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The Chakra System



The Chakra system is an important aspect of human history and our ancestors have gone to great lengths to preserve and translate the knowledge of its existence over time. The Chakra System is a map of energy hotspots on the human body. These hotspots are not tangible. They are abstract. These hotspots cannot be seen, yet somehow our ancestors knew that they existed. This energy system is an ancient science that was studied long before the creation of modern-day medicine or health reforms that govern our world today.


You cannot prove that the chakra system exists. There are no thesis papers on its existence and there are a lot of people who consider it to be more of a myth than fact based because of its elusive nature.


The chakra system has been slowly making its debut in the western world. It is coming back for an encore. People are beginning to see a correlation between their physical and emotional bodies. They are beginning to question the importance of this connection. Recent, cutting-edge studies of the nervous system are beginning to confirm that the mind, body, and emotions are all interconnected. Scientists are beginning to understand that our physical body is affected by our emotional body, and vise versa. By exercising one, we can influence the other.


Our emotions cannot be seen. The chakra system cannot be seen. This encourages us to examine the more abstract/philosophical aspects of human life and encourage us to grow our understanding of how human physiology works in harmony with human anatomy.


If you have a scientific mind and are looking for proof that your emotional and physical bodies are connected- if you are looking for proof that the chakra system does, in fact, exist- I would instruct you to look no further than to the practice of yoga.


Many yoga practitioners are surprised to find early on in their practice that they are prone to burst into tears while holding certain poses or end up crying after class. This happens a lot. Practicing yoga can prompt a flood of unexpected emotions to rise up to the surface. Certain hip opening poses can, at times, make you ball like a baby. Why does this happen? Hypothetically, it is said that we store our emotions in our bodies. Unprocessed emotions will store in the body and manifest in the form of tension, tightness, and physical stress. Practicing yoga gives you an opportunity to work through that tension and release pent-up emotions or energy.


Our ancestors believed that it was important to understand how our bodies, emotions, and minds all work together. They believed that by practicing certain yoga poses we could fine tune our bodies and re-calibrate to live healthier, happier lives.


Whether you wish to believe that this system exists or does not, is up to you. How our ancestors had knowledge of this mysterious energy remains unknown. I will leave it up to you to decide. There are seven chakras. They run through the spine to the top of the head and they are as follows:


1. Root Chakra

2. Sacral Chakra

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

4. Heart Chakra

5. Throat Chakra

6. Third-Eye Chakra

7. Crown Chakra





1. Root Chakra


The root chakra represents our foundation of our mental health. It is responsible for our feelings of physical safety and security. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When the root chakra is healthy, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it's damaged, we feel threatened, in danger, or as if we're standing on unstable ground.


2. Sacral Chakra


The sacral chakra governs creative and sensual energy. This is responsible for our feelings of freedom and self-expression. Its health controls your sense of well-being, pleasure, sex life and money drive. When the sacral chakra is healthy, we feel confident reaching out to others, openly able to express our needs and desires. When this chakra is damaged, we may feel angry, codependent, lacking, rebellious, or overindulgent.


3. Solar Plexus Chakra


The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, governs our ability to feel confident and in control of our own lives. This chakra represents our will power, assertiveness, and drive. If our solar plexus chakra is blocked, we might feel overwhelming amounts of shame or self-doubt. We will feel nervous around other people. We will be unsure of ourselves. On the flip side, if our solar plexus chakra is open, we will feel confident and strong taking leadership roles. We will gracefully accept compliments from others, and we will feel worthy of love and respect.


4. Heart Chakra


The heart chakra, as the name suggests, is associated with our ability to give and receive love from others and ourselves. Someone with a wounded heart chakra will have difficulty fully opening up to the people in their life. They will feel loneliness, separation, and grief. They will find it difficult to forgive others. This chakra can become damaged if someone experiences loss, rejection, abandonment, or abuse. If someone's heart is healthy, they can experience deep compassion and empathy. They feel free to expand, love, and grow. They are open to new relationships and new ideas. They welcome new people and experiences into their lives without fear or hesitation. Balance in the heart chakra will encourage feelings of joy and inner peace.


5. Throat Chakra


The throat chakra controls our ability to communicate our personal power. When it is functioning at full capacity, it allows us to express ourselves truly and clearly. Our words are precise, cohesive, and honest. This allows us to speak our truth. Someone with a damaged throat chakra will feel like they have trouble finding the words to express how they truly feel. They may throw tantrums, yell, keep secrets, threaten others, manipulate, or run away from conflict.


6. Third-Eye Chakra


The third-eye chakra controls our ability to see the bigger picture and connect to our intuition. It processes information beyond the superficial level and is responsible for insight, guidance, and wisdom. A healthy third eye chakra is imaginative, understanding, and steady. A healthy third eye allows us to perceive and command judiciously. An unhealthy third-eye chakra is trapped in confusion, chaos, and war. It projects fear onto others and finds its environment uninviting and frightening. It manifests in denial, cynicism, and closed mindedness.


7. Crown Chakra


The crown chakra, the highest chakra, sits at the crown of the head and represents our ability to be fully connected everyone and everything around us. This chakra governs empathy. When we fully open our crown chakra, we can see the good in all people and feel unity, togetherness, and grace. When this chakra is closed, we may feel hostile, afraid, egotistical, or domineering. If the crown chakra is closed, we will find it difficult to learn new things, accommodate the needs of others, or accept people as they truly are.


Does the chakra system exist? Why are people moved to tears during their yoga practice? Does exercising regularly help to regulate your emotions? Will eating organic, whole foods help cleanse the body and reduce brain fog, depression, and anxiety?


Is there a method to the madness?


The world may never know.

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