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In Tantra, chakras are viewed as spinning vortices of energy in the body and as storehouses of experiences and memories. When the chakras are balanced—meaning they’re not over- or underactive—a Tantra practitioner can experience clarity, access power, and feel more joyful, fearless, and free.
Muladhara, or root chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It is related to survival, safety, and basic human needs. When it is balanced, we experience feelings of safety and courage.
See also Root Chakra Tune-Up Practice
Svadhisthana, or sacral chakra, is located at the top of the sacrum. It governs relationships, violence, addictions, base emotional needs, and pleasure. When balanced, we experience creativity and expansiveness.
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Manipura, or solar plexus/navel chakra, is located in the spine behind the navel. It is the source of personal power, and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation.
See also Navel Chakra Tune-Up Practice
Anahata, or heart chakra, is located in the spine, in between the shoulder blades. It unites the lower chakras with the higher chakras. At the center of the human energy body, the heart chakra is the source of love and connectivity.
See also Heart Chakra Tune-Up Practice
Visuddha, or throat chakra, is located in the throat. It is the source of verbal expression and governs our ability to speak our highest truth. When balanced, our actions, thoughts, and speech are fully integrated.
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Ajna, or third eye chakra, is located in the mid-mind between the eyebrows. When balanced, we have mastery over our thoughts and experience wisdom.
See also Third-Eye Chakra Tune-Up Practice
Sahasrara, or crown chakra, is located at the crown of the head. It governs enlightenment and our connection to divinity and limitless knowledge.
See also Crown Chakra Tune-Up Practice