The Modern Yogi’s Guide to the Chakras and How Chakra Jewelry Can Help You Access These Powerful Energy Centers!
On a recent visit from New York, my sister was amazed at just how many crystal shops there are in Los Angeles. One shop, in particular, caught her attention, not only because it was a crystal collector heaven—but because there was a virtual body scanning machine that was reading people's chakras.
If you are not familiar with the chakras, I will explain it in the simplest terms: The chakras are the energy centers in the body. You cannot physically see them because they are part of the subtle body, but if you are tuned-in or want to tune-in, they are a great tool for reading energy.
Before we begin, I want to share with you the origin of the chakra system, which developed in the East, with roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. Most traditions claim that there are seven (although some claim eight) main chakras, which is a Sanskrit word that means “wheels.” The seven chakras go in a rainbow formation starting at the base of the spine and go through the crown of the head. They are called the root chakra (Muladhara), sacral chakra (Svadhishthana), solar plexus chakra (Manipura), heart chakra (Anahata), throat chakra (Vishuddha), third eye chakra (Ajna), and the crown chakra (Sahasrara).
The chakra system can be complex to understand so I will give you the modern yogi’s guide to the chakras and how chakra jewelry can help you access these powerful energy centers.
First let’s start with the root chakra, which is red and located at the base of the spine. The energy associated with the root chakra is just that, rooting and grounding, which can make us feel safe and secure. The element associated with this energy center is earth, which lends to the feeling of having a strong foundation.
Our root chakra will come out of balance if If our basic survival mechanisms (shelter, food, or money) are threatened, and as a result, we may become irritated, scared, or anxious.
If you are feeling this way, there are a couple of ways to unblock the root chakra, such as practicing yoga, walking outside in nature, or meditating with a focus on that specific area on the body. I would also recommend getting your hands on a red, or reddish crystal and/or mala, such as an agate mala, which is known to promote rooting and grounding.
The affirmation for the root chakra is: I am.
Next up, the sacral chakra, which is this Pisces gal's favorite. Why my favorite you may wonder? The element associated with this chakra is water, and us fishies love the water!
The sacral chakra can be found a couple of inches below the navel, neighboring our sex organs-- and the energy associated with this chakra is creativity and sensuality, which matches its fiery orange color.
If you are aligned in this region, your creative juices will be flowing and you will be feel content in your sexuality. However, if you are blocked in this region you may be unsatisfied, or bored.
To unblock this energy, I recommend taking a bath, but before you do so I would light a candle, and grab your carnelian crystal or mala and either put them in the tub with you or beside it to help ignite this vital energy back into your body & life.
The affirmation for the sacral chakra is: I feel.
The word I imagine when I think of the solar plexus chakra is "POW" because the third chakra packs a punch with its fire element and its a sunshine-yellow aura. The solar plexus chakra is located in the middle of the body, also known as our core, and also referred to as the power center of the body.
When our solar plexus is aligned we will feel confident and ready to take on challenges, but when it is out of alignment we may feel inferior, insecure, and we may even get physical symptoms like a stomach ache.
If you are feeling blocked in your middle and your confidence needs a boost, or the belly needs some TLC, I recommend wearing citrine, which is a stone for igniting power and manifesting. With yourself armored in citrine, just watch as you step back into your power and your dreams become a reality.
The affirmation for the solar plexus chakra is: I do.
The heart chakra is all about love, which is green in color and located at the heart center. This chakra brings forth loving energy and true to form, the light & airy energy of love gives truth to its air element.
When the heart chakra is open and flowing, you will feel love, joy, and compassion towards yourself and others, and you will be emotionally open to giving and receiving. However, if you have experienced grief, loss, or pain this energy center may become blocked resulting in a lack of empathy towards yourself or others and it may be hard to relate or connect with others.
If and when you feel a blockage in the heart, I would recommend a heart-centered meditation by putting your hands over your heart and imaging green light flowing in and out of your heart center. To enhance the flow of love, I would also recommend wearing jade, aventurine, or rose quartz; all stones that promote loving vibrations.
The affirmation for the heart chakra is: I love.
Moving north from the heart is the fifth chakra, known as the throat chakra. It is blue in color and associated with this most subtle of the elements known as ether, which means space, or emptiness.
The throat chakra is all about expression so if this chakra is open and aligned, you will be able to communicate clearly and be able to speak your truth. In the event this area ever feels stuck, you may say things you don’t mean, and you may have a hard time expressing yourself in an authentic way. If and when this happens you and your audience may sense your inauthenticity, which can oftentimes lead to insecurity.
If you feel a blockage or are having a hard time expressing, I recommend wearing sodalite and reciting the mantra, “I say what I mean, and mean what I say.”
The affirmation for the throat chakra is: I speak.
The third eye chakra is all about intuition, which is the ability to acquire knowledge without conscious thinking. It is purple, or more formally indigo, and located between the eyebrows on the forehead. The element associated with this chakra is light, which helps us see.
When our third eye is open there is a sense of calm and ease because we are in alignment with the Universe, and in a flow. Being in a flow state is our natural essence because everything in nature flows naturally, whereas any force disrupts that natural flow. I love the flower analogy: You don’t look at a flower in nature and tell it to grow, do you? Well, the same applies to ourselves. We are one with nature so we, too, should be flowing. I also want to point out that when your third eye is open you may notice coincidences or get “gut” senses, or even see “signs.” This is a good thing!
If your third eye is blocked you may feel frustrated, irritable, or confused and you may even experience physical symptoms like a headache. If this happens, I suggest you pick up some amethyst crystals or wear amethyst jewelry. Amethyst is a great stone for peace and healing and it helps us tap into our intuition.
The affirmation for the third eye chakra is: I see.
Last, but certainly not least we have the mother ship, knows as the crown chakra. Most traditions say that the coloring associated with this chakra is violet, but some say pink, and then there are groups of us, like myself, who see white.
The crown chakra is the highest chakra and has a powerful energy that allows us to connect spiritually. When it is in alignment you will feel peace, love, and harmony—or as some may say, enlightened. Connecting to this energy daily is a subtle journey, but when it is open and flowing you will certainly know it.
If there is a blockage in this chakra, you may feel disenchanted, sad or even depressed. If this happens, I would highly recommend getting your hands on some quartz stones or crystals and spend time meditating. This will help you connect to your higher self, and a higher consciousness, which is where the magic happens.
The affirmation for the crown chakra is: I know.
If you have any questions or comments about the chakras, I would be happy to start a conversation.
With Love & Light,
Founder of Five Star Hippie®