The Power of Colors

According to the Yogic tradition, there are seven Chakras (meaning “wheels”), or energy centers, which concentrate and distribute life-force energy throughout the body. Located along the spine, each Chakra is not only associated with particular functions within the body, but with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both inside ourselves and in our interactions with the world. At different points of our being, our energies may come out of balance and become either deficient or excessive spinning the “wheels” of energy out of sync. Specific Yoga asanas used for particular Chakras are splendid in bringing the homeostasis back and reconnecting body, mind and spirit.

 

It is believed that each Chakra has a particular color. The base or Root Chakra is red, it makes you more alert, increases circulation to all tissues, warms and awakens. The second Chakra above, the Sacral Chakra, is orange, the color of joy and wisdom, energy and internal connection. By applying orange to you sacrum and choosing Yoga poses for this region may balance your digestion.

 

The next above is the Solar Plexus Chakra and it is yellow corresponding to self worth, personality and ego. Green is for the Heart chakra, it is healing and loving by nature, making you grateful for giving and receiving. The color of the Throat Chakra is blue used for matters relating to speech and communication. The Brow (sometimes known as the 3rd eye) Chakra and it is Indigo. Concentrating on the “3rd eye” point during Yoga practice and Meditation will help enhance self responsibility and intuition. The last is the Crown Chakra and it is bright white, although colors of violet and gold are also seen in this area. Violet energy brings about increased feelings of spiritual connection, intuition and mental clarity, often helpful in emotional problems.

 

Combining Color and Chakra Therapy during Yoga practice may help to refine the experience and even outshine the results after each Yoga session. If you do poses specifically for a certain Chakra, you may put on clothes or decorate the room with that particular hue for the most effective practice to bring the needed balance to the mental, emotional and spiritual body simultaneously.

 

Meaning of Colors

 

RED stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure, excites sexual glands. It warms us and awakens us physically and energizes our blood. It is a good color to wear when we have colds and poor circulation. Too much red can over stimulate and make some illnesses worse.

 

ORANGE is the color of joy and wisdom, energy and internal connection. It stimulates appetite and it is a good color for illnesses of the colon and digestion.

 

YELLOW is the color of wisdom and emotions. It energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite and helps in digestive problems.

 

GREEN has a calming and balances effect on the nervous system. Soothing and relaxing, green color ease from depression, anxiety, nervousness. Since green stimulates growth, it should be avoided in cancers and other tumors.

 

BLUE is calming and cooling to our system and hence, a good color to counteract hypertension. Spiritually it is the color of health and connects us to holistic thought.

 

INDIGO is the color for healing. It stimulates immunity and enhances intuition connecting us to our unconscious self.

 

VIOLET is cleansing, strengthening, and awakening. It has the power to suppress appetite restoring the peaceful environment. It affects the skeletal system of the body and is a good color for improving immunity, cancerous conditions, and arthritis. It also purifies the system and is an excellent color for headaches and migraines.