Your 7 Chakras, Explained—Plus How to Tell if They’re Blocked

Your 7 Chakras, Explained—Plus How to Tell if They’re Blocked

If you’ve participated in group meditation, a yoga class, or an hour-long reiki session, it’s probable that your instructor or practitioner mentioned your chakras. The third-eye chakra, which is situated between the brows, is frequently mentioned by my yoga instructor during class. She claims that it is in charge of human intuition and the inner light within us. But what exactly are chakras?

According to the Chopra Center, the word “chakra” literally translates from Sanskrit as “wheel” or “disk,” but it really refers to a spiritual energy center found within the human body. There are seven of these centers located down the spine, through the neck, and at the top of the head.

Literally speaking, the word “chakra” from Sanskrit translates to “wheel” or “disk,” but references a spiritual energy center within the human body.

According to Fern Olivia, a reiki healer and yoga instructor, “the chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the earliest scripture called the Vedas.” The Vedas are the oldest Sanskrit literary works as well as the oldest Hindu texts. What are the seven chakras used for, exactly? They all have a bearing on all facets of your life, according to Olivia, and correspond to certain organs as well as mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical states of being. “These chakras contain ‘prana,’ or the supremely pure healing energy, which surrounds and permeates us and keeps us young, strong, and healthy.”

The study of the seven chakras and chakra alignment—whether it be through meditation, reiki, or yoga—is based on the theory that “when the chakras are open and aligned, our energy is constantly free-flowing, allowing prana to flow through them,” says Olivia. However, there isn’t much scientific evidence that supports the physical manifestations of spiritual energy. However, you must first understand the fundamentals before delving further into each chakra.

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Here’s your top-line guide to the beliefs surrounding the 7 chakras—and the symptoms you may feel if they’re blocked.

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