CHAKRA 101 (CHAKRAS FOR DUMMIES) AND AN INFOGRAPHIC
If you didn’t know, I teach a Chakra class each Thursday at Pranama Kallio focusing on one specific Chakra each week. As I’ve taken for granted that everybody knows what a chakra is I recently realized how wrong I am. Many of you don’t have a clue about what a chakra actually is, so made this little infographic (take it with a grain of salt) and I wrote this simple guide for you to get a basic idea. I am also excited to share my upcoming Chakra Tune Up workshop with my good friends from BärBar, and there’s actually still two available spots as we speak, so make sure to sign up if you wish to join! But here you go, a chakra 101 guide for you :)
So perhaps you’ve heard the term chakra but are still quite unfamiliar with the concept of it or don’t know what it does, how it functions, where it is (or where they are) or even if you have one (spoiler alert: you certainly do). Lemme help you out as I created this simple guide.
Let’s start with the actual word ‘chakra’. Chakra literally means wheel or circle and is a word from the Sanskrit language. What that refers to is the wheel like movement of the chakra. So what is a chakra? A chakra is an energy center, a vortex and the focal point of subtle energy in your energetic body. So let’s take it one step backwards now. See, everything is energy. And this is not some New Age mumbo jambo. Your thoughts, your actions, your words, your body, the phone in your hand etc etc. Lemme repeat: Everything is energy. How that energy presents itself in this physical realm is what we call matter. But when we look at the body from an energy perspective, there are certain ways the energy flows and certain places where that energy gathers and these my friend, are your Chakras.
You have seven primary chakras in your body. Each Chakra is connected to certain aspects of your life and certain areas or organs of your body. Each Chakra is associated with a specific color, an element, a tone, a frequency and so forth. Below a list of the seven primary Chakras and their elements, color and functions.
1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Muladhara (“root support”) is located at the base of your spine. It is often depicted as a red four-petaled lotus, and it governs what are considered the four primal urges: food, sleep, sex, and self-preservation, but also money. It is the foundation of your being. Its energetic function is to help us maintain a sense of groundedness and inner stability.
Affirmation: “I am here.”
2. The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
Svadhisthana (“her own abode”) is located at the pelvis by your reproductive organs. It is often depicted as an orange lotus with six petals, and it’s associated with creativity, sensuality, pleasure, fluidity, adaptability, emotions, sexual energy, and the unconscious. The second chakra’s energetic function is to help us regulate our emotions and desires, so as not to be driven by them.
Affirmation: “I am a creative.”
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Manipura (“city of jewels”) is located at the navel center. It is commonly depicted as a downward or upward-facing yellow triangle. This energy center is your personal power, your ego and it’s function is to navigate our lives with strength and determination.
Affirmation: “I am strong”
4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Anahata (“unstruck”) is located at the heart center. Anahata is typically depicted as a green six-pointed star surrounded by 12 lotus petals. On a spiritual level, it’s said to be the home of the higher “unstruck” or indestructible self. Anahata governs our joy, love (not just romantic love, more importantly self-love), compassion and openness. Energetically, anahata helps us tap into unconditional love.
Affirmation: “I am loving”
5. The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Vishuddha (“to purify”) is located in your throat. It is often depicted as a blue downward-facing triangle inside a lotus with 16 purple petals. This energy center is associated with speaking one’s truth. Its energetic function is to help us find authentic self-expression and honesty.
Element: Ether or space
Affirmation: “I am honest.”
6. The Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Ajna (“command center”) is located between the eyebrows and is.represented by a transparent lotus with two white petals. It is your wisdom center and the seat of the mind, your conscious and unconscious awareness. It is not associated with any element, as this chakra is considered beyond the physical elements. This is the center for intuition, vision, imagination, inner knowing, and self-assurance. The energetic function of ajna chakra is to help us learn to know ourselves on a spiritual level.
Affirmation: “I am seeing.”
7. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Sahasrara (“thousand-petaled lotus”) is located just above the crown of the head. This is the doorway into pure consciousness, it is often depicted as a thousand-petaled lotus with a pinkish aura, and in a similar way to the third eye chakra, nor is this chakra associated with a physical element. This chakra serves as a way of connecting to divine energy and is associated with our highest self. Sahasrara helps us function in a more enlightened way, cultivate self-mastery, and find a sense of connection with all.
Affirmation “I am connected”
Now that you have a basic idea of these energy centers, it’s key to understand that this energy is constantly changing. Energy flows in and out of these centers all the time and your chakras can either be balanced, unbalanced, over active, under active or even blocked (oh nooo!!). Luckily there are various methods to unblock, align and balance your chakras and these include nutrition, yoga, healing, rest, various activities, crystals, colors and so forth. This all depends on which of the chakras it is that is not in harmony. So how do you know if a chakra is inactive or blocked you might ask? Well, usually after getting an understanding of the chakras you might already have an idea in your mind. Perhaps you’ve gone through heart ache lately (maybe there’s a blocakge in your heart chakra) or did you just lose your job (first chakra) or maybe you never speak your truth and always hold your opinions to yourself even if you should speak up (throat). But if you’re still completely clueless there are ways to test your chakras and one method is by testing them using a pendulum or a dowser. The dowser is simply placed above your chakra and if the pendulum is spinning in a circular way the chakra is in harmony, if it’s not moving at all or if it’s going back and forth, there’s a blockage or it’s under active, if it’s making a crazy big circle, yup you guessed it: it’s over active. Below a list of feelings that might be present if a chakra is overactive or under active.
Fearful, nervous, insecure, not feeling grounded; materialistic or greedy, resisting change
Lacking a sense of being at home or safe anywhere, codependent, unable to get into one’s body, fearful of abandonment
Overemotional, very quick to attach and invest in others, attracted to drama, moody, lacking personal boundaries
Stiff, unemotional, closed off to others, lacking self-esteem or self-worth, possibly in an abusive relationship
Solar Plexus Chakra
Dominating, aggressive, angry, perfectionistic or overly critical of oneself or others
Passive, indecisive, shy, lacking self-control
Loving in a clingy, suffocating way; lacking a sense of self in a relationship; willing to say yes to everything; no sense of boundaries, letting everyone in
Cold, distant, lonely, unable or unwilling to open up to others, grudgeful
Overly talkative, unable to listen, highly critical, verbally abusive, condescending
Introverted, shy, having difficulty speaking the truth, unable to express needs
Third Eye Chakra
Out of touch with reality, lacking good judgment, unable to focus, prone to hallucinations
Rigid in thinking, closed off to new ideas, too reliant on authority, disconnected or distrustful of inner voice, anxious, clinging to the past and fearful of the future
Addicted to spirituality, lack of bodily needs, having difficulty controlling emotions
Not very open to spirituality, unable to set or maintain goals, lacking direction
So, no that you have a basic idea about the chakras you can learn to work with these subtle energies and perhaps become more aware of your energetic body. If you want to study more, I highly recommend picking up the book “The Anatomy of The Spirit” by Caroline Myss.
You feeling aligned AF yet? ;)