by Emma Morrison: Do you lack motivation and energy? Are you stressed about everything little thing and don’t understand why?
You might be suffering from a blocked chakra.
According to Hindu and yogic traditions, humans do not only have physical bodies. They also have energetic bodies and systems. It has its own channels and active centers. This system is where prana, or life force, flows. It energizes every organ, cell, and tissue.
There are 114 pools of energy spread around the body. And there are 7 main chakras that connect to specific areas. An optimal chakra system occurs when the instincts, feelings, and thoughts are balanced.
This is when energy centers and opened and aligned.
The chakra chart divides the system into two sections. There are the low chakras and the high chakras.
The low chakras are the root, sacral, and solar plexus. These are located in the lower body. They are considered the physical and instinctual centers. They deeply connect with the physical body and primal needs.
The higher chakras are the heart, throat, third eye, and crown. These are known as the spiritual centers. They align with the higher self and help you search for purpose and connection.
There are several ways to open chakras. You can do a reiki session or schedule a chakra healing therapy. You can even join a Tibetan singing bowl assembly.
But there are some simple adjustments you can make in your everyday life. These will open and nourish your energy system.
Opening Your Chakras
Before you begin, there are some important things to remember. It is tough to have completely open energy centers. Life provides a lot of experiences and external factors. These all affect your physical, mental, and spiritual condition.
Some of your chakras might be overactive. Others might be closed off.
Thus, it is essential to recognize any feelings attached to a blocked chakra. Find activities to keep them open and healthy.
Chakra cleansing is a vital part of one’s emotional, physical, and spiritual prosperity. When trying to open your chakras, there is no need to soothe overactive centers. Once all of the seven chakras are open, energy evens out. It balances itself.
Meditation for Opening the Chakras
Start by sitting in a comfortable position. Connect the tips of your thumbs with the tips of your index fingers. This will form a classic meditation mudra. Keep your palms facing up.
Place a chakra crystal on the palm of one of your hands. Settle your hands on top of your knees and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths here and relax.
Feel your body release all tension with every exhale.
Once you have reached a deep state of relaxation, visualize a vibrant light around an area of your body. Chant your mantra either internally or externally. Acknowledge any stagnant energy that may be present.
Visualize a colored light associated with your chakra. This will help to remove any blockages. Focus that light around the associated area of your body. Do this for as long as necessary.
If you are lying down, place your chakra gemstone on the associated chakra area.
Chakra meditation can be used to open any chakra. Just adapt the mantra, stones you use, and color you visualize.
Muladhara – Root Chakra
The first chakra is the Root Chakra. It is Muladhara in Sanskrit. Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra is represented by the color red. When closed, you might feel dominated by feelings of anxiety. You may feel fearful, angry, or nervous.
A blocked Root Chakra will leave you feeling disconnected from your body and others. You might feel constantly tired and scared of change. Or you might end up eating too much or too little.
Opening the Root Chakra can provide a sensation of stability and security.
You will feel present in the moment and deeply connected to your body. And you will feel grateful for it too.
An open Root Chakra will not allow you to succumb to distrust or insecurity.
There are different activities you can do to open the Root Chakra. Give your body some type of movement. Even just walking around the block or doing yoga can help. Another great way to connect to the body is through the earth. Walk barefoot and feel like an extension of the ground.
Try gardening, visiting a conservatory, or getting a house plant. Additionally, try planting your feet in sand or dirt.
You may also try chakra meditation. For the Root Chakra, use bloodstone, lava stone, or smoky quartz. Place your gemstone in the palm of your hand or on your perineum region.
Breathe into it and allow your chakra to open.
Svadhisthana – Sacral Chakra
This orange chakra is considered the antithesis of the Root Chakra. Muladhara is the first center and focuses on survival. But Svadhisthana, the second chakra, is emotional and creative. It is also where you find your Kundalini or sexual energy.
When blocked, you may feel a lack of motivation or creativity. You might be emotionally confused, feel helpless, and have an excessive need for control. You might find yourself repeating vicious cycles from the past. Be wary of dysfunctional relationships or toxic lovers.
An open Sacral Chakra makes you more flexible.
You will be more adaptable to unexpected changes. And you will also find yourself fully enjoying all of the pleasures of life.
The second chakra is connected to water.
All activities involving this element can open and balance this energy system. Taking a bath, swimming, or spending time by the water can unblock this chakra. Additionally, you can start a creative project. Try taking up painting, drawing, dancing, or singing.
If you want to engage in chakra meditation, use the Vam mantra during your practice. Visualize an orange light and hold a sacral chakra stone in hand.
Powerful sacral crystals include sunstone, carnelian, and orange jade. Alternatively, lie down and place the gemstone just below your navel.
Manipura – Solar Plux Chakra
The third chakra is the center of personal power and will. Yellow is often associated with this chakra and represents the sun and positive energy.
A closed Manipura is believed to lead to feelings of low self-esteem. You may adopt a victim mentality or have difficulty making decisions. You might feel riddled with guilt over past unresolved issues or have a pessimistic view of life.
When active, Manipura can make you feel more in control of your destiny.
You will feel empowered to overcome your fears. You will also feel assertive and confident in your decisions. And you will take full responsibility for your life. Manipura can help you experience a higher drive to achieve your goals and accept challenges. It will make you rise to the occasion.
Any activity involving the sun will activate this chakra.
Try exercising when the sun is out. Provide your body with energy and strength. Engaging in physical activity also releases endorphins. These are known to boost self-esteem and overall mental well-being.
Eat your meals in the sun as well. This helps your body absorb nutrients and may gently stimulate your digestive organs.
Digestion is energetically connected to this chakra. Digestive functions can also be supported by doing some abdominal breathing.
In a chakra meditation session, chant the Ram mantra. Place the healing stone in your belly button region.
You may take your pick of citrine, topaz, or rutilated quartz.
Anahata – Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra is located in the middle of the chakra system. It represents the integration between the physical realm and spiritual aspirations. Anahata is represented by the color green.
When closed, you may find yourself holding onto grudges and grief. You might keep your emotions bottled up. You may feel shy, jealous, or have a hard time trusting others. You might even struggle with commitment issues.
An open Heart Chakra leads to ultimate love, compassion, and forgiveness.
You will accept yourself as you are as well as those around you. All of your relationships will effortlessly harmonize, including those with your family, friends, and partner. You may experience feelings of selflessness and altruism. You will also be balanced between your masculine and feminine energies.
Activate the Heart Chakra by spending time with loved ones. It is said that leading with deep, more loving connections balances the fourth center.
Spend time with small children or animals as well. This will teach you about universal love and will nourish your green chakra.
Volunteer your time to a meaningful cause. This is the ultimate act of altruism. It is also one of the most powerful ways to enhance gratitude, joy, and love.
These emotions are inherently connected to an activated Anahata.
During your chakra healing meditation session, chant the Yam mantra. Place your heart chakra stone close to the center of your chest.
Some loving crystals include strawberry quartz, malachite, and unakite.
Vishuddha – Throat Chakra
Vishuddha is also known as the blue center. It is the communication chakra where your sense of self-expression resides.
According to yogic tradition, it is also considered the purification center.
It is activated and cleansed by verbalizing repressed feelings and thoughts. When closed, you may feel fearful about speaking out or being misunderstood. You might experience social anxiety or are fearful of conflicts and controversy.
An open Throat Chakra encourages you to speak the truth.
It helps you engage in honest and open communication. And it also enhances your ability to listen to others. You will start to create a safe space for them to share their deepest feelings.
To nourish your blue chakra, engage in activities where you can express your thoughts. Try journaling, writing, singing, or socializing.
Even try openly sharing your ideas and emotions.
Chant the mantra Ham during your chakra meditation practice. Place a blue chakra crystal at the base of your throat. Some soothing stones include sodalite, apatite, and aquamarine.
Ajna – Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra is represented by indigo and purple. Some believe that when this center is open, you have direct access to a chakra control panel. It allows you to open and align all other chakras.
This center is responsible for the connection between inner and outer reality.
A closed Ajna may lead to a lack of concentration and focus. And it might make you fear the unknown. You may feel disconnected from your intuition and unable to reflect on life.
But when activated, Ajna allows you to let go of old beliefs and patterns that no longer make you happy. You start to embrace your new self with open arms. And you start to see things as they truly are. You will feel supported to move past fear and old paradigms. You will let go of things that do not speak to your truest self.
To open and balance the third eye, try engaging in activities that stimulate the imagination.
Meditate, keep a dream journey, or create a vision board. Even try following what you feel called to do. All of these are beautiful choices for you to balance Ajna.
During your chakra meditation session, chant Om to access this center. Place indigo or purple stone between your eyebrows. Other gemstones include lapis lazuli, amethyst, and fluorite.
Sahasrara – Crown Chakra
This is the last center on the chakra chart. It is often depicted in a white, violet, and sometimes golden color.
A blocked Crown Chakra can lead to feelings of emotional distress, isolation, and sadness. It can make you feel cynical about spirituality. You might experience a lack of direction or feel disconnected from others. You may also have a hard time setting goals and sticking to them.
An open Crown Chakra encourages an enhanced awareness of your higher self.
It creates an open channel of communication with your true self and the universe. You will feel a deep sense of bliss and unity with everything.
Some of the best activities include trusting the universe.
This will guide you towards attaining your ultimate potential. Try spending time in silence and stillness. Meditate, engage in spiritual practice, or set daily or weekly intentions. Giving or receiving energy work can also unblock this chakra.
During chakra meditation, chant Om and place a stone just above your hairline. Try to get it as close to the top of your head as possible.
Some stones include clear quartz, charoite, and Herkimer diamond.
Additional Ways to Balance Chakras
#1 Practice Visualization
Try manifesting an ideal reality. Visualize the person you want to be. See what you want your life to look like. And get specific in this visualization. Notice certain things about your future life. Look at your facial expressions, posture, how you feel, and how you dress. Now visualize that version of you.
You still start to create an emotional response.
And this will change the vibration of your chakras to match the vibration of your future self. Manifest your reality into the physical world. And trust your visualizations.
#2 Bring Balance To All Areas of Your Life
Examine any energetic patterns in different areas of your life. Look at your eating, relationships, and money. Pinpoint what areas need more stability. Then start to make small adjustments to bring these areas into more balance.
#3 Adopt a Daily Practice
Keeping your chakras in check requires a daily commitment. Try committing to a daily ritual that includes beneficial practices for your mind, body, and soul. It does not have to take up too much time. Even a few minutes of visualization, journaling, stretching, or meditation can help.
Take the time each day to check-in. This will help you feel more grounded overall.
#4 Check In With Your Chakras
Try incorporating a chakra diagnostic in your daily chakra balancing ritual. Get in a relaxed state and take a few deep breaths. Analyze the areas of your body where the breath isn’t flowing.
This will tell you which chakra is in need of extra love.
If you find it hard to breathe past your throat, it might signal that your Throat Chakra is blocked. Try tuning into these signals.
#5 Try Sound Healing
Attend a sound bath. Different sound frequencies correlate with each chakra. The vibrations from these sounds will help clear any energy blockages. They can also support a healthy energy flow.
Find a local sound healer near you to treat yourself to a gong or singing bowl.
#6 Practice Chakra-Balancing Chants
You can practice chants on your own as well. Use sound in a way that opens the energy flow of your body.
Chanting is like sound healing from the inside out.
The vibrations of your voice will work to clear blockages throughout your energy centers. Find a yoga class that incorporates chants. Or just do a quick Google search for chants that support chakras.
#7 Do Chakra Color Meditation
Each chakra is associated with a certain color. Another way to balance blocked chakras is by meditating on each chakra. Imagine the color radiating from its center. You can start from the bottom of the spine and slowly move up.
Go through each energy center and picture its color emanating from your body.
Opening chakras is one of the most basic techniques when it comes to energy healing. It is one of the first things that energy therapists will assess before starting an energy treatment. There are plenty of accessible and affordable actions you can take. Try daily things to stimulate and awaken your energy centers.
Do these activities and move stagnant energy.
This will help your prana flow freely to reach all parts of your body. Add the power of chakra stones and further magnify your meditation. Even incorporate chakra stones into your visualization practices.
These tips will lead to more energy, emotional stability, and overall wellbeing.