Understanding Chakras: A Beginner’s Guide

understanding chakras

If you’re a mom on a spiritual journey, like me, you’ve probably come across the term “Chakra” plenty of times already! I’d like to invite you on this mystical journey of self-discovery and healing through the understanding of chakras – what they are and how they affect our lives.

As we delve into this ancient wisdom, we embark on a path of personal growth and transformation, ultimately leading to greater balance, harmony, and well-being in our lives.

What Are Chakras?

Chakras are energy centers within the our bodies that play a vital role in our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

There are seven main chakras aligned along the spine, each associated with specific qualities and functions. Understanding chakras allows us to tap into the flow of vital energy, or prana, and maintain equilibrium within ourselves.

When our chakras are balanced, we feel balanced, and the normal stressors of motherhood don’t seem quite as unmanageable. Less stress and more balance? Yes, please!

understanding chakras

Balancing the Root Chakra: Connecting to Earth Energies

The Root Chakra, called the Muladhara in sanskrit, serves as the foundation of our being, governing our sense of stability, security, and survival instincts.

When this chakra is imbalanced, we may feel anxious, insecure, or disconnected from our roots. These may seem like “normal” emotions during early motherhood, but the truth is that we don’t have to feel this way!

It makes sense that our root chakra at the base of our spine would be affected by pregnancy and child-birth. There is a whole lot going on down there during the 40+ weeks we’re pregnant, and especially during labor and birth!

Grounding practices such as meditation, yoga, and spending time in nature can help restore harmony to the Root Chakra, allowing us to feel rooted and grounded in our lives.

Meditating, easy breath work, and spending time outside during the intial postpartum phase is a great way to reconnect with our root chakra and feel that sense of balance returning to our lives.

As the weeks pass and our bodies recover, adding in gentle yoga and more outside time continues to ground us into our new role of mother.

Nurturing the Sacral Chakra: Embracing Creativity and Sensuality

The Sacral Chakra, known as Svadhisthana, is the center of our creativity, passion, and emotional expression.

By nurturing this chakra, we unleash our creative potential and embrace the full spectrum of our emotions.

Engaging in creative activities, cultivating healthy relationships, and honoring our sensuality are powerful ways to balance the Sacral Chakra and ignite our inner fire.

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Empowering the Solar Plexus Chakra: Cultivating Personal Power

The Solar Plexus Chakra, or Manipura, governs our sense of self-esteem, confidence, and personal power.

When this chakra is in harmony, we feel empowered to pursue our goals and assert ourselves with courage and conviction.

Practices such as self-reflection, setting boundaries, and practicing self-care can help strengthen the Solar Plexus Chakra, allowing us to step into our authentic power with grace and confidence.

This is an especially important chakra to keep balanced as we step into motherhood. Most moms say they get the “momma bear” instinct and will protect their children at all costs.

Being confident in ourselves and our ability to set (and keep) boundaries is so important.

Opening the Heart Chakra: Cultivating Love and Compassion

The Heart Chakra, Anahata, is the seat of love, compassion, and emotional healing.

When this chakra is balanced, we experience deep connections with others and ourselves, leading to greater harmony and fulfillment in our relationships.

Engaging in acts of kindness, practicing forgiveness, and embracing gratitude are powerful ways to open the Heart Chakra and invite love to flow freely in our lives.

Just as we want to keep our individual chakras balanced, we want all of our energy centers balanced with each other as well.

As we set boundaries and stand tall in our confidence, we want to do so out of love and compassion. Having our heart chakra balanced ensures that we are leading with love and acting as the best versions of ourselves.

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Expressing the Throat Chakra: Finding Your Authentic Voice

The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, governs our ability to communicate effectively and express our truth.

When this chakra is blocked, we may struggle with self-expression, leading to feelings of frustration or repression.

By practicing mindful communication, speaking our truth with integrity, and engaging in creative expression, we can unleash the power of the Throat Chakra and find our authentic voice.

Parenthood is such a perfect opportunity to focus on honest and compassionate communication. With ourselves, with our babies, with our partner – each conversation is a chance to channel love and understanding.

There’s no denying that parenthood is stressful for both mom and dad. Lack of sleep and new experiences can put everyone on edge, at a time when everyone needs more compassion and patience.

Having conversations with your partner before having kids is a great way to start the process and balance your throat chakra.

Intuiting the Third Eye Chakra: Awakening Inner Wisdom

The Third Eye Chakra, Ajna, is the center of intuition, insight, and inner wisdom.

When this chakra is activated, we gain clarity of vision and deepen our connection to our inner guidance.

Meditation, visualization, and working with symbols are powerful practices for awakening the Third Eye Chakra and accessing higher states of consciousness.

It’s easy to second-guess ourselves when we’re entering a new stage of motherhood. Everything seems new (even if it’s your third child) and we can fall prey to what “they” say we “should” be doing.

The only regrets I’ve ever had in my 13 years of parenting are when I did not listen to my own intution. When I let myself be persuaded into doing something I did not want to do, or allowed something to be done to my children that I didn’t feel 100% confident in – I immediately regretted it.

Connecting with your Third Eye throughout pregnancy, and continuing meditations after your child is born is a great way to stay aligned and confident in your own intuition.

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Connecting to the Crown Chakra: Aligning with Divine Consciousness

The Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, is our connection to divine consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.

When this chakra is open, we experience a profound sense of oneness with the universe and a deep understanding of our purpose.

Practices such as meditation, prayer, and spending time in contemplation can help activate the Crown Chakra and align us with the higher realms of existence.

Never have I ever prayed more than during pregnancy and the early days of postpartum. I prayed for healthy babies, for confidence in myself and my birthing team, for patience, for sleep!

“Prayer as a First Resort” is a mantra that has gotten me through a lot of tough parenting times, and allowed my connection to God and the Universe to stay strong.

I always say that I’m completey irrational and unwavering in my faith – and I don’t believe there’s any other way to stay truly connected to the divine.

Conclusion: Embracing the Journey of Self-Discovery

Understanding chakras is not merely an intellectual pursuit but a sacred journey of self-discovery and inner transformation.

By nurturing and balancing our chakras, we unlock the potential for healing, growth, and spiritual awakening in our lives.

As we continue on this path, let us support and uplift one another, sharing our experiences and insights along the way. Together, we embark on a journey of profound healing and spiritual evolution.

Dear fellow spiritual moms, I invite you to share your own experiences with balancing chakras and to suggest topics you would like to see covered in future blog posts.

Your wisdom and insights are invaluable on this journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Let us continue to inspire and support one another as we navigate the wondrous realms of ourselves and motherhood.

xoxo,
Angie

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