The concept of chakras is an ancient one, with its roots in Sanskrit. The word “Chakra” translates to wheel, and it refers to energy wheels throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which line the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the spine. If any of these chakras are blocked, then the energy cannot flow freely, causing emotional and physical ailments.
Each of the chakras is directly related to a part of our body and affects our overall health. It is vital to clear and open these wheels to allow the body to function as designed. If a chakra becomes blocked, it can have a significant impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being. For example, the Root Chakra is connected to the sense of smell within the body and is attached to the gland known as the gonads.
Physically, it is associated with problems in the colon, bladder, discharge, or with problems in the lower back, legs, or feet. The third eye chakra, also known as Ajna Chakra, governs our ability to invite a new reality into our life by dreaming of different possibilities. Diane Malaspina, PhD, a therapeutic specialist in yoga medicine, prefers to think of chakras as out of balance versus blocked. Chakra meditations involve simply focusing on the specific area of the body or color associated with the chakra as a means of restoring and balancing energy flow.
As such, a basic understanding of chakras can have a profoundly positive influence on both healing specific wounds and living a more optimal life. An imbalance of the solar plexus chakra can physically manifest as digestive problems, liver problems, or diabetes. When the sacral chakra is out of balance, a person may feel emotionally explosive and irritable, lack energy and creativity, feel manipulative, or obsessed with sexual thoughts. Terrones says that postures that strengthen the pelvic floor, where the sacral chakra resides, such as bridge posture or deep hip opening postures such as pigeon pose or lizard pose are excellent for strengthening this chakra. In conclusion, understanding and working with our chakras can be an incredibly powerful tool for healing and personal growth.
By learning how to open and balance our chakras we can create more harmony in our lives and experience greater wellbeing.