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Are Your Chakras Blocked? Here's How to Balance Them...

If you've been practicing yoga or meditation for a while now, you've probably heard the word 'chakra' come up a few times during your sessions. Well today, we're going to delve a little deeper into what they are, where to locate them, understanding which ones need work, and learning how to balance them.

To start, what on Earth are chakras?

Simply put, chakras are energy points within your body. There are 7 chakras in total, each one represented by a different colour, all in a vertical line from the base of your spine to the crown of your head.

Each chakra is connected to different areas of your body, and has an effect on your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. When a chakra is blocked or out of balance, many problems can arise, so it is important to understand which ones need work, how open them and bring them back to alignment.

Where are my chakras located?

7. Sahasrara Chakra - the crown chakra, located at the top of your head. It's colour is violet.

6. Ajna Chakra - the third eye chakra, located between your eyebrows. Its colour is indigo.

5. Vissudha Chakra - the throat chakra, located at your throat. Its colour is blue.

4. Anahata Chakra - the heart chakra, located at your heart center. Its colour is green.

3. Manipura Chakra - this is the solar plexus chakra, located at the upper abdomen, middle back areas. Its colour is yellow.

2. Svadisthana Chakra - the sacral chakra, located at the lower abdomen and lower back areas. Its colour is orange.

1. Muladhara Chakra - the root chakra, located at the base of your spine. Its colour is red.

How can I tell if my chakras are blocked? And how to balance them...

1. Root Chakra: this chakra is linked to stability, security, trust and grounding.

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Signs of a blocked root chakra:

  • financial stress

  • unable to set boundaries

  • distancing yourself from others

  • fear of the future

  • constantly tired

  • overworking

  • paranoia

  • overeating or undereating

How to balance your root chakra:

  • Affirmations like "I am safe and secure" or "I trust that the universe has my back"

  • Going for a walk barefoot, connecting to nature

  • Guided meditations or Kundalini yoga

  • Wearing red, or eating red foods (tomato, pomegranate, strawberry)

  • Grounding yoga poses like Tree pose, Lotus pose or Mountain pose

2. Sacral Chakra: this chakra is linked to creativity, physical touch and sexuality.