Understanding your Chakras

Ever since I started YTT program, I’ve made an effort to develop my self-awareness and be more conscious of my surroundings. Other than practicing yoga and pranayama, learning about the chakras and knowing my chakra has definitely helped me gained a deeper understanding of myself emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

There are 7 chakras and each chakra has its own position and purpose. It is important to find balance in your chakras such that you can find harmony within yourself. And before you can find balance in your chakras, you will first have to identify which chakra is blocked.

Let’s run through the 7 chakras:

1) Muladhara (Root Chakra) is associated with our most basic physical needs like food and security. The shadow of of this chakra is fear and anxiety. When this chakra is in balance, you should feel safe, grounded and have a sense of security physically and emotionally.

2) Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra) is associated to creativity, pleasure and connection with others. When this chakra is blocked, you tend to feel uninspired and struggle to express emotion or desire.

3) Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra) is related to our ego, will and drive. Signs of imbalance are low self-esteem and feeling unmotivated. Symptom of a blocked solar pexus chakra can be manifested in a form of obsession like overeating, powerless to gain control or being attached to an unhealthy relationship.

4) Anahata (Heart Chakra) is located near our heart and as you can guess, this chakra has to do with love and compassion. A closed heart or an imbalanced Anahata are emotions like jealously, anger or fear of loneliness. Likewise, when it’s in balance, you will feel joy, gratitude and love for people around you.

5) Vishuddha (Throat Chakra) is about pure and honest communication. When it is overactive, you are probably talking to much and needs more listening. On the other hand, if you have an underactive throat chakra, you are probably refer to as being shy or an introvert, who is not able to express yourself well.

6) Ajna (Third-eye Chakra) is located in the center of the forehead and is about dreams and intuition. A blocked Ajna will cloud your judgment leading to poor decisions.

7) Sahasrara (Crown Chakra) is positioned at the top of the head and is about connection with the universe. You will likely have difficulty connecting to a spiritual living if you have an imbalanced sahasrara and also may be attached to material achievements.

The above 7 chakras when balanced will harmonize the prana in your entire body, mind and spirit. By understanding these 7 chakras, you can then identify your physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras and empower them. Since I have been introduced to the chakras, I have been practicing self-awareness by asking myself questions relating to the characteristics of each chakra as I tried to identify any blocked or imbalanced chakra in me. After I started this, I became more aware of my emotions, behaviors and moods and I definitely feel more empowered and clear-minded.