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  • Writer's pictureAlayna Dorfman

The Chakras: A Beginner’s Guide to Healing

Exploring the Origin and Significance of Chakras

The concept of chakras is a fascinating and ancient facet of human history, originating from the spiritual traditions of India and dating back thousands of years. Chakras are, in essence, the energy centers within our bodies, often likened to spinning wheels or vortexes that play a vital role in our overall well-being. These energy hubs are believed to serve as intersections between our physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions, holding the key to a profound understanding of our inner selves and the universe.

Chakras, a term derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk,” represent seven distinct points along the body’s central energy pathway, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each of these chakras are associated with a unique set of attributes, including specific colors, elements, and aspects of human existence. These energy centers are believed to facilitate the flow of life force energy, known as “prana” or “chi,” affecting not only our physical health but also our emotional states, thought patterns, and spiritual growth.

The Impact of the Seven Chakras on your Mind, Body, and Soul

Each of the chakras are believed to represent a specific energy center of the human body, and in fact, have a profound impact on the mind, body, and soul. Here’s a detailed explanation of how the seven chakras influence these aspects of human existence:

1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Location: At the base of the spine.

Color: Red.

Element: Earth.

Impact on the Body: The root chakra is associated with physical stability, survival instincts, and basic needs such as food, shelter, and safety. When balanced, it provides a sense of fulfillment and security in the physical world.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced root chakra fosters a sense of confidence, resilience, and the ability to deal with life’s challenges. It helps in overcoming fear and anxiety.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our connection with the Earth and the sense of being part of a greater whole. A balanced root chakra can promote a feeling of being at peace with the world.

2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Location: Just below the navel.

Color: Orange.

Element: Water.

Impact on the Body: The sacral of chakra is associated with creativity, sensuality, and reproductive functions. It governs the sexual organs and influences our capacity for pleasure and intimacy.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced sacral chakra encourages a healthy expression of emotions, creativity, and passion. It fosters a sense of joy and emotional well-being.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our ability to experience pleasure and connect with others on a deep emotional level. It can enhance our capacity for love and empathy.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura):

Location: In the upper abdomen.

Color: Yellow.

Element: Fire.

Impact on the Body: The solar plexus chakra governs the digestive system and personal power. It is associated with confidence, self-esteem, and willpower.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced solar plexus chakra promotes self-confidence, mental clarity, and a sense of purpose. It helps in making empowered decisions.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our sense of self and personal identity. Balancing it can lead to a deeper understanding of our inner strength and potential.

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata):

Location: In the center of the chest, near the heart.

Color: Green (sometimes pink.)

Element: Air.

Impact on the Body: The heart chakra is associated with the circulatory system and the thymus gland. It governs love, compassion, and emotional healing.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced heart chakra fosters empathy, forgiveness, and a sense of interconnectedness with others. It promotes emotional healing and harmony.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our capacity for unconditional love and spiritual growth. Balancing it can lead to a deeper sense of unity with all living beings.

Interested in learning more about the heart chakra? Read our previous blog, Attract More Love: Open the Heart Chakra.

5. Throat Chakra (Vishudda):

Location: In the throat region.

Color: Blue.

Element: Ether (Space.)

Impact on the Body: The throat chakra governs the vocal cords and communication. It is associated with self-expression, truth, and clarity.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced throat chakra enhances communication skills, self-expression, and the ability to speak one’s truth. It encourages active listening and effective communication.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our ability to express our innermost thoughts and feelings. It can enhance our sense of authenticity and spiritual truth.

6. Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna):

Location: Between the eyebrows (forehead.)

Color: Indigo (Dark blue.)

Element: Light.

Impact on the Body: The third-eye chakra is associated with the pineal gland and intuition. It governs perception, insight, and awareness.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced third-eye chakra heightens intuition, inner wisdom, and the ability to see the bigger picture. It promotes clarity of thought and enhanced decision-making.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our spiritual vision and inner guidance. It can lead to profound spiritual insights and a deeper connection to one’s inner self.

7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara):

Location: At the top of the head.

Color: Violet or white.

Element: Thought (beyond the physical elements.)

Impact on the Body: The crown chakra connects us to universal energy and the higher self. It is associated with spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Impact on the Mind: A balanced crown chakra leads to a sense of unity, spiritual connection, and a heightened state of consciousness. It fosters a deep sense of peace and oneness with the universe.

Impact on the Soul: This chakra is linked to our connection with the divine and the infinite. It can lead to a profound spiritual awakening and a deeper understanding of the soul’s journey.

The Guide to Incorporating the Seven Chakras in your Life

At BYBS, we are passionate about holistic health and believe in the great healing effects of balancing the seven chakras. So, we wanted to provide some simple ways in which you can begin to incorporate chakra science into your life. This list below includes how to know when one or multiple chakras may be out of balance as well as the specific actionable steps you can take to address any imbalances you may feel.

Your Guide to Balancing the 7 Chakras:

1. Root Chakra

Represents: Survival, security, stability, and a connection to the physical world.

Signs of Imbalance: Anxiety, fear, insecurity, financial difficulties, and feelings of ungroundedness.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Physical Activities: Engage in grounding exercises such as walking barefoot on natural surfaces, gardening, or hiking.

  • Meditation: Visualize a red energy vortex at the base of your spine, and affirmation like “I am safe,” and “I am grounded.”

2. Sacral Chakra

Represents: Creativity, sexuality, pleasure, and emotional well-being.

Signs of Imbalance: Low libido, emotional instability, creative blocks, guilt, and sexual issues.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Creative Expression: Explore your creativity through arts, crafts, or dancing.

  • Emotional Healing: Reflect on and address past emotional wounds to foster a healthy emotional state.

  • Meditation: Focus on the orange chakra at your lower abdomen, and affirmations like, “I embrace pleasure and abundance.”

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

Represents: Self-esteem, confidence, personal power, and willpower.

Signs of Imbalance: Low self-esteem, lack of confidence, indecision, digestive issues, and power struggles.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Self-Confidence: Set and achieve small goals to boost your self-esteem.

  • Healthy Diet: Consume nourishing foods and stay hydrated to support your digestive system.

  • Meditation: Visualize a yellow chakra at your upper abdomen and affirmations like, “I am confident,” and “I trust my inner power.”

4. Heart Chakra

Represents: Love, compassion, forgiveness, and emotional balance.

Signs of Imbalance: Difficulty in giving or receiving love, resentment, jealousy, heart problems, and a closed-off heart.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Love and Compassion: Practice kindness and empathy towards others and yourself.

  • Forgiveness: Release grudges and embrace forgiveness to heal emotional wounds.

  • Meditation: Focus on the green or pink energy at your heart, and affirmations like, “I am love” and “I am at peace.”

5. Throat Chakra

Represents: Communication, self-expression, and speaking one’s truth.

Signs of Imbalance: Difficulty in expressing oneself, fear of public speaking, throat problems, and a tendency to be overly critical.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Clear Communication: Express your thoughts and feelings honestly but respectfully.

  • Creative Expression: Write, speak, or engage in activities that involve communication.

  • Meditation: Visualize a blue energy vortex at your throat and affirmations like, “I speak my truth,” and “I am heard.”

6. Third-Eye Chakra

Represents: Intuition, insight, imagination, and perception beyond the physical realm.

Signs of Imbalance: Lack of clarity, difficulty making decisions, confusion, headaches, and issues with concentration.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Dream Journaling: Keep a journal to record and interpret your dreams.

  • Mindfulness: Cultivate present-moment awareness to enhance your intuition.

  • Meditation: Focus on the indigo energy at your forehead, and affirmations like, “I trust my intuition,” and “I see the bigger picture.”

7. Crown Chakra

Represents: Spiritual connection, enlightenment, and unity with the universe.

Signs of Imbalance: Disconnect from spirituality, feeling lost or purposeless, and a lack of inspiration.

Balance this Chakra through:

  • Spiritual Practices: Explore meditation, prayer, or mindfulness to connect with the divine.

  • Contemplation: Reflect on your life’s purpose and your connection to the universe.

  • Meditation: Visualize a violet or white chakra at the top of your head, and affirmations like, “I am connected to the divine,” and “I am one with the universe.”

It’s essential to remember that chakra work is a continuous process. Start with the chakras that resonate with your current needs and gradually work your way through all seven. Regular meditation, yoga, and mindfulness can also help maintain chakra balance. Additionally, consider seeking guidance from experienced clinicians at BYBS to deepen your understanding and practice of chakra alignment. Balancing your chakras can lead to a greater sense of well-being, self-discovery, and spiritual growth.

Interested in Learning How to Practice all Seven Chakras?

Meet two of our BYBS clinicians, who thoroughly understand the power of the seven healing chakras and can help you discover your most interconnected self.


Areas of expertise: spiritual health and wellness, anxiety, depression, stress reduction/burnout, life transitions, chronic pain, relationship issues

“My approach to therapy is holistic, highly somatic and draws on eastern philosophies centered around awareness practices, breathing techniques, and acceptance and compassion training to help regulate both the body and mind and guide one’s energy towards a fuller and healthier expression of who they are. I believe that when one dedicates themselves to self-study and a more compassionate way of living, they can discover unhelpful habits and patterns of thought that perpetuate stress, trauma and discontent in daily life. When we learn how to be more mindful, we can find what it means to stay grounded, move energy that is stuck in the body, and ride the waves of this crazy thing called life.”

JAMIE MOLNAR CEO/Clinical Director

Our founder, Jamie, is an advocate for mental wellness and early intervention and champions new, innovative methods of education and service delivery in the field of mental health. Her unique, holistic approach combines psychology, yoga and neuroscience into evidence-based and proven actionable steps that helps clinicians build and practice their work in a sustainable way.

Her passion for disrupting the field led to the creation of the BYBS Training Institute, the first of its kind for clinicians seeking more soul-driven, purposeful education and training on holistic, mind-body-spirit approaches to therapy. She offers highly specialized, in-depth training for practicum and internship students, registered interns, and fully licensed individuals looking to expand their knowledge and skill set. For clinicians outside of the state of Florida seeking this support, she also offers online courses and individual group consultation.

Interested in scheduling a free 15-minute consultation with Nicole Malene, a training/consultation/supervision with Jamie Molnar, or chatting with any of our other wellness-friendly BYBS clinicians? Get started here.

The Healing Chakras: Bringing it all Together

Incorporating the seven chakras into your life is not a destination but an ongoing process, a way of living that enriches every facet of your being. It invites you to explore, evolve, and experience the transformative power of energy and consciousness. Ultimately, it offers the promise of a life lived with balance, authenticity, and profound spiritual connection – a life filled with purpose, joy, and a deeper understanding of the self and the universe.

Alayna Dorfman

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