Simple Ways to Balance Your Chakras

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According to the yogic tradition, there are seven chakras in our bodies which are seven energy centers. Each chakra relates to a sense, an element and a color and even though they are not tangible, they can impact our physical and mental bodies (more on our four bodies here).

When our chakras are aligned and balanced we live in harmony, peace and joy, our health is improved and love, passion and creativity flow.

But often, one or more of our chakras are off balance which impacts everything in our life.

I will go through each chakra and give tips and tools to help you bring them back into balance and harmony so that you can improve your overall wellbeing. 

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1. Root Chakra

The first Chakra is located in the tailbone area, at the base of our spine. It corresponds to the color red and represents survival, security and stability.

Do you feel rooted in your life? Do you feel secure? If so your Root Chakra is probably healthy.

However if your are often anxious, nervous and if you worry about survival issues or food, family and your finances (having enough money, being financially independent) etc. then you might want to heal this Chakra.

Ways to help you balance your Root Chakra :

  • Walk barefoot, dance, practice yoga, gardening or anything related to the EARTH.

  • Try the Sufi Grind posture from Kundalini Yoga. Sit in a comfortable crossed legged pose, hold your knees, rotate your spine keeping it straight and your head upright, inhale going forward, exhale going back. And then switch rotations.

  • Let go of negative past experiences with your family.

  • Let go of social, family, financial beliefs that do not serve you anymore.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Clove, Myrrh

  • Crystals : Ruby, Bloodstone, Agate, Smoky Quartz, Hematite

  • Mantras :

“I am safe and secure.” 

“I feel deeply rooted.”

“I am connected to my body.”

“I have everything I need.”

“I trust that the universe has my back and that I am exactly where I need to be right now.”

“I trust myself.”

 

2. Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra (2nd Chakra) is located below the navel in the lower abdomen. This Chakra corresponds to the color orange and represents creativity, emotions, joy, relationships, passion.

If the Sacral Chakra is unbalanced we can have trouble opening up to others in our relationship, or we can also be too emotional.

Ways to help you balance your Sacral Chakra :

  • Swimming, being in WATER.

  • Hatha yoga, hip opening poses.

  • Be gentle and kind to yourself.

  • Don't gossip.

  • Let go of feelings of jealousy and anger.

  • Try not to control others in relationships.

  • Nurture healthy and supportive relationships.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Citrus

  • Crystals : Moonstone, Carmelian

  • Mantras:

“I love and accept my body”

“I set healthy boundaries for myself.” 

"I am beautiful and strong."

"I have a healthy and passionate life."

"I listen to and honor my needs."

“I value, respect and honor my body.”

 

3. Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located above the navel and is associated to a bright vibrant yellow. It is the center of our personal power, it represents our confidence and our ability to be in control of our lives.

When we are strong in this chakra we have a good self esteem, self respect, self discipline, ambition, we aren't afraid of expressing ourselves, we have the will to accomplish our goals, we aren't afraid to take risks and are able to handle a crisis.

When it is imbalanced, we usually have low self esteem, are afraid of rejection, judgment and care too much about what other people think.

Ways to help you balance your Solar Plexus Chakra :

  • The element associated to this chakra is FIRE so get some sun, light some candles, burn incense.

  • Work on not caring about what people think of you. 

  • Any form of core work, like power yoga or just reinforcing your abs.

  • Work on trusting your intuition.

  • Reinforce your personal boundaries.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Chamomile, Peppermint, Citrus oils like lemon, orange and grapefruit

  • Crystals : Tiger's Eye, Citrine, Amber

  • Mantras :

“I am worthy of love and respect.”

“I am proud of myself and my achievements.”

“I honor myself.”

“I choose healthy relationships.”

“I direct my own life and I am free to make my own choices in any situation.”

“I seek opportunities for my own personal and spiritual growth.”

 

4. Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is located in the middle of the chest and corresponds to a vibrant green color. This chakra is the center of unconditional love, inner peace, wellbeing and compassion, it represents our ability to love and be loved.

When the Heart Chakra is open and balanced, we truly love and accept ourselves and are able to love others. We are compassionate and have healthy relationships.

If it is unbalanced, we can seem cold, distant and often be lonely. But we can also tend to overwhelm others with our love.

Ways to help you balance your Heart Chakra :

  • Practice heart opening yoga poses like Ustrasana (camel pose).

  • Get a massage.

  • Do things you love on a regular basis.

  • Listen/talk to others with an open and compassionate heart.

  • Be generous, loving and forgiving.

  • Follow your dreams and desires.

  • Love yourself and allow others to love you.

  • Love others enough to let them be who they really are.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Rose, Rosewood, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Jasmine, Bergamot, Geranium.

  • Crystals : Emerald, Green Jade, Rose Quartz

  • Mantras:

"I deeply, and completely, love and accept myself.”

“I am open to love.”

“I know that I am loved.”

“I forgive myself.”

“I am connected to others.”

 

5. Throat Chakra

The 5th Chakra is located in the throat and is associated with communication, self expression and creativity. The color of the Throat Chakra is blue.

When this chakra is strong, we can communicate openly, clearly and with honesty and are able to listen to others.

If this chakra is blocked, we struggle to communicate with others and can feel that we do not have the right to speak our truth and express our opinions freely. Lying, shyness, speaking too much and failing to listen can also lead to a wounded Throat Chakra.

Ways to help you balance your Throat Chakra :

  • Singing, writing, playing music, painting etc. are all creative ways that allow us to express ourselves.

  • Be open and honest.

  • Speak your truth.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Lavender, Sage, Neroli, Lemon, Lemongrass, German Chamomile

  • Crystals : Turquoise, Aquamarine

  • Mantras :

“I communicate openly, clearly and honestly.”

“I speak my truth.” 

“I nourish my spirit through creativity.”

“I listen to my body and feelings.”

 

6. Third Eye Chakra / Brow Chakra

This chakra is in the middle of the forehead and governs our intuition, inner wisdom and imagination. The Third Eye Chakra helps us listen to our inner guidance and divine vision, helps us release repressed emotions and attain self realization. The color related to this chakra is indigo.

When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced we clearly know what works for us and what doesn't, we are in touch with our intuition, we become detached from external influences which impact us negatively and are able to still our fears.

If it is wounded we may give too much importance to other people's opinions and our thoughts become confused and even chaotic.

Ways to help you balance your Third Eye Chakra :

  • Listen to your intuition and try to feel energetic vibrations in people or situations.

  • Train your visualizing skills.

  • Try to find hidden messages and meanings in your dreams or in situations and conversations.

Tools:

  • Essential oils : Lavender, Rosemary, Patchouli, Jasmine

  • Crystals : Lapis Lazuli

  • Mantras :

“I listen to my inner guide.” 

“I trust my intuition.”

“I have something to learn from everything in my life.”

“I am open to inspiration and new ideas.”

 

7. Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is the 7th chakra and is located at the top of our head. It is represented by the violet color. This chakra represents our ability to connect with our spiritual self. It helps us attain enlightenment and allows us to be guided by spirituality.

Ways to help you balance your Crown Chakra :

  • Meditate, quiet your mind.

  • Read books that inspire you.

  • Express gratitude

  • Accept guidance from the universe

Tools:

  • Essential Oils: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense

  • Crystals: Amethyst, Alexandrite

  • Mantras:

"I trust that the universe is guiding me."

“I seek to understand and learn from all my experiences.”

“I am connected to my inner self and listen to what the universe is telling me.”

“I cherish my spirit.”

“I am open to divine wisdom.”

“I live in the now.”