Posted on February 5, 2018July 14, 2018 by jayvedasWhat Are The 7 Chakras Really About? What are the 7 Chakras really about? The Sanskrit word Chakra literal translation is wheel or disk. To visualize a Chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are 7 Chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. This invisible energy, called Prana, is a vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. Muladhara - The Root Chakra The 1st Chakra is the Root Chakra or Muladhara which translates to root and Dhara, which means support. The first Chakra is commonly referred to as the root Chakra and is located at the perineum. It is angled down from the body, opening toward the Earth. Physically, the first Chakra influences the genital and rectal areas, the male reproductive system, the bladder and the coccyx. Energy to the legs, knees and feet may also be influenced by the first Chakra. Physical vitality is also influenced through physical enjoyment, presence, strength, being grounded in the present, and the feeling of being in your body. The first chakra influences aspects of physical and egoistic survival. This first Chakras role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, which is called grounding. Aspects of life that involve self-preservation, which may include work, home, family, money, food and other relationships that involve security are influenced by this Chakra. This is reflected in ones ability to feel safe, and in ones confidence or fear of ones ability/inability to survive. In Ayurveda, the first Chakra affects fight or flight responses and informing impulses such as a sense of danger, recognition of truth, and gut-level recognition. Sexuality is influenced by the first Chakra as it relates to procreation and survival. In this, sexuality is used to establish security, power/dominance, and/or safety. When you think of your Root Chakra, think of your day to day survival here on earth. This energy center’s role is to give you everything you need to survive. For us in this modern age, that typically translates to financial and emotional security. Learn More Svadhishana - The Sacral Chakra The 2nd Chakra is the Sacral Chakra or Svadhishana which translates to “the place of the self.” This Chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it. The second chakra is commonly referred to as the sacral chakra, and is located about 1½ – 2 inches below the naval. Physically, the second chakra influences the female reproductive organs, the large intestine and colon, the bones and muscles of the pelvic area, and the sacral area. The second chakra influences ones connectedness and merging with another person, situation or experience on an emotional and/or energetic level. This affects ones ability to be physically or energetically open to sensation. It influences personal boundary issues, and ones absorbing of or being absorbed by a person or experience. The second chakra influences sexual attraction, emotional bonding, and sexual union. The second chakra also influences sexual or bloodline based relationships, and involves the nurturing and fostering of the well-being of others. This impacts how a person gives energy to others as well as reserves energy for oneself. In Ayurveda, the second chakra influences ones power center, involving self-containment, charisma, core strength, self-identity, self-empowerment, and interpersonal power sharing or power struggles. This chakra brings you creative energy to enjoy life. The Sacral Chakra is the home of the creative life force energy that helps you enjoy your life here on Earth. It’s the energy that motivates you to enjoy the fruits of your labor including indulging in pleasurable activities like sex. Learn More Manipura - The Solar Plexus Chakra The 3rd Chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura which translates to “lustrous gem.” This Chakra is where your self-confidence, identity and personal power are born. The third Chakra is commonly referred to as the solar plexus Chakra, and is located about 1½ – 2 inches below the base of the sternum. Physically, the third Chakra influences the liver, stomach, gall bladder, spleen, small intestine, pancreas, kidneys, and the lumbar vertebrae. The third Chakra influences self-acceptance and acknowledgement, connection with the self, and self-advocacy. In Ayurveda, this involves the ability to recognize and support ones needs, values, emotions and desires, as well as ones ability to accurately represent the self. It influences ones ability to find fulfillment and enjoyment in life, and ones sense of pride and self-worth. The third Chakra also influences ones ability to participate fully and engage in life, and to take action. Have you ever been in a situation that you just knew wasn’t right for you? Perhaps you’ve been in a situation that you knew was going to work out. Where did you feel those cues in your body. Most people say they feel those types of cues in their “gut.” In reality, this is the seat of your personal power, your solar plexus, and you can physically feel that confidence and wisdom in its location. Anahata - The Heart Chakra The 4th chakra is the Heart Chakra or Anahata , which translates to “unhurt.” This Chakra is where your love, compassion and kindness are empowered. It’s not hard to understand this Chakra. We all associate our hearts with love, and that’s exactly what the 4th Chakra is all about. This includes love for others and love for yourself, which is why this Chakra is also associated with health and healing. The fourth Chakra is commonly referred to as the heart Chakra and is located about 1½ – 2 inches above the base of the sternum. Physically, the fourth Chakra influences the heart, lungs, arms, breasts and mid-thoracic vertebrae. In Ayurveda, The fourth Chakra influences ones ability to love and connect with oneself and others. It is the soul force and psychic center, the place of deep-level seeing and knowing. The fourth Chakra is also the place of integration and transmutation of life experience, where a person integrates experience and transmutes this experience into knowledge, wisdom, peace, forgiveness and release. Vishuddha - The Throat Chakra The 5th Chakra is the Throat chakra or Vishuddha which translates to “very pure.” This Chakra gives a voice to your personal truths, its where your voice comes from, and what provides the energy for you to speak. On a physical level, of course the answer is the throat, but on an energetic level, this energy actually comes from your 5th Chakra. This Chakra lets you speak your truth with clarity. Resting right above the heart, the throat Chakra is connected to the compassion and love you have for yourself and others. The fifth Chakra is commonly referred to as the throat Chakra, and is located at the 4th cervical vertebrae, in the center of the throat. Physically, the fifth Chakra influences the neck, throat, larynx, thyroid, jaw, mouth, ears, and cervical vertebrae.In Ayurveda, The fifth Chakra is the center of creativity, self-expression and communication. It allows (or prohibits) one to bring what is inside out, giving voice to the self and allowing creative energies, ideas, visions and dreams to flow and manifest. It influences ones openness to interaction and communication with others. The fifth Chakra is a powerful center, as it has the ability to allow or block the flow of energy throughout the energy system. Ajna - The Third Eye Chakra The 6th chakra is the Third Eye Chakra or Ajna which translates to “beyond wisdom.” This Chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the 5 senses. Extra sensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all comes from the third eye. There is actually a small pine cone shaped gland in your brain that takes in light. This gland, the Pineal gland, is responsible for helping you feel awake in the daytime and sleepy at night. Long before brain imaging, ancient cultures knew this Third Eye existed, and they also realized that it receives information from sources outside of the five senses. The sixth Chakra is commonly known as the Third-Eye Chakra, and is located in the mid-forehead. Physically, the sixth Chakra influences the eyes, brain, Pineal gland and the sinuses. In Ayurveda, The sixth Chakra influences mental clarity, spiritual level knowing, and vision. It influences the minds ability to know ‘what is’ in a clear, receptive manner. The sixth Chakra influences a person’s deep inner knowing and understanding based on the experience of the true self; as well as one’s ability to see ‘what is’ in this dimension and beyond. Sahaswara - The Crown Chakra The 7th Chakra is the Crown Chakra or Sahaswara, which translates to “thousand petaled.” This Chakra is pure consciousness energy. The Crown Chakra is one of those energies that’s hard to explain. You can think of it like magnetism. When you hold a piece of metal to a magnet, you can feel the energy and tension, but you can’t see it. Consciousness energy is everywhere and in everything. It connects us to the entire universe. Our own personal consciousness is located in the 7th Chakra, but it’s really more like the seed of a universal energy than something personal or individual. The seventh Chakra is commonly known as the crown Chakra, and is located at the top of the head, opening to the sky. Physically, the seventh Chakra influences the spine, joints, brain and cervical vertebrae. In Ayurveda, The seventh Chakra is a spiritual center and influences ones openness and connection with the nonphysical dimensions of the Universe, keeping spiritual awareness in one’s consciousness. It influences ones connection with the Divine Source, bringing the feeling of being spiritually connected and supported throughout ones day-to-day experience. It affects one’s ability to accept oneself as an infinite being, and brings a greater awareness of what is moving toward manifestation in the future.