“Let’s align your chakras”…. Unsure what I am referring to? You won’t be alone. So many of us hear phrases and words yet fail to question what they are referring to.
Chakras are basically ‘wheels of energy’. Let me explain a little deeper. Chakra mean ‘wheel’. Whether you believe it or not, your body is energy and energy is recorded in a form of vibration. We all have 7 chakra points that align your spine.
Ancient Indians believed the body to be made up of 5 elements, air, water, fire, earth and space. If we look at nature today, for a seed to grow it requires all the 5 elements, we are no different and to grow we require the same.
To help us understand our body and balance we all have a subtle body; a nonphysical and energetic force known as prana. Prana moves through channels, often called nadis; these are your circulatory systems such as your viens, arteries, nervous system, digestive system, excretory system and reproductive system.
Chakra – flow of energy within your body.
You expect your body to respond efficiently and effectively yet there must be optimal levels of flow, any block within your energy system delays reactions.
It is important to keep your chakras clear, free spinning. The major rule of energy flow is it starts from the base of the spine (nadi) and up to the crown of the head.
Here is a little insight into what each chakra can tell you about yourself.
First chakra (base of the spine): This is your foundation, or grounding. When in balance, the first chakra gives you a sense of physical security, safety, and feeling cantered. People who feel well-supported have a strong first chakra.
Second chakra (sacrum): This is your source of pleasure, creativity, and sexual energy. When in balance, the second chakra makes life enjoyable. People who are enthusiastic and can accept pleasure naturally, without excess, addiction, or inhibition, have a strong second chakra.
Third chakra (navel/solar plexus): Commonly called the power chakra, the third chakra converts energy into physical form, beginning with good digestion and hormonal balance. When in balance, this chakra makes you feel empowered and able to bring your intentions to fruition. People who have self-confidence and self-esteem are strong in the third chakra.
Fourth chakra (heart): The subtle or spiritual qualities of love, compassion, and empathy are governed by the fourth chakra. When in balance, this charka is soothing, comforting, and nourishing. People who are warm-hearted, sympathetic, and loving have a strong fourth chakra.
Fifth chakra (throat): The fifth chakra is about communication and expression. When in balance, this chakra allows you to express yourself with a sense of safety and confidence. People who can speak their truth and think clearly have a strong fifth chakra.
Sixth chakra (forehead): The sixth chakra traditionally sits like a “third eye” that gives inner vision and access to higher or spiritual reality. When in balance, this chakra allows for intuition and insight. People who trust their inner perceptions have a strong sixth chakra, with the added potential for wisdom and a powerful spiritual life.
Seventh chakra (top of head): Commonly called the “crown” chakra, the seventh chakra is the connection to pure consciousness. When in balance, this chakra gives the individual awareness knowledge that it is universal awareness—the lower self (Jiva) is the higher Self (Atman), and both are merged into the One (Brahman). People who experience states of unity consciousness have a strong seventh chakra.
These descriptions don’t have to be taken literally, although the chakra system has a long tradition in Yoga as a model for the anatomy of the subtle body. To translate your understanding of the chakras into practical benefits, here are three main areas that you can take advantage of.
Here is a guide to keep your chakra energy flowing (taken from chopra)
1st Chakra (Root)
- Element: The root chakra is associated with earth, so walking barefoot in the sand, grass, or dirt can be beneficial. Any time spent in nature is helpful for this chakra.
- Nutrition: Eat healthy red foods like tomatoes, beets, berries, and apples.
- Wear and Decorate: Use accents of red and wear red jewellery, clothing, or shoes.
- Sound: lam
2nd Chakra (Sacral)
- Element: The sacral chakra is associated with water, which means swimming or spending time by bodies of water like lakes and oceans is beneficial.
- Nutrition: Eat orange foods like carrots, oranges, melons, or mangoes.
- Wear and Decorate: Surround yourself with orange accessories or tones.
- Sound: vam
3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)
- Element: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire, so enjoy sitting around a bonfire or soak up bright sunlight.
- Nutrition: Eat yellow foods like bananas, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and corn.
- Wear and Decorate: Wearing yellow clothing, jewellery, and accessories would be beneficial.
- Sound: ram
4th Chakra (Heart)
- Elements: The heart chakra is associated with air, so breathing deeply will help to clear the energy at this level. Drive with the windows open, fly a kite, or take a boat ride.
- Nutrition: Eat green foods including broccoli, avocado, and leafy greens like kale or spinach.
- Wear and Decorate: Accent your life with all shades of green.
- Sound: yum
5th Chakra (Throat)
- Element: The throat chakra is associated with ether (similar to spirit), so sitting in an open space under a clear sky is a fabulous way to get this energy flowing appropriately.
- Nutrition: Eat blue foods like blueberries, currants, dragon fruit, and kelp.
- Wear and Decorate: Use all blue tones.
- Sound: ham
6th Chakra (Third Eye)
- Element: The third eye chakra is associated with light. To balance and open this chakra, sit in stillness in the sunlight or relax in a window as the sun pours in.
- Nutrition: Eat indigo foods including purple kale, grapes, and blackberries.
- Wear and Decorate: Wearing indigo clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
- Sound: sham
7th Chakra (Crown)
- Element: The crown chakra is affiliated with all the elements, so connecting with your wholeness rather than a single element is the recommended practice. Spend time in meditation, chanting, or prayer.
- Nutrition: At this level, the nutrition is no longer for the physical body. This chakra is not nourished with food, but with spiritual practices. Practice self-reflection and curiosity.
- Wear and Decorate: Wearing violet clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
- Sound: om
Setting small manageable goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Time-Bound) can be life-changing. Decide what area of your life you wish to focus on, you may wish to focus on a goal for each of your chakras. It is your beginning to a happy, healthy productive self, so this is your choice.
Need to feel more grounded?
When the root chakra, Muladhara, is balanced, you feel safe, secure, and at home in your own skin. Physically located at the toes, feet, and legs, the root chakra connects you to the element of earth.
Connect with nature
Go for a hike
Walk on the beach
Plant a garden
home a place you like to be
Set up a sacred corner
Treat yourself to new bedding
Do a deep clean
“grounds” you (and do more of it)
Break out your art supplies
Call a good friend
Sit in meditation
When the sacral chakra, Svadistana, is balanced, you feel emotionally connected, in touch with all of your senses, and creatively charged. Physically located at the hips, low back, and lower abdomen, the sacral chakra connects you to the element of water.
Invest in new art supplies
Free-write in a journal
Get in the water
Walk near the ocean, river, or lake
Enjoy a soothing shower
Join a gym with access to a swimming pool
Drink more liquids
Drink warm tea in the morning
Stay hydrated throughout the day
Close your evening with an Ayurvedic nectar drink
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
When the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, is balanced, you feel courageous, at ease, and have high self-esteem. Physically located at the abdomen, mid-back, waist, and digestive organs, the solar plexus chakra connects you to the element of fire.
Get on your yoga mat
Sign up for that 5K
Grab a workout buddy to help you stay on track
realistic goals and follow through
Write a weekly to-do list
Email a friend to keep you accountable
Create a chart for keeping track of achievements
Eat nourishing food
Try a new restaurant in town
Cook your favourite meal from scratch
Meander the stands at a farmer’s market and taste something you have never tried before
When the heart chakra, Anahata, is balanced, you feel empathetic, generous, and loving. Physically found at the heart, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands, the heart chakra connects you to the element of air.
acts of kindness
Pay for a strangers’ bridge toll
Bring your neighbour flowers
Leave a note of encouragement on a car windshield
Send a note of thanks to an inspiring teacher
Write a list of five people you are glad to have in your life
When the throat chakra, Vishuddha, is balanced, you feel able to communicate with clarity, listen attentively, and be open-minded. Physically found at the neck, throat, ears, jaw, and mouth, the throat chakra connects you to the element of space.
Start a blog
Begin a daily journaling practice
Paint, draw, sculpt, dance, or craft
Share your thoughts
Call your friend who has moved away
Text your neighbour for a tea date
Write a letter to someone who has been on your mind lately
Stand up for yourself and others
Set clear personal boundaries
Say what needs to be said to clear the air with a co-worker
When the third eye chakra, Ajna, is balanced, you feel intuitive, inspired, and imaginative. Physically located at the forehead, brow, and brain, the third eye chakra connects you to the element of light.
Learn something new
Sign up for a class at your local community college
Try an upcoming workshop at your yoga studio
Trust the intuitive
hints in your body
Follow your gut instincts for an entire day
Meditate and listen for a spark of inner wisdom
Stop and pay attention to what your body needs
Keep a dream journal next to your bed
Make a list of five to 10 things you want to be “when you grow up”
Write out a detailed description of your perfect day
When the crown chakra, Sahasrara, is balanced, you feel connected to all beings and part of something greater. Physically located at the top of the head and one foot above the head, the crown chakra connects you with the universe.
Start with five to 10 minutes with a timer or app
Join a weekly meditation group
Sign up for a retreat
Get a massage
Schedule an acupuncture treatment
Spend a whole day in bed with a good book
Follow your passion
Book an airline ticket to somewhere you’ve been wanting to go
Volunteer at an organisation making change in your community
Genuinely smile at six people today