Updated: Jun 6
Have you ever observed that in sci-fi movies when superheroes have power over elements, they always manifest or cast the power through the palm of their hands? Or that Marvel’s Vision has the Mind Stone residing on his forehead between his eyebrows? It's not random creativity. They are indicative of Chakra centres.
I very often get asked about Chakras – what is it? What is their significance? Where are they located in our body etc.? Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Yoga and energy healing modalities like Reiki, it is no longer an uncommon term, but that doesn’t mean it is well understood. Hence, I am shedding some light on it with this post as a crash course on Chakra😊
Chakra is an ancient energy system with its origins in India. It is mentioned in the oldest Hindu scriptures called Vedas dating between 1500 and 500 BC.
What are they?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Wheel’ or ‘Circle’. We are all made up of energy and the Chakras are the confluences for energy centres that are the channels of life force in the energy body. We have 114 chakras with 112 located throughout our physical body and two outside the physical body. Out of these 112, 7 sets of chakras are the most well-known and talked about as the primary energy centres.
Are they Important?
YES! Absolutely! Each chakra relates to specific facets of our life and is intricately linked to our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Also, their position in the physical body is strategic as they correspond to the function of the organs, bones, muscles etc. in that part of the body. Blocked Chakras over time can manifest into diseases. In essence, it is vital for the Chakras to be well balanced for a healthy physical and emotional body, vibrant energy, and a positive outlook.
The 7 main Chakras
Let’s get into it. The 7 chakras are situated in specific points along the spinal column from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
1. Muladhara: Root Chakra
Associated colour - Red
Located at the perineum, it is the foundational Chakra. This energy centre relates to the very roots of our physical existence. It represents, security, stability, support, how we identify with the physical world and the connection we feel with our tribe/the community.
A balanced Root Chakra will make us feel safe, well supported in our life with a strong sense of security and a healthy connection to the world. Physically, a balanced Root Chakra means a strong immune system, good physical health, and lots of vitality.
Underactive chakra = feelings of insecurity, life is shaky, lots of fear, anxiety, and emotional dysfunction. Disconnection from body and the world, scarcity, and difficulties with letting go.
Overactive chakra = too much craving and focus on material things, hoarding, issues with weight, feeling of being stuck in life, lack of boundaries.
Health: constipation, arthritis, poor immune system, lower backache, obesity, and anorexia.
2. Swadhisthana: Sacral Chakra
Associated colour – Orange
This Chakra sits just in between the navel and pubic bone and relates to creativity, relationships, sexuality, pleasure, and money. This chakra brings to awareness the polarities - masculine and feminine, positive and negative. We develop our individuality through this chakra.
A balanced Sacral Chakra will allow us to be in touch with our feelings, our sensuality, sexuality, and desires. Comfortable and in touch with our feminine energy (all genders).
Underactive chakra = strong resistance to pleasure and excitement of any kind, lack of passion, life feels like ground hog day – dull and monotonous. Strong disconnect with our sensuality and struggles with intimacy. Challenges with making money.
Overactive chakra = addiction, extreme moods, control issues, jealousy. Ego battles and excessive sensitivity that unreasonable.
Health: urinary tract issues, sexual difficulties and impotence, concerns with large intestines, lower back pain.
3. Manipura: Solar Plexus Chakra
Associated colour – Yellow
Seated in our upper abdomen, the Solar Plexus is the Chakra of personal power and action. It represents self-esteem, self-worth, courage, and strength. Our beliefs about our place in this world resides in this Chakra.
A balanced Solar Plexus is our inner warrior. We easily honour ourselves and our emotions, have a strong awareness of our personal power – self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence. We will be full of energy and life. It is also where we connect with the masculine energy in us (all genders).
Underactive chakra = fear of rejection, very low self-esteem, lack of energy and purpose in life, inability to deal with any form of criticism, constant need for external validation, afraid of change, always feeling like a victim.
Overactive chakra = lots of anger and aggression, manipulation, needing to exert power over people and situations, controlling and overly judgemental.
Health: diabetes, gallstones, depression, low energy, muscle cramps, eating disorders, stomach and digestive problems.
4. Anahata: Heart Chakra
Associated colour – Green (also Light Pink)
Situated at the centre of the chest, the Heart Chakra is the point of integration for the bottom three and the top three chakras. It is all about love and compassion – for self and others.
A balanced Heart Chakra means we have a healthy sense of self love which then extends to others around us. We forgive easily, are compassionate, have a positive outlook in life and are joyful.
Underactive chakra = unable to forgive and let go of the past, feelings of bitterness, loneliness, shutoff from our emotions and people, cynical, very hard on ourselves.
Overactive chakra = excessive people pleasing, co-dependent relationships, possessiveness, and jealousy.
Health: heart disorders, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, issues with circulation, weak immune system.
NOTE: The Heart Chakra is an important one as it is the centre of the 7 Chakras bridging the bottom three and the top three. The three chakras leading up to the Heart (Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus) are all about our physical experience and existence.
We are now moving on to the top three Chakras that are about our spiritual experience and connection to the divine. The vibrations of these Chakras are very high, hence, the effects of working with these more profound.
5. Vishuddhi: Throat Chakra
Associated colour – Blue
Based on the name, if you guessed so, you are right - this Chakra is about communication and sits in the throat cavity.
A balanced Throat Chakra will empower us to communicate our authentic self freely, speak our truth creatively and feel heard. We will listen to others with compassion and our words are honest and spoken with clear intention.
Underactive chakra = challenges with expressing how we truly feel, lack of integrity, pretence, fear of communication, disconnect from our creativity.
Overactive chakra = gossiping too much, no filter, talking too much and dominating conversations, always complaining.
Health: issues around the mouth, teeth, gums; problems with the thyroid and ears, sore neck and shoulders, other disorders around the throat and neck area.
6. Ajna: Third Eye Chakra
Associated colour – Indigo/Purple
The seat of our intuition and imagination, the Third Eye Chakra is the most well-known. It is located at the centre of our forehead, in between our eyebrows.
A balanced Third Eye Chakra is the key to our ‘sixth sense’. It helps in seeing the bigger picture, imagine and visualise the life we want with clarity. We are tuned-in to our inner wisdom allowing it to guide us to manifest our desires into reality.
Underactive chakra = lack of imagination, always worrying, inability to find creative solutions, uncertainty about our purpose, inability to tap in to our intuition.
Overactive chakra = extreme fantasies, delusion, poor concentration, ‘spacey’.
Health: headaches, issues with eyes/eyesight.
7. Sahasrara: Crown Chakra
Associated colour – Violet (also White)
The top of our head is the seat of the Crown Chakra, and it links to all the other Chakras down to the Root. This Chakra is the energy centre of awareness, connection to our higher self and spiritual enlightenment. It is our direct connection to the divine/the infinity/the Spirit.
A balanced Crown Chakra means we live in the present, recognise a greater power (of our own understanding), our spiritual and physical lives function in harmony, we are inspired, we have a deep connection with ourselves and the divine.
Underactive chakra = disconnection from spirituality, scepticism, narrow-mindedness, lack of inspiration, too involved with the material life, total inability to meditate and/or engage in any mindfulness practices.
Overactive chakra = addiction to spiritualism as an escape, neglect physical needs and a sense of disassociation with the physical body.
Health: migraines, nervous system and muscular disorders, skin problems, mental health issues.
As you can see a healthy functioning Chakra system is crucial for overall wellbeing and a fulfilling life. There are many meditations online as a way of self-healing to balance each Chakra. However, Reiki energetic healing is an easy and direct way to balance, open, cleanse and restore all Chakras in our physical as well as the energetic bodies.
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With love and light,