For those who want to know a little bit more about the chakras without delving into too much detail and becoming overwhelmed here’s my simple, quick and easy guide to the chakras.
What is a Chakra?
‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word and roughly translates to mean ‘wheel’. Chakras are energy centres within the subtle or energetic body (not the physical body but another layer deeper inside). Energy flows through the body and through our chakras – if something is out of balance it could be explained by an imbalance in one of our chakras.
We have 7 main chakras from top to bottom explained briefly below:
Sahasrara / Crown Chakra – located at the top of the head, this chakra relates to our higher consciousness and awareness. When imbalanced we are cynical, closed minded and disconnected; when developed this chakra beings us connection, knowledge and wisdom.
Anja / Third Eye Chakra – located at the centre of the forehead, between the eyebrows, this chakra relates to our inner sight and intuition. When imbalanced we lack direction and clarity; when developed this chakra brings us the ability to see clearly.
Vishuddha / Throat Chakra – located within the throat, this chakra relates to our ability to speak and communicate clearly. When imbalanced we are shy, withdrawn, arrogant, anxious; when developed this chakra bring us clear and effective communication.
Anahata / Heart Chakra – located in the centre of the chest, this chakra relates to love and relationships. When imbalanced we can feel depressed, lack self-discipline and have difficulty within relationships; when developed this chakra brings us deep love, compassion and a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
Manipura / Solar Plexus Chakra – located at the solar plexus, this chakra relates to self-esteem, will-power and pleasure. When imbalanced we have low self-esteem, control issues and misuse our power; when developed this chakra brings us energy, spontaneity and non-dominating power.
Svadisthana / Sacral Chakra – located below the navel, this chakra relates to our creative and sexual energies. When imbalanced we lack creativity, experience sexual dysfunction, withhold intimacy and are emotional isolated; when developed this chakra brings us creativity, manifestation, intimacy and sexual pleasure.
Muladhara / Root Chakra – located at the base of the spine, this chakra related to our safety, security, and stability. When imbalanced we feel scattered, anxious and fearful; when developed this chakra brings us a sense of grounding, safety and security.