The word “chakra” means “wheel”. There are many chakras in human body. Buddhists claim there are dozens of chakras while Jainism scriptures mention only nine of them. Most of the teachings refer to seven different chakras. Experiencing any of these chakras is often explained as a flow of energy followed with the feeling of lightness. It is important that there are no obstructions and that the energy may flow and help the chakra to open.
The seven chakras
Muladhara - Root Chakra, connects a human being to the Earth. Focus on the basic needs like food, shelter, water and sex helps to balance this chakra.Swadhisthana - Sacral Chakra, is located right below the navel. It is also known as the hara chakra. This chakra deals with emotions like fear, hate, violence or anger. Accepting any of these emotions helps to purify and balance this chakra.Manipura - Solar Plexus, has two forms: doubt and trust. Each of them happens by transformation of the other one.Anahata - Heart Chakra, is the middle chakra that divides all of the rest. This chakra balances one’s life. Focus on this chakra will result in feeling more love for ourselves and towards the others.Visshuddhi - Throat Chakra, can help one to communicate openly and share its own opinions. This chakra is known of its ability to help one living an authentic life.Ajna - Third Eye, is located between the eyebrows. Opening this chakra means rising one’s awareness.Sahasrara - Crown Chakra, is represented as a bright white aura at the top of our head. It is ahead of the body and mind and it communicates between the body and the other world.Opening Chakras for Beginners
Before trying to open chakras it’s important to let go of any imminent suppression or repression. Suppression blocks the energy and prevents it from flowing from one chakra to another. It’s not easy to let go of any suppression but relaxation techniques such as meditation may help. There are a lot of techniques used for opening chakras. These methods include tantra techniques, yoga techniques and breathing exercises. One will probably have to try a couple of them before finding the most suitable one. When one feels some energy moving he or she should continue using that particular technique.