Balancing Your Chakras: A Guide to Healing the Sacred Energy Centers

Balancing your chakras is a lifelong practice that helps you nurture your soul, connect to your willpower, and maintain your vitality. Chakras — energy centers that control our most important bodily processes — determine how we feel and act on both a physical and spiritual level.

Properly functioning chakras enable us to feel happy, healthy, inspired, and free from physical and emotional pain. In contrast, blocked chakras can cause a myriad of disruptions to your daily life.

Whether you're new to chakras or you just need a refresher, here's how you can learn to identify blocked chakras and restore balance to your most sacred energy system.

Balancing Your Chakras as a System

While there are seven main chakras discussed in yogic healing, there are hundreds of chakra systems throughout the body. The seven chakras most commonly discussed are the ones which influence our most vital physical and emotional functions.

When balancing your chakras, it's important to remember that they all work together: When one chakra is blocked, it can throw off the entire system (especially those in line after it). If you feel that you may have more than one chakra out of balance, that's completely normal. In fact, chakras can open and become blocked on a weekly or even daily basis.

The good news? Conducting a scan starting at the root chakra can help you identify which of your chakras is blocked first. Then, you can move onto healing each one after it. Learning to heal your chakras is an important step in claiming your personal power and creating the life of your dreams.

1.Healing Your Root Chakra

Located at the base of your spine, your root chakra (Muladhara) governs all things that keep you feeling grounded and secure. Feeling energetically connected to the earth and having a strong sense of security about your home and family denote a healthy root chakra.

When this energy center is out of balance, it can cause low self-esteem, anxiety about one's place in life, and insecurities around home and family. Physically, an imbalanced root chakra can manifest as lower back pain, immune disorders, sciatica, and depression.

In addition to eating red foods and spending time in nature, yoga postures like child's pose can help you feel more grounded and connected to the earth. Since your hand's are an extension of your root chakra, simply placing your hands on a tree or on the earth can send positive healing vibrations throughout your body, bringing balance to your root chakra.

2. Healing Your Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra (Svadhishthana) is located below the navel, between the hips. It determines sensuality, balance, and creativity. The sacral chakra represents our ability to birth new things into the world. Feeling inspired and balanced, as well as taking part in healthy relationships, helps our sacral chakra stay open.

A blocked sacral chakra can manifest as blame, guilt, imbalances of power, and moral confusion. It may also show up as a creative block or the inability to move forward with making family plans. Infertility, pelvic issues, urinary problems, and libido imbalances are all tied to the sacral chakra.

Hip opening yoga poses like butterfly, frog, and pigeon pose can release blockages in your sacral chakra to get creative forces and sexual energies moving back through the body.

3. Healing Your Solar Plexus

Personal power, courage, and sense of self are all contained in the solar plexus (Manipura). Whenever you feel a sensation in your "gut" — that's your solar plexus sending you messages about a situation, person, or experience. It is located at the soft space in between your ribs. Listening to these messages and claiming your personal power help your solar plexus stay strong and healthy.

When your solar plexus is out of whack, you may struggle to follow your truth and take action towards the life that you want. You may be overtaken by fear, especially after facing rejection or criticism that threaten to damage your sense of self.

Healing your solar plexus chakra starts with reclaiming your personal power. Trying new things, spending time with trusted friends, and doing the things you love most will help this energy center get back in balance. Yoga poses like bow, mountain and warrior I can rebalance this chakra, as well as sun salutations.

4. Healing Your Heart Chakra

The heart chakra (anahata) isn't just about loving others — it's about your ability to receive love. Keeping your heart open allows you to feel compassion, joy, kindness and respect. The heart chakra also governs your ability to love yourself and feel whole, as well as the ability to forgive yourself and others.

Having a blocked heart chakra often manifests as a result of betrayal or heartache. You may experience jealousy or codependency, or feel closed off to those around you. Being in an unhealthy or toxic relationship can stem from issues with the heart chakra. Physically, bronchitis, lung problems, and circulatory disorders can manifest.

Opening your heart requires that you create space in your chest both emotionally and physically. Cultivating self-care and compassion, nurturing yourself with beauty and art, and engaging in activities you love can all help the heart chakra. Gratitude and forgiveness are ongoing practices that can heal the heart chakra, too. Lastly, heart opening yoga poses like supported fish, locust, and mountain all help bring light and love into your heart's center.

5. Healing Your Throat Chakra

If you've ever felt a lump in your throat, that's your throat chakra at work. The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is all about our ability to speak our truth; to see and be seen. The throat chakra allows us to say how we feel, to communicate with others, and to share our ideas and creations with the world. It enables us to take what is in our heart out into the world and allow that longing to become reality.

When this chakra is blocked, you may feel like you're not speaking your truth. Having a shy or low voice, overeating, oversharing, telling lies or sharing secrets can all be a sign that the throat chakra is blocked. Neck pain, thyroid problems, a sore throat, depression, and anxiety can all manifest as a result.

Fortunately, speaking your truth is a great way to open up this chakra. Confiding in close friends, writing down your feelings, and singing are all ways to share your authenticity with the world. Yoga poses like camel and bow can help you open up the throat as well.

6. Healing Your Third Eye Chakra

Intuition and inner wisdom reside in the third eye chakra (ajna). This is your source of divine psychic power; the connection to your higher self. It is located between the eyebrows, right above the bridge of the nose.

People with an awakened third eye will experience more visions, which may come in the form of dreams and meditative experiences. Having your third eye open also means you're aligned with your higher path in life.

What happens when its out of balance? An overactive third eye may cause unrealistic fantasies and ideas; an under active third eye may make it hard for someone to visualize their future or engage in any spiritual practices.

Opening the third eye requires that you open yourself up to all the possibilities life may have to offer. Get grounded in nature, pay attention to your dreams, work with creative expression, and allow your dreams to soar. Child's pose, warrior III and eagle pose are all examples of yoga postures that can expand your third eye.

7. Healing Your Crown Chakra

The crown chakra (sahasrara), located on the crown of the head, is your connection to the universe. It governs your ability to live humbly, confidently, spiritually, and mindfully in the world that you've created.

Feeling depressed, bored, or greedy are all signals of a blocked crown chakra. Physically, endocrine and neurological system problems may stem from a malfunctioning crown chakra. Sleep disorders and mental illness can also result.

Meditating, immersing yourself in silence, and being surrounded by nature can help you nurture this chakra back to health. Get outside and spend time in the sunshine; light is the ultimate source of healing for your crown chakra. Being in fresh air can also welcome clarity into your mind's eye.

Since quiet and stillness are important for this chakra, a slow yoga practice can help you feel more connected to the world around you. Rather than forcing things into fruition, allow your crown chakra to be your guide by getting still and listening in to what you need and want.

For more information on spirituality and healing, head back to our yoga blog or check our yoga teacher trainings to take your personal journey to the next level.

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