Chakra 101, your guide to the seven Chakras. Everything in the mind-body energy system is moving. It is essential that your seven Chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there’s a blockage, energy cannot flow.
The Root Chakra’s role is to help you feel grounded. When balanced, it assists you with connecting all of your energy with the Earth. Think of your day-to-day survival. This energy center’s role is to give you everything you need to survive. Today, that typically translates to financial and emotional security.
With a balanced Root Chakra you will feel a sense of accomplishment and peace when you think about things like money, safety, and shelter.
Our Root Chakra gets a lot of use, so having an overactive Root Chakra is very common. When overactive, you may feel anxious or jittery, have digestive problems, lower back issues, hip pain, and ovarian cysts in women or prostate issues in men.
If your Root Chakra is underactive, you may have the feeling of your “head in the clouds”, “airheaded” or “spacy”.
The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra or Svadhisthana which translates to “the place of the self.” It is located right below the belly button and extends to its center. This chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it. It is responsible for bringing you creative energy to help enrich your life.
Your Sacral Chakra is the home of the creative life force energy that helps you enjoy your life here on Earth. It’s the energy that motivates you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, intimacy, good food and creative activities.
If you find yourself enjoying things that aren’t nourishing for your soul or healthy for you, then your Sacral Chakra is likely out of balance and overactive. Symptoms include addiction, obesity, hormone imbalances, and restlessness.
Signs of an underactive Sacral Chakra include depression, impotence, decreased sex drive and a lack of passion and creativity.
Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra, translates to “lustrous gem” and is your third chakra. This is where your self-confidence, identity, and personal power are born. It starts in the center of the belly button and extends up to the breastbone or where your two sets of ribs connect in the center of your chest.
Have you ever been in a situation that you just knew wasn’t right for you? Where did you feel those cues in your body? Most people say they feel those types of cues in their “gut.” In reality, this is the seat of your personal power, your solar plexus, and you can physically feel that confidence and wisdom in its location.
A balanced Solar Plexus Chakra will feel like a sense of wisdom, decisiveness, and personal power. Many call this chakra the warrior chakra, as the feeling you get from it is comparable to a wise warrior going into battle. They have the confidence to win and the wisdom to know the personal truth they are fighting for.
When this chakra is too energized, you may feel quick to anger, the need to control and micromanage, greediness and a lack of compassion or empathy. You may suffer from digestive issues or even imbalances in your internal organs like the appendix, pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
When our personal power is taken away from us either by another person or through extenuating circumstances, we may be left with a lack of energy in our third chakra. If this happens, you may feel indecisive, insecure, timid and needy.
The fourth chakra is the Anahata or Heart Chakra, which translates to “unhurt.” This chakra is where your love, compassion, and kindness are empowered. The heart chakra’s center is located right over your heart. It radiates down to your breastbone and up to your throat. It is the middle of the seven chakras and it’s connecting the higher chakras (the heaven) with the lower chakras (the physical world).
It’s not hard to understand this chakra. We all associate our hearts with love, and that’s exactly what the fourth chakra is all about. This includes love for others and love for yourself, which is why this chakra i