The energy that runs throughout your body, often referred to as the life force, moves through seven prominent energy centers known as chakras. These junction points in the body are associated with various organ systems, as well as emotional and mental wellbeing, so making sure they’re aligned, balanced, and open will help you achieve more health and a sense of wellness. In other words, by focusing on your chakras and healing them by unblocking the energy that’s trying to flow abundantly through them, you can enjoy health in the physical body, as well as in your mind and in your heart.
These concepts may sound a bit foreign to beginners, but once you catch on and truly understand what a chakra is, where the seven primary chakras are located, and how you can open them up and balance them, you may find yourself telling other people about the chakra system as well. But for those who are already aware of the benefits of self-healing meditations and physical practices like yoga, delving into the chakras is a step that can further your understanding of your subtle body, while bringing about positive changes in the way you live and react to situations in your life, both good and bad.
Continue reading to learn more about the seven chakras and how they can affect your life in myriad ways. You’ll also find tips below on how to realign your chakras to promote wellness. Consider reading this blog post, too, which features helpful tips on chakra balancing.
The root chakra, known as muladhara, is the first primary chakra, and it’s located at the base of the spine. It’s associated with your basic survival needs for shelter, food, and water, as well as financial stability. Focusing on this chakra and opening it up will help you feel more grounded and connected to the Earth. It provides you with a strong foundation that helps you meet your most basic needs so that you can pursue other emotional desires. In this sense, it’s the right chakra to focus on if you’re feeling insecure.
When this chakra is blocked, you might become more prone to certain physical ailments, such as digestive issues, anemia, urinary infections, and fatigue.
The color associated with the root chakra is red, so when you meditate upon this chakra, you should envision the color red surrounding the base of your spine. You can also chant the mantra “Lam.”
The second primary chakra is known as svadisthana, and it’s found within the pelvic region, a couple of inches below the navel. It’s representative of your ability to embrace new experiences and new people. But it’s also associated with creativity and sexuality. Therefore, when this chakra is open and balanced, you’ll be able to enjoy intimate relationships with others and experience the flow of creativity that comes from the universal source.
When this charka is blocked, you may experience problems with your reproductive organs or feel depressed and experience mood swings. You may even feel like your creativity is stifled.
To meditate upon this chakra and open it up, focus upon the area that it’s located in and chant the mantra “Vam.” You also should imagine washing the area of this chakra with the color of orange.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra, known as manipura, is located in the stomach area, above the navel. This is one of the most important chakras because it’s associated with your ability to cope with and, in a figurative sense, digest your life. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming and you may feel lost, confused, or hurt. Opening and balancing this chakra will help bring you back into the driver’s seat of your life and put you back in control over your circumstances. This is where the fire of your existence burns. Keeping it burning brightly means you’ll be empowered and able to confidently manifest your intentions and goals.
When this chakra is blocked, the opposite may occur. You might begin to feel hostile, frustrated, and unable to meet your own expectations. You may experience digestive ailments, anxiety and nervousness, and even shyness.
Meditating on this chakra is important in keeping the energy flowing freely through it. Concentrate on repeating the mantra “Ram” while bathing your body in the color yellow. Incorporating other meditations, such as a stress-reducing meditation, can also be helpful because it will help ground you and make you feel centered and in control again. Doing so can, in turn, help you elevate your self-esteem and make you feel more powerful.
Many people focus deeply upon opening up the heart chakra, located over the heart and lungs, which are the organs it affects most. Known as anahata, it’s also referred to as the chakra of openness. If this chakra is balanced, you’ll be able to freely give and receive an abundance of unconditional love and you’ll notice your relationships improving. You’ll be able to share with others and enjoy peace and happiness in your life.
When this chakra is blocked, though, you may encounter many negative feelings that can be very difficult to overcome. These include feelings of loneliness, isolation, jealousy, unworthiness, resentment, and fear. On the physical level, you may experience heart problems like high blood pressure and chest pain, or you may even experience breathing difficulties.
Breathing in deeply and repeating the mantra “Yam” is a good way to open up this chakra. It’s also a good idea to focus on the color green, which is nourishing and associated with this energy center.
The throat chakra is located, as you’ve probably already guessed, within the area of your throat. It’s referred to as visshuddha and it governs over your immune system, thyroid and other glands, and your metabolism. But this chakra also has to do with your ability to communicate with others, to really express yourself, and to be understood and heard. When this energy center is open, therefore, you’re able to speak freely, choose your words wisely, and spread truth.
If this chakra is blocked, however, you may feel stifled and unable to properly express yourself. You may find yourself having trouble speaking or writing down what you feel, and people may not be able to connect with you and understand you. This can lead to feelings of isolation as well. Physically, you may run into hormonal imbalances, mood swings, and menstrual problems. You may also become more susceptible to infections.
To balance this chakra and open it up, focus on the area of your throat and chant the mantra “Ham” while envisioning a pale blue color. Certain yoga postures, such as those found in this transformational yoga course, can also help you open up this chakra and empower you to express yourself fully.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located in the area between your eyebrows, where the third eye would be found. Known as the ajna chakra, this is the center of your intuition and insight. It’s where you can tap into the universal wisdom that your soul already has within itself. Focusing on this chakra during a meditation can help you open your mind up to what your soul has to tell you. It can provide you with insightful dreams that teach you what you need to know, and it can also help you see patterns and coincidences in your daily life that may be there to teach you even more lessons about who you are truly meant to be and what direction your life should take.
If this chakra is blocked, you may feel anxiety, paranoia, depression, and fear on the emotional level. Physically, a blacked ajna may create vision problems, earaches, headaches and migraines, and problems with your equilibrium, among other ailments.
To bring this chakra back into balance, focus on the mantra “Sham.” As you may have noticed so far, every chakra is associated with a color of the rainbow as it progresses from red to purple, so this energy center can be balanced by focusing on the color indigo as you breathe deeply and relax your entire body while focusing on the space between your eyebrows.
The crown chakra, found at the top of your head, is known as sahaswara. Associated with the lotus flower that has a thousand petals, this is the chakra that connects you with all of creation. If this chakra is balanced and open, with energy flowing through it freely, you’ll feel confident in what your true purpose in this life is. You’ll be able to connect with others, with animals, with plants, and with the universe on a whole. Your consciousness will be expanded and your spiritual awareness will be heightened as well.
As you can imagine, this is an important chakra to open. When blocked, it may result in physical imbalances that manifest as skin issues. You may also experience mental ailments and emotional disturbances.
In order to open this chakra, you should chant the famous mantra “Om” while envisioning the color purple. Some individuals also like to envision the color white or gold when focusing on this chakra.
Maintaining a system of open chakras throughout your body will allow the life force within you to flow freely, and this may help prevent some common physical, mental, and emotional imbalances. If you’re unable to find clarity in an area of your life, try opening up the chakra associated with what you’re having difficulty with. Also consider taking a course in yoga that’s specifically designed for energizing the chakras. Between yoga, mantras, quiet meditation, and simply taking some time to focus on your wellbeing, you’ll be able to feel balanced and grounded once again.