Chakras For Beginners | Chakra Meaning Explained

Author: Jessica Tracy


7 Chakras Meaning - Chakras Guide For Beginners

I think you'll agree with me when I say, that we all want to create a healthy and happy life for ourselves.

During my spiritual journey, I discovered that one of the major keys to a balanced life is understanding the importance of your energetic health.

Your body may seem solid to the touch, but all you really are is pure energy

Your physical body is made out of cells, which are composed of atoms. Atoms are fundamental pieces of matter, which are made out of energy.

You can think of chakras as the main energy centers in the body.

All seven chakras function as main valves that control the flow of your life force energy, which is essential to your positive well-being.

As you embark on the journey of activating and awakening your seven chakras, you will be able to enter the higher realms of existence and bring more life force energy to the lower dimensions.

By unblocking the chakras throughout your body, you will be able to evolve spiritually, break down limitations of your mind, and expand your consciousness.

Are you ready to discover the hidden forces of energy within you? 

Let's go!

7 Chakras and their locations in a human body

What is Chakra?

Chakra is a Sanskrit word literally meaning wheel or circle, and it originates from the ancient Indian yoga system and the philosophy of Tantra.

Chakras can be best described as the vortexes of energy located vertically along the spine, and they correspond to the spinal plexuses in the physical body.

In your physical body, there are seven major chakras.

Each chakra appears like a wheel of light that spins in a clockwise direction at a different speed.

What is the spiritual importance of chakras?

All of your seven chakras shape your entire spiritual anatomy.

Chakras are important elements on your spiritual path, and understanding them will allow you to integrate your mind, body, and spirit in a better way.

Chakras can be viewed as the seven doors to higher consciousness that will allow you to ascend and better understand your full potential.

Imagine your body as a vehicle of consciousness

The chakras can be viewed as the wheels of life that can move your vehicle in the direction of enlightenment.

Chakras are also known as lotuses, and each chakra symbol is portrayed with a different number of petals, which are the expression of their vibratory frequency:

  • Root Chakra has 4 petals
  • Sacral Chakra has 6 petals
  • Solar Plexus Chakra has 10 petals
  • Heart Chakra has 12 petals
  • Throat Chakra has 16 petals
  • Third Eye Chakra has 2 petals
  • Crown Chakra has 1,000 petals

Lotus is a sacred Indian flower, which can only grow in the mud and whose petals open one by one.

Our chakras behave just like petals of lotus flowers: they can be opened or closed depending on the state of consciousness. 

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What Are The 7 Chakras In Our Body?

    • Chakra 1Root Chakra | Muladhara - Located at the base of the spine. It is associated with energy, survival, stability, comfort and safety. Its element is earth.

    • Chakra 2Sacral Chakra | Svadhishthana - Located in the lower abdomen. It is associated with sensuality, sexuality, pleasure, sociability and emotions. Its element is water.

    • Chakra 3Solar Plexus Chakra | Manipura - Located in the navel area. It is associated with strength, personality, power, determination and self-esteem. Its element is fire.

    • Chakra 4 -  Heart Chakra | Anahata - Located in the middle of the chest, over the sternum. It is associated with love, acceptance, compassion and sincerity. Its element is air.

    • Chakra 5Throat Chakra | Vishuddha - Located in the throat area. It is associated with communication, expression, creativity and inspiration. Its element is ether / sound.

    • Chakra 6Third Eye Chakra | Ajna - Located in the middle of the forehead. It is associated with intuition, lucidity, meditation and trust. Its element is light.

    • Chakra 7Crown Chakra | Sahasrara - Located at the top of the head. It is associated with knowledge, consciousness, fulfilment and spirituality. Its element is thought.

Do you want to know the best part?

The colors of the 7 chakras correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, and they are called the spectrum of white light.

Colors of the rainbow always appear in a specific order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) when the water droplets disperse sunlight. 

7 Chakras Guide For Beginners - Chakras Meaning and Unblocking

1. Root Chakra | Muladhara

Root Chakra Muladhara Symbol Meaning

Root Chakra (Muladhara) is the 1st chakra in your body located at the base of the spine. It provides the foundation on which we build a life, and it represents safety, stability, comfort, and security. 

Root Chakra is the foundation of our entire system on which the other chakras sit, and it is the place where the Kundalini (the life force) sleeps, waiting to be liberated and give you the power to go into the material world.

Your Root Chakra has the deepest connection to the animal nature of your physical body and Earth.

If you do not balance this chakra before you progress to others, your growth will lack the stability necessary for true growth.

You can learn more about root chakra in our Root Chakra Healing Guide | Muladhara.

ROOT CHAKRA OVERVIEW
Sanskrit Name Muladhara
Element Earth
Color Red
Seed Sound Lam
Affirmation I Am
Meaning Root Support
Location Perineum
Planets Mars
Energy State Solid
Psychological Function Survival
Glands Reproductive Glands
Gemstones Ruby, Hematite, Garnet, Bloodstone
Orientation to Self Self-preservation
Signs of imbalance Obesity, anorexia, sciatica, constipation

2. Sacral Chakra | Svadhishthana

Sacral Chakra Svadhishthana Symbol Meaning

Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana) is the 2nd chakra in your body located around the navel area. The sacral chakra is responsible for the healthy flow of your emotions, and it deals with your ability to relate to yourself and others.

Sacral Chakra is the main center of your creativity and emotional intelligence, but the main aspect of the second chakra is sexuality.

Sexual energy is one of the most powerful energies we have in our bodies.

With a balanced sacral chakra, you can allow yourself to take delight in the pleasure of sex as an integrated aspect of life and see intimacy as a form of communication.

Sexuality is our life force and the sacred ritual of union between people.

You can learn more about sacral chakra in our Sacral Chakra Healing Guide | Svadhisthana.

SACRAL CHAKRA OVERVIEW
Sanskrit Name Svadhishthana
Element Water
Color Orange
Seed Sound Vam
Affirmation I Feel
Meaning Sweetness
Location Sacrum
Planets Venus
Energy State Liquid
Psychological Function Desire
Glands Adrenal Glands
Gemstones Golden Topaz, Carnelian, Tiger's Eye, Citrine
Orientation to Self Self-gratification
Signs of imbalance Lack of desire, anxiety, apathy, sexual problems

3. Solar Plexus Chakra | Manipura

Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura Symbol Meaning

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is the 3rd chakra in your body located in the stomach area. You can think of the third chakra as a glowing, yellow Sun, which radiates through the center of your body and rules all aspects of your personal power.

Solar Plexus has the biggest concentration of pranic energy because 72,000 nadis (conduits of pranic energy) meet here and radiate from this center.

It is the center of your personal identity, which rules all aspects of your personality, self-esteem, and ego.

The main function and purpose of your solar plexus chakra is transformation. Through the process of transformation, your solar plexus chakra provides the body with fuel, energy, and keeps it alive. 

You can learn more about solar plexus chakra in our Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Guide | Manipura

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA OVERVIEW
Sanskrit Name Manipura
Element Fire
Color Yellow
Seed Sound Ram
Affirmation I Do
Meaning Lustrous Gem
Location Solar Plexus
Planets Sun
Energy State Plasma
Psychological Function Will
Glands Pancreas
Gemstones Amber, Citrine, Golden Topaz, Tiger's Eye
Orientation to Self Self-definition
Signs of imbalance Digestive issues, chronic fatigue, misuse of power, anger

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 4. Heart Chakra | Anahata

Heart Chakra Anahata Symbol Meaning

Heart Chakra (Anahata) is the 4th chakra in your body located in the chest area, and it represents love, acceptance, and compassion. 

Heart chakra acts as a bridge between the body (represented by the lower three chakras) and the mind (represented by the 5th, 6th, and 7th chakra).

The heart chakra is home to our spirit, and love is the main energy of a healthy heart chakra.

Accepting yourself and practicing self-love will give you a great starting point in the development of a healthy heart chakra.

The element of the heart chakra is air, which is the most expansive of the first four elements. Air represents freedom, openness, and spaciousness.

Working with your breath (the Hindus call the breath prana) is one of the best ways of restoring balance in your heart chakra.

You can learn more about heart chakra in our Heart Chakra Healing Guide | Anahata.

HEART CHAKRA OVERVIEW
Sanskrit Name Anahata
Element Air
Color Green
Seed Sound Yam
Affirmation I Love
Meaning Unstruck
Location Chest
Planets Moon
Energy State Gas
Psychological Function Love
Glands Thymus
Gemstones Rose Quartz, Green Agate, Amazonite
Orientation to Self Self-acceptance
Signs of imbalance Asthma, lung issues, coronary disease

5. Throat Chakra | Vishuddha

Throat Chakra Vishuddha Symbol Meaning

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) is the 5th chakra in our body located at the center of our neck, and it represents your ability to speak clearly and communicate effectively. 

The throat chakra is the seat of purification, and the element associated with vishuddha is ether, also known as Akasha or spirit.

Ether is a very subtle, non-physical element beyond earth, air, fire, and water, that separates the material universe from the astral universe.

The throat chakra is a chakra of communication, which shapes our reality and brings all of our manifestations on the physical plane.

Communication is a rhythmic activity and an act of connection, which involves both listening and speaking.

Balanced and purified throat chakra will enable your creativity to be expressed in speech (sound), clear thought, and writing.

You can learn more about throat chakra in our Throat Chakra Healing Guide | Vishuddha.

THROAT CHAKRA OVERVIEW

Sanskrit Name Vishuddha
Element Sound, ether
Color Light Blue
Seed Sound Ham
Affirmation I Speak
Meaning Purification
Location Throat
Planets Mercury
Energy State Vibration
Psychological Function Communication
Glands Thyroid
Gemstones Turquoise, Aquamarine, Kyanite
Orientation to Self Self-expression
Signs of imbalance Thyroid issues, neck and shoulder pain, sore throats

6. Third Eye Chakra | Ajna

Third Eye Chakra Ajna Symbol Meaning

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) is the 6th chakra in your body located in the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. 

Third eye chakra is your spiritual center of awareness and intuition, and its element is light, which has a faster vibration than a sound.

The Sanskrit name of third eye chakra is anja, which means both 'to perceive' and 'to command' and people with highly developed third eye chakra have enhanced visualization abilities.

Third eye chakra is your main portal, through which you can obtain higher knowledge and step beyond duality.

With opened and awakened third eye chakra, you will be able to access extrasensory perception such as clairvoyance and telepathy.

Third eye chakra corresponds to the pineal gland, which is a light-sensitive gland that controls your circadian rhythm and governs the production of a hormone called melatonin.

You can learn more about third eye chakra in our Third Eye Chakra Healing Guide | Ajna.

THIRD EYE CHAKRA OVERVIEW

Sanskrit Name Ajna
Element Light
Color Indigo
Seed Sound Om
Affirmation I See
Meaning Command Centre
Location Forehead
Planets Saturn
Energy State Luminescence
Psychological Function Intuition
Glands Pineal
Gemstones Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Azurite
Orientation to Self Self-reflection
Signs of imbalance Vision issues, headaches, insomnia and nightmares

7. Crown Chakra | Sahasrara

Crown Chakra Sahasrara Symbol Meaning

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is the 7th chakra in your body located at the top of the head. 

Sahasrara means 'thousandfold', because the symbol for this chakra is a thousand-petaled lotus representing the state of higher consciousness and divine connection.

The element of the crown chakra is thought and the main function of this chakra is knowing.

The development of crown chakra ultimately leads to profound transformation, self-realization, and enlightenment.

From the level of the crown chakra, you can learn to transcend all you have known thus far because it is a meeting point between finite and infinite.

You can learn more about crown chakra in our Crown Chakra Healing Guide | Sahasrara.

CROWN CHAKRA OVERVIEW

Sanskrit Name Sahasrara
Element Thought
Color Violet, white
Seed Sound Om
Affirmation I Understand
Meaning Thousand Fold
Location Top of Head
Planets Jupiter
Energy State Consciousness
Psychological Function Understanding, Knowing
Glands Pituitary
Gemstones Diamond, Amethyst, Clear Quartz
Orientation to Self Self-knowledge
Signs of imbalance Depression, confusion, alienation

How To Unblock Chakras?

Your chakras radiate and receive energy constantly and it is important to understand that each chakra is of equal importance.

All chakras in your body need to be in balance with each other in order to create an even flow of energy throughout the entire chakra system.

Unblocking and clearing your chakras normally involves the following steps:

  • Intention - start with setting up an intention such as: "I align and balance all of my chakras".
  • Clearing - it is a process of learning about particular chakra and releasing all negative thought-forms, behaviors, and belief systems associated with this center. This guide will help you to understand each individual chakra system. 
  • Balancing - process which involves enlarging and aligning the chakras through specific exercises and tools.

One of my favorite tools for unblocking and creating a healthy flow of energy throughout all of your energy centers is chakra meditation.

Your entire focus during this meditation should be directed towards each energy center in your body - start from the root chakra, and end at the crown chakra level.

Familiarize yourself with the location and color of each chakra in your physical body, set up your healing intention before meditation, and imagine each chakra expanding and opening up.

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9 thoughts on “Chakras For Beginners | Chakra Meaning Explained

  1. avatar Jessica Tracy says:

    Thank you BHASKAR for pointing that out and I’m glad that you have enjoyed the article. I have just updated the crown chakra table with the correct Sanskrit name.

  2. avatar BHASKAR says:

    Thanks for the very useful ife article and crystal clear explanation of seven chakras.
    Just a small advise to correct the sanskrit name of seventh chakra in the table as “Sahasrara”

  3. avatar Jessica Tracy says:

    Hello Linzi, thank you for your comment and glad you found it useful. Unfortunately we don’t have any printable PDF version available at this point. I will keep your comment in mind and send you an email when we have one 😊

  4. avatar Linzi says:

    Excellent little read. Do you have this article as a printable PDF please?

  5. avatar Anthony says:

    Thank u Great site, Love your clear uplifting infomation
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