What are Chakras?
Chakras. You’ve possibly heard them mentioned in yoga class. You’ve almost definitely heard the “New Age” character on TV or in a movie talk about someone’s chakras being blocked. Maybe someone’s even given you the advice that you should work on a specific chakra. But that doesn’t mean you know what they are. Rest assured: You are not alone.
The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head. Even though they are fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and project outward around a persons’ body in a circle.
Chakras refer to various energy centers in your body that correspond to specific nerve bundles and internal organs. The seven major chakras run from the base of your spine to the top of your head. If these energy centers get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.
You can see them as 114 junctions or confluences of nadis. The nadis are the channels of prana in the energy body. These junctions are always in the form of triangles. They are called chakras because they embody movement from one dimension to another, and the word “chakra” means “wheel” or “circle.” But they are actually triangles.
Each chakra vibrates or rotates, and each is stimulated by its own and complimentary color, each chakra also have crystals that help stimulate and heal them as well. The chakra colors are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.
Chakras have only recently become more well-known, with the growth in popularity of yoga and New Age philosophies in general. They are a complex and ancient energy system that originated in India. They were first mentioned in the Vedas, ancient sacred texts of spiritual knowledge dating from 1500 to 1000 BC. There’s a lot one can study about them.
The line of chakras begins at the spine and flow upwards until the crown of our head, each having a distinctive color, function and association to various glands and organs. If there’s a mismanagement or blockage in any one of them, the entire energy exchange becomes imbalanced, resulting in the manifestation of a disease or an illness.
You can address the cause of your energetic imbalance with identifying the various interconnections between your chakras and your physical body. Each chakra has different blocked chakra symptoms and The chakra system refers to the energy centers we have in our bodies. There are seven major chakras, each in a specific location along your spine. Let’s look at each one more closely.
Know the 7 Chakras
1) ROOT CHAKRA:
The Root or Muladhara Chakras located at the base of the spine. It provides you with a base or foundation for life, and it helps you feel grounded and able to withstand challenges. Your root chakra is responsible for your sense of security and stability.
Blockage Symptoms: Frustration and stress induced by external factors, persistent financial stress, feelings of abandonment, Ankle problems, Anorexia, Backaches, Blood diseases, Bones, Hypertension, Impotence, Itching, Kidney stones, Knee problems, Leg cramps, Menstrual Problems, Money addiction, Migraines, Obesity, Spine problem, Sciatica, Skin problems, Stomach problems, Swollen Ankle, Weak legs, Weight problems. Fear, Relationship issues.
The gemstones or crystals associated with this chakra are ruby, garnet, coral, red jasper, red carnelian and more.
A balanced and healthy root chakra can make one courageous, strong willed, confident, humanistic, spontaneous and honest.
2) SACRAL CHAKRA:
The second Chakra is known as the Sacral or Svadhisthana Chakra. This Chakra is located at the genitals and is associated with reproductive organs and stomach. This chakra is responsible for your sexual and creative energy. It’s also linked to how you relate to your emotions as well as the emotions of others.
Blockage Symptoms: Impotency, reproductive issues, kidney problems and an inability to receive pleasure. Addiction to junk food, Alcohol, Backache, Bedwetting, Bladder, Creative Blocks, Cystitis, Fear, Fertility, Miscarriages, Kidney problems, Menstrual Problems, Muscle Spasms, Ovarian Cysts, Over-eating, Pre-menstrual Syndrome, Prostates Disease, Stomach problems, Testicular Disease.
The gemstones associated with this Chakra are orange carnelian, orange jasper, citrine, sunstone and fire opal. In general, stones with orange, golden or red-orange color are considered supportive stones for the Sacral Chakra.
A balanced and healthy sacral chakra can make one sociable, independent, constructive, energetic and enthusiastic.
3) SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
The Manipura and Solar Plexus Chakra is located midway between the rib cage and the navel. It’s responsible for confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping you feel in control of your life.
Blockage Symptoms: Ulcers, stomach pains, diabetes, feelings of powerlessness, Abdominal cramps, Acidity, Diabetes, Digestive problems, Eating disorder, Fear, Food Allergies, Gastritis, Gall bladder problems, Gall stones, Heartburn, Hepatitis, Jaundice, Kidney problems, Less immunity, Peptic Ulcer, Smoking, Stomach problems, Shingles, Ulcers, Vomiting.
The color associated with this chakra is yellow. The gemstones associated with this chakra are topaz, citrine, golden calcite, tiger’s eye, yellow jasper, yellow tourmaline.
A balanced and healthy Solar Plexus Chakra can make one confident, humorous, practical, intellectual, alert and optimistic
4) HEART CHAKRA:
The Ananhata or Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone or sternum and is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lungs and circulatory system. It comes as no surprise that the heart chakra is all about our ability to love and show compassion.
Blockage Symptoms: Heart and lung diseases, breast problems, shoulder and upper arm pains as well as distrustful and detached emotions are experienced here. Allergies, Asthma, Blood circulation, Breast Cancer, Bronchitis, Chest Congestion, Circulation problems, Cough, Fatigue, Heart Diseases, High Blood pressure, Pneumonia, Respiratory problem, Shortness of breath, Sleep disorders, Smoking, Tremor.
The color associated with the heart chakra is pink and green. The gemstones associated with this chakra are malachite, emerald, green jade, green aventurine, moss agate, rose quartz, green opal.
A balanced and healthy Heart Chakra can make one compassionate, generous, romantic, self controlled, adaptable, sympathetic and loving.
5) THROAT CHAKRA:
The throat or Vishuddhi Chakra is located at the throat with thyroid gland, lungs and respiratory system. This chakra has to do with our ability to communicate verbally.
Blockage Symptoms: Nervousness, anxiety problems, sore throat and neck, nose and teeth aliments, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Cough, Ear Infections, Fear, Hearing Problems, Lost Voice, Mouth Ulcers, Sore Throat, Stammer, Stiff neck, Teeth/Gums, Thyroid Problem, Tinnitus, Tonsils, Too much talking, Vomiting, Whooping cough.
The gemstones or crystals are associated with this chakra are sodalite, blue agate, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise, sapphire and blue topaz
A balanced and healthy Throat Chakra can make one loyal, trustworthy, affectionate, caring, tactful and a good speaker, can express his/her feelings to others brilliantly.
6) THIRD EYE CHAKRA:
The Ajna or Third Eye Chakra is located between the eyes and is associated with the pituitary gland, eyes, nose, ears and skeletal system. You can thank this chakra for a strong gut instinct. That’s because the third eye is responsible for intuition. It’s also linked to imagination.
Blockage Symptoms: Headaches, nightmares, vision problems, indecisiveness, Blindness, Brain Tumor, Cataracts, Crossed eyes, Deafness, Dizziness, Drugs, Dyslexia, ENT, Ear-ache, Growth issues, Headaches, High blood pressure, Hormonal imbalance, Insomnia, Long-sight, Migraine, Nervousness, Nervous Breakdowns, Scalp problems, Short-sightedness, Sinus Problems, Tension, Headaches, Tiredness, Tremor, Vomiting.
The gemstones, crystals or colour associated with this chakra are indigo, sodalite, amethyst, labradorite, Iolite, fluorite.
A balanced and healthy Third Eye Chakra can make one orderly, clear sighted, faithful, fearless, practical, idealistic and highly intuitive.
7) CROWN CHAKRA:
The Sahasrara or Crown Chakra is located above the head and is associated with the pineal gland, brain and central nervous system. Your Sahasrara represents your spiritual connection to yourself, others, and the universe. It also plays a role in your life’s purpose.
Blockage Symptoms: A disconnect with your spiritual well-being, aimlessness and loneliness feelings, depression, Depression, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Headache, Immune system, Insomnia, Learning difficulties, Migraine, Multiple personality syndrome, Nervous system disorders, Neurosis, Paralysis, Parkinson’s Disease, Psychosis, Right-eye problem, Tiredness, Tremor, Vomiting.
The color associated with the Crown Chakra is violet. Some gemstones associated with the crown chakra are lavender quartz, amethyst, violet jasper, clear quartz, moonstone, and selenite.
A balanced and healthy Crown Chakra can make one mentally strong, creative, idealistic, kind.
What does it mean if a Chakra is blocked or unbalanced?
“There can be a depletion of energy flow or too much energetic activity in a chakra — each will manifest into different outcomes,” she explained.
When a chakra is low in energy, she said, you’ll have difficulty expressing the particular qualities associated with that chakra.
When a chakra is overactive, the qualities are a dominant force in the person’s life. This can have both physical and emotional effects.
For example, the first chakra is about security, survival, and the foundation of our life.
If it’s underactive, it can show up as depression and insecurity. If there’s too much energy, it can show up as fearlessness without precaution or hoarding because you need more to feel secure.
Can a blocked Chakra affect your health?
In general, the location of the chakra that’s out of balance may affect the parts of your body in close proximity to that chakra, according to Malaspina.
This includes your organs, bones, joints, and tissues near that area.
Psychologically, she says, imbalances in the chakras may cause an emotional imbalance.
This may lead to increased anger, sadness, fear, or indecisiveness.
“It’s important to pay attention to both the psychological and physiological sensations because they can inform each other and uncover the root cause of the experience.
Experiencing too much stress — physically or mentally — may cause one or more chakras to be out of balance.
“Personal habits such as poor physical alignment or posture, eating unhealthy food, or self-destructive behavior may cause a chakra to be imbalanced,” she said.
Prolonged imbalance may lead to physical disease and illness, musculoskeletal issues, and mental health challenges like depression or anxiety.
How can you Unblock a Chakra?
A great way to promote balance in a chakra is to create alignment in your physical body through:
- breathing practices to encourage the flow of energy
- Intensive healing practices & meditation to bring about clarity of mind
Each chakra helps to enhance it’s energy. Thus it’s important to unblock each of your seven chakras.
Chakras refer to various energy centers in your body that correspond to specific nerve bundles and internal organs.
The seven major chakras run from the base of your spine to the top of your head. If these energy centers get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.
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