What you must know about your body and its chakras
Yoga looks at chakras as the body's energy points. And they are located almost exactly where the hormone-secreting glands that connect our mind, emotions and body are situated, writes Shikha Sharma.Updated: Aug 02, 2014 19:10 IST
The endocrine glands secrete hormones, connect our mind (thought) and emotions (feelings) to our physical selves (flesh and blood). How? Here’s an example.
When you feel afraid, the system releases powerful hormones that kick-start a flight-or-fight response in a fraction of a second. The hormones released by the adrenal gland are carried all across your body via the bloodstream. Simultaneously, your brain starts planning your response by stimulating the nerve endings on the muscles of your legs and arms. So your emotions, mind and body are all prepared to respond.
It’s interesting to see how your body’s energy chakras are closely correlated with the endocrine glands.
Base chakra (Mooladhara chakra)
This chakra keeps the energy vortex connected with our basic needs of survival (food and waste elimination), and procreation. The gonadal glands are associated with this chakra.
Sacrum chakra (Svadhisthana chakra)
It controls our emotions and response to fear. It is most closely associated with the adrenal glands. It also balances water in the body. Ever noticed that when you’re afraid or stressed, your body bloats?
Navel chakra (Manipura chakra)
It’s connected to the pancreas and the transformation of food into energy. If this energy chakra is blocked, it could lead to diabetes or liver and digestive disorders. It also creates mental energy and will power.
Heart chakra (Anahata chakra)
The thymus is the gland most closely linked to this chakra. This chakra is for courage, faith, family, love and community. The thymus gland is the seat of immunity cells.
Throat chakra (Vishuddhi chakra)
The thyroid gland is most commonly associated with this chakra. The vishuddhi chakra is for clarity of communication between the mind, heart and soul and the ability to understand situations clearly without fear or doubt.
Third Eye chakra (Agya chakra)
Associated with the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. This chakra is the master instructor, responsible for giving instructions to the whole body. If this chakra is blocked, there could be multiple hormonal imbalances.
Crown chakra (Sahasrara chakra)
Associated with the pineal gland, little is known about this chakra except that it responds to light. When the cosmic consciousness shines in the mind of humans, they attain truth.
From HT Brunch, August 3
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First Published: Jul 31, 2014 16:50 IST