What is a Chakra? 
The word comes from the Sanskrit "cakra" meaning "wheel, circle,” and sometimes also referring to the "wheel of life.”  The pronunciation of this word can be approximated in English by 'chuhkruh'.
These energy wheels regulate the flow of energy through our energy system.  These centers open and close when we decide what to think and when we feel.  Chakras ARE NOT physical.  They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness as the
mind and the physical body work together.  They work through the physical body through the endocrine and the nervous system so are therefore associated with particular parts of the body.  Each sense, feeling, and experience are divided into seven categories, stress that had been creating the symptom, and are then thereand therefore allocated to a specific chakra.  When you feel stress in your consciousness, you feel it in the chakra associated with that part of your consciousness and in the parts of the physical body.  Everything can be healed so in understanding the chakras, the healing process can begin with the body and the mind.  When people’s chakras are not spinning properly, the physical, emotional, and mental bodies are not working in harmony with each other.  Therefore, when a person changes something about their being, they are able to release the fore able to return to a healthy state.

Chakra 1 - Root
The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red.  This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.  Focusing one's attention on the color of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body "down to earth" and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words..."spacing off
Chakra One – Associations
- Red
Physical Location - Base of the spine
Purposes - Kinesthetic feelings, movement
Spiritual Lesson - Material world lessons
Physical Dysfunctions- Lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders, anemia, fatigue, obesity, anus, rectum (hemorrhoids), constipation, colds, body temperature, cold hands or cold feet, bladder infection, rebuilds blood cells & hemoglobin, sciatic, numbness, leukemia
Mental and Emotional Issues - Survival, self esteem, social order, security,
Information Stored Inside Root Chakra - Familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure, or pain, touch
Area of Body Governed - Spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system
Exercises that stimulate the root chakra
Exercise your root chakra by stomping your feet upon the ground, marching, and doing squats.
Foods that fuel the root chakra
Root vegetables: Carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, etc.
Protein-rich foods:
Eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, peanut butter
Spices: Horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, and pepper.
Gemstones - Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Onyx
Flower Essences - Corn, Clematis, Rosemary

Chakra Two - The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange or red-orange.  Visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when I am focusing on spinning my second chakra.  This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our "control issues" and find a balance in our lives, teaching us to recognize
that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships.  The process of making changes in our life stream through our personal choices is a product of second chakra energyA well-functioning second chakra helps one to maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.
Chakra Two  Associations
- Orange
Physical Location - Lower abdomen to the navel
Purposes - Emotional connection
Spiritual Lesson - Creativity, manifestation, honoring relationships, learning to "let go"
Physical Dysfunctions- Lower back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problems
Mental and Emotional Issues - Blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, morality
Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra - Duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
Area of Body Governed - Sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine
Chakracise your sacral chakra with pelvic thrusts and circular pelvis movements
Foods that fuel the sacral chakra
Sweet fruits: Melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, etc. Honey
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, etc.
Spices: Cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds
Gemstones - Garnet ,Moon stone - Orange Tourmaline
Flower Essences -
Indian paintbrush, Lady's Slipper, Hibiscus

Chakra 3 - Solar Plexus
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow.  This is the area that defines our "self-esteem.”  The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra...otherwise known as the "EGO.”  Anyone experiencing dysfunction of the third chakra is having difficulty obtaining or maintaining his/her own "personal power.”  This intuitive chakra is where we get our "gut instincts" that signal us to do or not to do something.  Strong self-esteem is a required for developing intuitive skills.
Chakra 3 – Associations
Color - Yellow
Physical Location - Solar plexus
Purposes - mental understanding of emotional life
Spiritual Lesson - acceptance of your place in the life stream.  (self-love)
Physical Dysfunctions- stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases
Mental and Emotional Issues - self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra - personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
Area of Body Governed - upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach
Exercise that stimulate the solar plexus chakra 
Chakracise your solar plexus chakra by dancing (do The Twist, hoola hooping, and belly dancing).
Foods that fuel the solar plexus
Granola and Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc.
Dairy: milk, cheeses, yogurt
Spices: ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel
Gemstones - Jasper, Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline
Flower Essences -
Chamomile, Golden Yarrow, Peppermint

Chakra 4 - Heart
The Heart Chakra is associated with the color green or pink.  This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing.  Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth.  Hurtful situations that can affect our emotional being are divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, and adultery.  All of these are wounding to the heart chakra.  Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing.  Learning to love you is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra.  The "wounded child" resides in the heart chakra.

Chakra Four – Associations
Color - Green, pink
Physical Location - center of chest
Purposes - emotional empowerment
Spiritual Lesson - forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion
Physical Dysfunctions - heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine,
pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems
Mental and Emotional Issues -
love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity
Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra - connections or "heart strings" to those whom we love
Area of Body Governed - heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus,
breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands
Exercises that stimulate the heart chakra
Chakracise your heart chakra by doing push ups, swimming (breast stroke), and hugging yourself
Foods that fuel the heart chakra
Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, etc.
Air vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc.
Liquids: green teas
Spices basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley
Gemstones - Malachite, Emerald, Rose Quartz
Flower Essences
- Holly, Poppy, California Wild Rose

Chakra Five - Throat
The Throat Chakra is associated with the color sky blue.  This chakra is our will center.  The
healthfulness of the fifth chakra is in relation to how honestly one expresses himself/herself.  Lying violates the body and spirit.  We speak our choices with our voices (throats).  All choices we make in our lives have consequences on an energetic level.  Even choosing not to make a choice such as in repressing our anger (not speaking out) may manifest into laryngitis.  We have all experienced that "lump in our throats" when we are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even stuffing our own emotions.  A challenge of the throat chakra is to express ourselves in the most truthful manner.  Also to receive and assimilate information.  Seek only the truth.
Chakra Five – Associations
- Blue
Physical Location - throat, neck region
Purposes - learning to take responsibility for one's own needs
Spiritual Lesson - confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over
Physical Dysfunctions- sore throat, mouth ulcers, scoliosis, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions,
laryngitis, voice problems, gum or tooth problems, TMJ
Mental and Emotional Issues- personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision
making (choices), will, lack of authority
Information Stored Inside Throat Chakra - self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell
Area of Body Governed - throat
, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, parathyroid
Exercises that stimulate the throat chakra
Chakracise your throat chakra by gargling with saltwater, singing, or screaming.
Foods that fuel the throat chakra
Liquids in general -  water, fruit juices, herbal teas
Tart or tangy fruits - lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi
Other tree growing fruits -  apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, etc.
Spices - salt, lemon grass
Gemstones - Chrysocola,Lapis, Blue Opal
Flower Essences - Cosmos, Trumpet Vine, Larch

Chakra Six -  Brow
The Brow Chakra is associated with the color indigo.  It is also often referred to as the "third eye" or the "mind center.”  It is our avenue to wisdom - learning from our experiences and putting them in perspective.  Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusions is in connection
with the healthfulness of this chakra.  Achieving the art of detachment beyond "small mindedness" is accomplished through developing impersonal intuitive reasoning.  It is through an open brow chakra that visual images are received.
Chakra Six – Associations
- Indigo
Physical Location - center of the forehead
Purposes - action of ideas, insight, mind development
Spiritual Lesson - understanding, reality checkpoint, detachment, open mind
Physical Dysfunctions- brain tumors, strokes, blindness, deafness, seizures, learning disabilities, spinal dysfunctions, panic, depression
Mental and Emotional Issues - fear of truth, discipline, judgment, evaluation, emotional intelligence, concept of reality, confusion
Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra - seeing clear picture (symbolic or literal), wisdom, intuition, mental facilities, intellect
Area of Body Governed - brain, neurological system, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary, pineal glands
Exercise that stimulate the brow chakra Chakracise your brow chakra with visualization, remote viewing, and lucid
Foods that fuel the brow chakra
Blueberries, red grapes, black berries, raspberries, etc.
Liquids: red wines and grape juice
Spices: lavender, poppy seed, mugwort
Gemstones - Purple Fluorite, Sugalite, Lapis
Flower Essences - Wild Oat, Queen Anne's Lace

Chakra Seven - Crown
The Crown Chakra is associated with the color violet or white.  We use the seventh chakra as a tool to communicate with our spiritual nature.  It is through this vortices that the life force is dispersed from the universe into the lower 6 chakras. It has been referred to as our "GOD SOURCE" - but this terminology might be confusing to anyone who equates God with religious dogma, because of this I choose to call it a spiritual connection or communicator.  This chakra is often pictured as a lotus flower opening to allow spiritual awakening in an individual.  The crown chakra could also be considered the well intuitive knowing is drawn from.
Chakra 7 – Associations
Color - Violet, White
Physical Location - top of head
Purposes - intuitive knowing, connection to one's spirituality, integration of the whole
Spiritual Lesson - spirituality, living in the NOW
Physical Dysfunctions- mystical depression, diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system and the skin, chronic exhaustion not associated with physical ailments, sensitivity to light, sound, environment
Mental and Emotional Issues - discovery of the divine, lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism, ability to see the bigger picture in the life stream, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics
Information Stored Inside Crown Chakra - duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
Area of Body Governed - top center of the head, midline above the ears
Chakracise your crown chakra with prayer or meditation.
Foods that fuel the crown chakra
fasting / detoxing
Incense and Smudging Herbs: sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper.
Gemstones - Amber, Diamond, Moldavite
Flower Essences - Lotus, Angelica, Star Tulip

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