7 Chakras, Colors and Their Meanings
This website is your entry point to in-depth information about the CHAKRAS, COLORS, CHAKRA STONES and MEANINGS – their functions, and practical ways of their use for improvement of your well-being.
The chakra symbols tell a deeper story about chakras. These are not just pretty pictures or symbols.
These pictographs actually contain information about chakra deities, mantras, and even vibrational frequencies.
Learn how to understand chakra symbols and their meanings – what they symbolize and how to interpret the hidden meanings of geometrical symbols.
Chakra stones are crystals and gemstones which are used for chakra balancing and healing.
Each stone has its unique properties and specific energy and vibration which can be used to open a specific chakra.
Enter the Chakra Stones and Crystals Portal and learn how you can use the chakra stones to improve your health, wealth and overall well-being.
What is a Chakra?
A chakra is an energy center in our body. It is a kind of a vortex, exchanging the energy with our surroundings.
The seven chakras in the human body are a part of a connected system of seven major and numerous minor energy transforming centers. There are 114 chakras in a human body, which are connected through an energy network called the ‘nadis’. There are 72.000 nadi channels which connect all the energy vortexes together and are forming the complete human energy body.
What does the Word "Chakra" mean?
‘Chakra’ is a word for ‘wheel,’ ‘circle’ or ‘cycle’ and is primarily a Hindu concept. However, many other traditions have similar concepts but use different terminology.
Originating from sanskrit, the word ‘Chakra’ can be translated more directly as ‘a spinning energy wheel’.
Word ‘Chakra’ written in Sanskrit script.
A highly skilled person who can see auras, can perceive chakras as vortexes of spinning energy. During chakra meditation we can often feel chakras spinning as vortexes, or visualize them as such with our inner vision.
These centers which exist in the energetic dimension have a conical shape which extends and opens up to our front and back.
The main seven chakras, as is adopted from Hinduist belief, are aligned along the vertical axis from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
Chakras are linked to each other through energy channels called Ida, Pingala and Shushumna. These are the main lines in a complex system of energy lines, called the Nadis.
WHAT IS The Function of Chakras?
The main function of chakras is they connect with the energies of our surrounding and transmit these energies to our bodies and vice versa.
This process has a direct impact on our physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual perception. It affects what we perceive, how we feel and ultimately what we think.
Another function of the seven chakras, as well as the smaller ones, is to store karma (energy accumulated in past life experiences and in our current life experience).
Activating and balancing the chakras can trigger an energy transformation within us, which allows karma to be ‘burnt up.’ This means that bonds to ego-driven actions are being loosened and we become more in tune with universal energies. Once this has occurred to some degree, a we get on the way of becoming liberated from the karmic law and we step on the path of fully empowering ourselves as natural human beings.
Each of the seven chakras has its own vibration and serves a specific purpose.
Chakras are also considered to be openings to different internal and external dimensions. They are associated with body organs, emotional states, levels of consciousness, colors, planets, natural elements, frequencies, and mythical deities, and have different meanings and aspects.
Each chakra relates to specific color of the visible color spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
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.
Chakra Colors in Order from Root to Crown
Chakra colors ordered from first (root) to seventh (crown) are the following:
- RED – Root Chakra – Muladhara
- ORANGE – Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
- YELLOW – Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
- GREEN – Heart Chakra – Anahata
- BLUE – Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
- INDIGO – Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
- VIOLET – Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
- The red chakra sits at the bottom of the chakra system at the base of the spine.
- The orange chakra is located above the spleen, just a bit above the sexual organs.
- The yellow chakra is located in the stomach area.
- The green chakra sits in the middle of the chest.
- The blue chakra is located at the bottom of the throat and neck .
- The indigo chakra location is in the brow area, between the eyes.
- The violet chakra position is at the top of the head.
These seven 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.
However, the theories of linking the color therapy with the philosophy of chakras was developed much later, only in the last century.
The Origin of Chakra Colors
Christopher Hills with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi
The idea of chakra colors was first presented in the 1970’s by an English writer and philosopher Christopher Hills.
He was a versatile scholar and practitioner of esoteric traditions who has linked the theory of chakras with the light frequencies and vibration.
His ideas were vastly accepted and nowadays the understanding of chakras is intimately linked with colors and frequencies, not only within western energy healing practices, but also in eastern traditions.
The theory of chakra colors is based on relation of chakras with the colors of the light spectrum (rainbow) and vibrational 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.
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.
Chakra colors and other related aspects are a part of chakra science which helps us understand chakras, their meanings, and properties.
Anatomy of the 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 or vortexes.
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.
Diagram of the 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.
B. Left channel (Ida Nadi).
C. Central channel (Sushumna Nadi).
D. Right channel (Pingala Nadi).
When energy flows freely through Ida and Pingala channels, 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.
Chakras and Colors of Aura
Most of you would have heard about aura, our astral or etheric body – the three-dimensional glow that surrounds our bodies.
Aura is often understood as energy which is projected from our chakras. Aura reveals the physical, mental, and spiritual state of our being.
In normal circumstances, an aura is invisible, seen only by exceptionally sensitive or clairvoyant people. However, anyone can learn how to see aura by following a few simple exercises.
When your chakras are balanced and healthy, they are channeling the energy which is 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 partially or completely 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 the physical, emotional and mental disorders and can lead to serious health issues.
Most holistic healing practices share the notion that all diseases stem from a disturbed balance of force in our spiritual body.
They show at first as mental conflicts or emotional 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chakras
According to the Vedic scriptures originating from Hinduism and also based on Buddhist tradition the chakras are energy centers which exist in an energy body of a person. As such, the chakras are not physical, but exist in more subtle energy fields. Besides the traditional teachings also many modern healing and self-improvement techniques are based on philosophy of chakras. The practitioners of such methods will tell you that chakras are real and that the effects and benefits of opening your chakras can be definitely felt.
The name ‘Chakra’ itself comes from Sanskrit language and the understanding of chakras in the western world originates from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. However other traditions have very similar concepts and understanding – some of which are Chinese Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism.
When we talk about chakra systems, we usually speak of 7 chakras or 12 chakras as the number of main energy nodes in our body. However there are many smaller chakras, most prominent being positioned in our hands and feet, and even smaller ones all over our body, lying along the pathways of the body energy channels.
The 7 chakra colors – as defined and accepted by western esoteric practices – are the following:
- Root Chakra – Red Color
- Sacral Chakra – Orange Color
- Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow Color
- Heart Chakra – Green Color
- Throat Chakra – Blue Color
- Third Eye Chakra – Indigo Color
- Crown Chakra – Violet Color
Aura colors are closely tied to functioning of the chakras. The colors of chakras are reflected in a human aura – an energy field which is projected through the chakras. If our chakras are open and balanced, our aura will be radiant and well-balanced.
- Generally vivid colors of the aura with no ‘holes’ in it mean that a person is healthy and vital.
- Dark colored aura with ‘holes’ and blemishes mean that the person is most likely ill and has a low energy vibration.
Chakras can become blocked for many reasons, some of the most prominent being:
- Emotional trauma
- Not enough physical exercise
- Not enough connection with nature
- Unhealthy diet
- Unhealthy habits and addictions
The most common methods for opening your chakras are the following:
- Chakra Meditation
- Practice of Yoga
- Breathing Exercises
- Crystal Healing (Healing with Chakra Stones)
- Sound Healing (Chakra Frequencies)
- Practice of Mudras (Hand Gestures)
- Mantra Meditation
- Chakra Diet
- Color Therapy
Other practices, especially the ones involving exercise, meditation and connection with nature are just as well beneficial for opening your energy channels and balancing your chakras.
Chakra meditation usually includes relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, visualization of energy flow and colors inside your energy body and can be assisted by various sound frequencies such as binaural beats or isochronic tones for chakra meditation.
Chakra cleansing is a process of using different techniqes for opening, balancing and healing your chakras. When performing chakra cleansing we focus on de-blocking the chakras and releasing the heavy and stale energies.
Chakra cleansing stimulates the flow of the vital energy known as “prana” or “chi” throughout the main seven chakras and through the complete chakra system. This results in improving and energetic field and reflects in overall well-being of a person.
Kundalini energy is also known as Prana, Chi or Ki . This is a universal vibrating energy which is also an integral part of all living beings and organisms.
When named ‘Kundalini’ we usually speak of the Chi energy in human body which flows through the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna energy channels. These lines co-relate with the seven major chakras and are the most prominent energy channels in the human body.
Kundalini awakening is known as and event of the energy rising from the Root chakra to the Crown chakra through the central energy channel called the Sushumna.
Chakra stones, healing crystals and gemstones are used for aligning, healing and balancing your chakras.
Each stone has its unique properties which make them appropriate for balancing one or more specific chakras. Some stones can be used on all chakras.
Chakra stones are used in a way that they are placed on the locations of the chakras during meditation. You can also wear them as pendants or other type of jewelry, use them in your home and you can even diet them by drinking crystal charged water.
Some stones are related to specific chakras and some can be used on more or all chakras. Here’s the lost of the most common gemstones used for specific chakras:
- Root Chakra Stones: ruby, red jasper, granite, hematite, red coral, red tiger eye, smoky quartz, onyx, garnet
- Sacral Chakra Stones: tiger eye, golden topaz, orange tourmaline, yellow jade, hyacinth, fire opal, corals, orange aventurine, sunstone
- Solar Plexus Chakra Stones: tiger eye, citrine, yellow jasper, yellow calcite, amber, yellow serpentine, chrysoberyl
- Heart Chakra Stones: emerald, chrysoprase, green tourmaline, rose quartz, jade, peridot, malachite, green quartz, green spinel
- Throat Chakra Stones: aquamarine, blue topaz, chalcedony, blue tourmaline, turquoise, lapis lazuli
- Third Eye Chakra Stones: blue sapphire, opal, blue tourmaline, lapis lazuli, sodalite, blue agate, blue azurite, blue dumortierite quartz, blue iolite, blue tanzanite
- Crown Chakra Stones: diamond, amethyst, quartz, rainbow obsidian, spinel, transparent tourmaline, azurite
A seed mantra is the main mantra of a specific chakra. In Vedic tradition the seed mantra is called ‘Bija mantra’.
Mantra is a word which is expressed and vocalized as a vibrating sound. Each seed mantra is a sound which vibrates at specific frequencies which help us release the blocked energies, relax the body and free the mind.
The word Mantra in Sanskrit means ‘libearte the mind’, ‘man’ meaning the mind, and ‘tra’ meaning ‘liberation’.
Seed mantras of the seven major chakras are the following:
- Root Chakra Mantra: LAM ( लं laṃ )
- Sacral Chakra Mantra: VAM ( वं vaṃ )
- Solar Plexus Chakra: RAM ( रं raṃ )
- Heart Chakra Mantra: YAM (यं yaṃ )
- Throat Chakra Mantra: HAM ( हं haṃ )
- Third Eye Chakra Mantra: AUM (ॐ aum/om)
- Crown Chakra Mantra: AH ( अह् ah)