What are Chakras?

Chakras, by definition...

A chakra (pronounced “cha”-“kra” with a resounding “ch”) is a center of one's energy.  Originating from Sanskrit, it literally means “wheel” by association with its function as a vortex of spinning energy interacting with various physiological and neurological systems in the body.

Simply put, Chakras are energy centers within the human body that help to regulate all its processes, from organ function to to the immune system and emotions.

There are considered to be seven chakras which are the centers in our bodies of which energy flows through.  Blocked energy in any one of our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it's important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

The 7 Chakras

Root Chakra

The 1st Chakra, the Root Chakra, represents our foundation and is all about feeling grounded and secure.

Location: Base of spine in tailbone area

What affects our Root Chakra: Survival issues, such as money and food

Color: Red

Exercises:

  • Walking, Pushing your bare feet or Stomping your bare feet on the ground.
  • Practicing certain Yoga can open up your lower spine.

Healing Foods:

  • Red colored foods like apples and beets
  • Hot spices like red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce
  • Vegetables from the ground like potatoes and carrots
  • Animal proteins like red meat and eggs
Sacral Chakra

The 2nd Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, relates to our ability to feel creative, intimate, and accept change.

Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.

What affects our Sacral Chakra: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

Color: Orange Exercises:

  • Pelvic thrusts
  • Cobra Yoga Pose

Healing Foods:

  • Orange colored foods like oranges and tangerines
  • Nuts
Solar Plexus Chakra

The 3rd Chakra, 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 our Solar Plexus Chakra: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

Color: Yellow

Exercises:

  • Kundalini Yoga: Boat Pose
  • Dancing. Shake those hips!

Healing Foods:

  • Yellow colored foods like corn
  • Grains and fiber like granola and whole wheat bread
  • Teas like peppermint and chamomile tea
Heart Chakra

The 4th Chakra, the Heart Chakra, represents our ability to love — past, present, and future.

Location: Center of chest just above heart

What affects our Heart Chakra: Love, joy, inner peace

Color: Green

Exercises:

  • Bikram Yoga
  • Love, the act of selflessness to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra.

Healing Foods:

  • Green colored foods like leafy vegetables and spinach
  • Green tea
Throat Chakra

The 5th Chakra, the Throat Chakra, represents our ability to communicate and express ourselves.

Location: Throat

What affects our Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets

Color: Blue

Exercises:

  • Shoulder stand
  • Singing, chanting

Healing Foods:

  • Juices and teas
  • All types of fruits
The Third Eye Chakra

The 6th Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, is related to our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

Location: Forehead between the eyes

What affects our Third Eye Chakra: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions

Color: Indigo

Exercises:

  • Child's Pose or other types of yoga poses with forward bends
  • Eye exercises
  • Herbal oil treatment

Healing Foods:

  • Purple colored fruits like grapes and blueberries
  • Chocolate
  • Lavender flavored spices or tea
The Crown Chakra

The 7th and highest Chakra, the Crown Chakra, represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

Location: The very top of our head

What affects our Crown Chakra: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss

Color: Violet

Healing Exercises:

  • Meditation
  • Running or cardio

Healing Foods:

  • Being of a spiritual connection, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods.
  • The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.
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