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What are Chakras, and Why Should I Care?

01/27/2016 Blog No Comments
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The chakras are spiraling electro-magnetic energy wheels that feed both positive and negative energy through the body. There are seven main chakras and many smaller ones that when balanced, work together to create harmony and positivity in our lives. 

Why do I care?

Energy exists all around us and through our bodies. The chakras allow that universal energy (consciousness) to move from one frequency to another spiraling along the spine and throughout the body through the nadis (channels).¹

The blocked flow of positive energy or the flow of energy in the opposite direction as with imbalanced chakras can cause serious mental, physical, and emotional issues.

Most of us hold our emotions and life traumas in the areas of the seven chakras. For instance, it’s because of the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, that you experience an upset stomach or butterflies in the belly when dealing with fear, anxiety, and introversion. With consistent fear or anxiety, severe stomach pains such as ulcers can occur.

History of chakras

Chakras have been a popular part of the Hindu religion for over 5,000 years; however the idea of chakras has been been seen across a vast expanse of cultures- even cultures that had no knowledge of each other’s existence.

In fact, archeologists found the remains of a woman buried approximately 20,000 years ago who was wearing a headdress with the chakras on it.

Overview of the main chakras

Throughout the next seven months, we will be highlighting each chakra—delving deeper into their benefits, issues, and how to use them to create a balanced, harmonious life—but for now, here is an overview of the seven main chakras.

#1: The Root Chakra

Root Chakra

Sanskrit Name

Muladhara

Function

Survival, Self-preservation

Body Location

Base of spine

Element

Earth

Gemstones

Black Tourmaline

Hematite

Red Jasper

Garnet

Ruby

Bloodstone

#2: The Sacral Chakra

sacral chakra

Sanskrit Name

Svadhisthana

Function

Sexuality, Self-gratification

Body Location

Between navel and genitals

Element

Water

Gemstones

Carnelian

Rutilated Quartz

Amber

Citrine

#3: The Solar Plexus/Navel Chakra

solar plexus chakra

Sanskrit Name

Manipura

Function

Power; Self-definition

Body Location

Below sternum & above navel

Element

Fire

Gemstones

Citrine

Golden Calcite

Golden Topaz

#4: The Heart Chakra

heart chakra

Sanskrit Name

Anahata

Function

Love, Self-acceptance

Body Location

Center of chest

Element

Air

Gemstones

Watermelon Tourmaline

Rose Quartz

Rhodonite

#5: The Throat Chakra

throat chakra

Sanskrit Name

Vishuddha

Function

Communication, Self-expression

Body Location

Center base of neck

Element

Sound

Gemstones

Sodalite Lapis

Azurite

Blue Lace Agate

Kunzite

#6: The Third Eye Chakra

third eye chakra

Sanskrit Name

Anja

Function

Intuition, Self-reflection

Body Location

Above/Between eyebrows

Element

Light

Gemstones

Amethyst

Sugilite

Fluorite

Charoite

#7: The Crown Chakra

crown chakra

Sanskrit Name

Muladhara

Function

Survival, Self-preservation

Body Location

Base of spine

Element

Earth

Gemstones

Selenite

Clear Quartz

Apophilite

Amethyst

What do I do with them?

There are many techniques to encourage balance of your chakras including reflexology, kinesiology, aromatherapy, reiki, yoga, crystals, color therapy, and even eating certain specific foods. These techniques are explained in more detail in The Chakra Bible.

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