Your physical body is made of matter, which contains energy (as all matter does). A ‘chakra’ (which is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’ or ‘circle’) is a spinning energy center that keeps your ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’ – in other words, your life energy – flowing through your ‘subtle body’.
The concept of a ‘subtle body’, sometimes referred to as the ‘immortal body’ or ‘true and genuine body’, originated thousands of years ago in ancient India. What’s incredible is its widespread and lasting prevalence. It spans across multiple belief systems, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Ayurveda and Kriya Yoga, and still is practiced today around the world.
But what is it exactly? Your subtle body is your mind, intelligence and ego, which together control and regulate your physical self. Chakras are the vital energy ‘hot spots’ in our subtle bodies that connect a system of channels known as ‘nadis’ or ‘meridians’, through which our energy flows.
The chakra points, typically 7, start at the spine and end at the crown of your head. These points unite our physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual selves.
If you know a bit about chakras already, you probably know it’s ideal for them to be balanced. When your Chakras are balanced, your life energy flows through your body, in harmony with it. You’re healthy, vibrant, peaceful and alert.
Unbalanced chakras cause illness, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Eastern medicine holds that unbalanced chakras are the root cause of many diseases and cancers. That’s because each chakra is associated with a specific physical system of the body, and each chakra provides energy to a specific organ.
But like everything else in life, the chakras are constantly in flux, alternating between balance and instability. If you’ve ever transformed a horrible, stressful day into a pleasant night with an invigorating workout and relaxing bath, you’ve experienced the fluctuating balance of chakras.
Exercising or soaking in a hot tub are examples of simple actions you can – and should – take to moderate and balance your chakras for the most optimal energy flow. The copper wand facial massage we discussed last week is another excellent chakra-balancing method.
In fact, there are hundreds of actions ranging from simple to complex that you can take to connect yourself with your subtle body and improve your energy flow. This is why meditation and yoga exist. Sitting quietly, clearing your mind and connecting to your breath for just 5 to 10 minutes each morning can do wonders for your state of health and balance.
Next week, we’ll discuss some other methods for balancing your chakras for both inner and outer beauty, including the use of gemstones and minerals such as those found in själ products. Until then, stay balanced and energized. Namaste.