The 7 Chakras

The resurgence of interest in the concept of chakras and its associated science is indicative of a broader societal shift towards embracing traditional methods of healing in our Western culture. As curiosity and acceptance of practices like ayurveda, yoga, and Reiki continue to grow, the chakra system has emerged as a central component of these holistic approaches to well-being. The profound impact of balanced chakras extends beyond individual wellness, influencing the interconnected facets of our existence: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

When the chakras are in harmony, individuals often experience a profound sense of balance and vitality in these four archetypes, leading to an overall improvement in their quality of life. This renewed interest in chakras reflects a collective recognition of the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, and serves as a testament to the enduring wisdom of ancient healing traditions in our modern world. In this post, we’ll discuss the chakra system as a whole. The following posts will highlight each chakra, including its attributes, signs of imbalance, and methods for restoring balance.

Chakra in Sanskrit means ‘disc’ or ‘wheel’, and the word refers to the seven energy centers in our body, located along the length of our spine.  The chakra system starts at the base of our spine and moves up through the top of our head. 

The Chakra System

Chakra in Sanskrit means ‘disc’ or ‘wheel’, and the word refers to the seven energy centers in our body, located along the length of our spine.  The chakra system starts at the base of our spine and moves up through the top of our head. Each chakra can be visualized as a dynamic, spinning wheel of energy that corresponds to specific functions and areas within the body.

When these energy centers are in a state of harmonious flow, individuals often experience optimal physical and mental well-being in the corresponding areas of their body. For instance, the root chakra, located at the base of the spine, is associated with feelings of security and stability, while the crown chakra, situated at the top of the head, is linked to spiritual connection and enlightenment.

However, when the energy within these chakras becomes disrupted or blocked, it can manifest as physical or mental ailments, creating a state of imbalance and disharmony within the body. This disruption in the free flow of energy through the chakras is believed to lead to the onset of various diseases and discomforts, emphasizing the intricate connection between our energetic and physical well-being.

Chakra balancing then, is extremely important in not only maintaining health and wellness, but also for relief from many ailments we experience.  For example, someone with chronic headaches could benefit from balancing their third eye chakra, and someone with digestive issues ought to pay attention to their solar plexus chakra.  A proper flow of energy in our chakras is essential for optimal physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. 

Chakras and the Subtle Body

The subtle body is a concept in various spiritual and healing traditions that describes an energetic or non-physical counterpart to the physical body. It is believed to be an intricate and interconnected network of energy channels, often referred to as nadis, and energy centers, or chakras. This subtle body is thought to play a vital role in regulating the flow of life force energy, or prana, throughout the body, influencing physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The subtle body is considered the foundation for holistic health and is integral to practices such as yoga, meditation, and energy healing, which aim to cultivate awareness and balance within this energetic framework.

What Causes Chakra Imbalance?

It’s important to note that the development of chakras is commonly thought to occur during childhood. This means that many of us enter adulthood with imbalances in our chakras that have been there for years. As we work through these issues in our healing journey, we address deep-seated energetic blockages and experience relief. This is helpful for ‘old’ blockages, but the balance of energy in our chakras continues to be influenced by a multitude of physical, emotional, and spiritual factors as we go about our life.

External stressors that arise from our work, our relationships, or general life obstacles can impact the flow of energy within our chakras, leading to imbalances. Similarly, unresolved emotional issues, past trauma, and negative thought patters can disrupt the flow of energy. Also, lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and overall self-care practices, can play a significant role in affecting the balance of energy in our chakras. By taking inventory of these various influences in our own life, we can work toward recognizing and addressing energetic blockages and find balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Here is a list of the seven chakras in order, but make sure to catch our posts in the upcoming weeks to learn about each one individually!

Chakra One – Root chakra (muladhara)

Location: base of the spine

Color: red

Represents: survival, grounding, physical being

Chakra Two – Sacral chakra (svadhishthana)

Location: just below the navel

Color: orange

Represents: sensuality, creativity, passion

Chakra Three – Solar plexus chakra (manipura)

Location: navel

Color: yellow

Represents: personal power

Chakra Four – Heart chakra (anahata)

Location: heart

Color: green

Represents: unconditional love, compassion

The seven chakras are usually depicted as rays of light, starting at the base of our spine and moving up through the crown of the head. 

Chakra Five – Throat chakra (vishuddha)

Location: throat

Color: blue

Represents: self-expression

Chakra Six – Third eye chakra (ajna)

Location: between the eyebrows

Color: dark blue

Represents: wisdom, intuition

Chakra Seven – Crown chakra (sahasrara)

Location: top of head

Color: indigo/purple

Represents: divinity, spiritual connection

The chakra system may appear complex and abstract at first, but understanding the chakras and their impact on our physical and mental well-being can provide valuable insight into our personal journey. It can empower us to make mindful choices with a better understanding of our tendencies and habits.

By exploring potential imbalances in our own chakras, we can gain insight into areas in which we may be unconsciously operating, allowing us to address underlying issues and strive for greater self-awareness.

Over the next seven weeks, we will delve into the specific attributes of each chakra, including its development and ways in which imbalance often manifests. We will explore the potential suffering caused by imbalances in our chakras and discover methods to restore harmony.

At Inspiring Actions, we are dedicated to promoting holistic well-being by integrating chakra balancing techniques into a wide variety of our classes. Our experienced instructors incorporate chakra awareness and balancing exercises into yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions, allowing participants to explore and harmonize their energy centers while engaging in physical and mental practices. Additionally, we host a diverse array of special events specifically designed to release energy blockages and foster holistic health, including workshops, retreats, and guest events focused on personal growth.

We invite you to peruse our full list of classes and events on our website, where you can find detailed descriptions and schedules for each offering. Whether you prefer to join us in person at our welcoming studios in Hudson and River Falls, Wisconsin, or participate in our online platform from the comfort of your own home, we are committed to providing you with the tools and support to embark on a journey towards a more balanced and fulfilling life. Come and experience the transformative power of chakra balancing as you connect with a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to personal growth and well-being.

Chakra Reading Material

Some of the information in this series comes from two excellent, and very different books on the topic: 

Eye of the Lotus – Psychology of the Chakras by Richard Jelusich

Western Body, Eastern Mind by Anodea Judith


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