Chakras For Beginners – Everything You Need To Know: If you have felt more curious lately about your inner world, you are in very good company! As world events continue to darken the horizon for each of us, more and more, people are turning to the spiritual arts to try to make sense of life and its fundamental meaning.
In this post, you'll learn about each chakra, including information about their unique healing properties and powers. You'll also find a descriptive chart and Chakra test below for you to take to better understand your personal balance (or imbalance). Let's get started!
What Are Chakras?
Among meditators and healers today, chakras are considered to be centers of energy within the human body. Each person has the same exact set of seven major chakras located in the same areas throughout the body. They are the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third-eye, and crown chakras. We will go over each of these in detail below.
Did you know that a Chakra imbalance may be causing your mental and/or physical health issues?
Each of the 7 chakras are linked to a physical or emotional ailment, so finding and testing techniques to heal these ailments plays a huge role in your mood, personality, and overall fulfillment with life. It is natural to have a chakra that is more dominant over another. This can shine through in your personality, mood, physical pains, and more.
Where Are Your Chakras Located?
If you are like many beginning students of the chakras, you are probably chomping at the bit to find yours! The first and most important fact to understand about the chakras is that they are not located in the physical body, per se. According to ancient eastern spiritual and philosophical tradition, a human being has both a physical body (the one you can see and feel) and a subtle body.
The chakras are located in the subtle body, but they are designed to integrate seamlessly with the physical body and with the universal or cosmic energy, which is limitless and available to all. In this way, you wouldn't be far off to think of them like “rechargeable batteries” with no expiration date.
What's The Difference Between The Chakras?
Understanding the main 7 chakras can be confusing. The system of seven major chakras places one major chakra at regular intervals from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Here is a list of your chakras in order from lowest to highest position.
There are colors associated with each Chakra, which will be shown in this chart. We have also included yoga poses that are meant to help heal these chakras, because well, we love yoga.
There are specific symbols associated with each chakra which can be found in the images next to the chakra. Each symbolize a different part of your well being. We will define these below:
This Chart Is The Quickest And Easiest Way To Learn Your 7 Major Chakras
1. Muladhara – Root Chakra
The First Chakra: The muladhara is said to represent our grounding here in this physical world. Like the base level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in psychology, the muladhara energy is about basic survival and making sure those needs get met.
Also known as: Adhara
Location: At the base of your spine.
Associated with: Fight-or-flight response, adrenal glands, legs and feet, bones, elimination system.
Mental imbalance symptoms: Anxiety, fears, nightmares, eating disorders, constant negativity, greed
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Colon, bladder, prostate, lower back, legs, feet
Shabd Yoga Sounds: Thunder / Earthquake
Yoga Asanas For Root Chakra Healing:
- Knee To Chest Pose
- Head To Knee Pose
- Squatting Pose
- Lotus Pose
2. Svadhisthana – Sacral Chakra
The Second Chakra: The svadhisthana is associated with a feeling of wellness, creativity, fertility, abundance and pleasure. It is the point at which we begin to feel a connection with others and an openness to new ideas and experiences.
Also known as: Adhishthan or Shaddala
Location: Lower abdomen below the belly button (navel), lower back, reproductive organs
Associated with: Lower abdomen, kidney function, circulation, bladder and reproduction.
Mental imbalance symptoms: Emotional instability, fearful of changes, depression, addiction, sexual dysfunction
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Constipation, back pain, menstrual irregularity, urinary problems, infertility
Shabd Yoga Sound: Ocean / Waves
Yoga Asanas For Sacral Chakra Healing:
- Butterfly Pose With Forward Fold
- Cobra Pose
- Half-Lotus (Cross-Legged) Pose
3. Manipura – Solar Chakra
The Third Chakra: The manipura returns us to our inner connection, being associated with personal self esteem, self confidence, self worth and a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for who we are.
Also known as: Manipurak or Nabhi or the “power chakra”
Location: Solar plexus, belly, under rib cage, diaphragm
Associated with: Digestion, musculature, pancreas function.
Mental imbalance symptoms: Low self esteem, codependency, lack of self control, unable to set or maintain proper boundaries
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Ulcers, asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia, arthritis, difficulty gaining or losing weight, respiratory problems, nerve pain, digestive issues
Shabd Yoga Sound: Roaring Fire, fire crackling
Yoga Asanas For Solar Chakra Healing:
- Boat Pose
- Seated Spinal Twist
- Warrior Pose
- * Also Try A Hot Yoga Session
4. Anahata – Heart Chakra
The Fourth Chakra: The anahata represents the human being's ability to love and be loved. All kinds of love are included here, from family love to romantic love to universal love for all.
Also known as: Hritpankaja or Dbadasjadala
Location: Heart, upper chest and back
Associated with: Respiration, arms and hands, heart function, thymus.
Mental imbalance symptoms: Live in the past, trouble moving on, grieving, holding onto hurt or negativity
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Heartburn, heart palpitations, lung problems, heart attack, high blood pressure, circulatory problems
Shabd Yoga Sound: Wind
Yoga Asanas For Heart Chakra Healing:
- Camel Pose
- Standing Bow Pose
- Cow Face Pose
5. Vishuddha – Throat Chakra
The Fifth Chakra: The visuddha is considered to be the speech center for the subtle body. The ability to communicate clearly, to express ourselves and be heard and understood, to share the truth and our intimate feelings openly are all associated with the visuddha.
Also known as: Kanth Padma or Shodash Dala
Location: Throat, neck
Associated with: Hearing, thyroid/parathyroid gland function, shoulders, speaking
Mental imbalance symptoms: Care too much what others think, fear of being judged, shy, fear of speaking, social anxiety, stubbornness, lying, gossiping
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Ear infections, sore/swollen throat, coughing, sneezing, swollen lymph nodes, sinus infections, excess mucous, headaches, dental issues, neck pain, thyroid problems
Shabd Yoga Sound: Crickets chirping
Yoga Asanas For Throat Chakra Healing:
- Camel Pose
- Bridge Pose
- Plow Pose
- Shoulder Stand Pose
6. Ajna – Third Eye Chakra (Brow)
The Sixth Chakra: Often called the “third eye,” the area between the eyebrows where the ajna rests is said to open us up to the “big picture” of our personal life and life itself. Dreaming, wisdom, creativity, imagination, the knowing we sometimes get (without knowing how) – these are all aspects of the ajna. This is where your “sixth sense” and intuition can be found.
Also Known as: Bhru Madhya or Dvidak Padma
Location: Between the eyebrows, center of forehead, pineal gland
Associated with: Seeing, thinking, knowing, mood, memory.
Mental imbalance symptoms: Paranoia, delusions, depression, anxiety, skepticism, vivid dreams and/or nightmares
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Migraines, sinusitis, poor vision, seizures, stroke, blindness
Shabd Yoga Sound: Space / Bells
Yoga Asanas For Third Eye Chakra Healing:
- Childs Pose
- Dolphin Pose
Chant: OM or AUM
7. Sahaswara – Crown Chakra
The Seventh Chakra: The sahaswara is the point where a connection between the finite (the personal self) and the infinite (the universal self) can be not just made but experienced. This is the point towards which meditators often direct their attention in search of the bliss of the spirit.
Also known as: Shunnya, Sahasrara, Niralambapuri
Location: Crown of the head.
Associated with: Brain, central nervous system, pituitary gland function.
Colours: Violet / Purple
Mental imbalance symptoms: Loneliness, lack of direction, inability to maintain or set goals, spiritual disconnect, insomnia, depression, bad memory
Physical imbalance symptom areas: Nerve pain, thyroid problems, migraines / headache, tingling sensation on crown of head
Shabd Yoga Sound: Om
Yoga Asanas For Crown Chakra Healing:
- Down Dog
- Headstand Pose
- Plow Pose
- Lotus Pose
Related: Mudra positions to activate chakras for beginners: //www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/open.php
More on Chakra colour meanings: //www.color-meanings.com/chakra-colors-the-7-chakras-and-their-meanings/
A Brief History Of The Seven Major Chakras For Beginners
The history of the chakras dates back to the time of the ancient Hindu civilization, which dates back at least 2,000 years ago. The word “chakra” first appeared in its Sanskrit form as a part of an ancient Hindu text called the Vedas, and then again later in two sub-texts called the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
You might be wondering how the awareness of the chakras survived all those centuries and is still with us today. Interestingly, there is a similar model of energy centers in other traditions as well. Chinese traditional medicine recognizes eight energy centers, as does the Bön model that hails from ancient Tibet. Even early Christian books and traditions make reference to energetic centers within the body, as do certain evolving philosophical and psychological traditions. While names may differ, often the location of the energy centers themselves closely coincide.
The word “chakras” comes from an ancient Sanskrit word that means “wheel of life.” They are also a buddhist symbol. Your chakras are not different than your partner's or your children's chakras. In fact, the human body has 88,000 chakras in total, and each are identical in every single human being.
This is one of the first major benefits you receive when you begin studying the healing abilities in your own chakras. Not only do you gain a better understanding of how your own energy ebbs and flows within and around you, but you also form a deeper bond with those around you, whether loved ones or strangers, since you each share this same exact set of major and minor inner energy wheels.
Can You REALLY Use Chakras For Healing?
(In Relation To Modern Medicine)
First off, it is important to keep an open mind. Western Medicine is still very very new to chakra energy, when in eastern healing this therapy has been around for literal ages. It is so popular that there are even Chakra healing programs all over the world, including some of the more famous institutes in NYC.
If you have an interest in modern medicine, the position of each of the seven major chakras aligns quite closely with the physical body's endocrine system. Modern healers can work with the function of different centers within the human endocrine system to clear up any illness or blockages in the subtle chakras system as well. So while you can't see your chakras under a microscope or on an X-ray image, you can learn to locate them using the information offered here.
Everywhere you look today, there is a need for healing. Many great leaders have advocated for this need, but only rarely is the advice to go out and change the world. Rather, activists from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., have exhorted us to change ourselves first and then watch as that ripple effect spreads out from us to positively affect others as well.
This philosophy forms the foundation of chakra healing. Just like sometimes there can be a physical power outage where electrical energy stops flowing, sometimes the chakras can get blocked or bogged down, which can cause you to feel irritable, sluggish, exhausted, hopeless or any number of other issues.
When this blockage occurs, it is a signal that one of your chakras needs attention. Even answering simple questions such as those in this quiz can help you find the source of your internal imbalance. As referenced in the previous section, you may also experience physical symptoms when one or more chakras become imbalanced.
Take the quiz below to find out where you struggle.
The Sooner You Take This Chakra Test, The Better
If you still aren't satisfied, there are plenty of free online tests and articles that can help you better understand your chakra energies. Here are a few others to check out:
Chakra Personality Types: //chakrapages.com/the-7-major-color-personality-types/
Three Minute Chakra Test: //www.balanceyourchakras.com/free-chakra-test/
Steps To Fix Unbalanced Or Overactive Chakras for Beginners
If you took the test above, your results may state that you need help unblocking or awakening specific chakras. When you are just beginning or even with a more experienced knowledge of chakras, it can be hard to know where to start.
REMINDER: Opening Chakras can be dangerous…you simply want to activate closed ones and cleanse them. Otherwise, you can just result in more negativity and pain.
Activating and tuning into your chakras isn't going to happen overnight. It can be a constant process. Especially when stressful situations arise. When all 7 of your chakras are in alignment, this is when you are at your best, deepest, most physical, spiritual, and emotional self.
How To Fast-Track Your Chakra Healing Process
Once you know what chakras need sorting out from the test above, you can begin your healing process. There are many different methods for working with your chakras for healing, including these:
- Zen Healing Gems or Crystals – Gemstones are an often overlooked way to unblock or strengthen your chakras. You may have seen people who wear a pendulum necklace or pendant. These pendulums change color based on your energies and are a powerful tool that can help you determine your aura.
- List of Gems for all 7 Chakras:
- Root Chakra Stones: Tiger’s Eye, Bloodstone, Fire Agate, Hematite, Black Tourmaline
- Sacral Chakra Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Moonstone, Coral
- Solar Plexus Chakra Stones: Calcite, Topaz, Citrine, Malachite
- Heart Chakra Stones: Green Calcite, Green Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Jade
- Throat Chakra Stones: Turquoise, Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli
- Third Eye Chakra Stones: Purple Fluorite, Amethyst, Black Obsidian
- Crown Chakra Stones: Diamond, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Selenite
- Learning to meditate. Meditation is a time-honored approach to opening up the chakras and gaining access to the powers and health benefits of each. There are plenty of meditation and yoga video websites for beginners that you can try out free of charge. Here's a list of some of the best ones!
- Acupuncture/acupressure. In the tradition of the ancient Asian cultures, acupuncture/acupressure uses pressure, fine needles, cupping and other methods to open areas of blocked energy and offer healing. There are testimonials of this ancient method healing physical ailments, mental health issues, and terminal diseases. Like many of these natural healing methods, you can do it yourself from home.
- Yoga. Our favorite, of course. The earliest yogis were said to have performed the yogic poses, or asanas, spontaneously as a part of their spiritual, mental, and physical transformation. Today, there are many forms of yoga with asanas that can heal, rebalance and restore different body systems. (Related Post: How To Become Your Best, Most Amazing Self With Home Yoga)
- Massage. Like acupuncture/acupressure, massage can open up blocked energy centers and restore balance and tranquility. Even using a vibration chair can ease some tension for a period.
- Mental affirmations. Affirmations are short statements designed to specifically address areas where we feel stuck. By saying these short statements attentively, the chakras associated with our stuck feelings can rebalance themselves. Coming up with affirmations on your own can be uncomfortable sometimes. Try using a guided mantra or affirmation video from youtube to make it less awkward.
- Ayruveda Essential oils and aromatherapy. Essential oils have been in use for many thousands of years and are part of the core of holistic healing medicine. Each essential oil has different healing properties to be used as needed. Spark Naturals has a great selection of pure and natural oils, with the best luxury pricing in the industry.
These Chakra Products And Decor Will Help You Balance (And Look Beautiful, Too!)
There are many different types of products you can consider for your home or body to help keep the balance and positive energy. Or maybe you just want some proper decor for your yoga studio. Some people prefer to buy wholesale and make their own chakra bracelets or jewelry.
For those of us not as talented, you can usually find these items online. Each has different purposes, which we will not go over in this article. Some items are more expensive than others, but there is always some a sale online even for the more pricey items.
- Necklace / medallion
- Crystal singing bowl (or tibetan singing bowls)
- Aveda balanced body spray
- Pyramid stone
- Tuning forks
- Chakra charms (Alex and Ani has some cute ones)
- Chakra Alchemy Metals
- Chakra Crystal sets and kits
- Tapestry (Chakras are usually placed in a symbolic mandala. These are shown in the pictures above. Many believe that keeping these in sight opens our energy centers.)
Easy, Virtually Free Ways To Start Activating Your Chakras And Live Happier and Healthier
Whether you fully “believe” in the chakra model or not, these are foundational steps for ANYONE to feel fully one with themselves and with life. These little things can activate your chakras and almost instantly help you feel better. Little wins go a long way!
Here are some exercises for cleansing your chakras if you are a newbie:
- Empower yourself
- Let go of bad energy
- Stop talking to toxic people
- Take deep breaths
- Try a new yoga sequence (from home)
- Read some positive or motivational quotes
- Start recognizing warning signs of your triggers and find ways to avoid them or change them
- Listen to music that puts you in a good mood or an empowering podcast
- Go dancing
- Look in the mirror each morning and say “I am amazing”
- Eat healthy food and avoid unhealthy foods when you can
- March or do squats
- Take a shower or long epsom salt bath
- Smudge your home with a sage wand
- Pray, meditate
- Scream or yell, let yourself feel
- Ask yourself some simple but tough questions and be honest about your answers
- List 10 things you are grateful for
- List 10 adjectives to describe you (do not make them all bad or all good)
- Take 5 minutes a day before bed to just sit, breathe, and think (no distractions, no electronic devices)
Clearing negative energy and feelings is much easier when you know where they are coming from. That way, you can identify what needs balancing, which is why the chakra test above is so valuable.
To The People Who Want To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of Chakras But Don't Know Where To Begin…These Are Some Expert Resources
People today are seeking to connect with a deep personal meaning within themselves and also to learn how their presence here on Earth can impact and uplift others. Studying the seven major chakras will give you an excellent foundation for how energy moves within you, through you and out to the world and those around you.
This is just a very basic and broad overview of the seven Chakras. If you want to learn more about Chakra, consider the blogs from experts and additional resources such as such as:
- Deepak Chopra – //www.deepakchopra.com/
- Carol Tuttle – //www.chakrahealing.com/chakra-test
- Chakra Activation System – Stephanie Mulac
- Chakra descriptions: The big book of yoga (pdf/ebook by Women's Health Magazine)
- Eclectic energies: eclecticenergies.com
- Mind Body Green's blog post on Chakras for beginners: //www.mindbodygreen.com/0-91/The-7-Chakras-for-Beginners.html
- Chakra Stones for beginners: //www.chakras.info/chakra-stones/
- Try this 20-minute guided meditation session:
If you like this, you can even download similar versions. There are also playlists on Spotify for cleansing your chakras. If you're more old-school, you can find a cd kit.
- Maybe you'd prefer to read rather than watch a video. Here is a Chakra Healing / Guided Mediation Script: //www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/chakra-healing-guided-meditation-script.html
If You're Still Skeptical Of The Power Of The Seven Chakras…This Free Documentary Is For You!
For Those Of You Who Act Like You Have It Together On The Surface… But Don't: If you need help controlling your energy centers or are a little skeptical about the healing power of chakras, you'll want to watch this documentary. It will answer all your questions and more.
If just ONE of your chakras is out of alignment, it can throw off your entire balance. So when you feel as though you just can't catch a break, or no matter how hard you try things aren't working out how you want, this could be an imbalance.
This could be true for any aspect of life: relationships, wealth, career, and health. Gaining control of your chakras isn't easy. But doing so can change your life. Even with a test and healing methods, sometimes it takes a true professional to help.
Diving Deeper Into Chakras: Related Teachings and Definitions For Beginners
Reiki – It is also important to note that Chakra is different than Reiki. While both involve energy within the body and can work wonder on your mental and physical ailments, they are not one in the same. Reiki is based on the hara, not hindu chakras. Both are healing practices that can work alongside each other.
Kundalini – Kundalini is another energy power. This is believed to be a female force or Goddess. Whether you choose to believe it or not, it believed to be the power that activates all chakras. This power is located at the base of the spin and moves up the body. A yogi who is able to draw from this energy is able to reach a higher level of consciousness.
Meridian Therapy – According to harmonichealing.com (an institute located in Melbourne), “Chakras are energy centres which exist within the subtle body of every living thing. Meridians are energetic circulatory systems in which our “qi” or life-force runs through numerous acupuncture/acupressure points.”
We Hope This Chakras For Beginners Guide Was Helpful
Chakras are quite complex to explain, but they are extremely valuable once you understand their meanings and learn a technique to awaken or cleanse them. They can be extremely powerful…so much so that people get a tattoo or multiple tattoos, jewelry, candles, and more specifically for their chakras. (Related: 35 Energizing Chakra Tattoo Designs)
You may not be an expert on how Solfeggio Frequency plays a role in the seven chakras, but at least you have a broad understanding of how each chakra plays a specific role in your well-being. You can impress your friends by being able to know the 7 chakras by name and even tell them that there happens to be more than meets the eye with their reoccurring headaches. 🙂
If you have any questions, or we missed something you want more clarification on, please let us know by commenting or contacting us!
Note: My post has nothing to do with the Naruto Chakra Nature and Affinity Wiki Fandom. For more information on this and the chakra 5 element in nature, visit their site here. This post also has nothing to do with ashok / ashoka chakra, the flag of India with 24 spokes.
*The Spanish translation of the seven chakras go in order as followed. They are ‘Chakra de la….’ Coronal, 3e œil, Gorge, Cœur, Plexus solaire, Sacré, Racine