7 Chakra Colors & Meanings: The Complete Guide to Chakras

What are Chakras?

Seven chakras in the human body are a part of a connected system of seven major and numerous minor energy transforming centers. These centers have a conical shape and are located in our energy body. The main seven chakras are aligned along the vertical axis from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

Clearing and opening these energy centers is referred to as 'chakra balancing' or 'chakra healing.' This process can lead to a profound transformation of our emotional, physical, and spiritual state.

With little effort invested in balancing your chakras, you can significantly improve your overall well-being.

You will learn more about each particular chakra, their meanings and properties, and about balancing techniques further below on this page.

Chakra Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet

Chakras and Their Meanings

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for 'wheel,' 'circle' or 'cycle' and is primarily a Hindu concept. However, many other traditions have similar concepts but use different terminology.

Word 'Chakra' in Sanskrit Script
Word 'Chakra' in Sanskrit script means wheel, circle or cycle.

One of the primary functions of the seven chakras, as well as the smaller ones, is to store karma (energy defined by past life experiences and by our current life experience).

Activating and balancing the chakras allows karma to be 'burnt up.' This means that bonds to ego-driven actions are being loosened. Once this has occurred to some degree, a person gets on the way to becoming liberated from the karmic law and fully empowered as a human being.

Another function of chakras is that they take energy from our surroundings and transmit these energies to our bodies.

This process has a direct impact on physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. It affects what we perceive, how we feel and ultimately what we think.

Chakras are also considered to be openings to different internal and external dimensions. They are associated with colors, planets, natural elements, frequencies and other properties.

Anatomy of the Human Chakra Body

Chakras reside within the aura, where different human energy bodies (physical, spiritual, etheric, mental) are brought together and form these cone-shaped energy wheels.

Each vortex is intimately linked with each other via the nervous system called Nadis. The main Nadi is called the Sushumna and goes straight up the spine from base to top of the head. Around the Sushumna, there are two intertwining Nadi channels, called the Ida and Pingala. These flow through each chakra and bring energy to these centers.

Ida, Pingala, Sushumna and Chakras Diagram
Diagram of main Nadi channels and chakras in the human body:

1. The Muladhara Chakra.
1a. The Mooladhar.
2. The Svadhisthana Chakra.
3. The Manipura Chakra.
3a. The Void.
4. The Anahata Chakra.
5. The Vishuddhi Chakra.
6. The Ayna Chakra.
7. The Sahasrara Chakra.
A. Kundalini.
B. Left channel (Ida Nadi).
C. Central channel (Sushumna Nadi).
D. Right channel (Pingala Nadi).
E. Spirit.
F. Ego.
G. Superego.

When energy flow through Ida and Pingala channels is unobstructed, it allows our Kundalini, many times referred to as 'the sleeping serpent' to awaken and stem from the root chakra to the crown through Shushumna channel. Such occurrence is known as 'Kundalini awakening' and is one of the most profound spiritual experiences.

Understanding the Chakra Science

To appreciate the function and use of chakras, it is not necessary to dig deep into the scientific study and to know every single detail about these energy centers. This approach would set the study on more of a theoretical level.

It is better to address the study of chakras through practice and reach your innate understanding.

After you get in touch with your chakras, you will not need a 'scientific proof' of their existence. You will understand that it is not the point to seek the scientific evidence, but to use your newly acquired knowledge in practice. 

7 Chakras and Their Colors

There are many energy vortexes of different sizes in the human energy body, however, there are seven of them which stand out. These are referred to as the 7 Chakras.

1. Root Chakra - RED

The Root Chakra serves to draw energy from natural sources and nature and helps transform it into life energy. The root chakra is also referred to as the 'base chakra,' 'the first chakra' or 'Muladhara' (Sanskrit name).

2. Sacral Chakra - ORANGE

The Sacral Chakra, also known as the 'the second chakra,' is the center of sexual energy and the joy of life. In Sanskrit the word 'Svadhishthana' means sweetness, and in a metaphorical sense, this relates to the sensual and sexual pleasures of life.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra - YELLOW

The Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as the 'the third chakra,' is the repository of energy from which the power of life and vitality flow throughout the entire body. In Sanskrit, the word Manipura means “lustrous gem,” also “jewel city.”

4. Heart Chakra - GREEN

The Heart Chakra, also known as 'the fourth chakra,' is in the center of the chakra system and the center of the human body. It is a link between the lower three chakras and the higher three chakras.

5. Throat Chakra - BLUE

The Throat Chakra, also known as 'the fifth chakra,' represents the transition to the two higher chakras located in the head. It is positioned in the neck, in line with the throat and tasked with keeping the balance between emotions and intellect.

6. Third Eye Chakra - INDIGO

The Third Eye Chakra is 'the sixth chakra' and a spiritual center of the body that is strongly related to concentration and consciousness. The two most important energy channels Ida and Pingala meet and conclude in the sixth chakra area.

7. Crown Chakra - VIOLET

The Crown Chakra symbol is a lotus flower with a thousand petals. The number one thousand symbolizes perfection and accomplishment and signals the seventh chakra’s significance as the most important energy channel.

The Origin and Logic of Chakra Colors

Chakra colors are not made up by just some random logic but are related to colors of the light spectrum and vibration frequencies of specific colors.

Everything in nature has its universal logic, and in particular, on the level of energy and vibration, there are always co-relations. For example, these relations exist between frequencies, colors, sounds and when speaking about perception also levels of consciousness. All these aspects are a part of chakra science which helps us understand chakras, their meanings, and properties.

Chakra Colors and the Visible Light Spectrum

Chakra colors and their order co-relate with seven colors which compose the sunlight. You can observe these seven colors when you project the light through the glass prism. A prism breaks the white light into different colors because each of these colors has a different wavelength.

Red color has the longest waves, which means it has the lowest vibration or frequency and the violet color has the shortest waves, which means it has the highest vibration or frequency.

The same principle can be observed with chakras, where the root chakra (red) vibrates with the lowest frequency, and the crown chakra (violet) vibrates with the highest frequency.

The number of petals depicted in chakra symbols is a direct consequence of different frequencies at which each chakra vibrates.

7 Colors of Light Spectrum
When a beam of white light is projected through the prism, it breaks down into seven most prominent colors which are known as colors of the light spectrum.

The spectrum of visible light is just a small part on a scale of the complete electromagnetic spectrum recognized and used by contemporary science.

Frequencies beyond the visible red color extend to longer wavelengths known as infrared, microwaves and radio waves. Shorter wavelength frequencies above the visible violet color are known to us as ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays.

Length of particular waves can be measured in metric units, and the range of a radio wave is for example as long as the height of a skyscraper while the wavelength of a gamma ray is as small as a nucleus of an atom.

Chakra Colors in order from Root to Crown

Chakra colors ordered from first (root) to seventh (crown) are the following:

  1. RED - Root Chakra
  2. ORANGE - Sacral Chakra
  3. YELLOW - Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. GREEN - Heart Chakra
  5. BLUE - Throat Chakra
  6. INDIGO - Third Eye Chakra
  7. VIOLET - Crown Chakra

These colors had a significant role in ancient cultures, especially in healing practices. The use of colors for healing and therapeutic purposes is not new. It is something that was practiced in the past and continues to be relevant to this day. Our ancestors perceived light as a source of life and the driving force of life’s processes. In fact, light equaled health of the body, mind, and spirit.

Chakra Colors in Order

Chakras and Colors of Aura

Colors are not only around us but a part of us as well. Most of you would have heard about aura, our astral or etheric body, the three-dimensional glow that surrounds our bodies and encompasses the energies that flow through our chakras.

Aura reveals the physical, mental, and spiritual state of our being.

Each of the first seven layers of aura stems from a different chakra, beginning with the red of the root chakra and ending with the seventh violet layer of the crown chakra.

In normal circumstances, an aura is invisible, seen only by exceptionally sensitive or clairvoyant people. These individuals used to be invaluable in diagnosing patients and this knowledge has remained relevant in certain medical circles to this day.

When your chakras are balanced and healthy, they are channeling the energy sourced from the universal energy field and distributing it throughout your body. In such case your aura colors are bright, and the structure of your aura is consistent without any 'energy holes.'

If your chakras are out of balance and not functioning properly, they remain closed to energy and therefore cannot receive or distribute it. These problems manifest as dark blemishes on your aura. Problems in energy distribution result in a lack of physical energy and health issues.

Most holistic healing practices share the notion that all diseases stem from a disturbed balance of force in our spiritual body and manifest first as mental conflicts or issues and, if unaddressed, proceed to manifest as physical illnesses as well. If you react to negative experiences by blocking your emotions, the flow of energy that runs through your chakras will be disturbed, and imbalances will occur.

Red Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Red Chakra is the first chakra, which represents the root of the entire chakra system. If the root is imbalanced, it means that the energy supply of grounding and balancing (earthly) energies to all other chakras is obstructed. Red color supplies power to your legs, pelvis, hips, coccyx, prostate, testicles, urinary system, and reproductive organs. It stimulates physical activity and vitality and gives you a sense of stability, safety, trust in yourself, and warmth.

Effects of Imbalanced Red Chakra:

If you:
- feel drained, tired and weakened,
- cold,
- feel numbness in your legs,
- suffer from sciatica,
- experience back pain,
- are anemic,
- are infertile,
- are impotent,
- feel lonely, unsupported, and insecure,

bring more RED COLOR into your life by:
- visualizing red color,
- meditating in red surrounded by red gemstones and crystals,
- wearing red clothes and accessories,
- decorating your surroundings with red items,
- eating red meat, red-colored vegetables and spices such as chili, cayenne pepper, cumin, and cloves.

 

Orange Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Orange Chakra is the second chakra, which represents the center of sensual perception and sexuality. It is deeply connected with inner balance and finding joy in your life. This chakra processes the life force into creative energies and therefore is responsible for unleashing the full creative potential of a person. The element of orange chakra is water, and it is also associated with the planet Venus.

Effects of Imbalanced Orange Chakra:

If you:
- lack energy,
- feel sleepy and bored,
- want to increase your vitality,
- want to improve your sexual performance,
- feel resigned and beaten,
- feel suppressed,
- feel defeated by everyday tasks,
- want to feel happier,
- want to have a better appetite,
- suffer from rheumatism,
- lack sexual interest or can’t orgasm,
- have menstrual issues,

introduce more ORANGE into your life by:
- visualizing orange color,
- meditating in orange, surrounded by orange colored gemstones and crystals,
- wearing orange clothes and accessories,
- surrounding yourself with orange colored items,
- introducing orange colored accessories into your home,
- eating orange-colored fruit, vegetables, and spices and herbs such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, ginseng, and marigold.

Yellow Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Yellow Chakra is the third chakra of our energy body system. It is connected with aspects such as personal power, will, and identity. These properties are not related to ego, but to the recognition of your true self and the power to actively pursue your real goals in life. Inevitably this process is also connected with life experience. A person with well-balanced Manipura chakra is not afraid to interact with his environment or seek new and unknown experience.

Effects of Imbalanced Yellow Chakra:

If you:
- are emotionally drained,
- feel numb and bored,
- are indecisive,
- have memory issues,
- have trouble concentrating,
- are preparing for major tests,
- have to be impartial,
- are anxious and frightened,
- feel powerless and subordinated,
- want to be more optimistic and self-confident,
- have a slow metabolism,

try to bring more YELLOW into your life by:
- visualizing yellow color,
- meditating in yellow, surrounded by yellow colored gemstones and crystals,
- wearing yellow clothes and accessories,
- surrounding yourself with yellow items,
- picking out yellow decorations and accents for your home,
- eating yellow colored fruit and vegetables, and spices and herbs such as turmeric, mustard, nutmeg, and saffron.

Green Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Green Chakra is the fourth chakra. Its position is in the chest. It is in the middle of the human energy system and is connecting upper and lower three chakras. If the green chakra is fully open and if ego is out of the way, this energy can flow freely from and into the fourth chakra. Attributes of this chakra connect with unconditioned love. This is not the type of love which you can feel when you are in love with another person.  Love which flows into a person through the heart chakra is felt as a complete connection with nature, plants, animals, and people. This is a feeling of unity with creation without any judgment or fear.

Effects of Imbalanced Green Chakra:

If you:
- feel the need to calm down,
- worry too much,
- hold grudges or feel vengeful,
- have issues in your relationships with others,
- cannot empathize enough or have problems relating to the people around you,
- suffer from high blood pressure,
- have a weakened immune system,
- have heart problems,
- experience issues with blood circulation,
- have trouble breathing (asthma, bronchitis),
- suffer from rheumatism or arthritis,
- have allergies, skin problems, or a chronic disease,

you need to introduce more GREEN into your life by:
- visualizing green color,
- meditating in green, surrounded by green gemstones and crystals,
- wearing green clothes and accessories,
- making your surroundings greener by choosing green accessories and accents for your home and office,
- exploring nature and go for walks, take up gardening, and introduce more plants into your home,
- introducing more copper into your life (e.g., copper kitchenware),
- eating green colored fruit and vegetables, drink matcha tea and using spices and herbs such as basil, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, etc.

Blue Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Blue Chakra is the fifth chakra. The meaning of throat chakra is connected with the ability to communicate and express your thoughts without fear or insecurity. Rational thinking and also ability to listen to others is the effect of well-balanced blue chakra. A person with healthy Vishuddha is not only able to express himself verbally, but is also a person of shining personality and can be a great team leader.

Effects of Imbalanced Blue Chakra:

If you:
- feel the need to focus and calm your nerves,
- want to relax more,
- crave some physical, mental, or emotional distance,
- have a temperature,
- suffer from insomnia,
- have cuts, wounds, or burns,
- have issues with your throat, nose, or ears,
- feel the need to be heard,
- find yourself in embarrassing situations a lot,
- experience tension headaches or migraines,

you should consider bringing more BLUE into your life by:
- visualizing blue color,
- meditating in blue surrounded with blue colored gemstones and crystals,
- wearing blue clothes and accessories,
- decorating your apartment with blue items and accents,
- eating more fish, blue colored fruit, asparagus, and spices and herbs such as flaxseeds, chicory, and borage.

Indigo Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Indigo chakra is the sixth chakra. The meaning of third eye chakra connects deeply with intuition and expanded consciousness. It is the seat of the sixth sense and powers of extra-sensory perception. On a biological level, the sixth chakra is connected with the pituitary gland. This is the center in the human brain often called 'the third eye.' It opens the door to many extraordinary abilities. People with open and energized brow chakra can read other people's emotions and thoughts and receive information from higher frequency realms. Some can even act as transmitters, and they can willingly influence other people's thoughts and emotions with the power of their will and mind.

Effects of Imbalanced Indigo Chakra:

If you:
- feel the need to calm your nerves,
- are upset or shocked,
- have trouble sleeping,
- feel uneasy,
- have to be focused and contemplative,
- lack imagination,
- sense that you should work on your intuition,
- suffer from migraines,

try to bring more indigo into your life by:
- visualizing indigo color,
- meditating in indigo and surround yourself with indigo-colored gemstones and crystals,
- wearing indigo clothes and indigo accessories,
- introducing more indigo accessories and accents into your home and office space,
- eating more indigo colored vegetables and fruit and using spices and herbs such as poppy seeds, juniper berries, and chokeberries.

Violet Chakra Meaning and Balancing Techniques

Violet chakra is the seventh chakra. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is the energy center which connects the complete human chakra energy system to the celestial realm. This is the seat of unobstructed consciousness. When you fully awaken the crown chakra and energy flows freely through the whole chakra system, which is referred to as 'kundalini awakening,' a person can feel a broad range of unimaginable effects. Foremost at that point, the ego mind gets disintegrated, and it leaves space for an experience of oneness and connection with the whole universe and creation. This is truly a unique event, and if it only happens once in a lifetime, it can be considered as a great blessing and a gift so great that it has no parallel in the material realm.

Effects of Imbalanced Violet Chakra:

If you:
- need inspiration,
- lack imagination,
- crave clarity and purpose,
- want to improve your meditative technique,
- want to grow spiritually,
- do not believe in yourself enough,
- have lost faith,
- struggle with the meaning of life,
- feel depressed,
- suffer from paralysis or multiple sclerosis,

you might consider bringing more VIOLET into your life by:
- visualizing violet color,
- meditating in violet, surrounded by violet gemstones and crystals,
- wearing violet clothes and accessories,
- decorating your apartment and office with violet accessories and accents,
- going on mountain hikes,
- eating violet colored fruit and vegetables and herbs such as lavender, violet.

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