A Complete Guide to Chakra Symbols and Their Meaning
A Complete Guide to Chakra Symbols and Their Meaning

I’m sure you’ve heard the word ‘chakra’ thrown around in yoga class or maybe at that trendy juice bar down the street where they promise to align your chakras with their celery stalk smoothie (yeah, right), but what are the chakras really all about?

The truth is, these energy centers actually do hold an immense amount of power to heal our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Understanding the chakras is essential for becoming the most lively, healthy, and radiant version of yourself.

When you really think about it – Absolutely everything in our universe is continuously releasing energy, from the tallest mountains to the smallest grain of sand, to every single cell in our body. The positively mind-blowing part of it all is that each cell emits a different kind of energy in different ways depending on where it’s located and what its specific job is.

Before I get into the nitty-gritty, let’s dive into a quick lesson on what these energy channels are and where they came from.

What Exactly Are The Chakras?

Chakra is a Sanskrit term that literally means ‘wheel’ and is defined as “any of several points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The seven main chakras span from the crown of the head down to the base of the spine and correspond to various parts of the body.

Because everything in this energy system is constantly moving, it’s important to recognize an imbalance in your chakras and know how to restore harmony in the system. If a blockage occurs, the restricted flow of energy leads to various mental and physical ailments. The same is true when the chakras begin spinning too fast or too slow.

Use the guide below to bring awareness to each chakra and learn how to cultivate balance in your life.

Muladhara or Root Chakra

Muladhara or Root Chakra
Muladhara or Root Chakra

Key Words: Foundation, Safety, Security, Stability, Survival, Grounded, Balance

Location: Base of Spine/Pelvic Floor

Element: Earth

Color: Red

Symbol: 4 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Smoky Quartz, Ruby, Obsidian, Jasper, Bloodstone
Sound:
Lam

Affirmations: I am safe and secure. All is as it should be. I am strong. I am present.

Associated Physiology: Spine, Blood, Adrenal Glands, Reproductive Organs

Nutrition: Tomatoes, Apples, Pomegranates, Red Berries, Beets, Root Vegetables

Balanced Behaviors: Feeling a Sense of Fulfillment and Security in Terms of Money and Shelter, Connected to Physical Experiences

Overactive Behaviors: Anxious, Jitteriness, Unstable, Nervous, Insecure, Selfish, Materialistic, Resistant to Change

Underactive Behaviors: Lacking Security, Trouble Concentrating, Frequent Daydreaming, Afraid of Abandonment, Codependent

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Restlessness, Obesity, Eating Disorder, Constipation, Hip Pain, Ovarian Cysts, Prostate Issues, Cramps, Exhaustion or Laziness

Suggested Yoga Poses: Mountain Pose, Warrior II Pose, Wide-Legged Seated Forward Bend, Easy Pose, Chair Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Volunteering, Gardening, Spending Time in Nature, Meditating, Praying, Connecting to the Earth, Connecting to Animals, Wearing Red or Earthy Colors, Listening to Nature Sounds

Svadhishthana or Sacral Chakra

Svadhishthana or Sacral Chakra
Svadhishthana or Sacral Chakra

Key Words: Motivating, Optimistic, Affectionate, Creativity, Movement, Sensuality, Pleasure

Location: Lower Abdomen/Pelvis

Element: Water

Color: Orange

Symbol: 6 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Citrine, Milky Quartz, Moonstone, Selenite
Sound:
Vam

Affirmations: I am creative and beautiful. My sexuality is sacred. I am worthy of love and pleasure. I savor the taste of life.

Associated Physiology: Reproductive Organs, Kidneys

Nutrition: Mango, Nuts, Oranges, Melon, Carrots, Seeds

Balanced Behaviors: Enjoying Life’s Pleasures, No Need to Overindulge, Sense of Wellness and Abundance

Overactive Behaviors: Addiction, Gluttony, Easily Attached, Dramatic, Lacking Social Boundaries, Overly-Emotional

Underactive Behaviors: Lacking Emotions, Depressed, Decreased Sex Drive, Closed Off, Self-Conscious, Attracted to Abusive Relationships, Tense, Lack of Passion or Creativity

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Lower-Back Pain, Urinary Problems, Kidney Issues, Infertility, Hormone Imbalances, Restlessness

Suggested Yoga Poses: Revolved Triangle Pose, Pigeon Pose, Happy Baby Pose, Reclined Bound Angle Pose, Frog Pose, Goddess Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Consciously Make Healthy Choices, Create, Make Love, Enjoy Life, Kundalini Yoga, Dancing, Journaling, Wearing Orange, Roleplay

Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra

Key Words: Instinct, Originality, Will, Power, Confidence, Self-Worth, Courage

Location: Stomach/Just Above Naval

Element: Fire

Color: Yellow

Symbol: 10 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite, Amber, Sunstone, Golden Topaz
Sound:
Ram

Affirmations: I am enough. I accept myself. There is nothing I cannot achieve. I am worthy of my own love. I have what it takes.

Associated Physiology: Digestive System, Liver, Pancreas, Metabolic System, Nervous System

Nutrition: Yellow Peppers, Turmeric, Ginger, Yellow Bell Peppers, Bananas, Lentils, Corn

Balanced Behaviors: Decisiveness, Personal Power, Strong Sense of Self-Worth, Wisdom

Overactive Behaviors: Greed, Hostile, Bitter, Need to Micromanage, Lack of Empathy or Compassion, Overly Critical, Perfectionistic

Underactive Behaviors: Needy, Submissive, Wishy-Washy, Withdrawn, Lacking Self-Control

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Gas, Nausea, Bloating, Ulcers, Digestive Problems, Eating Disorders, Respiratory Illnesses, Fibromyalgia, Liver Infection, Kidney Infection

Suggested Yoga Poses: Boat Pose, Plank Pose, Warrior III Pose, Bow Pose, Child’s Pose, Corpse Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Express Love and Compassion to Yourself and Others, Focus on Your Talents and Abilities, Martial Arts, Sports, Watching the Sunrise/Sunset, Sunbathing, Wearing Yellow, Therapy or Counseling

Anahata or Heart Chakra

Anahata or Heart Chakra
Anahata or Heart Chakra

Key Words: Love, Healing, Compassion, Connection, Harmony, Prosperity, Relationships

Location: Heart

Element: Air

Color: Green

Symbol: 12 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Rose Quartz, Emerald, Green Calcite, Amazonite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Peridot, Pink Calcite, Malachite, Jade
Sound:
Yam

Affirmations: I love myself and others unconditionally. There is an unlimited supply of love. I live in harmony with others.

Associated Physiology: Heart, Lungs, Immune System, Thymus Gland, Breasts, Arms, Hands

Nutrition: Avocado, Zucchini, Broccoli, Leafy Greens, Peas

Balanced Behaviors: Ability to Feel and Emit Love for Oneself and Others, Always Able to Focus on the Good, Selfless Love and Compassion, Calmness, Contentment

Overactive Behaviors: Putting Needs of Others Before Your Own, Smothering, Lacking Sense of Self, Always Compliant, Clingy, Lacking Social Boundaries

Underactive Behaviors: Unfriendly, Distant, Isolated, Inability to Open Up, Animosity, Unattached

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: High Blood Pressure, Heart Palpitations, Heartburn, Heart Attack, Weak Circulation, Numbness, Asthma, Breast Cancer, Stiff Joints

Suggested Yoga Poses: Low Lunge, Cat/Cow Pose, Cobra Pose, Camel Pose, Warrior I Pose, Bridge Pose, Eagle Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Practice Self-Care, Show Yourself Love and Compassion, Take a Relaxing Bath, Meditate, Get a Massage, Wearing Green, Keeping a Diary, Random Acts of Kindness, Spending Time with Those You Love

Vishuddha or Throat Chakra

Vishuddha or Throat Chakra
Vishuddha or Throat Chakra

Key Words: Self-Expression, Truth, Communication, Loyalty, Faith, Sound

Location: Throat

Element: Ether

Color: Blue

Symbol: 4 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Blue Calcite, Aquamarine, Blue Calcite, Blue Quartz, Sapphire, Larimar, Angelite

Sound: Ham

Affirmations: I am able to effectively express myself. I honor my voice and listen to others. I am aligned with my highest truth.

Associated Physiology: Neck, Throat, Shoulders, Ears, Mouth, Thyroid

Nutrition: Blueberries, Black Currant, Dragonfruit, Kelp

Balanced Behaviors: Ability to Speak Clearly with Love, Honesty, and Kindness

Overactive Behaviors: Interruptive, Overly Chatty, Poor Listening Skills, Demanding, Verbally Abusive, Patronizing, Offensive

Underactive Behaviors: Withdrawn, Demure, Difficulty Voicing Truth, Inability to Express Wants and Needs, Shy

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Neck Aches, Shoulder Tension, Sore Throat, Laryngitis, Earaches, Ear Infections, Dental Problems, Thyroid Issues, Mouth Ulcers, Digestive Issues

Suggested Yoga Poses: Hero’s Pose with Chanting, Fish Pose, Shoulderstand, Bridge Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Think Before You Speak, Practice Expressing Emotions, Speak Your Truth Freely, Wearing Blue, Singing, Chanting, Writing, Listening to Others, Clearing the Air

Ajna or Third Eye Chakra

Ajna or Third Eye Chakra
Ajna or Third Eye Chakra

Key Words: Perception, Intuition, Foresight, Manifestation, Guidance, Integrity, Clairvoyance

Location: Forehead/Between the Eyebrows

Element: Light

Color: Indigo

Symbol: 2 Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Amethyst, Azurite, Sugulite, Purple Fluorite, Kyanite, Blue Quartz, Lepidolite

Sound: Sham

Affirmations: I trust my intuition and trust the path unseen. I see clearly. I honor my intuition. All answers are known.

Associated Physiology: Eyes, Brows, Pituitary Gland, Base of Skull

Nutrition: Figs, Raisins, Grapes, Purple Kale, Blackberries, Cabbage

Balanced Behaviors: In Rhythm with Both the Material and Physical World

Overactive Behaviors: Lost Touch with Reality, Poor Judgment, Unfocused, Hallucinations

Underactive Behaviors: Closed-Minded,Overly-Dependent on Authority, Disconnected from Inner Voice, Worried, Holding on to the Past, Fearful of the Future

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Vision Impairments, Sinus Issues, Headaches, Migraines, Sleep Disorders, Seizures, Nightmares, Allergies

Suggested Yoga Poses: Dolphin Pose, Child’s Pose, Downward Facing Dog Pose, Seated Forward Bend

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Connect Your Body to the Earth, Meditate, Feel Your Toes in The Sand, Wearing Indigo, Energy Work, Sound Therapy, Dream Journaling, Lucid Dreaming, Star-Gazing

Sahasrara or Crown Chakra

Sahasrara or Crown Chakra
Sahasrara or Crown Chakra

Key Words: Enlightenment, Purpose, Unity, Transcendence, Consciousness, Expansion

Location: Top of Head

Element: All Elements

Color: Violet

Symbol: Thousand Petalled Lotus

Healing Gemstones: Moonstone, White Calcite, Diamond, Clear Quartz, Selenite, Snow Quartz, White Topaz

Sound: Om

Affirmations: The light in me sees and honors the light in everyone. All is one. Everyone is equal. The universe is within me.

Associated Physiology: Pineal Gland, Pituitary Gland, Brain, Central Nervous System

Nutrition: Nourished with Meditation, Prayer, Self-Reflection

Balanced Behaviors: Balance in This Chakra Requires Balance in Every Other Chakra, Spiritual Nirvana

Overactive Behaviors: Obsessed with Spirituality, Inconsiderate of Physical Needs, Difficulty Managing Emotions

Underactive Behaviors: Closed Off to Spirituality, Unable to Set or Maintain Goals, Lacking Direction

Physical Symptoms of Imbalance: Dizziness, Confusion, Neurological Disorders, Nerve Pain, Mental Diseases, Sensitivity to Light, Poor Sleep Patterns, Tension Headaches

Suggested Yoga Poses: Balancing Butterfly Pose, Headstand, Corpse Pose, Lotus Pose

How to Energize and Balance This Chakra: Meditate and Connect to Spirituality, Wearing White or Purple, Visualization, Fasting, Detoxing, Forgiving Oneself

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