Today I will sharing with you a beginner’s guide to the 7 Chakras.
Chakra points are energy spots in the Human body. In Sanskrit, ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel’, and the exact definition of chakra is “wheel of spinning energy”, a whirling vortex like the powerhouse of energy.
There are total of 114 chakras in the human body and through these chakras, the energies flow.
However, the seven main chakra points are more popular among yoga practitioners, and each of these seven chakras has its own distinct quality.
Chakra is vital because even a block at one point can cause illness.
One must understand and analyse the function of seven chakras and the necessary steps that can be taken to keep the energy flowing.
Each point of the seven chakras is governed by “spiritual laws” and “principles of consciousness” which can be used for building a positive life.
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Why are chakras important?
When the chakras balance, we feel balanced. When aligned, the chakras swirl effortlessly and bring a sense of wholeness in our mind, body, and soul.
We feel at ease in our relationships, actions, and thoughts. Think of a balanced chakra system as a stream of water that flows smoothly.
When the chakras are unbalanced, we feel unbalanced. When one chakra becomes overactive while another underactive, our chakras misalign.
Tension builds in the body and negative, self-defeating thought patterns develop.
Understanding the chakra system helps to understand how external circumstances and internal thought patterns affect the mind and body.
Physical postures and meditation practices that correspond to each chakra can help release tension stored in the body, let go of negative habits, and restore the chakras into balance.
We release old worries that stagnate our lives and live-in harmony with ourselves.
What are chakras?
As mentioned earlier “Chakra” is a term that comes from the ancient Sanskrit language, literally translating to English as “wheel.”
And when you look at artistic renderings of the chakras, you can probably understand why.
Running vertically through the centre of the human body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, the chakras are energy centres that are whirling, spinning and driving the physical and spiritual experience forward.
Just as the universe and everything in it are composed of and filled to the brim with energy, the human body is no different.
These precious energy centres are a way to harness and utilize this life force.
Prana – what this life energy is often called – is continually churning and spinning through your body within these seven centres.
When properly aligned and balanced, this prana provides and sustains all aspects of existence for mind, body, and spirit.
The more you know about your seven chakras, the more you can tend to your health and well-being and ensure that these energy centres are flowing freely and in balance.
There are many practices that you can seek out or instil in your daily life to promote chakra healing and in turn promote wellbeing in every aspect of your life.
When chakras are out of balance, they manifest in negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
When chakras are left out of balance for too long, physical ailments can manifest.
They are a signal from your body to pay closer attention to yourself and find realignment.
Many practices such as yoga, reiki, meditation, sound healing and crystal healing focus on rebalancing these energy centres.
Understanding all 7 Chakras
The two most important things to remember about each chakra is:
- The corresponding location on your body.
- The colour association.
Learning these two things about each chakra will make it easier to remember other details corresponding to each chakra.
The location of each chakra is near a major health system of the body which provides intuitive clues on what that chakra is linked to.
For example, the third eye is close to the brain so it fuels a healthy nervous system, strong intellect, and insight into inner wisdom.
The colours themselves give clues as to what can help heal that chakra.
For example, the sacral chakra is orange so working with crystals and essential oils that are orange as well as eating orange foods can help keep that chakra in balance.
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How to balance the 7 chakras?
When we talk about chakra balancing, we may actually refer to various techniques and meanings.
A commonly accepted definition of chakra balancing is the process through which the energy of the chakras is brought to a well-functioning and harmonious state.
Ways to balance your chakras:
- The use of chakra healing stones or crystals.
- Exercises focused on the connection of body and mind, including yoga.
- Practice visualization.
- Use of certain essential oils.
- Sound Meditation.
- Practice Gratitude.
- Breath work, including pranayama.
- Spend time in nature.
- Holistic or alternative medicine such as the use of our Singing Bowls or Crystals.
At first, beginners who focus on their chakras may sense the chakras lightly or not at all.
With practice, the subtle chakra energy becomes stronger, allowing you to build a deeper connection to where soul meets body.
A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras – All You Need to Know!
Now lets break down the seven chakras and what they do!
Root chakra (Muladhara chakra) – “I am always safe at the centre of my being.”
The first chakra begins at the base of the spine. The root chakra corresponds to the earth element and to the roots we’ve planted, how strong they are, how deep they are, and how supportive they are. It coincides with fundamental needs like food, water, shelter, home, and family.
When in balance, we feel grounded, secure, and safe.
When out of balance, we feel insecure and anxious. We experience weight gain, depression, and stress.
Location: Base of the spine
Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana chakra) – “I flow with the rhythms of life.”
The sacral chakra corresponds to emotional and sexual energy in the body. Located in the lower abdomen, the sacral chakra coincides with the element of water, Like water, the sacral energy controls fluidity, versatility, and freedom, whether sexual, emotional, or creative.
When in balance, we feel creative and abundant with pleasure and fulfilling relationships.
When out of balance, we feel emotionally unstable, sexual dysfunction, and lack creative energy. In the body, the sacral chakra connects with reproductive issues and lower back pain.
Location: Above the pubic bone and below the navel (the sex organ area)
Navel/solar plexus chakra (Manipura chakra) -“I stand in my personal power.”
Located in the upper abdomen, the navel chakra coincides with self-esteem and asserting yourself. The chakra governs personal power and identity and connects to digestion and metabolism.
When in balance, we feel confident with a sense of purpose and motivation.
When out of balance, we feel domineering or aggressive and have low self-esteem.
Location: The navel area, from the solar plexus up to the breastbone
Heart chakra (Anahata chakra) – “I open my heart to fully living.”
The three upper and three lower chakras connect in the centre of the body at the heart chakra. The heart chakra corresponds with love, compassion, kindness, and harmonious relationships with ourselves and others.
When in balance, we feel love, compassion, and forgiveness for ourselves and others.
When out of balance, we feel unworthy, co-dependent, and disdainful. We may also experience high blood pressure or poor circulation.
Location: Centre of the chest (including the heart, lungs, and surrounding area)
Throat chakra (Vishuddha chakra) – “I follow and speak my truth.”
The throat chakra relates to how we communicate and express ourselves. Because it represents the first of the upper, spiritual chakras, the lower four chakras must align for the throat chakra to balance.
When in balance, we speak, listen, and express ourselves openly and authentically.
When out of balance, we have difficulty expressing our needs and listening to others. We can develop a sore throat or neck and shoulder pain.
Location: The throat
Third-eye chakra (Ajna chakra) – “I follow the path of truth and intuition.”
The third-eye chakra sits at the top of the spine between the eyebrows and relates to how we connect the external world with our internal dialogue.
When balanced, we trust our intuition, release our ego, and develop strong inner wisdom.
When out of balance, we become cynical and too attached to external circumstances. We may also have problems with headaches and vision.
Location: The space between the eyebrows
Crown chakra (Sahasrara chakra) – “There is only divine oneness.”
Sahasrara is the final chakra that corresponds to the spiritual being. This chakra allows you to transcend the physical world for a divine experience.
When in balance, we feel enlightened and a spiritual connection to our higher selves.
When out of balance, our happiness depends on external conditions. We become hyper-sensitive and struggle to function.
Location: Outside the body and hovering above the crown of the head
Colour: Violet or White
Element: Cosmic Energy
A Beginner’s Guide to the 7 Chakras – Final thought
The art of opening your chakras to restore proper energy balance in the body may not have much scientific support, but it is rooted in ancient wisdom.
This form of meditative healing helps you find and address the deep-seated unresolved trauma, feelings, and memories that you carry around with you.
This emotional burden tends to have a negative bearing on the functioning of your mind and body and can manifest in the form of physical illnesses over time.
Balancing your chakras is aimed at relieving you off this load and thereby improving your well-being at all levels.
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