Let’s talk about pain for a moment.
I know, it’s not a happy subject, but we all get sore from time to time … but have you ever noticed that for most people, pain + discomfort focuses around specific areas of the body. For example, the low back – find me someone who hasn’t had low back pain in their life + I’ll be shocked!
Now let’s look at pain from a different angle – emotion.
When you feel nervous, anxious, or downright scared, what area of your body feels the strain? Probably your low back, with the discomfort rising up to your mid-back, just below your ribs, where that mixture of emptiness + heaviness starts to kick in.
Did I nail that one? Don’t freak out – I’m not a mystic or anything, but I do have some knowledge about the chakras, which opens up a whole other world of understanding how your body acts + reacts to everything that happens in your life (as well as how to change things for the better!).
As you might have noticed, this is just the beginning of a 9-part super-nifty Chakras 101 series, so let’s keep it simple for this one: what ARE the chakras?
Chakras are centers or focal points of energy located along the back of your body. The word “chakra” translates as “spinning wheel”, but there aren’t literally spinning wheels resting on your spine. Instead, the chakras are areas along your back body where energy naturally collects – whether that is physical energy or mental/emotional energy.
Remember how fear + nervousness consistently collect in your lower-to-mid back? We’ll be coming back to that.
While there are a few different interpretations on how many chakras there are, the most common number is 7. Contrary to popular belief, chakras can’t be “opened” or “closed” – they simply “spin” at various speeds (the faster the better).
Certain sounds, colors, natural elements, + Yoga asana postures can help you increase the flow of energy through each chakra, “spinning” it faster. When your chakras are spinning quickly, you’ll experience less pain, anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, grief, and attachment to things that don’t bring you pure joy.
In this Chakras 101 series, I’ll be going through each chakra, one by one, giving you the scoop on each chakra’s location + unique qualities, along with practices to help keep each chakra “spinning” efficiently (a.k.a. happy + healthy) + the specific benefits you may see.
Up first: Muladhara a.k.a the Root Chakra (stay tuned!)
FYI: As with any system of interconnected parts, the chakras consistently work in-tandem with each other, just like the other systems within our bodies. So while I may be covering each chakra individually, including associated methods of helping that chakra to spin efficiently, each chakra affects the others + any of them can be spinning slowly or out-of-control at any time. Like Yoga asana, keeping the chakras spinning is an ongoing practice that can help improve every facet of your life.
Here’s the full collection of the Chakras 101 posts:
- Part 2 of 9: Muladhara (Root Chakra)
- Part 3 of 9: Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra)
- Part 4 of 9: Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)
- Part 5 of 9: Anahata (Heart Chakra)
- Part 6 of 9: Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
- Part 7 of 9 – Ajna (Third Eye Chakra)
- Part 8 of 9 – Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
- Part 9 of 9 – A Chakra Refresh: Bhuta Shuddi
What’s your FAVORITE COLOR? (+why!) Yep, it’s a simple question + there’s interesting insight to be gained when you find out what chakra is associated with your favorite color (hint hint).
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