An Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Understanding the ChakrasWithin all of us exists centers of energy, chakras as they’re called in Sanskrit. Chakras govern various aspects of our mental and emotional states and hold the key for better health and well-being. The chakras were discovered by the yogis of ancient India during meditation. Each of the chakras have specific qualities, all of which are universally experienced by the deep meditator. To understand the functions and qualities of each of the chakras is to understand the subtle stages we all follow along our path to spiritual enlightenment.

Topics Include:

  • How to locate and how to unblock your chakras.
  • How to increase the flow of life-force in your astral body.
  • How to use visualization, affirmation, color and sound, music, breathing, and hatha yoga to help you attune more deeply to these astral energies.
  • How to use your core energies for healing of body and mind.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Digital Videos.
  • Audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • Interactive forum.
  • Guided affirmation and journal exercises.
  • Personal support (via email or telephone).
  • Certificate of Completion.

More About Course

Chakras for Starters

“As we retrace our consciousness from matter to Spirit, we reverse the route by which we first came into physical form. We follow definite stages of awakening in our awareness of who and what we really are. Thus, the ‘story’ of our evolution—and in truth the story of the manifestation of all creation in its various stages, from Spirit to matter — in indelibly imprinted in our astral anatomy, waiting for us to discover its presence within and then follow that divine pathway back from matter to pure consciousness.” — Savitri Simpson

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri, Course Author for “Understanding the Chakras In Depth”

Videos with Nayaswami Savitri:
  • Introduction to the Chakras: What is a Chakra? What are their names? Why are they important to know about? Where are they located? How do they function? Astral Anatomy, Effective Ways to Work with Your Chakras: Meditation, Visualization, Affirmation, Chanting, and Yoga Postures, and Breathing Techniques.
  • Chakras One and Two: Chakras Elements, Chakras Attitudes, and Exploring Chakras One and Two: Stability and Flexibility.
  • Chakras Three and Four: AUM-ing the Chakras, and Chakras Three and Four: Self-Control and Devotion.
  • Chakras Five, Six, and Seven: Expansion, Enlightment, and Liberation.
  • Patajali and Healing: Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and Healing through the Chakras.
  • Symbols and Colors: Chakras Symbols, Outer and Inner Colors, Color Breathing, and Auras.
  • Astrology and More: Chakras Astrology, Metals, Gemstones, Sounds, and the Chakras and Kriya Yoga.
In this course, you will become more actively aware of the chakras, of their functions, understanding exactly where they are within you and what they do to make you who you are. But what is even more important, you will begin to experience the reality of chakras rather than just reading or hearing about them. You’ll learn how to affect the movements of life-force in order to clear and purify the chakras. This is done through chakra awakening exercises including hatha yoga stretching, breathing, chanting, and meditations, working with color and sound, affirmations, and visualizations for each chakra.
In this self-paced course you will have 120 days to complete eight lessons. We encourage you to complete one lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at

Course Outline

  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters Introduction
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 1
  • Audio Assignment — Locating Each of the Chakras
  • Lesson 1 Quiz
  • Video Recording — Chakras One and Two
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 2
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 1st Chakra
  • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 3
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 2nd Chakra
  • Lesson 3 Quiz
  • Affirmations and exercises for the first 3 Chakras
  • Visualizations and Affirmations for the first 3 Chakras
  • Video Recording — Chakras three and four
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 4
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 3rd Chakra
  • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 5
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 4th Chakra
  • Lesson 5 Quiz
  • Video Recording — Chakras Five, Six, and Seven
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 6
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 5th Chakra
  • Lesson 6 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 7
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the 6th Chakra
  • Audio Assignment — 7th Chakra Introduction to Samadhi
  • Audio Assignment — Samadhi read by Swami Kriyananda
  • Lesson 7 Quiz
  • Video Recording — Patanjali and Healing with the Chakras
  • Video Recording — Chakra Symbols and Colors
  • Video Recording — Chakras, Kriya Yoga & Astrology
  • Reading Assignment — Chakras for Starters, Part 8
  • Audio Assignment — Samadhi Visualization
  • Audio Assignment — Intro to Chanting Aum at the Chakras
  • Audio Assignment — Auming the Chakras
  • Audio Assignment — Chanting Waves of Aum
  • Audio Assignment — Meditation on the Sound of the Gong
  • Lesson 8 Quiz
  • Exercises and Activities for Awakening the Chakras
After achievement of required scores in assignments and quizzes 1-8, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.

Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria came to Ananda in 1976 and ​served​ on the Ananda​ Organic​ Farm from 1976 through 1986. In 1979, she was married to Ananta in a ceremony performed by Swami Kriyananda. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Maria and Ananta to direct and further develop the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served for 23 years as ministers and spiritual directors. In 2009, Kriyananda asked them to return to Ananda Village. Since that time Maria has served again on Ananda Farm, with Online with Ananda, Village Membership, and Ministerial Outreach. She loves chanting and singing, being in nature, and is an avid bird-watcher.

1 review for Understanding the Chakras In-Depth

  1. 5 out of 5

    It covers the topic in a comprehensive, in depth and well thought out manner. To benefit from the course fully, I find that it is best to go through the exercises, visualizations, affirmations, meditations slowly ; not rushing through. Let the experience sink in so that I can get to perceive my chakras directly, (and meditatively), and feel the energy.

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