Chakras: an Introduction

Some of you who are new to holistic wellness may be wondering “what are chakras?” Chakras are energy centers located in seven different parts of the body from which all of our energy flows through. Each energy center has three different possible states of functioning. A chakra can be overactive, underactive, or balanced. The ideal state is for all of the chakras to be balanced. 


​The first chakra is the  root chakra, located at the base of the spine. This chakra is our foundation, security, and is associated with our survival. An example of an overactive root chakra is fear of change. An example of an underactive root chakra is poor boundaries. 


The second chakra, located in your lower abdomen, is the sacral chakra. This chakra is the pleasure seeker. This chakra affects relationships, sexuality and creativity. It deals with emotions and feelings. An example of an overactive sacral chakra would be an unhealthy emotional attachment. An example of an underactive sacral chakra would be fatigue. 


The third chakra, located in your upper abdomen , is the solar plexus chakra. This chakra has to do with our confidence and self-esteem. An overactive solar plexus would manifest as being overly judgmental. An underactive solar plexus would manifest as self doubt. 

The fourth chakra, located in the center of your chest, is the heart chakra. This chakra deals with love. Those with an overactive heart chakra are ruled by their emotions, or have issues with codependency. Those with an underactive heart chakra are extremely negative and have trust issues. 


The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. I think you could take a wild guess as to where it is located. This chakra deals with your voice, your ability to express yourself. An overactive throat chakra manifests as someone being overly critical and/or verbally abusive. Someone with an underactive throat chakra is unable to express themselves and can even be seen by others as flaky. 

The sixth chakra, located between your eyes on your forehead, is known as the third eye chakra. This chakra rules your imagination, and thinking processes. An overactive third eye chakra can cause a person to become delusional. An underactive third eye chakra may cause a person to lack empathy or intuition. 


The seventh chakra, located at the top of the head, is known as the crown chakra. This chakra relates to your spiritual connection. Someone with an overactive crown chakra may be too eccentric to be able to connect with others, or may possess a “god complex.” Someone with an underactive crown chakra may feel that they lack purpose in life. 

We will dive into each chakra more in depth later on, but I hope this gives you a basic idea as to what chakras are and how they work so that you will have a solid platform to continue learning about them! 

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