What are the Chakras?
The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit and means “wheel” or “disk” and it references spiritual energy centers within the body. Some say there are as many as 114 chakras within the body, but there are 7 main chakras that control your health and well-being.
The chakras originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the earliest Sanskrit records and scriptures of Hinduism called the Vedas. According to Fern Olivia, a reiki healer and yoga instructor, “As for the purpose of the seven chakras? “They each correspond to specific organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being and influence all areas of your life.” Within these chakras is ‘prana,’ or the ultimate pure healing energy, that’s all around us and within us, to keep us healthy, happy, and vibrant.” Olivia also says, “when the chakras are open and aligned, our energy is constantly free-flowing, allowing prana to flow through them.”
To work on your chakras, you need to know the basics about each one so here is a list of the 7 chakras and how each affects you both physically and spiritually. As well as, other important information about each one.
The Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine, the tailbone area, and the first three vertebrae. It represents our physical identity, stability, and grounding. When the root chakra is blocked it can manifest physically as arthritis, constipation, bladder or colon issues, or lower back, leg, and feet problems. Emotionally it can manifest as feelings of insecurity about finances or basic needs and wellbeing, anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. When the root chakra is in balance and open, one feels grounded and secure both physically and emotionally.
The color associated with the root chakra is red, its element is earth and its stones are Hematite, Red Jasper, and Onyx.
Exercises to help open the root chakra include dancing, jogging, or jumping. There are several yoga poses that are also helpful with the root chakra.
The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located two inches below the belly button and just above the pubic bone. It represents our sexuality, sensuality, pleasure, and creativity. When the sacral chakra is blocked one may experience urinary tract infections, low feelings of self-worth especially around our self-worth of pleasure, sexuality, and creativity. Emotionally one can feel fear of change, depression, and addiction-like behaviors. When the sacral chakra is open you feel good about your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality. You are friendly, passionate and successfully fulfilled.
The color associated with the sacral chakra is orange, it’s element is water and the stones associated with it are Tiger’s Eye, Carnelian, and Sunstone.
Things like belly dancing, loving partnerships, and certain yoga poses help strengthen the sacral chakra.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdomen-stomach area (from the navel to the ribcage). It is said to control all things metabolic, digestive, and stomach-related. The solar plexus chakra is associated with self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth, or as Olivia says, it is the “action and balance chakra that focuses on individual willpower, personal power, and commitment.” A blocked solar plexus chakra can result in digestive issues like ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, and indigestion. Emotionally it can cause a lack of obsessive-compulsive control, feelings of self-doubt, shame, apathy, and procrastination. You may also have difficulty making decisions and are easily taken advantage of. An open solar plexus chakra allows you to be in control of your destiny, to feel your power to accomplish your dreams, and to feel free to express our true selves.
The color associated with the solar plexus chakra is yellow. Its element is fire and the stones associated with it are Amber, Citrine, and Pyrite.
There are several yoga poses that help strengthen the solar plexus chakra; meditation also helps open all of the chakras.
The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest just above the heart and is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. This chakra bridges the gap between the upper and lower chakras and is the first of the solely spiritual chakras. The heart chakra is connected with love, compassion, joy, inner peace, and your ability to love and connect with others. When the heart chakra is blocked you may have heart problems, asthma, and weight issues; you may feel grief, anger, jealousy, fear, hatred, insecurity, and isolation. The blocked heart chakra is easily seen through your actions especially if you put others first to your own detriment. If your heart chakra is open you will experience deep compassion and empathy.
The color associated with the heart chakra is green and its element is air. The stones associated with the heart chakra are Rose quartz, Jade, and Malachite.
Healthy relationships, pets, family, appreciation of beauty, and nature all help maintain a healthy heart chakra. There are also several yoga poses that keep it open.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is located at the throat and also encompasses the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. It is associated with communication, self-expression, truth, and your ability to communicate verbally. If the throat chakra is blocked, you may experience voice and throat problems, problems with your teeth, gums and mouth, thyroid issues, neck and shoulder stiffness, and tension headaches. A blocked throat chakra may lead to you dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, trouble speaking your mind and you may find it hard to pay attention and focus. An open throat chakra allows you to speak and listen with compassion, and to feel confident when you speak because you are being truthful to yourself.
The color associated with the throat chakra is blue, and its elements are singing/music and ether. The stones for the throat chakra are Aquamarine, Lapis lazuli, and Kyanite.
Singing, chanting, and breathing exercises as well as some yoga poses helps to keep the throat chakra open.
The Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located between your eyes on the forehead. It is associated with the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and the lower part of your brain. This chakra controls your intuition, imagination, insight, and wisdom. A blocked third eye chakra can cause headaches, dizziness, issues with sight or concentration, and hearing problems, as well as, other brain issues. If your third eye chakra is blocked, you will have trouble listening to reality (think you “know it all”) or you will not be in touch with your intuition. A blockage in this chakra can also lead to problems with learning new skills, and remembering important facts; you will be judgemental, dismissive, introverted, and have problems with depression and anxiety. An open third eye chakra will allow you to follow your intuition and see the big picture.
The color associated with the third eye chakra is indigo and its element is light. The stones for the third eye chakra are Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, and Labradorite.
Meditation, visualization exercises, and certain yoga poses help keep the third eye chakra open.
The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is located at the top of your head. It is associated with awareness, intelligence, enlightenment, bliss, union, connection to life’s purpose, and spirituality. The crown chakra is also associated with the knowledge of being one with everything. A blocked crown chakra can make you narrow-minded, skeptical, stubborn, and disconnected from everyone and everything. Your crown chakra is connected to all the other chakras and helps to keep them open. An open crown chakra brings bliss and enlightenment.
The colors associated with the crown chakra are violet and white. There is no element for the crown chakra but it is related to the divine consciousness and the stones for the crown chakra are Clear Quartz, Selenite, and Lepidolite.
Meditation, Reiki, yoga, and prayer all help to keep the crown chakra open.
You can follow this link to a printable chart for the chakras. Meditation is a very good way to keep your chakras open and it is what I use. So I’m including a guided meditation for you.
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