A Yogi’s Guide to the 7 Chakra’s
Our bodies have many different energy points within however, there are seven main points along the spine called the chakras. These are interconnected energy channels and each chakra has a specific purpose in guiding our life experiences.
1. Muladhara or Root Chakra
The root chakra is the connection to the earth and is the foundation for the entire chakra system. It is located at the base of the spine and the first three vertebrae. It’s purpose is to keep us grounded and stable by ensuring that our basic needs are met. These include our survival instinct, desire for safety and security as well as emotional desires and functions.
When your root chakra is balanced, you will feel content, stable, and calm. Alternatively, when your root chakra is not balanced, you will feel the opposite. You either feel defeated, stuck or floating from situation to situation. You may lack proper attention to self care or enthusiasm toward life.
Grounding poses are helpful in balancing the root chakra including lotus pose, squat pose, child’s pose, cobra pose, and the sun salutations. I would also suggest spending some time in nature. You may consider going for a hike or a walk through the park to clear your mind and be one with the universe.
2. Svadisthana or Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located in the pelvic region and is responsible for emitting energies of sensuality, pleasure, intimacy, and sexuality. It determines how we relate to others and the types of connections we choose to have. Through this chakra, we are able to connect the physical body to our senses.
When your sacral chakra is balanced, you will emit loving positive energy toward yourself and those around you. People will naturally gravitate toward you warmth. Alternatively, when your sacral chakra is not balanced, you will demonstrate timid, insecure, and guilty behavior toward relationships.
Hip opening poses are helpful in balancing the sacral chakra including pigeon, straddle pose, frog pose, and lizard pose. I would also suggest developing a self love regimen including daily affirmations, beauty, and relaxation activities to become more confident in your sexual nature.
3. Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located deep within our belly and is considered our second brain. Through this chakra, we are able to identify with ourselves as well as feel and react to both internal and external stimuli. This is the area where we can tap into our intuitive instincts and learn to follow our truths.
When your solar plexus is balanced, you will be more decisive, confident, and assertive. When your solar plexus is not balanced, you will demonstrate controlling and overly stressed behavior. You will feel noticeably irritable and unable to follow a clear direction.
Core strength poses are helpful in balancing the solar plexus including plank pose and variations, warrior III, child’s pose, bow pose, and twisting poses. I would also suggest incorporating probiotics in your diet to ensure a healthy gut.
4. Anahata or Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest and is the integration center for the upper and lower chakras. It bridges the earthly and spiritual aspirations. Through this chakra we are able to relate to others in a meaningful and loving way. We are also able to go beyond our ego and adapt better to our surroundings by embracing the circumstance rather than resisting it.
When you heart chakra is balanced, you are able to see the beauty of life and the good in others. You will be able to establish loving and respectful relationships in which your being and their being is wholeheartedly accepted. When your heart chakra is not balanced, you will experience the opposite. You will be withdrawn from your environment, unable to connect to others, and demonstrate aggressive and jealous behavior.
Heart opening poses are helpful in balancing the heart chakra including the sun salutations, upward facing dog, wheel pose, camel pose, and reclining hero pose. In addition, connecting to the breath while meditating on loving things are also helpful techniques in opening the heart chakra to receive love.
5. Vishudda or Throat Charkra
The throat chakra is located at the center of the neck and is the element of sound vibration throughout the body. It is a multidimensional chakra responsible for expression, communication including verbal and non-verbal, and connection with the etheric realm. It’s purpose is to communicate your personal truth and creativity with the world. Opening the throat chakra can greatly help align your vision with reality and release pressure that may suppress the heart and/or sacral chakras.
When your throat chakra is balanced, you are able to effectively communicate with others as well as be honest with yourself about your needs. When your throat chakra is not balanced, you will demonstrate feelings of frustration towards others, use angry language, and feel disconnected from your purpose in life.
Front expanding poses are helpful in opening the throat chakra including camel pose, plow pose, bridge pose, and fish pose. Dragon breath techniques are also beneficial for clearing any energy blockages in the throat. I would also recommend keeping a creativity journal that logs your thoughts and ideas as they identify with your true self and vocalize out loud what you have written down. This will help you to both see and hear your inner voice and reaffirm it to the world on a daily basis.
6. Ajna or Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is the most mysterious and sought after chakra. It is located at the point between the eyebrows and is the center of deep insight and intuition. The third eye chakra is associated with the pineal gland that is in charge of regulating biorhythms, perception, and effects of light. It’s purpose is to connect the spirit to all other elements and transcends the world of duality. Once activated, you will feel a sense of connectedness to and understanding of all things with no limitations.
When your third eye chakra is balanced and activated, you will have a heightened sense of intuition and awareness. You will begin to notice the subtle movements of energy, have greater foresight into the future, and connect to universal wisdom. Sustaining awareness of the third eye chakra requires relaxation and focus on our intuition that will align us to our highest good. Alternatively, when the third eye chakra is not balanced or blocked, you will feel stuck, unhappy, over-indulgent, unable to see or create a vision for yourself, and lack clarity.
Forward folding poses are helpful in opening the third eye chakra including downward facing dog, child’s pose, big toe pose, and devotional warrior. Meditating and sending energy to the third eye chakra is also a helpful way of activating or removing any blockages.
7. Sahasrara or Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head like a halo and provides access a higher consciousness. At the crown chakra, we are able to open our minds beyond our current perceptions and release tension within the body.
When the crown chakra is balanced, you will have a heightened sense of awareness and perception, connection to sacred wisdom, and realization from limiting patterns. When the crown chakra is not balanced, you will feel disconnected from your spirit, constant cynicism, and closed mindedness.
Inverted, seated, and restorative poses are helpful in balancing the crown chakra including headstand, plow pose, shoulder stand, lotus, seated forward bend, and reclining bound angle pose.
As yogi’s, we want to engage with our greater journey and detach ourselves from our ego. We want to live our best lives that is in alignment with our truth, creativity, and connection to all things. If you are feeling out of place, disconnected both internally and externally, you may be experiencing one or more blockages within the chakra system.
Are you experiencing blockages in your chakra system? If so, how have you dealt with it? Leave a comment below.