Understanding Chakras

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Like me, maybe you've heard a little about chakras.. Wether it be in your yoga class, a friend or maybe it's something totally new to you. I wanted to find out more and simplify each of them.

To understand chakras, it's important to be familiar with the basic concept of vibrational energy. We are all made up of millions of molecules that vibrate giving us frequencies that form a unique vibration when we are healthy.These vibrations, can go out of tune when we experience emotional or physical stress. Much of the knowledge from these energies comes from eastern traditional healing such as ayurveda, chakras, yoga and Chinese medicine. 

OK, SO WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?

Throughout our body we have man energy centres, which connect to major organs/glands that govern other body parts. 

Each main energy centre is referred to as a chakra, which is Sanskrit means wheel. You can picture a chakra as a wheel of energy, which draws in universal life energy to keep spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health in balance. 

Chakras are transfer points for out thoughts, feeling and physical functioning of specific glands. The seven major chakras are located in a vertical line ascending from the base of the spine to the head. 


THE BASE (1ST CHAKRA) - MULADHARA

  • Colour Association: Red
  • Lotus: Four-petal lotus flower

  • Element: Earth

The Sanskrit name for Muladhara means "root" or "support" The base chakra is concerned with physical need and basic human survival. On a practical level, this refers to the ability to keep ones feet on the ground. 

Mastering the base chakra helps you grasp the importance of a fit, healthy body as you travel upward as the remaining six chakras rest on Muladhara. 

When this chakra is in balance we feel grounded, strong and secure and have a sense of inner security that allows us to trust in the universe. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, or may lack energy. 

Weak Base Chakra Health Issues May Include:

  • Joint pain
  • Lower backache
  • Obesity,
  • Constipation
  • Poor immune system function.

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Physical exercise or yoga
  • Work that you enjoy
  • Stimulating music with deep beats or drums

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Root Veggies: Carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, and anything else that roots itself

  • Red foods: Tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pomegranates and cherries. Usually red foods, have high levels of vitamin C, which is used by several body parts that the root chakra oversees, like bones, teeth, skin and adrenals. 


THE SACRAL (2ND CHAKRA) - SVADHISTHANA

  • Colour Association: Orange
  • Lotus: Six-petal lotus flower

  • Element: Water

The Sanskrit name for Svadhisthana means "sweetness" The sacral chakra is concerned with pleasure sexuality, nature, movement and change. 

It represents out creative energy and is associated with the expression of sensual emotion

When this chakra is in balance we feel grounded, strong and secure and have a sense of inner security that allows us to trust in the universe. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, or may lack energy. Physical problems can include stiff lower back and muscle spasms.

Weak Sacral Chakra Health Issues May Include:

  • Uterine or bladder problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Sciatica/lower back pain

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Sacral Chakra:

  • Hot baths & deep tissue massage
  • Wear or carry an orange gemstone (Carnelian, orange topaz)
  • Listen to music with a bounce
  • Creativity through dance, art, poetry
  • Be near or in a body of water (Water is the element of Svadisthana)

Foods for soothing Sacral Chakra

  • Teas and broths

  • Fish rich in omega 3’s such as wild caught salmon and ocean trout.

  • Orange foods: Oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots, mangoes, papayas, pumpkin and mandarins are all sacral foods. Eaten with fats to help absorb they’re vitamins and minerals they are excellent at restoring an unbalanced sacral chakra.


THE SOLAR PLEXUS (3RD CHAKRA) - MANIPURA

  • Colour Association: Yellow
  • Lotus: Ten-petal lotus flower

  • Element: Fire

The Sanskrit name for Manipura means "lustrous gem" The solar plexus chakra is all about the power of being an individual and unique, while still celebrating out connection with others. 

When this chakra is in balance, you feel true to your own unique identity.  A healthy third chakra honours emotions, warmth, intellectual understanding, and self-confidence. Blocks in this chakra symbol can cause fear of rejection, over sensitivity to criticism and low self-esteem. It is here we learn of self-empowerment, integrity and self-respect.

Weak Solar Plexus Chakra Health Issues may Include:

  • Diabetes/Hypoglycemia
  • Low energy
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stomach problems

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Reading, mind puzzles
  • Detoxifying
  • Mentally stimulating music with chimes or horns

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Drinking kombucha and chamomile tea can assist the digestive organs

  • Spices: turmeric, cumin and fennel

  • Yellow foods: Lemons, bananas, corn and butternut squash 


THE HEART (4TH CHAKRA) - SVADHISTHANA

  • Colour Association: Green
  • Lotus: Twelve-petal lotus flower

  • Element: Air

The Sanskrit name for Svadhisthana means "sounds made by two things striking" This is describing the co-existence of body and spirit. The heart chakra is concerned with forgiveness and compassion.  It is our energy center from which love, joy, happiness and compassion eminate from.

Weak Svadhisthana Chakra Health Issues may Include:

  • High blood pressure

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Circulation problems

  • Chest pains

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Be patient with others
  • Surround yourself with plants
  • Spend more time outdoors

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Green Juices and Smoothies

  • Green Foods: Salads, steamed vegetables. These foods are full of calcium, magnesium, iodine, selenium, sulphur, essential fatty acids, B group vitamins, all great for heart health.


THE THROAT (5TH CHAKRA) - VISHUDDHA 

  • Colour Association: Blue
  • Lotus: Sixteen-petal lotus flower

  • Element: Space

The Sanskrit name for Vishuddha means "purification" 

At a physical level, dysfunctions of the throat may reflect difficulties in communication. Known as the centre of purification, this is where energy becomes transformed into our manifestations in the physical world. Feelings of guilt can "clog" the vishuddha, so it is important that we clear it out by speaking our internal truth.

The Vishudda chakra is aldo seen as the centre of higher creativity such as word and song.

Weak Vishuddha Chakra Health Issues may Include:

  • Fever

  • Ear infections

  • Thyroid problems

  • Disorders in the throat, ears and esophagus problems.

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Speak the truth
  • Participate in conversation
  • Listen to repetitive music such as echos or waves

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Pure water, herbal teas and natural fruit juices

  • Fruits, especially ones that grow on trees: apples, apricots, peaches, pears and plums.

  • Lemons and limes


THE THIRD EYE (6TH CHAKRA) - AJNA

  • Colour Association: Indigo
  • Lotus: Two-petal lotus flower

  • Element: All elements combined

The Sanskrit name for ajna means "to perceive" or "to know"

Our eyes are the tools with which we perceive tangibles, while the third eye offers us the ability to understand all things. We close our physical eyes and look at the world from all aspects of self. Our intuition becomes our guide.

A healthy third eye gives us the power to perceive every reflection from the outer world, as a direct call for us to accept it as ours, heal and love it.

Weak Ajna Chakra Health Issues may Include:

  • Headaches, dizziness

  • Eye problems

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety, depression

  • Hormonal imbalance

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Daydream
  • Meditation
  • Close your eyes and let the sun shine on the third eye centre. 

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Dark Chocolate 

  • Blueberries


THE CROWN (7TH CHAKRA) - SAHASRARA

  • Colour Association: Violet
  • Lotus: One Thousand-petal lotus flower

  • Element: None

Sahasrara connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation

The Sanskrit name for Sahasrara means "thousandfold"

This chakra is considered one of the highest vibrational centres and is associated with deep inner searching. When this chakra is open, we have wisdom and understanding of humanity, selflessness, spirituality and higher power. 

Weak Sahasrara Chakra Health Issues may include:

  • Migraines

  • Amnesia

  • Nervous system and muscular system disorders

  • Mental health

Positive Actions to Strengthen Your Base Chakra:

  • Look inside for answers
  • Enjoy quiet time
  • Write down visions and inventions

Foods for Soothing Root Chakra

  • Dried fruits, such as dates, that are dried out by the sun.

  • Water 

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