How To Find Your Main Chakra And Why It Matters

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Why You Should Know Your Main Chakra

I’ve been practicing yoga now for over two decades but can honestly say I only recently began to understand the teachings and basic principles behind chakras. So what is a chakra? How do they work? And why is it important to know your main chakra? In certain yoga classes I would hear instructors say things like “your chakra energies may be blocked” or “you need to clear your chakras.”

I honestly had no idea what that meant and thought it was very woo woo and out there. I'd ultimately continue perfecting my steady tree pose on my yoga mat, thinking in my mind that at least I knew the benefits of that position and how it made me feel.

I've always practiced yoga because its given me a sense of calm and peace and reduces my anxiety and stress. Over the past couple of years, I’ve now introduced guided meditation to my daily habits, alongside practicing yoga, daily exercise, and playing tennis. And yes I work a full time job and lead a very busy life. But it’s all about what you decide to prioritize.

What Is a Chakra?

How do chakras work? What do they tell us? If you google the term chakra this is what will come up. According to Healthline (my trusted source for health and wellness information as it is 100% fact checked.) In Sanskrit, the word “chakra” means “disk” or “wheel” and refers to the energy centers in your body. These wheels or disks of spinning energy each correspond to certain nerve bundles and major organs.To function at their best, your chakras need to stay open, or balanced. If they get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.

There are seven chakras that run along your spine. They start at the root, or base, of your spine and extend to the crown of your head. The seven chakras are:

1.) Root chakra

2.) Sacral chakra

3.) Solar plexus chakra

4.) Heart chakra

5.)Throat chakra

6.) Third eye chakra

7.) Crown chakra


What Your Chakra Diet Should Be

I was listening to Maria Menounou’s podcast called Better Together. (I highly recommend her podcast by the way.) Each week Maria brings on some of the world's leading healers, experts, influential celebrities & game-changers to share groundbreaking secrets and tips to getting better in all areas of life, including physical health, emotional wellness, spirituality, finances, relationships & more.

That’s where I came across her episode with Cyndi Dale. Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, healer, business consultant, and the author of nearly 30 books about energy medicine, intuition, and spirituality.

Chakra foods book
Cyndi Dale Book

On this podcast episode Cyndi talked about chakras, energy and foods that you should eat for your specific chakra. I wasn’t even aware that as individuals we had a specific chakra but apparently we do. So once you determine your chakra type by taking an online quiz, then you can tap into your individual energy system for health and healing. It’s important to understand what foods your body benefits from.

Basically it’s your chakra diet. For example I found out that my main chakra is the 5th chakra, the throat chakra. So what does that mean? The throat chakra, or Vishuddha, is located in your throat and has to do with our ability to communicate verbally. As a communications specialist and journalist, I was not surprised at all to find out that this was my main chakra.

Communication is at the core of who I am and everything I do. So when this chakra is blocked, the irony is that I experience negative symptoms related to communication and self-expression. I literally will get a sore throat and cannot express myself the way I want to. Oh the irony.

Throat chakra imae
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The 12 Point Chakra System

According to Cyndi Dale there are actually 12 chakras beyond the seven that are listed above. Cyndi's book is called Chakras, Food, and You Her book takes on a new approach that helps you to understand your health, wellness and eating patterns based on her 12 Chakra System.

There are various methods that can be used to restore our chakras natural energy flow, which include but are not limited to: Reiki, Meditation, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Aromatherapy. Diet, Exercise and a Positive Mindset to promote a healthy energy flow between our chakras.

Gemstones and crystals have unique energies that can also enhance and empower certain chakra points on our body. Stress causes your chakras to be blocked. Some ways to clear out your chakras are : practicing yoga, doing breath work to increase the flow of energy and meditation to clear your mind.

Find Out Your Chakra

Take the Chakra Type quiz found at the beginning of her book.
You will learn which foods and supplements, exercises and movements come together to enable your body’s peak performance. This can help you to understand how to make eating and lifestyle choices that synchronize with your real self.

So what do you think about chakras? Leave a comment below and tell us what is your main chakra!

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