Are you wondering what happens when chakras are out of balance.
What is Chakra?
There are seven energy centers, or chakras, located throughout the human body, beginning at the tailbone’s base and progressing up to the top of the head.
The chakra system is frequently discussed in various ancient traditions, including Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit language and can be translated as “wheel” or “circle.” When we are alive and in good health, our chakras rotate like wheels; through these wheels, our prana, or vital life force, flows.
When your chakras are functioning properly, which is typically referred to as being “balanced” or “aligned,” they permit energy to spiral up the spine in the direction of the meridian lines (or Kundalini). On the other hand, your chakras can also become overactive, underactive, unbalanced, or even blocked, all of which can impact your body and your emotions.
The physical world can affect your inner chakras and vice versa. The goal is to bring these two spheres into coexistence and harmony.
For example, when one of your chakras is blocked, it can cause you to experience pain or illness in the area associated with that chakra. Similarly, how you experience various emotions affects your chakras. For instance, if you feel heartbroken after breaking up with someone you care about, this can affect your heart chakra.
When all of your chakras are aligned, you have the best possible feeling, and your body is in its healthiest state. Many people familiar with the chakra system can literally sense and intuitively recognize when one or more of their chakras are out of balance.
As a direct consequence of possessing such an intimate awareness, you are endowed with the ability to restore harmony to your chakras by your lonesome. This can be accomplished by:
- Practicing yoga
- Engaging in self-reflection
- Improving one’s diet
- Engaging in energetic healing
- Using crystals
- Elevating oneself to a higher vibration
- And looking at one’s feelings
Healers can assist you in balancing your chakras. Typically by processing any physical or emotional pain you may be experiencing; however, in the end, you must put in the effort.
The Seven Chakras & How to Balance Them
First Chakra: Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
Location: The base of the spine. It includes the first three vertebrae connected to the bladder and colon.
Emotions/Behaviour: The root chakra is associated with security, safety, survival instinct, basic needs (food, sleep, shelter) and family. It is also associated with your physical identity and ability to stay grounded and present.
Signs of imbalance: constipation, cramps, problems with the adrenal glands, spine, blood, bladder, and colon.
Signs of overactivity: greed, paranoia, increased anxiety, obsession with authority and power, material goods or earthly possessions, and other elements of your identity.
Signs of under-activity: feeling disconnected from nature and the earth, daydreaming, lack of discipline, inability to focus on your daily life, disorganization, anxiety, and financial insecurity.
How to balance your root chakra:
How to Balance Your Root Chakra
Red is the color associated with the root chakra, so any food with high vibration and red pigment or grounding properties can support you in recharging your chakra (tomatoes, strawberries, beets, red apples), pomegranates, raspberries, and even egg whites).
More ways to balance your root chakra include:
- Red Crystals
- Red Jasper
- Chanting ‘LAM’
- Spending time in nature
- Applying color therapy (incl. red)
- Recognizing physical/emotional imbalances
Second Chakra: Sacral Chakra (Svhadhisthana Chakra)
Location: Toward the top of the spine, a little bit higher than the root chakra, at the level of the reproductive organs. Positioned anterior to the pubic bone and posterior to the navel
Emotions/Behavior: The sacral chakra is associated with creativity, sexuality, dedication, passion, expression, emotions, and sensitivity. It is also associated with the fifth chakra, the root chakra.
Signs of imbalance: An imbalance includes difficulties with menstruation or the reproductive organs, pain or stiffness in the lower back, problems with the urinary tract, pain or infection in the kidneys, and infertility.
Signs of overactivity: include strong feelings and sexual addiction, overly dramatic behavior, and a strong emotional attachment to other people.
Signs of interactivity: Low sex drive, inability to express emotions, insensitivity, difficulty manifesting desires, lack of desire, blocked creativity, emotional fatigue, and depriving yourself of pleasure are all signs of under-activity.
How to Balance Your Sacral Chakra
Orange is the color that is associated with the sacral chakra, so eating foods that have a high vibration and a deep or bright orange color (such as tangerines, mangoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, seeds, nuts, and healthy oils) can assist you in charging your sacral chakra. Orange is the color that is associated with the sacral chakra.
More ways to balance your sacral chakra include:
- Orange Crystals (ex. carnelian)
- Chant the word “VAM”
- Create art (ex. painting)
- Recognizing physical/emotional imbalances
Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)
Location: Above the sacrum, slightly above the navel but below the chest. This chakra is associated with the nervous system, digestive system (stomach and intestines), liver, pancreas, and metabolic systems.
Emotions/Behaviour: The solar plexus is completely related to our sense of self, personal strength, ability to distinguish the ego from the soul, and self-image.
Signs of imbalance: indigestion, weight problems, stomach ulcers, diabetes, problems with the pancreas, liver or kidneys, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, and other intestinal/colon problems.
Signs of overactivity: seeing mistakes in others (not realizing that this is a reflection of your feelings towards yourself), being obsessed with yourself and your interests, caring more about yourself than others, being too critical and stubborn in your own self-beliefs.
Signs of under-activity: feeling unsafe in your beliefs, feeling lost, lack of self-awareness, fear, conformism, seeking approval from others, feeling self-conscious, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, and dependence on others.
How to Balance Your Solar Plexus
The color associated with the solar plexus is yellow. Try to eat yellow foods with lighter protein options and high vibration as much as possible (bananas, corn on the cob, fresh pineapple, yellow peppers, lentils, yellow squash, and grains such as oats).
More ways to balance your solar plexus chakra include:
- Yellow crystals
- Practice yoga
- Chant the word “RAM”
- Self-Reflective exercises (ex. journaling)
Fourth Chakra: Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
Location: Center of the chest, opposite the heart. It is associated with the heart, lungs, chest, breasts, arms, and hands.
Emotions/Behaviour: The heart chakra represents our ability to love ourselves and others, to connect with other beings, and to express gratitude and joy.
Signs of imbalance: heart or breathing problems, poor circulation, and breast problems (cancer, lumps, etc.).
Signs of overactivity: being imperious and ‘overly caring’ towards others, your love for others taking precedence over love for yourself, conditional love, anger, sadness, being manipulative, co-dependence, giving too much of yourself and not being able to receive, you behave like a ‘pleaser’.
Signs of under-activity: Negativity, feeling unloved and unappreciated, or feeling “unworthy” to deserve love, lack of self-love, feeling disconnected from society and loved ones, difficulty trusting or connecting with others.
How to Balance Your Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
The color associated with the heart chakra is green. Try eating high-vibration foods with deep green colors or lighter foods, such as broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens.
More ways to balance your heart chakra include:
- Green crystals (ex. moss agate)
- “Heart Opening” exercises
- Self-Love Exercises
- Chant the word “YAN”
Fifth Chakra: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra)
Location: the throat center. This chakra is associated with the thyroid, neck, throat, shoulders, ears and mouth.
Emotions/Behaviour: The Throat Chakra is associated with your ability to express yourself verbally and to speak your truth/peace, honesty. It also relates to your communication skills and understanding of when it is best to speak versus when to listen.
Signs of imbalance: sore throat, throat problems such as tonsil infections, thyroid problems, loss of voice, neck and shoulder pain, ear pain/infections and dental problems.
Signs of overactivity: talking too much and not listening enough, being too stubborn, verbally abusive, and ‘talking back.’
Signs of under-activity: inability to express yourself verbally, being too afraid to share your emotions with others, poor communication skills, giving mixed messages to others, being misinterpreted/misunderstood.
How to Balance Your Throat Chakra
The color associated with the Throat Chakra is light blue, so try eating foods with high vibration and a light blue color or super light foods (blueberries, figs, kelp, and almost any fruit).
More ways to balance your throat chakra include:
- Challenge yourself
- Public speaking
- Share your emotions
- Practice honesty
- Practice listening
- Light blue crystals
- Chant the word “HAM”
Sixth Chakra: Third Eye (Ajna Chakra)
Location: The center of your forehead, slightly above the eyebrows. This chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, eyes, eyebrows, and skull base.
Emotions/Behaviour: The third eye is associated with your ability to access your intuition, seek truth, think critically, access wisdom, quiet the mind, rely on inner guidance, and see through illusions.
Signs of imbalance: poor vision, headache or migraine, pineal calcification, sleeping problems, seizures, and other sleep disorders.
Signs of overactivity: daydreaming, chronic stress, difficulty grounding yourself, feeling light-headed, and excessive intellectual thinking.
Signs of underactivity: difficulty accessing your intuition, difficulty meditating or looking inward/self-reflection, experiencing a rift between your outer and inner realities; misunderstand the spiritual realm (or lack knowledge about our innate spiritual nature).
How to Balance your Third Eye Chakra
The color associated with the third eye is dark blue, so you might try eating foods with a high vibration and dark pigment (plums, purple grapes, eggplant, purple kale, purple carrots, or just tea and other light, all-natural, plant-based drinks).
More ways to balance your third eye chakra include:
- Dark blue crystals
- Decalcifying pineal gland
- Chant the word “SHAM”
Seventh Chakra: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)
Location: In the center of the crown of your head. Associated with the pituitary and pineal glands, brain, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex and central nervous system.
Emotions/Behaviour: The Crown Chakra represents the connection that body, mind and soul have with the Source of creation. It also relates to enlightenment, living in the present moment, understanding universal truths (the soul and our connection to each other) and knowing and trusting your inner self.
Signs of Imbalance: Dizziness, confusion, mental fog, neurological disorders, exhaustion, nerve pain, schizophrenia or other mental disorders.
Signs of overactivity: Difficulty grounding yourself, focusing too much on the inner realm and not enough on the world, having a ‘God complex’, feeling better or ‘more enlightened’ than others (in other words, a ‘spiritual ego’ to have).
Signs of underactivity: feeling disconnected from who you are, feeling like you have to do constant “soul searching,” difficulty accepting your spiritual nature, lack of self-awareness, difficulty meditating, and blaming “God” or others give for your deeds or living conditions.
How to Balance the Crown Chakra
The colors associated with the Crown Chakra are dark purple, violet, and white, so you could try eating extremely light foods such as mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, lychee, coconut, and other tropical fruits. It is said that once enlightenment is obtained, one can live on only the elements.
More ways to balance your crown chakra include:
- Spending time in nature
- Exposure to sunlight
- Chanting “OM” or “AH”
- Drinking water
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