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Beginners Guide to Chakras:

In order to achieve our mission of making you a great person, we want to show you that yoga is entirely a mind/body/soul practice. That’s our belief. Practicing yoga aiming at improving in just one of those areas is deficient and may even be counterproductive, despite of what you may have read or been told.

Goodness, and so greatness, come from harmony. Balance between those three areas. If you want to have a fulfilling and growing physical practice, you need to train your mind as it controls your focus and breathing, among many other aspects. At the same time, the state of your soul is critical. Don’t you notice the difference of a practice when you are sad compared to when it’s only two days left to your holidays? You don’t have to say it, I know you do.

You may not believe in the energy points that the Chakras represent, or maybe you feel you are betraying your God. I honestly don’t think you should go that deep, but I will tell that our bodies do have energy points. Yoga was built upon them and so you have to know about them. Some people, among who I am, need experiencing in order to believe. Embrace this brief guide and its tips to get each Chakra back to balance. Apply them as you feel better and experience for yourself. Your yoga practice will thank you by boosting your growth towards the great person you want to be.

The Chakras

Chakras are points along the spinal column, beginning at the base of the spine and ending at the crown of the skull, they are believed to be spots that energy flows through. The word chakra literally means “wheel or disk” and it describes the spinning energy life forces throughout various points in the body. It is also believed that these energy spots can be blocked or affected by different life experiences which throw our chakras out of whack.

A chakra can be deficient or excessive and sometimes even both. An excessive chakra needs to discharge energy and a deficient chakra needs to receive energy. Things like childhood trauma and abuse, cultural upbringing, restrictive and exhausting habits or beliefs, physical or emotional injuries and the loss of basic human rights can all effect and block chakras. When all the chakras are functioning correctly – that is when we feel balanced. In this article I give you some tips on things you can do to bring your chakras back to balance.

The concept of the chakras connects areas of the body to the basic states of consciousness and the basic rights of being a human being. It links our mind, body and spirit.

As you may know, there are seven main chakras that most people refer to:

    1. The Root Chakra
    2. The Sacral Chakra
    3. Solar Plexus Chakra
    4. Heart Chakra
    5. Throat Chakra
    6. Third Eye Chakra
    7. The Crown Chakra

The First Chakra

The first Chakra is known as the Root Chakra (Muladhara) and it is located at the base of the spine near the tailbone area. It is the Earth element and is associated with the color red. It represents our basic right as a human to be here on earth – it is our physical identity (self-preservation) and our foundation. It is the chakra that helps us feel grounded.

When this chakra is balanced you will be in good health and well grounded. You will feel safe and secure and be able to relax. You will be comfortable with your body with the ability to ease down and prosper.

If you are deficient in this chakra you may feel disconnected from your body, underweight, fearful and anxious, restless, unable to focus, disorganized and with poor boundaries. You may even be having financial difficulties.

If there is excess energy in this chakra you could be overweight or obese and always feeling tired or sluggish, maybe even lazy. You could be greedy and materialistic.

If the first chakra is out of balance it could show up physically as problems with bowels and intestines, issues with legs and feet, eating disorders and frequent illnesses.

The Root Chakra’s biggest enemy is fear.

What can you do to bring this chakra back to balance?

First, you need to reconnect with your body. You can do this through physical exercise, touch therapy like massage or hatha yoga. Eating foods like apples, red meat and eggs, beets and red peppers are all thought to be healing foods.

The Second Chakra

The second Chakra is referred to as the Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) and located in the lower abdomen, below your belly button. Orange is its color.

It is the water element and is our emotional and sexual identity (self-gratification) which represents our basic right to be able to feel – especially pleasure. It also allows you to connect to others and new experiences.

When the Sacral Chakra is in balance you should experience graceful movements, emotional and spiritual intelligence, healthy boundaries and the ability to accept change.

An excess of energy in the Sacral Chakra could look like sexual acting out or addiction, overly strong emotions and poor boundaries, over sensitive and emotionally dependent and manipulative in a sexual nature.

If the Sacral Chakra is deficient you may have poor social skills and fear change. There could be a lack of desire, passion and/or excitement as well as a fear of sex or pleasure. When this chakra is out of whack it can manifest physically in disorders of the reproductive organs, the spleen and urinary system. You could have menstrual or sexual problems or pain in the lower back and knees. You may even lose your appetite for food, sex and life.

What can you do to get this chakra back to balance?

The demon to this chakra is guilt and so instead of locking you down with heavy guilty feelings, work to bring it back to balance.

You can practice movement therapy, the 12-step program or allowing yourself some healthy pleasures. Orange colored food like tangerines, mangos and carrots can also have a healing effect on the Sacral Chakra.

The Third Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is the third chakra and is located in the upper abdomen. It is the fire element and shows up as the color yellow. The right to act is the basic human right associated with this chakra and coincides with the ego identity (self-definition), transformation, and the right to be an individual.

When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced you are reliable and responsible. You have appropriate self-esteem and confidence. You are spontaneous and playful with a good sense of humor. You have self-discipline and are able to meet and overcome challenges.

On the other hand, when you are deficient in this chakra you may have low energy and low self-esteem which could create an addiction to stimulants. You could be cold emotionally and physically, and be unreliable. You may be passive and play the victim role, blaming others as well as be easily manipulated by others.

An excess of this chakra could look like stubbornness, the need to be right or overly power-hungry. You could be aggressive and controlling, have temper tantrums and/or violent outbursts. In addition, you may be overly competitive, arrogant, and/or hyperactive.

If the Solar Plexus Chakra is out of whack it can show up physically with eating and digestive issues. Hypertension, hypoglycemia, diabetes and disorders of the stomach, pancreas, and liver could all be affected.

How you can keep the third chakra in balance?

The enemy of the Solar Plexus is shame. You can heal the third chakra with cardio exercises like running or swimming, practicing stress control and deep relaxation as well as the use of psychotherapy.

The word chakra literally means “wheel or disk”.

The Fourth Chakra

The fourth or Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the center of the chest just above your heart. It correlates with the air element and the color green. It represents the basic right to love and be loved as well as your social identity (self-acceptance).

While the Heart Chakra is functioning properly you should feel compassionate, loving and empathetic. The enemy to this chakra is grief.

When this chakra is deficient you could be feeling antisocial, depressed, judgmental and lonely. You could be afraid of intimacy and relationships.

If the chakra has too much energy you could be demanding, clingy and jealous. You could also suffer from disorders of the heart, lungs and chest. You could experience shortness of breath, asthma and circulation problems.

What to do if you feel your Heart Chakra is getting out of whack?

To get your Heart Chakra back into balance you can practice breathing exercises and start journaling. You could also eat more green foods like spinach and arugula or drink more green tea.

The Fifth Chakra

Chakra number five is The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) and is located in the throat. It is associated with the element of sound and the color blue. It represents the right to speak and hear the truth. This is also representative of your creative identity or self-expression.

When your throat chakra is in balance you should show characteristics of a good listener and a good communicator.

The enemy to the fifth chakra is lies.

If you are lacking energy in this chakra you could have a fear of speaking or having difficulty expressing yourself verbally. You may be shy and introverted as well as tone deaf with poor rhythm.

On the other hand, if there is too much energy in the Throat Chakra you might talk too much and listen too little and you may even be prone to gossiping.

If you are out of balance it could manifest itself physically with disorders of the throat, ears and neck and even tightness of the jaw.

What you can do to bring the Throat Chakra back to balance

To rebalance the Throat Chakra practice yoga poses that loosen the neck and shoulders. You could also try journaling and storytelling, even singing and chanting. You may want to try drinking more juices and teas and eating more fruit.

 Chakras are believed to be spots that energy flows through

The Sixth Chakra

This Chakra is also known as the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) and it is located between the eyes. It is associated with the archetypal identity and self-reflection, as well as the color indigo and the element of light. It represents the basic human right to see or to be seen.

When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced you will be instinctive and perceptive as well as imaginative with a good memory.

A deficit of energy in this chakra may cause you poor vision and memory. You could have a lack of imagination and difficulty visualizing things.

If there is an excess of this chakra you could be having hallucinations and delusions. You are probably obsessive and have difficulty concentrating and maybe even have nightmares.

The enemy to this chakra is illusion.

When you are out of balance in this chakra you could experience headaches and have vision problems.

Bringing the sixth Chakra back to balance

To bring your Third Eye Chakra back into working order you could create visual art, like coloring, painting or photography. You could try meditation, art therapy and even hypnosis. Foods like blueberries and grapes, as well as lavender teas are known to have healing properties.

The Seventh Chakra

The seventh and last chakra is known as the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) and is located at the very top of your head. It is associated with the right to know and the right to learn. It is connected to the color violet and the element of thought.

When you are balanced in this chakra you have the ability to perceive and analyze situations and data. You are intelligent and wise as well as thoughtful and open minded.

If you are lacking energy in this chakra you may have trouble learning and have a rigid belief system.

On the contrary, an excess in this chakra may be the reason you are feeling confused and disassociated from your body.

When out of balance you may experience migraines, amnesia or even brain tumors.

The demon or enemy to this last chakra is attachment.

What you can do to bring the Crown Chakra back to balance

To heal this chakra or bring it back into balance you could practice meditation and reestablish physical and emotional connection as well as spiritual connection.

Final Thoughts

With this quick introduction to chakras, we have just scratched the surface of a much deeper topic. In fact, discussions are going on continuously about these energy points, their meanings, their functioning and how to keep them balanced.

The chakras are a complicated system to completely understand in full but hopefully this little guide will get you started on your journey to balancing out chakras. This is not an easy task as you may be thinking. Just thinking of adding a handful of new tasks to your already busy schedule is more than enough to derail your root chakra.

My recommendation to you is to work on one chakra at a time. Once you have figured out what you need to do to keep that chakra in balance, keep doing that. Add those routines to your life. Then move on to the next one.

I’m curious. After reading this article, which chakra do you feel is out balance in you?

If you already knew about chakras, have you experienced an improvement in your life when working consciously to bring your chakras back to balance? How did you achieve it?

The whole community can benefit from each other’s experiences and comments, so share yours with us! That’s the most caring gesture you can have today. Giving back altruistically will always bring joy to your soul.

Namaste