The Chakras are energy points through which the life force flows through us. They correspond to different aspects of our body and influence the physical, mental and emotional aspects.
The odds are that if you've ever practiced yoga or meditation, you already know something about what chakras are. Literally, the word "chakra" from Sanskrit translates to "wheel" or "disk," but it makes reference to a spiritual energy center in the human body, of which there are seven along the spine, and through the neck and the crown of your head.
Each of the seven Chakras influences a certain area of the body and life; however, for us to feel good and comfortable in our surroundings, all must be in perfect balance.
When our chakras are balanced, there is a general feeling of well-being: we feel in tune with the universe and by staying in that state the chakras open up to receive the universal energy of love. That is why taking care of our Chakras and keeping them balanced is extremely important for life.
Here is an introduction to each of the Chakras.
1. ROOT CHAKRA: MULADHARA
Location and meaning: The root chakra is associated with the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae. It is the foundation of our body, responsible for our sense of security and survival, it is where you ground yourself.
When it is blocked you might suffer from anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. It is also associated with problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues.
2. SACRAL CHAKRA: SVADHISTHANA
Location and meaning: The second chakra is linked with sexuality, lived in a free and full manner, free of all guilt. It is located below the navel, lower abdomen.
When it is blocked it can be associated with physical sexual dysfunction, fear of change, depression, or addiction-like behaviors.
3. SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: MANIPULATE
Location and meaning: It is located above the navel, area of the stomach. It is your source of individual power, ruling over self-esteem.
When it is blocked it is common for you to feel chronic fatigue and feel the need to resort to stimulants to get by. From the emotional side, it is common to feel inferiority, a sense of insecurity, and a lack of confidence added to a permanent dissatisfaction with yourself.
4. CHAKRA HEART: ANAHATA
Location and meaning: The center of the chest, encapsulating the heart, the thymus gland, the lungs, and the breasts are part of your fourth chakra. Thus, it is associated with the heart, and feelings of love for others, and openness to life.
When it is closed, heart or coronary disease may appear; or, from the sentimental plane, an inability to relate to others healthily, to open up to the outside.
5. THROAT CHAKRA: VISUDDHA
Location and meaning: the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. Its energy is associated with setting objectives and achieving goals.
When it is closed, expect throat conditions and voice problems, as well as difficulties in communicating with others and fear of speaking for fear of getting into trouble. In some cases, thyroid problems may also occur.
6. THIRD EYE CHAKRA: AJNA
Location and meaning: It is located between the eyebrows, the third eye is said to rule organs including the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain and it governs your intuition.
When it is blocked you might lose your ability to assess your intuition and you can also experience problems with your eyesight and headaches related to them.
7. CROWN CHAKRA: SAHASRARA
Location and meaning: The seventh and last chakra is located at the crown of our heads and it connects us to the spiritual plane and knowledge. Its color is violet.
The blockage of this chakra also leads to rigidity in belief systems and mental narrowness: difficulty to believe.
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