Defining what chakra is should be the first step in fully understanding the chakra meditation. The human body has vital points of energy that are being used consciously or unconsciously and which greatly influence the events that happen in our lives. The term “chakra” is used to mean these vital points.
Chakras are located in different parts of the body. All seven of these affect the areas where each of them is located and each possesses its own distinctive property.
A chakra found at the base of the spine -- the Root Chakra. This chakra is known to affect the health, structure and safety of a person. This particular chakra, also called the coccyx, and traditionally known as muladhara, is associated with how one’s body links to the material world. It is also associated with a red-colored circle surrounded by four golden petals.
The Naval Chakra or svadisthana, a vital point located in the lower abdomen, is associated with the feelings of love, passion, sexuality as well as pleasure. People experiencing positive feelings will feedback in this chakra, which is associated with the orange color.
Located just above the navel and below the chest, the Solar Plexus Chakra is a vital point influencing one’s force and willpower. This chakra is where our sense of authority, discipline and self-control meet. The color yellow is associated with this chakra.
The Heart Chakra or the anahata can be found at the center of one’s chest. Love and understanding are the focus of this chakra, as well as the emotions resulting from these feelings. The color green is associated with the Heart Chakra.
A vital point located in the throat area is called the Throat Chakra or vishuddha. Linked to one’s communication, this chakra is also associated with the sky-blue color.
The Brow Chakra or the anja is a vital point found on the forehead, just above the eyes. This chakra is associated with our sensitivity outside the physical realm and is known to the Buddhists as the region of the “Third Eye”. This clairvoyance-related focus point is also associated with the color indigo.
The important point on top of the head which is known as the Crown Chakra or sahasrara is obviously concerned with the mind and spirit. This chakra focuses on one’s consciousness and the things relating to the High Self is also associated with the color violet.
Practicing the Chakra meditation can awaken your vital energy points which can lead to side effects. Too much mental energy may not be advisable to people who have less physical activity. Chakra meditation should be done with proper guidance from an expert. Otherwise possible personality problems may arise due to improper chakra meditation practice.