What Are Chakras?


What are Chakras? 
The simplest definition of these complex engines is that they are the junction where our mind, body and spirit connect.

The word is derived from the Sanskrit word for wheel. When mind, body and spirit are in alignment, the chakras are considered to be balanced.  

The 7 Major Chakras

Each of the 7 major chakras is visualized to be located in the trunk of the body.
When meditating or using healing energy, you will normally begin at the bottom and work your way up.

List of the 7 Major Chakras:

 1. Root (Muladhara): RED
As the name suggests, this chakra is the foundation of stability
and safety. Located near the tailbone, it addresses the basic needs that ground day-to-
day life. In practical terms, it is used to release tension and stress in the body.

2. Sacral (Svadhishana): ORANGE
This chakra is the home of sexual and creative energy. It is
just below the navel and provides enjoyment in life. This is where we release negative emotions.

3. Solar Plexus (Manipura): YELLOW
Occupying the central abdomen region, this chakra
contributes to self-confidence and self-esteem. Use this chakra to visualize your personality as you would like it to be. 

4. Heart (Anahata): GREEN
Consistent with the wide association between the heart and love,
this chakra is responsible for forgiveness, compassion, and kindness. This chakra is used to visualize a sense of inner peace and well being. 

5. Throat (Vishuddha): BLUE
True to its location, this chakra gives personal truths a voice. It represents the love and acceptance as you increasingly notice how it surrounds you.

6. Third Eye (Ajna): INDIGO
Also referred to as the mind’s eye, this chakra is housed just
between the eyebrows and is responsible for intuition. This is where you connect to your innermost self, or inner child. It is where your inner ‘knowing’ exists.

7. Crown (Sahaswara): VIOLET
This chakra allows the mind to achieve its most enlightened
state and provides the strongest spiritual connection with the surrounding universe. It is here that we are able to manifest our highest goals and ideals. 

A Balancing Act
Since our physical, mental and spiritual reality are connected at these 7 points, it is in these areas that we place our focus in order to achieve and maintain integrative balance.
Beginning at the bottom and working through each area while visualizing the function and color is the simplest way to start. 
 By doing this exercise as a daily routine, it is also a beneficial way to notice how stress, anxiety, pain or any other negative condition may exist. First notice, and then make adjustments before negativity can manifest in illness or injury.
Conversely, if there is already disease, this is where we begin to unravel the conditions that may have contributed to that state.

Healing Practitioners

Healing practitioners may use different methods of helping you channel your own energy; Crystals or music frequencies; even essential oils for the soothing and regenerative effects of aroma therapy. 

Just being more aware of your chakras is the first step to beginning a self-care routine that incorporates body, mind and spirit.

What Next
Would you would like to learn a simple and easy meditation that will allow you easily incorporate this simple practice?
Check out this free e-book: The Rainbow Meditation Technique.
Includes a 7 day mini-meditation series that slowly introduces you to meditation and takes only I minute a day

Get to know each chakra, become intimate with it and familiar with how it works. You will be amazed at how simple it is to transform your enjoyment of life.