The clearing of the energy can also balance our emotional state of mind. The Chakra Mind-Body Balance is a two-way street: if there are certain fears and emotions we are holding on to, we experience physical restrictions, too. If you have achiness or stiffness, or certain reoccurring emotions and fears, read along and you may find out which chakra is affected or blocked.
1st or Root Chakra (Muladhara, Red Colour)
Muladhara or Root Chakra sits at the base of your spine, at your tailbone and is the first and one of the seven primary chakras according to Hindu tantrism. It is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red.
- Element: Earth
- Physical location: Base of the spine
- Organs associated: Vertebral column, Foot, Blood, Leg, Bone, Tooth, Skeleton
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Shavasana, Tadasana, Virabhadrasana I
- Colour associated: Red
- Mantra associated: LAM
- Essential oils: Black Pepepr, Cedar, Cloves, Ginger, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood
Physical imbalances in the root chakra include problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostrate gland. Those with imbalances here are also likely to experience issues of degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation. Emotional imbalances include feelings affecting our basic survival needs: money, shelter and food; ability to provide for life’s necessities. When this chakra is balanced, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world and grounded. The lesson of this chakra is self-preservation; we have a right to be here.
2nd or Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana, Orange Colour)Svadhisthana or Sacral Chakra is located two inches below your navel and is the second primary chakra according to Hindu Tantrism.
- Element: Water
- Physical location: In the pelvic area
- Organs associated: Kidney, Reproductive system, Urinary bladder, Genitals
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Bālāsana, Natarajasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana
- Colour associated: Orange
- Mantra associated: VAM
- Essential oils: Clary Sage, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang
Physical imbalances include sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain. Emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships. Our ability to express our emotions. Our ability to have fun, play based on desires, creativity, pleasure, sexuality. Fears of impotence, betrayal, addictions. When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing. The lesson of this chakra is to honor others.
3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura, Yellow Colour)
Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra is located three inches above your navel and is the third primary chakra according to Hindu tradition.
- Element: Fire
- Physical location: Between the navel and solar plexus
- Organs associated: Liver, Pancreas, Stomach, Lung, Adrenal gland, Human digestive system, Large intestine
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Dhanurasana, Virabhadrasana I, Virabhadrasana II
- Colour associated: Yellow
- Mantra associated: RAM
- Essential oils: Chamomile, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Physical imbalances include digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, colon diseases. Emotional imbalances include issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances. When this chakra is balanced, we feel self-respect and self-compassion. We feel in control, assertive, confident. The lesson of this chakra is self-acceptance.
4th or Heart Chakra (Anahata, Green Colour)
Anahata or Heart Chakra is located at the heart and is the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means "unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten". Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound.
- Element: Air
- Physical location: In the center of the chest at the heart level
- Organs associated: Heart, Lung, Circulatory system
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Uttanasana, Ustrasana, Bakasana
- Colour associated: Green
- Mantra associated: YAM
- Essential oils: Angelica, Chamomile, Frankincense, Hyssop, Jasmine, Lavendar, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang
Physical imbalances include asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain. Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness. When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained. The lesson of this chakra is I Love.
5th or Throat Chakra (Vishuddha, Blue Colour)
Vishuddha or Throat Chakra is located at the throat is the fifth primary chakra according to the Hindu tradition of tantra.
- Element: Akasha
- Physical location: In the neck and shoulders region
- Organs associated: Thyroid, Neck, Shoulder, Mouth, Arm, Tooth, more
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Sarvangasana, Halasana, Matsyasana, Simhasana
- Colour associated: Blue
- Mantra associated: HAM
- Essential oils: Frankincense, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwoord, Ylang ylang
Physical imbalances include thyroid issues, sore throats, laryngitis, TMJ, ear infections, ulcers, any facial problems (chin, cheek, lips, tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain. Emotional imbalances include issues of self-expression through communication, both spoken or written. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control. When this chakra is balanced, we have free flowing of words, expression, communication. We are honest and truthful yet firm. We are good listeners. The lesson of this chakra is to speak up and let your voice be heard.
6th or Third Eye Chakra (Ajna, Indigo Colour)
Ajna or Third Eye Chakra is located in the middle of the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead and is the sixth primary chakra in the body according to Hindu tradition. It is a part of the brain which can be made more powerful through meditation, yoga & other spiritual practices just as a muscle is.
- Physical location: Between the eyebrows, behind the forehead
- Organs associated: Eye, Brain, Pineal gland, Pituitary gland, Nervous system, Ear
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Bālāsana, Janusirsasana, Ardha Pincha Mayurasana
- Colour associated: Indigo
- Mantra associated: AUM
- Essential oils: Angelic Root, Bay Laurel, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Juniper, Marjoram, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone function. Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; An inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others. Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination. When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight. The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.
7th or Crown Chakra (Sahasrara, Violet Colour)
Sahasrara or Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is generally considered the seventh primary chakra, according to most tantric yoga traditions.
- Physical location: Crown of the head
- Organs associated: Pineal gland, Nervous system, Pituitary gland
- Yoga poses (strengthening the chakra): Shavasana, Vriksasana, Sirsasana, Half Lotus pose
- Colour associated: Violet
- Mantra associated: AUM
- Essential oils: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Galbanum, Gurjum, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavendar, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver
Physical imbalance include depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, environment. Emotional imbalances include issues with self-knowledge and greater power. Imbalances arise from rigid thoughts on religion and spirituality, constant confusion, carry prejudices, “analysis paralysis.” Fear of alienation. When this chakra is balanced, we live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance. The lesson of this chakra is live mindfully.
After reading this, you (like me) may feel that more than one chakra is imbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate and either become overactive or under-active. The best way to start balancing them is to start at the root chakra and work your way up to the crown chakra.