Chakra is a Sanskrit word which literally translates to wheel or disk. In holistic practices chakras refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. Although there are seven main chakras, some say there can be over a hundred of you include the ones in every joint and organ as well as above and below our physical body (subtle body or astral body).
Chakras are like swirling wheels of energy where the physical and consciousness meet. This energy is called Prana or Ki (chi), the vital life force that keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
The seven main chakras are aligned with the spine and start from the very base of the spine (Root chakra) through to the top of the head (Crown chakra). Each chakra corresponds to glands and major organs in the body. Each of the main chakras also contain our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being.
In order to achieve complete wellbeing the chakras need to become balanced and open so that the energy can move fluidly between each of them and also connect them all. If there is a blockage in one (or many), the energy cannot flow easily throughout the body, this creates blockages which over time can manifest as various imbalances (emotional or physical). Helping to balance one chakra helps to bring the others into balance as well, during holistic energy healing we treat all the chakras in order to bring them all into balance to help bring you into a state of wellness.
Keeping the energy flowing freely within our chakra system is much easier to do when you have awareness of each chakra and what an imbalance might feel like. Below is a breakdown of the seven chakras and what each one represents.
The Root chakra is the first in the chakra system.
It's energy is based on the earth element and it
relates to our feelings of safety and grounding.
The Root chakra or Muladhara is
located at the
base of the spine
The Sacral chakra is the second chakra.
It's energy is based on the water element and relates to our emotional body, sensuality, and creativity.
The Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana is located below the navel, at the center of your lower belly
The Solar Plexus chakra is
our third chakra.
It's energy is based on the
fire element and it relates to
our expression of will and
The Solar Plexus or Manipura is located in the upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests
The Heart chakra is the fourth chakra in our chakra system.
It's energy is based on the air element and relates to
love, emotions and connection to ourselves and others.
The Heart chakra or Anahata
is located directly in the center of the chest
The Throat chakra is the fifth chakra. It's energy is based on the element of sound and relates to our communication and how truthful we are.
The Throat Chakra or Visuddha is located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat
The Third Eye chakra is the sixth chakra.
It's element is light and
relates to our intuition and foresight.
It is driven by the principle of openness and imagination.
The Third Eye chakra or Anja is located on the forehead, between the eyebrows
The Crown chakra is the seventh chakra.
It's element is
relates to wisdom, unity and connection with spirit.
The Crown chakra or Sahasrara is located at the
top of the head
(crown of the head)
The High Heart chakra is
currently not included in the traditional chakra system. It relates to our compassion, empathy and unconditional love
We also have other chakras located in our hands, feet
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