Talk To Me When Your Chakras Are Aligned!
According to yogic tradition, the subtle body is where energy flows and is also referred to as the energy body. The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body.
The word Chakra translates to "wheel" in Sanskrit, they are also referred to as vortexes of energy.
When energy becomes blocked in a chakra, it triggers physical, mental, or emotional imbalances that manifest in a variety of symptoms, such as anxiety, lack of energy, tension or poor digestion, and more.
Once we learn which element each chakra corresponds to, we can begin to work out how that particular element feels in o body. For example, the root chakra is associated with earth. When it's in balance, we feel strong, stable, and grounded; when it's out of balance, we may feel scattered, ungrounded, and insecure.
There are many ways we can balance our chakras, but one of the most effective ways is through a regular yoga practice. I love to integrate essentials oils into my daily practice and find they help me to balance (but that is for another blog!)
The Chakras are located along the spine and their location corresponds to the location of the major nerve plexuses in the body (the human body is controlled by messages from these nerves that are sent to the brain via the spinal cord)
Chakra 1 - Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Element: Earth Color: Red Muladhara is located at the base of the spine and is connected to basic needs survival, belonging, home, food, and family. When the root chakra is blocked or out of balance, we can become needy, have low self-esteem, or have self-destructive behaviors. When Muladhara is in balance, we feel strong and confident and able to take care of ourselves.
Chakra 2 - Svadhisthana (Sacral or Pelvic Chakra)
Element: Water Color: Orange The Sacral chakra is located at the root of the genitals and corresponds with our sexual & reproductive organs and represents fluidity, creativity, and fertility. When it's out of balance, we can feel emotionally unstable, lack sexual desire, and feel stagnated. Guilt, shame & blame are very connected to this chakra. When Svadhisthana is balanced, we feel creative, positive, sexy, and receptive to change—we are in flow!
Chakra 3 - Manipura (Navel Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra )
Element: Fire Color: Yellow Manipura is located deep in the belly button, it is said to be the chakra of will and determination. When the Manipura is balanced, we feel confident and our self-esteem is good and we are able to take action and be productive. When it's blocked, we can lack courage, have low self-esteem, and feel fearful and flat. This chakra is connected to the fire in the belly, desire, and courage to move forward and take chances in life.
Chakra 4 - Anahata (Heart Chakra)
Element: Air Color: Green The heart chakra is located behind the heart, it is our center for unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance. It refers to the life centers of the heart and lungs. When the heart chakra is blocked, we can become possessive and needy. We may also be afraid to love for fear of rejection. When the heart chakra is balanced we can love fully and are able to heal past wounds and move forward with healthy loving relationships.
Chakra 5 - Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
Element: Ether Color: Blue
Located in the throat this chakra is connected with communication and also listening skills. When Vishuddha is blocked, you may feel like you can't find your voice or your truth or you may talk too much and not listen enough. When this chakra is open, you are able to communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You also become better at listening to others and honoring their truths without judgment.
Chakra 6 - Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra)
Element: Light Color: Indigo Ajna is located between the eyebrows deep into the brain it is also known as the guru chakra as it is associated with our inner knowing and intuition, connected to our sixth sense, it governs how the rest of the chakras. When the Ajna chakra is functioning well, we have insight, and we trust our intuition to guide us. When it's blocked, you feel close-minded, too attached to logic, untrusting, and cynical.
Chakra 7 - Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
Element: Cosmic Energy Color: Violet or White The crown chakra is located above the crown and is said to connect us to the spiritual realm. It helps us understand who we are beyond our physical self. It is not located in the body but actually hovers above the crown of the head. When we are fully open we will able to access higher consciousness.
The beauty of yoga is that once we identify an imbalance in our chakras we can work specifically on it with yoga and meditation. In fact, many yoga practices such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) balance ALL of the chakras in one go! so If you feel stagnated or a bit off then get on your mat in order to shift it.
I am very excited to be running my second online program, my October program was such a success I now have the online bug!
For November we will be focusing on chakra balancing, so if you enjoyed this blog and want to learn more and which yoga asana can help you balance, then this is for YOU!
It will be a series of six mini pre-recorded practices designed to fit into your busy lives, we begin on 9th November. We will focus on the first three chakras (we will cover the remaining four in December) As well as receiving six themed practices you will also receive membership to a private group where we have regular contact. I share lots of additional inspirations and tips from my own practice and there will be a few surprises too. I like to keep the price of the packages low as I feel in these times of change, we need yoga to nurture and support us and I want to be there for you.
Please contact me directly if you would like to know more and join my November online program (email@example.com)
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