A quick look at the chakras
What are chakra systems?
In Sanskrit, the word “chakra” means “disc” or “wheel” and refers to the energy centres in your body. These wheels or discs of spinning energy each correspond to certain nerve bundles, endocrine systems and major organs.
To function at their best, your chakras must remain open, or balanced. If they are blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.
There are seven main chakras along your spine. They start at the root, or base, of your spine and extend to the top of your head.
Chakras are energy points in our ethereal or *subtle body. They are part of our energy (etheric) body, not the physical body. As such, they are the meeting points of etheric energy channels called meridians in Chinese medicine.
The 12 chakra system includes the 7 primary chakras inside the body and 5 transpersonal chakras outside the body. Here we will focus on the 7 primary chakras.
The 7 main chakras
👉 1 – Root… connection with the earth
👉 2 – Sacrum… creativity and joy of life
👉 3 – Solar plexus… self-confidence
👉 4 – Heart… love for oneself and for all that surrounds us
👉 5 – Throat… communication
👉 6 – Third eye… the ability to see clearly / intuition / discernment
👉 7 – Crown… connection with one’s spirituality
Cells and tissues actively generate electric fields that are detectable on the surface of your skin. Any electric current also generates a corresponding magnetic field in the surrounding space. This is a law of physics. All organs and tissues produce specific frequencies and the biomagnetic fields gather in energy vortexes in our body. These energy vortexes are called chakras. Chakras emit and receive energy
For our body to function optimally, all 7 chakras must be balanced, allowing energy to flow harmoniously throughout the body. If one energy centre is not functioning well, the others do not function as well as they should. Some of them may even overcompensate and work too hard or too long. Our body and emotions then go into free fall.
Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, colour and sound that it is in harmony with. Chakras can be thrown off balance by many factors including stress, trauma, grief, toxins and even time.
The 7 chakras in more detail
The first chakra, the root chakra in English, and Muladhara in Sanskrit, is located at the sacrum. It is connected to the lower physical area of our body: the pelvis, the legs, the blood circulation too.
It provides you with a base or foundation for life, and helps you to feel grounded and able to meet challenges. Your root chakra is responsible for your sense of security and stability
The second chakra, called the sacral chakra, or Svadhishtana in Sanskrit, is located in the lower abdomen, a few centimetres below the navel. It is therefore linked to the sexual organs, to sexual energy. On an emotional level, it is the chakra that manages appetite in the broadest sense, the appetite for life, desire, envy. It is also linked to your relationship with your emotions and those of others.
If we don’t feel like anything, it is often because our sacral chakra is in disharmony
Name – Solar Plexus Symbol – 10 petal lotus Position – 2 fingers above the navel Principle – Self-confidence Colour – Yellow (golden) Sense – Sight Glands – Pancreas (liver) Hormones – Insulin (Bile) Mantra – Ram Nature – Moonlight, Clear Water Aroma – Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood
It is simply called the solar plexus chakra, or Manipura in Sanskrit. This chakra allows us to digest what comes from outside, both literally (as it is linked to the stomach) and figuratively. It allows us to metabolise, to transform external information into the desire to act.
It is responsible for self-confidence and self-esteem, and helps you to feel in control of your life
Name – Heart Chakra Symbol – 12-petalled lotus Position – In the middle of the chest Principle – Love and compassion for self and others Colour – Green, Pink, Gold Sense – Touch Glands – Thymus Hormones – Thymus Hormone Mantra – Yam Nature – Pristine Nature, Flowers, Pink Sky Aroma – Rose Essence
After these three lower chakras, which are closest to the earth’s energy, comes the central one, which links them to the three higher ones. This is the heart chakra, or Anahata, in Sanskrit. It is linked to the heart organ and the lungs.
It acts on the emotional level, as the chakra of “self-love and compassion for others”. It is also known as the “inner child chakra”. When this chakra is blocked or in disharmony, a person can have low self-esteem. They don’t like themselves, and don’t know what they really want, what is good for them.
Name – Throat Chakra Symbol – 16-petalled lotus Position – Between the jugular fossa and the larynx Principle – Communication Colour – Light blue Sense – Hearing Glands – Thyroid, Parathyroid Hormones – Thyroxine Mantra – Ham Nature – Blue sky, reflection of sky in water, small waves Aroma – Sage, Eucalyptus
The Throat Chakra, or Vishudda, in Sanskrit, is the fifth of the seven chakras (and the first of the “upper” chakras, linked to cosmic energy). Located in the throat, as its name suggests, it is the chakra of expression, of creation.
When it is in disharmony, the person will no longer be able to express his desire to sing, to write, to complete a project, to be creative… The throat chakra is associated with cyan blue.
3rd Eye Chakra
Name – 3rd Eye Chakra Symbol – 96 petals lotus Position – Just above the space between the eyebrows Principle – Intuition, Wisdom Colour – Indigo, Yellow, Violet Senses – All senses Glands – Pituitary Hormones – Vasopressin Mantra – Icham Nature – Night Sky Aroma – Mint, Jasmine
The third eye chakra, or Ajna in Sanskrit, is located between the two eyes. This sixth chakra is the chakra of inner vision, clairvoyance and the ability to imagine.
The third eye chakra, or Ajna in Sanskrit, is located between the two eyes. This sixth chakra is the one of inner vision, clairvoyance, and the ability to imagine. The third eye is responsible for intuition. It is also linked to imagination.
When it is in disharmony, the third eye is closed, we only act out of fear: of running out of money, of getting sick, we don’t have a clear vision of our life….
The seventh and ultimate chakra, the crown chakra or Sahasrara, in Sanskrit. This chakra is located at the top of the skull. It is connected to that which is greater than ourselves: the planets, the solar system, the universe, the spirits of nature, and for believers, the divine. It is the chakra of unity and spirituality, and when it is opened, we find a sense of harmony with all living things, we do not feel separated from the rest.
It is through the crown chakra that we receive cosmic energy. We feel it when we meditate, it makes friselis at the level of the skull. It is associated with white or purple, the colour of spirituality
Why is it important to keep the chakras in balance?
When the chakras are not in harmony with each other, there may be a depletion of energy flow or too much energy activity in one chakra – each will manifest with different results.
When a chakra is low in energy, you will find it difficult to express the particular qualities associated with that chakra.
When a chakra is overactive, the qualities are a dominant force in the person’s life. This can have physical and emotional effects.
For example, the first chakra is about security, survival and the foundation of our lives.
If it is underactive, this can manifest as depression and insecurity. If there is too much energy, it can manifest itself as fearlessness without caution, or by accumulating possessions because we need more to feel secure.
Can a blocked chakra affect your health?
In general, the location of the chakra that is out of balance can affect the parts of your body near that chakra.
This includes the organs, bones, joints and tissues near that area.
On a psychological level, chakra imbalances can cause emotional imbalance.
This can lead to increased anger, sadness, fear or indecision.
Excessive stress – physical or mental – can unbalance one or more chakras.
Personal habits such as poor physical alignment or posture, unhealthy eating or self-destructive behaviour can unbalance a chakra.
Prolonged imbalance can lead to physical illness, musculoskeletal problems and mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.