Chakras are the circular vortexes of energy that are placed in seven different points on the spinal column, and all the seven chakras are connected to the various organs and glands within the body. These chakras are responsible for disturbing the life energy, which is also known as Qi or Praana.
Whenever a chakra is disrupted or blocked, the life energy also gets blocked, leading to the onset of mental and health ailments. When the harmonious balance of the seven chakras is disrupted or damaged, it can cause several problems in our lives, including physical health, emotional health, and mental state of mind. The clearing of the energy can also balance our emotional state of mind. The Chakra Mind-Body Balance is a two-way street: if there are certain fears and emotions we are holding on to, we experience physical restrictions, too. Each of the seven chakras carries a specific meaning and color, and the areas of our health and life these chakras tend to influence.
Know the truth:
1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara in Sanskrit).
It represents our foundation, our feeling of being grounded, it is related with our contact with Earth Mother. It is also the centre of manifesting things in the material world.
Location: Base of spine near the coccyx, its corresponding nerve plexus is the sacral-coccygeal. The root chakra affects the gonad glands and the reproductive system
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.
Physical issues: Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs.
Yoga poses for balancing: Grounding poses such as Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and Warrior I & 2 (Virabhadrasana I & II)
2. The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana in Sanskrit).
It represents our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences. It holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. It is also about emotions and friendliness, it is the seat of our creativity, confidence and sense of self-worth.
Location: Lower abdomen, just below the naval near the spleen, its corresponding nerve plexus is also called sacral. The sacral chakra affects the Leydig cells in the gonads and adrenals and the genitourinary system.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
Physical issues: Kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine.
Yoga poses for balancing: Goddess Pose (Deviasana) and Suyra Namaskar A (Sun Slautes).
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura in Sanskrit).
It represents our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. It is our centre of personal power, the place of ego, of passions, impulses, anger and strength.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area near the tip of the sternum, its corresponding nerve plexus is also named solar. The solar plexus chakra affects the adrenal glands and the digestive system.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
Physical issues: Digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies. The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small intestine.
Yoga poses for balancing: Boat Pose (Navasana) and twists in general as they stimulate the digestive system.
4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata in Sanskrit).
It is our centre for love, compassion and spirituality. It affects our ability to not only love others but to love ourselves. It also connects the body and mind with spirit.
Location: Directly over the heart and the thymus, its corresponding nerve plexus is the heart plexus. The heart chakra affects the thymus gland and the circulatory system.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.
Physical Issues: Heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficulty in breathing. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back.
Yoga poses for balancing: Camel pose (Ustrasana) and backbends in general as they are heart opening poses.
5. The Throat Chakra (Vishudha in Sanskrit).
It represents our ability to communicate, it’s the centre of sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing. It is also the location for the possibility for change, transformation and healing.
Location: In the throat over the thyroid gland and the larynx, its corresponding plexus is the cervical ganglia medulla plexus. The throat chakra affects the thyroid and the respiratory system.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
Physical Issues: Hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain. Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland.
Yoga poses for balancing: Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) and Matsyasna (Fish Pose) as it opens the throat.
6. The Third Eye Chakra (Anja in Sanskrit).
It represents our ability to focus on, and see the big picture. It is also the centre for psychic ability and higher intuition.
Location: Forehead between the eyes , its corresponding nerve plexus is the hypothalamus pituitary plexus. The third eye chakra affects the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous system.
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
Physical Issues: Headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain. Body parts for this chakra include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system.
Yoga poses for balancing: Easy Pose (Sukhasana) and Childs pose (Balasana) as your third eye is directly connected to the Earth.
7. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara in Sanskrit).
It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually, it’s the centre of enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy.
Location: The very top of the head, its corresponding nerve plexus is the cerebral cortex pineal plexus. The crown chakra affects the pineal gland and the central nervous system.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
Physical issues: Migraine headaches and depression.
Yoga poses for balancing: Corpse Pose (Savasana) and Sirsasana (Headstand) as it presses the chakra directly to the Earth.
There are no shortcuts, machines, objects, or other external forces that can awaken the Chakras at the yogic level of functioning. To awaken these subtle forces we have to work towards purifying the body and mind of lower impulses and maintain sustained spiritual practices. We can begin by working through our karmas by expressing the highest potential of the planet whose Dasha (planetary period) we are running.
TRY ADDING SOME COLOR
1. Surround Yourself With Color
Simply wearing certain colors can affect your chakras and change your mood. If you have a presentation or interview and want to communicate better try wearing something blue.
If you’re feeling stuck trying to brainstorm ideas for a new project throw on an orange hoodie or paint your nails orange to help get your creative juices flow. Don’t underestimate the power of the right attire.
2. Lie In The Sun For An Hour.
Remember the sun is also an energy source filled with many different and colorful rays – ultraviolet, infrared and others you can soak up. Just don’t stay in the sun too long, too much of one thing is never good for you.
That goes for all of these tips.
3. Make Sure Your Meals Are Colorful
The saying goes “you are what you eat.” Eating a colorful breakfast, lunch, and dinner can help to balance your chakras. Try red apples for the root chakra and really green vegetables like kale or spinach for the heart chakra etc. The more colors in your diet the more your chakras can flow freely.
4. Treat Yourself to a Color Bath
You can find special organic bath oils and salts online that will change the color of your bath water. Set the mood and light candles of the same color or change the lights to colored light bulbs that match the color of your bath.
You should feel an immediate boost of energy in the chakra you choose to activate.
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
When our chakras are open, energized and balanced our lives become more fulfilled. You can connect to your greater self and the path to finding inner peace becomes much clearer.
However, if one of our chakras is closed or hasn’t been energized in a while our emotional and mental state can feel unbalanced and chaotic. Some negative thoughts and feelings might start to take over – allowing for anxiety, depression and other illness to settle in.
Unbalanced chakras can manifest physical diseases in the areas that they govern, so we must take care of our spiritual being by constantly helping it to grow mentally and emotionally.
Partaking in this spiritual journey can be so soul fulfilling, and bring you closer to understanding who you are and what you desire most.