‘Chakra’ in Sanskrit means ‘wheel.’ The energy centers of our bodies are called ‘Chakra’ because each one of these centers is connected to the next one and together they form a loop of energy which surrounds our bodies.
When we fall sick, it implies we have one or more of our chakras that are blocked. If you become aware of the chakra which is connected to the source of the affected area and identify the physical symptoms, it will be easier for you to heal yourself faster.
THE ROOT CHAKRA:
Location: Base of the spine.
Role: Governs Security.
Blocked by: Fear which cannot be managed.
Symptoms of blockage:
You hate yourself without any reason.
You’re afraid of security.
You feel left out.
You face financial problems.
You feel like you’re stuck.
You are in constant Survival mode.
A blocked root chakra not only creates an imbalance in energy flow throughout the body, but it can also instigate feelings of restlessness. You may feel like you’re constantly searching for an elusive something that you can’t even identify.
Individuals with a blocked root chakra find it difficult to “settle down” with anything, including where they want to live and work. Even their personal relationships are impacted.
Characteristics common to those with a blocked root chakra are:
lack of focusco-dependencyrestlessnessfeeling abandoned
In addition to the vagabond-like mentality a blocked root chakra creates is the issue of the physical and emotional toll the blockage takes.
Common physical signs of blockage involve the lower parts of the body, especially legs and genital area. The root chakra primarily governs the reproductive organs and lower extremities, including the lower spine, legs, and feet. The chakra blockage will often replicate itself manifesting as constipation, kidney stones, circulatory issues, and leg weakness. Additional physical signs can include:
prostate issues in men
Common non-physical signs of blockage include:
Solutions for opening a closed Root Chakra
Techniques for opening a blocked root chakra can range from physical activity to meditation and energy healing.
Any physical activity can help unblock this energy center, from walking to doing chores around the house, and even yoga and dancing. Beneficial yoga poses for the root chakra engage your legs and muscles around the perineum. For example, “Standing Forward Bend” (or “Uttanasana” in Sanskrit) stretches the legs and hips fostering a more stable grounding and opening of the root chakra. Remember, no matter which physical activity you chose, the key is to be present in the moment and aware of your movement.
Meditating on the root chakra can also open this energy center. There are numerous meditation resources available online.
THE SACRAL CHAKRA:
Location: Below belly button.
Role: Governs Creativity and Worth
Blocked by: Guilt and Lack of Worth.
Symptoms of blockage:
You where abused and have problems with intimacy.
A lack of self-esteem or self-worth.
Unable to relate to other people and the world around you.
Has problems being creative.
Physically speaking, when your sacral chakra is blocked you may experience a range of symptoms that are generally confined to the lower abdomen, back, and reproductive and digestive organs.
Among the most common physical symptoms:
urinary and kidney infections
Sacral chakra imbalance frequently manifests as emotional and psychological difficulties, including:
depression low self-esteem insecurity detachment jealousy fear
Clearing Sacral Chakra Blockages
In addition to adopting healthy lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, incorporating some form of energy healing can be beneficial for restoring balance to the sacral chakra.
Introducing essential oils associated with the sacral chakra, such as Ylang-Ylang or Sandalwood, to your home or personal space can offer a boost to sacral chakra healing.
Regularly meditating on the sacral chakra and/or the color orange can also help clear negativity and restore balance to the energy center.
If you feel drawn to the use of crystals to restore balance, consider introducing orange carnelian, citrine, or amber jewelry to your wardrobe.
When the sacral chakra is balanced, you feel in harmony with life. You are able to express yourself creatively and to mature with each new experience life offers — both good and bad.
THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Location: Naval, two inches below the breastbone.
Role: Governs power.
Blocked by: Shame.
Symptoms of blockage:
You always say ‘yes’ to what others want of you.
You suffer from a lack of self-confidence and can’t get the courage to follow your dreams.
You always need validation from others.
You feel that you are the victim of circumstances of the world.
A blockage in the third chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra or Manipura, can be especially serious because it is where our sense of self originates. Chakra imbalances are difficult to avoid. When you face a difficult or traumatic situation, the coping skills you develop to get through it may cause disruptions in your energy and prevent you from healing fully.
Symptoms of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
A healthy solar plexus chakra allows you to know yourself and live with confidence and strength. Someone with a balanced solar plexus chakra will be able to set boundaries and be assertive without being aggressive. It allows you to know yourself, judging yourself and others fairly but not critically.
Since it plays such a fundamental role in self-confidence, an imbalance in the third chakra can cause many problems. Some common symptoms of a blockage include:
Inability to set or maintain boundaries
Lack of self-control
Depression or anxiety
The solar plexus chakra is also important for physical health. It is closely tied to digestive health, but a blockage can cause an issue with other systems as well. Common physical symptoms of a blocked third chakra include:
Poor digestion, gas, nausea
Asthma and other respiratory problems
Organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys
Nerve pain and fibromyalgia
Difficulty gaining or losing weight
Solutions for a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
Clearing the blockage in your third chakra and allowing energy to flow freely through it will help return you to health. It is best to try to do daily healing work because falling back into old patterns can allow the blockage to form again.
Working with a Reiki practitioner or other energy healer can be a good way to start your healing journey. They will be able to help break up the blockage and can help locate other blockages or imbalances in your energy.
At home, meditation is the most effective way to break up a blockage. Everyone possesses healing energy, and you can harness it using visualization. The third chakra is associated with the color yellow and with fire, so imagine a golden healing flame just below your navel. As you breathe deeply, feel it dissolving any hurt or pain you are storing in your third chakra.
Surrounding yourself with things associated with Manipura will help as well. Wearing yellow, eating yellow foods, and wearing gold jewelry or gold and yellow gemstones can help open your third chakra. Spending time in the sun and doing yoga exercises that strengthen your core are also good for healing Manipura.
THE HEART CHAKRA:
Location: center of the chest.
Role: Governs love.
Blocked by: Grief.
Symptoms of blockage:
You can’t find a meaning in your life.
You don’t feel happy.
You always avoid loving because you are scared to get hurt.
You are scared of commitment.
The fourth chakra, also known as the heart chakra or Anahata, is the center of love and connection. A strong, balanced heart chakra allows you to live freely and openly from a place of compassion. However, a blocked heart chakra can interfere with your happiness and relationships in many ways.
Symptoms of a Heart Chakra Imbalance
A blocked heart chakra manifests as a lack of love and compassion. Symptoms include:
Shyness and social anxiety
Being overly critical towards yourself and others
Inability to give or receive freely
Suspicion and fear, especially in friendships and romantic relationships
A blockage in the heart chakra can also lead to physical symptoms like poor circulation, heart troubles, and respiratory illness like asthma. If you consistently have an issue with these conditions in your life, clearing your heart chakra may help you recover from them and lead a healthy life, both emotionally and physically.
Symptoms of imbalance can also point to an overactive heart chakra, which is when the attributes associated with this energy center are expressed in excess.
Tips for Healing the Fourth Chakra
There are many ways to help balance the fourth chakra. The simplest is to surround yourself with things that stimulate it. Its color is green, so wearing green clothing or jewelry and lighting green candles can help open and balance it. Chakra healing crystals are very useful for this. For opening the heart chakra, wearing green stones like emerald, malachite, jade and green tourmaline is best. If possible, wear them as a necklace so that the stone rests close to the heart chakra itself.
Regular meditation and yoga practice is also useful for healing the chakras. Imagine a ball of green healing energy in your chest, gently removing the blockage and opening your heart. Since Anahata’s element is air, deep breathing or pranayama practice is ideal. Yoga asanas that open the chest like Eagle Pose and backbends are helpful as well.
Since a blockage in the fourth chakra makes it difficult to give, getting out and volunteering can help release old fears. Choose a charity that speaks to you and that allows you to share your talents with others. Since being in the fresh air is healing, something that allows you to be outdoors is even better.
Finally, practice letting go of anger or fear in your everyday life. When you find yourself holding onto a negative emotion, take a deep breath and imagine a green light pouring into your body and washing it away, filling you with love. With practice, this will help you avoid falling into those negative patterns and react from a place of compassion instead.