The 7 Chakras

Understanding Your Energy System: The 7 Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally means “wheel” or “disk”. It is referred to as wheels of energy within our bodies that are divided into seven chakras. These chakras or energy centers align the spine, starting from the base of the spine towards the top of the head.

Each of the seven chakras corresponds to our nerves and specific major organs and acts as a swirling wheel of energy in which it creates an intersecting point of the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and conscious state of being. The moving energy, called prana, is the ultimate life force that keeps us vibrant, alive, happy, and healthy.

As all our seven chakras are spinning within our bodies and around us to ensure that we can feel well-being, it’s important that they stay open, aligned, and fluid.

However, our chakras sometimes get blocked by excessive stress, emotions, depression, or physical issues. If there is a blockage, the energy cannot flow freely which causes you to suffer from physical, mental health and as well as an emotional, spiritual imbalance.

So, it’s very essential that you should be aware and understand your seven chakras and their overall roles; and you can know how to balance and strengthen them to live a life with good health and harmony.

1. The Root Chakra – Muladhara

Root Chakra
Root Chakra. Photo credit: Holistic Kendo

The root chakra or base chakra, called Muladhara in Sanskrit, is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone.

This chakra plays a very important role in connecting all of your energy with the Earth Mother. It is mainly concerned with earthly grounding, simply holding basic needs for stability, safety, and physical survival. This energy center gives everything you need to survive on earth such as food, water, shelter, financial, and as well as emotional needs including letting go of fear and feeling safe.

The color orange radiates from this chakra. It is associated with your root body parts including legs, feet, hips, bones, large intestine, lower back, sexual organs, and adrenal glands — which controls your fight or flight response.

When this chakra is balanced, you feel fulfilled with your daily basic survival needs like money, shelter, and security. And you have freedom from fear. However, blockage of this chakra may manifest as paranoia, anxiety disorder, fear, frustration, procrastination, and defensiveness. Physical problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, lower back issues, hip pain, and knee troubles can occur.

How to Strengthen the Root Chakra

There are many ways you can bring back the balance back to your root chakra. First of all, you have to take care of your survival needs first so use the potential energy from this center the best you can. 

Yoga and meditation can be an incredible method to stimulate your root chakra. Some yoga poses are beneficial to grounding the body to the earth and reconnecting with the planet and the rest of your body. Lotus position or Padmasana works very well at grounding the body and soul, in which you practice silent meditation by focusing on the rhythm of your deep breath to connect to the spirit.

Other activities, including practicing Qigong or Aikido, energizing the physical organs associated with the root chakra via foot massage, walking in nature (as well as walking barefoot on leaves, grass, or earth), trekking, swimming, and gardening, can help bring back the energy to the root chakra.

Moreover, acts of kindness and compassion can aid in balancing the root chakra as well as diminishing the feeling of fear.

2. The Sacral Chakra – Swadhisthana

Sacral Chakra
Sacral Chakra. Photo credit: Holistic Kendo

The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra and it is located between the base of your spine and your navel—two inches below. It is often referred to as the belly chakra. 

This chakra center’s energy presents sexuality, friendliness, creativity, intuition, self-worth, and emotion, which gives your identity as a human being.   

The color orange radiates from this chakra. It is associated with your lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and reproductive organs and glands.

When your sacral chakra is properly balanced, you feel completely friendly with others, creative, passionate, and as well as fulfilled with a sense of wellness, sex, good food, pleasure, joy, and abundance.

The blockage may manifest as manipulative, emotional problems, depression, compulsive or obsessive behavior, and sexual guilt. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms.

How to strengthen the Sacral Chakra

Practicing a specific yoga pose that associates with your sacral chakra to bring back the balance. This could be Paschimottanasana pose (Seated Forward Bend).

Some simple movements such as dancing and twisting hips that use your hips and lower abdomen – the house of the sacral chakra are also simple ways to nurture and strengthen it. 

As water is the element of the sacral chakra it is useful to incorporate it into the reawakening and balancing of the chakra. Let’s think of hot baths or showers, swimming, relaxing by the stream with soothing water sound, walking by the ocean or by a moving river.

Lastly, just enjoy your life via life-enriching actions like creating arts, eating healthy food, and loving your partner and others around you.

3. The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura

Solar Plexus Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra. Photo credit: Holistic Kendo

The third chakra is the Solar Plexus. The center starts from the navel and extends up to the breastbone—two inches below.

This chakra is the center of personal power, self-confidence, the place of ego, place of passions, impulses, laughter, joy, anger, and strength. It is also a place for your sensitivity, ambition, and ability. 

The color yellow radiates from this chakra. This chakra is associated with body parts including the digestive system, muscles, liver, pancreas, small intestine, and adrenals.

When this chakra is in good balance, you feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges and have a strong sense of personal power.

The blockage may manifest as anger, greediness, lack of compassion or empathy, frustration, lack of confidence, lack of direction or a sense of victimization. Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies.

How to strengthen the Solar Plexus Chakra

To bring back the balance into the solar plexus chakra is to physically cleanse your body and improve your digestive system. Well-performing digestion allows to remain in good feeling and stay energetic throughout your life.

For this chakra, yoga and meditation is also often an effective way to reawaken its energy. The suppressed emotions will resurface and you allow them to move forward through your body. 

Moreover, the practice of mindfulness meditation can open up your heart with love and compassion, and share them with people around you. It’s also important to extend your self-love, refocus on the power, talents, and abilities you have, and see the positivity within yourself.

4. The Heart Chakra – Anahata

Heart Chakra
Heart Chakra. Photo credit: Holistic Kendo

The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra located right over your physical heart, spanning down to the breastbone and up to the throat. It is the center of the body’s energy universe—the middle of 7 chakras—connecting the higher chakras (the heaven) with the lower chakras (the earth).

This is the center of love, compassion, harmony, and peace. You are able to fall in love for others and love for yourself through this chakra and to receive love.

The color green radiates from this chakra. This Chakra is associated with your lungs, heart, arms, hands, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back, and thymus gland.

When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. 

The blockage can cause feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love, lack of compassion and unprincipled behavior. Physical illnesses include heart attack, lung problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficulty in breathing.


How to strengthen the Heart Chakra

Your heart chakra needs love from both yourself and others. So, developing this you have to treat yourself well, including showing appreciation for yourself, self-love, silently meditating and delivering compassion to those around you—in order to receive love and kindness from others, you have to give them first without judgment.

Indeed, take time for yourself for a relaxing massage, spa, bath, retreat, regular exercise, yoga, qigong, and Aikido. All these can increase strength in your heart and improve emotions, resulting in empowering yourself and self-love.

5. The Throat Chakra – Vishuddha

Throat Chakra
Throat Chakra. Photo credit: Mind Valley

The fifth chakra is the Throat Chakra and it is located within your throat, right between your collar bone. It is the center of communication, sound, judgment, transformation, ideas synthesis, self-expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing, purification, and healing.

The color blue radiates from this chakra. This chakra is associated with your throat, neck, ears, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

When this chakra is balanced you may feel balanced, centered, musically or artistically inspired, and may become a good speaker. 

The blockage can show up as creative blocks, dishonesty or general problems in communicating one’s needs to others, weakness in expressing your thoughts. Physical illnesses or ailments include hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, and inflammations, and back pain.

How to strengthen the Throat Chakra

To begin to balance the throat chakra you just simply think thoroughly before you speak out. You have to ensure you speak the truth with clarity. Buddha says “if you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”

Meditation and prayer are also healing. While meditating or praying you to develop inner peace and balance so that you can spread love and harmony to others. 

Get yourself involved in creativity and communication, participate in an art class, martial art class, yoga class, music class, dance class, poetry reading, book club, or social activities. Such an environment will result in stimulating and advance your creative side and communication skills.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Ajna

Third Eye Chakra
Third Eye Chakra. Photo credit: Mind Valley

The sixth chakra is Third Eye Chakra or Brow Chakra.  It is located above the physical eyes between the eyebrows on the center of the forehead. 

This is the center for perception, higher intuition, wisdom, psychic ability, and spirit. 

The color indigo (red and blue) radiates from this chakra. This chakra is associated with body parts including the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system.

When this chakra is balanced and open you are your own master with no fear of death, are not attached to material things, may experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. 

The blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight, mental rigidity, ‘selective’ memory and depression. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain.

How to strengthen the Third Eye Chakra

Silent meditation comes into place to bring the focus and connectivity back to the third eye chakra. Meditation always draws attention and makes you aware of your present moment, thus you’re not floating too far by psychic information. 

Better try to refocus on connecting your body to Mother Earth by going into wild nature, standing high on mountains overlooking the vast horizon of the forest—and feeling the cold, and pure air—and remind yourself who you really are.

The practice of yoga can also aid in strengthening and bringing balance to the third eye. Yantra Yoga, the yoga of movement, is a very beneficial practice, and so is Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose).

7. The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

Crown Chakra
Crown Chakra. Photo credit: Holistic Kendo

The seventh chakra is the Crown and it is located at the top of your head. It serves as a center of information, understanding, acceptance, dynamic thought, bliss, consciousness energy, spirituality, and enlightenment. It facilitates the inward flow of wisdom and creates the cosmic consciousness.

This chakra is also said to be the center of your own connectedness with God, the Chakra of Divine purpose and personal destiny.

The color violet radiates from this chakra.

Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious.

Blockage can manifest as psychological problems, a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, migraine headaches, and depression.

How to strengthen the Crown Chakra

As it is the highest center’s energy among all the chakras that no one could ever be overcome with, rather it is essential to concentrate on balancing the other 6 physical chakras. Meditation and spirituality practice and the balance of those activities lead you to live joyfully and enrich your life with full experience.

Think of improving your self, however, if you want to bring awareness to your crown chakra. You must have a higher aim at enhancing self-confidence and faith in a higher purpose in life. 


Yoga mudra is also considered as a simple practice that can help awaken and strengthen the crown chakra. Chin mudra, known as Consciousness Seal commonly used in meditation, pranayama, and asana, is yoga pose that allows you to sit, relax, and focus on your deep breath to calm the mind and build inner peace so that you can feel connected to higher self, slow down to create a receptive state of mind, and as well as refresh the overall mood. 

Conclusion

The seven chakras are very essential in our everyday life. They direct us to get a sense of a healthy and balanced life full of energy within the body, mind, and spirit.

Apparently, if any chakra is blocked it affects your overall physical, emotional, and spiritual state. It simply happens when you’re facing physical problems, excessive stress or emotional disorder. Staying physically, emotionally aware of your imbalanced chakra and bringing the balance back is very important.

The most common ways to align the balance of the seven chakras are creative and physical activities, physical exercises, yoga, mindful meditation, and attending healing retreats like yoga and meditation retreats, and spiritual energy healing retreats.

Next, we will dive deeply into each of the seven chakras. 

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