Energy through our body flows through the chakras and their blockage disrupts the balance in our body. Learn how to open chakras and unblock them effectively
I’m sure you’ve heard of the word, “chakra”. But what does it mean?
Our divine body is a form made entirely of energy that flows through channels called nadis. The nadis flow between energy points called chakras. These spinning points are where the body accumulates much spiritual energy, and unlike what movies would have you believe, the human body has around 88,000 chakra points spread through it!
Energy always flows through the chakras, but the amount of energy varies.
If the chakras do not receive the right amount of energy, the balance is disrupted, and the flow of energy is blocked. When your chakras are open, your emotional, mental, and physical health is at its peak.
However, if the energy doesn’t flow at the right frequency, the chakras get clogged, and you experience unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms.
The ancient cultures of India understood how energies flow through the body and developed ways to deal with their flow. The chakra system is a big part of your spiritual body. Chakra healing is a very important path of spiritual growth.
For most people, chakra points get blocked over time as they grow older and stray from the path of their dharma. We’ll be focusing on chakra healing to help you transform into your best self!
Chakra meditation is a technique that brings balance to the spiritual and physical self. It helps us healthily deal with our emotions, and it helps us stay healthy.
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There are seven main energy centers or chakras. Let’s look at the seven chakras in detail and see how we can open them.
The 7 Chakras and How to Open Them
The seven central chakras are the ones that lie in alignment with our spine. They’re sometimes represented by different colors, and each of them has a specific purpose or function. Let’s take a look at the chakras and how to open them!
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The root chakra is located at the base of our spine. It is what connects us to the world around us (hence, the name). It also controls our basic needs for things like food, shelter, etc. A blockage in your root chakra often leads to emotional and physical distress, especially digestive ailments.
The root chakra is based on physical awareness and comfort in any situation. Use your body to notice this. Do yoga, take a walk around town, or do chores with your hands. These activities allow the body to recognize you and strengthen the root chakra.
- Ground yourself: This means you have to connect with the Earth and feel it beneath you. To do this, stand up straight and comfortable, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Move your pelvis slightly forward and balance your body so that your weight is evenly distributed across the soles of your feet. Then lower the weight forward. Hold this position for a few minutes.
- Sit crisscross applesauce. Let the tips of your thumb and index finger touch.
- Concentrate on the root chakra and what it means to you.
- Repeat the sound “LAM” quietly but clearly.
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is located just below your navel. Considering its proximity to the reproductive system, it’s no surprise that this is the chakra point that governs creativity and sexuality. It is the birthplace of new ideas and dreams! A blockage in the sacral chakra leaves people feeling disconnected from new experiences and stuck in their creative process.
- Sit comfortably on your knees with your back straight.
- Place both hands on your knees, palms up. Cup your hands, and gently touch your thumbs.
- Focus on the sacral chakra.
- Repeats the sound “VAM” quietly but clearly
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The solar plexus chakra is the chakra that rules our self-esteem and discipline. When we experience new things and learn from them, the solar plexus chakra is where we absorb the lesson into our psyche and truly understand its meaning. It also controls digestion. An imbalance in the solar plexus chakra can sometimes lead to mood swings, stubbornness, a loss of confidence, or a quick temper!
- Sit comfortably on your knees, with your back straight.
- Place your hands in front of your stomach just below the solar plexus. Make sure your fingers are joined from the top and all point away from you. Cross your thumbs and straighten your fingers (this is important).
- Focus on the navel chakra.
- Repeat the “RAM” sound quietly but clearly.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The heart chakra is the chakra point at the very center of our being, surrounded by our vital organs. It is what lets us form intimate relationships with the people around us. A closed heart chakra causes us emotional distress or imbalance, as well as respiratory or cardiac issues.
- Sit cross-legged.
- Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of your chest, where your heart would be.
- Concentrate on the heart chakra
- Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “YAM.”
5. Throat Chakra (Visshuddha)
The throat chakra is located right next to the thyroid glands. If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, the throat chakra controls all aspects of communication and self-expression. A blockage in the throat chakra leads to miscommunication, an urge to isolate from loved ones, and even hormonal imbalances.
- Sit on your knees.
- Cross your fingers on the inside of your hand without your thumbs. Touch your thumbs from above and place your hands in front of your collarbones below your neck.
- Focus on the throat chakra.
- Repeat the sound “HAM” quietly but clearly.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The third eye chakra rests on the forehead, just above where our eyebrows meet. It is responsible for the gut feelings and intuition that guide us through everyday life and our spirituality. It is the chakra of insight; of the ancient knowledge the cosmos holds. A blockage in the third eye chakra makes us more susceptible to deceit and can also cause issues in our perception and focus.
- Sit cross-legged.
- Bring your hands together in front of your chest. Fold all the fingers towards, except for your middle fingers, which meet and point outward. Join your thumbs as well.
- Concentrate on the throat chakra.
- Quietly and clearly, say the word “OM” repeatedly.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra is found at the top of our heads. It is where our energy flows out and connects with the world’s energy at large. It is the seat of spiritual awareness and enlightenment. A healthy chakra alignment leads to peace in the crown chakra.
- Sit cross-legged.
- Bring your hands to the front of your stomach. Let the little fingers point up and away from you, touching at the tips, and cross the rest of the fingers with the left thumb underneath the right.
- Concentrate on the crown chakra.
- Silently, but clearly, chant the sound “NG”
The Signs of a Blocked Chakra
How do you know if your chakras have been blocked?
When your chakras are out of balance, you can have too much energy and be overactive. They also have too little energy and can be inactive or blocked.
When one or more chakras are out of balance, there are physical and mental symptoms. For example, you may experience:
- Restless sleep
- Mood swings
- Fear and anxiety
- Communication problems
- A feeling of being unloved
Each chakra has specific symptoms that can help you understand if any particular chakra is blocked or overactive.
Benefits of Opening Chakras
There are many benefits to opening chakras. As I went diving into the art of chakra healing, my life took a turn for the better. I was glowing, my career was at its peak, and I had never been healthier.
Unlike regular meditative exercises, chakra opening focuses on chakra healing by working on the flow of energy in the body and stilling the mind to be able to focus on the movement of the divine body. It is a practice that has helped me connect with my inner self, and, thus, with the world at large. It helps my chakras stay in alignment so that my physical body and divine body are at peace.
Here are some benefits that I noticed:
- Releases blocked emotional energy, old patterns, and negative emotions
- It gives you access to more energy and higher states of consciousness
- Your physical health improves drastically
- It helps you ground yourself—touch your emotions, but not overwhelm them
- Become familiar with your sexuality
- You gain confidence and can express your desires without controlling others
- It lets you connect to your intuition
- Deepens your connection with the world
- It helps you to manifest your deepest desires
The chakras play an important role in your spiritual journey, but the most important thing here is your dedication to the path. The universe operates on a law of equals—if you wish to receive, you must also give.
Discipline, hard work, study—these are important parts of spirituality. If you put in the effort, my dear, the universe will come together to help your dreams come true. It is not an easy path, but you are already on your way. Why else would our paths have crossed like this?
You are a powerful, divine being, sun child. Believe in yourself! Let’s walk this spiritual path together and grow.
I can’t wait to watch you manifest good things for yourself and those around you. You will never be alone in your spiritual journey. We are all watching you grow. Choose yourself, love yourself, and take care of yourself. It is the best gift you can offer to yourself. And watch as your dharma manifests itself in your life.
Aim as high as you can, sun-beings. The world itself will guide you every step of the day. We’re all sending our energy to you.
So this is how to open chakras.
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