I’m sure you’ve heard the word chakra before. But what exactly are people referring to when they talk about chakras?
Chakra is a sanskrit word literally meaning wheel or disc. They are the centers in our body that regulates all its processes, and which energy flows through. Eastern spiritual traditions considered them the basis of our human existence.
There are seven chakras in your body, stretching from the base of your spine to the crown of your head.
These seven chakras represent different aspects of our life and correspond to specific organs. They also represent the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual states of being. Each one has a vibrational frequency, a specific color, and regulate a specific function.
Blocked energy or an imbalance within a chakra can lead to physical, emotional, mental or spiritual ailments. A healthy system is one where the chakras are open and balanced, allowing a harmonious flow of energy.
So what does each chakra represent?
The Root Chakra, Muladhara (Sanskrit: मूलाधार, IAST: Mūlādhāra, English: “root support”) is our foundation, the representation of being grounded. It connects all of our energy to the earth. It’s located at the base of the spine by the tailbone. The emotional issues that correspond is our day to day survival, such as financial and emotional security.
A healthy root chakra will allow you to feel a sense of security and accomplishment.
An imbalanced root chakra will result in feelings of anxiety, fear,and possible nightmares. Physically it affects the digestive system, lower back issues, hip pain, and ovarian or prostate problems.
The Sacral Chakra, Swadhisthana, is identity, our creative life force. It gives us the motivation to find pleasure in our lives. When you’re sacral chakra is aligned, you will feel inspired, fulfilled, joyful, passionate about life and everything in it
When you are feeling uninspired, emotionally unstable, apathetic, or closed off to intimacy, your sacral chakra is probably overactive or misaligned.
This can result in fear of change, addictive behavior, or restlessness. The sacral chakra governs the adrenals, immune system, gallbladder, spleen, and metabolism.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura, is your personal power, self esteem, our ability to be confident and in control.
If you are feeling powerless or have self esteem issues, likely this is the chakra that is overactive. You may feel like you are taken advantage of easily or feel apathetic. Digestive issues are common when this chakra is blocked.
The Heart Chakra, Anahata, is our ability to love and feel compassion, it’s our spiritual awareness. An imbalan
ce can lead to grief, anger, feeling closed off, jealousy, and a lack of kindness to both others and to yourself.
This chakra is associated with health and healing. An imbalance leads to increased heart rate, heart palpitations, heartburn, and relationship issues.
The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is our self expression and ability to communicate our inner truth.
If you are feeling withdrawn, or unable to speak your truth this is the chakra to focus on. You may also find it hard to pay attention, stay focused, or fear judgement from others.
The physical manifestations can be a sore throat, neck and shoulder tension, headaches and thyroid issues.
The Third Eye Chakra, Ajna, is our insight, intuition and ability to focus on and see the big picture.
When your third eye chakra is balanced you will feel in tune with both the physical and spiritual world. If you are having trouble trusting your instincts, remembering important facts, or learning new skills, chances are this chakra is unbalanced. This can result in depression, anxiety, paranoia, and feeling introverted.
Physically it can cause headaches, dizziness and sinus issues.
The Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, is the ability to fully connect spiritually, to be one with the universe. It’s our own personal consciousness.
A blockage will result in feeling disconnected from everything and everyone, or it can just feel normal. This is the hardest chakra to attain balance with.
An under active crown chakra just means you’re a normal human being. Instead of trying to open up your crown chakra, focus on balancing the other chakras. That can bring you closer to your achieving the larger goal of balancing the crown chakra.