Chakras are the major centres of spiritual power in the human body and are circles of energy which balance, store and distribute the energies of life all through our physical body along the subtle body. The subtle body is the non physical body or otherwise known as our soul or spirit, which overlays our physical body. They are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. Its name derives from the an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit, chakra means “wheel” or “turning”, vortex or circle (cakraṃ चक्रं [ˈtʃəkrə̃], in Hindi)
There are hundreds of chakras in our body and many different views on what major chakras are and how many there is.
Slightly different way to look at chakra colours and the enrgy flow in them is the presentation by Steward Swerdlow:
As you can see, there are many different views on this subject. For me, the most reliable way to find out how many chakras are there, is by feeling and knowing it, rather than waiting for someone to tell me. Think about these enrgies, focus on what is happening inside of you, whatever you are going through. You will feel this energy as soon as you allow yourself. Then you will be able to understand what is happening to you. You will know, if what you are doing in this momnet in your life, is really you. If it wont feel right, by trusting this energy inside of you, you will know what to do.
The same as your body is guiding you and reflecting pain and pleasure, helath and ilness, so will the energies inside of your non physical body.
You would not ignore pain in your body, so it is just as natural, not ignore your soul.
I am still reaserching the whole chakra subject and will be updating this post reguarrly if I come across more. You can also find more info about each chakra on this blog:
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
THIRD EYE CHAKRA