YOUR GUIDE TO CHAKRA

Chakras are the energy centers in your body. The chakras run up your spine from the tip of your coccyx (tailbone) to the top of your head. There are 7 main chakras, and each one resonates with a different colour, music note, area of your body, and aspect of your life.

The word 'chakra' comes from the Sanskrit word for wheel.

Chakras have to be balanced and aligned in order to achieve happiness and good health.

Every chakra relates to a specific function of your physical body.

Chakras also relate to your emotional and spiritual wellness.

Your chakras are what connects our earthly bodies and minds to the spirits in the Universe.

In order for you to be completely fulfilled and content with your life, your chakras have to be aligned. Nothing dire is going to happen to you if something’s out of whack, but you will find that area of your life getting more complicated than is necessary. When you’re feeling emotionally unbalanced in some way, it’s time to check on your chakras!

It’s important to remember that, even though not all of your chakras need a tuneup at once, you should work with all of them individually to restore health and balance in your body. If energy is blocked somehow in one chakra, then the others will suffer too. Root chakra blockages are so common because the Root chakra is the foundation, or the base, of the body’s chakra system. Every chakra pulls energy up from the one below it. It stands to reason that if you try to balance the Crown chakra when your Root chakra is out of alignment, then you’re going to be pulling up imbalanced energy!

That’s not to say that there’s only one way of working with chakras. There are advanced techniques that start at the top and work down, but when learning a new skill, it’s always best to master the basics, first. Chakra work takes little time to learn, but a lifetime to master.

The Root Chakra

Muladhara

Located at the base of your spine

Also called the Base chakra

It’s color is red

Governs your primal instincts and the will to survive

Resonates with the etheric layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘C’

Rules your legs, feet and bones

Relates to your sense of smell

When your Root Chakra is unbalanced or blocked, you’ll feel unsettled. Lower back pain could be a problem. You fear that you won’t have everything you need to survive and thrive. You could have trouble controlling your temper. It’s hard for you to let go of the past.

When your Root chakra is balanced, you’re not worried about your life. Your overall health is good, and you live in the moment rather than clinging to the past. You’re happy in your work, and feel a general contentment.

It’s easy to tune up your Root chakra. Meditate with a red crystal or listen to music in the key of C. Make sure you exercise and eat right, get a foot massage. Focus on the blessings in your life, rather than what’s missing.

The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthanna

Located near your groin, below your belly button

Corresponds to the sacrum in your spine

Its color is orange

Governs your emotions and your moods

Its element is water

Resonates with the emotional layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘D’

Rules your hormones and reproductive organs

Relates to your sense of taste

When your Sacral Chakra isn’t aligned, you’ll feel restless and moody. Sexual issues often crop up so that you cannot enjoy intimacy. You lose interest in looking after yourself. You oscillate between needing attention and shying away from it.

When your sacral chakra is balanced, sex doesn’t worry you. You’re able to ask for what you need and graciously receive it. You don’t have to be the center of attention, but if you’re put in the spotlight, you feel at ease. You’re confident, and your moods and emotions are balanced.

It’s not hard to give this chakra a tune-up. Meditate with an orange crystal or gemstone and listen to music in the key of D. Remember how to play and find fun. Reconnect with your sense of self, and explore your creativity. Write out your heart’s desires, so that you have a focal point to make them manifest.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura

Located between your belly button and your rib cage

Also called the Navel chakra

Its color is yellow

Governs your opinions and spiritual growth

Its element is fire

Resonates with the mental layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘E’

Rules your digestive system and metabolism

Relates to your sense of sight

When your Solar Plexus Chakra isn’t aligned, you’ll feel self-conscious and judgmental — towards others as well as yourself. You become obsessed with your personal growth, or you develop a complete lack of interest in it. It’s easy for you to get bitter and frustrated with your life.

When your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you feel joyful about your life and what you’re accomplishing. You never play the victim, nor are you afraid of being rejected. There’s no need for you to criticize others, for you’re content with your life and easily able to focus on your goals.

There are easy ways to bring this chakra back into alignment. Meditate with a yellow crystal and listen to music in the key of E. Spend time in the sunlight and add yellow fruits and vegetables to your diet. Take the advice of a life coach, and actively participate in creating the person that you want to be.

The Heart Chakra

Anahata

Located in the center of your chest, level with your heart

The bridge between the upper and lower chakras

Its color is green (or pink)

Governs your compassion and unconditional love

Its element is air

Resonates with the astral layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘F’

Rules your heart, lungs, and respiratory system

Relates to your sense of touch

When your Heart Chakra is out of balance, your relationships to other people will be out of balance, too. You become indifferent to their feelings, and sometimes become very selfish. You cling to past grief and blow it out of proportion. You either disregard others, or you depend on them too much.

When your Heart chakra is open and balanced, you’ll feel compassion and understanding towards others in your life. You take responsibility for your own actions. You don’t gloat about your achievements, nor do you let your mistakes become huge issues. You’re kind, and you appreciate your life.

Realigning your Heart chakra isn’t difficult. Meditate with a green or pink crystal or stone and listen to music in the key of F. Wear rose quartz stones. Give yourself new ways at looking at past pain so it no longer has a hold on you. Find ways to experience joy, and keep a gratitude journal.

Throat Chakra

Vishuddha

Located in the hollow of your throat

First of the upper chakras

Its color is blue

Governs communication

Its element is ether

Resonates with the etheric layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘G’

Rules your neck, mouth, and ears

Relates to your sense of sound

It’s so easy to tell when this Throat Chakra is out of sync because you’ll have trouble communicating. Your self-expression will be difficult. You’ll either not speak up, or you’ll say too much. You don’t hear what others are trying to convey. You overthink things.

When this chakra is functioning optimally, you’ll speak your truth appropriately and take the time to really hear others. Your body language is open and you’re not afraid to be your authentic self. Your creativity flows, and it’s easy for you to express yourself, not just in what you say, but also in your mannerisms, and any form of art that you enjoy.

There are many easy ways to bring this area back into balance. Meditate with a blue crystal, and listen to music in the key of G. Sing, hum, or chant. Study body language, and learn how to pick up unspoken messages. Keep a journal or a blog of your thoughts, to help you organize them.

Third Eye Chakra

Ajna

Located in between your eyebrows

Also called the Brow chakra

Its colour is indigo

Governs your eyesight, including clairvoyance and psychic talents

Its element is light

Resonates with the celestial layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘A’

Rules your eyes and intuition

Relates to your sense of sight

Often the most misunderstood Third Eye chakra is the easiest one to recognize an imbalance in. Egoism, a closed mind, delusion, and unrealistic aspirations are all indicative that this area needs work. Your mind jumps to all kinds of ideas and conclusions, most of them conjecture or fantasy.

When this chakra is balanced, you’re balanced. You have realistic goals and you work hard to achieve them. You have wonderful ideas and plans, but you’re able to discern what’s attainable and what’s unrealistic. You’re in the world, but not of it. There are no unhealthy attachments.

It’s challenging, but not impossible, to keep this chakra aligned. Meditate with an indigo crystal or stone, and listen to music in the key of A. Spend time communicating with your authentic self. Learn to trust your intuition, and keep a dream diary to see what your unconscious is saying to you.

Crown Chakra

Sahasrara

Located at the top of your head

Sits just above your hairline

Its colour is violet (or white)

Governs your understanding and your connection to your divinity

Its element is spirit

Resonates with the causal layer of your subtle body

Vibrates to the music note ‘B’

Rules your brain and nervous system

Relates to your thinking and perception

When the Crown Chakra is not performing at its peak, you feel separated, somehow. There’s no connection with any spiritual practice or beings. You feel disheartened and uninspired. Either that, or you take yourself too seriously, and become narcissistic.

When this chakra is aligned, you know who you are. You know what you’re capable of doing and you’re working at making that happen. You’re at peace with your world and your faith is strong.You accept yourself as you are, and you’re able to be generous with your time and your talents.

It’s not difficult to bring this chakra into balance. Practice breathing exercises, and listen to music in the key of B. Immerse yourself in spiritual pursuits, and take up exercises—like yoga or Tai Chi—that blend the physical with the spiritual. Meditation and prayer are your best allies.

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