What are chakras?

Woman in yoga position, with chakras shown
Wheels of Energy

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Chakras are wheels or vortexes of energy

They are part of the human aura or energy field. Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. Thus Chakras would be “wheels.”Life force energy — chi, ki, or prana —  flows in and out of us through the chakras. Each chakra has an area of life that its energy affects particularly. If a chakra is closed down or out of balance, the life energies in that area will be affected negatively. Open, strong, and balanced chakras make those areas of our life energies better and promote health and healing.

The 7 Major Chakras

Root or BaseSacral, Solar PlexusHeartThroat, Third Eye, Crown

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The energy of the wavelength of the color light acts with the energy of the chakra synergistically.  There are some blurring and differences between what colors go with what chakra. I think of this as the difference in our perspectives changing our view on the colors we perceive to go with the particular chakra.

Chakra energy

is always in motion, interweaving and interconnecting. Many times working with more than one chakra via energy work, wearing or carrying related crystals, using related stones, or other methods, brings a synergy that working with a single chakra could not as easily reach.

Each major chakra is counted from the bottom up, as the energy rises from the earth plane to the spiritual planes.

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The Seven Major Chakras:

Crown Chakra: 7th – Sahasrara

Third Eye Chakra: 6th – Ajna – Also Called Brow Chakra

Throat Chakra: 5th – Vishuddha

Heart Chakra: 4th – Anahata

Solar Plexus Chakra: 3rd – Manipura

Sacral Chakra: 2nd – Svadisthana – Also Called Spleen Chakra

Root Chakra: 1st Chakra – Muladhara – Also Called Base Chakra

Other Chakras:

Soul Star Chakra (opens in new tab)

Soma Chakra (opens in new tab)

Earth Star Chakra (opens in new tab)

The Chakras
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