While the concept and practice of aligning and balancing chakras originated in the East, it is has become an ever increasingly popular concept in the West, and is now prevalent throughout the Western world.
According to Eastern traditions, there are seven major chakras, which run in a straight line down the spine. Each Chakra has its own color, vibrational frequency, and symbol. Chakras are like swirling balls of energy where matter and consciousness meet; these energy balls keep us alive, vibrant, and healthy. This energy is called Prana.
According to practitioners of chakra healing, each of the seven primary chakras corresponds with vital areas of the body’s emotional, physical, and spiritual elements.
The seven chakras form a line from the base of your spine to the top of your head. Different religions, schools of thought, and groups have slightly differing variations on the exact chakras and their roles. However, they all run in a straight line through the body from head to toe, have petals in the flowers, and most agree there are seven major chakras.
7 Major Chakras
The seven major chakras are outlined below, starting at the top of the head and working down the line.
1| Sahasrara – The Crown
This is located at the top of the head, and is often referred to as the crown chakra. This chakra enables us to access our higher being, spiritual connections, and the divine. It is commonly known as the thousand-petal lotus, as it is represented by a lotus above the head and the color white.
2| Ajna – The Third Eye
The Ajna is referred to as the third eye as it is located in between the eyebrows. Traditionally this is described as white, although in some versions of texts it is a violet or blue color. Either way, it is represented by a lotus flower. The Ajna chakra is our ‘sixth sense’; we all have this in varying degrees, even if we might not feel connected to it.
The gift of this chakra is being able to see our external and internal worlds with the most profound honesty. Its energy offers the ability to experience clear thoughts, spirituality, and self-reflection.
The Ajna also provides access to our own inner guidance from the deepest depths of who we are and in our being. It facilitates deep introspection to access our deepest truths.
3| Vishuddha – The Throat Chakra
This chakra is located in the throat and is a shown as a silver crescent with 16 pale blue petals. The region of this chakra is represented by the deity Ambara. It governs areas of the throat and related elements including, the anatomical regions of the thyroid, the mouth, tongue, jaw, neck, and larynx.
This chakra is related to communication and growth through expression. Faith and understanding are both the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra means to listen, speak, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. It is concerned with not only our standard verbal ability, but also our ability to speak of higher inner truths.
Meditation is used to clean and open this chakra. In Kundalini yoga, Vishuddha can be opened and balanced through pranayama, various asanas, Jalandhara Bandha or throat lock and Khecarī mudrā.
4| Anahata – The Heart Chakra
Anahata lies in the middle of the line, by the heart, and is thereby referred to as the heart chakra. It is the seat of balance within the body. To be aligned with this chakra means to let go of any and all attachments to worldly pleasures or humiliations.
It is the connection between the upper and lower chakras, and is the connection between matter and spirit.
Although it is predominantly spiritual, it is also the connection between mind, body, spirit, and feelings. It is also our source of love, belonging, and connection to others. It is only by fully opening the lower chakras that this and the chakras above it can be fully accessed.
The Manipura chakra is over the area from the navel to the breastbone. This is our source of personal power, but also our metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is associated with fire and your sense of self. Manipura also guides introversion, opinions, fears, and anxieties. Manipura is where we find clarity, self-confidence wisdom, and total wellbeing.
When the Manipura chakra is out of alignment or blocked digestive issues can occur, including irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. Imbalances in the Manipura are believed to be associated with ulcers, diabetes, and even eating disorders.
Balancing and opening this chakra cultivates insight into your understanding of your own individuality, personal power, and self-awareness and identification. Identifying areas of your life where you feel powerless and realigning this chakra can allow for effective self-expression and positive action.
Realignment of Manipura will allow you to become more comfortable with your own inner power. It will bring self-awareness and enlightenment into who you are and why you are here; allowing that reconnection to your own purpose to provide a deeper understanding as to how you can contribute to the collective in a beneficial way.
Alignment of Manipura allows you to let go of material and worldly possessions that have in the past defined who you are, and instead allows you to connect with your own inherent value, making you less dependent on external sources of happiness.
This chakra is our creativity and sexual being. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our reproductive systems. It is represented by a crescent moon in an orange lotus, with six petals. Svadhisthana is also responsible for relationships, violence, emotions, addictions, emotional needs, and pleasure.
Muladhara – The Root Chakra
Muladhara is represented by a four-petal flower and the color red. This is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. This chakra is responsible for our fight or flight response, basic survival skills and our sense of security.
7| Minor Chakras
Although these are the major chakras, there are additional ones, for example the secret and minor chakras. The minor chakras are essential sub-sections of the major chakras outlined above and are responsible for specific areas.
For instance, Vitala is located in the thighs and solely focuses on anger and resentment. Secret chakras are said to be three chakras that are above the major ones listed above. They are unable to be described, and are only accessible once the full Kundalini state has been achieved.
Chakras And Healing
The art of chakra healing has been used for centuries to balance important energy centers to yield ultimate wellness and balance in mind, body, and spirit.
For example, the root Chakra found at the base of the spine governs the spinal column, feet, kidneys, legs, immunity, and the rectum. When the root Chakra is out of balance, it can manifest as lower back pain, varicose veins, cramps in the legs and frequent colds.
Each energy center should be in balance for optimal wellness and vibrating at the proper frequency independent of one another in order for the whole body to work in harmony.
According to chakra healing tradition, each chakra is equally important to optimal functioning of the body as a whole.
There are many effective tools to balance chakras:
- Chakra Stones
- Human Voice
- Tai Chi
During meditation as one example, you can concentrate on each of the chakras from the bottom up and by imagining the flow of energy from chakra to chakra to help remove blockages that are causing pain and disease.
Since the chakras govern every single organ and system in the human body, chakra healing has far-reaching health implications. This practice can lead to better heart health, healthier lungs, brain, immunity, and digestion.
There are many who believe that chakras have the power to heal your body, but also transform your life, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. When the chakras are aligned one can reach much higher levels of consciousness and really get in touch with the deepest sense of inner self.
The mysticism featured in chakra healing should not be a deterrent for anyone wishing to improve his or her overall health and wellbeing on any level.
If chakra healing sounds intriguing, find an experienced chakra healer or simply do some reading and begin the practice of meditation.