What are Chakras?
Chakra means “wheel” and it refers to the energy points in your body. There are 7 of them and they are thought to be spinning disks of energy that are meant to stay open and aligned. Each individual chakra has a corresponding name, color, and specific area of the spine it is located on.
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Root Chakra (Muladhara) Represents our foundation Sits at the base of the spine and gives us a feeling of being grounded When opened, it gives us the ability to feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges When blocked, we can feel threatened What it controls: survival issues, such as financial independence Mantra: “I can’t grow from an unsteady foundation” Color: red Element: earth Stone: hematite Yoga pose: warrior I When it develops: 1-7 years Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) Helps inform how we relate to our emotions Location: lower abdomen What it controls: your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality Mantra: “I always honor others but not before myself” Color: orange Element: water Stone: tigers eye Yoga pose: bound angle pose When it develops: 8-14 years Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) Location: upper abdomen in the stomach area What it controls: self worth, confidence, and self-esteem Mantra: “ Self love starts when I accept all parts of myself” Color: yellow Element: fire Stone: amber Yoga pose: boat pose When it develops: 15-21 years Heart Chakra (Anahata) Location: center of chest What it controls: love, joy, and inner peace Mantra: “When I love myself, loving others comes easily” Color: green Element: air Stone: rose quartz Yoga pose: camel pose When it develops: 21-28 years Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Location: throat What it controls: communication, self-expression, and truth Mantra: “I speak my truth, always” Color: light blue/turquoise Element: sound/music Stone: aquamarine Yoga pose: fish pose When it develops: 29-35 years Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) Location: forehead between the eyes What it controls: intuition, imagination, and wisdom Mantra: “I am open to exploring what cannot be seen” Color: dark blue/purple Element: light Yoga pose: child’s pose When it develops: 36-42 years Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) Location: at the very top of the head What it controls: inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection Mantra: “I am a vessel for love and light” Color: violet/white Element: divine consciousness Stone: clear quartz Yoga pose: headstand When it develops: 43-49 years