The 7 chakras are the seven energy centers in your body. Health chakras are essential for a happy and healthy life. If chakras are activated wrongly, that can be dangerous for you. You need a systematic way to awaken the chakras.
This article is a simple guide to understanding the chakras in a better way that can help you identify the chakras in your body. It also reviews some of the important concepts of the seven chakras that can help you to heal yourself and to grow your full potential.
What are the chakras?
A chakra is an energy center in the human body that receives, processes and transmits information about particular aspects of being and experience. The Sanskrit word “chakra” literally means “wheel,” which is an apt name for these energy portals since they rotate in a circular fashion just like a wheel.
Here, Chakra means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body. They are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay “open” and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, glands, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.
Chakras are always active in our human body. they are under active or overactive and we need to balance those. Every chakra has its impact on human mind and body and we intend to balance it using Yoga and Meditation. All balanced chakras aids in healthy body, mind and spirit and harmony among them.
What are the 7 Chakras?
There are seven primary chakras in our body, located in our spine, but there are many lesser chakras found throughout your body, such as on your face, armpits, legs, hands, nose, ears, tongue, feet, and so on. According to His Holiness Sri Amit Ray, there are 114 chakras in human body. Here, you will know the basics of the 7 chakras.
The 1st Chakra – The Root Chakra
The root chakra is the foundation. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is open, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.
Location: Base of spine, in tailbone area. Color: Red
Affirmation: “I am steady and safe.” Element: Earth.
A blocked root chakra can manifest as physical issues like arthritis, constipation, and bladder or colon problems, or emotionally through feeling insecure about finances or our basic needs and well-being. When it’s in alignment and open, we will feel grounded and secure, both physically and emotionally.
The 2nd Chakra – The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra, helps inform how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others. It also governs creativity and sexual energy. Those with a blocked sacral chakra could feel a lack of control in their lives.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel. Color: Orange
Affirmation: “I always honor myself and others.” Element: Water.
Blockages with sacral chakra can be seen via problems with the associated organs, like urinary tract infections, lower back pain, and impotency. Emotionally, this chakra is connected to our feelings of self-worth, and even more specifically, our self-worth around pleasure, sexuality, and creativity.
The 3rd Chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, speaks to your ability to be confident and in control of your life. Think back to the last time you had butterflies or felt a pit in the stomach: That’s the Manipura chakra at work. If your solar plexus chakra is blocked, you might feel overwhelming amounts of shame and self-doubt. Those with open sacral chakras are free to express their true selves.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area. Color: Yellow
Affirmation: “I love my self.” Element: Fire.
Blockages in the solar plexus chakra are often experienced through digestive issues like ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, and indigestion. It’s the chakra of our personal power. This means it’s related to our self-esteem and self-confidence.
The 4th Chakra – The Heart Chakra
The Anahata, or heart chakra, is the bridge between the lower chakras (associated with materiality) and the upper chakras (associated with spirituality). As the name suggests, this chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love—from others and ourselves. Someone with a blocked heart chakra will have difficulty fully opening up to the people in their life. If someone’s heart is open, they can experience deep compassion and empathy.
Location: Center of chest, just above the heart. Color: Green
Affirmation: “I am full with love and compassion.” Element: Air.
Blockages in the heart chakra can manifest in our physical health through heart problems, asthma, and weight issues. But blocks are often seen even more clearly through people’s actions.
People with heart chakra blocks often put others first, to their own detriment. It’s the middle of the seven chakras, so it bridges the gap between our upper and lower chakras, and it also represents our ability to love and connect to others. When out of alignment, it can make us feel lonely, insecure, and isolated.
The 5th Chakra – The Throat Chakra
The Vishuddha, or throat chakra, gives voice to the heart chakra and controls our ability to communicate our personal power. When it’s functioning at full capacity, it allows us to express ourselves truly and clearly. Someone with a blocked throat chakra will feel like they have trouble finding the words to say how they truly feel.
Location: Throat area. Color: Light Blue/Turquoise
Affirmation: “I communicate with the world very well.” Element: Sound/Music.
As one would expect, this chakra is connected to our ability to communicate verbally. Voice and throat problems as well as any problems with everything surrounding that area, such as the teeth, gums, and mouth, can indicate a blockage.
Blocks or misalignment in the throat chakra can also be seen through dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, and having trouble speaking your mind. When in alignment, you will speak and listen with compassion and feel confident when you speak because you know you are being true to yourself with your words.
The 6th Chakra – The Third Eye Chakra
As we move up the body, we’re getting closer to communion with the divine. The Anja, or third-eye chakra, controls our ability to see the big picture and connect to intuition. Think of it as the eye of the soul: It registers information beyond the surface level. Visions and intuitive hits are not uncommon for someone with an open third-eye chakra.
Location: Forehead. Color: Dark Blue/Purple
Affirmation: “I have a clear vision.” Element: Light.
Since this chakra is physically located on the head, blockages can manifest as headaches, issues with sight or concentration, and hearing problems. People who have trouble listening to reality (who seem to “know it all”) or who are not in touch with their intuition may also have a block. When open and in alignment, it’s thought that people will follow their intuition and be able to see the big picture.
The 7th Chakra – The Crown Chakra
The Sahasrara, or crown chakra, the highest chakra, sits at the crown of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. When you fully open your crown chakra—something very few people ever do!—you’re able to access a higher consciousness.
Location: Top of the head. Color: Violet/White
Affirmation: “I am a source for love and light..” Element: Divine Consciousness.
The crown chakra is linked to every other chakra (and therefore every organ in this system), and so it affects not just all of those organs, but also our brain and nervous system. It is considered the chakra of enlightenment and represents our connection to our life’s purpose and spirituality.
Those with a blocked crown chakra may seem narrow-minded, skeptical, or stubborn. When this chakra is open, it is thought to help keep all the other chakras open and to bring the person bliss and enlightenment.
Unblocking the chakras
The chakras in the body can be blocked in many ways. Mostly, they are blocked due to bad lifestyles from childhood. It may be due to excessive stress, strain, and anxiety. However, you can unblock them by systematic meditation of the 114 chakras in the body as taught by Dr. Amit Ray.
Because these are all energetic centers of the body that correspond to emotions, one of them most likely resonated with you right now. A different one might strike you tomorrow.
It’s possible that one resonates with you the most as a constant problem, a chakra where you frequently deal with obstructions. Other impediments may appear from time to time. These patterns have specific titles in the chakra system, and there are recommended remedies.
The 7 chakras in your body are like divine lights in your body. You need to keep them clean, clear, happy and healthy. They are useful for developing your total wellbeing. However, chakras can be detrimental if they are awakened incorrectly. You must awaken the chakras in a systematic manner.