An Easy Guide for Understanding Your 7 Chakras

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

The ancient Indian Chakra system illuminates the power and wisdom within the seven major energy centers inside of our bodies. “Chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “spinning wheel or disc.” The first known mention of Chakras was in the ancient Vedic texts, The Upanishads. While there are many definitions and various schools of thought, we can generally think of these “wheels” as energy in motion, spinning and spiraling vortexes of transformation and consciousness.

There are seven major Chakras, starting at the base of the spine and running vertically through the center of the body to the crown of the head, correlating with a specific set of nerve clusters and glands in the physical body. Each Chakra has its own unique set of qualities and associated elements, while they are also in relationship and communication with each other.

But before we can begin to explore how the Chakras impact each other and function as a whole, first we must have a basic understanding of each as an individual.

root chakra

Chakra 1: Muladhara (Root)

  • Definition: Root or source of support

  • Location: Perineum

  • Color: Red

  • Element: Earth

  • Mantra: Lam

  • Associations: Mars, Tuesday

  • When in balance: secure, calm, safe, grounded, stable, able to meet one’s basic needs, healthy elimination

  • When out of balance: insecure, spaced out, fearful, aggressive, depressed, angry, elimination problems, greedy, possessive

  • Reflection Questions:

  • Are my basic needs met?

  • How do I know when I feel safe?