What The Heck Is A Chakra?

What The Heck Is A Chakra?

There are 7 Chakras, or energy wheels, that line the spine from tail to crown according to ancient yoga tradition. You might have heard your yoga teacher say “breathe in to upward facing dog, opening your 4th chakra yada, yada, yada…” and be left wondering “what does that even mean?” Each Chakra is associated with a location, a sound (check out MC Yogi’s “Chakra Beatbox for a cool version), a feeling, a color as well as physical, emotional and mental characteristics. Here are the 7 Chakras defined in the most basic form:

1. Root Chakra – I am

  • Location – Base of the spine
  • Feeling – Our most basic survival needs and sense of belonging
  • Color – Red

2. Sacral Chakra – I feel

  • Location – Reproductive area
  • Feeling – Creativity; creation
  • Color – Orange

3. Solar Plexus – I do

  • Location – Navel center
  • Feeling – Personal power, self esteem
  • Color – Yellow

4. Heart – I love

  • Location – Chest
  • Feeling – Connection, Compassion
  • Color – Green

5. Throat – I speak

  • Location – Neck
  • Feeling – Communication and self-expression
  • Color – Blue

6. Third eye – I see

  • Location – Between the eyes
  • Feeling – Intuition
  • Color – Indigo

7. Crown – I understand

  • Location – Top of the Head
  • Feeling – Awareness
  • Color- Violet

Ancient yoga studies state that energy moves along the spine and through the chakras. If there is a block in the chakra then we can suffer from many different illnesses and mental issues. A chakra test can help explain the different characteristics more in depth and give you an idea of what strengths and imbalances you might have. There are many practices like meditation, yoga and activities that can help balance the chakras. Next time your in yoga class, surprise your teacher and tell them how open your 4th Chakra is from all the backbends!

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Jenn Bodnar

Jenn Bodnar is the owner of  Yoga Digest and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 500ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that yoga provides. She is mom to three awesome young men and loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn oversees LifePower Yoga studio in North Dallas, is a self proclaimed health food chef and hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to choose happiness. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”