Understanding Your Chakras
Everything in life is made up of energy. When people talk about “auras”, they are referring to the invisible etheric field our physical body is a part of. This field is made up of pathways called meridians, or nadi lines, where energy flows in and out of. The points where these meridians intersect are called marma points. These energy lines and marma points are used in several holistic medicines including acupuncture and reiki.
In the Tantric Yoga philosophy, the three most important of these lines are Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. The points where these three lines intersect are the seven chakras. There are many ways we can balance our chakras: using intention with crystals, using essential oils and incense, holding specific yoga poses, vocalizing/singing, and meditation. Below is a basic breakdown of the seven chakras followed by a simple meditation you can practice to help balance them.
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The Root Chakra (Muladhara) is located at the base of the spine right below the pelvic floor. Red is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we feel self-motivated, abundant, connected to the earth, grounded or have a strong foundation, and connected to our tribe/community. It is commonly blocked by fear.
The Naval Chakra (Svadisthana) is located below your belly button in your lower belly area. Orange is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we feel creative, in touch with our feelings, connected to our identity, sensuality, and sexuality. It is commonly blocked by guilt.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located above your belly button below your ribs. Yellow is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we feel confident, have mental clarity, and feel strong in our personal power. It is commonly blocked by shame.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the center of your chest. Green is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we have acceptance of oneself, the ability to forgive, and compassion/love for others and ourselves. It is commonly blocked by grief.
The Throat Chakra (Visuddha) is located around the neck, ears, and nose. Blue is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we truthfully express ourselves/our beliefs, we have loyalty and the ability to trust, and we feel organized and heard. It is commonly blocked by lies.
The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) is located on the forehead between the eyes. Indigo is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we trust our intuition and insights, release hidden and repressed negative thoughts, and become more self-realized. It is commonly blocked by illusion.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is located right outside the body on the top of the head. Violet is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced, we have a strong spirituality, we trust and are connected to the universe or higher power, and we are integrating our consciousness and subconsciousness into the super-consciousness. It is commonly blocked by ego attachment.
Meditation for the Chakras
To begin working with the chakras, try this simple meditation.
- Sitting in a comfortable position, close your eyes and observe your breath.
- Begin to lengthen your inhales and exhales.
- After a few cycles, visualize a flame on the screen of your mind. It is easier to visualize a bigger, moving flame than a smaller, stagnant flame.
- Once you have a clear visual of the flame, move the flame to the top of your head (seventh chakra) and surround the flame with the associated chakra color.
- Take several breath cycles for each chakra as you move the flame down until you finish at the root (first chakra).
- Some chakras may be easier to visualize than others. If this happens you can begin to explore light movement in that area of the body.
Remember meditation and visualization is a practice. The more you engage in the practice, the more powerful the benefits.
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