To understand chakras we first have to understand that as humans we have a 7-fold series of bodies arranged in ascending order. The rule of spiritual life is balance. Only when our bodies are well aligned and integrated do we have unity.
As there are seven bodies, so there are also seven chakras, energy centers, and each chakra is connected in a special way with its corresponding body.
The Physical Body
The physical body is an instrument and vehicle for the exploration of the physical world. A great many people don’t realize the importance of evolving the physical body along with the other bodies. To take care of physical body make sure to exercise, eat healthy, whole grain food, get enough of good sleeping habits, get enough sunshine, at least ten to twenty minutes a day if possible, a lot of water usage, both inwardly and outwardly, no sugar and artificial stimulants (coffee and tea) and drugs intake, make time for playtime.
The etheric body is an exact duplicate of the physical body fitting it like a glove. Its principal function is to provide needed energy to enable us to live. It has seven major life force centers (chakras) that receive energy
Astral body is emotional body. It reveals what is going on inside us right now. It tends to dominate the entire aura because of expansiveness of the feeling nature. It is difficult and demanding and overreacts to life. In our transformation work we try to bring it to peace, balance and control.
This body is the instrument of abstract consciousness. The mind is more objective and balanced because it has access to vision, intuition and creativity. It is the seat of our intelligence, memory, analytical skills and cognitive abilities.
The Spiritual Body
Also called Causal body, is the root of the Soul, the essence or “divine spark”. The causal body is the storage house of all our good karma and virtue from all our past lives and our present life.
The Cosmic Body
The sixth body is a co-creator with God In-being. It is our Lordly Self and is active at mastery. It is the center of our spiritual will. The least is known about this body.
The Nirvanic Body
This seventh body is the only one that endures forever. It is our principal means of alignment with God. It is a complete replica in power, intelligence and divinity of God the Whole.