The chakras are energy centres within the spiritual body, most of which are situated along sushumna nadi: from the base of the spine to the area above the head. On a physical level, the chakras relate to the nerve networks of the corporal body. There are several main chakras that are relevant to the yogi, as they are connected to the path of self-realisation.
The chakras are commonly illustrated as circular forms, often resembling that of a lotus flower, with a varying amount of petals, and they possess individual symbols and colours. Each chakra represent aspects of the physical and subtle body and, when imbalanced, they can cause both physical and emotional symptoms. Blocked chakras can manifest themselves through physical and mental dis-ease such as digestive problems, sore throat, depression and low self-esteem. The nadis are entwined with the chakras, thus being the reason why it is imperative to free them from impurities before embarking on the awakening process of the chakras. Over the next few posts I will discuss each chakra individually in relation to its characteristics, effects and how you can use your yoga practice to harmonise these intriguing energy centres.