Chakras are energy centers in the body that correspond to specific physical, mental, and emotional aspects of our being. When chakras become blocked, it can lead to imbalances that manifest in different ways. Determining which of your chakras may be blocked starts with understanding the function of each one. There are seven main chakras that run along the center of the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Here is a quick overview:
Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra represents security and survival. When it’s blocked, you may experience fear, anxiety, or financial issues.
In the lower abdomen, the sacral chakra governs creativity, sexuality, and emotions. Blockage can show up as creative blocks, relationship problems, or sexual dysfunction.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Found in the upper abdomen, the solar plexus chakra is your power center. Blockage may materialize as low self-esteem, indecisiveness, or poor boundaries.
Located in the center of the chest, the heart chakra deals with love, compassion, and acceptance. Symptoms of blockage include holding grudges, isolation, and difficulty giving or receiving love.
In the throat, this chakra governs communication and self-expression. Blockage can manifest as difficulty speaking up for yourself, creative blocks, or an inability to find the right words.
Third Eye Chakra
Between the eyebrows, the third eye chakra rules intuition, imagination, and wisdom. Blockage may show up as difficulty envisioning things or a lack of purpose.
At the crown of the head, the crown chakra represents spiritual connection. Blockage can result in feeling disconnected from something larger, difficulties meditating, or rigid thinking.
Signs of Chakra Blockage
In addition to the manifestations already mentioned, here are some general signs your chakras may be blocked:
- Lacking energy or constant fatigue
- Anxiety or depression
- Physical pain or frequent illness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling overwhelmed or emotionless
- Digestive issues
Keep in mind that many factors can contribute to these symptoms, so chakra blockage may not be the only cause. But if you notice multiple signs and can relate them to a specific chakra’s domain, that can indicate which one needs attention.
Diagnosing Blocked Chakras
There are a few methods you can try at home to diagnose which of your chakras are blocked or imbalanced:
Pay Attention to Physical Cues
Notice any tensions, aches, or pains in your body. For example, tightness in your jaw or neck may indicate blockage in your throat chakra. Lower back pain could signify blocked sacral or root chakras. Make note of problem areas.
Reflect on Your Emotions
Check in with your feelings and moods. Are you noticing depression, anger, fear, or grief? Chronic negative emotions can point to blockage in a related chakra.
Examine Thought Patterns
Pay attention to your thought patterns and self-talk. Negative thoughts about yourself or others may arise from heart, solar plexus, or root chakra blockages. Lack of imagination or purpose can reflect a blocked third eye or crown chakra.
Journaling and Meditation
Writing in a journal and daily meditation can reveal inner struggles connected to blocked chakras. Use these practices to gain clarity.
Chakra Color Associations
Each chakra corresponds to a color of the rainbow:
Notice which color you feel drawn to or repelled by as this can indicate the state of related chakras.
Energy Healing Sessions
Seeking an energy healing or chakra balancing session from a reiki practitioner, shaman, or intuitive healer can also shed light on blockages. They may be able to feel where your energy is stagnant.
Using a pendulum over each chakra can indicate flow or blockage based on the pendulum’s motion.
- A clockwise rotation signifies an open, balanced chakra.
- A counter-clockwise turn indicates a blocked chakra.
- Side-to-side or erratic swinging denotes instability.
- No movement implies complete blockage.
Strategies to Unblock Chakras
Once you have a sense of any imbalanced chakras, there are several strategies you can try to unblock them:
Chakra Healing Stones
Certain crystals and gemstones have healing properties tied to specific chakras. Placing them over blocked chakras can help bring them back into balance. Some examples:
|Root||Hematite, garnet, red jasper|
|Sacral||Carnelian, orange calcite, tiger’s eye|
|Solar Plexus||Citrine, yellow jasper, golden topaz|
|Heart||Rose quartz, green aventurine, jade|
|Throat||Sodalite, blue lace agate, lapis lazuli|
|Third Eye||Amethyst, azurite, purple fluorite|
|Crown||Clear quartz, selenite, white topaz|
Essential oils can also support chakra healing through aromatherapy. Some oils to try:
|Root||Cedarwood, patchouli, ginger|
|Sacral||Jasmine, sandalwood, orange|
|Solar Plexus||Grapefruit, lemon, chamomile|
|Heart||Rose, ylang ylang, bergamot|
|Throat||Lavender, blue chamomile, peppermint|
|Third Eye||Frankincense, clary sage, hyssop|
|Crown||Myrrh, spruce, lotus flower|
Sound and Mantras
Chanting mantras associated with each chakra stimulates and balances them through vibration and sound. Examples include:
- Root chakra – “Lam”
- Sacral chakra – “Vam”
- Solar plexus chakra – “Ram”
- Heart chakra – “Yam”
- Throat chakra – “Ham”
- Third eye chakra – “Om”
- Crown chakra – “Om”
You can also use singing bowls, chimes, gongs, and other instruments specifically tuned to each chakra’s vibrational frequency.
Imagining floods of color channeled into blocked chakras stimulates and energizes them. Envision the color associated with the deficient chakra streaming into your body through the skin or down from the top of your head.
Yoga Poses and Exercises
Physical movement and stimulation can get your chi or life force energy flowing freely through sluggish chakras again. Targeted yoga postures, pilates, tai chi, and breathing exercises help.
|Root||Bridge pose, squats, pilates 100|
|Sacral||Low lunge, hip openers, cat/cow pose|
|Solar Plexus||Bow pose, camel pose, Warrior III|
|Heart||Cobra pose, fish pose, camel pose|
|Throat||Shoulder rolls, neck stretches, chin tucks|
|Third Eye||Child’s pose, downward dog, screen break eye exercises|
|Crown||Seated meditation, Tree pose, mountain pose|
Chakra Healing Techniques
If you want more intensive chakra healing, consider booking sessions with a practitioner who offers:
- Reiki: Uses hands-on or distance energy healing.
- Reflexology: Stimulates chakras through foot massage.
- Acupuncture: Unblocks chakras by accessing energy meridians.
- Crystal grid layouts: Custom designs crystals on the body to balance chakras.
- Aura cleansing: Repairs tears or blocks in your energy field.
A Balanced, Energized You
Keep your chakras humming by caring for your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs daily. Maintain healthy habits like a nutrient-rich diet, regular exercise, mindfulness practices, self-reflection, and stress relief. Get enough rest and stimulation. Nourish your soul through connections with nature, helping others, and exploring your purpose. When all aspects of your chakra system are flowing freely, you’ll feel balanced, resilient, inspired, and aligned with your highest self.
Diagnosing and clearing chakra blockages is a holistic, ongoing process. But by tuning into your body, mind, and spirit, you can uncover which of your energy centers need a little extra love. Using healing modalities that resonate with you spiritually fortifies your chakras, empowering you to thrive.