Chakra translates to wheel in Sanskrit. There are seven main chakras at points along the spine and hundreds of others throughout the body. When the chakras are balanced and in alignment, energy is flowing, and you are healthy. If your chakras are blocked due to mental, emotional or spiritual disease, you may feel the effects as a physical ailment. The lower chakras have to do with grounding, physicality and stability. The upper chakras deal with expansion, compassion and insight. The heart center, at the center of the seven, is the connection between the upper and lower chakras.
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1st – Muladhara Chakra * STABILITY *
The first chakra is related to survival instincts and sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. When balanced, we feel secure and safe. When blocked, we may feel unstable and anxious. Blockage can also lead to weight problems, hemorrhoids, arthritis, knee problems and sciatica.
Quote: "The body never lies." ~Martha Graham
2nd - Svadhishthana Chakra * SEXUALITY *
The second chakra is related to emotions and sexuality. When balanced, this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment and the ability to accept change. When out of balance, problems with sex drive and performance may occur, such as impotence, frigidity and bladder infections.
Quote: "Sex is emotion in motion." ~Mae West
3rd – Manipura Chakra * SELF-ESTEEM *
The third chakra rules our personal power, will and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When balanced, digestion and self-discipline are strong. When out of balance, stomach problems and weakness of will are possible, in addition to ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia and digestive disorders.
Quote: "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." ~Anaïs Nin
4th – Anahata Chakra *COMPASSION/SELF-LOVE *
The fourth chakra allows us to love deeply. When balanced, we feel compassion and have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. When out of balance, this chakra leads to bitterness, greed and thoughtlessness, as well as potential asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and lung disease.
Quote: "When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless." ~Pema Chodron
5th - Vishuddha Chakra * COMMUNICATION *
The fifth chakra is related to communication and creativity. When balanced, the throat chakra enables clear, easy communication, both verbal and non-verbal. When out of balance, blockages in this area can lead to problems with the throat and sinuses, including sore throat, colds, stiff neck, hearing problems and thyroid problems.
Color: SKY BLUE / TURQUOISE
Quote: "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." ~Mark Twain
6th – Ajna Chakra * INTUITION *
The sixth chakra governs the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. When balanced, thinking is clear and intuition is strong. When out of balance, one feels disconnected from their intuition or "gut" feelings. Blindness, eye strain, blurred vision, headaches and nightmares can also occur.
Quote: "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." ~Benjamin Spock
7th - Sahasrara Chakra * CONNECTION/UNION *
When developed, the seventh chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection and bliss. When out of balance, there may be an inability to learn, confusion, apathy, alienation, depression and/or boredom.
Color: VIOLET or WHITE
Quote: Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. ~Zen Proverb