A Brief Introduction to the Chakra System
Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel, envision a vortex-like powerhouse of energy centering over key locations within your body.
Each chakra is developed throughout the earlier stages of your life but can take a whole life time to balance. It is like solving a giant energetic puzzle that is fine tuned to the frequency of you, your thoughts, actions and environment. Each chakra vortex has a region of your body that it governs, within this region the chakras center on a meridian that you can envision as your spiritual spine.
You can recharge your energy by starting with the root chakra and grounding to the earth with all four corners of your feet. As you do this envision the earth’s energy channeling through you from the bottom up and eventually projecting a life source that extends beyond your crown Chakra. Exercises such as this remind us that we are all interconnected to each other and the universe through an energetic system that cannot be seen but rather felt.
Our chakra bracelet reminds us that we are all energetic beings and when we work on balancing within ourselves we can further harmonize the collective energy.
Which chakra do you resonate with the most? Sometimes your favorite color may indicate this as you may be naturally drawn to the energy. Here is a brief overview of the chakras, the regions they center, characteristics of unbalanced energy and a short affirmation.
Muladara - Root Chakra
Located towards the base of your spine the root chakra is the first energetic system developed. Beginning at the point of conception through the first 12 months of life the root chakra centers around survival. A balanced root chakra manifests in a strong sense of self preservation. Stability, grounding, trust and prosperity are all characteristics of a balanced root chakra. Excessive root chakra energy may characterize itself in heaviness both physically and mentally. Signs of a deficient root chakra may be displayed as fear, restlessness/anxiety, monkey-mind or spacey thoughts. A self-affirmation to help balance this energy is to meditate on the statement, “I am.”
Muladhara root chakra is the base of existence and foundation of the chakras. This flow was tailored to keep you feeling grounded and supported as we begin to explore the chakra system through movement. Focusing intentionally on the lower body/hips we draw our attention to what keeps us connected to the earth and the world around us. Drawing power to yourself with affirmations of "I AM" Know that you are always enough just as you are. This is the first of the series, I look forward to leading you through these next six weeks! If you have any questions, comments or love you can find me @peacebypiece.om Donations are always accepted, never required :) Venmo: Peacebypiece Code:8354
Svadhisthana - Sacral Chakra
Sacral energy governs over the lower abdomen and back, genitals, and hips. Thought of as the humble abode of the body, this energy is developed between the first 6 months- 2 years of life. The central lesson of this chakra is our ability to self-gratify or rather take care of our most vulnerable selves, sacral energy is the energy or sexuality and emotion. When this chakra energy is excessive a person may become overly emotional, have poor boundaries or display obsessive attachments. When sacral energy is deficient it manifests in frigidness, emotional callous and fear of pleasure. The self-affirmation to help balance sacral energy is, “I Feel.”
Join us on @piyogapants IGTV for a Slow Sacral Chakra Yoga Flow taught by the author of this blog, Krista Valdez:
Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra
This chakra governs over your personal power, self-esteem, and will. Located at the solar plexus of the body or approximately where your belly button is. The self-esteem chakra develops during the first 18 months- 4 years of life and governs over your ego identify. A person with an overactive solar chakra may be dominating, controlling, scattered or constantly in action (can’t take a break due to shame of resting), deficient solar energy manifests as weak will, poor self-esteem, passiveness and sluggishness. The self-affirmation to cultivate a balanced solar plexus chakra is, “I Do.”
Anahata - Heart Chakra
Governs over love and relationships throughout your lifetime, the heart chakra develops during ages 4-7 year old. This is our ability to give and receive love, the central lessons of relationship to ourselves and others within the world, when in balance heart chakra energy allows for compassion, self-acceptance and meaningful relationships. Overactive heart chakra energy may manifest as codependency, possessiveness, and jealousy where-as lack of empathy, the need to be over critical, bitter, isolated or shy are all examples of deficient heart chakra energy. To balance the heart speak the words “I Love” as your daily affirmation.
Vissudha – Throat Chakra
Located in the throat, the energy of this chakra governs communication and self-expression. The ability to speak and be heard from the authenticity of your soul. Flowing throat chakra energy promotes clear communication and creativity. This charka is developed from ages 7 to 12 years old and is the root of our creative identity. An excessive throat chakra may result in the inability to listen, or problems with speech such as stuttering or excessive talking. When the energy of the throat chakra is deficient it may result in a fear or speaking up for yourself, avoidance of communication or aphasia. To balance the throat chakra close your eyes as you place the tips of your fingers over your throat and say “I speak” out loud. Notice all of the senses this experience effects and realize how important it is to speak with intention.
Ajna – Third Eye Chakra
This chakra is first developed during adolescence and is interlaced with our ability to see, perceive and self-reflect. Located between the brows, Ajna rules over our intuition, imagination and psychic connection. Do you daydream? Are you able to follow through on your wildest dreams? This chakra is the first door to awakening deep spirituality and seeing beyond the physical realm. Excessive third eye energy may result in headaches, nightmares, hallucinations, delusion or difficulty concentrating. Deficient energy manifests in poor memory/vision, inability to use your imagination or denial. Close your eyes and notice what you see, during this conscious connection say “I see” and take inventory of your experience.
Sahasrara – Crown Chakra
The beacon of enlightenment, this chakra centers around the crown of your head and governs over your awareness and self-knowledge. Further wisdom, consciousness, and spiritual connection are all connected to crown chakra energy. When you think about the grounding exercise of aligning each of these vortexes the crown chakra is the lighthouse that guides the rest of the energy from the ground up. It is developed throughout your lifetime and interlaced through all other chakras. To be excessive in crown chakra energy is confusing and dissociating. Spiritual and or intellectual addiction is also another manifestation of excessive crown chakra energy while learning difficulties, spiritual skepticism, limited beliefs and apathy are manifestations of crown chakra deficiencies.
This is a very brief introduction of the chakra system. Like any energy, know that you are always in flux, find the joy in your flexibility. Excessive and deficient do not necessarily mean good or bad, but rather should be seen as categories of measurement. There are many resources available to further understand chakras and how to heal and balance them.
Is there any chakra you resonate with? Perhaps you find that you are excessive or deficient in an energy. We are so curious to hear what your thoughts are on the chakras.
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