Chakras in Human Body - A Guide To Unblock Your Chakras Easily And Effectively
If you want to open your third eye or balance your heart, this post is for you! But at the beginning of our spiritual journey, many of us get misguided by lofty promises that energy healers make about chakra. So, in this guide, we'll talk about what chakras are, and how you can unblock and open them easily, effortlessly, and effectively.
Let's get started, shall we?
What Are Chakras? How Do They Impact You?
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel or disc. Chakras are the energy centres present in our energy body. Our body is believed to have thousands of chakras. However, we have seven major chakras starting from the base of our spine to the top of our head. These centres control the majority of our bodily functions.
To understand the true spiritual essence of chakras, it is important to understand the relation human beings share with the Divine Creator, God.
On a spiritual level, all living beings are extensions of the Source(God). To contain the infinite divine energy in a physical vessel, we need a filter system. Our seven major chakras act as these filters, each of which governs different aspects of our life.
As a quick reference, these chakras are:
- Root Chakra (Muladhara)
- Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
- Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
- Heart Chakra (Anahata)
- Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
- Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
- Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Why Is Opening And Balancing Your Chakras Important?
As we have already discussed, chakras are energy vortices that help divine energy function in the physical world. Or, we can say that chakras are the gateways through which the unmanifested divine energy manifests itself in the material world. Each chakra controls one of the major aspects of our life.
- Without root chakra, we wouldn’t able to make great money.
- The sacral chakra is essential for emotional balance.
- Our Solar Plexus chakra is the seat of our personal power and confidence.
- Heart chakra helps us feel and experience unconditional love and compassion.
- Our throat chakra governs our self-expression and communication with others.
- Our third eye chakra is essential for our spiritual health. It helps us see the world from a higher perspective and understand the cause behind all events.
- Crown Chakra is the bridge to the divine consciousness. It helps us connect with the Universe and the Creator.
The flow of energy from our crown chakra to root chakra is called “manifestation current”. This energy flow helps us realize our true potential and make our goals a reality.
On the other hand, the energy flow from our root to the crown is called the “liberation current”. This flow is generally involved in spiritual awakening and helps us shift focus from our materialistic desires to higher wisdom and knowledge.
Healing and maintaining the health of each of these chakras is of utmost importance. If any of these chakras becomes imbalanced, it blocks the energy flow to the rest of the chakras. As a result, each blocked chakra can lead to imbalances in multiple areas of our life.
Now that we know what the seven major chakras are and why it’s important to balance each one, let’s understand the role each of these chakras plays in our life.
1. Root Chakra
Our first chakra also called the Root Chakra is located at the base of our spine. It is associated with our sense of stability, security and groundedness.
Ruling Planet: Mars
God: Lord Ganesha
What If your root chakra is balanced:
Our root chakra is the lowest of our chakras and is responsible for our survival. If your root chakra is balanced, you will feel safe, financially secure and grounded in the present moment. People with the balanced root chakra don’t fear any challenges that life throws at them. They believe in themselves and their ability to overcome obstacles.
Lord Ganesha brings them infinite abundance. Any setbacks these people experience in life is Ganesha testing their commitment to their vision.
What if the root chakra is unbalanced:
Imbalances in the root chakra lead to irrational fears and financial blockages.
If your root chakra is struggling, you most likely
- Struggle with finances
- Do not feel safe in the world. You are always waiting for the next catastrophe to ruin your life.
- Have fears surrounding death or debts
- Are disconnected from Nature
- Are Disorganized
- Your workspace is most likely untidy.
Physical & Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Root Chakra
Blockages in the root chakra can lead to
- Weight Issues(Loss or Gain)
- Eating Disorders
- Lower Back Pain
- Issues related to the Prostate Grand in men
- Loss of bladder control
Blockages in the root chakra also lead to sluggishness, lack of ambition, greediness and financial instability.
Three Simple Ways To Easily Unblock Your Root Chakra
There are many ways and healing modalities that can help you unblock your root chakra. Many spiritual tools like rudrakshas and gemstones can aid you in balancing and unblocking your root chakra.
- Meditation: Simply visualize a red ball of energy in your first chakra expanding and sending energy roots to the heart of Mother Earth. When you start feeling tingling in your lower back or pelvic region, it’s a sign that your root chakra is beginning to open. Meditate regularly to achieve the best results.
Gemstones and Crystals: You can use many crystals and gemstones to unblock your root chakra, including
All of these crystals can help you ground, connect to Mother Earth and clear the blockages from your root chakra. You can meditate with these stones or wear them as jewellery. You can place them in your home or workspace.
- Rudraksha Beads: Rudraksha beads are revered as they help us connect to Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. Each rudraksha bead is unique and can help with specific chakra and purpose. The best rudraksha beads for the root chakra are:
- Six Mukhi: This rudraksha has six natural lines (mukhas) along its surface. This rudraksha fills our hearts with courage, willpower and leadership abilities. The wearer of this rudraksha enjoys health, wealth, and luxury in his or her life. This rudraksha is blessed by the Lord Kartikeya.
- Eight Mukhi: With eight lines(mukhas) on its surface. This rudraksha helps us connect to Lord Ganesha himself. It improves our sense of stability, essential for unblocking root chakra.
Ganesh Rudraksha: This rudraksha has a trunk-like projection coming out of its centre. When worn, this rudraksha bestows divine wisdom and power upon the wearer.
2. Sacral Chakra
Your sacral chakra is your second chakra. Located just below our navel, this is the seat of our creativity, emotions and sexual urges.
Ruling Planet: Mercury
What if your sacral chakra is balanced:
Our sacral chakra(womb) is the place of creation. People with a balanced sacral chakra are committed to their vision. These people are highly innovative and come up with creative solutions for every obstacle they face. Flexibility comes naturally to these souls. They are highly adaptable and thrive under pressure. These people are highly empathetic and have strong intuition. If your sacral chakra is balanced, you are not only purpose-driven but know how to make every situation pleasurable.
What If your sacral chakra is unbalanced:
Imbalances in sacral chakra lead to unstable emotions.
If your sacral chakra is blocked, you
- Rarely feel emotionally stable
- Often have emotional melt-downs
- Easily get overwhelmed in an adverse situation
- Tend to get jealous easily
- Stick to what you know and don't try anything new
It is overwhelming to deal with changes in your personal and professional lives.
Physical And Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Sacral Chakra
A blocked sacral chakra can lead to
- Reproductive issues
- Recurring UTIs
- Kidney Issues
- Lower back issues
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Reduced Libido
- Overindulgence in sex, food or even social media
- Addictive tendencies
Three Simple Ways To Heal Your Sacral Chakra Easily
Meditation: Sit in a comfortable position. Start by grounding yourself and visualize sending roots from your feet to Mother Earth. Connect with the womb of Mother Earth. Imagine orange light making its way from Mother Earth’s womb to your sacral chakra. Allow this light to expand all around you turning your aura orange.
Stay in this energy for 10-15 minutes. If you start feeling uncomfortable, ask your spirit guides to cut negative cords from your womb space. Do some breathing exercises and exhale all negativity that is causing any emotional imbalances.
Please note that we begin meditation for every chakra by grounding. This is because your root chakra is the first chakra. It needs to be balanced before you proceed to work with any other. Similarly, your sacral chakra will need to be balanced before you work on your Manipura (Solar Plexus) Chakra. And so on…
Gemstones And Crystals: You can use any of the following crystals to help you with balancing and blocking your sacral chakra.
Lie down and place any of these crystals on your womb space to achieve the best results.
- Rudraksha Beads: You can use the following types of Rudraksha Beads to heal your sacral chakra easily.
- Two-Mukhi: Blessed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, this particular type of Rudraksha Beads is excellent for bringing harmony to all your relationships.
- Ten-Mukhi: Rudraksha beads of this kind are associated with Lord Vishnu. Such beads are believed to dissolve all negativity and absolve the wearer of their karmas.
- Thirteen-Mukhi: Thirteen is the number of femininity making 13-mukhi beads excellent for sacral chakra healing. These rudrakshas are blessed by Lord Indra, king of heaven.
Sixteen-Mukhi: This type of rudraksha beads connects to Mahakal. It helps the wearer overcome the fear of loss and death- two main factors that often lead to emotional issues and blockages in the sacral chakra.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Our third chakra also called the solar plexus(or Manipura) chakra is the place of our personal power, confidence and motivation. It is located in your stomach region below your heart above your navel.
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
God: Lord Vishnu
What If your Solar Plexus Chakra is Balanced:
Our Solar Plexus is what drives us to work towards our goals and visions. It also imbues us with the confidence and the ability to believe in ourselves and set goals in the first place. If your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you have a strong sense of purpose. You know exactly what you want from life and how to get it. You have a strong work ethic.
People with balanced solar plexus chakra are highly ambitious and strive to make difference in the world by working hard consciously and consistently.
What If your Solar Plexus Chakra is imbalance:
If our third chakra gets unbalanced, our ego begins taking control of our lives which may lead to:
- Control issues
- Inability to accept and handle failure in life
- Low Self Esteem
- Feeling unmotivated
- People-Pleasing Tendencies
Physical And Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
Imbalances in our solar plexus chakra can cause
- Acid Reflux
Loss of Appetite
- Low self-esteem
- Victim mentality
- Being inauthentic
- Inferiority Complex
Three Simple Ways To Unblock Your Solar Plexus Chakra
Meditation: Begin by grounding yourself and sending roots to the heart of Mother Earth. Visualize an infinity symbol around your second and third chakra balancing your feminine and masculine energies.
This simple exercise will balance and bring both your sacral and solar plexus chakra in harmony.
Alternatively, you can do a breathing exercise and imagine yellow light in your stomach expanding each time you inhale. As you exhale, you release all blockages from your solar plexus chakra.
Gemstones and Crystals: You can use any of the following gemstones to balance your solar plexus chakra:
Meditate with these crystals or wear them as jewellery to heal your Manipura chakra.
Rudraksha Beads: You can use any of the following types of rudraksha beads to balance of solar plexus chakra.
Three-Mukhi: Three-mukhi rudrakshas are ruled by Lord Agni making it a perfect tool for balancing your solar plexus chakra.
Seven-Mukhi: This type of Rudraksha beads are blessed by Goddess Mahalaxmi and Sapta Rishis(Seven Sages). These help the wearer attract health, wealth and prosperity.
Twelve Mukhi: Rudrakshas with twelve mukhas(lines) are ruled by Surya(Sun), offering radiance, protection from all illnesses, and freedom from shadows.
4. Heart Chakra
Your heart chakra is located in your chest. This chakra is the bridge between your upper and lower chakras. In our personal and professional interactions, this chakra provides a sense of love, harmony, and peace.
Ruling Planet: Venus
What If our heart chakra is balanced:
Our heart chakra is the center of love and compassion. When our heart chakra is balanced, it is a sign of happy relationships. We feel supported by our loved ones. We are connected to Nature and see beauty in all things in life.
The health of this chakra is crucial for our emotional and spiritual well-being. This chakra forms the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. The opening of our heart chakra is the first step to spiritual development. This chakra is crucial for any spiritual practice.
What If our heart chakra is unbalanced:
Imbalances in our heart chakras are usually a result of heartbreaks and failed relationships. These can lead to:
- Feeling unloved
- Getting obsessed with a lover or a partner
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Difficulty in forgiving others for simple mistakes
- Feeling unworthy of love
- Not being open to new relationships
- Being stuck in past relationships
Physical And Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Heart Chakra
- A blocked chakra can lead to many health issues including:
- Heartburn and Acidity
- Blood Pressure Issues
- Bronchitis, TB or similar lung infections
- In the worst-case scenario, heart attack
- Social Isolation and withdrawal
- Holding Grudges
- Trust Issues
- Manipulating others
- Unnecessary sugar-coating
- Being judgemental of others
Three Simple Ways To Heal Your Heart Chakra
Meditation: Begin by taking deep breaths. With every breath, you inhale, visualize green or pink light in your heart chakra expands and clearing away all blockages in your heart chakra. Hold your breaths for 2-3 seconds and repeat the same visualization.
Gemstones And Crystals: Use any of the following crystals to balance and bring peace to your heart chakra.
Wear these crystals as necklaces so they can directly send healing to your heart.
- Rudraksha Beads:
Fifteen Mukhi Bead: Ruled by Rahu, this bead is excellent for balancing emotional issues and silencing our minds. This makes us more receptive to what our hearts have to say.
5. Throat Chakra
Located in the neck region, our fifth chakra(throat or Vishuddha) is responsible for communication, purity of our thoughts and authenticity. It is the first of our upper chakras and helps us align with divine forces through the power of prayer and affirmations.
Element: Ether or Akasha
Ruling Planet: Saturn
What If your throat chakra is balanced:
A balanced throat chakra for us to communicate effectively in our personal and professional relationships. Whether you’re seeking a grant for your project, loan for your business or re-negotiate your salary, a balanced throat chakra is necessary to express your needs discreetly.
Individuals with a balanced throat chakra can express their thoughts and feelings effectively. These individuals remain true to their visions no matter what situation they are in. They voice their options fearlessly and confidently.
What If your throat chakra is unbalanced:
Imbalances in throat chakra often put a strain on our relationships since we fail to express our wants and needs.
You may seem aloof to your partner. Or, maybe you have a say about everything and always need to have the last word in every conversation.
An imbalanced throat chakra expresses itself as
- Difficulty Finding your own voice
- You may have a lot to say but struggle to actually say it
- Superiority complex
- Assuming you know the truth about everything in life
- Being distant or aloof in your relationships
Physical And Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Throat Chakra
A blocked throat chakra can manifest as
- Sore Throat
- Thyroid issues
- Gum diseases
- Ear infections
- Issues related to larynx and voice cords
Health issues in your oral cavity
- Existential crisis
- Being inauthentic and ignoring your needs for others
- Aggressive behaviour
- Always feeling misunderstood
- Unnecessary Rambling
Three Simple Ways To Heal And Unblock Your Throat Chakra
Meditation: Begin by connecting with the creator. Maybe take some time to pray and thank God for his presence and assistance. Take some nice deep breaths. Imagine blue light in your neck region. Call in the creator to help you find your true voice. You may start thinkiAngeliteng about the time when you failed to express yourself. Maybe your voice should be suppressed due to challenging life situations.
It’s time to rewrite those experiences. Think of how things should have gone. What would have happened if you had chosen to express yourself and fight for your needs. Allow it to happen. As you heal your throat chakra, you observe the blue light in your throat expand naturally.
You can now smile and laugh, dance and sing fearlessly now that your throat chakra has been balanced.
Gemstones And Crystals: You can use any of the following crystals to find your authentic voice.
Keep these crystals somewhere you can access daily, wear them as jewellery, or meditate with them to get the best results.
Rudraksha Beads: You can use the following types of rudraksha beads to balance your throat chakra easily:
Five Mukhi Rudraksha: These rudraksha beads have 5 mukhas or lines on their surface. These beads are blessed by Lord Kalagni(an avatar of Lord Shiva). These beads purify your mind and help dissolve all sins and karma that are causing issues with your throat chakra.
Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha: Ruled by Lord Hanuman, these beads fill your heart with courage and help you always take the right action. When you wear this rudraksha bead, pray to Lord Hanuman and ask him to help you feel courageous and express yourself fearlessly. We are all children of God. You deserve to speak and be heard. Lord Hanuman will help you unblock your throat chakra.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Located in the centre of our forehead, the Ajna Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is the site of our intuition. This chakra is our inner compass, a set of morals, beliefs and facts that we utilize to make our decisions in every situation.
Opening this chakra also enhances our psychic abilities(predominantly clairvoyance) which helps us see the bigger picture in every situation. Additionally, it provides foresight into what's to come in the future.
Ruling Planet: Sun
God: Lord Shiva
What if your third eye chakra is balanced:
Our third eye chakra governs our intuition, sense of direction and the clarity of our mind. Small failures are not upsetting to us if our third eye chakra is balanced. We know that we are serving a higher purpose. Obstacles are only lessons we need to master before we succeed.
A balanced and open third eye chakra helps us overcome all adversities as we can see the purpose behind them. We work from a place of service to God. We are driven to attain oneness with higher forces.
Our third eye chakra is also the centre of our logic and memory.
What if your third eye chakra is unbalanced:
If your sixth chakra is imbalanced, you
- Fail to see the cosmic plan
- Are confused about your purpose in life
- Are obsessed with religious and dogmatic teachings and have no desire to form one-on-one relations with God
- Small setbacks overwhelm you
Physical And Emotional symptoms Of a Blocked Third Eye Chakra
A blocked third eye chakra can be related to many health issues like
- Eye Problems
- Hormonal Issues
- Personality Disorders
- Neurological Conditions
- Fear of the unknown
- Lack of faith in God
- Being fixated on painful memories of the past
- Finding Logic in emotions
- Disconnect from God
Three Simple Ways To Unblock Your Third Eye Chakra
Meditation: Take some time to relax. Do some deep breathing exercises. Visualize a small spark in your third eye. Chant “Om” for 10-15 minutes and allow the spark to expand and rotate clearing all blocks from your third eye.
Or, you can simply shift your focus to your forehead, move your eyes upward and request God for guidance and existence with balancing and unblocking your third eye chakra.
Gemstones And Crystals: Feel free to use any of the crystals given below to expand your third eye and unblock your sixth chakra.
The best way to use these crystals is to hold them in your hands or place them on your third eye during meditation.
- Rudraksha Beads:
- One-Mukhi Beads: Blessed by Lord Shiva, these rudraksha beads protect the wearer from all negative influences and entities. Lord Shiva will also help you build a deep connection with the supreme Creator Your materialistic desires will cease to hold any significance. You will begin living your life being devoted to and guided by God.
Fourteen-Mukhi Beads: Also called Dev Mani, the 14-Mukhi rudraksha is believed to come straight from the eyes of Shiva. These beads balance the third eye of the wearer and help them connect to Shiva directly.
7. Crown Chakra
Our seventh chakra, also called Crown Chakra or Sahasrara is located on the top of our head. This is the chakra of universal consciousness and oneness between all living beings.
Ruling Planet: Moon
God: Lord Shiva
What If your crown chakra is balanced:
Hardly anyone has a completely balanced and open crown chakra. Yogis who meditate for years are still in the process of unlocking the true potential of their crown chakra.
When our crown chakra is balanced, we feel connected with all things and beings. We are full of devotion, compassion and gratitude. We see God acting as and through every living being. Nothing and no one offends or hurts us. We feel one with angels and demons alike. We realize the true meaning of feel will and work harmoniously with the divine creator.
What If your crown chakra is blocked:
Most of our crown charkas are blocked to a certain degree. The symptoms may vary based on the degree of blockage.
A blocked crown chakra often leads:
- Overemphasis on your material desires
- Disconnect from God
- Feeling lost and dejected
- Feeling as if your life is being controlled by an external entity and you have no control
Physical And Emotional Symptoms Of A Blocked Crown chakra
A crown chakra imbalance can manifest itself as
- Poor Posture
- Issues related to the spine
- Life-threatening illnesses that trigger a spiritual awakening
- Feeling disconnected from others
- Using otters to fulfil your agendas
3 Simple Ways To Unblock Your Crown Chakra
Meditation: Sit in a quiet environment. Imagine a beam of light making its way from the light of the creator to your crown making its way down to your spine and all the remaining chakras. As the beam reaches your root chakra, send roots from your root chakra and feet to the heart of Mother Earth to ground the divine energies that you have just received.
Meditate regularly for at least 10–15 days to open your crown chakra.
Gemstones And Crystals: You can use the following crystals in your meditation to open and unblock your crown chakra.
- Rudraksha Beads: Use the nine-Mukhi rudraksha to achieve the best results.
- Nine-Mukhi Rudraksha: This rudraksha is blessed by all the 9 incarnations of Goddess Durga. The wearer of this rudraksha transcends all the illusions, fears and limitations of our mind,
What Are Nadis? How Are they Connected To Chakras?
Nadis are the energy channels that circulate Prana, or life force energy between our chakras.
It is believed that we have at least 72,000 nadis in our astral bodies.
Nadis intersect on our chakras and supply them with the life force energies that chakras utilize to help us live harmoniously.
When we work on our chakras, we inevitably activate and balance our Nadis as well.
Three Major Nadis
We have 3 major and 14 minor nadis in our energy system. Let’s talk about the three primary Nadis:
This is the main nadi of our energy system. When Kundalini awakens, it uses this channel to rise to our crown chakra and bring spiritual enlightenment. It has a shape of a double-helix, like our DNA and interacts with each of our chakras and supplies them the life-force energy.
This nadi starts from our Root chakra and terminates in our left nostril. This nadi carries and circulates Divine Feminine energies of intuition, empathy and receptivity. This nadi is also associated with our right brain, the creative half of our brain.
Starting from our root chakra, this nadi rises through all our chakras and ultimately terminates to our right nostril. It is associated with Divine Masculine energies of action, passion and dedication. It is also related to our left brain- the logical part of our brain.
All these nadis have a double-helical shape and pass through each of our chakras. When we work and meditate on our chakras, we eventually improve the flow of prana through these energy channels which further boosts and improves our spiritual health.
Understanding what chakras are, why and how should we balance and unblock them and how they are related to our nadis is key to living a harmonious life that sports all three aspects of our life-mind, body and spirit.