A Beginner's Guide To The 7 Chakras

Yoga, Meditation, & Ayurveda Guru By Yogi Cameron
Yoga, Meditation, & Ayurveda Guru
Yogi Cameron has helped thousands of people tap into their spiritual side, having studied Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga since 2003. He became certified in Yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City as well as the Sri Satchidananda Ashram, and studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Arsha Vidya Peetam in South India and trained at the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, india. He’s been featured in ELLE, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The London Times, and has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, and more.

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The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body. You've probably heard people talk about "unblocking" their chakra system, which refers to the idea that when all of our chakras are open, energy can run through them freely and harmony can exist between the physical body, mind, and spirit. Chakra translates to "wheel" in Sanskrit, and you can imagine them like wheels of free-flowing positive energy.

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This beginner's guide to each of the seven main chakras breaks down how to identify and unblock each one:

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1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)

The root chakra represents our foundation. It sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is open, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it's blocked, we feel threatened and unstable.

  • Location: Base of spine, in tailbone area
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food

2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

The sacral chakra helps inform how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others. An open sacral chakra also governs creativity and sexual energy.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality
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3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

The solar plexus chakra speaks to your ability to be confident and in control of your life. Think back to the last time you had butterflies or felt a pit in the stomach: That's the Manipura chakra at work.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)

The heart chakra is the bridge between the lower chakras (associated with materiality) and the upper chakras (associated with spirituality). As the name suggests, this chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love—from others and ourselves.

  • Location: Center of chest, just above the heart
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Love, joy, and inner peace
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5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

The throat chakra gives voice to the heart chakra and controls our ability to communicate our personal power. When it's functioning at full capacity, it allows us to express ourselves truly and clearly.

  • Location: Throat
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Communication, self-expression, and truth

6. Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)

The third-eye chakra controls to our ability to see the big picture and connect to intuition. Think of it as the eye of the soul: It registers information beyond the surface level. As we move up the body, we're getting closer to communion with the divine.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra)
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Intuition, imagination, and wisdom
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7. Crown Chakra (Samsara or Sahasrara)

The crown chakra, the highest chakra, sits at the crown of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. When you fully open your crown chakra, you're thought to access a higher consciousness—something very few people ever do!

  • Location: The very top of the head
  • Associated Themes & Emotions: Inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection
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