While we are made up of bones, blood and matter, we also have the power to channel divine magic through swirling energy centres within our body, known as Chakras. These portals hold the key to unlimited access to infinite consciousness. They are each uniquely important, stacked upon each other to enhance the flow of life force energy throughout our beings.
Each swirling vortex acts as a humble reminder of humanity and spirit, and the balance of both. We can work with our chakras through meditation, yoga, sex, affirmations and our breath. Below are basic profiles of each chakra, along with balancing elements and affirmations.
Name: Muladhara, derived from the combination of Mula (root) and Dhara (support).
Location: At the base of the spine.
Colour: Deep and stark scarlet red.
Provides: Safety, trust, worthiness and grounded connection.
In Balance: We have a strong sense of inner certainty and feel capable to navigate life. We have the mental and physical awareness to respond rather than react. The core of a balanced root chakra feels sure, confident and trusting. When grounded we’re able to open up, bloom and step into vulnerability.
Out of Balance: In modern times, when out of balance, this chakra is associated with financial, emotional and foundational instability. We overly rely on our ingrained survival instincts, our fight or flight switches on and intertwines with old patterns and programming. We become reactive and tend to cling to an external or illusionary sense of certainty.
Alignment: We can find equilibrium in spirit and nature. Meditation, mantras and visualisation are a few balancing tools when our Muladhara essence overflows. We can also find balance through grounding, forest bathing and being in nature.
Affirmation: “I am grounded. I am safe and supported. All is well.”
Name: Svadhisthana, a merging of Swa (one’s own) and Adhisthana (abode).
Location: Based around the navel and womb.
Colour: Swirls of bright orange and amber.
Provides: Creativity, sensuality, pleasure, sexual and life force energy.
In Balance: We are able to balance structure and sensation with ease. We choose to nourish our souls and indulge happily in life’s abundance. We nurture healthy relationships to self-pleasure, decadence, good food and creative outlets. In this state, we cultivate a direct channel to our womb wisdom. We may also feel drawn to tantra as a form of awakening.
Out of Balance: When this chakra is off-kilter, we are either giving in to a lack of healthy boundaries and gluttony or denying ourselves pleasurable indulgences. We can become addicted and dependent on external gratification, whether it is in relation to creativity, food or sex. However, denial and distrust of self can be just as destructive.
Alignment: Avenues of alignment are found in assessing our relationship to abundance and lack. We can also explore our desires and cravings and question their benefits in the moment. We can nourish our sacral essence through de-armouring with a yoni wand, or slow-sex sessions as a way to reconnect to ourselves, our sexuality and life force energy. Taking ourselves on dates and indulging in pleasure will ease the clutches of resistance, one step at a time.
Affirmation: “I am loved. I am nourished. I am free to honour my sexuality and soul desires.”
Solar Plexus Chakra
Name: Manipura, meaning “lustrous gem” and “city of jewels.”
Location: Spans across the stomach and ends at the sternum.
Colours: Molten gold, sunshine and gleaming yellow hues.
Provides: Awareness of innate power, identity, intuition, physical sensations in the gut.
In Balance: We’re on purpose, trusting and self-assured. Our confidence and worthy-factor are dialled up high and we don’t need to hold onto expectations. When compared to the menstrual seasons, it would feel like we’re in our inner summer. We’re enacting the art of allowing, connecting with our innate wisdom and trusting in our intuition.
Out of Balance: We experience a rise of uncertainty, self-doubt, depreciation and shame as we question our self-worth. This mindset can lead to reticence, neediness and ultimately, micromanaging. When the uncertainty becomes overwhelming, we may also take on obsessive-compulsive behaviours.
Alignment: Restoration and release can be found in writing out our fears, purging them onto paper and burning them. Whether they’re about the past or the future, their charge is lost in ink. Jotting down a list of our innate talents and acquired skills will help us boost our self-awareness and self-confidence. We also have the option of working with a coach and cultivating the formidable strength of inner certainty.
Affirmation: “I respect and care for myself. I have the power to design my own life.”
Name: Anahata, translates to “unhurt and unstruck.”
Location: Centre of the chest.
Colours: A medley of emerald, leafy and bottle greens.
Provides: Empathy, compassion, self-love and peace. Acts as a bridge between lower and upper chakras, linking survival and spirituality.
In Balance: We’re infused with a delightful mingling of empathy, love and forgiveness – love for ourselves and love for others. When amid adversity we have the power to expand our loving understanding and come from a place of sincerity and compassion. We’re able to tune into the sense that we’re part of something bigger, a profound and macrocosmic connection.
Out of Balance: The way we relate to boundaries impacts our heart chakra, whether we replace them with stoic walls or let them fall altogether. When we overcompensate and trample our boundaries in the efforts to show others love, we end up feeling depleted and resentful. Likewise, when we’re overprotective of our hearts, they become cages and influence our ability to connect with ourselves and others. Our relationship to blame can become one of internalised censure or outward condemnation.
Alignment: All methods of balancing our Anahata essence begins with loving ourselves. It’s necessary to carve out time and simply enjoy our own company, whether we luxuriate in a bath, schedule self-pleasure or take ourselves on a date. When we’re brimming with love, we have the energy and desire to share that with others from an authentic place.
Affirmation: “I am loved, loving and lovable. I give and receive with love and gratitude.”
Name: Vishuddha, interpreted as “pure.”
Location: Entire throat area.
Element: Inner Sound
Colours: A mingling of aquamarine, topaz and turquoise.
Provides: Communication, self-expression, inner truth and resonance.
In Balance: Closely linked to the heart and compassion. We feel confident when speaking our personal truth and do so with ease and clarity. We channel compassion and honesty from the heart. We’re also able to express sentiments which most align with the moment.
Out of Balance: We can become overly talkative if our need to be heard is not met. We might turn the volume up as a way to grasp attention. Alternatively, we are likely to shut down and bite our tongues to avoid expressing our emotions and truth. Vocalising can feel like force rather than flow as we struggle to find the best-fitting words or end up mangling our intended meaning.
Alignment: We can begin to balance this chakra by practising listening and choosing our words before we speak. Our authentic voice comes through when we surrender. On the other hand, we may need to speak up and share our truth. Whether we’re alone or with others, voicing our thoughts and emotions with sincerity gives our throat chakra a chance to bloom its bright blue hues.
Affirmation: “I communicate with integrity. I am free to speak my truth.”
Third Eye Chakra
Name: Ajna, meaning “beyond wisdom.”
Location: Third eye, between our eyebrows and at the site of the pineal gland.
Colours: Deep blues and indigo.
Provides: Intuition, harmony and psychic insight.
In Balance: We feel attuned to both the psychic-spirit world as well as the grounded, human experience. We’re able to hold space for duality and contrasting perspectives that both resonate and react to our personal beliefs. When we’re open to receiving visions and intuitive nudges, the bigger picture unfurls as we absorb information from all six senses.
Out of Balance: When we’ve become too aware of what is presented in our physical reality, we can lose sight of our intuitive and psychic abilities. On the other hand, our overwhelming involvement in the spirit world can result in us forgetting our human needs and desires. Harmony lies in the fluctuating balance of the two.
Alignment: Ajna’s balance grows when we invest in a relationship with our intuition – when we ask our spiritually-connected self questions and practice receiving those answers without any doubt. Our perspective changes when we take notice of synchronicities and momentum gains. Alternatively, balance might come in the form of reconnecting to the earth, grounding and remembering our physical humanity. Making love with ourselves or our partners can combine both the spiritually transcendental and raw human experience.
Affirmation: “I am a powerful co-creator. I honour my intuitive wisdom.”
Name: Sahasrara, considered the “thousand petal lotus.”
Location: Centred at the top of the head.
Element: Pure Consciousness
Colours: Flaming shades of violet.
Provides: Connection to divine consciousness, source energy, beauty and oneness.
In Balance: Illuminated awareness of the divine. We’re eternal consciousness present in these physical forms. We realise that the collective experience is a mirror of the self.
Out of Balance: It’s impossible not to entirely disappear or dissolve when constantly experiencing the realisation of pure consciousness. As with the third-eye chakra, when we’re too involved in the spirit realm, our humanness begs our attention. Although, when under-exercised, we fall into the trapping mindset of, “what you see is all there is”.
Alignment: Continually balancing all of our chakras opens us up to infusions of our innate Sahasrara essence. Interacting with both grounding and etheric experiences allows us to find balance of being.
Affirmation: “I am abundant, clear and complete. I trust in the universe.”
So those are some useful suggestions as to how to keep your chakras balanced – let us know in the Comments which ones work best for you, or if you have any other suggestions that you use to do the same.
In the Yoni Vitality programme, which opens for registration again shortly, we activate our chakras via practices such as the Microcosmic Orbit, learning how to move our sexual energy throughout our entire body – and, in doing so, improving our sexual and overall health, as well as learning how to harness and direct our sexual energy in order to manifest our desires. Make sure you are signed up to the mailing list in order to receive notifications of when this programme is open for registration.
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