What is a Chakra?

You know how people are like, “Oh, my chakras are out of whack”, or “I need to realign my chakras”? Yeah, what are they on about?

The Chopra Center describes it best as “wheels of energy throughout the body”.

So this idea that different areas of the body relate to different energies in our lives is what we’re talking about when it comes to chakras.

“These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy flows are restricted. Think of something as simple as your bathtub drain. If you allow too much hair to go into the drain, the bathtub will back up with water, stagnate and eventually bacteria and mold will grow. So is too with our bodies and the chakras. A bathtub is simple; it’s physical so the fix is easy.” “What Is a Chakra?” – Michelle Fondin, Chopra.com

So we need to clear and realign our chakras in order to be functioning at our best. Sometimes the best way to do this is to use a guided meditation – if you use my favourite, the Insight Timer App, you’ll find a plentitude of meditations that guide you simply through the process of clearing and aligning the chakras.

But what do they do, exactly?