What are Chakras?Apr 16, 2022
There is a good chance that you have heard about chakras in a yoga or meditation class. Or maybe, when you went for an energy healing session like Reiki, you were told you have a blocked chakra. But do you really know what they are?
We have seven main chakras and several minor chakras. When talking about chakras most people are referring to the main chakras.
Chakras are the main energy centers of the body. The word chakra translates to “wheel” in Sanskrit. You can imagine them as wheels of free-flowing energy.
How do They get Blocked?
Our chakras develop during childhood and each chakra has a main purpose. Majority of our beliefs are imprinted in our subconscious mind during the first 7 years of our lives and these beliefs all have a major impact on our chakras.
Imagine a young child is punished and the parent says: “I do this because I love you”. The child is mentally and emotionally not far enough developed yet to understand what is going on. But understands that his parents love him and punishes him. What does your subconscious mind do? It links punishment with love.
Subconsciously you might now believe you need punishment to be loved. This belief will block your heart (fourth chakra) and prevent you from living a life where you are able to fully love (others and yourself) and be loved.
And so do all our beliefs and traumas (small or big) affect our chakras.
Root Chakra (First chakra, Muladhara)
The Muladhara or first chakra represents our foundation. It is about our survival and safety on earth. It sits at the base of your spine and gives you the feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine
Central issue: Survival
Rights: To be here, to have
Sacral Chakra (Second chakra, Svadhisthana)
The Svadhisthana or second chakra is about our emotional identity. It sits at the lower abdomen and governs emotions, creativity and sexual energy.
Location: Below the naval
Central issue: Sexuality, emotions
Rights: To feel, to want
Solar Plexus Chakra (Third chakra, Manipura)
The Manipura or third chakra is about our self-definition. It sits in the solar plexus and governs power and will. It speaks to your ability to be confident and in control of your life.
Location: Solar plexus, upper abdomen
Central issue: Power, will
Rights: To act
Heart Chakra (Fourth chakra, Anahata)
The Anahata or fourth chakra is about self-acceptance. It sits in the heart area and governs love and relationships. It speaks to your ability to give and receive love (from others and ourselves).
Location: Heart area
Central issue: Love, relationships
Rights: To love and be loved
Throat Chakra (Fifth chakra, Vissudha)
The Vissudha or fifth chakra is about communication. It sits in the throat and governs self-expression. It speaks to your ability to communicate your personal power.
Central issue: Communication
Color: Light blue/Turquoise
Rights: To speak and be heard
Third Eye Chakra (Sixth chakra, Anja)
The Anja or sixth chakra is about intuition and imagination. It sits in the forehead between the brows and looks to self-reflection. It controls our ability to see the big picture and connect to our intuition.
Location: Between the brows
Central issue: Intuition, Imagination
Color: Dark blue/Purple
Rights: To see
Crown Chakra (Seventh chakra, Sahasrara)
The Sahasrara or seventh chakra is awareness. It sits on the crown of the head and looks to self-knowledge. It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. You access higher consciousness through your crown chakra.
Central issue: Awareness
Rights: To know
Balancing your Chakras
All your chakras work together as a system which means if one is out of balance, it will affect all the others. Don’t stress. It is totally normal to have more than one chakra out of balance. To get them all open and in the right flow is part of a life journey towards inner healing and living a full life.