The Root Chakra

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“I AM”

The root/base chakra, or muladhara in Sanskrit, is the first primary chakra. Located at the base of the spine, it is responsible for feelings of security and connection with the physical world. The root chakra vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour red. It is connected to the adrenal glands and, thus, is responsible for energy levels and the fight or flight reflex.
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When the root chakra is balanced, you feel safely grounded in your body and life. Everyday activities come easily and you feel confident about your place in the world, and secure within your relationships, career and finances. The root chakra is linked to a strong sense of personal identity and self esteem. An excess or deficit of energy in this chakra is displayed in various mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Understanding your personal place in the world is an integral…

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Chakras: An Introduction

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7_ChakrasI know lots of people hear the word “chakra” and immediately dismiss it as new-age, hippie crap. While chakras are a spiritual concept, they are also very real energy centres – linked to our endocrine system, thoughts and feelings. I see chakras as a bridge between the physical and spiritual bodies.

Feeling skeptical?
Let me assure you that I didn’t always think this way. My mother taught me about spirituality, chakras and crystal healing when I was a kid, but when I was a teenager I rejected all these ideas.

Mixing up organised religion with spirituality, and confusing human shortcomings with moral ideals, led me to abandon almost every trace of spirituality I had. I was a self-proclaimed atheist, physicalist and skeptic. It took several years of mental anguish, soul-searching and truth-seeking before I eventually came full circle and recovered my spirituality. Despite the pain it caused me, I am…

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Solar Plexus Chakra

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The solar plexus chakra, or manipura in Sanskrit, is the third primary chakra. Despite the name, the solar plexus chakra is actually located between the solar plexus (near the sternum) and the navel. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour yellow. The solar plexus chakra is the centre for mental activity and sense of self. It is connected to the pancreas; so can affect our ability to digest food and maintain blood sugar levels.
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The solar plexus is your personal power house. Associated with the element of fire, a balanced solar plexus chakra will see you raging onwards to achieve your goals. Taking care of manipura is a surefire (no pun intended!) way to boost your self esteem, make wise decisions and awaken to your true purpose. The “gut feeling” is often attributed to manipura urging you to follow your personal path.

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The Brow Chakra

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The brow chakra, or ajna in Sanskrit, is the sixth primary chakra. Located between your eyebrows, it is also referred to as the third eye chakra. The brow chakra is associated with intuition, intellect, imagination and visualisation. It is linked to the pituitary gland – also known as the “master gland” because it controls most of the other glands. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour indigo.
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The brow chakra is the centre for intuition, thought and clairvoyance. Seeing the big picture can be attributed to the third eye, so opening this chakra is essential to improve your worldview. You’ve probably heard of “the sixth sense” – another term for the third eye chakra. This chakra allows you to see more than just what is in front of you.

Balanced – If you have a well-balanced brow chakra you will concentrate…

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The Throat Chakra

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The throat chakra, or vishuddha in Sanskrit, is the fifth primary chakra. Located in (you guessed it…) the throat, visshuda is all about communication and speaking your truth. It is linked to the thyroid gland – the gland responsible for controlling your body’s metabolism – so is sometimes involved in control issues. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour blue.vishuddhaThroat Chakra Balance

The throat chakra is the centre for truth, expression and self-control. You know when the words you say come out completely differently to what was in your head? That indicates a block in your throat chakra. Surrendering a little control will allow you to speak more honestly. Communication (verbal and otherwise) is the basis of how we interact with people, it is a thread that ties together the patchwork of humanity. Thus, communicating honestly with both yourself and others can have…

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The Heart Chakra

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The heart chakra, or anahata in Sanskrit, is the fourth primary chakra. Located in the heart, anahata is connected to love, empathy, compassion and devotion. Love is one of the strongest forces in the world, creating bonds between the physical and soul through the heart. It vibrates at a frequency akin to the colour green, and sometimes pink.
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The heart chakra is at the centre of our being; it acts like a fulcrum between the lower and higher chakras. The lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus) are mostly involved with our physical/emotional connection to the world and place within it; the higher chakras (throat, brow and crown) are more involved with mental/spiritual connection and communicating these ideals to others. The heart chakra unites the two as it creates heartfelt interactions with other people, animals and plants.

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