Have you ever practiced yoga, meditation or just watched online videos about chakras?
You've no doubt heard about chakras and their role in the flow of energy in our body.
You may have also heard that it’s important to keep your chakras open, or unblocked.
Maybe someone’s even suggested that you should work on a specific chakra but you have no idea what they are? Don't worry, you're not alone.
So what are these chakras and how do they impact our physical and emotional well-being?
What are chakras?
Chakra in Sanskrit means “wheel” that refers to the spiritual energy points within the body.
These are a part of the subtle body - a part of you that you can’t see or touch.
They are placed in the astral body, along the spine, starting from its base, running upwards through the neck to the crown of the head.
Chakras radiate a specific color, energy and relate to specific emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of our being.
According to yoga tradition, it is said that chakras radiate subtle energy that helps our mind, intellect and organs to function at their best level.
To function at their best, the chakras need to stay balanced or open.
If the chakras are blocked or unbalanced, one may suffer physical or emotional symptoms linked to a particular chakra.
Take a look at some life factors that can block our chakras:
- Work stress
- Low self-esteem
- Financial turmoil
- Sexual oppression
- Suppressed anger
- Tunnel Vision
The balancing of these chakras is believed to lead to good health and well-being.
There are seven main chakras that carry a specific meaning and color.
In this article, we will walk you through the significance of all them, their colors, and the health areas these chakras tend to influence.
What are the 7 main chakras?
The root chakra is found at the pelvic floor, which translates as ‘root’ and ‘support’. This chakra governs breathing, eating, sleeping, and experiencing physical security. It keeps us grounded and controls instinctual urges such as sleep, food, sex, or survival.
Location: Base of spine, in tailbone area
Meaning: Physical identity, stability, grounding
Crystals: Hematite, Black Onyx and Smoky Quartz
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Feeling ungrounded, unsafe, fear, anxiety, lack, and the I don’t have enough mindset. Upset potential digestive.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Warrior I
Also known as ‘the place of the self’, this chakra is held in our sacrum. It's all about creativity, fertility, fluidity, reproductivity, sexuality as well as creativity and self-worth. It tends to impact our ability to be vibrant, happy, positive, satisfied, compassionate, and intuitive.
Location: Lower abdomen, just below the navel
Meaning: Sexuality, Pleasure, Creativity
Crystals: Tiger's Eye, Orange Calcite and Citrine
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Little to no creativity or sex drive. Feeling zapped. Potential urinary or hormonal disturbances.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Bound Angle Pose
Solar plexus chakra
Also known as the ‘Warrior Chakra’ is found between the ribcage and the navel. It is the center of self-esteem and emotions like anger, ego, and aggression. It gives us the confidence we need to navigate our lives with strength and determination.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area
Meaning: Self-esteem, confidence
Crystals: Amber, Tiger’s Eye and Sunstone
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Feeling frustrated and insecure. Low self-esteem and personal power. Potential stomach tightness and nausea.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Boat Pose
On a spiritual level, the heart chakra is the seat of balance. As the name implies, this chakra is in the center of the chest that has the capacity to radiate feelings of love, peace, attachment, trust, passion, compassion, and kindness.
Location: Center of chest
Meaning: Love, compassion
Crystals: Rose Quartz and Aventurine
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Feeling hurt, lonely, grief, heartbreak, dejected, and lack of compassion. Potential chest pain, heaviness and heart-burn.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Camel Pose
The throat chakra is the energetic home of speech, hearing, expression, communication, and confidence that helps you to quite literally speak up. It is tied to the endocrine glands that control metabolism and inner thoughts to be spoken in a positive manner.
Crystals: Aquamarine and Sodalite
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Little to no self-expression and fear of speaking up. Telling lies, Potential sore throat and stiff neck.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Fish Pose
Third eye chakra
The third eye chakra opens you up to expanded states of consciousness. This chakra allows you to go beyond the 5 senses and the materialistic world. It controls intellect, intuition, wisdom, and spiritual power and sixth sense. It stimulates the functioning of the rest of the chakras.
Location: (also known as the Brow Chakra) Located in the forehead between the eyes
Meaning: Intuition, imagination
Crystals: Amethyst, Fluorite and Lolite
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Being narrow-minded, stubborn and denial from spirituality. Lacks inner intuitive guidance and Potential headaches.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Child Pose
The final chakra also known as the “thousand petal lotus” chakra connects to beauty itself and the spiritual realm. This chakra links us to the divine energy and with our highest self. It is believed to help us feel enlightened, acquire self-mastery, and find a sense of connection with everything.
Location: The very top of the head
Meaning: Awareness, intelligence
Element: Divine Consciousness
Crystals: Clear quartz, Amethyst and Moonstone
Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Experiencing ‘the human condition’. No connection to the spiritual world or ‘God’.
Yoga pose for it's activation: Headstand