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How do you tell which of my chakras are blocked?

How do you tell which of my chakras are blocked?

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:

Root Chakra

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.

Sacral Chakra

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.

Heart Chakra

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.

Throat Chakra

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.

Crown Chakra

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:

Chakra Color
Root Red
Sacral Orange
Solar Plexus Yellow
Heart Green
Throat Blue
Third Eye Indigo
Crown Violet

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.

Pendulum Dowsing

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:

Chakra Healing Stones
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

Essential oils can also support chakra healing through aromatherapy. Some oils to try:

Chakra Essential Oils
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.

Color Visualization

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.

Chakra Exercises
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.