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  • Writer's pictureFrederique Peeters

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHAKRAS

Updated: Aug 12, 2023


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The first step in getting to know your chakras is to answer the question:


What are Chakras?

Chakras are energy centers in the body that are believed to be responsible for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The word "chakra" comes from the Sanskrit word for "wheel," and each chakra is said to be a vortex of energy that spins at a different frequency.


There are seven main chakras, each located along the spine. The chakras are:

  • Root chakra (Muladhara): located at the base of the spine, this chakra is associated with survival, security, and basic needs.

  • Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana): located below the navel, this chakra is associated with creativity, sexuality, and pleasure.

  • Solar plexus chakra (Manipura): located in the upper abdomen, this chakra is associated with power, personal will, and self-esteem.

  • Heart chakra (Anahata): located in the center of the chest, this chakra is associated with love, compassion, and forgiveness.

  • Throat chakra (Vishuddha): located in the throat, this chakra is associated with communication, creativity, and self-expression.

  • Third eye chakra (Ajna): located between the eyebrows, this chakra is associated with intuition, wisdom, and inner vision.

  • Crown chakra (Sahasrara): located at the top of the head, this chakra is associated with enlightenment, spirituality, and connection to the divine.

When the Chakra System Is Functioning Properly

When the chakras are functioning properly, they are said to be in balance. This means that they are spinning at their optimal frequencies and that the energy is flowing freely between them. When the chakras are balanced, we experience a sense of well-being, both physically and emotionally. We feel grounded, secure, and connected to ourselves and the world around us.


What Happens When the Chakra System Is Out of Balance?

When the chakras are out of balance, it can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual problems.


When the root chakra is balanced, we feel grounded, secure, and connected to the earth. When the root chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel insecure, anxious, and fearful. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as low energy, poor digestion, or chronic pain.


When the sacral chakra is balanced, we feel creative, expressive, and connected to our bodies. When the sacral chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel inhibited, repressed, or disconnected from our sexuality. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as reproductive problems, urinary tract infections, or weight issues.


When the solar plexus chakra is balanced, we feel confident, empowered, and in control of our lives. When the solar plexus chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel powerless, insecure, or self-doubting. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as stomach problems, ulcers, or diabetes.


When the heart chakra is balanced, we feel loving, compassionate, and connected to others. When the heart chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel closed off, unloving, or resentful. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as heart problems, respiratory problems, or immune system problems.


When the throat chakra is balanced, we feel clear, expressive, and confident in our ability to communicate. When the throat chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel shy, inhibited, or unable to express ourselves. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as thyroid problems, voice problems, or neck pain.


When the third eye chakra is balanced, we feel intuitive, wise, and connected to our inner guidance. When the third eye chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel confused, indecisive, or unable to see the big picture. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as headaches, eye problems, or sleep problems.


When the crown chakra is balanced, we feel connected to something greater than ourselves, and we have a sense of peace and well-being. When the crown chakra is imbalanced or blocked, we may feel disconnected from ourselves, others, and the world around us. We may also have problems with our physical health, such as neurological problems, mental health problems, or chronic fatigue.


It is important to note that the chakras are not separate entities, but rather they are interconnected and interdependent. When one chakra is out of balance, it can affect the others. For example, a blocked root chakra can lead to an overactive sacral chakra, and vice versa.


What Causes Imbalances in the Chakra System?

There are many things that can cause imbalances in the chakras, including:

  • Stress

  • Trauma

  • Poor diet

  • Lack of exercise

  • Negative thoughts and emotions

  • Medications

  • Environmental toxins

How to Balance Your Chakras Yourself

There are many ways to balance your chakras yourself. Here are a few simple techniques:

  • Meditation: Meditation is a great way to connect with your chakras and bring them into balance. There are many different types of meditation that you can try, so find one that works for you.

  • Yoga: Yoga is another great way to balance your chakras. Certain yoga poses are specifically designed to target specific chakras.

Root Chakra: Mountain pose (Talasana): a simple but effective pose that helps to ground and center the body.

Sacral Chakra: Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana): a great pose for opening the hips and lower back.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Warrior II pose (Virabhadrasana II): a great pose for strengthening the core and opening the chest.

Heart Chakra: Cobra pose (Bhujangasana): a great pose for opening the chest and lungs.

Throat Chakra: Fish pose (Matsyasana): a gentle pose that can help to open the chest and throat.

Third-Eye Chakra: Third-eye gaze: a technique that can help to stimulate the third-eye chakra. To do third-eye gaze, sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight. Close your eyes and focus on the point between your eyebrows. Hold your gaze for 5-10 minutes.

Crown Chakra: Child's pose (Balasana): a pose of surrender that can help to bring the mind and body into balance.

  • Crystals: Crystals are said to have healing properties that can help to balance the chakras. You can wear crystals, carry them with you, or place them on your chakras.

Root Chakra: Hematite is a grounding stone that helps to connect us to the earth. It is said to be helpful for people who feel insecure or ungrounded.

Sacral Chakra: Carnelian is a red stone that is said to stimulate the sacral chakra and promote creativity. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel stuck or inhibited.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Citrine is a yellow stone that is said to amplify the energy of the solar plexus chakra and promote confidence. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel stressed or overwhelmed.

Heart Chakra: Rose Quartz is a pink stone that is said to promote love, compassion, and forgiveness. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel closed off or unloving.

Throat Chakra: Aquamarine is a blue-green stone that is said to promote communication and self-expression. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel shy or inhibited.

Third-Eye Chakra: Amethyst is a purple stone that is said to promote peace, relaxation, and spiritual insight. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel stressed or overwhelmed.

Crown Chakra: Lapis Lazuli is a blue stone that is said to promote intuition and wisdom. It is also said to be helpful for people who feel lost or confused.

  • Essential oils: Essential oils are also said to have healing properties that can help to balance the chakras. You can diffuse essential oils, add them to bathwater, or apply them directly to your skin.

Root Chakra: Frankincense is a grounding oil that can help to promote a sense of stability and security.

Sacral Chakra: Ylang Ylang is a sensual oil that can help to promote feelings of creativity, sexuality, and pleasure.

Solar Plexus Chakra: Ginger is a warming oil that can help to promote feelings of personal power and confidence.

Heart Chakra: Rose is a beautiful oil that can help to promote feelings of love, compassion, and self-worth.

Throat Chakra: Peppermint is a refreshing oil that can help to promote feelings of clarity and focus.

Third-Eye Chakra: Clary sage is a stimulating oil that can help to promote feelings of intuition and clarity.

Crown Chakra: Myrrh is a warming oil that can help to promote feelings of vitality and energy.

  • Sound therapy: Sound therapy is the use of sound to heal the body and mind. Certain sounds are said to be beneficial for specific chakras. You can listen to sound baths, sing mantras, or use tuning forks.

If you are experiencing physical, emotional, or spiritual problems, it is important to see a doctor or therapist to rule out any underlying medical conditions. However, you may also want to consider working with a chakra practitioner to help you balance your chakras and achieve overall well-being.


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