What are Chakras and Why you should care about them

You know those days when you’re feeling way off, but can’t seem to find an explantation as to why? Well, it could very much be related to your energy being out of whack. A few weeks back I made a post about the manipura chakra and it’s relationship with our self-esteem, but I now realize not everyone really knows much about chakras. In short, chakras are energy. Everything is energy and everything has the ability to effect our natural energy. Us humans often have a hard time being aware of this because of the modern age we live in. Have no fear, we can always learn. The most effective way I’ve found to learn about and manage my energy is through the chakras. Maybe you’ve heard of them before and already know a bit about them. Or maybe this is your first time really hearing about them and you’re suspiciously thinking “okay Haley, where are you heading with this?”. Both are great places to be. I am going to give you a simple breakdown of the chakra energy system that exist in your body right now and how being more aware of it can benefit you.

What are the chakras?

Our Chakras are a set of energy systems that run up our spine and throughout our body. Chakra translates to wheel. That’s because these different energy spots rotate in different ways, like wheels, to send energy throughout our body. There’s a lot of chakras and a good bit of information on how they work. For today we’re just going to touch on the basics by identifying the 7 primary chakras; where they’re located and what they’re associated with . The 7 main chakras run along our spine, starting at the tailbone and reaching all the way up to the top of our head. Each having its own unique energy functions and building support off of the wheel below it. These 7 primary chakras are broken down as follows and I have each chakra highlighted in the color it’s typically associated with.

1. muladhara chakra

(aka root chakra).

location: base of the spine.

associated with: our sense of safety, security and foundation.

2. Swadhisthana chakra

(aka Sacral Chakra)

location: in the hips and low belly.

associated with: our flexibility, emotions, passions, and pleasures in life.

3. Manipura Chakra

(aka solar plexus chakra)

location: upper belly.

associated with: our willpower, confidence, authenticity, and freedom.

4. Anahata Chakra

(aka heart chakra)

location: center of chest.

associated with: our compassion, empathy, love, and generosity.

5. Vishuddha Chakra

(aka throat chakra)

location: base of the throat.

associated with: our creativty, communication, and self expression.

6. Ajna Chakra

(third eye chakra)

location: right between the eyebrows.

associated with: our intuition, our gut instincts, and ability to see the truth.

7. Sahasrara chakra

(crown chakra)

Location: the very top of our heads (like a crown).

associated with: our connection, enlightenment, and wisdom to all living the things and the universe.

Why you should care about your chakra system:

So remember how I said the chakras work like little energy wheels throughout your body? Well guess what, if one wheel is out of whack it throws the whole system off. Teamwork at its finest. Additionally, when any of the chakras are out of whack or unbalanced they can cause various issues in our mind, body, energy, and spirit. Which this can effect all areas of our life and even aid in physical problems.

Realistic example: say your Manipura (third) chakra is out of whack and let’s just say it’s overactive (the energetic wheel is spinning too fast). You probably have too much power/fire. You may find yourself being more aggressive or anxious than usual (& maybe not even knowing why). You may have more rude thoughts than normal or even become a little bit of a bully. Too much power, yeah? There’s also the possibility of it going in the opposite direction and being under-active. Here you might see the opposite problem. You struggle to find motivation and confidence to carry out the day. Not enough power.

Okay, so now you know what can happen when they get out of whack, but why do they do that in the first place?

I’m so glad you asked.

Well friends, the reason as to why a chakra (or chakras) gets out of whack is unique to each individual person. It can be from trauma, stresses, triggers, picking up on others energy, anything really, others issues, genetics, or just regular life. For some of us our system gets out of whack based on the energy we come in contact with because we haven’t quite figured out ways to protect and balance our own energy.

If you’re not aware of your energy it’s hard to know what you can energetically give, what your boundaries are, what is taking your energy, or what even gives you energy. Becoming aware of our 7 primary chakras can help us grow that awareness of our energy and help us learn how to balance our energy so we can live more peaceful life.

Great, now you know your chakras are all out of whack, but how do you balance them?

No worries, friends. While your chakra system will probably always need some maintenance, just like everything else in this human life, there are ways to heal and temporarily align them when you notice things are off. To begin, there’s a ton of free information out there about how to balance each one specifically. So, I am going to give you a broad overview of things you can do to get your wheels turning in a better direction. This includes:

  • affirmations
  • meditations
  • being in nature
  • eating natural foods
  • essential oils & smells
  • color therapy
  • yoga (I can help you on that avenue)
  • journaling

Now I’m not saying balancing your chakras or energy is going to solve all of your issues (or even be a quick fix to your energy feeling whacky), but I do believe it can help improve and guide us to being more balanced in all areas of life….And help us just energetically feel better. Regardless of physical or mental limitations we may have, energy is universal and is something we can work on in some way.

For me personally the best way to maintain awareness and balance of my chakras is through yoga and meditation, focusing on different poses and breaths associated with each chakra. So often when I do a heart opening pose it tells me exactly where my energy in my heart chakra is at for the day. If it’s not willing to open, I know I need to sit with it for extra breaths. Breathing at my stopping point in the pose can energetically help give that space what it needs. It’s all just kind of a cool experience to have, learn, share, and discuss.

As I noted earlier, I can possibly help with the balancing act and learning chakras through yoga. I offer a virtual chakra reset class on Mondays that I absolutely love teaching. It’s a gentle flow flow class that combines poses and breath work that are specifically helpful for each chakra. The most fun part about it is that it’s new every Monday, taking into account the universal energy for when you do it.

Energy is rad.

If you’d like to join, I’d love to have you. It’s pre-recorded on the day of (because I know so many struggle to meet all at the same time) and sent right to your inbox. You can find information by clicking here

Taking care of your energy is taking care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is taking care of the world. I hope you enjoyed this read and found something positive/helpful to take away. I know I enjoyed writing this post, a lot.

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Someone once told me to never stop writing, so I'm not. Sharing my soul journey. You can find my yoga teachings and insights on my brain over on my website. therecklessnomad.com

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