By Angela Glaz
500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor
Chakra, derived from the Sanskrit word cakra (meaning “wheel” or “disc”), refers to the areas of clusters of energies in the subtle body.
To many, the chakra system can seem abstract or even made up, as they come from the belief that our body is more than just physical, it is made up of subtle planes of existence. You cannot physically see the chakras. Chakras live within the theory or belief that there is a more subtle plane of the body where energy lies and within that, exists the chakras.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, there are 7 main clusters of energy or chakras, which are junctions between the body and mind. These energy centers receive energy from the universe, store it, transform it, and distribute it to specific parts of the body and mind through a network of subtle psychic channels called nadis.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga, which stems from Ayurveda, views our energy as two snakes coiling up the spinal column, known as the shushmna. These two snakes are the nadis, ida and pingla. Every time the two snakes cross each other a chakra is formed. These are usually represented on the front of the body and are also often correlate with the points at nerve endings, which then connect to specific organs.
What do the chakras have to do with Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is all about preservation of the body and the mind. It believes that when energy does not move properly, the accumulation of disease occurs. Therefore, the chakras being wheels of energy themselves, it is imperative to keep them balanced.
The Root Chakra or the Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the spine. This Chakra provides the foundation in which we build our life on, as it is what grounds us and makes us feel safe and secure.
Key Characteristics of the Root Chakra
Energies: Will to live, physical energy, our basic needs (food, shelter, sleep), the right to be here, the right to have, stability, security, and survival.
Body Parts: Legs, feet, bones, large intestine, and teeth.
Imbalanced: Instability, fear, disorganized, greed, eating disorders, obesity, low immunity, constipation, sciatica, stagnation, addiction, and poor focus.
Balanced: Good health, emotional balance and stability, prosperity, good focus, comfort within the body.
Do you feel like despite your best efforts toward achievement (it doesn’t matter what it is) you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re doing all of the right things to live a healthy life, but there are are some places where you just can’t seem to move forward?
Often, despite our best effort in the physical action we take, we see no progress because our energy is blocked or our chakras are blocked.
Be sure to check out our online course, “Ayurveda and the Chakra System” to learn how you balance all of these energies so that you can make a massive shift in your own energy and cultivate lasting change in every aspect of your life.