The entire universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. The 7 chakras play an important role in the balance and health of our bodies.
Long before modern technology and science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that moved inside of us the 7 chakras.
So, what are the 7 chakras?
Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally means wheel.
This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centers in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head.
In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide the right balance of energy to every part of your body, mind, and spirit.
But, if one of your chakras spins too quickly, is blocked, or moves slowly, your health will suffer.
By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body.
You can use this information to connect physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras that empower them. And with those discoveries, you can begin to balance your chakras and live a healthy and harmonious life.
The 7 Chakras For Beginners
Before diving into the 7 chakras, let’s take a moment to tune into the body and feel the chakras at work.
For beginners, these chakra exercises may seem odd. But just go with the flow and soon, you’ll be a chakra pro.
You may sense the prana energy centers very lightly, very intensely, or not at all.
Just remember that whatever happens, is okay.
Introductory Chandra meditation
1. Root Chakra (also known as Base Chakra)
Color Association: Red
Location: Base of the spine
Associations: Survival, standing up for yourself, financial independence, security
Imbalances: Fatigue, low back pain, depression, cold hands and feet
Healing: Exercise and restful sleep, red food and drink, red gemstones and clothing, red essential oils (ylang ylang or sandalwood)
2. Sacral Chakra (also known as Spleen Chakra)
Color Association: Orange
Location: Lower abdomen below navel
Associations: Feelings, ability to be social, pleasure, sexuality, well-being
Imbalances: Alcohol and drug abuse, depression, allergies, yeast infections, urinary problems, sexual problems
Healing: Massage, orange food and drink, orange gemstones & clothing, red essential oils
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Color Association: Yellow
Location: Upper abdomen, stomach area
Associations: Personal power, self-confidence, self-control, humor, intellect
Imbalances: Digestive problems, diabetes, constipation, memory loss
Healing: Learning, doing puzzles, detoxing, yellow food and drink, yellow gemstones and clothing, yellow essential oils (lemon)
4. Heart Chakra
Color Association: Green
Location: Center of the chest, above the heart
Associations: Ability to love, joy, inner peace
Imbalances: Heart and breathing issues, breast cancer, high blood pressure, muscle tension
Healing: Family time, spending time with nature, green food and drink, green gemstones & clothing, green essential oils (pine or eucalyptus)
5. Throat Chakra
Color Association: Blue
Associations: Communication, relationships, trust, loyalty
Imbalances: Thyroid problems, hormonal issues, fever, menopause, mood swings
Healing: Singing, conversations, collecting, blue food and drink, blue gemstones and clothing, blue essential oils (chamomile)
6. Third Eye Chakra (also known as Brow Chakra)
Color Association: Indigo
Location: Forehead, between the eyes
Associations: Intuition, imagination, ability to make decisions, psychic abilities
Imbalances: Learning disabilities, sleeping disorders, imbalance
Healing: Watch the stars, meditation, indigo food and drink, indigo gemstones and clothing, indigo essential oils (patchouli)
7. Crown Chakra
Color Association: Violet
Location: Top of the head
Associations: Ability to connect spiritually, knowingness, spirituality, connection to God
Imbalances: Headaches, mental illness, senility, lack of coordination, rashes
Healing: Focus on dreams, writing down inventions, violet food and drink, violet gemstones and clothing, violet essential oils (lavender)