How many of you hear the word "chakra" and your mind is instantly filled with the image of someone sitting Indian-style with their fingers together, meditating? Don't be embarrassed, that's the thought that many people first have. While meditating is amazing for the mind, body and spirit, we understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea. For those who want to get their body back in balance without taking the time to meditate, chakras will do just that.
So, what the heck are chakras? In simple terms, they're what make you feel balanced and complete. In more spiritual terms, they're seven spinning wheels of energy in our bodies that affect our health, well-being and beauty.
"The chakra system is the symbolic presentation of energies which exist in the body influenced by the subconscious mind. Yoga and meditation help you awaken those energies for the most balanced state of body, mind and soul." -The Drs. Upadhyay, Maharshi Bhardwaj Clinic & Research Centre, India
How do chakras work you ask? Well, each day you may experience a different chakra being out of balance. Sometimes it may be the same chakra each time a journey is done. On your "sensory journey", you'll be shown cards with representations of all seven chakras. As odd as it may sound, one will just pop out to you. It will call out to you and you just know that this chakra is the one that needs to be balanced. Your body is physically telling you.
Each different chakra represents a different type of balance. They each have different aromas, elements and colors as well. Once you find out which of your chakras is out of balance, you can follow the different techniques of meditation, mantras, breaths and nutrition that is recommended.
If you're looking to take a sensory journey to find out which chakra may be out of balance for you, we'd be happy to do this for you at your next appointment. If you're looking for a more instant option, you can head over to Mister Chakra and click on the "Take a Sensory Journey" button.
Chakra 1: Grounded
Aroma: Organic Patchouli, Vetiver, Olibanum
When the root chakra is balanced, one has good energy, a feeling of security and a health body awareness. When the root chakra is imbalanced, one feels lethargy, resistance to change and the need to slow down.
Chakra 2: Nourished
Aroma: Organic Sandalwood, Orange, Geranium
When the pleasure chakra is balanced, one has stable energy, alertness, unblocked emotions and is connected to all five senses. When the pleasure chakra is imbalanced, one feels repression and feels disconnected to the senses.
Chakra 3: Intention
Aroma: Organic Fir Balsam, Lavender, Lemon
When the power chakra is balanced, one achieves goals, is self-confident and has strong motivation and direction. When the power chakra is imbalanced, one feels mental blocks, nervousness and impatience.
Chakra 4: Harmony
Aroma: Organic Sandalwood, Mandarin, Palmarosa
When the heart chakra is balanced, one feels love and connection to self and others. When the heart chakra is imbalanced, one feels depression, loss of connection and lack of caring.
Chakra 5: Expressive
Aroma: Organic Grapefruit, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
Color: Light Blue
When the throat chakra is balanced, one has inner reliance, self-reliance and easily expresses ideas and thoughts. When the throat chakra is imbalanced, one feels selfish, has feelings of rejection and difficulty in expressing oneself.
Chakra 6: Insight
Aroma: Organic Petitgrain, Orange, Geranium
Color: Dark Blue
When the intuition chakra is balanced, one feels strong intuition, a connection to oneself and mentally fit. When the intuition chakra is imbalanced, one has mental blocks, over-thinks things and lacks depths.
Chakra 7: Wisdom
Aroma: Angelic, Elemi, Organic Olibanum
When the crown chakra is balanced, one feels strong, unclouded and joy for life. When the crown chakra is imbalanced, one feels loss of self, spiritual abandonment and lack of connection to the universe.
At Serene Salon & Spa, we carry all 7 of the chakras in spray form. When your chakra is feeling imbalanced, spritz yourself with your chosen chakra and go on with your day feeling more balanced and complete than before. Feel free to stop in or call 413-322-9799 for more information.
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