Ever encountered a chakra map? We hear the word chakra more and more often these days — in energy healing, guided meditations — you might have even heard it in your weekly yoga class.
But if you’re brand new to chakras, don’t worry. Because one of the absolute best ways to get a grasp on chakras is by using a chakra map. And that’s exactly what we’re going to show you today.
This guide will walk you through the basic chakra system, as well as provide you with a complete chakra map with the 7 chakras to follow along with:
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
What Do The 7 Chakras Mean?
First, let’s cover the essentials.
A chakra is an energy center. These energy centers can be located both inside and outside (yes, outside!) the physical body. Each chakra is unique and corresponds to a specific set of traits and functions.
When our chakras are well balanced, energy moves freely through them and throughout our bodies. We feel happy, healthy, and at ease.
When our chakras are out of balance with stagnant energy, we feel a whole lot worse. In fact, blocked chakras can even be the culprit behind a number of physical, mental, and emotional ailments.
How do you unclog a blocked chakra? It’s all about learning to focus your energy and intentions. And chakra maps and meditations are a great place to start!
7 Chakra System vs 12 Chakra System
The traditional 7 chakra system is composed of internal chakras — energy centers found within the physical body.
The 12 chakra system includes external chakras — energy centers above and below us that our bodies project.
For our purposes, we’re going to show you a chakra map of the 7 chakra system. It’s the most popular system and is often the one used in chakra meditation.
But it’s definitely worthwhile to know that the 12 chakra system is out there. Besides the essential 7 chakras, the 12 chakra map system also includes: the Earth Star Chakra, the Soul Star Chakra, the Universal Chakra, the Galactic Chakra, and the Divine Gateway Chakra.
What Are The 7 Chakras In Our Body?
Check out the chakra map above. In it, you’ll see a basic map of the 7 chakras.
As you can see, each of the chakras corresponds to a different color and has a different function:
1. Root Chakra
Position: Base of the spine
Sanskrit name: Muladhara
Responsible for: Feeling grounded, financial independence, security, basic survival
2. Sacral Chakra
Position: Lower abdomen
Sanskrit name: Svadhishthana
Responsible for: Pleasure, joy, desire, creativity, abundance, emotional balance, sexuality
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Sanskrit name: Manipura
Responsible for: Personal power, self-esteem, confidence, courage
4. Heart Chakra
Sanskrit name: Anahata
Responsible for: Love, emotional freedom, compassion, empathy, social relationships
5. Throat Chakra
Sanskrit name: Vishuddha
Responsible for: Communication, honestly, faith, artistic expression
6. Third Eye Chakra
Position: Middle of the forehead, between the eyes
Sanskrit name: Ajna
Responsible for: Intuition, perception, imagination, wisdom, decision making, clairvoyance
7. Crown Chakra
Color: Ultraviolet, gold, and white
Position: Crown of the head
Sanskrit name: Sahasrara
Responsible for: Spirituality, bliss, Universal energy, Enlightenment
How Do You Open Your 7 Chakras?
There are 3 steps involved in opening a chakra:
- Know the location of the chakras in the body
- Identify the primary chakra you want to work on
- Activate the energy in the chakra
First, know your chakras. Use a chakra map to learn about them. Know what they are, where they are located, and what they are responsible for.
Remember: chakras work as a team. If one is blocked, the others will also not work properly.
So, how do you know which chakra is blocked or imbalanced?
- First, search for any sources of localized pain. This may help you pinpoint which chakra might be blocked.
- Second, have a deep look inside yourself. When you know what each chakra is responsible for, it’s easier to know which to work on. What part of your life is lacking? What part of your personal development have you neglected?
The final step is to restore the flow to your chakras. To do this, you’ll have to engage in activities that focus on the specific chakra you’re targeting:
- Engage in physical activities that focus on the part of the body the chakra is located
- Do some deep breathing exercises
- Meditate on the chakra
- Do some introspective journaling to uncover any emotional reasons for chakra blockage
What causes chakras to be blocked?
Chakras are like little pools of swirling energy. But when something blocks the pool, the energy can’t flow.
When the body is in a constant state of pressure and stress, it tightens and locks.
This can cause the chakras to be disrupted, which prevents energy from flowing freely.
So, what do you think of the chakra map? Share your thoughts below.