Before we begin it is probably handy to have an idea of what a chakra is and what they represent. Below is an extremely brief introduction to the chakras. There’s plenty of resources online for those who wish to explore further.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally translates to disk or wheel. In this usage the term refers to wheels of energy in the body.
There are seven main chakras, starting from the first chakra, at the base of the spine through to the 7th chakra located at the crown of the head.
You can visualise the chakras in the body by imagining a swirling wheel of energy (also chi or prana) where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible vital life force energy, keeps us vibrant, healthy, and animated.
The Importance of the Main Chakras in the Body
These swirling wheels of energy which have been known for thousands of years have been found to correspond to massive nerve centres in the body confirmed by modern physicians. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being.
It’s essential for optimal health that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. For if there is no flow of energy, then the environment inside the body gets stale, stagnant and ideal for illness and disease to grow. Keeping a chakra open is not so difficult when you develop mind body awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are all connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance.
A brief explanation of the chakras
The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine up to the solar plexus are chakras of matter.
First Chakra: Muladhara is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe, secure and fearless. Having an open and activated first chakra means we feel a basic level of worthiness, and responsibility in our lives.
Second Chakra: Svadhisthana chakra is our creativity and sexual center. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression. When we are clear and open in this chakra we feel like we belong, are connected to our tribe and we are able to get s*%# done in the world easefully and effortlessly.
Third Chakra: Manipura chakra means lustrous gem, also known as the solar plexus chakra and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power. Having a clear and open third chakra will strengthen our ability to exert our will power, manifest our desires. As it is the solar (or sun) chakra, opening up our third chakra will allow us to shine our true radiance in the world.
The Fourth Chakra: The Connection Between Matter and Spirit
The Fourth Chakra: Anahata chakra, located in the heart centre is in the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth chakra is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection. When we work through our lower physical chakras, or the first three, we can then open up the upper spiritual chakras more fully and ground our divine nature, vision and purpose into physical reality.
The Chakras of Spirit
Fifth Chakra: Vishuddha chakra, located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. As well as our ability to be creative and manifest our purpose and vision through expression. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.
Sixth Chakra: Ajna chakra, located in between the eyebrows. It is also referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focusing on opening the sixth chakra and will help you hone this ability as well as increase the vividness of our visualisation faculty.
Seventh Chakra: Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. This is our connection to our higher purpose and divine nature
Using qigong to balance, align and open the chakras
We can easily combine the practice of qi gong with the awareness of our chakra to bring balance to these energy centres in our bodies. In the video above is a super quick and easy chakra balancing, aligning and opening exercise which will get the energy in these centres flowing, activated and balanced . An excellent time to do this exercise is in the morning before you start your day or before you retire for the night. Or is perfect for any time you’re feeling a little ‘off’.
– Zulu Flow Zion
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