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What are Chakras?

Posted by Anderson's Bead Room on 12/6/2014

Whether you’re in need of healing, a reminder to maintain balance in your life, or just love their beauty, chakra jewelry can be a wonderful addition to your life.

Western culture has adopted the ancient eastern science of maintaining the “flow” of energy through the seven (or eight) energy centers within the body. Each center is identified by location, function, and color. The color associations are somewhat fluid and can be juxtaposed.

Sahasrara is the crown chakra, identified as residing at the very top of the head (where a crown would reside). The Sanskrit word means “thousand petaled,” and is identified by the color white, which in the spectrum of visible light is all colors, together. The crown chakra is the center of higher wisdom and inspiration. It is also sometimes identified as lavender or purple.

Anja is the third eye, and resides on the forehead. It translates as “command,” and can be identified as white, deep blue, or violet. As its name implies, it is the center of clear sight and vision.

Vishudda is Sanskrit for “pure,” and resides at the base of the neck. It is called the throat chakra and is associated with clarity of speech, communication, and the thyroid gland. Its color association is silver or sometimes yellow.

Anahata is the heart chakra and is identified as green. As you may guess, it is often associated with emotional health, but also is the center of the immune system. The English translation of its Sanskrit name is “unstruck.”

Manipura is Sanskrit for “jewel city” and is located at the solar plexus or navel. It is associated with digestion, the pancreas, and the adrenal system. Emotionally, when someone is said to get a “gut feeling,” it is the Manipura they’re thought to access. It is associated with the color yellow.

Svadhisthana is located at the pelvis, and is considered the base chakra, the seat of life. Its Sanskrit name means one’s own base, and is often thought to be the seat of impulse and addiction when out of balance. Its color association is orange.

Muladhara is the root chakra, located at the base of the spine and works in close conjunction with the base chakra. The root chakra is said to be where energy on the upward cycle through the body divides into its 3 channels of travel. Its translation is “root support,” and it is associated with the color red.

Although in Kundalini medical practices, there are said to be some 21 lesser chakras, Western culture has only considered adding an eighth chakra, just above the throat chakra. It is known as the indigo chakra, and is associated with creativity.