Most of us know that there are seven main chakras in our body, and time and again, we have heard people talking about the importance of cleaning your chakras. And of course, people who were born before 2000 must have seen the most popular series of the late 90s, ‘Shaktimaan’. In the show, there were uncountable mentions of the ‘7 Chakras’, and even the title song talked about the same. Apart from that, you might also have encountered people who are trying their best to keep these chakras balanced, open and aligned. But do you really know these chakras and how they impact our bodies? Let us have a look:
What are the Chakras?
The chakras have been a part of our Vedic culture for centuries. This Chakra system originated in India around 1000 BC, and its evidence can be found in different Upanishads and Vedas. According to our Vedic culture, it is believed that we have 114 chakras in our bodies. These chakras denote the energy points, which are basically a junction where many nerves meet together. Chakra literally means ‘wheel’, and one can think of these chakras as free-flowing energy spins inside our bodies. Out of these 114 chakras, seven chakras of the body are primary, which immensely impact our body, mind, intellect and emotions. These chakras run along our spinal cord and are aligned in a straight line. Moreover, each chakra has its own colour, name, meaning, location, element and effect on the body and mind.
1. The Root Chakra or Muladhara
Located at the bottom of the spine in the tailbone area, the Root Chakra deals with survival issues such as financial stability, food and money. Moreover, it influences the health of our digestive system, bones, kidneys, teeth, prostate, sexual activity and excretory imbalance.
- Colour: Red
- Meaning: I am
- Element: Earth
2. The Sacral Chakra or Swadhisthana
The Sacral Chakra is found between the belly button and pubic bone and is associated with pleasure, well-being, emotions and sexuality. In addition, it regulates the health of the urinary tract, pancreas, lower back and immune system.
- Colour: Orange
- Meaning: I feel
- Element: Water
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura
The Solar Plexus Chakra deals with self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence. It is located in the upper abdomen area of our body. Moreover, it affects the upper abdomen, gall bladder, intestines, liver, middle spine, kidneys and stomach.
- Colour: Yellow
- Meaning: I do
- Element: Fire
4. The Heart Chakra or Anahata
The heart chakra denotes the feeling of joy, love, compassion and inner peace. Located just above our heart, this chakra influences the heart, ribcage, blood circulation and lungs.
- Colour: Green
- Meaning: I love
- Element: Air
5. The Throat Chakra or Vishuddha
The throat chakra deals with communication skills, truth and self-expression, and it is positioned right in our throat. It regulates the throat, teeth, thyroid, parathyroid, vocal cord, and neck.
- Colour: Light Blue
- Meaning: I speak
- Element: Sound
6. The Third Eye Chakra or Ajna
The Third Eye Chakra is nestled between our eyebrows and deals with the intuitions, six senses, imaginations, and wisdom, and it also opens gates for higher dimensions. It controls the brain, eye, ear, nose, pineal gland, neurological system and pituitary gland.
- Colour: Indigo
- Meaning: I see
- Element: Light
7. The Crown Chakra or Sahasrara
The Crown chakra is situated at the top of our head, and it deals with awareness, intelligence, knowledge, spirituality and inner and outer beauty. Moreover, it governs the head, brain, pineal gland and nervous system.
- Colour: Violet or White
- Meaning: I understand
- Element: This chakra does not associate with any aspect; it is just pure divine consciousness.
Wrap it up!
All the chakras are directly connected to our health and well-being; thus, it is crucial to keep them balanced. The unbalanced chakras do not allow a free flow of energy which causes illness and disturbances in our body and mind. Though imbalance is a part of life, one can reduce it by doing yoga, meditation and exercise. So, know your chakras and keep them aligned for a healthy, content, fulfilling life.