Know Your Chakras And How To Balance Them

A beginner's guide to knowing each of the seven chakras, and how to keep them balanced and aligned.

You've probably heard the phrase 'balancing your chakras' before, but do you actually know what it means? (Wait, what's a chakra again? ) If not, don't worry, we're here to help. After reading this article you'll not only know and understand each chakra's function, but you may even find yourself wanting to seek out that balance that everyone is always talking about.

So, what is a chakra? 

A chakra is a 'wheel' of energy in the body. There are seven chakras, stacked linearly throughout the body, starting at the base of the spine and extending to the crown of the head. Since the chakras move energy in your body, it's important that each and every one is open, aligned, and running smoothly. If one is out of whack, then energy gets stuck and can no longer flow as it should. That's what is meant by having balanced chakras. See? It isn't too complicated.

Now we'll take a look at each of the seven chakras — what they govern, how to know if they're flowing properly, and how to get them balanced and back on track.

Root Chakra

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone) and is represented by the color red. This chakra governs all things related to survival and security. That means all the necessities — food, shelter, money. These are matters of self-preservation and safety. 

If your root chakra is balanced you'll feel supported, safe, and grounded. You'll feel connected and comfortable in the physical world and your baseline needs will be met. If it's imbalanced, then you'll feel unstable and have worries about survival — most likely in regards to finances.

Balance your root chakra by taking some time to set up a savings plan. You should also try to connect to the earth by walking barefoot or gardening. It's also suggested that you eat red foods. 

Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen, a few inches below the navel. It's color is orange. This chakra is all about emotions, creativity, and pleasure. It also represents your ability to connect and accept others into your life. 

When this chakra is balanced, you'll feel a sense of abundance and well-being. Those creative juices will be flowing, and you'll feel passionate and outgoing. You will have the ability and willingness to reach out to others and take risks. If your sacral chakra is out of balance, you'll feel unable to express emotions. You may also feel void of creativity and pleasure — you know, that zest for life.

Heal your sacral chakra by tending to yourself with gentle self-care. Have a bubble bath, indulge in romance, celebrate achievements, and eat those orange foods!

Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdomen/stomach area, and is represented by the color yellow. This chakra deals with matters of confidence, power, and self-worth. 

When your solar plexus chakra is functioning properly you'll feel confident and in control of your life. You'll have self-respect and feel personal power. If this chakra is imbalanced, you'll likely have issues regarding self-esteem and doubt in your personal abilities. You'll fear criticism and rejection. 

In order to balance your solar plexus chakra, surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. Be aware of any self-deprecating habits and comments, and learn to stop them before they get out of hand. Also, spend some time in the sun and eat yellow foods. 

Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, next to the heart (surprise, surprise). It is represented by the color green. As you would expect, this chakra involves all matters of love, joy, and trust.

When your heart chakra is balanced, you'll feel an abundance of joy and gratitude. Compassion and empathy will come naturally, as will forgiveness and trust in others. When it's out of balance, you may encounter feeling of jealousy, anger, and bitterness. Additionally, you may fear abandonment and loneliness.

Along with green foods, simply doing what you love will help balance your heart chakra. Take some time to do whatever brings you joy, and be generous with others. 

Throat Chakra

Located in the throat, this chakra is represented by the color blue. The throat chakra is all about communication and self-expression. Additionally, this chakra deals with matters of truth and honesty.

When your throat chakra is performing properly, you will feel free to express yourself and your personal truths. You will feel confident in speaking honestly (and even firmly) on matters. You will also be a good listener. When the throat chakra is out of balance, you'll struggle with self-expression. Because of this, you'll fear a lack of choice or power in your life.

Balance your throat chakra by exercising your voice — sing even! Work on always being honest and also knowing when to say 'no'. 

Third Eye Chakra

The third eye chakra is located at your forehead, in between your eyebrows. It is represented by the color indigo. This chakra governs intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think clearly.

When this chakra is on its A-game, you'll feel clear and focused. You'll be able to differentiate between truth and illusion, and will harbor a great deal of wisdom and insight. When your third eye chakra is imbalanced, you'll most likely suffer from volatile moods and have trouble recognizing your personal fears. You may daydream a little too much, and become lost in your imagination (not in a good way).

Get your third eye chakra back on track by listening more. Also, don't forget to praise yourself and recognize your awesomeness.

Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is located at the top of your head and is represented by the color violet. This chakra is all about spirituality, peace, and awareness. It also deals with matters of beauty in all areas of life.

When your crown chakra is balanced you'll be able to live fully in the moment. You'll trust in your inner guidance and spiritual connectedness as you navigate through life. When it's out of balance, you'll feel out of touch with any sort of greater power or inner self-knowledge. You may also have rigid thoughts about spirituality or religion, or just feel completely lost and confused.

Meditation helps balance your crown chakra. Reading motivational books or watching inspirational movies also helps. Taking time for peace and quiet is always a great idea. 

Associate Editor at Livingly. You can reach me by email at sydney.fogel@livingly.com and on Instagram @sydneyfvz
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