How to Connect to Your Chakras
Have you ever heard of the chakra system? Or perhaps you hear a lot about ‘opening up our third eye’ or ‘clearing our energy’? There is so much to the chakra system to understand and there are simple tools to help us connect to them at home.
Our body is made up of energy centers and points, known as chakras. Imagine them as spinning disks of energy that can stay open and aligned as they spin. They correspond to bundles of nerves, organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
There are seven main chakras in the body that are referred to within many spiritual practices. These chakras align along your spine, from your sacrum to the crown of your head. With each chakra, there is a corresponding area of the body, color, number, name, mantras, and health focus. When energy becomes stuck or stagnant in our body, our chakras may become blocked. Energy can become stagnant from physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual forces. As chakras are blocked, they fall out of balance and begin to stop spinning.
By beginning to understand the chakra system, you can intentionally work with your chakras to bring balance back to your mind, body, soul and spirit.
7 Main Chakras
ROOT CHAKRA: The first chakra is located at the base of the Spine. It is the building block for the chakra system connecting childhood, family, basic needs, safety, and security. Color: RED
SACRAL CHAKRA: The second chakra is located below the navel. It connects us to ourselves, divine feminine (regardless of gender), our body, and relationships with others. It opens our creativity, emotional expression, passion and pleasure. Color: ORANGE
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: The third chakra is located right below the ribs in the abdomen. It holds your sense of self and personal power, moving through life with confidence and conscious decisions. Color: YELLOW
HEART CHAKRA: The fourth chakra is located in the heart space. It opens you to love and compassion for others and self, to your wholeness within and is the seat of your soul. Color: GREEN
THROAT CHAKRA: The fifth chakra is located at the base of the throat. It gives voice to your self-expression, communication, and authentic self. It is the bridge between your physical self and higher self. Color: BLUE
THIRD EYE CHAKRA: The sixth chakra is located right between the eyebrows. It is your center of inner vision, place of intuition, and soul knowledge allowing you to trust yourself and the wisdom of life. Color: PURPLE/INDIGO
CROWN CHAKRA: The seventh chakra is located at the crown of the head. It is our connection to the collective consciousness and the spiritual world beyond. We are able to connect to our highest self and higher power of the universe. Color: CLEAR/WHITE (encompassing the rainbow)
Where your focus goes, energy flows. When bringing your awareness to your chakras, you allow yourself to connect to your chakras. By clearly setting an intention to connect, you begin to send energy with just one action. I have three favorite tools to connect and keep balance flowing within the chakra system: Affirmations, Movement, and Color. These simple tools can be done in just a matter of minutes, and allow you to bridge the connection between your mind and body, which strengthens your chakras natural state.
Repeating affirmations directs healing energy to restore balance and flow to your body, while rewiring the subconscious mind. We’ve all heard how powerful affirmations are to shift the power of our mind, but they also can be directed to boost chakras. Affirmations specific to each chakra work with the health focus of that chakra’s strengths, clear its imbalances, and allows you to tap into your power. Repeat affirmations out loud 3-times a day in the mirror for as many days as you feel called.
Root Chakra Affirmations:
I am grounded. Abundance flows to me with ease. I am safe.
Sacral Chakra Affirmations: I am creative. My emotions flow freely. I trust and honor my body.
Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations: I am empowered. I release self-doubt. I am worthy.
Heart Chakra Affirmations:
I am whole. I choose forgiveness and compassion. I am loved, loving, and lovable.
Throat Chakra Affirmations:
I am authentic. I speak my truth. I honor my feelings.
Third Eye Chakra Affirmations: I am intuitive. I live in alignment with my purpose. I trust my inner guidance.
Crown Chakra Affirmations: I am limitless. I am divinely guided. I am connected to my highest self.
Movement is a form of release. When energy is stuck in the body, thoughtful movement opens up space for that energy to move. These movements are meant to be held and thought of as stretches, not rigorous, but rather, to open up the areas of your body correlated with your chakras, to connect with your body, and drop into all parts of yourself. When energy is given space to release, you’d be surprised what can come to the surface. Do each pose for a few minutes, and hold, taking long deep breaths. Close your eyes. Give yourself permission to just be.
Child's pose Mountain pose
Sacral Chakra: Goddess pose Pigeon pose
Solar Plexus Chakra:
Warrior I pose Warrior II pose
Heart Chakra: Cat/Cow pose Prayer pose
Throat Chakra: Cobra pose Lion pose
Third Eye Chakra: Lotus pose Forward fold pose
Savasana pose Rabbit pose
Associating each color with its corresponding chakra is another great way to strengthen your subconscious mind’s connection to each energy center. Colors play a vital role in our day to day. We can weave colors into our daily lives in many different ways, from the colors we surround ourselves with to the food we eat. Here are some simple yet highly effective ways to bring colors into your daily practices!
Eat for your chakras: We’ve all heard the term eat the rainbow before. This applies for the chakras system as well. Looking to boost your personal power? Eat golden yellow foods. Rich, nutrient dense whole foods can boost your chakras natural abilities.
Dress for the chakras: Wear the color of the chakra you want to connect to. This will allow you to connect to the energy of that chakra all day.
Crystals for spiritual healing: Boost your meditation practice with crystals for the chakras. Crystals carry high vibrational energy and can be amplified during meditative states, or by simply carrying them with you in your pocket. While not all crystals correspond by color for each chakra, many do!
Connecting to your chakras and energy is a practice. When we begin to become more aware of our energy and how our mind, body, soul, and spirit send us information, we understand more. As you feel energy stuck in your body and what emotion or feeling arises, your awareness allows you to bridge the connection to that chakra. With your newfound awareness and knowledge, you can bring in practices to connect to your chakras. Understanding is where you begin to take intentional action to clear and align your chakras. All it takes is one intention to begin to connect with your chakras. Let us know how it feels!
This piece was written and contributed by:
Alexa is a Spiritual Healer and Coach. As a Holy Fire Reiki Master, Alexa will help you embrace your personal power, all while healing your mind, body, soul, and spirit from a distance. After facing a profound loss and battling with grief, Alexa was left questioning what her personal path was meant to be. While trying other various healing modalities, Alexa found Your Inner Babe, where she was able to tap into her most authentic self, find freedom from depression, and the sense of oneness she’d been longing for. Within that freedom and connection, she discovered her purpose had been her pain all along. Alexa was meant to be a healer. Her training, practices, and experiences create a safe space for you to dive deep and truly heal from the inside out.