As you learn more about meditation and other spiritual practices, you may notice 'chakras' is a word that comes up often. With so much information out there on the topic, it's easy to become confused. We've put together a chakra guide for you to reference while shopping for your mala beads, covering what chakras are, the basic chakra system, and how different colors and gemstones we incorporate in our designs may support your needs.
The word ‘chakra’ comes from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’ or 'disk'. In meditation, Ayurveda, and yoga, we refer to chakras as wheels of energy, or Prana, that exist throughout your body. When you think of chakras, imagine them as vortex-like spinning wheels of consciousness.
THE BASIC CHAKRA SYSTEM
Everyone has seven main chakras (+1 transpersonal chakra) that run the length of our spines. Each one refers to a separate nerve center throughout the body. Your chakras connect your physical body - nerve bundles, major organs, etc. to your spiritual one - emotions, psychological and spiritual states of being. It is important that we keep these wheels moving and aligned with each other to keep us healthy, vibrant, and alive.
Your chakras may become blocked due to stress, emotional trauma, or from physical ailments. Just like a red light stops the flow of traffic on the road, a blocked chakra clogs the flow of energy in your body, resulting in anything from physical discomfort and possibly illness to a sense of mental or emotional imbalance.
SOUL STAR CHAKRA
Your Soul Star chakra or Halo Chakra is located above your head, and is known as the "seat of your soul". It stores your karmic residue -- those energy patterns that you have held on to for more than one lifetime that may hold you back from achieving your highest potential. Clearing these patterns allows for a new spiritual awareness to take shape.
COLOR : white
GEMSTONES : Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Charoite, Sugilite
The Sahaswara (meaning "thousand petals") chakra is located at the crown of the head. This seventh chakra is of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine.
COLOR : violet or white
GEMSTONES : Amethyst, Charoite, Sugilite
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The Ajna (meaning "servant" or "command") chakra is located in between the eyebrows. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening this sixth chakra to hone this ability.
COLOR : indigo or deep blues
GEMSTONES : Lapis Lazuli, Iolite, Sapphire
The Vishuddha (meaning to purify) chakra is located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. This fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.
COLOR : blue or green-blue
GEMSTONES : Amazonite, Blue Chalcedony, Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate
The Anahata (translates as "unstruck note) chakra is located at the heart center. This fourth chakra is at the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection.
COLOR : green or pink
GEMSTONES : Green Aventurine, Fancy Jasper, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The Manipura (translates as "lustrous jewel") chakra is located from the navel to the breastbone. This third chakra is our source of personal power.
COLOR : yellow
GEMSTONES : Citrine, Yellow Jade
The Svadhisthana (translates as "my own sweet abode") chakra is our creativity and sexual center. This second chakra is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression.
COLOR : orange
GEMSTONES : Carnelian, Peach Moonstone, Tiger Eye
The Muladhara (meaning root or support) is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this first chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless.
COLOR : red, brown, and black
GEMSTONES : Red Coral, Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Onyx, Tourmaline, Lava Stone