Chakras

Through inner attunement, the ancient yogis were able to perceive the energetic basis of all matter.  The seven chakras or energy centers comprise their model of the energetic or subtle body.  Each chakra is located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. These "whirling disks of light" each radiate a specific color and spiritual quality, and are associated with corresponding psychological, physical, and emotional states necessary for the development of the whole person.Though the chakras have not been confirmed by Western science, with the spirit of inquiry, we can explore this model through asana, meditation, and other practices –and ultimately incorporate what we find useful for our own growth and self-understanding. 


The First Chakra: Root

Muladhara, or Root Chakra

Muladhara, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It is symbolized by the color red and a lotus with four petals. Muladhara represents the center of… Read More→

The Second Chakra: Sensual

Svadhisthana (sweetness), or Sacral Chakra

Svadhisthana (sweetness), or Sacral Chakra, is located at the lower abdomen between the belly button and pubic bone. It is symbolized by the color orange and a lotus with six… Read More→

The Third Chakra: Power

Manipura, "lustrous gem," the third chakra

Manipura, meaning “lustrous gem,” is the third chakra and is located at the solar plexus (between belly button and bottom of rib cage). It is symbolized by the color yellow… Read More→

The Fourth Chakra: Love

Anahata, "not struck," heart Chakra

Anahata Chakra, meaning “not struck,” is located at the heart (center of the chest). It is symbolized by the color green and a lotus with 12 petals. Its issues are… Read More→

The Fifth Chakra: Communication

Vissudha, purification center, throat Chakra.

Vissudha Chakra is the purification center and is located at the throat. It is represented by the color blue and a crescent within a 16 petaled lotus, and its issues… Read More→

The Sixth Chakra: Perception

Ajna, "to perceive," third eye chakra

Ajna, meaning “to perceive,” is also known as the third eye chakra and is located between the eyebrows, just above the bridge of the nose. It is represented by a… Read More→

New to Yoga?

To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page

Yogic Wisdom

Patience can't be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.
-Eknath Easwaran
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