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Chakras 101 with Anodea Judith

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For our 46th episode, I sat down with Anodea Judith. Anodea is the director of Sacred Centers a teaching organization for yoga, psychology, and transformational wisdom. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Health, a Master’s in Psychology, is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. She is considered the foremost Western writer on the subject of the chakra system, with several best-selling books, including the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body-Western Mind. She teaches worldwide and is considered the go-to authority on the chakra system.

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  1. The chakras are centers of the organization for the reception, assimilation, storage, and expression of your life force energy. They are balancing a portal between the inner and outer world.
  2. They serve as a system that guides us in the integration of mind and body within a spiritual framework, mapping the full spectrum of human potential.
  3. The chakras are a guide on human evolution and human history, mapping the development age of our society. We are nearing the end of the 3rd chakra era; the love of power and we are moving towards a more heart-centered society based on the power of love.
  4. Chakra can be out of balance in excess by overcompensation or in deficiency by avoidance. Each chakra needs to be balanced by itself and they need to be balanced in relation to each other.
  5. Yoga, bio-energetic exercises, pranayama, mantras, mudras, mediation, visualization are all tools to balance and heal your chakras.


  • How did you become passionate about the chakras?
  • What are the chakras?
  • Why should we learn about them?
  • How do chakras relate to human evolution? How does the next level of evolution look like?
  • Can we do a quick overview of them their meaning, location, the element they are associated with, their characteristics?
  • The chakras are usually taught from the bottom up, but you also teach them from the top down. What’s the difference?
  • Do you think the chakras are personal and unique to each individual?
  • Are there specific characteristics of over-active/underactive chakras?
  • How can we ring them into balance?
  • How do you choose which tool is the right for us and a particular chakra?
  • Do you have any references for listeners to study this on their own?
  • You teach healing, liberation through the chakras. Is that only a personal journey?
  • Is there a way we can bring it into the collective?


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Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is the author of nine best-selling books on yoga, psychology, spirituality, and social change. She is best known for her pioneering work with the chakra system, through the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body, Western Mind.
She holds a doctorate in Human Health, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and has engaged in lifelong studies in yoga, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. Her most recent book is Charge and the Energy Body.

Learn more about her:Website: www.anodeajudith.com

Contact info: anodea@sacredcenters.com

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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