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 purify 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.

Krishnadas LoCicero

An exceptionally knowledgeable and gifted meditation and yoga philosophy teacher, Krishnadas shares his passion for these teachings with dynamic enthusiasm. In a down-to-earth and humorous way, Krishnadas emphasizes helping you understand yogic principles. He then gives you the tools to apply these teachings to your daily practice.

A long-time resident, teacher and minister of Ananda Village, Krishnadas has co-directed Ananda Centers and communities in Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He has a vibrant zest for life that comes out in a warm, personable nature and serviceful disposition. He’ll go out of his way to make you feel comfortable and clear about the teachings.

Experienced Pilgrimage Tour Leaders, he and his wife, Mantradevi, take people to holy places throughout India, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and United States.

14 reviews for Understanding the Chakras In-Depth

  1. 5 out of 5

    This is a lovely class as a refresher but is also packed with fresh information. I enjoyed the class. Thank you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course. Course material is presented clearly and concisely. This is a comprehensive in depth course with excellent exercises and reading material that will get one on the path of working with their chakras. I highly recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Highly recommended! Learned a lot of material that I have not found elsewhere!

  4. 5 out of 5

    It was a beautiful experience to dive into the chakras from such a subtle approach as the divine guidance.
    It’s very helpful to have a more abrangent view about this rich subject. I am very grateful for this incredible experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    I learned so many little nuggets of detail from this course! I was pleasantly surprised by how the well the book is written and appreciate that we can read it online. I watched the videos over and over again to absorb more every time! Thank you for putting this together!

  6. 5 out of 5

    This coarse has been instrumental in increasing my knowledge of the Chakras and helping me incorporate this knowledge in my daily energization and meditation practice. I can now understand how awakening the Chakras are necessary in everyday life and moving us closer to knowing g God
    I would recommend this coarse to all that want to expand the knowledge behind the practice.
    Jeanne L

  7. 5 out of 5

    This course was everything it promised, and more! I appreciate the sense of fun that Nayaswami Savitri includes in her videos, and the personal comments that Nayaswami Mantradevi writes in the feedback for each quiz.

  8. 5 out of 5

    A Wonderful course for those seeking more understanding of this spiritual path! The videos and audio recordings are excellent and leave you will the desire to ‘know more’. Nayaswami Mantradevi provides excellent feedback and guidance. I have a deeper understanding of the 7 chakras as related from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

  9. 5 out of 5

    I am amazed how this course has answered all the questions I had and many I did not know I had about the chakras.
    I feel blessed to now know the depth of the chakras from a course that was well presented and filled with information.
    For me, the warming, embracing, and welcoming feeling I received from Nayaswami Mantradevi made the course a pleasure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    This course is a must for anyone seriously seeking advancement in the spiritual path. The instructor, Nayaswami Mantradevi, showed indeed to possess vast knowledge about the chakras and about all the contents of the course. I felt very confident to learn that these teachings were exactly as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. I really enjoyed learning about chanting the AUM for the chakras and I could actually felt the energy flowing through my body. Definitely, this course is worth the investment. 5 Stars 😉

  11. 5 out of 5

    This course has deeply changed me…To learn about the Chakras has given me the utmost respect for the spiritual path but it has also given me a new reverence for my meditation and a deeper devotion for my love of God. I have experienced a deeper yearning to know God.. And as Savitri writes -” Let the Spiritual Eye draw you to itself” I know it is possible to someday know Divine Bliss.
    This course has also deepened my Kriya practice…to add the awareness of the Chakras while doing Kriya has been amazing….My mind is calmer and more focused during my meditations than ever before.
    Thank you so much…I will continue to read the book over and over again…5 Stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    I loved the course! Having just graduated the Ananda Teacher Meditation Training this ended up being extremely helpful. I am able to add new visualizations and meditations to my classes. I now feel comfortable putting together workshops based on the chakras! Thank you! 5 stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Expanding our understanding of the chakras has been important in teaching us methods to improve our attitudes, emotions, health, and enhancing our spiritual growth. Learning about negative and positive qualities of each chakra helps us to understand and improve our own personalities and traits. Inevitably, by practicing the lessons correctly we can improve the quality of our body and soul. We have also learned that by improving our individual and overall chakra characteristics in a positive manner, we gradually improve our compatibility with God’s divinity (i.e., helping us to achieve self realization).

    Nayaswami Savitri’s video presentations are enjoyable to watch repeatedly and help us perform the chakra techniques properly. They are easy to follow and were made more interesting by including fun exercises, such as learning how to enhance and enrich the colors and other aspects of our auras.
    The course is well organized and presented logically. Well done.

    Upon completion of the course, we are now reading the book “Through the Chakras” by Savitri. An interesting and informative perspective in learning about the chakras. Good visualization methods are provided in the story to help us acquire a more thorough understanding of them (via the seven golden pyramids). I like the way that explanations such as vritti energies are woven into the story. Higher (Treta) Yuga life descriptions and astral body characteristics are pleasantly revealing. This book also brings together what we have learned from this course in an interesting way. Reading it is enjoyable and an appropriate follow up to this course.

    Other comments…
    We found these “You Tube” videos helpful (re: Chakras):
    “The Chakras: “the Seven Gates to Freedom”- The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Kriyananda.
    Also, we found some very good “You Tube” videos about the chakras (and Guided Meditations) by Nayaswami Savitri.

    Sincerely, Ray and Kim

  14. 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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