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The Anatomical Proof of the Existence of the Chakras

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If you have gone to a yoga class more than once, chances are, the word “chakras” have crossed your path. Chakras are believed to be psychic energy centers that govern the human body. Chakra comes from the sanskrit word for “wheels”. They are supposedly located in seven different parts of our anatomy beginning from the base of the spine going up to the crown. Through the practice of yoga, these centers of vitality unite the mind to the body creating peace and well-being.

Carolyn Myss,author of the Anatomy of the Spirit, went as far as identifying the diseases associated with specific psycho-spiritual dysfunctions in relation to the seven Chakras.

Many scientists will tell you that there is no scientific basis for the chakras. There are no actual “wheels of light” rotating inside our bodies. But the context of ancient language may have been classically misinterpreted.Wheels are round objects that circulate along a center. So it may be talking about “circulations” more than actual wheels. If this is so, it may be safe to interpret the chakras as seven circulations of vital activities within our body.

Perhaps modern science hasn’t found the chakras because they have not been looking at the right place. In 2007, Sandra and Mathew Blakeslee published a book entitled The Body has a Mind of its Own. In this book, they traced the history of “body maps”from the time of neuro-scientist Alfred Penfield. According to the book, Penfield successfully identified the functions of specific parts of the brain that run our bodies. He called this body map the humunculus which translates as “little man” in latin. The advancement of neuroscience has led to the discovery of more body maps within the brain. Now more than ever, we are seeing that the body is a mirror of the “the little man” on the top floor, the one inside the skull.

We now know which part of the brain thinks of certain things. The footprints of the psyche can be observed at work during brain scans. We now know which part of the brain lights up when we think of food, sex, religion or our next door neighbor.

If we were to overlay a diagram of the chakras on a the human brain we will find a surprising match. It is as though the chakras are running down a little man crouched in a fetal position inside our skulls. The amazing coincidence is, notonly are the parts of the brain consistent with the thought processes of the chakra groupings, they are also the exact anatomical equivalents of the human body.



The pre-frontal cortex, a feature of the human brain more developed than our ape cousins is the command center. Many studies have shown that higher states of concentration, free will, feelings of “oneness” and altruism are found in this region. If the brain was a little man crouching inside our skulls, the pre-frontal cortex is the crown of the brain, the way our crown is the crowns of our heads. It is located however on the forehead, not on the crown. As a chakra, the crown is where we connect with the Divine. If you are connected to a higher power, youfeel “one” with the universe resulting in altruism and harmony.



Next to the pre-frontal cortex is the rest of the frontal brain. Divided into two hemispheres, the left and the right each govern visual and verbal inputs. Theygather this information from the eyes and ears. Working with the lobes, sound and sight perception of the outside world negotiate within a thin membrane between the hemispheres known as the corpus callosum. The pineal gland thatlies right below it has been linked to visions and “third eye”experiences. The sixth chakra,also known as the third eye chakra governs sight and perception. It is the chakra that is responsible for seeing within the mind’s eye. It is furtherdescribed as the channel where Ida, the female nadi and Pingala, the male nadi meet. Ida is associated with the left side of the body and Pingala, the right. Descriptions of Nadis in various yoga texts depict it as a kind o fvessel of consciousness. A “female” and “male” in esoteric terms pertain tonegative and positive energies. To be more precise, a force that gathers is associated with the female and a force that gives or focuses is considered male. These are traits that could aptly describe the hemispheres, with the right side governing the left and the left side, the right.



Broca’s area is a small portion in the frontal brain, right below the frontal eye field.It is the region of the brain that helps us produce speech. It works with Wernick’s area (found at the bottom of the parietal lobe) to produce and decode language.Similarly the throat Chakra is associated with communication and expression.



Beyond Broca’s area, deep in the medial brain is the thalamus region where the hypothalamus lies. The hypothalamus is like the heart of the brain. Dr. John Ratey describes it as the “conductor” to the orchestra of the brain. It is responsible for the circulation of hormones the way the heart circulates the bloodstream all around the body. This area connects all parts; the front with the bottom and the left with the right together. It is a major enabler of deliberate movement and the thermostat of the brain. It too, is said to be responsible for the generation of emotions. Below the throat chakra is the heart chakra. The Chakra that rules marriage,commitment and relationships.


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Below the medial brain are the three lobes: Parietal, Occipital and Temporal. This area is called works with the limbic system, the part that mediates emotions and memory. These lobes enable the sensation of time and space.

With memory,spatial and emotional associations influencing action, you know where and who you are in relation to the world. Sandra and Mathew Blakeslee talked about the influence of the lobes to body image in their book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own. They explained how someone thin can look at himself in the mirror and still see fatness that he grew up with, causing more cravings for comfort foods. It is the interpretation of reality that gives the lobes its power to influence perception. You literally become what you think you are. The third chakra foundbelow the heart and the stomach is associated with identity. It is also the seat of courage. In the human brain, the amygdala is found within the Temporal lobe.The amygdala is where fight or flight responses are decided.



Below the lobes,and separated from the cerebrum is the cerebellum, also known as the reptilianbrain. It is like a reptile’s brain. It is responsible for the desire for social dominance, lust and other unsavory human traits. The Pons, connects the two halves of the cerebellum the way the thalamus region connects the hemispheres. It is mainly responsible for self-protection and the meeting o fbodily needs. The second chakra is where primal energy is derived from. In fact,it is said that the kundalini, a powerful primal force in yoga, is found here. Usually portrayed as a coiled serpent, it is believed that when the Kundalini rises to the crown, mastery and awareness is achieved.Neurologically speaking, the reptilian brain is in charge of body memory.Driving, riding a bike, playing the piano becomes an automatic thing in thispart of the brain.Perhaps, when altruism and forward thinking becomes an automatic program in your brain, that is when you have achieved the awakening of the Kundalini.



The last part of the brain is the branch that connects it to the spinal column. The brain stem regulates involuntary functions of the brain that keep itself and the body going. It is also in charge of sleep-wake cycles, breathing and excretions. The root chakra is also also the chakra of survival. When your basic needs are met, your root chakra will behealthy. But food and shelter issues are said to weaken the first chakra and cause back pains or diseases found in the legs and feet.


Dr. John Ratey’s newly released book Spark:the revolutionary science of exercise and the brain links the direct connection of achieving mental fitness through physical exercise. Proving in general that exercising the body affects the mind. Another book by Norman Doidge M.Dentitled the Brain the Changes Itself narrates how a woman who was born retarded succeeded in overcoming her disabilities through exercises that involve learning how to read clocks and tracing intricate lines. This woman became a leader in the study of nuero-plasticity or the ability of the brain to change. This proves that the actions of the body changes the wiring of the brain. Her nameis Barbara Arrowsmith, founder of the Arrowsmith Approach for overcoming mental disability.

Doidge’s books tates that through persistent exercise, the brain can heal itself. This promise has been said before by mystics from the Upanishad period, 3000 years ago. It gave rise to the practice of yogaand the knowledge of the energy centers called the chakras.

More and more, science and ancient wisdom are converging. How was it possible for the ancient mystics to arrive at the same conclusions we are only beginning to observe today in the 21st century? Perhaps the answer is, consciousness knows its own nature. If you bother to ask the question, it will give you the same answer in the language that you can understand.

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Ashutosh Joshi from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2017:

An interesting read, thanks a ton.

Its a shame that we never harvested the indepth knowledge in our ancient texts 'vedas' that had already unlocked 1000s of years, something that morden science still fails to decipher!!

Cecilia (author) from New York on July 16, 2015:

Hi AmantdeLaLune,

Just because you meditate on the Chakra sites on the physical body and not the brain, doesn't mean that the effect isn't processed on the brain. As a medical student, you are probably aware that the brain and the body is part of one system. Meditating on certain body parts is largely a neural activity. The diagram above shows the connection between the body parts that are ruled by certain parts of the brain. The brain is part of the body and it is a system that is connected by nerves and hormones. Perhaps as you move higher towards your understanding of the body in med school you will realize that the body and the brain are more connected than you think. The nervous system is in the entire body, or should we say, the body is the larger brain. It will be difficult to explain everything here. You have to understand it more by continuing your education in medicine. Thank you for your comment.

Mohib Shamoon from Pakistan on June 28, 2015:


I'm a medical student as well as a Yoga Practitioner. It's Very Well Written Article and Helped Give me a new point of view towards the Chakras.

But I came across this page while searching for a scientific basis for Chakras, I agree with ThouShallNotBSThyself in this context that the Chakras should be explained on the body not on the Homunculus. Why? because we meditate on the Chakra Sites on the physical body, not on the brain.

Cecilia (author) from New York on June 02, 2015:


Well if I were to do a follow-up on this it will say that the brain is a mirror of the body but that is asking for a new hub. As of now, 5 years later since I first wrote this piece, we really have yet to understand how the brain works. But that the grouping of chakras and these brain/body function similarities and their progression is still true. You have to look at it from a metaphorical and not literal point of view so you're not stuck.

Cecilia (author) from New York on June 02, 2015:


Well if I were to do a follow-up on this it will say that the brain is a mirror of the body but that is asking for a new hub. As of now, 5 years later since I first wrote this piece, we really have yet to understand how the brain works. But that the grouping of chakras and these brain/body function similarities and their progression is still true. You have to look at it from a metaphorical and not literal point of view so you're not stuck.

ThouShallNotBSThyself on May 26, 2015:

You do realize that the references made here to prove the existence are in the brain not in circles running across the bodies so aren't we still where we started the brain is the principle here and science still proves there are no chakras but yet functions in the brain that control chakras functions instead?

Cecilia (author) from New York on March 14, 2015:

Hi Miro,

yeah...come to think of it proof may be too strong a word...( 5years later)

Cecilia (author) from New York on March 14, 2015:

Hi Sage Owens,

I meant that the religions we are born into are patterned mirrors, as Joseph Campbell describes them. The psyche needs a map in order to measure its progress. Like for instance, Holy Communion. the purpose of that is to alert the 8 year old that she is no longer living for her own sake. That it is part of a community and that it is responsible for others. SO they partake of the body of Christ in order to serve the way Christ did. And so and so forth. Sometimes, these rituals do not resonate. They do not have relevance or meaning for a particular kind of psyche so that person becomes confused and hide behind being a catholic and doing the ritual without really understanding what it means for him or her. SO the hide behind being Christian or Hindu or Protestant. But they don't really know who they are. A good mirror, a good religion, should be able to lead you to your core self. The measure of good is if it helps you understand yourself. Does that help? Read Joseph Campbell's Inner Reaches of Outer Space.

Sage Owens from Mesa, Arizona on February 28, 2015:

Hi, very interesting article. Blows my mind. I too am trying to do some research on chakras, where our energy goes when die, phsychotic disorders, the third eye, all sorts of stuff like that. One of your comments really captured attension. You said "The paths we were born into are patterned mirrors of our internal/spirtual world and sometimes they resonate, sometimes they don't. And that is why some people become seekers while others hide behind the names."

I have a few questions for you:

1)What do you mean "sometimes they resonate, sometimes they don't." ?

I understand the meaning of resonate but I still don't fully understand your statement.

2)What do you mean "And that is why some people become seekers and others hide beind the names"?

Are the people that have resonating internal/spiritual mirrors the seekers or the one's that hind behind names?

Could you further explain "hind behind names to me"?

This is very important to me and would mean a great deal if you could get back to me (:

Miro on November 26, 2014:

This isn't anatomical proof.

Cecilia (author) from New York on May 14, 2014:

Hi, I'll be honest with you. I can only guess if the chakras that the vedas are talking about are parts of the brain. I am just pointing out the parallels of brain functions, what part of the consciousness they rule and their order of appearance in the anatomy match the description of the chakras. My guess is, since yoga unites the body to the mind and its purpose is to heal the body, the goal is to activate the healthy flow of consciousness by moving certain parts of the body in certain ways to unblock damaging psychic habits.

azhy on February 17, 2014:

Thanks a lot for this information.

But i want to know what do you mean by mentioning certain areas of the brain when you talk about each chakras ? Does it mean that it is all a out the awakeneing of these areas in the brain and it will reflect in the body ? Or the the chakra has its own representation in the brain.

Please explain this for me furthur.

Cecilia (author) from New York on January 09, 2014:

Well this anecdotal article has been re-posted and cited several times and have been considered for publication in a health and wellness magazine. I just couldn't wait, and decided I'll post it anyway because I needed it to be out there for personal reasons. ;)

Aaron on December 07, 2013:


I believe that this is highly anecdotal. Not to say that this isn't true but the fact that contextual evidence is becoming anecdotal on the internet means that something is wrong with the way we do our research. I feel that this is mobile-friendly however (article of short length) so kudos to you for that.

AnonJ on October 31, 2013:

Yes, I second what ceciliabeltran said. There is no such thing as religions, demons and angels. All of these things are concepts made by humans. At the core of everyone is the same spiritual consciousness. Those are concepts taught in order to make people scared of exploring a truth on their own. As soon as you identify with race, religion, social status, financial status, you automatically pit yourself against your fellow man. In order to truly be free, you have to search beyond those concepts that were merely taught without the ability to question.

Cecilia (author) from New York on October 17, 2013:

There is no such thing as Hindu or Buddhist or Christians, just humans tinkering with the same spiritual machinery.

The paths we were born into are patterned mirrors of our internal/spiritual world and sometimes they resonate, sometimes they don't. And that is why some people become seekers while others hide behind the names.

malinda on October 08, 2013:

Yoga is good but only for Hindu or Buddists. It's spiritual tradition steming from these regions of the world. In westenr civilisation yoga may by harmful and is very dangerous. It opens for spiritual realms, where angels and DEMONS dwell. Besides it should be perceived as occult practice by all christians. There is no such thing like christian yoga! Yoga is meant to arise an occult power named kundalini - it's very dangerous!

Cecilia (author) from New York on May 06, 2013:

I saw those seven blue lights in an intense private yoga session involving releasing locked memories in the vertebrae, it was very desire but it came from my body, like it was hidden in there. So I definitely know what you mean. I wish I could show you the postures but I only remember about 4 of the asanas.

Zen on May 04, 2013:

I had a severe disease called drug addiction. I died medically for over 15 minutes, and I had a very intense experience where seven flashing lights were speaking to me. It sounds quite silly.. but the way you and i understand language, i could understand the signal these lights were sending me as a language on its own. When i died i wanted to die.. i gave up.. i felt that force greater then me grabbed my hand... i can still feel it like it was yesterday... (this occurred two years ago). It communicated with me that i need to fight. I then decided i wanted to live and began to fight for my life. My heart started beating after 15 minutes, once ive been defibrulated 3 times and the doctors have given up on trying to save me. I had an awakening. I am totally in touch with my body today and i can feel the flow of energy through my chakras. I've never knew anything about chakras till i researched if i was crazy that i felt this flow of energy. I have not been sick since. I exercise at least an hour every day, meditate 3x daily, and i eat incredibly clean. I treat my body like it's my most prized posession, because it is. Today i am 24 years old, look like a fitness model, feel like a million bucks, sharp as butcher knife and have not used a drug since. People don't recognize me.. but i finally see the guy who was hiding inside me this whole time. Life is a great gift and i don't waste a minute of it on senseless things. Thanks for the article. I couldn't explain what you wrote... but i can feel it within in the language of life.

Cecilia (author) from New York on September 11, 2012:

Hi Ausmedus,

Matter is formed by energy. our anatomy evolved based on life's desire to improve its chances of continuing to exist. That energy moved towards the direction of creating the brain. The desire existed first before matter.


sujju from mangalore, india on October 07, 2010:

thanks for the wonderful piece of information....its so fascinating that our forefathers were so extensively intelligent n advanced to have understood the human anatomy so precisely....

Cecilia (author) from New York on September 28, 2010:

Yes, yoga is merely the connection of the mind and body as they mirror each other. I find it always crucial to remember the wisdom of the gurus who insist that the way around the traps of the mind is by freeing the body. While there is no actual coiled snake in the lower body, the actual snake brain is the one that activates the part of the body that the vedas say is where the kundalini resides.

The kundalini awakening is usually heralded by seeing lights, blue lights. During at intense yoga session, I saw these seven lights in meditation and a few weeks later I had chicken pox, which by the way hides in the lower spine where the coiled kundalini is said to reside.

After that, what can I say...well lets just say I started writing a book.

puresilence from New Delhi on September 28, 2010:

Actually chakra are the basis of Yoga (Yoga means connection and chakra are the points to be connected).. there is Kundalini in body in the shape of coiled snake which when rises and passes through the chakras then only these chakras activated. Though kundalini awakening should not be done in alone, however in many cases sheer need and want to get connected to our create can awake it.

very well written article.

Cecilia (author) from New York on August 02, 2010:

Thanks Panambi!

Panambi on June 16, 2010:

Great hub, very informative. Thanks for sharing.

Cecilia (author) from New York on May 15, 2010:

Thanks for reading it. This research was an opener for me and it changed the way I saw myth and the mind. Glad to know it's appreciated!

pburger on May 15, 2010:

Awesome stuff! Well written - very thought provoking... Thanks a million

Citizen Monica from New York, NY on January 10, 2010:

Very interesting, please post more! I used to be skeptical of the existence of chakras and dismissed them as some strange esoteric nonsense, but about a year ago I visited an energy healer and he said, "Your throat chakra is blocked. I'm going to unblock it." Prior to seeing him, I always had difficulties with verbal communication- I would often want to say something, and find myself not being able to speak the words. It was frustrating. After seeing him, I have never had any issues in this area (and I didn't even tell him that I was having these issues). Weird. I don't know how it all works, but I am interested enough to want to read more. Thanks!

Cecilia (author) from New York on November 17, 2009:

Thank you for reading it Patti Ann. I've been cradling this piece for a long time. Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Your feedback means a lot. It took me years to gather my facts.

Patti Ann from Florida on November 16, 2009:

Wow - this is an excellent hub! I learned a lot from it. Thanks!

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