One of the main goals of a yoga practice is find our center and feel a sense of our midline. The ancient yogi’s believed we had a center channel of energy, called the Sushumanna channel, and along this imaginary plum line were 7 major chakras or energy centers. There are thousands of chakras throughout the body; but the main 7 line up from our tail to our crown.
Muladhara - Root Chakra Muladhara is the first chakra, it is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is related to survival, our body and identity as an individual as well as our health, constitution and security including material wealth.
Swadhisthana - Sacral Chakra Swadhistana is the second chakra, know as well as the Sacral or Sexual chakra. It is located in the lower abdomen. This chakra is associated with emotions, feelings, states of desire, creation and imagination.
Manipura - Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura is the third chakra, the solar plexus. It is located just above the navel. This chakra is the center of our power and will. Our sense of power, ego and authority, as well as self-control and discipline are centered here.
Anahata - Heart Chakra The fourth chakra is located at the center of the chest and is associated with love and understanding, limitless compassion and empathy and forgiveness.
Vishuddha - Throat Chakra The fifth chakra is located in the center of the throat. This chakra is linked to our creativity and ability to communicate. It is also the seat of our karmic memories.
Ajna - Third Eye Chakra The third eye, sixth chakra is located in the center of the head behind your eyebrows. It is linked to the pineal gland. This chakra, is the commander of our consciousness in the body. It is related to our ability to perceive clearly and it is also linked to our Intuition, insight, and imagination.
Sahasrara - Crown Chakra The seventh chakra is located at the very top of the head. This chakra is linked to the Divine wisdom, our spirit, our Oneness with the Universe, our Unity with all that is, and Enlightenment.