Light is energy. All the energy on Earth comes from the sun - and sunlight is actually made up of seven different colors, what we call the "rainbow" or “visible light spectrum.”
For thousands of years, many traditions have embraced chakras, or energy centers inside the body. While the concepts of these chakras have developed over time, the most basic chakra system consists of seven energy centers - each corresponding with a color of the visible light spectrum.
By exploring the different qualities of energy in our body, we can nurture a growing self-awareness. We can promote confidence and empathy by assigning affirmations to each color, body area, and feeling.
TRY THIS: After some sun salutations (like our Sun Dance), lay down on your back and close your eyes. Take deep breaths and call attention to each chakra location, starting at the base of the spine and moving upward. Think the color of the light each chakra represents, and celebrate the quality of its energy with an “I am” affirmation. Then, breathe out on that chakra’s unique vowel sound.
Root Chakra (Base of the spine)
The color is red. The quality is “Strength.” Say, “I am strong.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “Uh” sound (the U sound in “cup”).
Sacral Chakra (2 inches below the belly button)
The color is orange. The quality is “Passion” or “Creativity.” Say, “I am creative.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “Ooo” sound (the OO sound in “zoom”).
Solar Chakra (center of belly)
The color is yellow. The quality is “Power” or “Courage.” Say, “I am powerful.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “Oh” sound (the O sound in “home”).
Heart Chakra (upper chest)
The color is green. The quality is “Love.” Say, “I am love.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “Ahh” sound (as in the word “pop”).
Throat Chakra (throat/neck)
The color is blue. The quality is “Truth.” Say, “I am honest.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “I” sound (like the word “eye”).
Third Eye Chakra (center of forehead)
The color is indigo. The quality is “vision.” Say “I am wise.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “Aye” sound (as in the word “way”).
Crown Chakra (top of head)
The color is violet. The quality is “peace” or “understanding”. Say “I am peace.” Take a deep breath and release the air on a long “EE” sound (as in the word “peace”).
BONUS: Think of the major scale, Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti, and hum or sing the notes as you ascend the seven chakras!
When you are done, take a few minutes to write or draw (preferably with many colors) to further process the relaxation. Once you become familiar with your energy centers, you may choose to revisit one throughout the day to focus or shift your energy.