Chakras continue to gain more and more popularity. But what are these spinning wheels of energy and why do people want to unblock Chakras? In Western culture, it’s seen as a ‘New Age’ thing, but it’s an ancient body of work, an ancient energy system. The Chakras originated from India, first mentioned in the Vedas, the ancient sacred texts of spiritual knowledge dating from 1500 to 1000 BCE.
The word Chakra in Sanskrit translates to ‘wheel’. In the main Chakra System, there are 7 energy wheels or energy centers that begin from the base of your spine to the top of your head. They are formed due to the 72 000 Nadi lines (rivers of energy) intersecting across Sushumna Nadi, the most powerful Nadi (this runs along the spine).
When the Chakras are aligned, open and spinning, you feel a sense of ease and flow within life. Energy flows effortlessly to you and through you. When they are blocked, clogged or out of balance you can feel like life is a drag, everything is hard, you may feel low energy like you’re forever walking uphill. Chakras can also be overused and be ‘too open’. This may create a feeling of disconnection and chaos.
Balancing, connecting and working with these wheels of energy promotes vitality and a sense of flow, it adds brightness and lightness to your spiritual and physical body. Whether you have an interest in alternative holistic health, you’re a Yoga practitioner, looking into Ayurveda or your co-worker told you that you really need to work on your Sacral Chakra, there are many different ways to work with the Chakras and open your flow of energy.
Before we go on, we personally have a deep respect and fascination with this world, however, it’s important to state that this body of work has not been thoroughly examined by modern medical studies.
What we love about this subject matter is that it evokes self-reflection. We encourage you to use this information to guide you to look inward.
We like to look at this information as ‘tools’ not necessarily truths, but methods to create inner and outer peace and alignment.
How do you Unblock the Chakras?
There are many ways to work with the Chakras. You can use Yoga, meditation, chanting, Ayurvedic medicine, essential oils, massage, music and more. No matter HOW you decide to work with the Chakras, the goal is to feel balance in the energetic, physical and emotional body and you do this by healing energy centres.
Base Chakra (or Root Chakra) – Muladhara
The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”
It’s the Chakra known as the root of all things. It represents your physical and spiritual connection to the Earth. It governs your sense of safety, strength, stability, groundedness and commitment.
When the Base Chakra is aligned you’ll feel a sense of stability and security. You feel grounded and connected with yourself and others. In tune with your physical health and body.
The colour of the Base Chakra is red and it’s located at the base of your spine.
When the Base Chakra is Blocked
We prefer to focus on the emotional and spiritual aspects of the Chakras. When the Root Chakra is blocked you can feel a sense of fear, instability, anxiety and disconnection. Especially anxious about finances and career.
DISCLAIMER: Or we could just be heading into a recession. As we said, this is an ancient spiritual practice, it’s a tool and not necessarily a truth. Take the aspects that feel right for you and always remember to question everything you read and learn.
ALSO! Right now we are finalising our Chakra Masterclasses. They’ll be short and informative classes on each Chakra and will discuss HOW to unblock them. They will all be uploaded into MerryBody.
To be the first to know about them sign up HERE and we’ll also send you a FREE Chakra eBook!
Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
Translates to ‘one’s own place’, the Chakra in which your centre of sexual, emotional and creative energy is located. The Sacral Chakra is connected to your passion, pleasures and the ability to feel connected to others and live a fulfilling life.
When it’s open and balanced you’ll feel dynamic, stimulated and full of ideas. You’ll feel a sense of flexibility, flow, and fun. Open and ready to experience pleasure, passion and sensuality.
The colour of the Sacral Chakra is orange.
You’ll find this Chakra located 10 centimetres (3 inches) below your belly button, including the pubic area and genitals.
When the Sacral Chakra is Blocked
When this Chakra is blocked you’ll feel difficulty in expressing your needs, emotions and creativity. Perhaps an overindulgence in sexual behaviour or lack of sexual drive. You have a fear of change.
Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
The third Chakra translates to ‘city of jewels’. It acts as the centre of your personal power. This energy centre is in charge of your identity, personality, ego, individual freedom, choice and authenticity. It affects your motivation, willpower and confidence.
When it’s open you will feel self-motivated and confident. You’ll have a deep and motivating sense of purpose that pushes you forward in the most natural and balanced way. You’ll feel at ease in making decisions without too much thinking.
The colour of Manipura is yellow and its location is the abdomen, above the belly button and just below the sternum.
When the Solar Plexus is Blocked
You’ll feel an excessive need for control in all aspects of your life when the Solar Plexus is blocked. You may feel a victim mentality and feelings of helplessness and insecurity. Feelings of inauthenticity, being lost and out of touch with yourself and your loved ones. You might even suffer from digestive issues.
Heart Chakra – Anahata
Translates to ‘unhurt’. It is your centre of empathy, love, compassion and forgiveness. The Heart Chakra also rules your senses of fearlessness, peace, gratitude, trust, generosity and connectedness. It’s the fourth Chakra, the middle of the seven Chakras and it’s where the physical and spiritual meet.
When your Heart Chakra is open, you feel loving, compassionate and calm, open to the world, open to helping others in need and open to love and abundance. You are open to forgive, you accept others and yourself.
The colour for Anahata is green or sometimes pale pink, it’s located at the heart centre.
When the Heart Chakra is Blocked
When your Heart Chakra is closed and blocked you’ll feel irritable and impatient toward others and yourself. Difficulty trusting and understanding others. Lack of empathy. With a feeling of restlessness, anger and dislike for others and self.
Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
Translates to ‘especially pure’ and relates to truth, communication and self-expression. When your Throat Chakra is balanced you’ll feel confidently able to communicate needs and boundaries. You’ll feel emotionally stable with an awareness of your personal power. Aware of your own deep needs and how to fulfil them.
The colour of Vishuddha is blue and it’s located in the throat area.
When the Throat Chakra is Blocked
You’ll choose not to speak out or perhaps you’ll speak too much. You’ll feel insecure, shy or socially anxious around others. You’ll feel unable to express yourself or speak your truth. You may complain and gossip excessively. You might have the need to always be right.
Third Eye Chakra – Anja
Translates to ‘beyond wisdom’ and is linked to your intuition and alignment. When the sixth Chakra is open, you trust your inner knowing and feel connected to your intuition. You’ll feel a sense of clarity and self-awareness. You’ll feel balanced emotionally.
The colour of Anja is purple and it’s located between the eyebrows.
When the Third Eye Chakra is Blocked
You’ll feel confused and out of place in your life. You might feel confused and unclear about how to handle situations. You could feel out of touch with your emotions. Sense of fear and doubt of your success. Unaware and disconnected from the energy of the people around you.
Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
The seventh chakra translates to ‘thousand petals’ and offers access to higher states of consciousness. It’s about letting go of personal preoccupations and opening the mind and soul to a bigger universal vision. When open you’ll feel a sense of peace and ease. You’ll feel connected to your higher purpose, connection to spirit/soul/universe with a clear perspective.
The colour of the Crown Chakra is white light and it’s located at the crown of your head.
When the Crown Chakra is Blocked
You’ll feel a lack of motivation, and disconnected to others and yourself. Spiritual and perhaps general disinterest. You might feel extreme boredom, a sense of frustration and flatness. You’ll feel a lack of purpose.
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Our favourite way to work with the Chakras, to align and balance them, is with the practice of Yoga. Inside our MerryBody app you’ll find a 7 Day Yoga program with Yoga poses and classes for each Chakra, from Base to Crown. We’re also finalising Masterclasses for each Chakra, during each masterclass we go into further detail on how to open blocked Chakras. We’ll go into specific mantras and mudras for each Chakra. To access these you simply need to become a MerryBody Member.
If you have any questions, get in touch! We’re here to help!
Emma + Carla