Chakras 101: An Introduction

Recently, there has been more and more talk about chakras and chakra healing. You can go anywhere from 5 Below to the Dollar Tree and find items with the word “chakra” written on them. Well What the heck ARE chakras and why do people care about them?

What are Chakras?

“Chakra” is a word or phrase that comes from the Sanskrit language and is a part of Indian spirituality. A chakra is basically a spinning disc of energy. When working with chakras, there are traditionally 7 main ones and hundreds of others through out the body. Working with chakras is similar to working with life force energy, chi or ki. The 7 main chakras can be found along the center of your body with the first one starting at the base of the tailbone and the seventh being at the crown of the head. All of the chakras are associated with colors, planets, elements, actions, bodily functions and so on. Once you get more familiar with the chakras, it becomes easy to notice which areas of your personal life need to be adjusted and how to make those adjustments. I have found studying the chakras to be a life changing decision!

Personal Experience

I first became introduced to chakras 4 years ago. I was working on a spiritual partnership with someone and they asked me about problem areas I was having in my life. I was instantly prescribed to work with my Solar Plexus Chakra. I found that funny because I was very averse to the color yellow; I thought only narcissists liked that color. Well 4 years later, I am a very different person than who I was before. I am much more determined, focused and confident! Working with my chakras has been very successful in that I have discovered a new way to understand how my body and emotions communicate with me. Hopefully this information can be just as impactful for you.

Healing Chart

Below, find a chart of the 7 main chakras and information on what they are like whey they are balanced/imbalanced, a reflection journal question, an affirmation, crystals to work with the energy of that chakra, corresponding foods and plants and an action item.

Feel free to print this chart out for your own personal use!

Chakra BalanceImbalance Healing
Crown Chakra - Sahasrara

Crown Chakra

crown of head

Spiritually Sound, Conscious, Divinely Connected

Paranoid, Spiritually Ungrounded, Aloneness

Reflection What are my daily spiritual practices?

Affirmation I AM ONE WITH ALL

Crystal Amethyst, Apophylite

Food/Flora Alkaline Water, Lavender

Do Meditate

Third Eye Chakra - Ajna

Third Eye Chakra

between eyes on forehead

Ability to See Clearly, Vivid Imagination, Able to Meditate

Daydreams Too Much, Delusional, Nightmares

Reflection What am I actively choosing not to see in my life?

Affirmation I CLEARLY SEE

Crystal Lapis Lazuli, Larimar

Food/Flora Olives, Fennel

Do Memorize the interior of your entire house so you can see it in your mind’s eye.

Throat Chakra - Visudda

Throat Chakra

center of neck

Strong Communication Skills, Honest

Dishonesty, Inability to Speak Up

Reflection How can I communicate more sincerely?

Affirmation I CLEARLY SPEAK

Crystal Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite

Food/Flora Blueberries, Water, Kelp

Do Speak and live your truth

Heart Chakra - Anahata

Heart Chakra

center of the chest

Loving, Compassionate, Forgiving

Jealous, Envious, Hateful, Resentful

Reflection How can I share love and care with myself and others today?

Affirmation I LOVE

Crystal Green Aventurine, Emerald

Food/Flora Green leafy vegetables, Rose

Do Once a day, have a 20 second hug or hug 4 people

Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura

Solar Plexus Chakra

between chest and navel

Driven, Passionate, Resourceful

Laziness, Short Temper, Needs Constant Outside Reassurance

Reflection How do I show up and stand up for myself?

Affirmation I DO

Crystal Citrine, Pyrite

Food/Flora Lemon, Lemongrass, Grains

Do Create a task list and complete all tasks

Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana

Sacral Chakra

pelvic area

Creative, Emotionally Intelligent, Joyful

Sexually Repressed, Overly Emotional, Depression

Reflection How can I infuse my life with more pleasure?

Affirmation I FEEL

Crystal Carnelian, Sunstone

Food/Flora Orange, Yams

Do Hip-opening yoga

Root Chakra - Muldadhara

Root Chakra

base of spine

Grounded, Stable, Accomplished

Unstable, Greedy, Dissociative

Reflection What can I: see, taste, touch, smell, fell, hear around me?

Affirmation I AM

Crystal Garnet, Black Tourmaline

Food/Flora Cinnamon, Protein, Black Pepper

Do Place bare feet on or in the ground

Chakra Check-In Reading

If you want to know which chakras of yours need healing, I highly advise you book a Chakra Check-In Reading with me today! I use this oracle to determine which of your chakras need the most attention and from there, we discuss certain healing techniques you can add to your daily practice. You also gain access to the private blog posts on each chakra which are full of valuable information on healing your inner self!

Do you have any tips that you use to heal your own chakras? Share below in the comments.

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