The Seven Chakras - A Beginners Guide
Posted on 06 August 2017
What are chakras? Chakras are seven energy centres in the body through which energy flows. The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word for wheel, as chakras are thought of as spinning wheels at points through the center of the body. These points represent points through with energy flows and is balanced, each aligned with a specific purpose and attributes - physical, emotional and spiritual.
The premise of the chakras is that all living things are connected. It supposes that through our bodies stretches a cable that grounds us to the earth and connects us to the universe. This cord runs through each of our 7 chakra energy centres, which direct the flow of energy, called prana, through our bodies.
The aim of the chakras is to align this flow of energy, to live in a state of balance. When they are misaligned, chakras are said to be over or under active, manifesting in challenges both within and outside of the body.
The first three chakras, located in the lower half of the body, relate to our physical body. The middle chakra, the heart, connects our physicality with our spiritual side. The final three chakras are related to our spiritual connections.
Working with chakras to open or to balance your energy centres can be a very fulfilling way to approach yoga or meditation, by connecting with a specific chakra or working with the chakra system. There are various ways in which you can work with your chakras, including using crystals, language, visualisation, food, aromatherapy.
While there is so much more information we could explore, below is a brief summary of the seven chakras.
The Root or Base chakra is the foundation, being the first chakra. It provides grounding, stability, security and confidence. When it's balanced we feel safe and confident.
Location: Base of the spine
Symbol: Four petaled lotus
Gemstones: Red Jasper, Tigers Eye, Agate
The Sacral chakra rules our relationships and sexuality. It fuels our creative energy and emotions. When the Sacral chakra is balanced we have an abundant, creative life with fulfilling relationships.
Location: Between the base of the spine and navel
Symbol: Crescent moon in a six petaled lotus
Gemstones: Carnelian, Citrine, Moonstone
Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus is our power center. From here comes our confidence and control, and governs our self esteem. When it is balanced, you feel self assured and motivated.
Location: Above the navel
Symbol: Upside down triangle with six petal lotus
Gemstones: Citrine, Tigers Eye, Amber, Prehnite
The Heart chakra related to love for oneself and for others. It encompasses all that goes with love, relationships, connection and compassion. When it is balanced we feel love, compassion, joy and acceptance in our lives.
Colour: Green and pink
Location: At the heart
Symbol: Two intersecting triangles and a lotus flower with twelve petals
Gemstones: Rose Quartz, Jade, Emerald, Green Aventurine, Peridot
The Throat chakra influences communication, self expression and the truth. It allows us to connect with our inner truth and intentions. When it is balanced, we can communicate our emotions and thoughts clearly and authentically.
Colour: Blue or turquoise
Symbol: Sixteen petaled lotus
Gemstones: Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Sodalite
Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye chakra connects with our intuition, insight and inspiration. It is our connection with the brain, our sixth sense and wisdom. When it is balances, you can trust your instincts and think clearly.
Location: Between the eyebrows
Symbol: Upside down triangle and lotus flower with two petals
Gemstones: Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Iolite
The Crown chakra is the final chakra, the centre of the body for connection with the divine and enlightenment. It represents devotion and spirituality. When the Crown chakra is balanced we feel connected to a higher power and connected to ourselves.
Location: Top of the head
Symbol: Thousand petal lotus
Gemstones: Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Moonstone