Okay @dt79, here’s the chakra chit based on my very limited understanding from five months of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
I kind of think it’s more of a metaphor, but these wacky fucks in white seem to believe it.
Chakras are energy centers, like energy meridians in acupuncture There are seven (or eight) of them - root, sacral, navel, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. The eighth is infinity.
Seven chakras, though, like seven churches in Revelations. Metaphor.
The first is the root chakra, basically your ass, it’s red, and deals with safety, security, money.
The second is your sacrum, basically your Johnson, or va jay jay, and it is orange, dealing with procreation.
The third is your navel, actually about three fingers below your belly button, and it’s yellow, deals with power and control.
These are your lower chakras that deal with earthly existence, are associated with Earth, Water, and Air.
Then, there is the heart chakra, it’s green, and associated with balance.
Throat chakra, blue, third eye, indigo, and crown, violet. These upper chakras are about self actualization, oneness.
Three above, three below, pivoting on the heart chakra - balance.
The science and technology of yoga, lol, is about opening these chakras and allowing the flow from the root to the crown. Chakras are energy centers that circulate clockwise. If they are blocked, you get stuck in that chakra and that controls your life.
Interestingly enough, Maslow wrote about a hierarchy of needs in education - you need to feel safe and secure first (root chakra) before you can become self actualized (crown chakra).
So, metaphor or science, I think there is something to this.
Yoganandaji Paramahansa writes about this in Autobiography of a Yogi, a great book. He talks about the parallel nature of Hinduism and Christianity, and references a book, T_he Science of Religion_, that documents the commonalities.
I’m sure Yin and Yang address balance, it is balance, but I’m not up to speed on that bent.
Hope this helps, would love to discuss.