What are the Chakras?
Chakras are the energy centres in our body. In Sanskrit the word "chakra" means "disk" or "wheel". These centres are connected to all the vital organs and glands in the body and they have different physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual functions.
To function at their best, the chakras need to be open and balanced, and when all of our chakras are open, energy can run through them freely, and harmony exists between the physical body, mind, and spirit.
There are seven main chakras. The Root chakra, the Sacral chakra, the Solar Plexus chakra, the Heart chakra, the Throat chakra, the Brow or Third Eye chakra, and the Crown chakra. In addition, extra chakras can be found in the physical body and also in the energetic body: the Palm chakras, the Foot chakras and higher dimensional chakras like Stellar Gateway, Soul Star chakra, Causal chakra, Navel chakra, and Earth Star chakra, but we are going to concentrate on the seven major ones which are located along the spine.
The First chakra is the Root chakra located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the colour red.
The root chakra, or Muladhara, is located at the base of your spine. It provides you with a base or foundation for life, and it helps you feel grounded and able to withstand challenges. If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, nightmares or sluggishness. Physical imbalances may manifest as:
Problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
The Second chakra is the Sacral chakra ( Svadhisthana chakra ) located above the pubic bone, below the navel. This chakra is associated with the colour orange. This chakra is is responsible for our creative expression and is the centre of emotions, feelings and stimulates pleasure. It plays an active role in our sexuality and expression of our sexual needs and desires. Common characteristics of the root chakra are: Emotions such as, depression, detachment, indulgent, aggressive, over sensitive, fear, anxiety and poor boundaries. Physical imbalances may manifest as:
Physical symptoms such as anemia, hypoglycaemia, lower back pain, joint problems, low energy, spleen and kidney issues and premenstrual syndrome can also be a result of an imbalance of the sacral chakra.
The Third chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra ( Manipura chakra ) located from the area from the navel to the breastbone. This chakra is associated with the colour yellow. This chakra is our source of personal power. It's responsible for confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping you feel in control of your life. Physical issues may manifest as:
Ulcers, Poor digestion, gas or nausea, hypoglycaemia, diabetes, organ problems especially in the liver and kidneys, difficulty gaining or losing weight.
The Forth chakra is the Heart chakra ( Anahata ) is located at the heart centre. This chakra is associated with the colour green primary/ pink secondary. This chakra is our source of love and connection and our ability to show compassion. Physical issues may manifest as:
Asthma, upper back and shoulder problems, arms and wrist pain, heart palpitations, chest pain, poor circulation,
heart conditions, high/low blood pressure, and difficulty breathing.
The Fifth chakra is the Throat chakra ( Vishuddha chakra ) located in the throat. This chakra is associated with the colour blue. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. Physically imbalances may manifest as:
Thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue issues.
The Sixth chakra is the Third eye chakra or brow chakra ( Ajna chakra ) this is located in between the eyebrows. This chakra is associated colour indigo. This is the centre of our intuition. Physical imbalances may manifest as:
Imbalances physically within the brain, eyes, pineal gland, and pituitary gland. It can manifest as headaches, dizziness, poor vision, seizures, and lack of concentration.
The Seventh chakra is the Crown chakra ( Sahasrara chakra ) located at the crown of the head. The colour associated with this chakra is violet/white. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It also plays a role in your life’s purpose. Physical imbalances may manifest as:
Lack of inspiration, desire to oversleep, chronic tension headaches, exhaustion and confusion about what you want to do.
The chakra system is one way to understand the human body. Even minor disturbances in the “subtle body” can manifest as pain, disease, discomfort or general disharmony in your body, mind, heart, and spirit. so by keeping your chakras in alignment it will keep you in balance, a state of bliss and in a place of happiness.