Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows (Chakras 101, Part 1 of 9)

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.

Chakras 101 @ victoriaklein.net

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.

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UPDATE

Here’s the full collection of the Chakras 101 posts:

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YOUR TURN!

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).

COMMENT below, share your thoughts, + join the conversation!

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17 comments… add one
  • Love the idea behind this 9-part series. People always talk about chakras in this generalized sense, but breaking them down one by one is helpful and cool. Can’t wait see what’s next! (and p.s. I think my favorite color is a kelly green)

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    • Hi Anna 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment and for your support! This is going to be a really fun post series to write + I hope it brings lots of insight and useful tips for everyone who reads it.

      P.S. Green is often associated with the Heart Chakra, Anahata, which is the focus of love, compassion, self-acceptance, and the ability to feel empathy. When the Heart Chakra is spinning slowly, you may feel anti-social, critical of others, isolated, lonely, co-dependent, and jealous. I’ll go even more in-depth into Anahata in the series (including how to keep it spinning quickly), so stay tuned 😀

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  • Hi Victoria. My favorite color is green. What does that mean?

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    • Hi Valentine + thanks so much for your comment! You’re favorite color is green, just like Anna, so here’s the details I shared with her: green is often associated with the Heart Chakra, Anahata, which is the focus of love, compassion, self-acceptance, and the ability to feel empathy. When the Heart Chakra is spinning slowly, you may feel anti-social, critical of others, isolated, lonely, co-dependent, and jealous. Since green is your favorite color, this may be the Chakra that you’re naturally drawn to + express the qualities of, which may also mean that it’s the easiest one to get out-of-whack for you.

      I’ll go even more in-depth into Anahata in the series (including how to keep it spinning quickly), so stay tuned 😀

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  • So glad you are doing this series because I know NOTHING about chakras! Time to get my learnin’ on! My favorite color is green as well so I’m going to read through the above!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Leah, and I’m glad you’re excited about the post series! You’ll definitely get some good learnin’ from these gems 🙂

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  • Hi! I love this! I have always heard about chakras in the general sense, but never really knew what they were all about. I’m looking forward to the future posts!

    My favorite color is blue BTW 🙂

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    • Hi Desiree 🙂 The Chakras are pretty darn interesting once you get to know them and I definitely hope that you enjoy the post series!

      P.S. Blue is often associated with the Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, which is the focus of communication, self-expression, and realizing our core truths (a translator between the mind + the body). When the Throat Chakra is spinning slowly, you may feel secretive, gossipy, or experience stuttering, difficulty putting things into words. Since blue is your favorite color, this may be the Chakra that you’re naturally drawn to + express the qualities of, which may also mean that it’s the easiest one to get out-of-whack for you.

      I’ll go even more in-depth into Vishuddha in the series (including how to keep it spinning quickly), so stay tuned 😀

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  • I love how you are breaking this down and explaining it clearly. I’m familiar with the chakras and their qualities and think you’ve done a lovely job here! My favorite color is purple! 🙂

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    • Hi Lyn 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment and I’m delighted that you enjoyed my post (especially from someone who knows about the Chakras too!).

      P.S. Purple is often associated with the Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, which is the focus of spiritual connection, wisdom, mastery, open-mindedness, and the easy of assimilating or analyzing information. When the Crown Chakra is spinning slowly, you may feel cynical, close-minded, apathy, confusion, or that you’re “living in your head.” Since purple is your favorite color, this may be the Chakra that you’re naturally drawn to + express the qualities of, which may also mean that it’s the easiest one to get out-of-whack for you.

      I’ll go even more in-depth into Sahasrara in the series (including how to keep it spinning quickly), so stay tuned 😀

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  • Hi, I accidentally stumbled onto this page. But then again nothing happens by accident, or atleast I believe so. I have had a crazy year thus far, and it is starting to take its toll on me hence im feeling out of balance. I think this will help me a great deal to get back on track. Thank you for sharing. P.S my fav colour is pink.

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Meagan, and I’m delighted that you stumbled upon this post 🙂 It’s been a crazy year for me too, so I’m right there with you!

      P.S. Since pink is a lighter version of red, it’s often associated with the Root Chakra, Muladhara, which is the focus of your basic needs + physical/mental/emotional stability. When the Root Chakra is spinning slowly, you may feel anxiety, fear, + restlessness. Since pink is your favorite color, this may be the Chakra that you’re naturally drawn to + express the qualities of, which may also mean that it’s the easiest one to get out-of-whack for you. You can read lots more about your Root Chakra right here 🙂

      I hope that helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  • Really looking forward to you completing this series. I find it very clear and helpful.
    My favourite colour is indigo. For me it is calm and peace. It is much more but I don’t yet have the words to explain. I suffer from clinical depression but am trying to find my road back to good mental health. I am finding aromatherapy helpful.

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    • Hi Tania!

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and I’m glad you’re enjoying the post series. There are just a few more left to be written and posted, but I should have those up soon 🙂

      As someone who manages diagnosed clinical depression and social anxiety, I know how hard finding a sense of calm or peace can be. I’m glad that you’ve found some great support in aromatherapy. Yoga helped me a lot, along with meditation + writing – getting it all out of me head made it easier to concentrate.

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