The word Chakra derives from the ancient language of Sanskrit, meaning “wheel” or “cycle”. Your body contains seven chakras located along the central meridian of the body. The chakras are considered to be the energy centres or vortexes that govern our physiological and psychological properties and wellbeing.
Each chakra has its own distinct identity, they are associated with a specific group of organs, emotions, corresponding colour, and they are situated at a precise location in the human body.
It’s essential keep the seven chakras balanced as they intern help balance our health, emotions as well as ensure smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
Let’s have a look at 7 chakras and how to balance them:
1.The Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
Location: The root chakra is located in the tailbone area at the base of the spine.
Purpose: It is the first chakra and it is responsible for the foundation, security, survival, and sense of safety of a person.
Signs of Balance: A balanced root chakra gives a sense of security and safety. We develop a sense of connection and a feeling of being grounded.
Signs of Imbalance: An imbalance in the root chakra may cause issues such as eating disorders, constipation, degenerative arthritis and knee pains. People suffering from an imbalanced root chakra may face problems with a compromised immune system, prostate glands, rectum, legs and tailbone.
Nutritional Healing: Foods that help balance the root chakra include red colour apples and beetroots, red cayenne peppers, root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Eggs and red meat too help in balancing the root chakra.
Beneficial Practices: The root chakra is all about feeling grounded. This chakra can be balanced by walking barefoot on grass and soil. Yoga poses such as the bridge pose and kundalini yoga will balance the root chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance root chakra, repeat the following affirmation, “I am safe. I am healthy. I am balanced. I am grounded.”
2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana Chakra)
Location: The Sacral Chakra is located just below the navel in the lower abdomen area.
Purpose: The sacral chakra helps experiencing life through sensations and feelings. It is the centre of sensuality, feeling, intimacy, emotion, and connection.
Signs of Balance: A balanced sacral chakra will give a sense of abundance and well-being. Sacral chakra promotes healthy relationships and a greater feeling of joy and pleasure.
Signs of Imbalance: An imbalanced sacral chakra will cause hormonal imbalance, addictions, fertility issues, overemphasis on sexuality, and you might tend to fight the natural aging process.
Nutritional Healing: To balance sacral chakra consume more of foods rich water, vitamin A, B, and C. Oranges, nuts, tangerines, ginger, turmeric, and peppers are beneficial for balancing the sacral chakra.
Beneficial Practices: Exercises such as cobra yoga pose and pelvic thrusts can help balance sacral chakra. Swimming and walking will be very beneficial. Try to develop a feeling a self-affirmation to balance sacral chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance sacral chakra, repeat this affirmation, “I am healthy. I am passionate. I create. I am abundant.”
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)
Location: The Solar plexus Chakra is located in the upper abdomen, between the navel and solar plexus.
Purpose: The Solar plexus chakra is the centre of well being, self-discipline and self-esteem.
Signs of Balance: A feeling of self-worth, a balanced power from within. A balanced solar plexus is important to maintain a healthy digestive tract and balanced insulin levels.
Signs of Imbalance: An imbalance in solar plexus chakra will make you feel powerless. You will even have irregular sleep patterns and unhealthy digestive system.
Nutritional Healing: Easily digestible foods will help balance the solar plexus chakra. Consume more kefir or natural, plain yogurt and cinnamon. Include yellow vegetables and healthy fats and oils in your diet. Chamomile tea and peppermint tea are beneficial for the solar plexus chakra as well.
Beneficial Practices: Dancing, kundalini yoga, and meditation are beneficial for the solar plexus chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance solar plexus chakra ,repeat this affirmation, “I will express my creativity. I am responsible. I am confident. I am powerful.”
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
Location: The heart chakra located in the middle of the chest, just above the heart.
Purpose: It is the centre of compassion, warmth, and love. The heart chakra determines your bond with others, self-love, and kindness.
Signs of Balance: Being welcoming, you tend to embrace love. You understand that we are all one and you have a great ability to forgive.
Signs of Imbalance: Shortness of breath, tension in the chest area. Feeling of isolation and restlessness increases if your heart chakra is imbalanced.
Nutritional Healing: Consume more of green food. Regular consumption of green tea, green apples, raw nuts, avocados, and leafy vegetables will help balance the heart chakra.
Beneficial Practices: Warm baths, swimming, meditation and regular walks are helpful for balancing the heart chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance heart chakra, repeat this affirmation, “I am love. I receive and give love. I am open. I love myself and others.”
5.Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra)
Location: The throat chakra is located in the throat.
Purpose: Helps in expression and communication of ideas and thoughts.
Signs of Balance: Your words flow freely. You are able to express and communicate easily. You are a good listener.
Signs of Imbalance: Inability to communicate clearly, either verbally or in writing. You may even suffer from problems such as shoulder and neck pain, ear infection, sore throat, and ulcer.
Nutritional Healing: Fruits, juices, and herbal teas can help balance the throat chakra. Avoid refined foods and include more of whole foods in your diet.
Beneficial Practices: Singing, chanting, shoulder stand, and speaking truthfully are beneficial for balancing the throat chakra. Walking in open air and breathing the fresh air can also help balance the throat chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance throat chakra, repeat this affirmation, “I am truthful. I am positive. I express myself clearly. I am understood. My voice matters.”
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra)
Location: The third eye chakra is located between the eyebrows in the centre of the forehead.
Purpose: The third eye chakra determines our ability to focus, think, imagine, and make decisions.
Signs of Balance: You can clearly differentiate between the truth and illusion. Your thoughts are clear and you are focused.
Signs of Imbalance: Tendency to daydream and live in an imaginary world. Inability to look into your fears. You may even suffer from problems such as hearing loss, blurred vision, headaches, and eyestrain.
Nutritional Healing: Cacao(raw chocolate), blueberries, grapes, walnuts, almonds, mushrooms, pineapple, papaya, plums, and clean organic meats.
Beneficial Practices: Swimming, hiking, meditation, eye exercises, long stretches, and yoga are beneficial for balancing the third eye chakras.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance third eye chakra, repeat this affirmation, “I have a clear vision. I am intuitive. I understand the true meaning of life situations. I am guided.”
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)
Location: The crown chakra is the highest point in our body, it’s located at the top of the head.
Purpose: It governs the ability to be spiritually connected. It helps in awakening the consciousness.
Signs of Balance: Complete rust in the inner guidance. Tendancy to live in the present moment.
Signs of Imbalance: Confusion, fear isolation and prejudice towards others. Sensitivity to light and depression.
Nutritional Healing: This chakra governs the spiritual connection and does not benefit from food. However, purified or salt water absorbed through the top of the head /bathing/ can help balance the crown chakra.
Beneficial Practices: Meditation, regular running, and breath awareness are beneficial for balancing the crown chakra.
Balancing Affirmation: To help balance crown chakra, repeat this affirmation, “I am connected with the divine. I am present. I am here. I am blessed.”
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