What are chakras?
In the yogic culture, the word “chakra” literally means “wheel”. But these chakras are not in the shape of a circle or wheel rather they are in the form of triangles. They are spinning energy centers in our body. Chakras are not something fancy as mentioned in sci-fi, comic books or anime. They are actually a part of our subtle nature (energy body).
In the human system, there are 72,000 nadis. These nadis are channels for energy (prana) to flow througout the body. Chakras are basically the energy centers where the nadis meet. The body consists of 114 chakras and the 7 are considered as the major junction points or chakras that are known to be most significant.
To be healthy physically and mentally, the chakras must be balanced. Blockages or imbalances of these might lead to several problems in life that you may not be aware of. Click here to know in detail about chakras.
The 7 chakras and their importance
1) Mooladhara (Root chakra): It is located at base of the spine. It takes care of survival and maintenance of the human body. This chakra is also responsible for a sense of stability and security in one’s life. It keeps you feel grounded and firm.
2) Swadhisthana (Sacral chakra): Located just a few inches above our genitals. This chakra is responsible for your sexual and creative energy as well as your emotions. Hence, balanced sacral chakra helps you in maintaining good relationships, sex life and creativity.
3) Manipuraka (Solar plexus): It is located just above the navel. Will power, self confidence, focus, taking action are related to this chakra. It also takes care of your digestive organs.
4) Anahata (Heart chakra): It is located near the heart, center of our chest. A balanced heart chakra makes your life full of love, compassion and acts as a center of empathy and forgiveness.
6) Ajna (Third eye): Located at the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. Physically, the third eye is directly connected to the Pineal gland. It is responsible for intuition, clarity, foreseeing and imagination. A balanced third eye results in a peaceful life.
7) Sahasrara (Crown chakra): The sahasrara is located at the top of the head. It is related to spirituality and acts as bridge to the cosmos. A balanced Crown chakra results in ecstatic experience of life.
How to balance out the chakras?
Balancing Root chakra: This is associated with the element Earth. It is the foundation for physical life. Striking a yoga posechanting the seed mantra “LAM”, going out and walking barefoot on the grass or soil, taking a cold shower and visualizing red color at base of the spine will certainly activate Mooladhara.
Balancing Sacral chakra: It is associated with the element Water. As this deals with one’s creativity, emotions and relationships, the best thing to do is stop reacting to the situations around you. Chanting the seed mantra “VAM”, doing some hip opening yoga poses and mindfulness meditation will help balance Swadishthana.
Balancing Solar plexus: This is related to the element Fire. Chanting the seed mantra “RAM”, being out under the sun, repeating positive affirmations about personal power and confidence, getting over the past trauma will help activate Manipuraka.
Balancing Heart chakra: It is associated with the element Air. Seed mantra “YAM”, affirmations such as “I am open to love” and “i forgive myself and others”, deep breathing exercises will help stimulate Anahata.
Balancing Throat chakra: This is associated with Sound. Chanting the seed mantra “HAM”, speaking when needed, drinking plenty of water and herbal teas, focusing on breath going through the throat will help balance Vishuddhi.
Balancing Third eye chakra: This is associated with Light. Chanting the seed mantra “AUM”. breathing consciously, focusing on the third eye while doing practices like Shambhavi Mahamudra and regular meditation will help balance Ajna.
Balancing Crown chakra: It is associated with the Cosmos (source of creation). Expressing gratitude to the creation around you, meditating, chanting the seed mantra “AUM” is beneficial for Sahasrara.
“Chakras are energy awareness centers. They are the revolving doors of creativity and communication between spirit and the world.” — Michael J Tamura
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