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What Are The 7 Chakras?


All About The Chakras

You might be surprised to learn that the concept of the chakras has roots in ancient Indian spiritual traditions, specifically in Hinduism and yoga, and was later adopted by many other belief systems. It has evolved over thousands of years into the abundance of knowledge we have about them today. 

First, let’s define what the chakras are and move forward from there. 

The chakras are points within our bodies from which all our energy centralizes. They represent the current state of our physical, mental, and spiritual health, as well as our core beliefs and values, among other things. I refer to these things collectively as our energy blueprint.

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The word “chakra” itself is derived from the Sanskrit language, meaning “wheel” or “disk.” We use this word to describe these energy centers because they spin and rotate. A healthy or balanced chakra continuously spins and radiates energy outward. 

An “unhealthy” or unbalanced chakra still spins and radiates energy, just not as strongly. This can cause all sorts of complications in our minds and bodies, which can create blocks in our manifesting efforts. 

We’ll talk more about what a “balanced” and “unbalanced” chakra feels like in more detail later. For now, I think it’s important that we understand where this information is coming from. 

The development of yogic traditions in a post-Vedic world, around 2200 years ago, played a significant role in the elaboration of the chakra system. Specifically, traditions associated with Hatha Yoga, Tantra, and Kundalini Yoga, provide the first concrete information about the chakras. 

While the Vedas and Upanishads lay foundational philosophical and metaphysical principles that influenced later yogic thought, the development of distinct yogic practices and traditions occurred beyond the scope of the Vedic and Upanishadic literature. Yogic traditions are our main source of wisdom on the chakras. 

These traditions describe the chakras as subtle energy centers within the human body, each associated with specific qualities, aspects of consciousness, and physiological functions. Pretty much every aspect of our being, inward and outward, are governed by the chakras. 

Interpretations of the chakra system may vary among different yogic traditions, and practitioners may choose different approaches based on their specific lineage and teachings. The understanding and exploration of the chakras continue to be a dynamic and evolving aspect of yogic philosophy and practice.

We’re not all yogis, but chakras are inherently yogic. And we can always choose to work with our chakra energies without bringing yoga into the practice if that doesn’t quite work for you right now. But I think it’s important to understand the roots of the practice so we can accurately explore it in the way it was meant to. 

The chakras are points within our bodies from which all our energy centralizes. They represent the current state of our physical, mental, and spiritual health, as well as our core beliefs and values.

What Are Your Chakras?

As we can see, the chakra system is rooted in ancient yogic traditions. At the same time, it has undergone adaptation and evolution in the modern world. As these teachings have spread globally, they have been interpreted and integrated into various cultural, spiritual, and therapeutic contexts.

Today, the chakra system has been embraced within the field of holistic health and wellness. Various alternative and complementary medicine practices incorporate chakra concepts as a framework for understanding the connection between physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The global popularity of yoga and meditation has contributed to the widespread awareness of the chakra system. Many yoga classes and meditation practices incorporate teachings on the chakras, guiding practitioners to work with these energy centers for balance and self-awareness.

Chakra concepts have found application in various therapeutic modalities. Some therapists and counselors use the chakra system as a metaphorical framework to explore psychological and emotional issues, helping individuals gain insight and promote healing.

Chakra balancing and energy healing practices have gained plenty of popularity and acceptance as well. Practitioners like myself often use techniques such as Reiki, crystal healing, sound therapy, and color therapy to work with the chakras, aiming to restore balance and vitality to the energy centers.

As the chakra system has moved across cultural boundaries, it has adapted to different belief systems and practices. The interpretation and understanding of the chakras may vary within different cultural and spiritual contexts. 

But at the end of the day, it’s all about healing from the inside out, gaining a better understanding of yourself, and learning to tune into your body, mind and soul. 

Chakras For Beginners

The awakening and harmonization of the chakras are meant to lead to spiritual enlightenment, ascension, physical health, and expansion. They play a crucial role in the flow of vital life force energy known as “prana” or “kundalini,” through the body, mind and soul. Pretty cool right? 

I am always impressed when traditions and belief systems persist for thousands of years despite historical hardships for the people who practice them. I think the chakras specifically resonate with a lot of people because it makes sense logically and intuitively. They’ve existed in our collective consciousness for so long that they feel familiar, even if this is the first time you’ve ever heard of them. 

Yoga teaches us that there are several major chakras along the central channel of the subtle body. While the number of chakras can vary, the most commonly recognized system includes seven major chakras. And for today’s purposes, we’ll focus on those as well. 

Each chakra is associated with a specific location in the body, often aligned along the spine from the base to the crown. Each chakra is also linked to specific qualities, aspects of consciousness, and physiological functions. We can spend a lot of time going into major detail about each chakra, and we will in our upcoming Chakra Healing for Manifesting Workshop! Don’t forget to snag your ticket if you haven’t yet already at spirituallyinspired.co/chakras.

The activation and balancing of the chakras are considered essential for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Practices such as yoga postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and visualization are employed to awaken and harmonize the energy flow within the chakras. 

When there is harmonized energy flow within the chakras, it creates a lovely ripple effect outwards that impacts our health, vitality, stability, and our energy blueprint overall. And we all know that the Law of Attraction is responding to our energy blueprint, so it’s definitely within our best interest to activate, balance, and harmonize our chakras. 

Beyond that, there is also a great deal of symbolism and elemental magic within the chakra system. Each chakra is often associated with a specific element (earth, water, fire, air, ether) and is symbolized by a lotus flower with a specific number of petals. The symbolism reflects the qualities and attributes associated with each chakra. This is very helpful when visualizing your chakras to help restore balance within them. 

What Are The 7 Chakras?

Each individual person has the same chakra system, but like our fingerprints or DNA, they’re uniquely ours. They influence our physical health, mental health, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual awakeness. 

As well as psychological aspects of our consciousness, which could include any subconscious beliefs, traumas, shadows, dreams, and more. All of which contribute to our energy blueprint. 

Like with every other spiritual practice we can bring into our lives, activating the chakras can easily be integrated into your daily life. Through meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, healthy choices, and doing the deep inner work, we can cultivate awareness around the harmonious energy flow within our chakras. 

In order to do this, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of what the seven chakras are, where they are placed within your body, and how to easily start bringing balance and harmony to them. So let’s talk about that! 

 Here is an overview of the chakra system as described in yogic traditions:

  1. Muladhara (Root Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: moo-laa-dhaa-raa
    2. Location: Base of the spine
    3. Associated Element: Earth
    4. Qualities: Stability, grounding, survival instincts
    5. Activation: Being outside, connecting with nature, feeling safe
  2. Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: sva-dhis-thaa-naa
    2. Location: Lower abdomen, below the navel
    3. Associated Element: Water
    4. Qualities: Creativity, sexuality, emotional balance
    5. Activation: creative expression, problem solving, hip-opening stretches 
  3. Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: ma-nee-poo-raa
    2. Location: Solar plexus region
    3. Associated Element: Fire
    4. Qualities: Personal power, will, self-esteem
    5. Activation: core workouts, positive self worth affirmations
  4. Anahata (Heart Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: a-na-ha-taa
    2. Location: Center of the chest
    3. Associated Element: Air
    4. Qualities: Love, compassion, connection
    5. Activation: cultivating love and forgiveness, building positive relationships 
  5. Vishuddha (Throat Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: vish-oo-dhaa
    2. Location: Throat region
    3. Associated Element: Ether or Space
    4. Qualities: Communication, expression, authenticity
    5. Activation: chanting, singing, journaling 
  6. Ajna (Third Eye Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: aaj-nyaa
    2. Location: Between the eyebrows (forehead)
    3. Associated Element: Light
    4. Qualities: Intuition, insight, perception
    5. Activation: meditation, divination, visualizations 
  7. Sahasrara (Crown Chakra):
    1. Pronunciation: sa-ha-sraa-raa
    2. Location: Top of the head
    3. Associated Element: Beyond the physical elements
    4. Qualities: Spiritual connection, universal consciousness
    5. Activation: Mindfulness, connection to the Divine
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What Are Chakras And How Do They Work?

This is just the tip of the chakra iceberg! There’s so much more we can learn about each individual chakra, as well as the chakras as a whole. And we’re doing just that in our upcoming chakra workshop! 

This workshop is going to include a comprehensive chakra rundown so you can gain a deep understanding of each individual chakra, as well as the system as a whole, and its significance in your manifesting journey. 

You’ll learn how to identify signs of blocked and overactive chakras and explore effective techniques for clearing and balancing. You’ll be bringing harmony to your entire chakra system by the end of the workshop! 

On top of all the chakra magic, you’ll also understand the energetic foundation of successful manifesting and receive practical manifesting tools so you can create your dream life. 

PLUS there will be a Q & A session at the end so no stone goes unturned. 

Did I mention there are also BONUSES for attendees?

Once you get your ticket, you’ll receive 21 printable chakra affirmation cards for daily use, tailored to each chakra. 

AND you’ll receive eight chakra guided reiki meditations, totally over 80 minutes of reiki healing for each energy center. Designed to align, balance and energize your entire being! 

Go straight to spirituallyinspired.co/chakras to buy your ticket now! Replays are available if you can’t make it live, or if you’re reading this beyond February 2024. I can’t wait to see you in the workshop!


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