Introduction to chakras and an overview
Chakras are meridian points on the spinal cord where the energy meridians are forming coils. A Meridian is an ‘energy highway’ or energetic vein in the human body. Prana or life force energy flows through the meridians, accessing all parts of the body.
When interference between energy meridians takes place, the hot channel & cold channel, a swirling effect or tornado gets created at the central canal along the spinal cord. The main point at which this swirling effect is located is a chakra. The literal meaning of chakra in Sanskrit translates to the wheel, denoting the rotating effect happening at the energy centre.
The seven chakras in the human body
There are 7 main chakras within the physical body, 5 chakras immediately outside the body and 100 other chakras beyond that. The chakra system is located throughout our body and relates to speciﬁc body ailment, physical dysfunctions, emotions and personal power.
The 7 main chakras within the physical human body, starting from the base of the spine and going upwards are:
- Root Chakra – Energy centre located at the base of the spine (perineum), that regulates your support system, structure, reproductory organs and is connected to personal grounding and strength.
- Sacral/sexual Chakra – located at the lower abdomen, influences reproductory organs and other related organs and is known for the ability to taste food.
- Solar Plexus Chakra – located at navel area (upper abdomen), influences stomach, liver, and other parts in the vicinity, and an emotional level signifies power, manifestation, courage and confidence.
- Heart Chakra – located at the centre of the chest, influences the heart and lungs, radiates the energy of bliss, compassion and kindness.
- Throat Chakra – located at throat and neck area, associated with “speak your truth”, expression and speech.
- Third Eye Chakra – located at the centre of the brain, mainly at the pineal gland, energy can be felt at the forehead, influences the brain, eyes and ears.
- Crown Chakra – The topmost chakra located at the crown, related to one’s connection to the super consciousness
Why & how do chakras get blocked?
Chakras allow the ﬂow of energy to reach every part of our physical and auric bodies. They control the release of Prana energy, the life force, in our bodies. The prana energy is essential for a healthy & vibrant life. This energy gets blocked due to some emotional issues, beliefs, Pitru dosh (ancestral defect), Guru Dosh (teacher defect) or any other karmic baggage. It stops your focus and breaks down your health, wealth and prosperity
How do you know if your chakras are blocked?
Everything you create and attract in your life depends on the health of your chakras. Based on what is inside your chakra, you attract. Hence, when you see imbalances in health, issues with finances and relationships, it is an indicator of corresponding chakras being blocked. . Hence, any imbalance in any aspect of our life is directly connected to our chakras, indicating a blockage or obstruction to energy flow.
How do you strengthen & activate your chakras?
Chakra healing and balancing are fundamental to your well-being to achieve the fulfilment of all highest desires of life – health, family, relationships and prosperity.
The issues in your life, whether related to health or finance or relationships, can be correlated to each chakra. Every cause has an effect. If you feel that you’re getting punished more than you deserve or getting rewarded more than you deserve, the cause behind such effects could be the karma of your soul, the karma of your ancestors through your DNA, or the karma of your environment (such as your company or place you were born in). Hence, complete chakra healing happens only when karma is healed.
It has been observed that divorce, family fights, money troubles, difficult bosses, and even health issues such as diabetes, infertility, chronic pain, and depression are experiences people have due to karma.
Karma Yoga Healing is a technique that reveals how everything works through the Law of Karma (cause & effect). It is the only healing technique in the world by which we can consciously switch to a deep & relaxed state of mind, called Delta brain frequency, and with practice even beyond to Samadhi state (transcendence), where we can heal any issue and initiate a new and better reality for ourselves. It is a universal, non-religious technique that can be practised by anyone, anywhere in the world. And chakra healing is easily achieved with this practice.
What is chakra balancing?
To activate each energy centre, align them and pull up the energy along the spinal cord is chakra balancing. This happens with consistent practice of chakra based meditations such as the one taught at Karma Guru Academy. Additionally, karma yoga healing helps in making the chakras stronger through specific work on karmic issues that affect the chakras.
The following is an explanation of the 7 main chakras within the human body:
The Root Chakra
What Is the Root Chakra?
The root chakra is the first chakra starting from the bottom of the spine
Where is the Root Chakra?
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine (perineum)
Key characteristics of the root chakra
Energy centre that influences bones, reproductory organs and connected to personal power and strength
What happens when the first chakra is imbalanced?
Fatigue, Issues in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostate gland, arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders.
Symptoms of Blockage in the Root Chakra
Feelings of lacking common requirements like food, money and home, disagreements in business and family due to lack of grounding, feelings of lack of love, money, feeling of not being good enough, feeling alone, painful times, financial instability, impatience, lack of self-restraint
How to open your root chakra?
Best is focussed meditation and inculcating mindfulness through karma yoga healing. Release issues of feeling lack of support, financial unworthiness, lack of safety, lack of grounding, fear of survival, doubting own structure.
Root Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
To be able to forgive each and everybody, have patience, tolerance and self-restraint
The Sacral Chakra
What Is the Sacral Chakra?
The second energy centre starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Sacral Chakra?
The sacral chakra is located at the lower abdomen (below the belly button)
Key characteristics of the Sacral chakra
Sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hormonal issues, imbalance in pelvic and lower back pain.
Symptoms of Blockage in the Sacral Chakra
Abuse – verbal, physical, sexual, family dramas, insults, humiliations, commitment in relationships, impotence, betrayal, addictions.
How to open your Sacral chakra
Release sexual unworthiness, traumas of sexual abuse, sexual rejection, blocked creativity, spontaneity and artistic talents.
Sacral Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
It needs to be metaphysically cleaned with supreme pure consciousness light and with forgiveness.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
What Is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
The third energy centre starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
Navel area, upper abdomen
Key characteristics of the Solar Plexus chakra
Digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas/gallbladder/colon diseases.
Symptoms of Blockage in the Solar Plexus Chakra
Fear of love, rejection, life, humiliation, shame, embarrassment, toxins and pains, anxiety, nightmares, worry for yourself, children, partner, family, parents issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances low immunity, low self-esteem.
How to open your Solar Plexus chakra
Release fear of being helpless and powerless, fear of danger, undigested humiliation/ abuse/ betrayal/rejection
Solar Plexus Healing and Balancing Techniques
The Heart Chakra
What Is the Heart Chakra?
The fourth energy centre starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Heart Chakra?
At the centre of the chest area
Key characteristics of the Heart chakra
Controls the heart and the lungs and represents our ability to “Let Go and Let Supreme Pure Consciousness
Symptoms of Blockage in the Heart Chakra
High or low blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, lungs disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.
How to open your heart chakra
Heal and release feelings of lack of love from parents & family, pain, betrayal, heartbreaks, anger, hatred, issues of the heart, jealousy, abandonment, bitterness., fear of loneliness, feelings of separation and loss of love/wealth
Heart Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
Embrace the healing energies of forgiveness and release our lesser need for the human perspective of justice.
The Throat Chakra
What Is the Throat Chakra?
The fifth energy centre starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Throat Chakra?
The throat chakra is located around the Neck area
Key characteristics of the Throat chakra
Controls the neck, tonsils, thyroid and parathyroid. Signiﬁes expression and communication
Symptoms of Blockage in the Throat Chakra
Sore throats, laryngitis, ear infection, ulcers, any facial problems (Chin, Cheek, Lips, Tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain. Hyper or hypothyroid (over or underactive thyroid gland) frustration, fear or inability to express oneself. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control
How to open your Throat chakra
Self-expression through communication, both spoken and written. Release fear, scare, fright, feeling overwhelmed and lack of time.
Throat Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
To be honest and truthful, yet ﬁrm; to be a good listener, strengthen attribute of speaking truth, learn to surrender.
Third Eye Chakra
What Is the Third Eye Chakra?
The sixth energy centre starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Third Eye Chakra?
The third eye chakra is located in the centre of the brain, near the pineal gland and energy radiates at the centre of the forehead as well.
Key characteristics of the Third Eye chakra
Signiﬁes the ability to see the truth and the future
Symptoms of Blockage in the Third Eye Chakra
Headaches, lack of insight, feeling lost, lack of psychic intuitiveness, blurred vision, sinus issues, eye issues, seizures, hearing loss, hormonal imbalance, jealousy, greed, unbalanced ego, misuse of psychic powers, inability to look at one’s own fear and to learn from others, daydreams often, living in a world with exaggerated imagination.
How to open your Third Eye chakra
Release fear of seeing future, fear of seeing truth, jealousy, envy, greed
Third Eye Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
Balance the ego, inculcate mindfulness, trust your intuition
The Crown Chakra
What Is the Crown Chakra?
The crown chakra is the 7th chakra starting from the base of the spine
Where is the Crown Chakra?
At the crown of the head
Key characteristics of the Crown chakra
Surrendering personal will to God’s will, the ability to live in the moment unshakable trust in our inner guidance
Symptoms of Blockage in the Crown Chakra
Depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, environment, rigid thoughts on religion and spirituality, constant confusion, carry prejudices “analysis paralysis”, fear of alienation.
How to open your Crown chakra
Heal issues with self-knowledge and greater power. Release confusion, feeling lack of connection, fear of unknown and fear of separation from supreme pure consciousness
Crown Chakra Healing and Balancing Techniques
Live mindfully, seek higher answers, feel the divine connection