Understanding the Chakras
It is known that every living being, even the planet itself is comprised of energy. In humans, there are 7 primary chakras that allow subtle energy to flow through us. They are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
Chakras are considered to be centers of energy and are located in select spots on the mid-line of our torso. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods and asanas (poses). Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
There are ways to tell if our chakras are imbalanced. Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (underactive) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the underactive chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too.
The 7 Chakras
In order to fix our balance of chakras, it is important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep the energy flowing freely. Here are brief explanations about each chakra.
Root Chakra “Mukadhara”
The root chakra represents our foundation and our feelings of being grounded or secure. It gives us the awareness and feeling in the present; in the here and now. It is located at the base of the spine and connects us to our physical being.
This chakra deals with emotional issues such as financial independence, money and food. If you tend to be fearful or nervous or you easily feel unwelcomed, your root chakra may be underactive. On the other hand, if you are greedy, very materialistic, or obsessed with being secure and resist change, your root chakra may be overactive.
Sacral Chakra “Svadhishthana”
The sacral chakra is orange in color and is located on the lower abdomen about 2 inches below the naval and 2 inches in. It gives us the sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality and represents our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
It is our ability to feel creative, sexual and accept change. When it is open, feelings flow freely and are expressed without being over-emotional. We are open to intimacy, can be passionate and lively, and have no problems dealing with sexuality.
If you tend to be stiff and unemotional, or you are not very open to people, your sacral chakra is most likely under-active. Most likely your sacral chakra is overactive if you tend to be emotional all the time, emotionally attached all the time or very sexual.
Solar Plexus Chakra “Manipura”
This yellow colored chakra called the solar plexus chakra represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It is located on your upper abdomen in the stomach area and allows us to assert ourselves in a group. When open, we feel in control and have sufficient self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence.
The solar plexus chakra is considered underactive if you tend to be passive and in decisive or timid and don’t get what you want. Having an overactive solar plexus chakra can be the complete opposite. You can be domineering and even aggressive.
Heart Chakra “Anahata”
Your heart chakra is green in color and represents the ability to love and the quality of love, both past and future loves. It is located in the center of the chest just above the heart and handles your kindness and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, and you work at harmonious relationships.
If you are cold and distant, your heat chakra could be underactive. If you find yourself suffocating people with your love, and the love you give is for selfish reasons behind it, your heart chakra could be overactive.
Throat Chakra “Vishuddah”
Your throat chakra is blue in color, is located in the throat and represents the ability to communicate and self-expression. When the throat chakra is open, you have no problems expressing yourself- in any medium you desire. You also have the ability to hold secrets.
If you tend to not speak much, are introverted and shy, most likely, your throat chakra is underactive. Not speaking the truth may block this chakra. If you talk to people in a manner to keep them away or you are a bad listener, your throat chakra is most likely overactive.
Third Eye Chakra “Ajna”
The third eye chakra is indigo in color and is located on the forehead between the eyes. This chakra gives the ability for insight and visualization, intuition, wisdom, imagination, and the ability to think and make decisions. When open, you may tend to fantasize and have a good intuition about things.
If you don’t think for yourself or rely on authorities to be your guide, your third eye chakra may be underactive. Also, if you are ridged in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much, or get confused easily, your third eye can be underactive. On the contrary, if you fantasize extensively or hallucinate, your third eye chakra may be overactive.
Crown Chakra “Sahasrara”
The final and highest chakra located at the top of your head is the violet chakra known as the crown chakra. This chakra represents your ability to be fully connected spiritually. It gives you wisdom and being one with the world, inner and outer beauty and pure bliss. When open, you are unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and yourself.
It is said that your crown chakra is underactive if you aren’t aware of your spirituality or get rigid in your thinking. The crown chakra is overactive if you intellectualize things too much or are addicted to spirituality to the point where you neglect your bodily needs.
Summing it Up
It is amazing to know that our chakras are in charge of so much of our mental and physical health. This is why it is important to take care of your chakras and ensure they aren't blocked or unbalanced. Remember that all 7 chakras are charge of certain aspects of our well being. There are several ways to tell if your chakras are unbalanced and thee are easy ways to ensure that you can balance them as well. Meditation for the chakras is a common practice to re-align them.
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