The Beginner's Guide to Chakras
Demystify chakras with this introductory guide. 🌈
You walk into your first yoga class or drop into a crystal shop, and someone starts talking about chakras. They're referenced in books and movies (like the room assignments in Glass Onion on Netflix) Seriously, what even IS a chakra? How many chakras are there? What does each chakra represent?
Let's talk about chakras.
What is a Chakra?
In the world of yoga and meditation, the chakra system is a well-known and highly respected concept. It consists of seven main energy centers in our body, which are associated with different colors, sounds, crystals and elements.
The term Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit cakra, meaning "wheel". Chakras are spinning energy centers (or wheels) in our bodies. These wheels of energy each have a specific purpose relating to different parts of our physical, mental, and spiritual health. They are also responsible for helping us maintain balance between our mind and body.
There are several different chakra systems, ranging from 7 to 114 chakras. Most traditions agree on 7 main chakras, which is what this guide will be covering.
The Root Chakra
Muladhara | Security + Survival | "I am"
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Location: Base of spine
Function: Security & Survival
Affirmation: "I am"
Balanced Expression: Feeling grounded, safe, secure, and comfortable
Imbalanced Expression: Spaced out, fearful, insecure, lack of purpose, fatigued, worried
The Sacral Chakra
Svadhishthana | Sexuality & Creativity | "I feel"
Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana
Location: Lower abdomen below navel
Function: Sexuality & Creativity
Affirmation: "I feel"
Balanced Expression:Creative, capable of enjoying pleasure, passionate
Imbalanced Expression: Lack of creativity, fear of intimacy, low libido
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura | Confidence + Worth | "I do"
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Location: Upper abdomen
Function: Personal Power & Wisdom
Affirmation: "I do"
Balanced Expression: Confident, energetic, productive
Imbalanced Expression: Low self-worth and self esteem, powerless
The Heart Chakra
Anahata | Love & Healing | "I love"
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Location: Center of chest
Function: Love & Healing
Affirmation: "I love"
Balanced Expression: Compassionate, love for self and others, trust
Imbalanced Expression: Lack of trust, lack of empathy, anger, jealousy
The Throat Chakra
Vishuddha | Communication & Expression | "I speak"
Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha
Function: Communication & Expression
Affirmation: "I speak"
Balanced Expression: Expresses personal truth, strong communicator, good listener
Imbalanced Expression: Difficulty communicating, dishonest
The Third Eye Chakra
Ajna | Intuition & Awareness | "I see"
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Location: Forehead, between eyebrows
Function: Intuition & Awareness
Affirmation: "I see"
Balanced Expression: Intuitive, healthy imagination
Imbalanced Expression: Lack of focus, poor imagination
The Crown Chakra
Sahasrara | Enlightenment + Wisdom | "I know"
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Location: Top of head
Function: Spirituality & Enlightenment
Affirmation: "I know"
Balanced Expression: Enlightenment, self-realization, wisdom
Imbalanced Expression: Lack of faith, disconnection
As humans, we will all have moments of one or more chakras being out of balance. To function at their best, the chakras need to remain balanced. Imbalances in chakras may cause physical or emotional symptoms relating to that chakra.
There are many ways that you can work with your chakras. Yoga, meditation, breathwork, Reiki healing, and working with crystals are just a few that come to mind. Do some research and follow what feels good.
If you’re looking to learn more about how to use crystals for chakra healing purposes, check out our guide The 7 Chakras And Their Corresponding Crystals here.
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