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1. Root Chakra

Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Colours: Red
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra

Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Colours: Orange
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Colours: Yellow
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra

Our ability to love.
Location: Centre of chest just above heart.
Colours: Green or Pink
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra

Our ability to communicate.
Location: Throat.
Colours: Blue
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra

Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra).
Colours: Blue
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra

The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location:The very top of the head.
Colours: White or Violet
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

Do you ever have physical, emotional or mental issues that just don't ever seem to be resolved or keep reoccurring? Chakra imbalances can show up in various ways. Here is a list of some common manifestations of chakras not functioning properly. Do You recognize any of these symptoms?

    Physical Imbalances
  • Low back pain
  • Repeated injury to the same area
  • Bladder or bowel issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Lack of Circulation
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Low sex drive
  • Digestive disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Heart Disorders
  • TMJ
  • Dental issues
  • Eye weakness
  • Breathing Issues
  • Headaches
  • Nervous disorders

  • Emotional Imbalances
  • Low self Esteem
  • Need for Approval
  • Eating disorders
  • Inability to express self
  • Lack of willpower
  • Abusiveness, self or others
  • Anger
  • Deep Sadness
  • Close hearted
  • Moodiness
  • Addictions
  • Depression

  • Mental Imbalances
  • Jealousy
  • Resentment
  • Indecision
  • Unclear communicating
  • Boredom and Apathy
  • Judgement
  • Criticism
  • Lack of Creativity
  • Overly analytical
  • Dogmatic
  • Materialistic
  • Ego centered
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Disconnected to life reality
  • Exclusion
  • Scattered
  • Unstable
  • Insecure
  • Fear of Lack

More details on Chakra Below.

Find out how to keep your chakras balanced in order to be in harmony with yourself!

We often read that chakras are vortexes or wheels in our body where there is concentrated energy. I don't want to dive to deep into the philosophy of yoga, but I think it is appropriate to learn more about the source of our chakras.

In yoga, the universal energy source is known as prana. Prana means life or life-force. It is at once cosmic, spiritual, physical, sexual, mental and intellectual. Whether it is the wind, your breath and body's functions, your spirituality, your vitality or the entire solar system that you are thinking about, prana flows in and around of our body. We are prana and we need it's force to survive.

These different types of life-force circulate in or along channels (nadi) that feed all the organs of our body. Nadis are stated to be 72 000! The three main channels or artery of prana are Ida nadi, Pingala nadi and Sushumna nadi.

Ida, the channel of mental energy, is associated with introversion, intuition and passivity. This is the lunar energy represented by the left side of the body. The left nostril is use while practicing pranayama (breathing exercises) and it stimulates the right part of the brain.

Pingala, the channel of physical energy, is more extroverted, appeals objectivity and action. It's the solar energy represented by the right side of the body. The right nostril is use while practicing pranayama and it stimulates the left part of the brain.

Sushumna, the channel of spiritual energy, allows a perfect balance between the positive and masculine energy of Pingala and the negative and feminine energy of Ida.

When two nadis intersect, a third element is created: a chakra.

Sushumna nadi is located in the spinal cord of our spine. The life-force circulates from our perineum (Mooladhara chakra) to the crown of our head (Sahasrara chakra).

Ida nadi starts from the left side of Mooladhara chakra to Ajna chakra.

Pingala nadi starts from the right side of Mooladhara chakra to Ajna chakra.

The seven main chakras are located at the points of intersection of these three nadis.

All our activities are influenced by the movement of these nadis. Every 60 or 90 minutes, the left nostril is more fluid, or the right or both. Very often, our energy is destabilized. Prana might flows only to the left side or only to the right side of our body.

The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to create a balance between the mental energy and the physical energy. We become aware of our true nature. We understand ourselves better. A harmonious relationship with ourselves begins!

Here are some yoga breathing exercises (pranayama), yoga postures (asana) and other healing activities that you can do to keep your chakras well balanced.

Muladhara: Your root chakra is your foundation and it helps you to be grounded and to feel safe. The complete yogic breathing will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located at the bottom of your spine, any asana that will put your perineum in contact with the ground (sitting postures) or where a natural contraction of your perineum is made will do (standing postures, squat). Gardening, work with your hands, biking, hiking, right eating and sleeping will help you to keep Muladhara balanced.

Svadhisthana: Your second chakra is the place of your emotions, feelings, needs and sexuality. The complete yogic breathing will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located in the pelvis and sacrum area (your sexual organs), any basic yoga forward bends will do. The Cobra and the Locust will help. If you are pregnant, avoid any compression of your belly. The Cat Stretch Pose and the Bound Angle Pose are indicated. Swimming, taking a bath, dancing, enjoying your senses and exploring your emotions will help you to keep Svadhisthana balanced.

Manipura: Your third chakra is the place of your self-esteem, personal power and self-knowledge. Kapalabhati (the Shinning Breath) will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Do not practice Kapalabhati if your are pregnant. Located in your solar plexus (a few inches above your navel), any asana that involves your abdomen will do. During pregnancy, the Sun Salutation with modifications will be perfect. Get moving, laugh, release anger and attachments will help you to keep Manipura balanced.

Anahata: Your fourth chakra is the the place of love, the heart and nurturing. Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril) will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located in the center of your chest, asana that involve shoulders and chest opening will do. Backbends, the Fish Pose and the Bridge Pose. Actively practice self-acceptance (of yourself and others), focus on forgiveness, gratitude and love will help you to keep Anahata balanced.

Visuddhi: Your fifth chakra is the place of your self-esteem and communication. Ujjayi breath will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located in the center of your throat, asana that involve neck and shoulders stretches will help. The Bridge Pose or other shoulders stand are indicated. Chanting, singing, being silent, writing your journal, listen to or create music and being creative will help you to keep Visuddhi balanced.

Ajna: Your sixth chakra is the center of wisdom, seeing the truth, thought and seeing the light. Kapalabhati and Nadi Shodhana will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located between your eyes, asana that involves introspection (Savasana, the Child Pose), deep concentration, meditation or the Tree Pose. Enjoying meditation, writing your journal, creating visual art and beauty will help you to keep Ajna balanced.

Sahasrara: Your seventh chakra is your place of knowing, bliss and divinity. Nadi Shodhana will be appropriate to keep it balanced. Located at the crown of your head, headstands and inversions. Meditation, learning, creating, defining beliefs and values will help you to keep Sahasrara balanced.

When the chakras are aligned we can more easily bring forward our trust, wisdom, clarity, power, confidence, love, compassion, acceptance, emotional balance and discipline.

By using affirmations to bring our chakras into balance, we are acknowledging that we are filled with greatness (Crown Chakra) and filled with humility (Root Chakra). We are acknowledging that we are learning and growing (Throat Chakra) and we are working to accept and embrace our strengths and weaknesses (Solar Plexus).

It is by aligning with our chakras that we get to acknowledge and embrace all aspects of ourselves.

Here are seven affirmations you can use to balance your seven chakras in order to cultivate greater self-acceptance:

Chakra Balancing Affirmations For Self-Acceptance:

Crown: I am filled with greatness.

Third eye: I am wise.

Throat: I am learning and I am growing. We are all learning and growing.

Heart: I love and appreciate myself as I am.

Solar Plexus: I accept myself completely. I accept that I have strengths and I accept that I have weaknesses.

Sacral: I am both sensitive and strong.

Root: I am filled with humility. I am enough as I am.

Here are seven more affirmations that integrates the trust of the Crown chakra with the other chakras:

Chakra Balancing Affirmations For Trust:

Crown: I let go and I trust the process of life.

Third eye: I am a wise decision maker.

Throat: I am filled with the power of spirit.

Heart: I am filled with courage.

Solar Plexus: I accept that I am learning and growing.

Sacral: I am balanced. I know when to act and I know when to wait.

Root: I am disciplined.

As you can see, chakra balancing is a very important tool for becoming your most authentic self.. Experience the power, confidence and strength that comes from balancing and aligning all of your chakras and see what happens!