Understanding 7 Chakras. What are they and how balancing them helps us physically, emotionally and spiritually?

The 7 Chakras and their significance to your Life.
Our body is not just a physical body but is also an energetic system and 7 Chakras are the major energy centres in our body through which energy is continuously exchanged and they regulate our physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

According to ancient yogic scriptures, our body has 114 chakras but 7 are the major one. These main seven Chakras are not only associated with our physical well being but also connected to our emotional and mental health. And the nature of these chakras – these energy centers is similar to other forms of energy- primarily sound and light. That’s why various sounds, music, and chants along with colors are very helpful in balancing and healing chakras.

7 Chakras in our body

1. Root Chakra

Root Chakra is our first and primary chakra. Its located at the base of our spine and its color is red. If the root chakra is not balanced, we feel deep fear and insecurity.  Anxiety and endless worrying can then become a norm. Ever noticed, when you are tensed or stressed out and worry too much, a dull pain also starts to emerge in the lower spine. That’s the blocked energy in our root chakra. If our root chakra is balanced we feel very much connected to the physical body, we feel grounded and trust people around. We feel secure in ourselves and connected to our roots. Root Chakra is also the primary source of energy. When we feel low, stressed out and worry too much, energy can not flow through our root chakra freely. That’s why exercising and physical movement and going out in open help in reducing the stress and anxiety. To balance this chakra – do yoga, and exercise daily.  Wearing Red and chanting seed mantra LAM also helps in healing and balancing this chakra

2. Sacral Chakra

Its our second chakra and is located just below the navel. This chakra deals with feelings, creativity and sexuality. If our sacral chakra is unbalanced and under-active, we tend to be unemotional and insensitive and do not open to anybody. Over-active chakra makes you over emotional and very sexual. The color of sacral chakra is Orange and its Seed Mantra is VAM. Wearing orange, eating orange fruits and veggies, and chanting the seed mantra VAM can help a lot in healing and balancing this chakra.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra is our 3rd energy center and is located near the navel. It is the center of self confidence and self esteem. On a physical level, it regulates our digestive system. On an emotional level , if this chakra is balanced, we feel good about ourselves, otherwise we feel passive and indecisive. Aggression and jealousy are symptoms of an over-active solar plexus chakra. Yellow is the color of this chakra. Wear yellow clothes and spending time in sun are very helpful for balancing this chakra. The seed mantra of solar plexus chakra is RAM.

4. Heart Chakra

Heart chakra connects lower chakras to the higher chakras. This Chakra is associated with Peace, Love for self and others, compassion, empathy, awareness, forgiveness, grief. If the chakra is under-active, one’s nature is unfriendly and cold. The overactive heart chakra leads to high blood pressure, palpitation and heart problems.  If our heart chakra is not balanced we have overwhelming feelings of fear, grief, anger, hatred and jealousy. Green is the color of this chakra and YAM is the seed mantra for balancing heart chakra.

5. Throat Chakra:

Fifth chakra also known as Vishuddha is located at the base of the throat which controls the thyroid and endocrine system. This Chakra is associated with communication and self expression. Under active chakra makes us feel shy and we are thus not able to express our thoughts and emotions properly. On the other hand, if this chakra is over active, we tend to speak too much. Often times we feel that we are misunderstood. Balancing throat chakra regulates the flow of hormones and helps us in speaking our inner truth. We do not try to hide or manipulate our words. We are confindent is letting others know about our deepest desires. The color of this chakra is Sky Blue and the seed mantra is HAM.

6. Third Eye Chakra

Third eye chakra is located in the forehead slightly above the eyebrows. Its also called the brow chakra. Those with open and balanced third eye chakra have amazing intellect, intuition, wisdom and spiritual power. An under active Third Eye Chakra leads to confusion and we are not connected with our inner intellect – our intuition. On the physical level, we might have headaches and migranes. The color of this chakra is indigo and seed mantra is OM.

7. Crown Chakra

It is the highest of the seven chakras and regarded as a gateway to the energy of the universe itself. It is a very subtle chakra and opening this chakra opens door to connect with our higher self. Crown chakra is also called Sahasrara – a bridge to the cosmos. Under active chakra tends to make a person rigid in thoughts. Unbalanced crown chakra leads to depression and a disconnection with the outside world. When this chakra is balanced, we feel more open and a kind of connectedness with the entire universe. A feeling that the whole universe is one and we all came from that one source. The color of this chakra is voilet and the seed mantra is AH.

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