Welcome to my chakra flower wisdom project. As a yoginiand artist many concepts of yoga philosophy inspire my creative life and make their way onto paper.
Last year, during my Yoga Teacher Training, I was particularly inspred by the idea of representing the Chakra System in a different way and with a fresh aestetic.
I used their color as a foundation and combined them with flower drawings that I then 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 or inspires you to send a card to a loved one or friend.
What are chakras?
I am not going deep into the history and meaning of Chakras on this site and there is plenty of literature out there, but here it is in a nutshell:
The yogis believed that we have 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. Often though, life energy gets stuck in those centers and the chakras can't function efficiently. This may be due to life experiences, injuries or illness and In that case you may experience symptoms in different parts of your body and mind.
Yoga poses and meditation are believed to help clear those energy centers, so that the life force can flow again and you can live out your life's purpose.
For more information on chakras and yoga you can consult Judith Anoedea's book "Chakra Yoga".
1|Root ChakrA :: Muladhara|Poppy Flower
Bloom where you are planted
The root chakra sits at the base of your spine and the color 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 the center of emotions and creation in your body. It's color is a bright orange. The Calendula flower shines with a bright orange color and invites you to open your petals, drink in the sweet nectar of your own life and create your own magic. The calendula flower is also known for it's healing properties and soothe an aching body.
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 . It 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 the 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 :: VisSudHA | 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 and here in New England the Hydrangea blooms for us in this gorgeous color. 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 is to speak your truth and 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 often called the Third Eye Center. Now, of course we don't have a physical third eye, but don't you agree that some times that we know things that are hard to explain logically- this is why it's the chakra for 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. Dare to trust yourself and spread your wings.
7| Crown Chakra:: Sahasrara | Flower crown
The power of our imagination makes us infinte.
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. It invites you to cultivate a deep conncection to your essence as well as a connection to something bigger than yourself. The crown chakra is almost always represented as a lotus flower with many petals, which 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 earth and sky.