Chakras: The Basics and How You Can Heal Yours

Chakras are an integral part of our physical and spiritual beings.

Sometimes, I get really bad heartburn. The kind of heartburn that seems to last for days and days and makes me feel so gross. Picturing a bright yellow light in the area of my solar plexus usually helps alleviate this.

Sometimes, I feel a sort of pressure or even a gentle vibrating sensation on my forehead, right between my eyebrows, in my third eye. This tells me that my intuition is active and strong.

Sometimes, my chest gets really tight. It feels like it needs to crack, but I can’t crack it. This could mean that my heart chakra is blocked, so I take the necessary steps to open it again.

Chakras are an integral part of our physical and spiritual being, and I think more people should be aware of them. So. Here’s a basic outline of what they are, what happens when they get blocked, and how they can be healed.

The basics:

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates to wheel. In Eastern philosophy, chakras are wheels of energy that reside throughout our bodies, and there are seven main chakras that sit along our spines—from the base through the tops of our heads. They can be pictured as swirling centers of energy where the physical and spiritual aspects of our being meet. Our chakras actually correspond with major nerve centers, organs, and emotional/spiritual states of being, which is why it is important to keep the energy flowing. If the energy of a particular chakra becomes blocked, it can affect not only our spiritual health, but our physical health, as well (more on this in a bit).

What are the seven major chakras?

The root chakra (Muladhara) is the first of the seven major chakras, and it sits at the base of the spine. This is the energy center that corresponds to security, stability, and the fulfillment of our basic needs. When the energy at this chakra is flowing, we feel safe. The color that corresponds with this chakra is red.

The sacral chakra (Svadhisthana) is the second of the major chakras, and it sits just below our navels. It corresponds with creative expression and sexual energy. When this chakra is open, we feel creative and free. The color that corresponds with this chakra is orange.

The solar plexus chakra (Manipura) is the third chakra, and it is located between the breast bone and the navel. It corresponds with personal power. When the energy at this chakra is flowing, we feel in control of ourselves and confident. The color that corresponds with this chakra is yellow.

The heart chakra (anahata) is the fourth of the major chakras, and it sits at the center of our chests, at the heart. It is our source of love and connection. When the energy at this chakra is flowing, we feel open-hearted, loving, and connected. The color that corresponds with this chakra is green.

The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is the fifth chakra, located in the throat area. This chakra correlates with our ability to communicate and speak our highest truths. When this chakra is open, we are able to express ourselves fully. The color that corresponds with this chakra is blue.

The third eye chakra (Ajna) is the sixth chakra, and it sits just between our eyebrows. This is the chakra that is responsible for our sense of intuition. When this chakra is open, we are intuitive. The color that corresponds with this chakra is indigo.

The crown chakra (Sahaswara)—also sometimes called the thousand petal lotus—sits at the tops of our heads and is the source of enlightenment, as well as our spiritual connection to the divine. When this chakra is open, we feel our divinity. The colors that correspond with this chakra are violet and white.

What happens if our chakras become blocked?

Since chakras connect the spiritual and physical aspects of our being, when a chakra is blocked or imbalanced, it can definitely affect us physically, as well as emotionally and spiritually.

Here are some physical and emotional signs that each chakra might be blocked:

Root chakra: constipation, fatigue, feeling spacey or unsafe, loneliness, feeling ungrounded, unconfident, indecisive, depressed, anxious

Sacral chakra: painful periods, infertility, low sex drive, creative blockages, eating disorders

Solar plexus chakra: poor digestion, low blood sugar, low self-esteem, lack of will power, feeling fearful

Heart chakra: heart disease, high blood pressure, lack of empathy, fear of intimacy, inability to forgive, distrustful, detached

Throat chakra: thyroid issues, sore throat, inability to express feelings, disconnect between heart and mind, nervousness, anxiety

Third eye chakra: headaches, depression, poor intuition, nightmares, seizures, learning difficulties, hallucinations

Crown chakra: poor sleep habits, difficulty meditating, feeling disconnected from body, depression, confusion, loss of faith

How can we open our chakras when they become blocked?

When our chakras become blocked, they can definitely be healed. It just takes some intentional practice, as well as an awareness that we have a blocked chakra (or multiple) in the first place. There are many different ways to open our chakras—from surrounding ourselves with certain colors, to using affirmations, doing certain yoga poses, eating certain foods, and more—and I suggest some self-guided research to see what particular practices will help open the chakra(s) that are blocked within you. However, one technique that can help no matter what is meditation. I’ve mentioned meditation in some of my other posts, but here’s the gist of what you will want to do:

Sit or lie down comfortably, with your eyes closed and your palms facing up to receive the energy of the universe. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths to clear your mind, and begin to focus on your gentle inhalations and exhalations. To work on a particular chakra, place your focus on the part of your body where the chakra is located, and—while continuing to breathe—visualize a bright light in the color that corresponds with it radiating from that chakra. Sometimes, I use this technique to balance all my chakras by visualizing each light, one at a time, moving up my spine. Other times, I might focus on one particular chakra. The choice is yours. Do this as often as you need to, for as long as you need to. Of course, it is probably a good idea to engage in this practice regularly.

As I said, there really are so many different ways to heal our chakras—too many to cover in one post. However, if there is interest, I can definitely share more ideas in the future. Maybe I’ll even do a little series on chakras, where we look at each one in depth. Who knows? This post is just meant to give a general overview of what they are. Do let me know in the comments if you might be interested in hearing more about chakras, and if you haven’t yet, go on over to the sidebar and follow me by email! That way, my new posts will come directly to you, and you won’t have to wait for me to share them on social media.

Have a beautiful weekend!

With love,

Sonia

8 thoughts on “Chakras: The Basics and How You Can Heal Yours”

  1. Beautiful explanation of the chakras! Thank YOU.
    I shall try your suggested visualization of the colour of the chakra where I feel is blocked…

    I LoVe chakras!
    Lynne

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  2. This is great. Bookmarking to start unblocking those chakras that aren’t currently feeling so awesome when I get home!

    I would LOVE a chakra series! On how to nurture and unblock each one. For ex, you mention surrounding yourself with colors – the color of the chakra that needs attention? What about crystals and putting the chakra crystal on the specific chakra during meditation? Etc 🙂

    Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! It is so helpful. I’m glad you got something out of it… and I will definitely get going on a chakra series then! I don’t have a ton of experience with crystals, but that would probably be a useful thing to look into. Do you use crystals?

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      1. I do use crystals! Lately I’ve been meditating with rose quartz on my heart chakra and a beautiful big chunk of celestite for my top chakra. Sometimes it’s because I feel I need more self-compassion or just because it’s calming, and the celestite in hopes I’ll get in closer touch with my guardian angel. I’ve used different ones depending. I enjoy them a lot.

        And glad the comment was helpful! 🙂

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      2. That’s so cool! I would love to start using crystals in my meditation practice. Do you feel like they really make a difference for you?

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