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The 7 Chakras

March 01, 2017 / Mind and Body




Chakras are centers in the body where energy flows through. They all represent different aspects of the human condition, thoughts, feelings, and physical properties. Chakras regulate everything in the body from emotions to the immune system. When energy is flowing freely through these chakras we feel harmony and peace; when one or more of these energy centers are blocked we can experience discomfort and illness. This is why it’s important to understand what the 7 chakras represent so you can remain balanced and in harmony with yourself.

Chakra (cha -kra) in sanskrit translates to the literal word “wheel”. It was given this name because each chakra is considered to be a spinning vortex of light and energy in different points of the body. They start from the base of the spin and stack all the way up to the top of the head.

 

(From the top of the spine down to the base)

Sahasrara; Crown Chakra

Mantra: Om

Astrology Associations: Aquarius

Elements/Ruling Planets: Thought/ Cosmic Energy + Uranus

Location: Top of the head

Body Parts: Pineal gland, upper brain and right eye

Represents: The ability to feel spiritually connected, enlightened and consciousness. Full awareness of being a spiritual being. This chakra connects to all other chakras and feeds off of their energy.

Signs of Blockage: Insomnia, depression, neurological disorders, nerve pain, lack of direction, unable to form goals, disconnected spiritually, greed, lost, lack of inspiration, baldness, split personality, and nightmares.

Healing: Yoga, meditation, reiki, pray, practice selflessness, and practicing love.

 

Ajna; Third Eye Chakra

Mantra: Aum

Astrology Associations: Sagittarius, Pisces

Elements/Ruling Planets: Light Energy + Neptune + Jupiter

Location: Slightly above and between the eyebrows.

Body Parts: Pituitary gland, spine, lower brain, left eye, nose and the ears

Represents: Decision making, ability to think and visualize. The ability to tap into our intuitive knowledge and wisdom.

Signs of Blockage: Poor vision, headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, paranoia, feeling skeptical, having bad dreams, and feeling no sense of purpose.

Healing: Yoga, meditation, journaling, tai-chi, exercise the brain, increase intake of omega-3s, and chanting.

 

Vishuddha; Throat Chakra

Mantra: Hum

Astrology Associations: Gemini, Virgo

Elements/Ruling Planets: Ether + Mercury

Location: Base of the neck.

Body Parts: Thyroid gland, throat, upper lungs, arms, digestive track

Represents: The ability to communicate, self expression and creativity. Being able to express your inner truth, speaking through connectivity and having diplomacy.

Signs of Blockage: Respiratory and sinus problems, allergies, feeling of being misunderstood, foggy thinking, unable to express how you feel, sore throat, afraid of offending someone, being argumentative and miscommunications with others.

Healing: Yoga, meditation, chanting, singing, speaking the truth, and drinking water.

 

Anahata; Heart Chakra

Mantra: Yum

Astrology Associations: Libra, Taurus

Elements/Ruling Planets: Air + Venus

Location: Center of the chest.

Body Parts: Thymus, heart, liver, lungs, blood circulation

Represents: Love, compassion and healing. The ability to feel inner peace, joy and harmony. Self-acceptance, spiritual growth and the feeling of connection with spiritual powers.

Signs of Blockage: Violent outbursts, stubbornness, controlling, the need to be right, paranoid, victim mentality, self conscious, anxiety, depression, cancer, anger, insomnia, and the feeling of being at war with yourself or self destructive tendencies.

Healing: Yoga, meditation, practicing forgiveness, backbends, love mantras, random acts of kindness, and reconnecting with close friends.

 

Manipura; Solar Plexus Chakra

Mantra: Ram

Astrology Associations: Aries, Leo

Elements/Ruling Planets: Fire + Mars/ Sun

Location: Between the serum bone and naval.

Body Parts: Pancreas, stomach, liver, gall-bladder

Represents: Personal power; the ability to feel confident and have control over our own lives. Tapping into our feelings of self-esteem, self transformation and self worth. Being able to master your own self when you are independent and working as a team in life.

Signs of Blockage: Overpowering, anger, forceful, rebellious, loss of self-worth, negative self image, disorganized, over eating, stress, ulcers, indigestion, panic attacks, food allergies, OCD and problems sleeping.

Healing:  yoga, meditation, building core strength, using essential oils (lavender, rosemary, sage, and patchouli), walking in the sunlight.

 

Svadisthana; Sacral Chakra

Mantra: Vam

Astrology Associations: Cancer, Scorpio

Elements/Ruling Planets: Water + Pluto (Poor Pluto)

Location: Just below the naval.

Body Parts: Gonads and reproductive organs, legs

Represents: The feeling of abundance, emotional balance, reproduction and sexutaily. The relationship center with ourselves, family, friends and lovers. This chakra helps tune into how we perceive feeling.

Signs of Blockage: Feeling jealousy, extremely emotional, mood swings, lack of sex drive, antisocial, allergies, constipation, menstrual problems, depression, lack of flexibility and infertility.

Healing: meditation, yoga, dancing, toning exercises, and practice letting go. Removing yourself from negative relationships can be a big help too.

 

Muladhara: Root Chakra:

Mantra: Lam

Astrology Associations: Capricorn

Elements/Ruling Planets: Earth + Saturn

Located: At the base of the spine.

Body Parts: Suprarenal glands, prostate, kidneys, bladder, spine

Represents: The feeling of being grounded. Relating to the fundamental need of survival, money, food, or independence. The connection towards our bodies need to be alive.

Signs of Blockage: Craving comfort foods, feeling disconnected from your body, exhaustion, financial worry, feelings of wanting to leave your job, urge to disconnect, feeling spacey, and increased or decreased appetite.

Healing: Drinking more tea, eating more ground vegetables, take a bath with epsom salts, create a budget, take a hike or walk outside, meditation or yoga.

 

All of these chakras are interconnected and can cause each other to open or close (blocked or unblocked) so it is important to pay attention to how you are feeling. Using tools like yoga, meditation, exercise and reiki on a regular basis is a good way to prevent your chakras from getting blocked. Take care of your energy centers and they will take care of you.