What is Chakra
The word “Chakra” translates to wheel in Sanskrit. It 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. If any of the Chakras are blocked, then energy cannot flow freely, causing emotional and physical ailments. Each of the chakras is directly related to a part of our body and affect your overall health. It is vital to clear and open these wheels to allow out body to function as it was designed.
Your Chakras can be blocked by stress, negative thoughts, diet and lack of exercise. The good news is that you can easily unlock your chakras by implementing few changes in your life. This will drastically improve your emotional and physical well-being. The seven chakra are the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra. We will explore the chakras more in depth as well as tips on how to align them in following articles.
Energy flows through the seven Chakras in our bodie. Any blocked energy in our seven Chakras can lead to illness, that is why it’s important to understand what each chakra represent and how to keep this energy flowing.
The Root Chakra, represents our foundation and is all about feeling grounded and secure.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area
What affects it: Survival issues, such as money and food
Healing Exercises: The Root Chakra is all about feeling grounded. Stomping your bare feet on the ground is a great exercise for this. Practicing Kundalini Yoga and doing Bridge Pose will help to open up your lower spine.
Healing Foods: The color of Root Chakra is red. Therefore eat,
- Red colored foods like apples and beets.
- Vegetables from ground like carrots and potatoes.
- Hot spices like red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce
The Sacral Chakra relates to our ability to feel creative, sexual, accept change and accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
What affects it: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality, lack of activities.
- Pelvic thrusts
- Cobra Yoga Pose
Healing Foods: The color of Sacral Chakra is orange. Therefore eat,
- Orange colored foods like oranges and tangerines
The Solar Plexus Chakra, represents our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
What affects it: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem, low immunity and weakness in core muscles.
- Kundalini Yoga, Boat
Healing Foods: The color of Solar Plexus Chakra is Yellow. Therefore eat
Yellow colored foods like corn
- Grains and fiber like granola and whole wheat bread
- Teas like peppermint and chamomile tea
The Heart Chakra, represents our ability to love
Location: Center of chest just above heart
What affects it: Love, joy, inner peace and anger
- Bikram Yoga
- Love, just opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise.
Foods: The color of Heart Chakra is Green. Therefore eat
- Green colored foods like leafy vegetables and spinach
- Green tea
The Throat Chakra, represents our ability to communicate and express ourselves.
What affects it: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets and inability to express oneself.
Healing Exercises: Singing, chanting, speaking, and standing up for others but especially for yourself. Do Shoulder stand when doing yoga.
- Juices and teas
- All types of fruits
The Third Eye Chakra, is related to our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes
What affects it: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think, make decisions, lack of insight, and feeling lost
- Child's Pose or other forward bend yoga poses
- Eye exercises
- Herbal oil treatment
Healing Foods: The color of Third Eye is Indigo. Therefore eat
- Purple colored fruits like grapes and blueberries
- Lavender flavored spices or tea
The Crown Chakra, represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of our head
What affects it: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss, fear, and disconnection
- Running or cardio
Healing Foods: The Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings and does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.