By Reshma Patel of mindbodygreen.com:
When our main seven chakras are open and balanced, energy can flow freely through our bodies and minds. When any of them are blocked, it leads to stagnation and can contribute to a variety of physical and spiritual ailments. If you are experiencing any recurring pain or stiffness, read along to find out if a chakra imbalance could be the cause.
1. Root chakra
The root chakra sits at the base of your spine, at your tailbone. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel supported, connected, grounded, and safe in your own body.
Signs that the root chakra is out of balance include:
- Problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, and immune system
- Issues with the male reproductive parts and prostate gland
- Degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation
- Stress about money and financial security
Suspect a blockage? Here six ways to bring the root chakra back into balance.
2. Sacral chakra
The sacral chakra is located just below your navel. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel empowered to take creative risks, embrace your sexuality, and be outgoing.
Signs the sacral chakra is out of balance include:
- Sexual and reproductive health issues
- Urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions
- Hip, pelvic, and low back pain
- Inability to express emotion or desire
- Constant fear of betrayal
Suspect a blockage? Here are six ways to bring your sacral chakra back into balance.
3. Solar plexus chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located in the abdomen. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel self-respect and self-compassion.
Signs the solar plexus chakra is out of balance include:
- Digestive problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Pancreas and gallbladder issues
- An unrelenting inner critic
- Constant fear of rejection
Suspect a blockage? Here are four ways to bring your solar plexus chakra back into balance.
4. Heart chakra
The heart chakra is located near the heart. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel joy, gratitude, love, and compassion for those around you. It will also be easy for you to forgive.
Signs the heart chakra is out of balance include:
- Upper back and shoulder problems
- Arm and wrist pain
- Over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, and bitterness
- Constant fear of being alone
Suspect a blockage? Here are four ways to bring your heart chakra back into balance.
5. Throat chakra
The throat chakra is located near the throat. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel articulate, honest, and truthful yet firm.
Signs the throat chakra is out of balance include:
- Thyroid issues
- Sore throats
- Ear infections
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Issues expressing yourself
- Constant fear of being out of control
Suspect a blockage? Here are four ways to bring your throat chakra back into balance.
6. Third-eye chakra
The third-eye chakra is located in the middle of the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead. If it’s in balance, you’ll feel focused and determined but also open to receiving advice from others.
Signs the third-eye chakra is out of balance include:
- Blurred vision and eye strain
- Sinus issues
- Moodiness and stubbornness
Suspect a blockage? Here are four ways to bring your third-eye chakra back into balance.
7. Crown chakra
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. If it’s in balance, you have an unshakeable trust in your inner guidance.
Signs the crown chakra is out of balance include:
- Rigid thoughts
- Analysis paralysis
- Constant fear of alienation
Suspect a blockage? Here are four ways to bring your crown chakra back into balance.
After reading this, you (like me) may feel that more than one of your chakras is imbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate for it and either become overactive or underactive. So the best way to start balancing all of your chakras is to start at the root and work your way up to the crown, one chakra at a time.
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