What are Chakras and how can they affect me

In today's blog post we will talk about chakras and how working on them can help bring peace to your life. It doesn't matter if you believe in these or not, by the end of the blog you will have a fuller understanding on the Chakras, and different ways we can help our bodies by using the principle of Chakras in our every day life.

Many people do not believe in chakras, or an energy within us controlling elements of our life. If you are one of those people I am not here to change your mind. In this blog post, I will simply explain what they are, and I will let you decide if it's worth focussing on them.

So first of all, what are chakras?

In Sanskrit, the word Chakra means something like a wheel or a disk. It typically refers to the energy centres in your body. These wheels spin energy, and often correspond to a bundle of nerves or our major organs.

We must keep them open and moving, and balanced to allow them to function at their best. So whether you believe in energy or not, I am sure you agree that allowing our major organs to be balanced and working well is key to a good healthy body and soul.

There are seven of these "main" chakras, and potentially over 100 different chakras in our body.

We will now talk about the 7 main chakras, where they are, and what they are believed to do for us.

As mentioned above, we have seven main chakras, starting from the bottom of the body to the top, we have the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third eye and Crown Chakras.

Let's delve into each of these in some more detail.

Crown Chakra

Situated: top of the head

The Crown Chakra is believed to be linked to all the Chakras and of course the brain and all bodily systems. It is considered the chakra of enlightenment and represents our connection to our life’s purpose and spirituality. Those with a blocked crown chakra may seem narrow-minded, sceptical, or stubborn. When this chakra is open, all other chakras can remain open bringing the person bliss and enlightenment.

Third Eye Chakra

Situated: between the eyes.

Issues with headaches, sight, concentration and even hearing manifest when this is blocked due to the location. A sign of a blockage is people who have trouble listening to reality and know it all, or who are not in touch with their intuition may also have a block. When open and in alignment, it’s thought that people will follow their intuition and be able to see the big picture.

Throat Chakra

Location: Throat

Connected to our verbal communication due to its location. Voice and throat problems as well as any problems with everything surrounding that area, such as the teeth, gums, and mouth, can indicate a blockage. Blocks or misalignment can also be seen through dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, and having trouble speaking your mind. If balanced, you will speak and listen with compassion and feel confident when you speak, and listen to others in conversation instead of trying to speak all the time.

Heart Chakra

Location: Just above the heart

Blockages can affect health with asthma, heart issues, weight issues and more. Some people with blockages put others first, often to their own detriment. This is the middle of 7 Chakras so is a bridge between upper and lower, and a blockage here can affect all. In alignment, we can love freely, but out of alignment, we feel lonely, isolated and insecure.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Upper Abdomen (above belly button)

Blockages often come out as heartburn, digestive issues, ulcers, eating disorders and such. This is the Chakra of personal power, meaning it related to our self-esteem and self-confidence.

Sacral Chakra

Below Bellybutton

The one everyone asks about in Tantra! This Sacral Chakra is connected to our sexual organs and menstrual cycles. Issues are often obvious, impotency, lower back pain, urinary tract infections etc. Naturally, this chakra is connected to our feeling of self-worth. Specifically around pleasure, and is said to affect our creativity and sexuality.

Root Chakra

The base of the Spine and tailbone

Our grounding chakra, giving us that right to live, safety and grounding. This chakra when blocked can manifest as colon/bladder issues, arthritis, constipation and more.

Emotionally our needs such as finance, basic human needs and well being are all connected.

When in alignment and open we feel grounded, secure, happy, and physically and emotionally well.

Alright so we now know what they are, where they are and what they do, but how can we fix any issues?

It doesn't really matter if you believe in chakras, energy systems, spirituality or similar things, as you can see if we break down our body into 7 separate areas, we know that by spending some time working on them, we will start to feel better.

For example, if you are financially in a pinch, you will naturally have stress building in your body. You will not really feel safe and grounded, (root chakra)

If you work on fixing these problems then naturally you will improve your body. So If you are not spiritual, why not for 7 days, look at each of these Chakras, and what they relate to, and then write how you can work on any issues you feel you have.

Let's do an example on a client I worked on recently who didn't truly believe in chakras, but knew he needed to make some changes in life.

Example non-spiritual approach:

Day 1 - Root

Does this affect me, am I blocked?

Yes, I am always overspending on food, and ordering takeaways. I feel that I can not afford my rent, and am always at the end of the month lending money from family.

How is this affecting your body?

I am not really happy, always worrying about money, and don't feel fully safe. If I lost my family I don't know how I would survive.

What can you do to help?

I will work on this by setting goals to not order a takeaway until the weekend and saving the money in a pot.

How about a spiritual approach?

Whilst the above approach will make you think about any issues that you may need to work on, a more spiritual approach is to meditate. Many people will meditate for 10 minutes to hours, and focus their mind on the chakra or chakras that they want to work on.

They will allow their thoughts to work on these areas.

Yoga is another approach that you can use to help to clear and open the chakras.

Another approach is using breathing techniques to help relax the mind. There are many different approaches and I guess that will be a blog for another day!

I hope that you have learnt something today about #chakras and plan to work on keeping them unblocked and clear! ,

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