The chakras have only recently become more well-known with the popularity of yoga and new age philosophy. Chakras originate from the complex and ancient energy system of India. They were first mentioned in the Vedas, ancient sacred texts of spiritual knowledge dating back to 1500-1000 BC.
The word “chakra” comes from Sanskrit in ancient India. Chakra in English, literally translated from Hindi, means “rotating energy disc”, which is the energy center of life. It also represents the order and balance of the celestial bodies.
Since the chakras correspond to the nerve plexuses, major organs and different parts of the body that affect our emotional and physical health, they should be kept “open” and balanced.
Chakras are formed by the rotation of life energy. The Sanskrit word “Chakra” means “wheel” and is also translated as “chakra”, which is located on the spine of the human body. Modern medicine has found that the positions of these seven chakras actually correspond to the main nerve plexus on the human spine. It is the pivot that controls our body. – Baidu
Chakra is like a rotating, swirling, powerhouse of energy. In our body, there are seven such primary energy centers and many more secondary energy fields.
Some say there are 114 different chakras in the human body, but there are seven major chakras that run along our spine. These are the chakras that most of us refer to when we talk about them.
What Are The 7 Major Chakras
According to Indian-American author and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, each of the seven chakras is governed by principles of spiritual activity and awareness. We can use these laws to create more harmony and happiness in our lives and in the world.
You can think of the chakras as invisible rechargeable batteries.
The chakras are charged by contact with the cosmic energy flow in the atmosphere. Just like your home is connected to a central power supply system in a city. The difference is this cosmic energy is free.
The seven major chakras are located at the center of the human body. Imagine that the 7 chakras in your body are like vertical fluorescent tubes, from the top of your head to the bottom of your spine, where energy is constantly flowing up and down.
The chakras connect your spirit with your body.
They regulate the flow of energy throughout the body. The human body’s energy system is similar to the wiring in a house. It allows electricity (energy) to be sent to various body parts and called upon whenever needed.
Sometimes the chakras become blocked due to stress and emotional or physical issues. If your body’s “energy system” doesn’t function properly and energy doesn’t flow freely, you may experience some health problems.
The consequences of irregular energy flow can lead to physical illness or feelings of mental and/or emotional imbalance.
The picture above shows where the major chakras are located in your body. You can read on for more information on each chakra below.
The Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra ( or Sahasrara )
The color of the crown chakra is violet and is located at the top of your head. This is also the thousand-petal lotus that people often say blooms at the top of the head.
The crown chakra connects us to divine intelligence (or cosmic consciousness) and the source of all appearances.
It is associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system and pituitary gland. Correspondingly, the crown chakra is associated with information, understanding, acceptance and well-being.
The crown chakra is also the entrance and exit of human life from which the soul enters when we are born and from which it comes out when we die.
When the Sahasrara is unbalanced or blocked, most people feel a sense of loss of connection on a spiritual level, feeling that life has no meaning or direction. Various diseases or physical ailments may keep appearing without you knowing the cause. The most common manifestations are persistent worry, headache and a state of depression.
The Sixth Chakra – Third Eye Chakra
This chakra, commonly known as the “third eye”, represents the secret wisdom of omniscience. Its color is indigo.
The third eye chakra is located in the center of your forehead, at or slightly above eye level. This chakra is used to learn, understand and question the spiritual nature of our lives. It is the chakra of questions, perception and cognition.
It is associated with inner vision, intuition and wisdom, often in the form of dreams, visual images, telepathy and perspective. Your dreams of this life and your memories of other lives are preserved in this chakra.
Obstruction of the third eye chakra may manifest as a lack of vision, mental rigidity, “selective” memory loss and depression.
The Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is blue or turquoise in color and is located in the throat. It is the chakra of communication, creativity, self-expression and judgment. It is associated with your neck, shoulders, arms, palms, thyroid and parathyroid glands.
The throat chakra is the center of communication. We communicate through sound, vibration, self-expression and creativity. Communication is the process of transmitting and receiving information through symbols that the fifth chakra translates into information. It is concerned with inner and outer auditory sensations, synthesis of thoughts, healing, transformation and purification.
A blocked throat chakra may manifest as communication difficulties, dishonesty, or problems with communicating information and expressing needs to others. When the fifth chakra is out of balance, many people also experience sleep disturbances.
The Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is green in color and is located in the depression in your ribcage. This is the central point of the seven chakra system. It is the center of love, compassion, harmony and peace. This chakra is associated with the lungs, heart, arms and thymus.
We fall in love through our heart chakra and then that feeling of unconditional love transfers to the emotional center commonly known as the solar plexus.
After that, it enters the sex chakra (or sacral chakra), where strong attraction can be released. When these energies enter the foundation chakra, we may have a desire to marry and settle down.
When your heart chakra is balanced and open, you experience selfless love and have the ability to lift lower vibrational energies. As a result, you live in love, compassion, peace and happiness.
When the heart chakra is blocked, problems with the immune system, lungs and heart may occur or manifest as a lack of empathy, apathy and a lack of morality.
The Third Chakra – Solar Chakra
The solar chakra is yellow in color. It’s located in the area of the solar plexus, which extends from the lower part of your chest to your navel. It’s sometimes called the “navel chakra”. This chakra is associated with the digestive system, muscles, pancreas and adrenal glands.
The solar chakra is the seat of emotional life. Feelings of personal strength, laughter, joy and anger are all associated with this chakra.
The healthy functioning of the third chakra is directly related to one’s emotions. People often use the names of organs related to the solar chakra to express their emotions. Such as “I’m nauseous” to express the peak of not feeling well or “I’m going to lose my temper” to express frustration or anger. These are all characteristics of the third chakra.
When this chakra is blocked, it may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of purpose or a sense of victimization.
The Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra
The color of the sacral chakra is orange and it’s located between the bottom of the spine and the navel. It is associated with the lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and reproductive organs and glands.
This chakra is the center of sexual desire, so it is also called the sexual chakra. It also rules emotions, desires, sensations, joy, action, fertility and nourishment.
The sacral chakra obstruction may manifest as emotional problems, weak sexual power, low libido or an inability to receive the psychological nourishment that comes with communicating with others and making physical contact.
The 1st Chakra – Root Chakra
The color of the root chakra is red and it’s located in the perineum between the anus and genitals, i.e. the base of the spine. It corresponds to the location of the pelvic plexus and is associated with the excretory system and reproductive organs. If this chakra is out of balance, the corresponding organ may also have problems.
The root chakra is the chakra closest to the earth. Through this energy center, you can feel a deep reverence for the earth, nature, and all life. The most basic human survival instincts and primitive impulses come from this chakra. It stores the most basic and primitive emotions, including the strong desire for reproduction.
This chakra is associated with your legs, feet, large intestine and adrenal glands. It also controls your fight-or-flight response. When a person’s root chakra is functioning healthily, they usually appear physically strong, enthusiastic about life and have strong willpower.
When the root chakra is blocked, you may experience intense insecurity and fear, indifference to your body, poor blood circulation and a weak willingness to live. You may also exhibit neurological imbalances such as paranoia, fear and procrastination.
Chakras refer to the various energy centers in one’s body that correspond to specific nerve plexuses and organs.
The seven major chakras extend from the bottom of the spine in your body to the top of your head. If these energy centers are blocked or out of balance, you may experience physical or emotional problems related to specific chakras.
Through meditation and yoga, you can unblock and re-balance your chakras.