The Guide to Chakras: for beginners 


The word chakra pays reference to the energy centre of your body. In Sanskrit, the word means ‘disk’ or ‘wheel’. When all of our chakras (because there are 7 of them) are spinning it works with the different nerves and organs in our body. 


For these areas of our body to function at full capacity, all of our chakras need to be open, stay open and be in balance. If any chakra is blocked, you may experience discomfort both physically and emotionally. 


These seven chakras run along the spine of your body and start at the base of your spine and reach the crown of your head.


Don’t worry if you still are a little confused, these will all be covered below! 



The history of chakras 


The term chakra has become well known through its use in yoga and from any New Age philosophies. However, they are a complex and ancient energy system, which originated in India. 


Chakras were first mentioned in the Vedas as part of the spiritual knowledge of Hinduism. This dated back to 1500 to 1000 BC. 






The 7 chakras and what they mean


As part of the energy system, we explore the 7 main chakras that work within our body. Let’s explore what each chakra is and how they impact us. 



1. Root Chakra

Known as Muladhara is at the base of your spine and represents grounding and stability. It impacts your survival factors like money, food, shelter, safety, comfort, and belonging.


Location: At the base of your spine (tailbone area) 

Colour: Red

Affirmation: I’m safe / I’m centered & grounded


When the chakra is open you feel confident to take on challenges! 



2. Sacral Chakra

Known as Swadhisthana and is located in your lower abdomen. This represents your sense of abundance, wellbeing, pleasure, and sexuality. 


Location: Lower abdomen, near your belly button. 

Colour: Orange

Affirmation: I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take / I enjoy pleasure in all areas of my life


When the chakra is open you feel abundant, emotionally intelligent and creative! 



3. Solar Plexus Chakra

The Manupura is located in your stomach area and has control over your self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. You know when you get those butterflies or the pit of your stomach feeling? 


Location: Upper abdomen in your stomach 

Colour: Yellow

Affirmation: I respect myself at all times /I deserve a wonderful life


When the chakra is open you have confidence, control of your life and feel free to express your true self. 



4. Heart Chakra

Of course, your heart (Anahata) is your love, joy, and inner peace! 


Location: At your heart - the centre of your chest

Colour: Green

Affirmation: I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all my actions / I’m grateful for all my blessings


When your chakra is open, your heart is open and ready for deep compassion and empathy. 



5. Throat Chakra

Known as Vishuddha and is in your throat. This chakra controls communication, truth and self-expression!


Location: In your throat

Colour: Light blue

Affirmation:  I express myself fully, creatively & respectfully / I speak & hear the truth 


When your chakra is open you can express yourself clearly and effectively. 



6. Third-Eye Chakra 

Or Ajna is located between your eyes and is a representation of your intuition, imagination and wisdom.  


Location: Forehead - in between your eyes 

Colour: Dark blue/purple 

Affirmation: I always honor and follow my intuition / I invite sacred transformation 


When your chakra is open your will experience visions and intuitive hits that help to guide you! 



7. Crown Chakra

The top of your head and works with your inner and outer beauty and is a sense of your spiritual connection! 


Location: Top of your head

Colour: White/violet 

Affirmation: I honor the divine within me / I’m infinite & boundless


When your chakra is open you are connected spiritually and are able to access your higher consciousness! 





How do you know if your chakras are blocked?

 

As you have now discovered, each chakra represents a different area of your body and a different type of energy. 


When you experience a block in each chakra you will experience different symptoms/feelings. So let’s dive into each chakra and what you may experience if it is blocked. 



Root Chakra 

  • Feeling stuck or sluggish 

  • Stress over external factors 

  • Consistent financial problems 

  • Hate or anger towards your body 

  • Feeling not good enough as you are

  • Just getting by or going without


Sacral Chakra

  • Feeling abuse, hurt and confusion 

  • Challenges to allow yourself to be emotionally and sexually intimate 

  • Negativte connotations about sex and feeling “sexy” 

  • Lack of trust you can be loved for you 

  • Self-image issues

  • Consistent toxic relationships 


Solar Plexus Chakra

  • Feeling powerless

  • Letting go of your power to keep the peace 

  • The struggle to take action on your dreams because of self-esteem 

  • Anxiety and stomach pain 


Heart Chakra

  • The fear of commitment 

  • Feeling you have to please others to be loved 

  • Hurt from past relationships - putting a guard up against any future hurt 

  • Holding of grudges 

  • Heart disease 

  • Asthma 

  • Allergies 

  • Trouble giving or receiving love 

  • Trouble being compassionate 


Throat Chakra

  • The fear of speaking and saying what you feel or want 

  • Going along with what others say/do so you don’t upset them 

  • Frustrated that people don’t listen or hear what you say 

  • Sore throat or the feeling of a blocked throat


Third Eye Chakra

  • A struggle with purpose and the meaning of life 

  • Disconnection from your intuition 

  • Struggle to make decisions 

  • Feeling lost from your spiritual purpose or path in life 

  • Headaches and tension in the brow area 

  • Feeling out of alignment 


Crown Chakra

  • Feeling lonely or aimless 

  • Attachment to material possession and achievements (to define you)

  • Disconnect from the spiritual side  

  • Lack of connection from a higher power 

  • Feeling of unworthiness to spiritual help 

  • Migraines and tension headaches


Don’t stress if you feel you may have any blocks, there is so much to help you! 





How to work on unblocking your chakras 


There are a lot of ways you can work to open your chakras. The work I do with my clients to help them with these blockages include: 


  • Meditation

  • Affirmations (as mentioned above) 

  • Journal prompts (you can find some great ones here

  • Visualisations (a visualisation of the unblocking of the chakra) 


When visiting my clients in person, I also use a pendulum to find where the blockages are. However, by just talking to my clients I can find the blockages that are present within them. 


For your meditation, you want to bring awareness and focus to the blocked chakra. You can also chant your affirmation while doing the meditation. 


Of course, if you want to do more chakra work, email me here - I have some special offers coming up to help with chakras like my mastermind! 



My journey with chakras


When I was 5 years old, I was introduced to reiki and chakras - when I was taught all about meditation and breathwork. 


For me at this age, it was about moving the energy around my body. Being introduced to the word was probably why I wanted to go to India 16 years ago because I could never explain why I went. 


Of course, being in India allowed me to dive deeper into chakras, which happened when I went to an Ayurveda practitioner Ashram - Amma was the guru in India.


Here I was introduced to chakras on a deeper level. For me, it was all about coming into alignment when I had Ayurveda treatment. 


My knowledge in chakras has been developed from my teacher Katie Rose (yoga and Ayurveda) so I can practice and help others with their chakras. 





Final thoughts 


When it comes to chakras, you can always go deeper with your knowledge and unblocking. There are so many levels of research. 


One thing you can take from reading this is, just be conscious of your chakras and work to bring a level of consciousness to what is happening in your body. 


So the key takeaways are: 

  • Learn each chakra and what they represent 

  • Learn what it means to have a blockage in certain chakras

  • Work to unblock them through your own practice or with someone else (I’d love to help you) 


If you want to go deeper with your chakras, my mastermind is coming soon!! Learn more about it by contacting me! 






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