The term can be variously translated as a wheel, disk, or circle. While it is usually associated with the centers of the subtle body, it can also refer to a group of sadhakas or deities, or a ritual (for example, chakrapuja). There is also a medieval Indian weapon known as a chakra—a thin, razor-edged circular disk (think of that throwy thing which Xena the Warrior Princess had).
The chakras are said to be seven energy vortices in specific locations in the human body that draw in energy from the universe. Each chakra has its own specific color, tone, sound and psychological resonance associated with it. As we develop unhealthy relationships with different elements of our lives, we block specific chakras (or even cause them to "leak"), causing illness in different parts of the body.
A basic basic overview:
- RED - Base/root chakra
- Located at the base of the spine and related to your feeling of 'groundedness' in your family, society and the world.
- ORANGE - Spleen
- Located just beneath the navel, and related to our sexual and reproductive capacity.
- YELLOW - Solar Plexus
- Seat of Emotions. Gives us a sense of personal power in the world.
- GREEN - Heart chakra
- Love love love! How much you can let your love light shine! Well, that's governed by this chakra. Love yourself, love your neighbor because your neighbor is yourself.
- BLUE - Throat
- About self-expression, especially talking.
- INDIGO - Third eye/pineal gland
- The Third Eye chakra is about insight and visualization.
- PURPLE - Crown
- The Crown chakra is about wisdom and being one with the world. Connects you with message from higher realms.