How chakras are there?

by Veronica Molinski

There are seven main chakras located along the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the spine. Chakras are believed to provide subtle energy that helps organs, mind and intellect function at their best level. The beach is my happy place and here are 3 science-backed reasons why it should be yours too. Although most people have heard of the seven chakras, there are actually 114 in the body.

The human body is a complex form of energy; in addition to the 114 chakras, it also has 72,000 nadis, or energy channels, along which vital energy, or prana, moves. When Nadis are at different points on the body, they form a triangle. We call this triangle chakra, which means wheel. We call it a wheel because it symbolizes growth, dynamism and movement, so even though it's actually a triangle, we call it a chakra.

Some of these centers are very powerful, while others are not. At different levels, these energy centers produce different qualities in a human being. The heart chakra can be balanced by practicing postures such as the half-bridge posture (Ardha Setubandhasana) and the fish posture (Matsyasana). When this chakra is balanced, it allows for creativity, positive self-expression, constructive communication and a sense of satisfaction.

For a human being to live a full physical and social life, he only needs twenty-one chakras in his body to be active. An unbalanced Vishuddhi Chakra causes thyroid dysfunctions, sore throat, stiff neck, mouth ulcers, gum or tooth problems, laryngitis, and hearing problems. Some people say that chakras have a radius of one foot, while others say that they change size depending on the flow of energy. In this beginner's guide, we'll summarize the defining characteristics of the seven major chakras, explain how to tell if any of them are locked, and share how to unlock each of them from root to crown using mantras, yoga postures, and more.

For example, the root chakra will distribute the “apana prana” to the pelvic region and provide energy to the organs in this region. The third eye, or Ajna chakra, is actually your sixth chakra and reportedly governs your intuition plus the ability to recognize and take advantage of it. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel” or “circle”, and is a concept historically associated with ancient India, as well as with Tibetan Buddhism and other religions. Someone with a blocked heart chakra will struggle to fully open up to the people in their life.