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The Complete Guide To The 7 Chakras – For Beginners

by Anodea Judith February 18, 2021
Whether you’ve come across the term mid-downward dog in your yoga class or heard it mentioned on your favorite meditation app...knowing what your chakras are, where to find them and how to unblock them may well be the missing key to a happier, healthier life.

Table Of Contents:

What Is A Chakra?
Where Did The Chakra Concept Come From?
Where Can You Find The Chakra Points?
What Are The 7 Chakras?
The Root Chakra
The Sacral Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The Heart Chakra
The Throat Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra
The Crown Chakra
Why Chakras Get Blocked
How To Unblock Chakras
An Example Of A Chakra Meditation
FREE Mindvalley Masterclass For Chakra Alignment

What Is A Chakra?

Essentially, a chakra is an energy center. In a perfectly healthy person, each of the 7 chakras work in unison to provide the right balance of energy for every part of the body, mind and spirit. They each have their own symbol, color and meaning.

The term ‘Chakra’ is Sanskrit for wheel, referring to the spinning, spherical energy center that makes up a chakra. That energy is ancestrally known as ‘prana’–which you may recognize from practises such as yoga and meditation (pranayama: breath control).

Each chakra corresponds to a very specific area of the body, which we’ll explain in more detail soon.

Where Did The Chakra Concept Come From?

The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC and the data on each chakra was recorded in one of the most ancient, prized spiritual texts in human history: the Vedas.

Where Can You Find The Chakra Points?

There are 7 chakras in total: The Root Chakra, The Sacral Chakra, The Solar Plexus Chakra, The Heart Chakra, The Throat Chakra, The Third Eye Chakra and The Crown Chakra.

Your 1st chakra is located at the bottom of the tailbone–in the perineum for men and in the cervix for women.

You’ll find the 2nd chakra in your pelvic region, a couple of inches below the belly button.

The 3rd chakra sits in your stomach–around 2-3 inches above the belly button.

Your 4th chakra is located in the chest, in and around the heart space.

You’ll find your 5th chakra right in the middle of your throat.

The 6th chakra is between the eyebrows–extending to your brain’s pineal gland.

Your 7th chakra is at the very top of your head, resting on your crown.

What Are The 7 Chakras?

Here’s a breakdown of the 7 chakras in order:

1. The Root Chakra – Muladhara
2. The Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
4. The Heart Chakra – Anahata
5. The Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
6. The Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
7. The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

In today’s hectic, stress-inducing, polluted world, fully balanced chakras are extremely rare to come by–so don’t feel disheartened if you suspect something’s not quite right.

Now you have a general overview of the 7 chakras, we’ll dive into more detail regarding each individual chakra. By the end of this article, you’ll know everything you need to know about the role they all play and how to work with them for enhanced health and happiness.

The Root Chakra

blocked root chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Muladhara

Color: Red

Location: At the bottom of the tailbone–in the perineum for men and the cervical area for women.

The official name of this chakra, Muladhara, actually translates as ‘root’ and ‘support’.

This chakra’s role is to connect all of your physical, bodily energy with the Earth itself, which is logically referred to as ‘grounding’.

Your Root Chakra is also linked to everything you need to survive–including the act of breathing, eating, sleeping, and experiencing physical, financial and emotional security.

When your 1st chakra is balanced, you’ll feel a deep sense of peace, safe in the knowledge that all of your core needs are met.

The Sacral Chakra

blocked sacral chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Svadhisthana

Color: Orange

Location: In your pelvic region, a couple of inches below the belly button.

Also known as ‘the place of the self’, the Sacral Chakra is all about your creative identity as a human and what you do with it.

Helping you enjoy your life here on Earth, it’s the energy that motivates you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, including indulging in pleasurable activities like sex and good food.

When your 2nd chakra is balanced, you’ll relish in all the finer things in life without overdoing them.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Manipura

Color: Yellow

Location: In your stomach–around 2-3 inches above the belly button.The Manipura energy center further translates as ‘the lustrous gem’–and for good reason. This is the chakra where your self-confidence and personal power sit together in harmony.

Many call the Solar Plexus chakra the ‘Warrior Chakra’ too, as this is by far the most powerful supporting chakra in terms of bravery, self-preservation and boundary-setting.

So much so, you can most probably physically feel its raging energy when you feel angry and in need of defending yourself. For better or for worse, it’s your fight and flight response’s right hand man.

When balanced, high self-esteem and self-worth are bonus byproducts. 

The Heart Chakra

Blocked Heart Chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Anahata

Color: Green

Location: In the chest, in and around the heart space.

Interestingly, the Sanskrit term for the Heart Chakra, Anahata, translates to the state of being ‘unhurt.’

When you’re experiencing feelings of love, compassion, and kindness…it’s this energy center you’re connecting to.

Basically put, it’s all about the love…and the love frequency is the most healing vibe of all. When your Heart Chakra is balanced, you are easily able to feel love and empathy for yourself and others no matter what.

The Throat Chakra

Blocked Throat Chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Vishuddha

Color: Sky Blue

Location: Right in the middle of your throat.

Carrying the meaning of the words ‘very pure’, this chakra helps you to quite literally speak up–in a smooth, confident, authentic way.

It is the seat of self-expression, and the Throat Chakra also gives a voice to your personal preferences, beliefs and values.

When balanced, you openly and lovingly speak the truth and express yourself in whichever way feels most in alignment at any given time.

There’s nothing that enlightens and inspires those around you like an open Throat Chakra.

The Third Eye Chakra

Blocked Third Eye Chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Ajna

Color: Indigo

Location: Between the eyebrows–extending to your brain’s pineal gland.

The infamous Third Eye Chakra, Ajna, roughly translates as ‘beyond wisdom’.

This mystic energy center opens you up to expanded states of consciousness–way beyond the 5 senses and the material world we live in.Extrasensory perception, intuition and psychic abilities are all born from the third eye. This is thanks to the brain’s small yet extremely powerful pinecone-shaped gland that sits just behind Ajna: the pineal gland.

Long before brain imaging, many ancient cultures knew about the third eye’s presence–believing it to be our mystic human connection to the divine.

When your Third Eye is balanced, you’ll feel equally in tune with the physical and spiritual world, being able to connect with both your ego and your soul. 

The Crown Chakra

Blocked Crown Chakra

Sanskrit Translation: Sahasrara

Color: Violet/White

Location: At the very top of your head, resting on your crown.

According to most tantric yoga traditions, the final chakra translates to ‘a thousand petals’, referring to its beautiful, petal-ladened symbology.

Sahasrara is nothing but pure consciousness, connecting you to the Universe in its entirety–also known as ‘Om’. And it’s quite literally nothing personal…

…when it comes to the concept of The Crown Chakra, it’s something we all have in common. Every human, animal, plant, eco-system, planet and star has that same lifeforce energy. This chakra exists beyond your unique ego and is your connection to ‘God’; whatever you deem that to be.

Achieving a balanced crown chakra is the goal of any spiritual practice, and it’s not easy to do. Once truly balanced–you’ve achieved ‘enlightenment’. Becoming enlightened regarding the secret of who you really are and transcending suffering is known in Buddhist tradition as ‘Nirvana’.

Why Chakras Get Blocked

Chakras can get clogged and cause numerous problems in our everyday lives.

Imagine a beautiful, flowing stream in a mountainous forest. Undisturbed, the water will flow from the very top of the mountain to the very bottom…eventually leading to the sea. This is water’s natural course, right? But imagine now that due to an extreme storm, the biggest, heaviest, boulder you’ve ever seen rolls into the stream, blocking the flow.

Because of this, the current stops, unable to access any land below the boulder.

This is a perfect analogy for how the chakras work too, and the flowing water mirrors the flow of energy through the energy centers.

As for boulders of this analogy, to name a few, the giant rocks of life that can block our chakras are:

– Work stress
– Financial turmoil
– Poor diet
– Sexual oppression
– Low self-esteem
– Suppressed anger
– Illness
– Grief
– Heartbreak
– Rejection
– Resentment
– Fear
– Anxiety
– Stubbornness & ‘Tunnel Vision’
– Denial

It is, of course, a chicken and egg scenario. Whether the work stress comes first, blocking the root chakra, or whether the root chakra blockage causes the work stress–it’s all a mystery.

What remains clear, though, is that once one chakra is out of alignment, it tends to have a knock on effect on the surrounding chakras.

Let’s say that your partner has seriously crossed a boundary, crushing your self-esteem with something they said. That will clog up your Solar Plexus Chakra for sure. In response, you’re most likely going to feel betrayed, less appreciated, and perhaps less loving towards them too. This is a classic example of a Heart Chakra blockage. That’s two blocks for the price of one!

So as you can see, although the chakras are powerful beyond measure–they’re also pretty sensitive to all of your human experiences.

Thankfully, just as the chakras can be blocked and closed, so too can they be cleared and opened once more.

How To Unblock Chakras

There are a variety of ways you can unblock your chakras.

As we said before, perfectly healthy, flowing chakra energy is pretty hard to come by–so don’t feel disheartened if you suspect an imbalance. 

From simple meditations and chakra stones to practical behavioural tweaks, here’s a breakdown of how to unblock your energy centers chakra by chakra…

How To Unblock The Root Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: feeling generally ungrounded and unsafe, in fear and anxiety, in a state of lack and ‘I don’t have enough’-ness. Potential digestive upset.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing red ball of energy in the perineum/cervical area. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I am safe and grounded.’

Stones: Hematite, Black Onyx and Smoky Quartz

Behavioural Changes: Self-soothing, taking time to engage in psychical body experiences like eating hearty meals, getting enough sleep and walking in nature.

How To Unblock The Sacral Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: feeling ‘zapped’ with little to no creativity or sex drive. Potential urinary/sexual/hormonal disturbances.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing orange ball of energy in the pelvic region. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I enjoy the pleasures of life.’

Stones: Orange Calcite and Citrine

Behavioural Changes: Engaging in creative activities such as drawing, painting, playing an instrument, self-pleasuring, tantric sex and enjoying the mindful eating of rich foods such as dark chocolate and cherries.

How To Unblock The Solar Plexus Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: feeling frustrated, weak-willed and insecure. In lack of self-esteem, confidence and personal power. Potential stomach tightness and nausea.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing yellow ball of energy in the stomach. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I am strong and I know my worth.’

Stones: Tiger’s Eye and Sunstone

Behavioural Changes: Setting boundaries, practising saying ‘no’, enhancing self-esteem, exercising, doing things you’re good at.

How To Unblock The Heart Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: hurt, grief, ‘heartbreak’, loneliness, disconnection, lack of compassion. Potential chest pain, heart-burn, heaviness and stooped posture.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing green ball of energy in the heartspace. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I am loved and I am loving.’

Stones: Rose Quartz and Aventurine

Behavioural Changes: Practising self-compassion, gratitude and random acts of kindness. Engaging in activities such as cuddling, intimacy, gift-giving and expressing love.

How To Unblock The Throat Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Telling lies, little to no self-expression, fear of speaking up. Potential sore throat and stiffness in the neck.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing sky-blue ball of energy in the neck/throat. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I speak my truth and express myself openly.’

Stones: Aquamarine and Sodalite

Behavioural Changes: Telling the truth, finding ways to uniquely express yourself, speaking your needs aloud.

How To Unblock The Third Eye Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Stubbornness, narrow-mindedness and denial of the spiritual world/hard truths. Lack of inner intuitive guidance. Potential headaches.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing indigo ball of energy between the eyebrows/pineal gland. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I know who I am and I trust my intuition.’

Stones: Amethyst, Fluorite and Lolite

Behavioural Changes: Frequent meditation, mindfulness, listening to one’s ‘inner voice’. A new openness to spirituality and other world views. 

How To Unblock The Crown Chakra:

[Common Symptoms Of Blockage: Suffering ‘the human condition’. No connection to spirituality or ‘God’–in whatever way one defines her/him/it.]

Meditation: Sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and imagine a glowing white/violet ball of energy on the crown of the head. Imagine the energy spinning smoothly in a clockwise motion whilst repeating the affirmation below silently to yourself. Practice this for 10 minutes. You may choose to hold the corresponding chakra stone as you do so.

Healing Affirmation: ‘I am the Divine–connected to all life in the Universe.’

Stones: Clear Quartz, Amethyst and Moonstone

Behavioural Changes: An increased commitment to balancing all of the chakras. Frequent meditation, mindfulness, and an awareness of the oneness of all life in the cosmos. Star-gazing, travelling, lucid dreaming practice. 

An Example Of A Chakra Meditation

In order to balance all of the chakras, you can opt for an all-encompassing meditation to balance all 7 chakras. You can think of it as energetic maintenance!

Now you know exactly where the chakras are in the body, as well as their colors, their affirmations and even their stones, you can now enjoy a full-immersion experience.

Start by focussing on each chakra individually for a couple of minutes or so, paying full attention to its location and the energy you wish to infuse it with. Feel free to imagine a glowing, colored light spinning clockwise for every chakra, starting with the root chakra and ending with the crown chakra.

For each chakra, use the affirmation, stating it with belief, concentration and passion. Trust us–the way you meditate will make all the difference. Go all in, even if it feels like your comfort zone is being pushed to its limits.

The corresponding chakra stones are optional, but may aid your concentration and make the process smoother energetically. When you change the chakra you’re meditating on, don’t forget to gently place your current chakra stone down and swap it for the new one.

The FREE Mindvalley Masterclass For Chakra Alignment

We hope this guide has served you in your journey to a better understanding of the 7 chakras. This article has covered the basics, but we’d like to offer our Mindvalley readers (you) a little freebie to help you attain full chakra health.

So for those of you wanting to take your new-found knowledge to the next level…

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— Because there’s a lot more to learn when it comes to striking the right balance for your unique physical, emotional and spiritual body.

Many spend a lifetime studying this complex energetic system to be able to break the cycles of human suffering for good. One of those people goes by the name of Anodea Judith, a globally celebrated American Author, highly sought after Public Speaker and Chakra System Expert.

In her free Masterclass, you’ll begin your chakra-alignment journey with a rapid diagnosis of which of your chakras are blocked right now, followed by a LIVE, immersive 20-minute chakra meditation guided by Anodea Judith herself.

If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into long-lasting healing and chakra balance, join us in this 70-minute Masterclass at a time that suits you by clicking below–it’s completely free of charge for everyone, and always will be. 

Article written and edited by Amy White

by Anodea Judith
Anodea Judith is best known as a globally renowned speaker, bestselling author, and one of the most sought-after energy healers today who has revived the chakra system of ancient yoga. She wrote classics such as Eastern Body, Western Mind and Wheels of Life: A User's Guide To The Chakra System. It was through an unexpected “vision” of her future book, The Chakra System, yet unwritten, that inspired Anodea to dive even deeper in understanding this ancient bioenergetic system and how to apply it to elevate different dimensions of our lives. Today, Anodea is one of the foremost experts in merging Eastern healing modalities like the chakras with modern Western psychology practices, to help thousands heal past childhood traumas and wake up to their true spiritual essence.

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