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There are hundreds of thousands of chakras in the body.  You might not be familiar with this notion because popular culture has focused our minds on the seven major chakras.  Doing this is akin to paying attention to, say, the vascular system and only looking at and attending to the aortic artery.  We all know that there is a vast system of branches of veins and capillaries, right? The same is true for the chakras.  The thing is, most people are unaware of these chakras.  This can be remedied though. First, a primer on the leg and foot chakras.  Most articles will deal with the one “sole” chakra in the foot, but I think it is more helpful to know all of the chakras as they go from the sole of the foot up to just below the root chakra where most people are taught our energetic vivacity begins. before we begin, I would like to just mention that often when someone tells me that they had this twinge and feeling of release in a really oddball part of their body where no chakra is, I have to smile because most often (but not always) this can be a chakra clearing itself.  Also, imagine a human awareness that is able to tune into and is able to see or visualize ALL of the chakras down to the nanoscale that are in the body!  (Hint: its possible)

As with all chakras, the energetic resonance of that region will tend to invite a certain vibration of emotional energy to be trapped or blocked there.  As with all of the other chakras, knowing what each center will hold onto is one way to begin to build awareness about that center and to know how a given emotion might be triggered by one of these energetic centers. As with all other chakras, there is a positive aspect and a negative aspect for each one.  Shadow and light.

Atala
The first lower chakra which is located in the hips is aligned with fear. This center is also aligned in its shadow aspect with lust and promiscuity. The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is governed by a lack of shame and a right to ones own sexuality. 

Vitala
Located in the thighs is aligned with anger and burning resentment. The positive aspect of this chakra is forgiveness.

Sutala
Located in the knees, this center governs jealousy. The positive alignment of this chakra is self-confidence. I feel this chakra a lot. I feel it a lot because I work so much with self-confidence but am still shaken by events in my life that I have responded in a less than confident manner.  In fact it has been strong on one side of my body and I can point to it.  If you look at the inside of your knee and see the part of the knee where the front of the knee becomes the side of the knee, and the point where the rounded body part of the knee gives way to the slight hollow going into the back of the knee, this is where this chakra is centered.  This chakra is at the intersection of the knee hollow towards the back of the leg and the hard bony front part of the knee as it transitions into the back part of the knee. If you measure the width between the front of the knee and the back of the knee, this point will be about halfway or the very middle of the side of the knee.

Talatala
This chakra, which is located in the calves,  involves a state of prolonged confusion and instinctive wilfulness.  An inability to allow the higher aspects of self rise to the occasion; it is all dog eat dog. The positive alignment aspect of this chakra is being conscious, aware.

Rasatala
Located in the ankles,  is the center of selfishness and pure animal nature. The positive attribute in this center is the ability to be charitable, or giving.

Mahatala
Located in the feet, this center in the Sanskrit means a dark realm ‘without conscience’ and of inner blindness. The positive aspect of this center is having a grounded sense of conscience and awareness. One is not impeded in this center when expressing its positive aspect.

Patala
The patala is centered in the soles of the feet, at the front of the arch towards the front of the foot but behind the ball of the big toe.  This is the world where murder happens, death for the sake of it. This is the realm of malice, murder, and torture. The positive aspect of this chakra is the ability to feel empathy, to see the sacredness of all life.

The chart of the meridian system is very helpful in helping to locate these chakras also.  While the Chinese system does not acknowledge  the chakra system traditionally, the acupuncture points  point to these chakras.  And yes, there are more acupuncture points than there are chakras listed.  Bear in mind that the chakras that I am pointing out are from the indian system and recognize seven major chakras in the legs (there are more).  I think it is helpful to understand both systems because between them you can engage a body worker who is practiced at releasing stored energy.  That said, you need a worked who is highly intuitive and knows his or her stuff.  We are dealing with systems in the body that harbor deeply buried material and even very good practitioners can miss this material (I had a healer tell me that the blocked material I could feel very well wasn’t even there because she oculd not feel it).

These centers respond to massage, movement, and meditation when you are able to really go deep. Join breath work with meditation by being open and receptive and trying to feel into those centers with a neutral probing mind.   I will tell you that these chakras have been hard for me to clear and I have cleared hundreds of blocks in this ten year period since my awakening began. The leg and foot chakras are so fundamental I think we would rather not even think about them.  some of our worst sins are there along with our greatest triumphs too.

Below is a chart of the leg and foot meridian system which I think will be helpful in helping you to visualize the placement of many of these centers.

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Did you know that you have energy centers all through your body that are best known as chakras? Most often we know just about the seven major chakras in the torso. Paying attention to the other lesser-known centers can actually elevate your sense and awareness of energy in new ways.
Right now I am doing a lot of work on a set of chakras located along a meridian that runs from my foot all the way up close to my heart, and thought I would share some of the insights I have been gaining as I have been moving along in my practice.
The foot is an important part of our energy system since it is where energy exits and enters first and last through our bodies. While some systems explain that prana or chi only exits the foot, studies of energy amongst those with high prana flow show that people detect it flowing in and out at that location, much in the way that the crown chakra is seen to transmit life force into the higher dimensional aspects of our awareness.
The two chakras in the foot are the Patala and Mahatala. The Patala is more centrally located towards the balls of the feet while the Mahatala is into toward the back of the arch. When you are quiet and calm, try seeing if you can feel where they are. Sometimes you can get a feeling of buoyancy and lightness when a chakra is active and balanced. Just by doing the chakra clearing exercise I’m going to relate to you is often enough to spark this awareness.
The single best way to tell if you have blocked energy in your feet is that it can cause you to have a difficult time feeling or knowing who you are, or what your purpose is. Blocked energy in the foot can lead to a difficulty in being able to make decisions or to feel decisive. You might also begin projects but not complete them.

 

A Simple Method


To help unblock the foot stand with bare feed and focus on your feet while imagining that there is a whirling vortex of energy now moving in them. Do this until you can imagine it well, and just keep focused on your feel feeling new energy moving into and out of them.

Bring The Energy Up

Next, to get the most out of this exercise, you will want to imagine the energy rising up through your feet and up your legs and up into your torso. This will help to not just get the energy moving through your feet, but will give the rest of your body a treat to the lightness of being while building a simple sense of grounding all at the same time.
To help in moving the energy, it’s important to move your body. The single best way besides breathing deep to move energy is to feel your body move. Begin this by twisting around at the waist, turning your torso first one way and the next, with arms flowing out by your sides, slowly bringing your arms up as you open them to the sky. This movement is done fluidly and in a carefree manner; don’t be too serious!
When you do this, you should feel clearer and lighter. You might also feel a renewed sense of energy flowing up your legs, into your hips and then up into your torso towards your heart. You can sometimes even feel a shimmering effect of the energy that you didn’t feel before. These and more are a few of the results of clearing up blocked or stagnant energy in the feet.

Q:I can feel the energy moving in my feet, but it all slows down once it goes up my leg. How do I keep the energy moving further up?
A: You can open one center and wind up feeling some blocks further up the line. The best thing to do is to use the same visualization that you used for your feet, focused on those other points of blocked energy. Additionally, if that does not work for you, a gentle massage of the points on the chart (but on YOUR body!) can help move the energy.  Also, having a masseuse or other body worker who understands energy can be a good bet for helping move the energy.  An acupuncturist also could be of help as well.

As a side note, many people will correctly be able to identify key positions for blocked energy all on their own. For example, I have had to points close to my knees that have given me trouble for years energetically and these correspond perfectly to a specific acupuncture point. Someone else was able to identify energetic effects in the foot that also corresponded to a key acupuncture point that is there.

 

When prana flows it follows the paths of the meridians. The illustration (above) shows one meridian that goes from the foot up into the torso.

Q: How long should I do this exercise?

A: Take all the time you need to feel like it’s beginning to work for you. As a general rule, anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes should suffice. Your mileage may vary.
One thing you can also do is to gently massage your foot before or after. In fact, gentle but firm pressure is a great way to help move stuck energy.
The most direct flow of energy from the legs comes up the outer part of the torso. It can impact all the major energy centers as it goes: root, sacral, and solar plexus chakras. This is a wonderful way to feel lighter in a way you might not always feel otherwise.
Technically, there is more than one chakra in the foot. One is located near the back sole of the foot near the arch and the other is located closer to where the front of the foot is in its center nearer the balls of the feet. By focusing on the foot you might feel both of these becoming more active. But by focusing on moving energy in the foot, all other centers will benefit. Again, gently massaging the points or centers can help them to release.  Also, strong pressure on the point even though it might be uncomfortable, can be a method that can work (similar to what is behind acupressure methods).
You can repeat this exercise anytime that you want and you can repeat it as many times as you want, too!

 

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This article goes into depth about the leg and foot chakras.

Someone recently expressed interest in learning about the chakras that are in the legs. I copied the following excerpt from Divine Alignment, which is from the blogspot family and is another blog that I manage. That excerpt follows.

I would like to add that the chakras in ANY part of the body are cleared by all the same methods one would clear a block in any part of the body. I put this post together assuming that readers who are familiar with ways to clear blocks would know about these methods.

For those who are unaware of the many ways to clear blocks, a quick review.

The energy system in the human body consists of a vast network of energetic lines that move all throughout the body, and while they are entirely energetic in nature, they are not that different from the way they are composed in the physical body as, say, the vascular system (not precisely, but in principle). As a result of this, in extremities and radiating outward from the central core of the body, there will be finer and finer strands of these lines. Most people are completely unaware of this network of energy in much the same way that we are not aware of blood flowing in our veins. Since this system is designed to carry energy, it is a low density system made of energy to carry energy. By low density, I mean that which is not dense matter. You can, though, become quite aware of this system and the energy it carries through meditation and “inner work.”

In the Chinese tradition of medicine these lines are called meridians. The meridians in the Chinese tradition have all been mapped out to a very complete degree so that in the areas where energy can get stuck they have all identified acupuncture points along the meridians where they can release the stuck or blocked energy. Using the Chinese tradition and its points along the meridians lines,you can massage the areas using acupressure or you can go to a Chinese acupuncturist and have them “needle” you in order to move the energy.

My observation with this healing modality is that the Chinese tradition does not take into account the existence of chakras but rather these many many points where the blockages occur. However if the practitioner needles you properly in order to release enough energy from the area that is blocked, you can in fact have an effective removal of a block in that area. This can also take a number of appointments with an acupuncturist in order to loosen up energy especially energy that has been stuck for a very long time. A good practitioner will be able to not just needle in the block, but know enough to draw a line, or series of lines up away from, say, the foot in order to open the foot up. Sometimes, then, a needle in the solar plexus might do more to “pull” chi up and out of the foot than a needle directly on it. A good practitioner will be in tune with you as any good energy worker must be.

Another very good way to release stuck energy is to work with a massage therapist who knows about energy work and can combine both tissue manipulation in the form of deep tissue massage along with energy work. This is not that different from acupressure, it uses all the same knowledge base, but adds a broader “geography” in massaging the whole body (which I find to be more effective than placing needles at a few select spots hoping that it releases the energetic block).

My experience has been that if you find the right practitioner which is someone who really understands energy and also really understands body work you can in fact release a great deal of material from your body with someone who really knows their stuff.

It is important to understand what is at the base of all of this blocked energy. The blocked energy is in fact blocked emotional material that has been stored in the body. If you can understand that this is blocked emotional energy, you can work,  energetically,  with the blocks through proper meditation techniques which are extremely simple and which can, and will, release blocks all throughout your body.

The difficulty with blocks is that represent  emotion that has been felt only partially, with the remainder unprocessed emotion now being stored in the body. In some cases, allowing yourself to feel that emotion again can be enough to flush it out of your system. However having said this, sometimes a block is actually a conglomeration of many emotional blocks in one center and allowing yourself to feel an emotion they only released one small part of the larger block. So you can see perhaps that this work can  have many steps to it.

I tend to feel that it is much more effective to use body manipulation massage for this work if you can’t use meditation techniques to bring prana to the block. It also bypasses the “story” bound up in emotion, which can lead you into blocked energy, instead of out of it.

There is also  the technique called “tapping” which is also called EFT, which is doing the same thing that acupressure/puncture does but is using a tapping motion along the meridian line.
In the case of the legs and the feet, the descriptions for each center in the article below, both positive and negative attributes are mentioned, and these attributes will clue you in to the emotional nature of the block. The reason why they are described in terms of certain emotional states is so that the practitioner, or you, can bring those emotions back up and learn to process them when they were not originally processed to begin with. The descriptions help you to hone in on what parts of your emotions need work through awareness and care.

There is also a method of shaking that has proven to be highly effective  for  releasing blocks. Since few muscles are in the feet when compared to the rest of the body, shaking the feet are harder than, say, the legs. The method is to go into postures that will cause you to shake. Mild exertion can achieve this such as leg lifts held in place until the muscles begin quivering and shaking. Doing this for 15 minutes day can be very helpful in releasing blocked material.

You know you have released a block because you can feel either pressure, tension, or resistance melt away in your body. This can feel like a liquid flowing out of you, or a clogged region slowly melting away. A feeling of temperature change can also accompany the release.

The method that I use in the beginning stages of any removal of a block in my body is to simply sit quietly and begin to meditate and allow my awareness to go to the area where there is a problem. What I do in this meditation is I become an observer, and in that observer mode, I become highly sensitive to being able to detect my own energy. I make no judgments, I simply observe. I FEEL. I allow myself to feel it deeply as I can, all of the characteristics of the block so that I can learn as much as I can about that. Very often I will find in this Observer mode that a block is actually a cluster or series of much smaller blocks.

If you are someone who is awakened you no doubt have had a third eye opening or activation at some level or another. You can in this type of meditation use your mind to see into your body like an observer would look at any other object and begin to glean information from your own body and your own energy body in order to assess the problem correctly. Let me iterate that when you focus your attention on a given center with your mind with the intention to heal it, you WILL bring prana into that area. If you believe that this will not work, it will do you no good to use this method until you are able to change this negative belief. Energy goes where attention goes, and if you are focusing your disbelief in ANY method, you will be shooting yourself in the foot…so to speak. In this case, you will need a method that fits your belief so you can get the energetic flow that you need. In any case, the healing always comes when YOU can find a way to allow energy to flow again.

Once you have detected the area in question that needs to be removed you can also begin to massage that area with your hands. Gently using circular movement that starts at the center of the block, massage in a circular motion, slowly moving outward from the block. Then reverse the direction of massaging.
A very effective Bodywork or massage therapist who does energy work will actually be able to pick up all that same information from your own energy body. They will in fact be listening to you and to your mind (even when this information is not available to you consciously because of the block) in order to pick up the things that are most needed in that moment. These are the very effective energy workers and massage therapists, and it takes some care to find one who can be the most effective for you.
I will add here that if you are really ready for the perfect healer for you and do not have any competing beliefs against this standing in your way, amazing things can truly happen. It is a fact that all of the best healers (except one) all were located within walking distance of my home. No, my area is not gifted with many healers. When you can know how your belief plays into every aspect of your life, you can change belief in order to manifest the healing resources that you need. And these will be tailor fit for you where you are now. In this case, the mountain will come to you.

There are, of course, a number of other healing modalities that you can use for releasing blocks. There is the system called Reiki that can be effective. There is also a Polynesian healing modality that is very simple and can be incredibly useful called Ho’oponopo. It means “setting it right.” It gets at the root of all blocks by recognizing that we allowed ourselves to feel less than our divine selves. It requires honesty and trust in order for it to work. It is effectively holding up the problem so Source may take it “back” to be forgiven and healed.

Blocks in the body will tend to align along one energetic polarity or another; yin and yang. Yin will tend to manifest one range of symptoms while Yang will manifest others. Coolness is Yin, for example, while heat is Yang. Anything in excess can lead to physical problems, most of which will have as their source an emotional issue. Correcting the issue in consciousness releases the energy block and thus changes the physiological effects within a 24 hour period (but often within minutes).

With that said, the article…..

Leg & Arm Chakras

Each leg of the physical body also has chakras and the same two currents that flow up the main trunk of the body.  Each toe has the same two currents as do the arms and fingers, with much smaller chakra centers in each.  Because they are so small in appendages like toes and fingers, most do not detect their presence. To detect them requires a focus most often in meditation. 

 

One reason why the hands are so often used for healing is that there are terminal points akin to the top of the head where the energy flows from positive to negative, referred to as “zero point.” It is here at this place in the energy that anything can happen. 

 

In the Hindu system, the chakras in the legs are seen as  both negatively and positively charged centers. That is, they are referred to in a negative and positive light as corresponding to our more animal natures, and are said to belong to the “underworld.” These centers are just like all other centers.  They are neither positive or negative but depend on the emotional, physical, and spiritual energy that have been invested or cast into them.  In the same way that a sacral chakra can convey a lack of good self image and a lack of sensual beauty, so too can the same center be magnetized in the opposite direction. This is so with every single center in the body. 

While you are probably familiar with the Muladhara, Swadhishthana, and Manipura chakras, for example, the chakras in the legs have also been named. The Patala, located in the soles of the feet, is said to be aligned with malice and hatred as well as forgiveness.  The Mahatala is located more centrally in the foot near the arch and is aligned with a sense of entitlement and lack of conscience as well as expansiveness.  The Rasatala is located in the ankles and is aligned with selfishness and charity, while the Talatala is located in the calves and is aligned with a materialism for the self and an awareness of being conscious. Sutala is in the knees and is aligned to inadequacy, inferiority, but also self-confidence. Vitala in the thighs aligns with blind wrath while also aligned to forgiveness.  Atala in the hips is aligned to lustful promiscuity and the ability to be healthily sexual. 

The way that each of these centers are charged by your awareness and your feeling, will determine your experience through them.  As with all chakras and the nadi system, blockages can occur in them and removing these blocks is important in freeing the old perception of the self in order to open up to a new awareness of who and what we are. The work of release is the same as with any other part of the body.  There are numerous methods and they can all work for a variety of reasons.  There are posts on the blog that are about these different methods.  Search using tags like “healing blocks”

I hope that this was illuminating and helpful to

you.  If you have questions about other sources, feel free to let me know and I can dig them up or you. I hope that you can find the information served up today will help you in developing a broader awareness in your own life about who you are.  🙂

This is a link to a post that has a number of other posts about keg and foot chakras.  In one of them, the major leg and foot chakras are named and described:

https://wordpress.com/post/wakingtheinfinite.wordpress.com/4883

 

Update 5/21/2018:  I was recently going through the visitor stats on my site and I noticed an unusually large number of views of this blog post.  I dug deeper and found that while the post was written in 2016, this one post has had nearly 6,000 views, mostly happening between 2017 and 2018, with views increasing by about a hundred for each month, every month. This is just on this platform (this post is being shared from my other blog).  I will be working on putting together more information on leg chakras and why what doctors call “restless leg syndrome” is actually an energetic phenomenon that is pointing to how you can begin to release blocked energy in the legs for better life and greater vitality.  -P.

 

I wanted to share this article that has just gone up on my sister site Divine Alignment about leg chakras and developing a keener awareness of subtle energy.  Enjoy!

http://divinealignment.blogspot.com/2016/05/energy-awereness-leg-chakras.html

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