The power of the chakras is an ancient concept that has been gaining traction in modern times. In the Lucid Body acting work, we use the energy centers of the chakras to articulate the bridge between the inner emotional self and the external physical self. The Brain and Creativity Institute explains that feelings are mental experiences of the states of the body, and that chakras are the energy of this relationship. Through heightened emotions, actors can transform themselves physically and emotionally into their characters.
The chakra system is one way to examine what is happening between mind and body, and can be a useful tool for performers. The root chakra, or Muladhara in Sanskrit, is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the color red and element earth. It is connected to self-confidence, inner power, will, and ego. Manipura allows you to move forward in life in a balanced way.
In modern times, the chakra system has been related to the endocrine system, with certain glands correlating with certain chakras. For example, the root chakra correlates with the testicles or ovaries, the throat chakra with the thyroid gland, and the heart chakra with the thymus. Each of these endocrine glands supposedly has something to do with the functions associated with that chakra. The Anahata, or heart chakra, is considered to be a bridge between materiality and spirituality.
When this chakra is open, it is believed to help keep all other chakras open and bring joy and enlightenment to the person. It is also known as the “thousand petal lotus chakra” and is thought to be the most spiritual central chakra. An unbalanced sacral chakra is associated with fertility problems and a blocked throat chakra means you have trouble expressing yourself. Problems with this chakra can be seen through associated organ problems, such as urinary tract infections, low back pain, and impotence.
To restore balance in your body's energy centers, try taking a sound bath by practicing the sound that corresponds to the chakra that you feel is out of place. The results of recent studies suggest not only the existence of a scientifically measurable chakra location but also that mental focus in these areas can activate them. Chakras have recently become more widely known due to an increase in popularity of yoga and New Age philosophies in general.