The chakras derive from Hinduism and Buddhism philosophy. They are seven central energy points throughout the body, that link to different organs and glands. Energy flows through them all to evenly distribute chi or praana (life energy) throughout the body.
When one chakra is blocked it can manifest itself in different ways in our lives, from illness to emotional problems. Colour therapy can help release these blockages.
Colour is all around us. Scientifically, it's waves of light travelling through space. Our eyes register different wavelengths as different colours. Each chakra has a different vibration, that matches it to the vibration of a certain colour.
If you meditate and focus on the chakra's colour, it can release the blockage occurring within that chakra.
Crown Chakra - VIOLET
Areas: Central nervous system, the brain, the pituitary gland, the cerebral cortex
Influence: Information, knowledge & peace with your world
Blockage: Migraines, anxiety, forgetfulness
Colour visualisation: Deciseness, trust, structure
Brow Chakra - INDIGO
Areas: Eyes, head, pituitary gland
Influence: Perception, wisdom, intuition & spiritual awareness
Blockage: Lack of foresight, memory loss and depression.
Colour visualisation: Courage, clarity, awe
Throat Chakra - BLUE
Areas: Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid & parathyroid glands
Influence: Self-expression, honesty, creativity & communication
Blockage: Lack of communication, dishonesty, creative blocks
Colour visualisation: Decisiveness, clarity, freedom
Heart Chakra - GREEN
Areas: Heart and central organs
Influence: Relationships, love, compassion
Blockage: Lung and heart problems, poor immunity, lack of compassion
Colour visualisation: Balance, love, trust
Solar Plexus Chakra - YELLOW
Areas: Digestive system, muscles, pancreas & adrenals
Influence: Willpower, feelings, ambitions & achievements
Blockage: Lack of direction, anger, inability to express oneself
Colour visualisation: Self-control, vision, trust
Sacral Chakra - ORANGE
Areas: Lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder & your reproductive organs
Influence: Sexuality, desire, pleasure & creativity
Blockage: Sexual guilt, obsessive behaviour, emotional issues
Colour visualisation: Gratitude, self-love, independence
Base Chakra - RED
Areas: Legs, feet, bones, large intestine & adrenal glands
Influence: Groundness, relationship to earth, safety
Blockage: Inflammation of the body, fear, defensiveness, procrastination
Colour visualisation: Security, courage, confidence
Yoga, meditation and colour therapy all help get your chakras back in balance.
Try a colour therapy visualisation exercise to balance your chakras. After reading above, identify which chakras may feel out of balance. Place something of the corresponding colour on the associate energy point. Visualise the colour being absorbed into that area, and the feelings associated with that colour.
Yoga and meditation also help get your chakras back in balance. Make time for yoga and mediation weekly, sign up for a five week course with Delight Yoga starting the 1st of March. Or do a one off Art of Meditation course at Delight on the 12th of March, it's only €25 and could be just what you need.