WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?

Derived from the root word “cakra” a Chakra is a Sanskrit term that means either “wheel” or “disk.” In essence chakras are spinning wheels of light that assume the responsibility of incorporating and emanating energy throughout our bodies. There are seven main chakras that follow along the spine of the human body and end at the crown of the head. Chakras possess an invisible energy called Prana, which is a vital life source that keeps us healthy and operating at optimum levels. The study of chakras originated out of Eastern spiritual traditions and held the seven major chakras as the basis of human existence. Today according to the Western approach, the seven chakras represent different areas of our lives and affect different aspects including the energetic, spiritual, physiological, and the physical.

SEVEN MAIN CHAKRAS

The most commonly accepted system of chakras consists of seven points of energy stretching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Originating from yogic traditions in India, sometimes the names of these chakras are presented by their Sanskrit names.

1. Root Chakra – Muladhara

The first chakra is located at the base of the spine, and is represented by the color red. This is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs that every other chakra is built upon. The root chakra represents being grounded and our own foundation.

2. Sacral Chakra – Svadhistana

The second chakra is located in the lower abdomen right below the naval, and is represented by the color orange. This is the chakra of creativity, sexuality, and the ability to connect with others.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura

The third chakra is located in the stomach area of the upper abdomen, and is represented by the color yellow. This is the chakra of self, and relates to self-confidence, self-esteem, and personal power.

4. Heart Chakra – Anahata

The fourth chakra is located in your chest right above your heart, and is represented by the color green. This chakra represents the connection between the physical and spiritual and connects the bottom three chakras with the top three. This chakra represents peace from within, joy, and affects our ability to love.

5. Throat Chakra – Vishuddha

The fifth chakra is located in the throat, and is represented by the color blue. This chakra represents the way you communicate, express yourself, and the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Ajna

The sixth chakra is located on the forehead between the eyes, and is represented by the color indigo. This chakra represents intuition, your imagination, and your ability to think freely.

7. Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

The seventh chakra is located at the very top of the head, and is represented by the color violet. This chakra represents enlightenment, beauty, and the spiritual connection to higher self, others, and the divine.

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