In order to understand the concept of chakras, we need to look at the subtle body. It is believed that along with the physical body, we all have a subtle body, which is comprised of energy in a similar way how the physical is composed of matters. And these energies are connected with the cosmos or the universal consciousness.
Although there are many chakras, there are 7 dominant chakras, which are the expressions of the various aspects of our life.
“Chakra One: Located at the base of the spine, is associated with survival. Its element is earth.
Chakra Two: Located in the lower abdomen is associated with emotions and sexuality. Its element is water.
Chakra Three: Located in the solar plexus, is associated with personal power, will, and self-esteem. Its element is fire.
Chakra Four: Located over the sternum, is associated with love. Its element is air.
Chakra Five: Located in the throat, is associated with communication and creativity. Its element is sound.16
Chakra Six: Located in the center of the forehead, is associated with clairvoyance, intuition and imagination. Its element is light.
Chakra Seven: Located at the top of the head, is associated with knowledge, understanding and transcendent consciousness. Its element is thought.”
Excerpt From: Anodea Judith. “Wheels of Life.” iBooks.