There is a subtle energy that flows through each of us and along the spine this energy concentrates in seven places known as the seven chakras. Each of these chakras have specific qualities and attributes to them, and focusing on a chakra in various forms of practice fosters health in these attributes.
muladhara: base chakra
Represented with the colour red, it is located at the base of the spine at the end of your tailbone. This is the chakra that keeps you grounded, or the chakra you work on when you need to feel stable. It is the foundation of life, and our confidence in who we area comes from muladhara. Signs your base chakra needs some balance include: anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression. Frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet.
svadisthana: sacral chakra
Your lower abdomen hosts svadisthana. Associated with orange and feeling, it is the root of your creativity, enthusiasm and joy. It also is connected with sex. All of this means it's one of the main chakras I find myself working on. It's also one I especially need to keep balanced as it is connected with eating disorders and depression. Also signs it needs to be balanced includes: alcohol and drug abuse, low back pain, asthma or allergies, candida, yeast infections, urinary problems, sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity.
manipura: solar plexus chakra
Power, fear, anxiety, the right to think, balance of self-confidence, growth: all your manupura. With the colour yellow, it's located just above your belly-button around your stomach. Stimulate it by reading a book. Know it needs to be stimulated when you experience digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation, nervousness, toxicity, parasites, colitis, poor memory. Empower yourself through manipura.
anahata: heart chakra
Fuel your love of life. Keep your heart chakra in balance. It drives your compassion and unconditional love. It is the center of passion and devotion, located at the center of your chest, on the sternum. Represented with green and in need of balance when you have heart or breathing disorders, chest pain, high blood pressure, experience passivity, immune system problems or muscular tension.
vishuddha: throat chakra
Communicate. Feel secure. Be independent. Stimulate vishuddha. Represented by turquoise and located between the collar bone and larynx. Signs of imbalance include thyroid imbalances, swollen glands, fevers and flu, infections, mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems, hyperactivity, hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause. It is the center of your self-expression.
ajna: brow chakra
Ajna needs to be worked on when you experience thyroid imbalances, swollen glands, fevers, infections. Have mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems, hyperactivity, hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause. It is deep blue and between your eyebrows. Intuition and emotional clarity are from ajna.
sahasrara: crown chakra
Top of your head and violet, your crown chakra is incredibly spiritual. Your trust in the universe comes from sahasrara. It is beingness. And it is totally okay if you're not that clear on understanding it. Just know to balance sahasrara when you often have headaches or photosensitivity, struggle with your mental health, varicose veins and blood vessel problems or skin rashes.
You may notice the chakras sort of blend into one another, and it's true. The energy flows from one to another, smoothly. This explains why you'll experience the same issue for several chakras. There is a lot more to chakra education and I am no where near an expert, but a basic understanding will enlighten you to my inspiration for the first collection for your home, coming to the boutique.
The possibilities of the chakra collection are endless. They make beautiful vases for one. I also enjoy storing bath salts in them. But I don't want to tell you what to do. I want to see what you come up with. Coming in both small and large, each chakra is represented by its colour.
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