What are the chakras?
APRIL 8, 2019

Many of us have already internalized the phrase "everything is energy", but it is difficult to see ourselves as an energy machine. In orient culture, they think bodies as energy and see it as science. That is why words such as aura, prana, chakras, etc. arise. They consider energy as a fundamental part of the healing and understanding of ourselves.

The word chakra in Sanskrit literally translates to "circle", "disk" or "wheel". Chakra is constantly named in ancient and famous texts of yogis from India, Tibet and Nepal and refers to the wheels present throughout the body that regulate the flow of energy. There are seven main chakras and these are found along the spine, starting at the base and reaching the top of the head. They are related to both our physical body, our consciousness and energetic body.

This energetic body exists along with the physical. Both require a balanced flow of vital energy. The good functioning of the chakras depends on the decisions, actions and thoughts that we take in our daily life. Therefore, if one of our chakras is blocked, with low energy or excess of it, the balance that flows through our body is lost, possibly leading to diseases. For this reason, it is important to understand what each chakra represents and know how to do everything possible to keep these energy paths flowing in a clean and balanced way and thus have physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

There are 7 main chakras, known as the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown. Each one of them has a specific vibration that is associated with a different color and a physical and emotional aspect. Analyzing what is happening with your chakras is a powerful way to tune in with your mind, body and spirit.

The first three chakras are linked to matter and are of a physical nature. The last three belong to the spirit. The fourth one unites the inferiors of matter with the superiors of the spirit. It is a bridge between our body and mind.

Starting at the base of the spine, the Seven Chakras are the following:

1st chakra: the red root chakra is located at the base of the spine in the area of the coccyx bone. Represents survival, stability, safety and our basic needs. It is closely connected to the Earth and is blocked by fear.

2nd chakra: the orange sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen, between the pubis and the navel. Represents the energies of expressions including creativity and sexuality and our capacity to accept others and new experiences. It is blocked by guilt.

3rd chakra: the yellow solar plexus chakra located between the diaphragm and the navel works with the strength of will, confidence and personal power to achieve dreams and goals. It is blocked by shame.

4th chakra: the green color governs the heart chakra. Connected to the center of the chest, it is the source of love, connection and forgiveness with ourselves and others. It is related to feelings, relationships and compassion. It is blocked by pain.

5th chakra: the blue throat chakra governs communication, the ability to speak the truth, to express feelings and feel safe doing so. It blocks with lies.

6th chakra: the indigo third eye chakra is located on the forehead between the eyes. Connects with intuition, perception and self-knowledge. It is related to wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions. It is blocked by illusions.

7th chakra: the violet and white color govern the crown chakra. It is located on the top of the head, it is the chakra of consciousness and enlightenment and connects with the spiritual world, with the higher self, with that of others, with the divine and with God. It is blocked by earthly attachment.

Identifying and raising awareness of your chakras will help you understand your personal cues and signals of how your life is going and what you can do to improve it. Suppose you suffer from constant inflammations in the tonsils, this indicates that something is happening with your fifth throat chakra. Getting a cold very often or problems in the bronchi or lungs means that the heart chakra is not well. Diseases and physical problems are manifested first in the energetic planes, hence the great importance of leading a healthy, balanced and happy life.

When your energetic body is balanced, so is your physical body, this leads to the connection of the mind, body and spirit and a deep understanding of your inner world and the world around you.

This is the first article of a series, where we will talk in depth about each of the seven chakras and how to work with them, including tips on how to align them to have a balanced life.