The seven chakras are the areas in our bodies in which energy intercepts. Think of them like phone towers, for a phone call to get where it needs to go, it pings a few towers on the way to help maintain its reception so it doesn’t lose the message. For energy (Qi) to flow from your head to your arm, it pings the towers (chakras) along the way, if it loses reception it becomes stuck somewhere.
The chakras correspond to organs and nerve centres in the body, effecting us emotionally – and spiritually. Since energy and breath, are all moving, it’s essential that seven chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. The same way food scraps block a drain to prevent water flowing through, blockages in the chakra stop the flow of energy.
So it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely…
1. Root Chakra
Our foundation (root); the feeling of being grounded, physical needs and survival instinct.
- Located toward the base of the spine (tailbone), associated with the adrenals and kidneys.
2. Sacral Chakra
Our connection to others, emotional balance, sexuality and procreation.
- Located in lower abdomen, two inches below the navel, linked to spleen, reproductive organs and gonads.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Our confidence, personal power and self will.
- Located in upper abdomen, linked to the stomach, gall bladder, liver and pancreas.
4. Heart Chakra
Our ability to give and receive love.
- Located in the chest just above the heart, connected to the heart and circulatory system, and the thymus.
5. Throat Chakra
The ability to communicate and listen.
- Located in the throat, linked with the lungs, larynx and thyroid.
6. Third Eye Chakra (or Brow Chakra)
Our intuition, wisdom, and creativity.
- Located in the forehead between the eyes, linked with the ears, nose, nervous system, lower brain and pituitary gland.
7. Crown Chakra
Our ability to be connected spiritually, our relationship to the universe.
- Located at the very top of the head, linked with the upper brain and pineal gland.