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What Is A Chakra?

By February 1, 2018Yoga

Chakras are often mentioned in class, but rarely focused on. You may be aware of one chakra, or feel connected to a particular part of your body or way of expression. But, what exactly is a “chakra”?

A chakra is essentially an energetic centre. It’s a part of the body where a particular type of energy focuses itself. Very much like an organ having a specific function, a chakra has it’s own signature.

There are 7 basic energetic centres, or chakras, in the body. In basic terms they are: Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. Each chakra corresponds to a particular type of energy, and resonates at a different frequency.

For example, the base chakra is known as a low-vibrational energy centre. It is located at our base, or tailbone, and extends down our legs and to our feet. It is the energy centre where our basic needs are experienced. If you are in fight-or-flight mode, it’s likely that you’re experiencing your energy through your base chakra.

As we move up the body, the heart chakra is at a higher vibration. This is where we connect with our sense of compassion, love, and care for ourselves and others. If you imagine hugging someone, and your arms being at the level of your heart, you are essentially showing your compassion with a physical extension of your heart chakra.

And then, of course, when we get to our “higher consciousness”, or perhaps a state of meditation, we are resonating with the high vibrational energy of the third eye and crown chakra. You may notice in meditative states that your thoughts can drop-out. Almost like being in a state between waking and sleeping. This is the space of total interconnectivity. When your awareness is so open that you even let go of thought. This is a place where you operate from the higher energetic centres.

Learning about the chakras can be a life-long exploration, but these are just a few examples of how you might notice and experience them in your everyday life.

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