By Lana Almulla/Posted at;oodzing.com –
Nowadays, you cant walk into a jewellery store, yoga studio or card shop without being reminded about chakras. Symbols dangle from necklaces, are painted on walls and appear in most weekly health and wellness newsletters you signed up to receive.
Spirituality is a fundamental element in living a well rounded life. Our bodies communicate with us daily and the challenge is learning to listen to what’s inside. We’re more powerful than we ever realized and are constantly reminded that the wisdom we have stored within is limitless. Uncovering the wisdom that is locked away in our body, mind and energy system can shine our light and brilliance, and mend all areas of life that need nurturing.
Emotional and physical aches and pains are actually alerting us to something. Often it can be an unexpressed emotion – so how does tapping into our chakras and understanding them help?
What are chakras?
The Sanskrit word chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. Each chakra represents life issues and corresponds to specific areas of our body. Each of the associated body parts hold information about us and our life.
Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy can’t flow. Opening chakras is a bit more of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance.
The most important thing to take away from learning about our chakras is that we have choice, and if we don’t like how our life is shaping up, we can examine our thoughts and beliefs to see where we can shift and make different choices.
The 7 chakras and their meanings
Understanding the different roles and how to balance your chakras allows you to make choices to balance and heal the issues in your life associated with them. Then, you can make empowered choices to support the pursuit of your goals. The seven chakras are:
1. Root Chakra: Instinct, Survival
2. Sacral Chakra: Pleasure
3. Solar Plexus: Power
4. Heart Chakra: Love
5. Throat Chakra: Truth
6. Brow Chakra: Intuition
7. Crown Chakra: Spirit
What is the root chakra?
1. Root chakra: Survival, trust, safety and family loyalty
Known as the muladhara in Sanskrit, the root chakra is your foundation and is found at the base of the spine. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder and the colon. This chakra is one of stability, security and basic needs. The personal elements associated with the root chakra are instinct, safety, survival, grounding, family, security, boundaries and new beginnings. It’s when this chakra is open that we feel safe and fearless.
• Body parts associated with the root chakra
The body parts associated with the root chakra are the coccyx, anus, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, legs, feet and bones.
• What can the root chakra help with?
Family and traditional beliefs are stored in the body in this area. Health of this chakra is associated with your upbringing and early years.
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