What are the 7 main chakras?
What’s a Chakra?
Well, different schools of thought might differ on the number of chakras they think are in your body but all of them will explain that chakra literally means “wheel” or “disk,” in Sanskit and chakras are energy centres within the human body. Some people say there are 114 chakras (energy centres) throughout your entire body, but there are seven main chakras starting at the base of you spine and ending at the crown of your head.
Each chakra corresponds to physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual states. When your chakras are aligned and working in harmony with one another, you feel like you’re “in flow.”
I’m not saying when your chakras are aligned you’re enlightened, life is perfect and everything is seamless. When your chakras are aligned you typically feel like you have more energy, you’re more clear, healthy and a little more vibrant.
I like to keep my blogs short and sweet, so consider this a high level overview of the chakra system or an intro to the chakras for beginners. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone here! There’s many books on the chakras, and for good reason - there’s a lot to know! Way more than I could ever share in a blog post, which is why I’m going over the basics. When I started writing this blog post, I realized I could write an entire blog post about each chakra and a blog post explaining which crystals balance which chakras, what foods balance certain chakras, how to meditate to balance your chakras, which yoga poses will help you balance certain chakras, which essential oils will help you balance certain chakras… the list is endless!
It was truly this blog post and a conversation with my friend Michelle that inspired me to curate a chakra series of Facebook Live chats for the Soul Squad starting in November, 2018!
The Soul Squad Community is a 6-week yoga and meditation program that includes yoga videos and meditation audios to help you build a daily meditation practice. The Soul Squad Community also has a private Facebook group where I host weekly chats! From November 14th - December 19th all six chats will cover the chakras and how to balance them them with oils, meditation, yoga and more! We even have a special guest speaker coming in one week to explain which crystals relate to which chakras and how you can use crystals to balance your chakras.
If you want to be notified when registration for the Soul Squad opens, click here
Muladhara - Root Chakra
The first chakra is the lowest chakra found at the perineum. It’s characteristics are concerned with basic survival, safety and security issues.
In balance: When your first chakra is balanced you’ll feel grounded and more comfortable in your body. You will also feel more safe, secure and trusting.
Out of balance: When your first chakra is out of balance you’ll experience feelings of fear and insecurity. You might feel disconnected and restless. Tired, lazy.
2. Svadhistana - Sacral Chakra
Your second chakra is found at the lower abdomen. It’s associated with lower emotions like anger, fear, jealousy and lust. It also controls sexual desires and reproduction.
In balance: When your second chakra is in balance you’ll feel more creative, your hormones will be in-balance and you’ll have a healthy sex drive, healthy sense of personal power and you’ll be able to maintain safe and healthy boundaries.
Out of balance: When your second chakra is out of balance, you might feel creatively blocked, low energy, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy sex drive or emotional.
3. Manipura - Solar Plexus Chakra
Your third chakra is located at the solar plexus. It is associated with the ego and mental energy.
In balance: When your third chakra is in balance you’ll feel confident and have a strong sense of self and high self-esteem.
Out of balance: When your third chakra is out of balance you might feel like you’re lacking confidence and feel physically or mentally weak. Other imbalances include digestive issues.
4. Anahata - Heart Chakra
Your fourth chakra is found behind the heart. It is concerned with emotional attachments, love and relationships.
In balance: When your fourth chakra is in balance you feel loved, happy, content and trusting. The fourth chakra is associated with peace, empathy, trust and faith.
Out of balance: When your fourth chakra is out of balance you might feel sad, lonely and fearful. You might also feel a lack of empathy, cold or withdrawn.
5. Visuddha - Throat Chakra
Your fifth chakra is located at the throat. It’s associated with inner guidance and wisdom, expression and clarity.
In balance: When your fifth chakra is in balance you will feel clear, open with your communication and honest with your speech.
Out of balance: When your fifth chakra is out of balance you might feel like you can’t communicate, as if you can’t quite find the words for what you want to say. You might be dishonest with your speech or actions. Other imbalances with this chakra might include sore throat, stiff neck and thyroid problems.
6. Ajna - Third Eye Chakra
Your sixth chakra is found between the eyebrows. I usually refer to this as the surface of your third eye. But the root of your third eye is your pituitary gland. If you were to draw a line between both ears through the centre of your head, right at the centre of the line is where your pituitary gland would be. It’s associated with inner-vision, will-power and high immunity.
In balance: When your sixth chakra is balanced you will experience a strong sense of intuition and inner knowing. You will feel more confident when making decisions.
Out of balance: When your sixth chakra is out of balance you might experience uncertainty and lack of clarity and direction. Other imbalances include headaches, forgetfulness, headaches, nightmares and blurred vision.
7. Sahasrara - Crown Chakra
Your seventh chakra is located just above the crown of your head and it is considered to be the seat of enlightenment.
In balance: When your seventh chakra is balanced you will feel present, consciousness, physically and mentally clear and healthy.
Out of balance: When your seventh chakra is out of balance you might experience confusion, boredom and the inability to be present.