Have you been irritable more often than usual? Are you committing silly mistakes at work? Are you experiencing brain fog or problems remembering things? Although, there can be various reasons behind this, one of the major factors underlying this is the imbalance in your chakras.
What are chakras? They are the energy centers in your body, each associated with a different colour, which lie along the central channel of the body, the shishumna nadi. Nadis are the channels through which the energy flows. To know more, read the beginners’ guide to chakra in detail.
The body system functions at its best when the energy flow is balanced. Any disturbance or illness of the body, mind, or spirit can stop the flow of energy, resulting in an unbalanced state of circumstances. To understand the real cause behind the imbalance in your system, consider what you’ve been consuming, your current life circumstances (whether you’re travelling or undergoing a big transition) and the current season. Each of these factors can serve as contributing factors to the system as a whole.
Now, let’s take a look at how an imbalance in each of the 7 chakras looks like:
This chakra, believed to be the foundation of the chakra system, is associated with the sense of feeling grounded and at home with your own skin. It is located at the base of the spine and when it’s balanced, you tend to feel more stable and secure.
If your root chakra is imbalanced, you may experience:
• Low energy, fatigue, lethargy
• Digestive issues and back pain
• Insecurity and lack of confidence
• Feeling distracted and worried about stability
If you’re experiencing similar imbalances, then you should take conscious action for it. This could entail engaging in grounding activities like spending time in nature, going barefoot on the ground, or doing yoga positions that target the lower body. The healing of the root chakra can also be assisted by cultivating a sense of physical and emotional safety, self-care, and connecting with your family and cultural roots.
The sacral or swadhisthana chakra, located in the lower abdomen just above the navel is linked to the ability to feel pleasure, joy and intimacy in life. When the sacral chakra is balanced, you feel emotionally stable and you’re able to express yourself more creatively.
If your swadhisthana chakra is imbalanced, you may experience:
• Pain in the lower back or hips
• Digestive issues or urinary problems
• Difficulty in experiencing pleasure or joy
• Irritability and difficulty in managing emotions
To resolve the imbalances in sacral chakra, connect with water- stay hydrated, take a bath, go for a swim, eat a balanced diet, try expressing your thoughts through journaling, engage in creative activities like dance, focus on being mindful throughout the day. Additionally, hip circles can enliven the sacral chakra.
The Manipura Chakra, located in the upper abdomen, is connected to factors such as the ability to set boundaries, assert ourselves and take action in life. It ultimately defines our self confidence and our ability to feel empowered in our lives.
If your Manipura chakra is imbalanced, you may experience:
• Low energy or persistent tiredness
• Lack of confidence and self-esteem
• Frequently feeling frustrated and angry
• Difficulty setting boundaries or asserting yourself
To make your Manipura chakra or solar plexus chakra balanced, eat foods that are easy to digest, practice yoga poses like the Boat pose and Plank pose that focus on the core and practice consciously improving your communication skills by being more assertive and saying ‘no’ more often.
The Anahata Chakra, also known as the heart chakra, located near the heart is linked to love and compassion. This chakra energy center also defines our ability to experience gratitude and forgiveness.
In case of an imbalance in the heart chakra, you may experience:
• Lack of self compassion
• Inability to give or receive love
• Feeling emotionally cut off or distant
• Pain or tension in the upper back or shoulders
To stabilize your heart chakra imbalance, practice loving kindness meditation to express love to yourself and others, practice poses and stretches like the Cobra pose that focus on the area around your upper back, shoulders, arms, and chest. However, if you feel like there’s an underlying emotional imbalance, you should contact the therapist.
The Vishuddha or throat chakra is linked to communication, self expression and creativity. It helps you express yourself by speaking your heart out with clarity but also knowing when to keep quiet.
Your Visuddha Chakra is in imbalance in case of the following:
• Feeling uninspired and creativity block
• Having sore throat or throat infection frequently
• Speaking all the time and not knowing when to keep quiet
• Finding it difficult to be assertive and standing up for yourself
To bring your throat chakra to stability, use postures like Fish pose or Shoulder stand that target your throat. Additionally, practice positive affirmations that encourage you to improve your communication skills. Practice speaking up for yourself and letting your voice be heard.
The Ajna chakra located in between your eyebrows is associated with the concept of intuition, spiritual awareness and inner wisdom. This not only helps you understand yourself but also the world around you.
Here’s what looks like an imbalanced Ajna Chakra:
• Lack of mental clarity
• Headaches or migraines
• Difficulty taking firm decisions
• Lack of inspiration and intuition
To restore the balance, practice yoga poses like Downward dog or Child’s pose, meditate to strengthen your power of intuition and practice pranayama for effective energy flow in the Ajna Chakra.
Sahasrara Chakra, located at the top of your head is what defines your sense of fulfilment, purpose and meaning in life. It’s also related to a sense of enlightenment in life and your sense of place in the universe.
Imbalance in Sahasrara chakra looks like this:
• Headaches or migraines
• Difficulty accessing intuition
• Feeling lost or lack of purpose in life
• Difficulty in focusing on the task at hand
Top ways to balance your Sahasrara chakra involves practising meditation and gratitude journaling. Additionally, yoga poses like Tree pose or lotus pose and headstands can help to stabilize this chakra energy center.
One of the major reasons leading to a blocked chakra is an unhealthy lifestyle. It may include consuming unhealthy food, having inadequate sleep and lack of physical exercise.
Blockage in any of the 7 chakras or energy centers in the human body disrupts smooth functioning of the body and mind leading to symptoms such as digestive issues, chronic pain, irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. One of the best ways to open your chakras and promote overall well being is to do chakra meditation.
And you know what? You don’t even have to look for it anywhere else. Try out the Chakra Meditation Series by Zeel on the Level Supermind app in Hindi.
By visualizing the corresponding chakra colour and chanting the sound associated with that chakra, he focuses on opening, balancing and healing to promote the direction of balance and awareness to that specific energy center. Zeel uses the following methods for healing of all the 7 main chakras in the body:
Nadi Shuddhi, also called alternate nostril breathing, uses an effective combination of breathwork to clean and purify the nadis or channels through which the energy flows in the body. It increases the flow of prana or life force in the body for chakra healing and promoting overall well being.
When you feel anxious, stressed or irritable, your chakras tend to get blocked. Nadi Shuddhi opens your chakras by releasing the tension and making you feel calm and composed.
In addition to opening your chakras, Nadi Shuddhi helps in:
• Improving respiratory health
• Boosting immune system
• Promoting better sleep
Musical healing is a method that uses the Indian classical music or the seven basic notes Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni to balance and heal the chakras.
Each of the seven notes corresponds to each of the seven main chakras in the body and playing or listening to music in these frequencies contributes to chakra healing and balancing. For instance, Sa corresponds to the Root Chakra whereas Ma is connected to the Heart Chakra.
Apart from this, music healing also helps in:
• Enhancing cognitive function
• Reducing stress
• Improving mood
Beej Mantra is a type of Hindu spiritual practice in which chanting certain sounds or syllables help in opening, activating or balancing the chakras. Each beej mantra is associated with a specific chakra and chanting the corresponding sound can help to balance that energy center.
It works by creating vibrations that resonate with the chakras or energy centers in the body and thus clear any blockages that may be present therein. Additionally it also helps in:
• Promoting positivity
• Calming the mind
• Improving focus
Chakra Yoga Nidra is a practice that combines elements of chakra balancing through meditation and Yoga Nidra to provide you with a deep sense of relaxation. When combined with visualization and breathing techniques, they help in guiding your attention and energy through different parts of the body, specifically the chakras.
It helps to balance and align your chakras by removing energy blockages and restoring the flow of vital life force energy throughout the body.
Chakra Yog Nidra helps in:
• Deep relaxation and stress reduction
• Improved mental clarity
• Enhanced awareness
Feeling under confident while speaking in front of people, finding it difficult to make decisions, being overwhelmed and finding it difficult to manage your emotions- every emotion is related to a specific chakra in your body. For this, you need unblock or open your chakras with the help of chakra meditation.