....to my chakra flower wisdom project. I am an artist and a yogini and conciously or not many concepts of yoga philosophy inspire my creative life. They often make their way onto paper and it's here where both my selves -yogini and artist are happiest and become one.
Last year, during my Yoga Teacher Training, I was particularly inspred by the idea of representing the Chakra System with a fresh aestetic.
I used each individual chakra color as a foundation, then combined flower drawings associated with the qualities of the chakras. Please note, none of this is scientifically proven, but I do hope it resonates with you on a heartfelt level and brightens up your day. Maybe it inspires you to send a card to a loved one or friend? You can order the cards & prints here!
So, What are chakras?
In a very small nutshell:
The ancient yogis believed that we have 7 different energy centers in our body ligned up along the spine from your sacrum or root all the way to the crown of the head. As long as these energy centers are in balance our life force, our prana, can flow freely. We feel grounded, healthy, creative, confident, happy, seen and heard and find meaning and purpose in our life.
Often though, life energy gets stuck in one, two or all of these centers and the chakras can't function efficiently. This may be due to life experiences, injuries or illnesses. Just think of an event that made you sad. Where do you feel that sadness in your body? Or where do you feel happy?
Yoga poses and meditation are believed to balance those energy centers, so that the life force can flow again and you can live your life in balance and harmony.
You can read a lot more about the chakras on the internet or books. A good one is Judith Anoedea's book "Chakra Yoga".
May my cards simply remind you to embrace the inherent wisdom of your body and invite you to pause, inquire and get inspired.
Below you find all 7 chakra cards, their meaning and what inpsired me to draw them. But before you read them all, why not play a little game? Scroll down, take a look at the flowers and stay with the one that speaks to you!
Chakra Flower Wisdom
1 | Root Chakra :: Muladhara | Poppy Flower
Bloom where you are planted
The root chakra sits at the base of your spine and it's associalted color is red. Your root chakra energy is earthy and grounding and allows you to feel at home in your body wherever you are. In the world of flowers, the Poppy Flower blooms with beautiful delicate red petals. But inspite of it's delicateness it blooms in many places of the world and invites you, as well, to bloom where you are planted.
2 | Sacral Chakra:: Svadhisthana | Calendula Flower
Create your own magic
The second chakra is the sacral chakra and is found in your pelvis area. It's color is bright orange. It's the center of emotions and creation/creativity in your body. The Calendula flower shines with a bright orange and is known for it's healing properties to soothe an aching body. Look at the many petals - it invites you to open your petals, drink in the sweet nectar of your life and create your own magic.
3 | Solar Plexus Chakra :: Manipura | Dandelion
Shine your light
The third chakra is found in the solar plexus right over your navel. The color of the solar plexus chakra is yellow. The solar plexus or belly area is associated with your personal power and your ability to stand up for yourself and your ideas. The dandelion blooms in bright yellow and is found in the most unlikely places. Borrow some fiercness and persistence from the lion(ness) as you shine your light onto the world.
4| Heart Chakra :: Anahata || Rose
Practice random acts of kindness
The fourth chakra is the midpoint between the lower and the upper chakras and coincides with your physical heart, your chest and your thymus gland. The heart chakra is associated with an emerald green. The rose all throughout history has been associated with all things heart and love. But rather than thinking of it in a romantic way ask yourself what do you grow on the bottom of your heart?
Let it be kindnesss. Let it be love.
5 | Throat Chakra :: Vishuddha | Hydrangea
Sing your song
The throat chakra is the point of communication in your body and is located in your throat area. It's color is a bright blue. The Hydrangea Flower is associated with heartfelt and genuine emotions as well as apologies. Just as the flower has many beautiful petals, there are lots of ways to communicate with eachother. Most important though is to speak truthfully, to find your voice, and to sing your own song!
6 | Third Eye Center :: Ajna | Butterfly
Don't be afraid of silly ideas.
The sixth chakra is located between your eyebrows and is often called the "Third Eye Center". Of course we don't have a physical third eye, but don't you agree that some times we know things that are hard to explain logically? This is why it's the chakra of your intuition. It's color is purple and as I was mixing and painting the color a butterfly landed on the paper. So, true to the energy of this chakra I followed my intuition and drew a butterfly instead of flower. Dare to trust yourself and spread your wings.
7| Crown Chakra:: Sahasrara | Flower crown
The power of our imagination makes us infinite.
The seventh chakra is located at the crown of your head and it's color is usually white or a very light purple. It's the chakra of higher concsiousness and invites you to cultivate a deep conncection to your essence as well as a connection to something bigger than yourself. The crown chakra in yogic tradition is almost always represented as a lotus flower with many petals, which of course is a beautiful image.
However, I couldn't help myself picturing it as a wildflower crown. In your meditation imagine yourself wearing a crown with your favorite wildflowers and feathers-it will make you feel humble and majestic at the same time, connecting all the chakras, connecting earth and sky.