Chakra 101

In case this is a new term for you, here is a little background on what a chakra is. We have seven major energy sources that are known as our chakra’s, these energy sources hang out within and outside of our bodies. When aligned properly these energy sources will make you feel contentment and peace within.

The Seven Chakra’s

The Seven Chakra’s have individual purposes and functions. Here is an explanation of each:

The Seventh Chakra is known as the Crown Chakra and is located on the top of your head. The Crown Chakra is where intuitive knowledge is drawn from and is often represented by shades of white and purple. This chakra is responsible for the communication of our spiritual nature and directly affects our ability to spiritually connect.

The Sixth Chakra is the Third Eye Chakra, this chakra is located between the eyes on the forehead. The Third Eye Chakra is the ability to focus and see things on a grand scale. It is usually represented by shades of deep blue and houses our intuition, psychic abilities and imagination.

The Fifth Chakra is the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra governs your ability to communicate. Creative expression of ourselves to others is associated with this powerful chakra. This light blue chakra can use its inner voice to guide you to truth.

The Fourth Chakra and perhaps the most important chakra is known as the Heart Chakra. It is located at the center of the chest just above the heart. The Heart Chakra is often represented by shades of pink or green and is the center of our energy system. Unconditional love, as well as heartbreak, grief and fear are centered here.

The Third Chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra and it controls our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It is located in the upper abdomen near the naval. It is represented by hues of yellow and directly affects our self esteem and confidence.

The Second Chakra is the Sacral Chakra. It is represented by a prominent orange and is located below the naval and two inches inward. The sense of well-being, ability to accept others and new experiences is located within this chakra. This chakra also houses your sexual energy, fertility and vitality.

The First Chakra is the Root Chakra. It is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone. The Root Chakra represents our foundation and is the energy that makes us feel grounded. It’s represented by a vibrant red and aids in the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Financial independence is also governed by this chakra.

So why is it important to know these 7 energy systems and what they represent? Sometimes in our lives we have things that affect or block one or more of these energies, when that happens it can lead to mental and physical illness.

There are mantras and meditations that can be done to align the energy of each of these important chakras that will help keep your mind and body, healthy, sound and peaceful.

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class that chants you may recognize the sound “Om” that is held with the exhale of the breath at the beginning and end of the practice. “Om”, with its vibrative breath controlled sound is the mantra for the Crown Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra, it creates a connection to the divine. It is important to open these chakra’s up to avoid feelings of insignificance and pointlessness. It will also help to break constraints you have imposed on yourself and it allows you to listen to your inner wisdom.

“Ham” mantra will unblock your Throat Chakra and give you the ability to communicate and express yourself.

“Yam” mantra when chanted can open your Heart Chakra to unconditional love and compassion.

“Ram” mantra opens up your Solar Plexus Chakra and gives you the ability to stand up for yourself and exercise greater self-control.

“Vam” is the chant to open up your Sacral Chakra, it will help you express yourself and embrace change.

“Lam” is a cleansing mantra chanted to cleanse your Root Chakra, it opens you up to feelings of security, prosperity and belonging.

Make sure to keep those Chakra’s cleansed and empowered daily with the above meditative chants and enjoy your new solidarity with your energy system.