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What Are Chakras?


The term chakra comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means “wheel” or a “spinning wheel”. Each chakra can be described as a spinning wheel of energy, like a vortex. These vortexes connect the subtle bodies and act as transducers for life-force energy. The chakras distribute the life force through the physical and subtle bodies. They are the source of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. Traditionally, there are seven chakras or energy points within the body. They are aligned with the spine and located in the base of the spine, the lower abdomen (sacral), the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the centre of the forehead (third eye), and the crown of the head.When our chakras are blocked, or not in balance, the free flow of energy is impeded, leading to physical, emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease. When the chakras are unblocked and free-flowing, however, we enjoy optimum health.Each chakra is associated with specific colours and crystals and governs different aspects of human emotion and behaviour. Using gemstones with the chakras can have a great healing effect. You can see the seven different chakra points in the body on the chakra chart image below.

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