The Beginners Guide to Chakras  

10 October 2018

I know. I see. I say. I love. I do. I feel. I have

A lot of the time in yoga or meditation classes teachers will refer to the chakras of the body. If you’re new to this world, sometimes the language used in class can feel alienating (trust me, I’ve been there too).

I receive a lot of messages where people will say ‘I really want to try yoga, do I need to learn anything before I go?’ In short, the answer is no. A beginner’s class is there for a reason, and the majority of teachers are beautiful souls who will guide you through the class with kindness. That being said, it is nice to have an understanding of certain elements so that you really feel what the teacher is trying to achieve through certain Asana’s (postures).

In this post, I’ll break down the Chakra’s into bite sized chunks to make them easily digestible, should you wish to know more feel free to drop me an email as always and I can help with any questions you may have.

So, what does Chakra mean?

The word Chakra literally means ‘circle’ or ‘wheel’. Derived from forms of Hinduism and Buddhism, the Chakra’s are 7 separate energy centres with their own identities. Each of these energy centres spin like wheels which allow energy to flow through each of them. These energy centres exist in our subtle body and begin at the base of the coccyx and end at the top of the head.

Why are Chakra’s important?

Chakra’s are responsible for moving energy (or Prana, as it is known in Sanskrit) throughout all areas of our body. Often when our emotions are un-balanced these centres can become blocked. When Chakra’s are blocked, this can manifest in things such as illness or mental imbalance. As I mentioned before, each Chakra has its own identity, which means it is linked to an individual area of the human body.

Because our chakras are formed on an energetic level, the health of our chakras also ripples out to have an effect on all parts of us — mind, body & spirit. When Chakra’s are aligned, they help the physical body function and the mental/ spiritual body to be at peace.

 

What does it mean when your Chakra’s are balanced?

Balanced Chakra’s mean that energy is able to flow freely throughout the whole body. If energy is able to flow freely it supports all areas of our life. For example, if your root Chakra is balanced you will feel safe and grounded, if your Sacral Chakra is balanced, you will feel creative, playful and emotionally open.

If you take care of your body, mind and soul your Chakras will thrive and help to support. However, this works both ways – if you are not taking care of these areas or perhaps only looking after one, Chakras can become overactive, under-active or blocked which leads to unbalance. 

How can I tell if my Chakras are blocked?

When our Chakras are blocked often we can feel mentally or physically not in balance. For example, we may feel quite emotional or angry towards a situation that ordinarily wouldn’t affect us or perhaps have an ailment or physical problem segregated to a specific area of the body (i.e. a rash, muscle pain etc.)

Each of the Chakra’s are separate entities and relate to different mental and physical areas. I have put a very basic outline of blockage symptoms for each of the Chakra’s below:

Root

  • Feeling stuck, tired or sluggish
  • Stress due to situations you cannot control
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Constant feeling of ‘surviving’ in life instead of ‘living’
  • Hate surrounding your physical body
  • Financial problems which persist
  • Problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues

Sacral

  • Fear of sex – believing it’s bad or harmful or that you only deserve love through sex
  • Difficulty in being emotionally or physically intimate with someone
  • Fear of rejection, not being loved for who you are, not feeling ‘enough’
  • Un-healthy self-image
  • Inability to stay in a relationship despite wanting a deeper connection with someone

Naval  

  • You give your power away too easily to others
  • Difficulty in taking action and making decisions especially relating to your future goals due to feelings of powerlessness, self-doubt and low self esteem
  • Feelings of being a victim, that everyone is out to get you
  • Stomach pains, cramps, anxiety, sickness relating to fear

Heart

  • Fear of commitment
  • Give love away with a ‘price’ i.e. it is not free – you do this in order to feel loved in return
  • Easily hold grudges
  • Neediness within relationships (romantic and otherwise) – this can lead to distrust, stress, anger and frustration
  • Feelings of needing to be guarded to avoid being hurt again
  • Trouble being compassionate towards others and yourself
  • A weak heart can be at the root of heart disease, asthma and chest based allergies

Throat

  • Fear to say what you really want to say or fear to say how you feel when approaching a situation
  • Often like to ‘go along’ with situations to avoid confrontation
  • Annoyance that others seem to overlook you or not care about your opinions
  • Sore throat, lack of voice when speaking, coughs, trouble breathing

Brow

  • Disconnected from your intuition or ‘gut’ feelings
  • You hate making decisions and feel lost when it comes to your spiritual and life purpose
  • Often confused as to where in life you’re going and are obsessed with the question ‘why am I here’
  • Headaches, jaw tension, brow/ head tension, inability to settle the mind

Crown

  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Strong attachment to material possessions and achievements in order to define yourself
  • No connection or guidance on any spiritual level
  • Migraines and tension based headaches

 How can I unblock my Chakras?

 There really is no simple answer for this question. Everyone is different, and therefore the process of unblocking and balancing your chakras will be unique. I can only speak from experience on the methods that I use to try and clear any blockages. The main thing I would stress is that the first step into clearing these blockages is an exploration and knowledge of self.

You need to look into the reasons why you may be feeling a certain way, which in turn is making that Chakra blocked. For this, I call on meditation, I meditate on the issue at hand first and ask myself for the answer – once I feel I have the root of the problem, I then move into visualisation.

I often visualise the colour of the chakra spreading through my whole body first and repeat a specific mantra relating to that Chakra. For example, if I had a fear of abandonment related to my root chakra I would imagine the colour red spreading through every cell in my body and repeat the mantra ‘I am safe, I am strong, I am rooted, I am grounded’. This usually lasts for about 10 minutes.

I would also advise visiting a healer who specialises in Chakra’s. Recently I visited my crystal healer (Becky, based at Fringe.Yoga in Epping) and she was incredible, I was TOTALLY blocked energetically – basically on fight or flight mode.

I knew there was something I couldn’t shift and she unlocked my chakras so that I could see what that was. Sometimes you just can’t see the wood for the trees and visiting a specialist really helps you to do this.

The 7 Chakras:

Root – Muladhara: 

  • Colour: Red
  • Location: Base of the spine
  • Mantra: LAM
  • Affirmation: ‘I am grounded’

Sacral – Svadhisthana

  • Colour: Orange
  • Location: Below the naval
  • Mantra: VAM
  • Affirmation: ‘I am creative’

Naval – Manipura

  • Colour: Yellow
  • Location: Solar plexus (below the chest)
  • Mantra: RAM
  • Affirmation: ‘I have power’

Heart – Anahata

  • Colour: Green
  • Location: Heart
  • Mantra YAM
  • Affirmation: ‘I give and receive love’

Throat – Vissudha

  • Colour: Blue
  • Location: Throat
  • Mantra: HAM
  • Affirmation: ‘I speak from my heart’

 Brow – Ajna

  • Colour: Indigo
  • Location: Third eye
  • Mantra: OM
  • Affirmation: ‘I listen to my intuition’

 Crown – Sahasrara

  • Colour: Violet
  • Location: Top of the head
  • Mantra: OM
  • Affirmation: ‘I am light, I am oneness’

I hope you found this helpful – as always, I’m here to answer any questions ♡