The chakras are the energy centers of our bodies, vast pools of energy that dictate not only our physical and mental well being, but also our behavior. Thus, chakras are the very essence of our being. When one of our chakras is off balance, it brings physical ailments, along with various mental woes such as worry, stress, etc. There are hundreds of ways in which you can balance or ‘heal’ your chakras, but the first step to doing so, is figuring out which chakra is out of balance.
There are 7 main chakras of the body, all of which must work in sync and harmony for a person to be healthy and achieve a true sense of inner peace. However, due to outer situations and our experiences over the years some of our chakras are blocked or less active than the rest. In some way the body must maintain its balance, so when one chakra is blocked, another becomes over-active. Neither is a good thing.
It is quite easy to figure out which chakras are out-of-balance by observing your own behaviors. For example, if you find yourself unable to communicate freely with others, or anti-social, then your 5th chakra, or throat chakra is blocked/restricted. On the other hand, if you find yourself to be overly critical of yourself or others, then your throat chakra is too open or over-active. The chakras are also associated with certain parts of the body; ailments of the mouth, jaw, and throat are also associated with the throat chakra.
Healing and balancing methods of a chakra remain the same whether it is blocked or over-active. When one chakra is over-active, it is because another is blocked; therefore it is always best to work on balancing all of your chakras at once. The best way to do so is starting from the very bottom, the root chakra. Think of the chakras as a pyramid, with the densest layer at the bottom. This bottom layer creates a base for the entire pyramid, and therefore must be strengthened before the rest.
For the first chakra, the best healing comes from physical activities – such as yoga, and any form of exercise proves to be beneficial. The Root Chakra is related to the sense of smell so aromatherapy also works wonders. If your root chakra is off, it is sure to throw you off balance. The element of this chakra is earth, so for a quick fix ground yourself; walk barefoot, feel the grass, and feel one with the earth.
The second chakra, Sacral Chakra, is associated with emotions, sensuality and creativity. The primary colour of this chakra is orange, therefore meditation consisting of envisioning an orange lotus or orange crescent moon where this chakra is located can be cleansing and balancing. Indulge in some yoga or water exercises, as this chakra is related to the water element, as well.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra is your Solar Plexus Chakra, which is associated with the expression of will, power, and mental abilities. Visual therapy, such as working with yantras is really helpful here, as our self-image is dependent on this chakra. Another easy way to heal this Chakra is to spend a lot of time in the sun, as it is related to the element fire. Additionally, you can indulge in some Yoga, such as the Surya Namaskar.
The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra, located between the physical and spiritual chakras. It is mostly associated with love, compassion and empathy, which helps you connect to others and oneself. Physical touch of another helps heal this chakra and balance it. The element of this chakra is air, so you can perform some deep breathing exercises to balance it.
The fifth chakra is your Throat Chakra associated with self-expression and communication. To heal this chakra indulge in any form of verbal expression – mantras, chanting or even singing your favourite song in the shower can help!
Third Eye Chakra
The sixth chakra is your Third Eye Chakra, which is the center of your intuition and foresight. To restore balance in this chakra, indulge in energy healing such as Reiki, sound therapy, acupuncture or acupressure. Additionally meditation will also help.
The seventh chakra is your Crown Chakra that drives your higher consciousness and connection with the universe. The best way to balance tis chakra is pure and silent thoughtlessness. Practice meditation in which you can still your mind.