Introduction To The 7 Chakras
Chakras are energy centers inside our bodies, and energy is the foundation for all of life. It is the basis of everything that exists and ever has existed. The human body has seven chakra (energy) points, and the first one starts from the bottom of your tailbone while sitting down and ends with the seventh one on the top of your head.
When your life-force energy (chakras) stop flowing freely, your chakras become blocked. Blocked chakras make it hard to feel centered, energized or grounded. You are also more prone to physical and mental illnesses if your chakras are blocked, neglected, or overused.
This article is intended to give you an overview of each of the seven chakras, what their function is, physical and mental effects if the chakra is blocked, benefits of an unblocked chakra, and how to keep it free-flowing.
The root chakra, or “Muladhara Chakra” is the very first one that forms your foundation and is located at the bottom of your spine. It is responsible for developing feelings of security and survival.
It gives you the ability to feel deeply rooted in your life. It’s associated with satisfying your basic needs, such as your family relationships and how at home you feel on the planet and in your body.
Physical signs that your root chakra is blocked range from depression, anxiety, sudden weight gain or loss, incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain.
Mental signs of a blocked root chakra can show up as two different things. One is anxiety and physical exhaustion that results from rushing around from one thing to the next without paying much attention or doing it without intention.
The second sign is the opposite, mental exhaustion from having no firm direction and therefore feeling lethargic, stuck, having no energy to do anything, and being unable to do anything in an intentional manner.
When your root chakra is aligned, you’ll be able to tap into the stability it provides and have a more tranquil and constant energy source. One way to keep this chakra strong is to do exercises that ground you to the earth.
Things such as using crystals, dancing, jogging or running will make the connection between your body and mind to its physical surroundings stronger- like a tree that has its roots buried deep in the ground.
The sacral chakra, or “Svadhisthana Chakra” is located in your lower abdomen and inner pelvis. It is responsible for cultivating feelings of pleasure, desire, and sensuality.
It is in charge of helping you grow a healthy relationship to pleasure and teaching you what your deepest emotions and desires are. It also allows you to set healthy boundaries with others.
The physical signs of a blocked sacral chakra are constant lower back pain, urinary tract infections, ovarian cysts (as well as other reproductive issues), impotence, painful intercourse, and other lower pelvic/abdominal issues.
Mental signs of blocked sacral chakra are repressed memories, lack of creativity, low self-esteem, and addictions. When your sacral chakra is aligned, you will have the energy needed for movement, creativity, confidence, zest for life, relationships, desire, pleasure, and reproduction.
You can strengthen your sacral chakra by dancing, doing yoga, getting massages, identifying your sexual blockages, and spending time touching all areas of your body while repeating loving affirmations to yourself.
The solar plexus chakra, or “Manipura Chakra”, is located in your stomach and upper abdomen. Its job is to manifest your sense of self, will power, decision making abilities, confidence, and independence.
Physical signs that your solar plexus chakra is blocked include digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, the inability to process nutrients, as well as diabetes, ulcers, and eating disorders.
Mental signs appear in two different ways. The first one is feeling aggressive, controlling, and overly strict. The second is feeling the opposite- having a victim mentality, being needy, and having no direction or rules.
When your solar plexus chakra is aligned, you’ll feel empowered, have a strong sense of self, be able to accomplish goals and control your destiny. You will be able to be happy within yourself without needing external things to make you happy.
Keep your solar plexus chakra healthy by taking risks, learning new things, challenging yourself, setting and accomplishing goals, distancing yourself from negative people, meditating and practicing yoga.
The heart chakra, or “Anahata Chakra” is probably the most widely known chakra of them all. It is located in the center of your chest, just above your heart. The heart chakra is responsible for determining how you send out love and interpreting the love you receive back in relationships and life.
It is associated with unconditional love, joy, and compassion. The heart chakra is right in the center and is the bridge between the first three and the last three chakras. It is the source of deep and meaningful truths that can only be felt and can’t be conveyed with words alone.
Physical signs that your heart chakra is blocked are heart and lung conditions, high or low blood pressure, and poor circulation.
Mental signs include feelings of unworthiness, an inability to trust yourself or anyone else, manipulative behaviors, and co-dependence on others.
A properly aligned heart chakra results in feelings of compassion, joy, feeling connected to the world around you, and feeling surrounded by love.
Keep your heart chakra strong by going forest bathing as often as possible, setting boundaries, hugging more, doing shadow work, doing something kind every day, showing gratitude, and meditating.
Your throat chakra, or “Visuddha Chakra”, is located, as you may have guessed, in your throat. It has to do with your voice and is in charge of helping you communicate openly, clearly, honestly and gracefully.
Physical signs that your throat chakra is blocked range from thyroid problems, neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain (TMJ), hearing issues, and a sore throat.
Mentally, you’ll feel an inability to communicate properly, inability to ask for what you want, inability to make your voice be heard, and feel unable to create the world you want for yourself.
The throat chakra is the bridge between your heart and your mind and when it’s aligned, the result is having wisdom of both heart and mind, spiritual freedom, and the ability to effectively communicate your wants, needs, boundaries, ideas, love and feelings.
For a healthy throat chakra, do breathing exercises, sing, hum, or chant as much as possible, journal, draw, paint, or color, listen intently to others, meditate and drinks lots and lots of water.
The third eye chakra, or “Ajna Chakra” is situated between your eyebrows, just above eye level on your forehead. It is associated with intuition, higher knowledge, perception, reality, and insight. It is also in charge of your imagination and self-awareness, as well as enhanced awareness of things you can only feel but can’t “see” with your eyes.
Physical signs of a misaligned third eye chakra include vision problems, sinus issues, headaches, dizziness, and migraines.
Mental signs range from delusions, addictions, arrogance, stubbornness, and mental confusion.
When your third eye chakra is aligned, you’re able to see things for what they really are without ego getting in the way. When you can see things more clearly, you’re able to work towards what you want in life more productively.
Keep your third eye chakra strong by seeing things from others perspective (reading, listening to debates, watching different programs and channels than you normally would), practicing mindfulness, star and moon bathing, candle gazing, and practicing yoga.
The final chakra, the crown chakra, or “Sahasrara Chakra”, can be the hardest one to take care of. This could be because it is just barely located in your body- on the very top of your head.
It’s responsible for your ability to be one and at peace with everything around, which is not an easy task! It is related to your thoughts, wisdom, enlightenment, knowledge of self, connection to spirit, and unity.
Physical signs of a blocked crown chakra include insomnia, mental fog and confusion, sensitivity to light, headaches and migraines, and neurological and endocrine disorders.
Mental signs range from greediness, egotism, narrow-mindedness, existential depression, spiritual disconnection and mental illness such as schizophrenia.
You’ll feel connected to your Higher Self, connected to others, compassion towards others, be able to see the bigger picture in life, be able to access your inner wisdom, and feel a sense of calm and peace in your life no matter what’s going on in it when your crown chakra is aligned.
Keep your crown chakra strong by first making sure that your other six chakras are in in good shape. After that, you can meditate on a regular basis, use affirmations, make sure to keep your body, mind and surroundings clean and clutter-free, learn as much as possible and do energy work.
Just like with other spiritual and health practices, keeping your chakras aligned and balanced takes consistency and deliberate care. You owe it to yourself to live a life where you are in touch with your emotional, spiritual, and physical self. Use these tips as a basic starting point and start your journey towards optimal energy flow.