We talk a lot about the body, mind, and spirit. But rarely do we give the latter two as much importance as the former. It’s understandable, given that the body is tangible, while the mind and spirit are intangible. It’s rather hard to understand their existence in the first place, let alone gauge or fix health issues at such ethereal levels.
Yet, several western and eastern philosophies stress the importance of mental and spiritual wellbeing. The vedic and yogic philosophies address this through the concept of chakras or points of energy balance. In her book Eastern Body, Western Mind, psychologist and chakra expert Anodea Judith defines a chakra as “a centre of organisation that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy”. Experts believe there are at least seven such centres–muladhara (root chakra), svadhisthana (sacral chakra), nabhi-manipura (solar-plexus chakra), anahata (heart chakra), vishuddhi (throat chakra), ajna (third-eye chakra), and sahasrara (crown chakra).
Energy healers often approach the human body in terms of these chakras or energy junctures, rather than as isolated parts. Because of this approach, energy healing practices take into account not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. Medical professionals increasingly believe this well-rounded outlook can heal an individual more effectively.
Yogis have long maintained that chakras are a vital aspect of not only our physical health but also our spiritual wellbeing.
“Traditionally, yoga is a wholesome approach. The practice doesn’t target a specific chakra. It works on the overall body and mind.”