The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through.
Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it's important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.
The 1st Chakra, the Root Chakra, represents our foundation and is all about feeling grounded and secure. Here's the quick skinny on what you need to know about Root Chakra healing:
Location of our Root Chakra: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues affecting our Root Chakra: Survival issues such as money and food.
- Color: Red
Stomping your bare feet on the ground. Remember, the Root Chakra is all about feeling "grounded."Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower spine. Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to try out.
Red colored foods (apples and beets)Hot spices (Red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce)Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots)Animal proteins (red meat and eggs)
The 2nd Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, relates to our ability to feel creative, sexual, and accept change. Here's what you need to know about Sacral Chakra healing:
Location of our Sacral Chakra: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues affecting our Sacral Chakra: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
- Color: Orange
Pelvic thrusts Cobra Yoga Pose
Orange colored foods (oranges, tangerines)Nuts (any kind)
The 3rd Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. Here's what you need to know about Solar Plexus Chakra healing:
Location of our Solar Plexus Chakra: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues affecting our Solar Plexus Chakra: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
- Color: Yellow
Kundalini Yoga, Boat Pose (image above)Dancing. Shake those hips!
Yellow colored foods (corn)Grains and fiber (granola, whole wheat bread)Teas (peppermint, chamomile tea)
The 4th Chakra, the Heart Chakra, represents our ability to love -- the quality of our love, our past loves -- and our future loves. Here's what you need to know about Heart Chakra healing:
Location of our Heart Chakra: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues affecting our Heart Chakra: Love, joy, inner peace.
- Color: Green
Bikram Yoga Love, love, love. Simply opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra.
Green colored foods (leafy vegetables, spinach)Green tea
The 5th Chakra, the Throat Chakra, represents our ability to communicate and express ourselves. Here's what you need to know about Throat Chakra healing:
Location of our Throat Chakra: Throat.
Emotional issues affecting our Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets.
- Color: Blue
Healing Exercises :
Shoulder stand (see above image)Singing, chanting
Juices and teas, Fruits (all kinds)
The 6th Chakra (the Third Eye Chakra), is related to our ability to focus on and see the big picture. Here's what you need to know about Third Eye Chakra healing:
Location of our Third Eye Chakra: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra.)
Emotional issues affecting our Third Eye Chakra: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
- Color: Indigo
Child's Pose or other types of yoga poses with forward bends.
Herbal oil treatment
Healing Foods :
Purple colored fruits (grapes, blueberries)Chocolate, Lavender flavored spices or tea
he 7th and highest Chakra, the Crown Chakra, represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Here's what you need to know about opening and healing the Crown Chakra:
Location of our Crown Chakra: The very top of our head.
Emotional issues affecting our Crown Chakra: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
- Color: Violet
Running or cardio
Healing Foods: Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.