Chakras are a system of energy centers in the body. The word chakra comes from an ancient Sanskrit word that means "wheel" or "spiral". These spinning vortexes of energy are closely associated with your endocrine system and they are said to be the conduit for prana, or life energy, to move through the body. There are seven main chakras and each chakra influences physical, mental, and spiritual states and wellbeing in its own way. Having balanced and unblocked chakras are also said to ultimately lead one to higher states of consciousness. Practices such as yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breath exercise rooted in yoga) and meditative practices can help correct imbalances of the chakras by stimulating the flow of prana, through the body.
Here are the seven chakras and their associated meanings:
- Muladhara (Root Chakra) : Located at the base of the spine, the muladhara is associated with survival and the physical body.
- Swadhisthana (Sacral Chakra): Located below the naval and above the genital organ, the swadishthana is associated with pleasures and desires.
- Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra): Located in the upper abdomen, the manipura is associated with personal power, self-esteem and action.
- Anahata (Heart chakra): Located in the center of the chest, the anahata is associated with creativity.
- Vishuddhi (Throat Chakra): Located in the throat, the vishuddhi is associated with power.
- Ajna (Third Eye Chakra): Located in the middle of your forehead starting from in between your eyebrows, the ajna is associated with intuition, wisdom, and insight.
- Sahasrara (Crown Chakra): Located at the top of the head, the crown chakra is associated with spirituality, enlightenment, and connection to the divine.
Imbalanced or 'clogged' chakras can lead to physical, mental and emotional issues. It is important to note that imbalanced chakras are not a medical diagnosis and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. However, practices such as yoga can be used to help balance the chakras and promote overall well-being
So, there you have it! You've got the basics covered now. We hope that you have found this article on chakras to be helpful, and perhaps piqued your interest in learning more.