Base or Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The first chakra is located at the base of our spine, the colour is red, associated with the term “I Am”, and represents our foundation. It’s in control of our sense of security and safety, as well as connected to the core of who you feel you are. When the base chakra is open, we have confidence in our abilities and strengths to conquer challenges and stand on our own. When it is blocked, we may feel uncomfortable, anxious, unsafe, and weak.
Sacral Chakra (Svadisthana)
The second chakra is located just below the belly button, the colour is orange, connected with the term “I Feel”, and considered as the creative energy centre of the body. The Sacral Chakra holds our emotions, pleasures, passions, creativity and new thoughts, as well as how we relate to other people. When our sacral chakra is aligned, we will feel great, passionate, ‘give birth’ to new ideas, pleased and satisfied, while when it’s blocked, we may feel a lack of control or power in our lives.
Solar Plexus (Manipura)
The third chakra is located at the stomach area below the top of our ribcage, the colour is yellow, associated with the term “I Do” and the source of our individual strength controlling over self-esteem. Solar Plexus Chakra is related to physical stamina or energy that focuses on personal willpower and determination, as well as helping you to feel in control of your life. When Manipura chakra is open, we will feel at ease and confident in expressing ourselves. If the chakra is blocked, we may experience shame, guilt, and self-doubt.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The Heart Chakra connects the lower (material) and upper (spiritual) chakras. It is the fourth chakra located at the centre of our chest, represented by the colour green and is related to the term “I Love”. It is our ability to love and to be loved, as well as building good relationships with others and with ourselves. If the heart chakra is aligned and balanced, we will experience love, empathy and compassion, but when it is closed, we may feel grief, jealousy, fear of betrayal and will have difficulty fully opening up to other people and to ourselves.
Throat Chakra (Visuddha)
The fifth chakra is located around our throat gives voice to the heart chakra. The throat chakra relates to self-expression and controls our ability to communicate verbally, the colour is blue, and is associated with the term “I Speak”. When our throat chakra is functioning at full capacity, it helps us to express ourselves clearly and authentically. Someone with a blocked throat chakra may find it hard to express themselves and their true feelings, or end up with a niggle or tickle in their throat.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Our sixth chakra is the Third Eye Chakra which is located in the centre of our forehead between our eyes, represented by the colour Indigo, and related with the term ‘I see’. It has a strong instinct to see the big picture and connected to spirituality. For someone with an open third eye chakra, it is said they are intuitive and self-aware, connected to the gateway between the conscious self and higher self. When blocked it can affect our ability to concentrate, you may become fearful of the unknown, stagnant and lose your sense of direction in life.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The seventh chakra is the Crown Chakra sits at the top of our head, represented by the colour violet and related to the term “I Understand”. Also known as “the bridge to the cosmos” related to our spiritual connection with the divine and our higher self, the meeting point between our physical body and the universe. You may access a higher consciousness when the crown chakra is completely opened by complex yogic or meditative practices with the awareness of being a soul in a human body. When it is blocked, you may feel disconnected, ungrounded, pessimistic and energetically numb.