Can you explain what a chakra is?
Literally speaking, the word ‘chakra’ from Sanskrit – one of the world’s most ancient texts – translates to ‘wheel’ or ‘disc’, but references a spiritual energy centre within the human body, of which there are seven along the spine as well as through the neck and crown of your head.
From a physical aspect, your chakras manage a certain part of the body, and are connected to your endocrine glands. From a psychological aspect, they manage how we develop our beliefs and feelings. Much in the way that the brain embodies both a physical entity (the actual physical organ) and a subtle-body entity (the mind), the chakras are unseen energies associated with specific parts in the physical body. If your chakras are out of whack, this can lead to anything from anxiety and stress to illness but if they are perfectly balanced, you will feel rested, happy and at ease.
What are the main chakras?
Root chakra: This chakra is located at the base of the coccyx and is related to our basic survival needs: our home life, relationship to our parents and financial security. When it is open and balanced, we feel grounded, secure and stable.
Sacral chakra: This chakra is located above the pubic bone and below the navel – it is the home to our sense of self. When your sacral chakra is aligned, you’ll feel great but emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships, our ability to express emotions and the potential for addictive behaviour and low self-esteem.
Solar plexus chakra: Located from the navel to the ribcage, the solar plexus chakra governs all things metabolic, digestive and stomach-related, as well as our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. Signs it is unbalanced include issues of personal power and self-esteem, fears of rejection, criticism and physical appearances.
Heart chakra: As the name implies, the heart chakra is all about love. It’s believed that when this chakra is aligned, love and compassion are flowing freely, both in terms of giving and receiving. However, a closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy and fear of betrayal.
Throat chakra: Found at the base of the throat and governing our mouth, jaw, ears and neck, this chakra is the home of our communication and also presides over the thyroid, which balances our hormones and keeps our immune system healthy. When the chakra is open, we practice intuitive listening, allowing for clear and authentic communication.
Third eye chakra: This chakra can be found between the eyebrows and controls your pituitary gland, lower brain, eyes and skull; it is associated with your intuition, wisdom, intellect, knowledge, understanding and imagination.
Crown chakra: Given its place as the highest chakra, the crown chakra is the centre of enlightenment and our spiritual connection to our higher selves. However, unlike other chakras, the crown chakra can only be fully opened through specific yogic or meditative exercises.
Why do chakras matter?
Since mind, body, soul and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring others back into balance. For example, a wife who has recently lost her husband develops acute bronchitis, which remains in the chest. In this case, the whole heart chakra is affected. If she realised the connection between the loss and the bronchitis, healing would occur much faster if she honoured the grieving process and treated it alongside the physical ailment.
How do you know when your chakras are off-balance?
Once you know where your chakras are on your body, it’s very easy to tell if they aren’t happy. You might get physical symptoms, like butterflies in your stomach (related to the sacral chakra) or a sore throat (associated with the throat chakra). Your circumstances can also show you if your chakras are not aligned: if you’ve been single for a long time and struggle to find the right partner, this could be a sign your heart chakra is squeezed tight, blocking connection and intimacy. If you’re unsure as to which of your chakras is out of whack, try sitting down and breathing into each chakra – if any of them feel sluggish or panicky it’s a clue that it needs some TLC.
What kind of person can experience unbalanced chakras?
Due to the pace and demands of our modern lives, everyone is susceptible to changes in their chakras – anything from sugar consumption to a lack of sleep can affect our energy balance. However, be particularly wary if you have a tendency to be too nice, or you’re an over-thinker. Surprisingly lots of my healing clients are kind, sympathetic people who take on other people’s problems – I can feel this energy like baggage, blocking up their chakras and weighing them down. The over-thinkers have lots of fuzzy, heavy energy around their heads.
How do you get your chakras back in balance?
The best way to realign your chackras is to get to know them and recognise when they are out of whack. From there, yoga is a great way to get everything back into balance, but if you’re not a yoga fan there are plenty of other ways to reconnect. You can also consider energy healing, meditation, breath work, reiki and craniosacral therapy, as well as using crystals. There are plenty of different ways to balance each chakra so do your research – for example, to realign your sacral chakra it can help to surround yourself in nature, especially areas with lakes, oceans or hot springs.
A really simple way to clear your chakras is to use your shower – as the water cleans your skin, try to imagine light also coming down to cleanse your chakras and your energy field. I am still surprised how well this little tip works.
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