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Introduction to Chakras

Chakras are part of an ancient belief system dating back to the early traditions of Hinduism. Nowadays, chakras are a little misunderstood, however, once we break them down and truly understand their ancient wisdom and power, we can gain a huge insight into our sense of selves.

The term ‘Chakra’ loosely translates to ‘wheel’, and essentially refer to a wheel of energy. When we experience feelings of being ungrounded, being unable to connect emotionally or an inability to express our truth or harness our natural intuition – our bodies are often signalling to us that one of our wheels isn’t in balance. There are seven core chakras, and we encourage you to read through each chakra and what it represents. You may find you are drawn to one or two in particular, and we encourage you to focus on these. We have listed some body alarms that may be signalling to you which ones you need to focus on to strengthen and balance.

The 7 Chakras

If you’re feeling fearful, insecure, or constantly on edge. Or, if you’re experiencing weight gain, constipation, depression, anxiety or unexplained exhaustion. Then this may be a sign your Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) is out of balance. This Chakra is oriented at the base of the spine and is linked to the roots you have in your life – you may be facing challenges if your roots are weak or not supportive. These roots may relate to shelter, safety, security, water, food or family.

If you’re feeling emotional instability, are resisting change, have chronic low back pain or are experiencing sexual dysfunction or reproductive issues, this is a sign your Svadhisthana Chakra (the Sacral Chakra) is out of alignment. This is the Chakra associated with our creative and sexual energy. Re-aligning this chakra is associated with abundance, movement, pleasure and feeling increasingly fulfilled in relationships.

If you’re experiencing digestion issues, have low self-esteem and have difficulty making decisions, your Manipura Chakra (the Navel Chakra) may be out of balance. This is the element of fire, governing our personal identity, digestion, and self-esteem.

If you’re experiencing poor circulation, changes in your blood pressure, feelings of being unworthy or unusually co-dependent, then your Anahata Chakra (the Heart Chakra) may be out of balance. This is the first of the spiritual Chakras, and is one of the most emotional ones to work on.

Your Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra) may be out of balance if you are finding you cannot express ideas clearly, cannot speak your truth, or be in tune with your intentions and desires. You may also be experiencing a sore throat, neck pain or issues with your thyroid.

Your Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra) is our ‘sixth sense’. This Chakra may be out of balance if you’re feeling cynical, don’t feel you can rely on and trust your emotions, or you may have the physical symptoms of headaches or difficulty with vision.

Your seventh and final chakra, the Sahasrara Chakra represents our spirituality. You may be feeling this Chakra is out of balance if you’re hypersensitive to emotions, dissociating from feelings of happiness, or focused on material things. We invite you to reflect on which chakras you believe you could better understand and help to change.

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