What are chakras? Chakras are your wheels of life; they are energy centers that exist throughout your body with the seven major ones located along the spine, throat and head. There are seven major chakras, and they all relate to different body functions, colours, elements, and sounds. If there is an energetic block with your chakras, it is thought that there will be physiological, psychological and spiritual repercussions. If one wishes to obtain optimal health, the idea is to keep all of your chakras balanced and flowing so that there are no blockages.
What are the seven main chakras? In order from bottom to top, the first chakra is the Root or Base Chakra. This chakra is associated with the colour red and is located at the bottom of the spine. The function of this chakra deals with survival and stability and the ability to stand up for oneself. Imbalances that come with this chakra could be fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression, or cold hands or feet. Stimulants for this chakra include red gemstones, clothing, food or drinks, oils; and physical exercise with restful sleeps.
The next chakra is the Spleen Chakra. This chakra is associated with the colour orange and it is located below the navel in your lower abdomen. The function of this chakra is social and intimate abilities and it is very connected to your feelings. Imbalances caused by this chakra may be eating disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, depression, low-back pain, yeast infections and urinary problems. Stimulants include hot baths; massages; orange food, drink, gemstones, clothing, and oils.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the colour yellow and it is above the navel in the stomach area. The function has to do with personal power and the balance of intellect, confidence and ego. Imbalances include digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, constipation, nervousness, and poor memory. Stimulants include learning; reading; doing puzzles; sunshine; and yellow food, drink, gemstones, clothing and oils.
The Heart Chakra is associated with the colour green and is located in the center of the chest. Its function deals with relationships and love. Imbalances include heart/breathing disorders or cancer, chest pain, and immune system problems. Stimulants include nature walks; time with family/friends; and green food, drink, gemstones, clothing, and oils.
The Throat Chakra is associated with the colour blue and is in the throat region. Its function deals with communication and learning to express oneself. Imbalances include thyroid problems, swollen glands, fevers, infections, hyperactivity, and hormone imbalances. Stimulants include singing; poetry; conversations; and blue food, drink, gemstones, clothing and oils.
The Brow or Third Eye Chakra is associated with the colour indigo and is located in the forehead between the eyes. Its function deals with intuition and psychic abilities. Imbalances include learning disabilities, coordination problems, hyperactivity, thyroid imbalances and hormonal disorders. Stimulants include stargazing; meditation; indigo food, drink, gemstones, clothing, and oils.
Lastly, the Crown Chakra is associated with the colour violet and is located on the top of the head. Its function deals with your connection with the divine and spirituality. Imbalances include headaches, mental illness, right/left brain disorders and coordination problems, epilepsy, varicose veins and blood vessel problems. Stimulants include dreams; violet food, drink, gemstones, clothing and oils.
If you are looking for an all around healthier life style for your mind, body and soul, you should try to keep all chakras open and balanced. This ensures that all energy will flow in your body and that you will experience less imbalance repercussions. For all chakra supplies including gemstones, books, CD’s and DVD’s visit Tracy at Whispering Willows or shop online at www.whisperingwillows.org.