09 Jul 2020

    Chakras – A Detailed Guide [ 7 Chakras with Characteristics and Ways to Balance your Chakra ]

    Sanskrit word “Chakra” literally means a wheel or disk. As per the ancient eastern belief (Ayurveda and Yoga), every human body has subtle life force or energy centers called Chakra that moves inside us spinning and rotating like a wheel. Such energy centers are centralized locations which channels the healing energy throughout the body. There are seven such subtle energy wheels, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These 7 Chakras are called Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra), Sacral Chakra (Swadisthan Chakra), Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra), Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra), Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra), 3rd Eye Chakra (Agya Chakra) and Crown Chakra (Sahaswara Chakra).

    These Chakras are responsible for regulating the whole body system. When the free flow of energy is disturbed in a Chakra, it results in physical, mental, or emotional imbalances that get manifested as various illnesses and disorders. So, for the holistic well-being of an individual to lead a healthy and harmonious life, these Chakras need to be in balance and function properly. Yoga and various meditation therapies like crystal, sound and reiki healing help to balance the Chakras.

    1. ROOT CHAKRA (Muladhara Chakra)

    root chakras

    Color: Red

    Element: Earth

    Root or “Muladhara” Chakra is the first Chakra located at the base of spine in tailbone area, near the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus. Muladhara comes from the word “Mula” meaning root and “Dhara” meaning support.  Its energy is based on the earth element. The color used to represent the Chakra is a rich vermilion red. Red symbolizes strength, vitality, and stimulates our instinctual tendencies. The symbol of the Root Chakra is composed of a four-petaled lotus flower in a circular pattern with a square and a downward pointing triangle inside. The four petals represent mind, intellect, consciousness and ego; and the four sides of square represent foundational life, energy, stability and rigidity. The triangle symbolizes the energy connecting with matter and our earthly existence.

    What does the Root Chakra characterize?

    The Root Chakra represents our foundation and connectivity with Mother Earth. So, its role is to connect our energy with Earth for survival, which is called grounding. The Root Chakra supports us in growing up with sense of safety and security to explore our life aspects. It is the center of our foundation, survival needs, strength, protection and stability which in modern age mostly relates to our financial security or financial independence. So, anything we do for living like our basic needs, money related issues, career, business and profession is associated with the Root Chakra. It is also equally related to our mental, emotional and physical safety and security. To sum it up, Root Chakra is where we ground and anchor our energy to the Earth so that our survival safety is ensured.

    Balancing the Root Chakra

    When the Root Chakra is balanced, we feel secure, calm and confident enough to tackle life challenges. Having imbalanced Root Chakra does have impact on emotional, mental, physical and financial wellbeing. We will have problems like anxiety, excessive negativity, greed, jitteriness, feeling of insecurity, trouble in concentrating etc. It will also disturb our financial wellbeing and may mean losing earned money quicker than expected and weakening our wealth accumulation ability. Physically, we can also have problems in colon, bladder, lower back, leg or feet etc.

    There are many ways to remove blockage of our Root Chakra. We can involve in activities in which we feel more connected with earth (for example, gardening, hiking and outdoor activities). We can also surround ourselves with earth colors and objects reminding us of nature. Yoga is an effective way for the Root Chakra to restore the energy flow. As the Chakra’s color is red, red color crystal is also considered effective for balancing and harmonizing this Charka. So, for financial stability, success in business and career, emotional stability, strength to coup challenges, stability to carry out task missions and protection against enemies, enhancement of defensive power, crystals like red jasper, red aventurine, ruby (dark shade) etc. can be used. Black color crystals like black tourmaline, black agate, black obsidian, black jasper, hematite etc. are also used for stability and protection.

    2. SACRAL CHAKRA (Svadhishthan Chakra)

    sacral chakra

    Color: Orange

    Element: Water

    Sacral or “Swadhishthan” Chakra which means “the place of the self” is the second Chakra located at lower abdomen below the navel (the center of lower belly), at the level of the lumbar vertebrae. It also corresponds with the genital area, especially at the level of ovaries for women and the testicles for men. The Chakra is represented with translucent orange color. The symbol of the Chakra is composed of six petals in circular design with a crescent moon and a downward-pointing triangle in the center. The six petals represent anger, jealousy, cruelty, hatred, pride and desire that must be overcome to purify our Swadhisthana. The circle symbolizes the cycle of nature. The crescent moon stands for the connection of the energy of moon with water thus representing our emotional aspect. In addition, the moon also represents the menstrual cycle thus validating its connection with sexual organs and reproduction.

    What does the Sacral Chakra characterize?

    The Sacral Chakra is connected with our emotional aspect. It is the center of our creativity and sensuality. Since its element is water, the Chakra’s energy is characterized by flexibility and adaptability. It is the home of feeling, sensuality, sexuality and the creative life force energy that enables us to enjoy our life. As it governs reproductive organs and motivates pleasure principle, it particularly supports the enjoyment that we achieve through our senses. The Chakra is also connected with the realm of emotions. So, it is instrumental in initiating flexibility in our life and flow in our emotions and thoughts. The sacral chakra is associated with the realm of emotions. It’s the center of our feelings and sensations.

    Balancing the Sacral Chakra

    If the Sacral Chakra is balanced, we will experience wellness, harmony and abundance. We feel inspired and enjoy the pleasurable things life has to offer. We will also experience pleasurable exchange in our relationship with the other people and the world.  If the Sacral Chakra is underactive, we will feel bored, listless, uninspired, weak libido; and can experience lack of creativity and harmony in relationship. Overactive Sacral Chakra can result in over indulgence, addiction and over dependency on things that give easy access to pleasure. We will also feel overruled by impulses and emotions. We can also experience hormonal imbalance. Physically, it gets manifested as infertility, impotence, or menstrual issues. We can also suffer from lower back, kidney, stomach disorders and fluid related issues like blood, urine and skin problems.

    As the Sacral Chakra is associated with water element, to balance the Chakra we can connect with this element by spending more time in or near water bodies like stream, river, spring, sea etc. We can also practice yoga asanas, self-affirmation, aromatherapy and crystal healing to balance our Sacral Chakra. As the Chakra’s color is orange, for any issues related to creativity, adaptability, sexuality, fertility; and fluid related issues, orange color crystals like carnelian, orange aventurine, orange selenite, citrine, orange calcite are preferable. People like artist, writer, musician etc. who are in creative pursuits and in search of performance enhancements, expanding business or new projects can also use these crystals.

    3. SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA (Manipura Chakra)

    solar plexus chakra

    Color: Yellow

    Element: Fire

    Solar Plexus or “Manipura” Chakra which means “city of lustrous gems” or “seat of gems” is the third Chakra located at around the stomach area, at the top of our abdomen where our diaphragm rests. The Solar Plexus Chakra is represented with yellow color and associated with fire element that stands for energy, power and determination. Its symbol has ten petals with downward pointing triangle in circular pattern with an inverted pyramid in the center. The petals represent the transformative power of fire which is capable of turning matter into energy. The inverted triangle symbolizes the energy of the lower three chakras.

    What does the Sacral Chakra characterize?

    The Sacral Chakra is the center of our energy generation and supplements to our “fight more” attitude. This Chakra is related to our will power, self-esteem, confidence, determination and ability to take decisions. Its function is to optimize our personal power, self-assurance, self-discipline and clarity of judgment so that we can have control on our life with strength, decisiveness and determination. So, the Chakra is sometimes called the “personal power” Chakra. Career, growth, prosperity, independence and personal development is governed by this Chakra. As, its closely connected to the digestive system, especially the gastric and hypogastric plexi and pancreas, it also helps to transform matter into energy to fuel your body and governs metabolism.  

    Balancing the Sacral Chakra

    As the Sacral Chakra is responsible for providing actual momentum to realize the personal intentions and move forward, if it is balanced then we will have control over ourselves and have our life well directed. However, if the flow of energy is disturbed in this Chakra, we may experience a wide range of problems from emotional to physical. An underactive Solar Plexus Chakra results in low confidence level, low self-esteem, poor appetite, procrastination and poor social performance. In case of overactive Sacral Chakra, we can also experience ourselves being manipulative, intolerant and over assertive. We can also suffer from greediness, lack of empathy, over eating and excessively competitive behavior. Physically, the imbalance can lead to diabetic, pancreatic, digestive, gastritis and ulcer problems. Organs in the Chakra’s area like appendix, pancreas, liver and kidneys can also be affected.

    In today’s competitive world, we may lag behind despite having talents and abilities because of low confidence level. So, it’s really important to have this Chakra in balance. Different yoga and meditation techniques, sound, color and healing therapies can help to balance the Chakra. You can use yellow color crystals like yellow aventurine, yellow sapphire, lemon quartz, topaz, citrine, calcite etc to harmonize the Chakra that helps in dealing with issues like depression, low confidence, excessive stress etc.

    4. HEART CHAKRA (Anahata Chakra)

    heart chakras

    Color: Green

    Element: Air

    Heart or “Anahata” Chakra meaning “unbeaten” or “unhurt” is the fourth Chakra located at the center of the chest where our heart organ lies. Its color is green and can turn pink with higher energy frequencies. Its symbol is represented by two intersecting triangles forming a star with six points in a circle of 12 petals. The petals represent the twelve divine qualities connected with our heart – peace, bliss, love, harmony, empathy, understanding, purity, clarity, compassion, unity, forgiveness and kindness. The intersecting triangles symbolize the unison of two seemingly opposite energies (male and female energy) to form a harmonious energy, making heart the center of connection. The fourth Chakra is related to the element of air and is related to our breathing and its movements (lungs) and cardiac system. It also represents our connection with space.

    What does the Heart Chakra characterize?

    The Heart Chakra, as a center of connection and integration, is said to bridge the three lower Chakras (that are manifested more physically) and three upper Chakras (that are manifested more metaphysically), representing the earthly and spiritual world. This Chakra is where our love, emotion and kindness are empowered. It is the center of feelings, freedom and our emotional connection like compassion, love, beauty and inner peace. The Heart Chakra is associated with heart-centered discernment, appreciation of beauty in all things, and deep & meaningful relationships. As the Heart Chakra is all about connecting, it facilitates giving and receiving, and transforming emotions and experiences through the universal language of Love. Love, here is not limited to the feeling of romance, but the unconditional Love that opens us to beauty, compassion and acceptance.

    Balancing the Heart Chakra

    When this Chakra is balanced, we will be emotionally open and be able to offer love and compassion. We can also enjoy a deep sense of inner peace. Relationship, Love, Emotions, Sentiment, Hate, Anger have substantial impact on Heart Chakra causing its energy to be imbalanced. In case of imbalance, you may experience emotional complexities and physical ailments. If the Chakra is closed, we feel withdrawn detached, isolated and unable of sharing love. If the Chakra is overly open, we can have problems like jealousy, betrayal and hatred. We will also feel being more demanding of others and losing sense of personal boundaries. At the physical level, it can manifest as respiratory ailments, such as lung infection, bronchitis and heart-related issues.

    We can balance the Chakra by practicing self-care, self-love and compassion, and yoga poses to open the heart area. We can also engage in activities that nourish our heart. As the Chakra’s color is green, we can use green color crystals like green aventurine, emerald, green jade, peridot, malachite etc. These crystals are considered to be helpful in creating desired emotional balance. Green color crystals are also used for prosperity. We can also use pink color crystal like rose quartz for balancing Heart Chakra.

    5. THROAT CHAKRA (Vishuddha Chakra)

    throat chakra

    Color: Blue

    Element: Ether

    Throat or “Vishuddha” Chakra meaning “pure” is the fifth Chakra located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat, right between our collar bone. The Throat Chakra is connected with the pharyngeal and brachial plexi, mouth, jaws, tongue, pharynx and palate.  It is also linked to shoulders and neck. It is also the first of three spiritual Chakras as opposed to the four lower Chakras which manifest more physically. The Throat Chakra is represented by aquamarine blue color. Its symbol is composed of 16-petalled circle with a downward-pointing triangle and another circle in the center. The 16 petals symbolize all the vowels of the Sanskrit language which represents Purusha or spirit. The inner triangle represents the manifestation of speech and the inner circle symbolizes the moon which represents psychic energy, clairvoyance and communication. Its element is ether and related to sound.

    What does Throat Chakra characterize?

    The Throat Chakra is the center of expression and communication. So, it regulates our self-expression and its truthfulness. This compliments in anything related to expression, public relation, communication, vocal arts etc. The Throat Chakra is governed by the idea of expressing the creativity in its perfect form or authenticity. This Chakra is very much connected with the Sacral Chakra, the center of emotion and creativity. People with career in public dealing like leaders, journalists, speakers, singers, writers, performers, Media and Marketing, generally have a well-balanced Throat Chakra. As the Chakra’s element is ether, it also corresponds to the etheric realm of spirit and intuitive abilities.

    Balancing the Throat Chakra

    A balanced Throat Chakra greatly helps to align the whole Chakra system as it is positioned as a channel between lower and upper Chakras. Associated the blue color, the Throat Chakra enables us to discover ourselves and speak with wisdom and honesty regardless of the situation or company we are in. Overactive Throat Chakra can result in the feelings of insecurity, introversion, struggle for self-expression, inhibited creativity etc. Overactive Throat Chakra can result in verbal aggression (lack of control over speech, speaking too much or inappropriately), manipulativeness, arrogance, anxiety etc. Physically, imbalance in this Chakra can manifest itself as throat related problems, thyroid issues, cavities, mouth ulcers, neck and shoulder stiffness or tension headaches.

    Yoga and meditation and crystal healing greatly help to balance the Throat Chakra. Practicing mindful speech and action also help to maintain Throat Chakra balance. Blue color crystals are also very effective in balancing the Chakra. Crystals like lapis lazuli, blue aventurine, blue quartz, blue chalcedony, amazonite etc.  help anyone who has problem in expression and communication, mouth and throat related ailments or who is in the profession of communication like journalism and mass media. Those who want to sharpen their oratory power to influence people can also use these crystals.

    6. THIRD EYE CHAKRA (Agya or Ajna Chakra)

    third eye chakra

    Color: Indigo

    Element: Ether/Space

    Third Eye or “Ajna” Chakra, meaning “command” is the sixth Chakra located on the forehead, between the eyebrows, slightly above at the bridge of your nose. The word “command” refers to the higher understanding that guides us in each of our actions. The Third Eye Chakra is represented with indigo blue or bluish purple. The Chakra’s symbol has two petals representing the manifest and unmanifest mind; and one inner downward pointing triangle representing Shakti or the all seeing Eye. The Third Eye Chakra is associated to the pituitary and pineal gland that regulates biorhythms. As it’s close to the optical nerves, it is also sensitive to visual stimulations.

    What does the Third Eye Chakra characterize?

    The Third Eye Chakra is the center of perception, intuition and foresight. Every thought generated in mind is governed by this Chakra. This Chakra drives our intelligence, sensory perception, intuition or psychic energy. The Chakra is instrumental in perceiving subtle energies of life beyond the physical senses. It facilitates us to see beyond the distractions and illusions created by the physical world. The Third Eye Chakra opens our mind to access the information beyond the material world and the 5 senses thus allowing you to see the bigger picture in life. In practical life also, it channels the discerning insight that governs excellence of planning, building good strategies, ideas, innovations, analysis, leadership, execution and managerial power. People who have to exercise intelligence more or are in the position of planning and execution need to work on this Chakra.

    Balancing the Third Eye Chakra

    When the Third Eye Chakra is in balance, we will experience harmony with both physical and material world. If the Chakra is hyperactive, we may experience indecisiveness, lack of focus, losing touch with reality. We may be excessively judgmental, delusional, dismissive, overindulgent in psychic practices etc. In case of hypoactive Third Eye Chakra, we may be unable to tap our intuition, learn new skills and open up our mind. We lose your sense of direction in life, become stagnant and cultivate negativity towards life. Physically, problems like headaches, dizziness, sinus, allergies, brain-health issues etc. can occur.

    Yoga and meditation, sound therapy and reiki healing can help immensely if we want more open mind, higher intelligence, harmony in life and better judgment ability. Using healing stones that possess the same vibrational frequency and color as the Third Eye Chakra aids to clear negativity and restore proper energy flow in the Chakra. You can use deep blue color crystals like blue sapphire, sodalite, tanzanite, iolite etc.

    7. CROWN CHAKRA (Sahasrara Chakra)

    crown chakra

    Color: Violet

    Element: Ether

    Crown or “Sahaswara” Chakra meaning the “infinite”,is the seventh Chakra located at the top of the head (slightly above the head) like a crown. The Crown Chakra is represented with deep purple or white color. The symbol of Crown Chakra is composed of a circle and thousand petals. The thousand petals represent our connectivity to the divine, all other beings and the universe. The petals of the lotus flower also symbolize eternity of this connection and unison. The circle representing the full moon symbolizes the awakening of our conscious mind. The Chakra is associated with the brain and the whole nervous system. As its element is ether, it is associated with space or cosmos.

    What does the Crown Chakra characterize?

    The Crown Chakra acts like an antenna or pathway that connects us with the Universe. The Chakra is the gateway from the material self to the divine self. It is the Chakra of pure consciousness and channels us to connect with the higher states of spiritual advancement beyond our personal preoccupations and visions. This Chakra is associated with self-transcendence and higher consciousness - World of Knowledge, Wisdom and Intellectual Excellence. This is the most complex Chakra to understand as it belongs to the entity of infinite universal energy. The awareness the Chakra emanates is universal and transcendental, where the opposites are one and the same.

    Balancing the Crown Chakra

    If the Crown Chakra is balanced, which can be achieved by higher spiritual practice, we will achieve profound joy, good health, eternal wisdom and pure awareness & consciousness. We feel a state of blissful spiritual ecstasy and achieve enlightened wisdom. Imbalance (overactive) in the Chakra results in disagreement with body and spiritual self, constant cynicism towards self and over attachment with spiritual matters. Blocked Crown Chakra can result in isolation and loneliness and feeling disconnected spiritually or we simply become a normal human being with all our follies and weaknesses. Physically, we can also suffer from mental or neurological disorders.

    The most powerful way to balance the Crown Chakra is through meditation and inner contemplation. Meditating with deep purple or white crystals can be very effective. Scholars, Academics and people who are looking for spiritual advancement work on this Chakra. So, if we pursue to become a spiritual practitioner or want to strengthen our spirituality, moral ethics or intellectuality, we can use crystals like amethyst, tanzanite, clear quartz, white agate, selenite etc. 

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