We have probably all heard the term “Chaka”, but what are Chakras? Most people are probably aware that the chakra colors relate to its energy. But what does this Chakra energy do? How do you know if your seven main chakras are healthy?
This post provides all of the answers to these questions and more! Learn about each energy center, how to maintain healthy energies, how to balance our chakra system and much more.
What Are Chakras Table of Contents
- What Are Chakras? How To Balance Chakras For Optimal Health
- Basic Terminology – What Are Chakras?
- Subtle Body
- The 7 Chakras And Sushumna.
- What Are Chakras? Understand The 7 Main Chakras.
- MULADHARA – The ROOT or BASE CHAKRA
- SVADHISTHANA – The SACRAL CHAKRA
- MANIPURA – The SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
- ANAHATA – The HEART CHAKRA
- VISHUDDHA – The THROAT CHAKRA
- AJNA – The THIRD EYE CHAKRA
- SAHASRARA – The CROWN CHAKRA
- How To Balance Chakras With Guided Visualization.
- Guided Visualization Meditation For Opening And Balancing The Chakras
- What Are Chakras – The Visualization Meditation (Steps 2 to 7).
- The Kundalini Energy.
In the midst of the day to day hustle and bustle of our hectic lives we often tend to neglect ourselves. Perhaps we don’t always give our body the right foods and nutrients, maybe we don’t sleep as much as we should or maybe we store and hold on to the emotions and past hurt that no longer serves us or our higher purpose.
Whether aware of it of not, when we ignore our fundamental needs we can do harm to ourselves physically, emotionally or spiritually. This neglect manifests itself through our energy centers.
This is why we need to learn to take time to focus on us . We need to learn how to keep ourselves energetically healthy in the same way we keep ourselves nutritionally healthy. We can do this by opening and aligning our 7 main chakras, by clearing away any stagnant or blocked chakra energies and dealing with any chakra imbalance.
What Are Chakras? How To Balance Chakras For Optimal Health
First let’s look at how energy works within our body. We need to understand the function of our bodies Nadi system, or Subtle Bodies, and understand why this energy system is crucial to maintaining our overall health and well being.
While most people will have heard of the term Chakra, they perhaps don’t fully understand how Chakra energies impact upon our physical body, our emotional health and our overall sense of well being.
Each “Chakra” relates to a specific type of energy, with an individual frequency and function for our overall health.
Each of the 7 main chakras form part of a highly complex energy system that flows throughout and surrounds our physical body.
This energy system is referred to by many names. Commonly known in the West as the Aura, in India as the Subtle Bodies, or in China as the Meridian system.
Regardless of the cultural reference, each belief system shares a belief in the existence of energy centers, or chakras, as well as a belief that each of them have distinct forms and frequencies of energy emitted.
They also all share the belief that when the 7 chakras emit their energy and these then combine they supply our body and emotional bodies with the energy required to maintain optimal health.
The following terms are listed to help build understanding of how each chakras energy fits within our complete energetic system and makes up our auric field.
Basic Terminology – What Are Chakras?
Prana refers to all life force energies. These are the energies that are found in every part of our body.
You may also hear Prana being referred to as the “subtle winds”. Prana is the totality of energy; It encompasses the subtle body plus the expendable energy produced by the body for use in everyday life
If you hear someone refer to the Subtle Body they are referring to, what is in western religious contexts known as, the Soul. The Subtle Body is the essence of life, the energy that remains post death and that energy which is immortal.
The Subtle Body contains the chakras. It is the energy which reincarnates.
The Nadi is a matrix, grid like structure, of energetic channels. Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the Meridian system.
The Nadi are believed to have a similar structure and design to our physical body’s arteries and veins. Nadis run throughout the subtle body therefore serving as conduits/pathways for the passage of Prana.
The Sanskrit word Chakra, when translated, means wheel or disk.
In Ayurveda, Yoga and other Eastern practices Chakra refers to “wheels of energy” situated throughout our body.
Each chakra has a distinct mantra or “seed-syllable” vibrational tones (a Sanskrit word), a specific sound (matching a musical note) and also a particular color (spectrum colors).
Each of our chakras also has associations with specific astrological energies, emotional states and regions of the physical body.
For our purposes simply imagine that each chakra as a swirling coloured wheel of light and energy.
It is within this swirling mass of energy where matter (our physical expendable energy) and consciousness (our subtle body) meet.
This totality of energy, or Prana, is our vital life force and therefore it is this energy which keeps us balanced, healthy and alive.
The 7 Chakras And Sushumna.
Each chakra is a large energy reservoirs. Functionally they feed, and control, the supply of specific types of energy throughout our body.
They are located along the Sushumna (the Central Nadi).
We know Sushumna runs the entire length of the subtle body, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
The Sushumna and two other primary Nadi (Ida and Pingala) interlink with and direct the flow each of the 7 chakra energy centers.
This central system is the hub for thousands of smaller or secondary Nadi, and it is these smaller Nadi which are responsible for the distribution of the various Chakra energies throughout our body.
What Are Chakras? Understand The 7 Main Chakras.
MULADHARA – The ROOT or BASE CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus.
- In Balance: Vitality, Courage and Self Confidence
- Sound: note “C”
- Color: Red
- Meridian: Circulation / Sex and Large Intestine
- Location: Base of spine
- Physical Body Component: Spinal column, legs, feet, bones, teeth, large intestine
- Glands: Adrenals
- Emotional Component: Fear
- Purpose: Foundation
- Basic Rights: To be here and have
This chakra represents the start of all physical energies. The home of Kundalini is therefore the most earthly, physical and raw centered chakra.
It controls and is responsible for our inherited beliefs. Inherited beliefs develop based upon our experiences throughout our formative years (in chakral terms the ages of 0-7).
Muladhara is the energy centre that controls and enforces self-preservation, personal survival and our identification with our place in the physical world.
Having a healthy and well-balanced Muladhara chakra means a strong and vital connection or attachment to family, those who raised you, immediate society and also the global community.Muladhara Guide – healthynatured
Those individuals whose formative years were somehow challenging, without love or who experienced serious trauma of any description may have an unbalanced or damaged Muladhara chakra. Therefore the base chakra will function much differently.
Individuals with an unbalanced Muladhara often face issues associated with their survival in society. This is seen by the way they relate to others when adhering to societal norms, expectations of family and community relationships.
It is common for people with imbalance in the Root Chakra to experience issues such as emotional dysfunction, stress, anxiousness and restlessness.
Attachment issues may not necessarily be an inability to form close bonds or connections. In fact they could present as the opposite. Meaning holding a fear of “letting go”, jealousy, possessiveness and the inability to recognize boundaries or personal space.
All of the issues associated with blocked, unbalanced or damaged chakra centers, be it Muladhara or any of the others, can be resolved through meditation and holistic chakral therapies.Healthy Natured – Guided Meditation
* What are Chakras?
SVADHISTHANA – The SACRAL CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio
- In Balance: Happiness, Confidence and Resourcefulness
- Sound: Notes “D” & “C#”
- Color: Orange
- Meridian: Bladder, Kidney and Large Intestine
- Location: Lower abdomen
- Physical Component: Pelvic area, sex organs, fluid functions, kidney and bladder
- Glands: Testicles and ovaries
- Emotional Component: Guilt
- Purpose: Movement and connection
- Basic Rights: To fear and to have pleasure
Svadhisthana is the second of the chakras. It is located above Muladhara in the lower abdomen, about 2 cm below the naval.
Like Muladhara, the Sacral Chakra is primarily concerned with relationships. However the difference is the energy relates to the person’s relationship with creativity, sexuality, control and money.
Svadhisthana energy is linked to post formative years. This is the time when we begin to develop our unique individuality. Svadhisthana energy allows us to realise we are a separate entity. We learn that we are distinct from our parents and family.
During this time we are utilizing Svadhisthana energy. This stage of our development we begin to recognise the absolute polarity of opposites: Male and Female, Positive and Negative (similar to the Tao, or Yin-Yang).
Relationships with the opposite/same sex are explored within Svadhisthana energy.Svadhisthana The Sacral Chakra Guide – HealthyNatured
Blockages, imbalance or damage of the Svadhisthana chakra will be evident through inner feelings of insecurity. Lack of balance in the Sacral is externalized by acts of sexual jealousy, betrayal, control and power plays.
Those who have Sacral imbalance have often experienced trauma during development of their individuality. This stems from feelings of being overshadowed, put down, ignored and rejected by protector figures.
Protectors are the people who the individual had bestowed with great love, trust or affection. And those who they expected would return the same.
In adulthood we continue to utilize all 7 Chakra Energies. Therefore imbalance in a chakra may occur at any age.
It is important for individuals to learn how to balance chakras. If Svadhisthana imbalance occurs it can lead to self-enforced social isolation and feelings of inadequacy. Sacral energy flow left unchecked can lead to severe and restrictive depressive illness.
How to Balance Your Chakra Energy
MANIPURA – The SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
- In Balance: Wisdom, Clarity and Self Esteem
- Sound: Notes “E” & “Eb”
- Color: Yellow
- Meridian: Stomach, Spleen, Small Intestine, Gall Bladder, Liver
- Location: Solar plexus
- Physical Component: Liver, digestive system, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, muscles and lower back
- Glands: Pancreas and adrenals
- Emotional Component: Shame
- Purpose: Transformation
- Basic Rights: To act and to be an individual
Manipura is the chakra that connects us with the energy to take action.
The Solar Plexus controls and reinforces our worth, our self-esteem and the way we express our personal power.
In adulthood Manipura is the energy centre responsible for our relationship with external influences. Manipura determines how we see the world around us and controls our belief about our place within it.
Solar Plexus energy is responsible for our ability to love who we are. Manipura allows us the develop the attributes of self-honoring. It brings the self realization that you must give time and energy to yourself. Without self love and acceptance of personal worth it makes it impossible to understand how to give appropriate love to others.
Through Manipura energy we develop our internal relationships of self-empowerment, integrity and self-respect.Manipura The Solar Plexus Chakra Guide – HealthyNatured
A healthy Manipura chakra honors and embeds the emotions of warmth, intellectual understanding and self-confidence. This is the energy which allows us to formulate the individual conceptual awareness of persona.
Manipura energy determines how we see the world, how we see our place in the world and how we choose to express our personal individuality to the world.
Imbalance or blockages in Manipura amplify existing issues within Swadhisthana and Muladhara. This may include fear of rejection or being over sensitivity to criticism leading to the need to exert power over others.
Another indication of imbalance within the Solar Plexus Chakra are uncontrolled, usually short lived, temper explosions. Solar Plexus imbalance may lead to individuals becoming overly demanding, blaming of others or developing highly judgmental attitudes.
They may also revert to self-destructive thought patterns. These feelings and thoughts may be externalized by a perceived lack of recognition, being aloof or having a fear of change and things new. This ultimately leads to low energy and personal confusion about which choices to make and which direction to take in life.
This can become a vicious cycle. Self destructive thoughts impact our ability to make choices. This then confirms our belief in the self destructive thoughts leading to a further lowering of self-esteem.
* What Are Chakras?
ANAHATA – The HEART CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra
- In Balance: Balance, Love and Self Control
- Sound: Notes “F” & “F#”
- Color: Green / pink
- Meridian: Heart
- Location: Chest
- Physical Component: Heart, blood circulation, lower lungs, ribcage, skin, upper back
- Glands: Thymus
- Emotional Component: Grief
- Purpose: Love and balance
- Basic Rights: To love and to be loved
The energy of Anahata allows us to see beyond ourselves. We start to explore the possibility that we are more than just what we see physically. We begin to ask questions and recognise that we are a combined state of energetic form (spirit, soul) and the already known physical/earthly form.
This is the moment in our development when we look out, rather than maintaining our intrinsic view of self.
Anahata the Heart Chakra is the integration point for the seven chakras. The sacred spark of the Divine and the intuition of the Mother is held here.Healthy Natured – Anahata Chakra Meditation Techniques
Anahata is central to our life balance and holistic well being. If we are to gain true balance this only becomes possible by ensuring Anahata is healthy.
A balanced Heart Chakra assists in regulating and creating the required “harmony of balance” between the upper three and lower three chakra centers.
When Anahata is balanced and open we are able to love, accept love and forgive those who have in anyway mistreated or done us wrong. Physically our lungs are clear and our immune systems are healthy.
Having Anahata in balance and healthy is vital. Until we achieve balance within Anahata the higher vibrational chakras cannot be accessed.
To access the higher, more spiritual energies, they must initially flow through Anahata. Only a fully functioning heart chakra is able to deliver the purity of energy required at the higher levels.
Imbalance, blockages and damages to Anahata is what is commonly referred to as having a “Heavy Heart”. In energetic terms the vibration is dense. This imbalance is usually through storing and retention of negative emotion that no longer serve our best interest.
A Heavy Heart is caused through resentment and anger. This stems from us denying our true thoughts, feelings and emotions further compounded by self loathing and guilt for not being honest with ourselves and others.Anahata The Heart Chakra – HealthyNatured
Individuals suffering an imbalance or blockage in Anahata should find methods to release these stored and trapped emotion. A Heavy Heart is not punishment or recognition of any personal wrongdoing. It is a consequence of past hurt and negative emotional experiences.
Of critical importance is that you accept and release. Do not continue to suppress these, or any further, negative emotion. Open your heart and accept their existence.
Trapped negative energy and heavy emotion will be resolved when you forgive yourself and others. Forgiveness and love allows them to surface, enabling healing and the ability to fall in love with yourself.
Imbalance in Anahata and holding heavy energy leads to bitterness and the inability to forgive (yourself or others).
How someone externally display love of self is ultimately how love will be reflected back to them. It must be one of the most difficult lessons in human existence. We can not control the emotions of others, we can only control our own. We can not make someone love us, we can only control the way we love ourself.
Anahata provides the energy required to correct imbalance. Balance is restored when you have a true sense of self-love. Forgive yourself and accept you are a beautiful and deserving person.
VISHUDDHA – The THROAT CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: None
- In Balance: Knowledge, Health and Communication
- Sound: Notes “G” & “G#”
- Color: Blue
- Meridian: Lung
- Location: Throat
- Physical Component: Jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, nape of neck, arms
- Glands: Thyroid
- Emotional Component: Lies
- Purpose: Communication and creativity
- Basic Rights: To speak and hear the truth
Vishuddha is the energy of expression. Expressing our personal choice, showing willpower and acknowledging your right to speak and be heard.
The Throat Chakra energy enables the ability to speak our mind and offer what we know to be our own personal truth.
When balanced Vishuddha allows us to speak with authority, compassion and brings peace.Vishuddha The Throat Chakra – HealthyNatured
Even if our opinion is at odds with others Vishuddha enables us to express ourselves in a manner that does not offend or cause harm.
It is through Vishuddha that we clarify what we want in life. A healthy throat chakra ensures your voice is clear and resonates with truth. Your words are communicated with conviction and sincerity.
With Vishuddha your voice will portray your trustworthiness and honesty of intent.
Blockages and imbalance in Vishuddha makes it difficult to communicate. We find that no matter how hard we try to communicate clearly we are unable to express what we want in the way that we want. We feel our voice is suppressed and swallowed by unrecognised emotion and feeling.
Vishuddha out of balance offers a voice which is weak. Communication is disordered and comes across as unclear or confused.
When balanced and functioning Vishuddha enhances the energy of integrity. The Throat Chakra is located between the heart and the head for the purpose of storing the vibrational energy required to maintain integrity.
Vishuddha enable we balance what we think (head) and what we feel (heart). Thereby allowing us to communicate reasoned and logical viewpoints, to speak our truths and to ensure we express this with integrity.
What we say, what we communicate and how we express our truth will either empower or disempower.
Vishuddha brings us the energy and ability of Self-empowerment and empowerment of others.
* The 7 Chakras
AJNA – The THIRD EYE CHAKRA
- Zodiac signs: None
- In Balance: Intuition, Mysticism and Understanding
- Sound: Notes “A” & “Bb”
- Color: Indigo
- Meridian: Triple Warmer
- Location: Forehead
- Physical Component: Face, ears, eyes, nose, sinuses, nervous system
- Glands: Pituitary
- Emotional Component: Illusion
- Purpose: To see beyond the physical
- Basic Rights: The right to see
Our intuition and our ability to see the truth comes from Ajna.
Ajna is the center of divine wisdom. Often referred to as the third eye, or the spiritual eye, this energy is the motivation for us starting to seek and know the truth in all things.
It is at this stage of Kundalini progressing up the Central Nadi, using the energy of Ajna, that we close our physical eyes. We now look at the world, not just through the physical but also the energetic and spiritual. We are more open to exploring the spiritual aspects of self and trusting in our intuition to guide us.
In Balance Ajna the Third Eye allows us the ability to correctly perceive influences from the outer world. Ajna allows us to accept it as ours, heal and love it.Ajna The Third Eye Chakra – HealthyNatured
Blockages or imbalance in Ajna may cause individuals to overly worry about issues. They may suffer from poor concentration, have memory issues and can become delusional.
If not rectified this leads to a lowering of self-esteem may lead to the individual being labelled by others as unimaginative, indifferent and uncaring towards others and themselves.
- How to Balance Chakras
SAHASRARA – The CROWN CHAKRA
- Zodiac sign: None
- In Balance: Beauty, Creativity and Inspiration
- Sound: Note “B”
- Color: Violet
- Meridian: Central and Governing
- Location: Cerebral cortex
- Physical Components: Right brain hemisphere, central nervous system, right eye
- Glands: Pineal
- Emotional Component: Attachment
- Purpose: Understanding
- Basic Rights: The right to know and to learn
Sahasrara, or the crown chakra, is located on the top of the head.
The Crown Chakra spins very quickly and is represented as a 1000 petal lotus. The 1000 petal lotus Sahasrara is our direct connection to the Divine (or God). Through Sahasrara we receive guidance directly from the Divine.
This Divine Universal energy enters our Nadi, Subtle and Physical Body system through Sahasrara.
It is similar to the way physical life force energy enters via Muladhara the Root Chakra. The difference being that Divine Universal energy moves down the Central Nadi passing through the other energy centers and finishing at the root chakra.
This completes a full flow of energies within the Nadi. Very much like connecting an energy circuit. In fact this is where the symbol for infinity comes from. It is the representative flow of energies with the body.
Energy from the Divine enters Sahasrara and makes its way down Sushumna.
It flows through all the Chakra centers and finishes at Muladhara (replenishing both Muladhara and Kundalini).
It is this replenished energy that is now fed up through the chakras finishing at Sahasrara and reconnecting with the Divine.
With Sahasrara in balance we are inspired by the Divine, the universe and filled with grace. We accept in and trust our connection to a power greater than ourselves.Sahasrara the Crown Chakra – HealthyNatured
Blockages within Sahasrara can cause extreme confusion and severe bouts of unexplained depression. Individuals may lose faith in themselves leading to a fear of success and without ability to change or develop.
A blocked or unbalanced Sahasrara prevents energy flowing up from the lower 6. It also denies, and ultimately stops, the flow of energy from and connection with the Divine.
If this happens, as you can imagine, there is an extreme response. The externalization of a blocked Crown Chakra can be identified by two possible scenarios.
Either the individual overly compensates for the lack of Divine connection and develops a spiritual addiction. They become overzealous and radicalized as well as developing a dissociation with the physical world.
Or they amplify physical energy connections and become over intellectualizing, over analytical and develop extreme antagonistic feelings about religion and established belief systems
* What are Chakras
A simple and effective method for achieving balance is through the following guided meditation. This simple meditation technique takes 15-20 minutes per day.
How To Balance Chakras With Guided Visualization.
Make sure you are in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed.
Relax and get yourself comfortable.
Make the space as special and as sacred as you wish, in whatever way that makes you feel connected with the universe.
You can play music, light candles, burn incense, display fresh flowers. It really doesn’t matter. The point is that whatever ritual or routine you use it should help you to find your sense of calm and enable you to leave behind the stresses of the day and focus upon you.
Settle yourself and take a few deep breaths. Inhale through the nose. Exhale slowly through the mouth.
When you sense that you are ready you can begin.
Guided Visualization Meditation For Opening And Balancing The Chakras
Place your focus on the area of the where Muladhara resides. the base of the spine.
Visualise a small red coloured dot forming at the base of your spine. As you focus on this small red spot, see it start to grow and expand.
It is a brilliant rich shade of red. Truly pure and vibrant.
As you continue to focus your attention on this growing and expanding area of red you see that it is forming a circle and beginning to rotate in a clockwise direction.
It is turning slowly at first, but as the vibrant red light of Muladhara grows the disk of red energy begins to rotate faster.
Now see the red light of Muladhara grow and rotate clockwise, ever expanding. As you visualize the red light of Muladhara you see energy spiralling outwards and see it filling the entirety of your being.
The vibrant red energy is flooding you, filling you, filling your body and aura with beautiful pure red light – the energy of Muladhara.
Take time to enjoy this sensation. See that Muladhara is fully open. Red, Vivid, Spinning clockwise, and with each rotation sending she sends beautiful healing waves of red energy throughout your body.
Sense that this is the purest form of Muladharas energy. Know that these waves of red energy are clearing away any blockages you have built up. Sense her balancing and aligning to you.
Muladhara is open and aligned. Her energies flooding through the open the channels in your body and removing any past blocks. Feel these waves of pure energy making you strong and stable.
Visualize your Body and Aura filling with vibrant Red Color and know that you are being nourished with pure Root Chakra energy. It is now filling you and strengthening you. Take a few more moments to bask in this healing energy, thinking and focusing on just the sensations of Muladhara.
Know that any blocks and any imbalance is cleared. Believe it, know that it is so. And when ready, gently move your focus to your next Chakra. To Svadhisthana.
What Are Chakras – The Visualization Meditation (Steps 2 to 7).
Repeat the same process for each remaining chakra. Simply focus on the next Chakra and replace with the appropriate color.
Take as much time as you need for each. Some will feel complete quickly, others may take longer. Trust yourself and your intuition. Trust that the time you spend on each is correct and right!
Once you have done this for each of the 7 chakras simply take a few more deep breaths and enjoy the rest of your day!
You may also wish to learn more through these links to some of our other chakra meditations.
The Kundalini Energy.
Widely recognised by most people, and central to any belief system which includes the chakra energy centres, is the Kundalini.
Translated Kundalini means “that which is coiled”, and is a meditation technique and also the name of a goddess and deity.
From Kundalini we gain raw and potent energy. Known as the “divine force” from which we are granted a mortal existence.
Kundalini, dependent upon your beliefs, is located within Muladhara, at the base of the spine, being the first of the 7 chakras. Other beliefs locate Kundalini below Muladhara, attached in energy but in a separate chamber.
When “awakened” via meditation, or focused thought, the Kundalini energy begins to travel up and along the Sushumna (Central Nadi). Therefore dispersed via the other smaller or secondary nadi and feeding vital energy throughout our system.
As the Kundalini energy passes along the Sushumna it starts with Muladhara the Root Chakra, the also through the remaining 6 Chakras.
Kundalini finishes her journey when she reaches the divine, or the final chakra, located on the crown of the head.
If you would like to know more about Kundalini you can read our post, linked here about awakening Kundalini in 3 easy steps.
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