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Chakras are becoming increasingly popular! You may have heard of them in a yoga class or stumbled upon an article online. At first, they may seem rather confusing and pretty woo woo. It does take time and practice to learn how to feel and strengthen your Chakras, but once you do, the effects can be very powerful and tangible.

Wait, wait, slow down. What the heck are Chakras?

Chakras are energy centers that go along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and moving up all the way to the crown of your head. There are seven main Chakras, each of them governing a specific part of your body, your emotions and your life in general. Feeling anxious about money? Work on your First Chakra. Having a hard time forgiving and letting go? Strengthen your Heart Chakra. Can’t find the right words? Your Throat Chakra might need a little boost.

In an ideal state, all Chakras are open, active and happily spinning in your body. Alas, more often than not they are blocked, for instance by negative experiences, unresolved emotions and limiting thought patterns. The first step to open them is usually connecting to each individual color and understanding the very basic message of each Chakra. For example, a very simple way of connecting to one of the energy centers is to wear clothes in the respective color. Below are two simple graphics to help you remember the colors and message of the Chakras.

The first one, amazingly enough, I found on a T-shirt!

The idea of assigning F-words to each Chakra comes from Vickie Howie, founder of http://www.chakraboosters.com. Her work is amazing, so I encourage you to check it out 😉

Notice how for the 6th Chakra it says “Feminine Wisdom”? In many spiritual traditions, feminine energy is more focused on the inside, whereas male energy is more focused on the outside. The 6th Chakra is all about inner wisdom, inner vision, and intuition. That’s why the F-word is “Feminine”. But yes, men have a 6th Chakra as

well as women 🙂 Just remember how we all carry both male and

female energies, the balance of which is crucial to a fulfilled and healthy life.

That’s it for Chakra 101 today! 🙂 Let me know in the comments below: Which Chakra resonates most with you at first glance?

Love, Wisdom and Joy

Paula

*This post was first published on http://www.energiesinmotion.com on July 6th, 2016