'Chakra' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel' or 'disk', and is an integral thought in Ayurveda, meditation and yoga.
There are seven main chakras in the body - from the base of the spine to the crown of the head - corresponding in location with major nerve centres. These key points are believed to hold a 'vortex' of subtle energy - ideally kept free-flowing and in balance.
In this first article we will look briefly at each chakra, and how they can be an invaluable tool in optimising our health and wellbeing.
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The first Chakra - Muladhara - is the source of stability and security.
The second Chakra - Svadhisthana - is the source of sexuality and creativity.
The third Chakra - Manipura - is the source of personal power and will.
The fourth Chakra - Anahata - is the source of love and connection.
The fifth Chakra - Vishuddha - is the source of truth and expression.
The sixth Chakra - Ajna - is the source of intuition and inspiration.
The seventh Chakra - Sahaswara - is the source of spiritual connection and enlightenment.
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As mind, body, soul and spirit are so intimately intertwined, a blockage or imbalance in any chakra will result in a physical, mental and/or emotional manifestation. Chakras therefore provide a great way to address your health and wellbeing holistically and at the root.
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Are you interested in the chakras? Keep an eye out for our following posts in this series.