What are chakras?
Chakras Explained Simply:
The chakras are energy vortices or spirals that exist within the etheric body. A vortex is a swirling mass… that draws energy into its center.
The energy is drawn into this swirling mass… which is one of the chakras… and it also moves out as they transmit life force energy to the body.
The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit and means ‘spinning wheel’. There are seven major chakras as well as other minor chakras. These swirling energy centers are situated along the spinal column and are located between the base of the spine and the crown of the head.
Primitive people knew when they felt out of balance. How did they know what caused their health problems? Perhaps they intuitively knew the problem was linked to a certain part of their body. Information on the chakra chakra meanings found in ancient texts has been able to be substantiated by modern man using current equipment.
Yet these ‘primitive’ people had none of this equipment. They simply knew what action to take… intuitively. How can this be explained? Perhaps these people who lived so long ago were able to use their innate gifts to find the energy centers of the body. Ancient healers began to associate various parts of the body with such things as their emotions, their physical state, and their spiritual being.
It was also in ancient times when people first began to associate particular natural crystals with healing. They worked out the location of various chakras and the chakra meanings. And then intuited how to use various special natural crystals for healing. Using this ancient information combined with our current knowledge we now know that the concept of chakras is actually true.
First Chakra - Root
Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs.
The colors used for this chakra are red, brown and black.
The gemstones are Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, and Black Tourmaline.
Stomping your bare feet on the ground. Remember, the Root Chakra is all about feeling “grounded.”
Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower spine. Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to try out (see above image).
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
Second Chakra - Sacral
Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms.
Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine.
The main color used with this chakra is orange.
The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.
Cobra Yoga Pose
Orange colored foods like oranges and tangerines
Third Chakra - Solar Plexus
When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed.
Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies.
When balanced you may feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges, and have a strong sense of personal power.
The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small intestine.
The main color for this chakra is yellow.
The gemstones are Citrine, Topaz, and Yellow Calcite.
Spinal Twist, the Bow, the Boat and the Camel Yoga Pose
Yellow colored foods like papayas and pineapples, in addition to corn, squash, beans, peppers and poultry, and spices like ginger and tumeric
Also brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa
Fourth Chakra - Heart
Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back.
The main colors used are pink and green.
The gemstones are Rose Quartz, Kunzite, and Watermelon tourmaline.
Love, love, love. Simply opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra.
Green colored foods like leafy vegetables and spinach
Fifth Chakra - Throat
Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland.
The main color used is light blue.
The gemstones are Aquamarine and Azurite.
Shoulder stand (see image above)
Juices and teas
All types of fruits
Sixth Chakra - Third Eye
Sixth chakra body parts include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system.
The main colors are purple and dark blue.
The gemstones are Amethyst, Sodalite, and Lapis Lazuli.
Child’s Pose or other types of yoga poses with forward bends
Herbal oil treatment (see above image)
Purple colored fruits like grapes and blueberries
Lavender flavored spices or tea
Seventh Chakra - Crown
Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious.
The main colors for the crown are white and purple.
The gemstones are Clear Quartz Crystal, Oregon Opal, and Amethyst.
Running or cardio
Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods.
The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.