are you a person that cries too frequently? Are you the stereotypical, unemotional, and stoic male? Perhaps you have a chakra five imbalance.

Chakra 6: A Vision Quest

Your sixth chakra is the sixth of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of self-care and oversees your ability to take care of yourself in either a caring or overindulgent way. Located within the indigo circle in the area of your forehead or "third eye", if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your sixth chakra as your pineal gland. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your sixth chakra and access it in the following area: on your forehead.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color indigo and the light element. This chakra has no formal astrological connections.

Additional Thoughts: If you've followed your intuition to the movies, a yoga class or a long bath, your sixth is on the right track. However, if, after eating ice cream in bed all week your regiment of self-care has become rather indulgent, better check out the state of your sixth.

Chakra 7: The Mighty, Mighty Crown

Your seventh chakra is the last of your seven chakras recognized as radiating out from within your western body. It is known as the epicenter of connection and it oversees your ability to either trust completely in the flow of life or to control your circumstances with your ego. Located within the violet circle in the area above the head, if you went to the doctor he would most likely refer to your seventh chakra as your pituitary gland. However, if you went to a polarity therapist, she would most likely assess the health of your seventh chakra and access it in the following area: on or one inch above the top of your head.

Appropriately enough, this chakra is represented by the color violet and the energy element. This chakra has no formal astrological connections

Additional Thought: This chakra projects right up into the heavens like one of those creepy alien abduction light beams. It's no wonder if you're feeling disconnected to others, the world as a whole or to Spirit, number seven needs a check up.


Energy Guide

Chakra Energy Guide - by Jeffrey Coleman

I've found through the years, that the esoteric ideas of energy therapy can be somewhat....well...esoteric. In my private practice as a Polarity Therapist and as a faculty member of two healing arts schools, I've seen students and clients consistently challenged to understand the concepts in a meaningful way.

Add value to your chakra assessments with this colorful and informative 11"x17" laminated reference chart. Used as a tool for self-diagnosis or to explain energy concepts to others, it will easily enhance any room or office.

At a glance, you'll enjoy immediate access to valuable information included in the following 8 categories: western names, access areas, emotional polarity, chakra names, chakra areas, dream colors, astrological associations, and ayurvedic elements. Makes a wonderful gift!

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