“Chakra” is a Sanskrit word for spinning wheel, and is commonly meant to mean a point of spiritual energy within the human body.
The 7 major chakras are located from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra has a specific location, and many unique qualities. While they may be within the physical body, they are not physical, but are something you can intuitively feel and sense.
Most people who have an interest in chakra healing, don’t realize that your chakras can either too closed or too opened. The common belief is, chakras are too closed. Leaving your chakras too open leaves you vulnerable, is just as detrimental as having your chakras too closed. As you learn about the seven main chakras, think about how their qualities may relate to you.
How to Align the 7 Chakras:
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra is about being grounded, and connected to Mother Earth. A sign of a balanced root chakra is feeling grounded and content. An imbalance in the root chakra can be felt as addictions and obsessions, selfishness, restlessness, volatile emotions, losing interest in surviving in the “real world”, and a lack of physical vitality.
Alignment techniques for the Muladhara:
Located just below the belly button, the Swadhistana is related to your sexuality and emotions.
Signs of a balanced sacral chakra include feeling sociable, sexual and satisfied with life. This chakra is closely tied to your basic emotions; the more you are in touch with the Swadhistana, the more you will be in touch with your emotions. An imbalance in the Sacral Chakra may manifest as addiction, intimacy issues, and feeling unhappy.
Alignment techniques for the Sacral Chakra:
Located right above the naval, the Manipura relates to your personal power, prosperity, fears, and anxiety. Emotional memories are stored within the Solar Plexus, it’s where your ‘gut feelings’ originate, and many people are naturally connected to the environment through the Solar Plexus chakra. An imbalance in the Solar Plexus Chakra may manifest as poor concentration, poor decision making, trouble getting things done, and an inability to judge a situation accurately. Imbalances in this Chakra can create feelings that you are more, or less, than other people.
Alignment techniques for the Manipura:
Located next to the heart, the Anahata is concerned with love and compassion. Hate, fear, envy, anger and despair reflect an imbalance of the Heart Chakra. A Heart Chakra imbalance may be felt as living through others, difficult relationships, depending on others for your happiness, and a lack of self discipline.
Alignment techniques for the Heart Chakra:
Located in the throat, the Vishuddha is about communication. A Throat Chakra imbalance may be experienced as the need to criticize, indecisiveness, poor self expression, habitual lying, doubt, fear, and uncertainty.
Alignment techniques for the Throat Chakra:
Located between the eyebrows and back an inch, the Ajna is related to your intuition. Signs of imbalance in the Brow Chakra can include misperceptions of reality, nightmares and insomnia, and a feeling of unreality.
Alignment techniques for the Third Eye Chakra:
Located in the crown of the head, the Sahasrara is a connection to the spiritual realms. An imbalance in the Crown chakra can be felt as loss of meaning, a lack of identity, and a lack of purpose.
Alignment techniques for the Crown Chakra:
Use sandalwood and lotus essential oils to activate the Crown chakra
Try our online Chakra Balance Test to determine your imbalanced chakras.