The 7 Chakras System – The Sacred Centers of The Body
It’s my goal to explain the 7 chakra system in easy and simple ways that is perfect for beginners. The chakra system originated in India. It was brought to the Western culture by the practice and study of the Yoga tradition.
This system represents a map that can help us navigate through our personal journey. Some view and refer to the chakra system as the “Eastern Anatomy” of the body.
Although there are many energy centers throughout the body, today we will concentrate on the 7 main energy centers known as “chakras”.
Some people view and describe these centers as wheel-like spinning vortexes. Like mini tornadoes that move in a circular pattern forming a vacuum in the center.
These energetic vortexes hold or store all of our emotions, thoughts, habits, and records of our past experiences.
Each chakra represents different levels of consciousness and how we open to that consciousness. You can think of them as windows or portals that give us a glimpse of the relationship between the body and mind.[tweetthis]Each chakra represents different levels of consciousness and how we open to that consciousness.[/tweetthis]
The Chakras Up Close…
Understanding the chakras gives you the opportunity to better understand the relationship and correlation between your consciousness and your body. It opens the door to better understanding not only yourself but those around you as well.
- Root Chakra – Muladhara Chakra: It represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded and connected.
Location: Base of spine.
Emotional Connection: it’s concerned with feelings of security, survival, trust, being supported. The root chakra is also associated with having our primary needs met (finances, food, shelter)
- Sacral Chakra— Swadhistana Chakra: this chakra represents our connection and ability to accept ourselves, others and new experiences. This is where all of our feelings, emotions and self-esteem reside at the energetic level .
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional Connection: Sense of abundance, well-being, , pleasure, sexuality, creation, creativity and how we relate to the world.
- Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura Chakra: It represents our ability to be confidant, empowered and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdominal area.
Emotional Connection: It’s associated with self-confidence, inner power, strength,boundaries, energy, and will.
Lower Chakra Mala & Bracelet Set: I designed a beautiful Mala and bracelet set handmade in Bali to help you connect, awaken and even heal the energy in the Lower Chakras. Learn more about the gemstones and the power of this beautiful mala here.
- Heart Chakra – Anahata Chakra – this chakra represents our ability to love.
Location:Center of chest just above the heart.
Color: Green (some schools see it as pink too)
Emotional connection: It is associated with the part of our consciousness concerned with compassion, joy, inner peace, kindness, non-judgment, relationships and our perceptions of love.
- Throat Chakra or Vishuddha Chakra – this chakra represents our ability to communicate.
Color: Blue – Turquoise
Emotional Connection: It is associated with the part of our consciousness concerned with communication, self-expression, speaking the truth, and sharing our feelings, ideas and opinions.
- Third Eye Chakra or Ajna Chakra – this chakra represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes (also known as the Brow Chakra).
Emotional Connection: It is associated with the part of our consciousness concerned with intuition, imagination, wisdom, and ability to think and make decisions. It represents our sixth sense and higher mind functioning.
- Crown Chakra or Sahasrara Chakra – The highest Chakra and it represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: crown or the very top of the head.
Color: Purple, Violet, White
Emotional Connection: It is associated with the part of our consciousness concerned with our connection to spirituality, pure bliss, and union with the Divine.
Upper Chakra Mala & Bracelet Set: I designed a beautiful Mala and bracelet set handmade in Bali to help you connect, awaken and even heal the energy in the Upper Chakras. Learn more about the gemstones and the power of this beautiful mala here.
You can also take a look at the 7 Chakra Mala Set to help you awaken, connect and bring balance into each of these energy centers.
Want to learn more?
If you want to learn how to open each chakra, harness your spiritual energy to feel truly alive, check out my Intro to The Chakras mini course here! This course is great for beginners, but it’s also beneficial for yoga teachers wanting to deepen their knowledge about the chakras in a simple and easy way. Yoga Teachers will receive 1 non contact hour as continuing education for Yoga Alliance.