Your Human Energy System
‘Understanding the body’s energy systems allows you to fine tune your health on an even deeper level for greater emotional, physical and spiritual balance’
Understanding and working with your human energy field becomes increasingly more important as you develop an understanding of what it is and how to work with it to create wellness within yourself. Just like our physical bodies, our energetic bodies are as real and important for our health and wellbeing as what we eat. Taking the time to understand your body’s energy systems and begin to incorporate awareness of them in your daily life is a key practice on the path of personal evolution.
There are seven chakras that run along the central axis of the spine in a channel called the sushumna nadi. In Sanskrit, “chakra” means “wheel” — the chakras are, essentially, wheels of our body’s energy that correlate to certain physical, mental and emotional attributes. They start at the base of the spine and run vertically all the way to the crown of the head. Chakras are considered part of the subtle anatomy.
Muladhara: This root chakra is connected to the earth element. Located at the base of the spine, it relates to the feet, legs and pelvic floor. Muladhara has to do with how we relate to the material world. Its colour is red and its bija mantra is “Lam.” When our body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, we feel grounded and safe.
Swadhisthana: The second chakra is connected to the water element. Located in the pelvic basin, it relates to the reproductive organs and sexuality. Its colour is orange and its bija mantra is “Vam.” When our body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, there is a healthy relationship to intimacy and sex.
Manipura: The third chakra is connected to the element of fire. It is located at the abdominal region and relates to our digestive system. Manipura has to do with our gut intuition, confidence and self-esteem. Its colour is yellow and it is connected to the mantra “Ram.” Whenour body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, we have a strong, positive role within society.
Anahata: The fourth chakra is connected with the element of air. It is located in the heart region, and it relates to our emotional state. Its colour is green and it is connected to the mantra “Yam.” When our body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, we have a great capacity for love and compassion.
Vishuddha: The fifth chakra is connected with the element of ether. Located in the throat region, it is our communication centre. Its colour is blue and it is connected to the mantra “Ham.” When our body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, we are able to freely express our feelings and truth to the world.
Ajna: The sixth chakra is also connected to ether. It is located at the third eye at the front of the brain. It is where we have the ability to transform through the use of intuition, dreams, visualisation and imagination. Its colour is purple and it is connected with the well-known mantra “Om.” When our body’s energy is balanced around this chakra, we are calm, centered and connected to our higher guiding force.
Sahasrara: The seventh chakra transcends all of the elements, colours and sounds. It is located at the crown of the head, the part of the head that is soft when we are newborns. When it is balanced, we are connected to the source of all life. Through the practice of asana, chanting the bija mantras and the use of visualisation techniques, we can cultivate balance throughout all seven chakras and our whole body’s energy field.
‘Every food you eat has an spiritual effect on your body and mind’
Sometimes the remedy lies in what we take in, and sometimes it’s dependent upon what we leave out. The question is, how do we know what to eat or drink to promote health and wellbeing in mind and body and what not to? This is where Mood Foods can help.
Food can directly affect how your chakras work and likewise, the cravings you get and the meals you prefer to eat can also reflect the health of your chakra system. You may have heard the phrases “eat the rainbow” and “the darker the food the better it is for you,” and there’s certainly some truth to them because of how they relate to the chakras!
How Your Chakras Relate to Different Foods
Chakras are tied to certain emotions and physical elements. So how does each chakra relate to food?
The Root Chakra (Sanskrit: Muladhara Chakra): The colour associated with the root chakra is red, so any high vibrational foods with a naturally strong red pigment or grounding properties can help recharge your chakra. Foods such as tomatoes, strawberries, beets, red apples, pomegranates, raspberries, and even protein can heal your root chakra!
The Sacral Chakra (Sanskrit: Svhadhisthana Chakra): The colour associated with the sacral chakra is orange, so any high vibe foods that have a deep or bright orange colour or are fairly heavy or dense are great for your sacral. This includes foods like mandarins, mangoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, seeds, nuts, and oils!
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Sanskrit: Manipura Chakra): The colour associated with the solar plexus chakra is yellow; high vibe foods that have a yellow colour and lighter protein options can help strengthen your solar plexus. Try eating some bananas, corn on the cob, fresh pineapple, yellow peppers, lentils, yellow squash, and grains like oats!
The Heart Chakra (Sanskrit: Anahata Chakra): The colour associated with the heart chakra is green; high vibrational foods that are deep green colours or are simply lighter weight foods like vegetables are great for the heart chakra. This includes broccoli, kale, chard, and other leafy greens.
The Throat Chakra (Sanskrit: Vishuddha Chakra): The colour related to the throat chakra is light blue, so any high vibe foods with a light blue colour or super light foods are great for the throat. Blueberries, figs, kelp, and pretty much all fruit in general work wonders on the throat chakra.
The Third Eye Chakra (Sanskrit: Ajna Chakra): The colour related to the third eye is dark blue, so high vibe foods with a darker pigment like a deep blue or purple are great to recharge the third eye, as are extremely light foods. To strengthen your third eye, try consuming plums, purple grapes, aubergine, purple kale, purple carrots, or simply tea and other light, all-natural, plant-based beverages.
The Crown Chakra (Sanskrit: Sahasrara Chakra): The colours associated with the crown chakra are dark purple, violet, and white. It is said that once enlightenment is obtained, one can live off only the elements. As a result, fasting can be a wonderful way to recharge your crown chakra. Spending time in nature, being in direct sunlight, and drinking water can all benefit the crown chakra. Extremely light foods such as mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, lychee, coconut, and other tropical fruits can also be used to strengthen the crown.
How Do Food Cravings and Diets Relate to the Chakras?
It’s important to note that all foods hold a vibration. For example, pesticides, animal products (depending on where it is sourced. For example non-organic, non grass-fed etc), and processed foods hold lower vibrations, whereas plants have higher vibrations. The chakras also increase in frequency as you ascend from the root to the crown. So, the foods associated with each chakra also increase in frequency as you go up the spine.
I believe it’s still important to eat plant-based foods higher in protein to balance the lower chakras, but it’s extremely important to eat light, fruit and vegetable dense meals to balance your upper chakras as well.
Avoiding certain foods can help us do this, particularly certain meats and dairy. Since fear is of a low vibration, I believe that every time you eat a bite out of an animal product that came from a creature who lived in fear, your vibration lowers. As a result, you may experience lower vibrational energies including fear, which can affect the root chakra and others. This is a common belief amongst Yogis, as it is thought that the energetic imprint left on the meat from an animal can be transferred when consumed.
Once you’ve awakened and are aware of how to feed your chakra’s, cravings can start to indicate which chakras you need to work on. For example, I frequently crave sweet potatoes, carrots, peanuts, and turmeric, all of which are related to the sacral chakra. I choose to give in to these cravings, giving my body (both physical and energetic) what I believe it wants, but every time I do I try to reflect on why my body wants them. Your body will speak to you; all you have to do is listen.
If you get cravings that clearly aid your body (such as specific fruits, vegetables, or nuts), I encourage you to listen to your body, eat those foods, and ask yourself: Why am I craving these foods and do I perhaps need to work on the associated chakra? Self reflection can be a beautiful tool to figure out how your energetic, emotional, and physical bodies are doing, and can provide you with the keys to healing yourself.