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What is a Chakra?

Published date: 27/08/2020 09:42

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Find out what a Chakra is and why there's a growing interest in the spiritual and wellness sector.

As one of the UK's largest wholesale Chakra supplies, we often get asked the question 'What is a Chakra' by our customers planning to expand their product lines into the spiritual and wellness category. So we thought we'd offer a beginners guide for any other online businesses hoping to do the same.

 If you’ve ever taken a yoga or meditation class, you may have heard the instructor discussing your Chakras. While you may have a vague idea about what “Chakra” actually means, you may be confused about its origins and its real significance.

What Does Chakra Mean?

The Seven Chakras are often used in yoga and in various branches of spirituality to define the seven main energy centers. The word Chakra actually means “spinning wheel.” According to yoga traditions, the Chakras are the centre of who we really are — they govern our desires, our personality, and our emotions. 


So, by delving inside and understanding our Chakras, we come closer to understanding ourselves on a more pure level — or, in other words, on a level outside of our physical realities.


While this may all sound a little airy fairy for people who are new to the concept of Chakras, by simply spending time looking inwards and connecting with imagined energy centres in the body, you may find that you reach a deeper, more meditative connection with yourself.


Without further ado, let’s get into discussing the seven Chakras.

The Seven Chakras

Each Chakra is located at a different place in the body, has its own colour and element association, and its own meaning.

 

The Root Chakra

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Located: The base of the spine; the pelvic floor

Colour: Red

Element: Earth

Meaning: 

  • Connects to our physical, instinctive urges, such as sex, sleep, survival
  • Well-being
  • Security
  • Groundedness

Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Located: Sacrum

Colour: Orange 

Element: Water

Meaning:

  • Connects us to our reproductive urges
  • Hunger and taste
  • Linked to cravings, attachments 
  • Pleasure-driven Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Located: Navel, lumbar spine 

Colour: Yellow

Element: Fire

Meaning:

  • Connected to digestive organs, locomotion, physicality
  • Connecting with this Chakra can mobilise healing, health, courage, vitality, and self-esteem 

Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Located: Heart and chest

Colour: Green

Element: Air

Meaning:

  • This Chakra is connected with our capacity for love, affinity, interpersonal connection
  • Similarly, it can also reveal feelings of abandonment, isolation, loneliness 

Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra (Vishuddhi)

Located: Throat

Colour: Blue

Element: Space

Meaning:

  • Connecting with the throat Chakra can open your ability for speech and expression
  • It can also be connected to your ability to listen and communicate
  • Finally, it is linked to metabolism

Third Eye Chakra

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Located: Between the eyes

Colour: Deep Purple 

Element: Light

Meaning:


  • This Chakra connects to your intellect, feeling, and sight
  • It is often said that this Chakra needs to be opened and nurtured for us to see the larger perspective and truth of our perceived reality 

Crown Chakra

 Crown Centre (Sahasrara)

Located: Beyond the individual; can be perceived as an aura and an energy above the head 

Colour: Purple/ pink

Element: No element

Meaning:

  • This Chakra is said to exist beyond the body and the mind of the individual
  • Accessing this Chakra means connecting to an energy outside of the body
  • It is said that this helps you to grow into a “cosmic consciousness” that encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual

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At Something Different Wholesale, we offer a range of beautiful wellness products that can help your customers on their journey towards a more spiritual life. If you offer yoga workshops or you run a wellness gift store, check out our Chakra Essential Oil Atomisers, Chakra Incense Sticks, or our Chakra Singing Bowls. Click here to browse our full range of spiritual and wellbeing items. 


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