We explained what chakras are in a past article. Now it’s time to breakdown the basics of the seven major chakras and how we like to keep them in check! Each one is commonly linked to an area of the body that correlates to the emotional, mental, and physical state of a person. Basically, lots of wheels that need spinning in the right direction to feel balanced.
Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is the foundation for all other chakras in the entire body. It is what grounds the body mentally and physically to the earth, giving a sense of identity and safety.
When the root chakra is blocked, there may be a feeling of insecurity or instability. This can physically show up in problems with areas around and below such as the feet, bladder, and colon.
One way we like to work with our root chakra (as well as all of the other chakras) is through yoga. Grounding poses where your feet are firmly planted on the ground and holding the rest of your body upright are some of our favorites. We also love feeling nature around us, whether it’s going to the beach, taking a nature hike, walking on grass, or “forest bathing” = surrounding yourself in the forest or woods.
The sacral chakra is between the navel and pubic bone. Aside from association with sensuality, it is also linked to creativity and desire. Physically, it’s linked to the reproductive organs, hips, and kidneys.
When blocked, you may experience a disconnect with hobbies or activities you enjoyed, creative blocks or loss of energy.
We love to take the time to do any activity we find to be a creative outlet that also makes us feel good about ourselves. Journaling, dancing, creative workshop, baking, and cooking are some examples.
The solar plexus, located between the chest and stomach, is where drive, personal power, and self-confidence comes from.
When blocked, there may be issues with control, self-worth, emotions, decision-making abilities, the digestive system, or the nervous system.
Again with all the chakras, we consider what we put into our bodies to help keep the balance. We especially love liquids that are good for the digestive system like ones high in probiotics (kombucha) or high in water content (celery juice).
The heart chakra is the bridge between the lower three chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus) and the top three chakras (throat, third eye, crown). When energy is flowing we freely love and feel a connection to ourselves and others.
When blocked it can result in feelings and actions that stem from a lack of love such as anger, hate, or jealousy. Aside from physical issues with the heart, issues can arise in the respiratory system or upper back.
Yoga and anything that helps to physically stretch the area of the body where the chest heart is something that can be practiced daily. That can just mean stretching arms above the shoulders or behind the back to open up the chest for a few seconds.
Communication, the ability to listen and speak, is powered by this chakra. As confidence stems from the solar plexus, confidence to express and express one’s true self flows when the throat chakra is balanced. The ability to speak the truth to ourselves and others.
When blocked or imbalanced, it can be difficult to communicate, express feelings, or have confidence in self-expression. Physically, imbalance can show up in problems with the throat, neck, thyroid, mouth, or ears.
Taking in fresh air is an easy way we like to clear the throat. Finding little ways to verbally express desires and opinions are great, especially if that’s not something that comes naturally.
Located between the eyebrows, it includes the eyes, head, lower part of the brain, and pituitary gland (which secretes hormones into your bloodstream to regulate the function of glands and organs in the body). The third eye is mostly associated with inner vision, wisdom, and intuition, which is like a muscle that needs to be consistently exercised.
When blocked, there can be lack of judgment, concentration, or ability to use intuition for guidance. Trouble sleeping or headaches can also occur.
Again, with all the chakras, we meditate in ways that work for us individually. Even if it just means to sit alone, in silence, staring off into a daze or practice mindfulness and being present when we eat or take a bath.
The final chakra is at the top of the head, linked to personal purpose and the authentic self that is connected to the world and universal consciousness. It also opens up to spirituality and connection with the divine (or God if that resonates).
When imbalanced or blocked, there can be an unhealthy obsession with spirituality or disconnection with the self or the world around. It can also be blocked if there is no practice or desire to reach enlightenment nor openness to spirituality. Physically, it can be shown through headaches, exhaustion, or poor sleep.
Again with meditation, it’s a good tool to help us connect spirituality. Practicing gratitude, that gives us energy, heals, and connects us to the universe at a much deeper level.