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The Seven Chakras Beginners Guide

Posted on 2019-02-07

In this beginner's guide to the chakra system, our goal is to get you an overview of the different main chakras. There are seven different types of chakras in the human body. Each of the seven chakras has a different type of energy. These seven chakras hold the energies in our bodies and help those energies move around our bodies.

Though, at the same time…

A person's chakras can also have a blockage, meaning that the seven chakras are not open and don't perform to serve a person well. All seven chakras are important to a happy and healthy life.

Before we get into what each of the seven chakras is (and what type of energy each of the seven chakras is), let us first look at what chakras are and where those chakra beliefs originated from.

What Are Chakras? And Where Did Chakras Originate From?

As you have learned, chakras are energy. Specifically, chakras are points in the human body where energy is stored and where the same energy flows from. There are seven of these chakra points throughout the body. The places in the body where the chakras can be found in the body are:

  1. The Root Chakra (which is located at the base of the spine)

  2. The Sacral Chakra (which is located at the belly, just below the button)

  3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (which is located at the rib cage)

  4. The Heart Chakra (which is located at heart)

  5. The Throat Chakra (found at the throat)

  6. The Third Eye Chakra (is found just above the eyes, in the middle of the eyes)

  7. The Crown Chakra (which is located at the forehead, in the middle)

1st chakra - The Root Chakra - Muladhara

The Root Chakra is represented in red. The red is a symbol of many different things. It is a representation of Earth's energy. It is also a representation of things like safety and survival. Like the color of red is a symbol of strength, the Root Chakra is also a symbol of strength.

  • Survival instinct

  • Security

  • Grounding

Root Chakra Healing

When the root chakra is out of balance, there's an inability to feel safe. You could feel ungrounded, disconnected from feelings, and worry can arise. Finding a connection with the earth, active meditation practice, and yoga are great ways to work towards healing your root chakra.

    2nd chakra - The Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana

    The Sacral Chakra is a symbol of a few different things. With its location at the bottom of the spine, this chakra symbolizes sexuality. It is also a symbol of creativity and emotions. A healthy Sacral Chakra will mean a healthy balance of emotions and a healthy flow of emotions. It's no coincidence, therefore, that this chakra is also symbolic of the element water. Water is an element which influences our emotions. Like water, the Sacral Chakras also influence our emotions.

    • Emotions

    • Intimacy

    • Sexuality

    Sacral Chakra Healing

    When our sacral chakra is out of balance, we can feel a sense of lack of creativity, and satisfaction. Water is the element of this Chakra, being close to it can be incredibly healing. A meditation and yoga practice (flow styles) will help the energy of this chakra flow and release.

    3rd chakra - The Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura

    The Solar Plexus Chakra is another chakra which is symbolic of strength. This chakra can be seen as symbolic of the sun and, therefore a symbol of strength. Like the sun, the Solar Plexus Chakra is a symbol of power. More specifically, this chakra is a symbol of personal power. It is also responsible for your mind - so having a healthy Solar Plexus Charka, is having a healthy mind. It can also be symbolic of intelligence, academics, and willpower.

    • Energy

    • Vitality

    • Desire and Power

    Solar Plexus Chakra Healing

    When our Solar Plexus Chakra is out of balance, we can feel a sense of lack of self-worth and self-esteem, and also have trouble getting things done. A meditation practice using visualization techniques is a potent tool to heal your Manipura chakra. Focusing on the color yellow, allowing the images to come to us as we feel the warmth and power irradiating from our plexus area.

    4th chakra - The Heart Chakra - Anahata

    The Heart Chakra is symbolic of love and romance. It is also a symbol of compassion and empathy. Having an open heart chakra will mean being open to love, romance, compassion, and empathy. The color of this chakra is green, which can be symbolic of the Earth, therefore connecting to the Earth and showing all of us are interconnected.

    • Love

    • Hope

    • Compassion

    Heart Chakra Healing

    When our Heart Chakra is out of balance, we can experience a bit of trouble having self-love and self-care. The element of the Heart Chakra is air. Connecting with our breath is an instrumental technique to heal this chakra. A Pranayama practice, where we can feel and regulate our breathing, can help release and open our heart Chakra.

    5th Chakra - The Throat Chakra - Vishuddha

    The Throat Chakra is symbolic of many different things. One thing that it is symbolic of, which isn't surprising, is that this chakra is a representation of communication. It is also symbolic of a person's self-expression. And the Throat Chakra, due to its symbolic representation of self-expression, can also be a symbol of creativity and a person's creativity.

    • Healing

    • Creativity

    • Communication

    Throat Chakra Healing

    When our Throat Chakra is out of balance, we might have trouble expressing ourselves and telling our truth. The element of the Throat Chakra is sound. Chanting, singing or writing down our feelings is a great way to help open up our throat chakra together with yoga and meditation.

    6th chakra - The Third Eye Chakra - Ajna

    The Third Eye Chakra is symbolic of wisdom. Its location is right at the center of our forehead, representing the area where we think and reason - it is a representation of the wisdom that comes from within us. This chakra is about more than just representing wisdom, it also represents other things - such as our intuitive being. It is a representative of our intuition. Having an open Third Eye Chakra can help us have an open intuition and help us to become more connected to our intuition.

    • Intuition

    • Psychic Senses

    • Clairvoyance

    Third Eye Chakra Healing

    When our Third Eye Chakra is out of balance, we might have trouble concentrating or connection with our intuition. Meditation, healing crystals, reiki are one of the best ways to open and heal our third eye chakra. Anything that works with the energy field around us will help release any blockages around this chakra.

    7th chakra - The Crown Chakra - Sahasrara

    This is the seventh chakra that is located at the top of the head. The crown chakra allows us to access the higher states of consciousness while we open to the things past our personal visions and preoccupations. Our consciousness drives the function of the crown chakra, and this helps us to be in touch with the universe.

    • Cosmic consciousness

    • Understanding

    • Enlightenment

    Crown Chakra Healing

    When our Crown Chakra is out of balance, we might have trouble sensing some sort of connection to the spiritual world or feeling a lack of purpose—spending time meditating to find a connection with ourselves. Prayer, might feel strange at the beginning but talking to your God or even someone dear to us who has passed away is. Helping others, it will help you appreciate what you have and who you are.

    Chakra Colors

    All of these are points in the body where energy comes from and is stored. Different colors represent these seven chakras. The different colors of the chakras are there to represent different colors of the rainbow. The different colors are there as a representation of a different frequency in Yoga. Each of the colors represents a different frequency and represents different energy. The chakras will perform their own different energy frequency.

    Each of the colors is a symbol of different meanings.

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