Upon discovering the different elements of spirituality via yoga, research, and personal inclination, learning about chakras may have become something of interest. The chakra system originated in India and appeared in the Vedas. In Sanskrit, chakra means wheel. In yoga, it is referred to a wheel of energy along the body starting at the base of the spine and ends at the top of your head. There are seven chakras throughout the body associated with different colors, meanings, chants, and symbols. These activate different levels of consciousness with characteristics. Chakras stimulate energy within the body and appear to interact with a mental realm. The importance of chakra energy is to create a balance amongst all seven. Incorporating yoga practice will stabilize the emotional, psychological, and spiritual states of functions. The energy of the chakra is constantly moving but can either be activated or blocked, so it is suggested to stay open.
Muladhara, Svadhisthana, And Manipura are the three important Chakras of matter.
1. Muladhara is the base chakra located at the spine. The characteristics involve our basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. With a yellow square in the center, it has four lotus petals. The mantra is Lam, which removes the blockage and releases energy. God of the root chakra is an elephant with seven trunks. In Hindu, the elephant symbolizes prosperity and wisdom. Physical signs of imbalance are depression, constipation, and pelvic pain.
2. Svadhisthana is the second chakra, also known as the sacral chakra. Its characteristics involve emotion, sexuality, and creativity. It is connected to the reproductive system, and sex organs, which can initiate mood swings. The color is orange, and it represents procreation, emotions, unconscious desires and intimacy. A balanced chakra will encourage creativity. It will also help the individual learn to step away from dealing with ego and control issues. Sometimes frustration and anger can deter our creative expression making it challenging to open the sacral chakra fully. A balanced chakra will enable a person to be self-aware of these emotions. An unbalanced chakra will result in excessive sexual urges and frustrations. Physically, the lower back area can be painful. Individuals can experience frigidity, lack of inspiration, and emotional instability.
3. Manipura is the third chakra or the sacral chakra. It is located in the navel area and is associated with personal power and identification. It is yellow with a petal. The main characteristics embrace self-confidence and self-awareness. It empowers individuals to learn about their self-knowledge. Listening to your intuition can strengthen Manipura energy. It also regulates the function of the pancreas and digestive organs. Lockage in Manipura can exhibit issues in the pancreas and cause digestive disorders.
Chakras are a moving force that need to be activated by affirmations, yoga practice, diet and lifestyle choices. It is important to find a balance to create harmony within ourselves. Balance keeps emotions in sequence and increases self-awareness and consciousness.