The Sanskrit word chakra translates as wheel or disc, but it refers to a center of spiritual energy within the human body. According to the Chopra Center, there are seven chakras along the spine, neck and crown of the head. These seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body and are believed to be connected to our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. People often talk about unlocking their chakras, which is a way of achieving harmony between the physical body, mind and spirit.
Chakras are energy wheels located throughout the body. It is believed that there are seven main chakras that align the spine, starting with the coccyx and going up to the crown of the head. Each chakra contains beliefs, emotions and memories related to specific areas of our lives. The lower chakras are related to earthly matters such as survival, sex and power, while the three upper chakras are related to higher consciousness, truth, intuition and purpose.
The heart chakra unites these two worlds with empathy, love and compassion. The first chakra is Muladhara, which is located at the base of the spine and is associated with stability, security and our basic needs. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless. The second chakra is Svadhisthana, located above the pubic bone and below the navel.
This is our sexual and creativity center. The third chakra is Manipura, located from the navel to the sternum. This is our source of personal power. When this chakra is out of balance, it can lead to emotional problems such as anger, lack of trust, anxiety, jealousy, fear and a bad mood.
The fourth chakra is Anahata or the heart chakra. This is where we experience empathy, love and compassion. When this chakra is unbalanced it can cause anger, lack of confidence, anxiety, jealousy, fear and a bad mood. The fifth chakra is Vishuddha or throat chakra which is associated with communication and expression.
The sixth chakra is Ajna or third eye which allows us to notice connections in this world and beyond. The seventh chakra is Sahasrara or crown chakra which is associated with spiritual connection and enlightenment. There are many ways to connect with your chakras such as meditation and yoga, Reiki, crystal healing, sound healing, acupuncture or visualization. Chakras are thought to be rotating vortexes of energy that can be seen with intuition but not with the human eye. It is believed that when all of our chakras are open energy can flow freely through them creating harmony between our physical body, mind and spirit.