An Everyday Approach to Chakras

Chakras have played a role in Eastern traditions for centuries, and people all over the world believe in the power of positive energy flow and balance. To some, the idea that an invisible network of energy corresponds with our nerve centers to keep our mind, body, and spirit healthy is almost outside the realm of understanding. So what are chakras, anyway? And how do they work? We’ve put together a guide that breaks down the basics.

What are chakras and how do they work? A beginner’s guide to balancing your energy flow. Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade chakra stone necklace and earrings.

The Sanskrit word chakra can be translated as ‘disc’, and most practicing Eastern traditions think of these as whirling wheels of light located throughout the body. There are seven chakras situated along the spine from its base to the crown of the head. It is taught that they each vibrate at their own frequency and respond to a specific light wave, which presents itself as a color. Because every chakra is located in a place where there are bundles of nerves and major organs, they are in prime positions of energy where consciousness and matter entwine.

Keeping your chakras ‘open’ so that energy can flow smoothly is the goal.

When your chakras are blocked or unbalanced, it can lead to illness or emotional instability. You will feel the healthiest, inside and out, when you keep your chakras open.

The key to keeping your chakras open is awareness. You can achieve this through meditation, yoga, or visualization. Starting your day off with some simple affirmations is an easy and effective way for a novice to begin the journey toward balance. Find a quiet place and focus your thoughts on the location and color of each chakra. Then speak (out loud or silently to yourself) the following declarations:

Violet – Crown Chakra of Enlightenment

“I am complete and at one with the Divine.”


Indigo – Third Eye Chakra of Vision

“I see the connection with my highest truth.”


Blue – Throat Chakra of Communication

I speak my truth freely and positively.


Green – Heart Chakra of Love

I love the world and myself effortlessly.


Yellow – Solar Plexus Chakra of Courage and Will

I am powerful and radiant in everything I do.


Orange – Sacral Chakra of Passion

I live creatively and passionately, today, tomorrow, and yesterday.


Red – Root Chakra of Physical Wellbeing

I am peacefully grounded in an abundant life.


What are chakras and how do they work? A beginner’s guide to balancing your energy flow. Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade chakra stone necklace and earrings.

The skilled makers of Uma Enterprises workshop in Jaipur specifically placed every stone in the Chakra Stone Necklace  and Earrings to reflect the seven energy centers of the body. It was created in collaboration with our buyer and designer to replicate the natural curve of the spine, and each chakra’s place along its length. Semi-precious stones were carefully selected to resonate with each vibrant energy center. They are set in a delicate pendant of sterling silver that hangs just above the heart chakra.

What are chakras and how do they work? A beginner’s guide to balancing your energy flow. Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade chakra stone necklace and earrings.

For those who practice the meditations and visualizations associated with keeping positive energy flow, the necklace and earrings are a helpful tool to stay focused throughout the day.

What are chakras and how do they work? A beginner’s guide to balancing your energy flow. Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade chakra stone necklace and earrings.

Even those who are new to the idea of chakras can attest to the power of positive thinking and taking the time for daily affirmation. Wearing a beautiful reminder of strength and balance is an easy way to stay grounded and live an abundant life.

What are chakras and how do they work? A beginner’s guide to balancing your energy flow. Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade chakra stone necklace and earrings.

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Valentina

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Valentina lives in Lancaster, PA where she runs slowly, hikes often, and excitedly points out historical landmarks to friends and family. She is fond of curry and guacamole, and insists that vanilla ice cream is a waste of time and calories. Val is convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is stepping off a plane in a new place, and is a passionate believer that all the best days include books, baking, border collies, and bagpipes.

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