Balancing the Chakras
The chakras are always in flux. Things that are occurring in your life at any given moment can affect the balance of your chakras.
If you haven’t already, take a Chakra Test to determine if you are excessive or deficient in any of the chakras.
Below is additional information about each Chakra. If any of your chakras are out of balance (by being excessive, or deficient), consider adjusting its spiritual attributes to help you find balance.
Muladhara – 1st Chakra
The first chakra is situated at the base of or tail end of the spine, and is the foundation of the physical body. It stimulates vital forces throughout our body and assists in keeping us grounded to the earth. It influences our immune system, our energy, basic impulses, instincts, endurance and fight or flight reactions.
This chakra is the base of the six other chakras and it deals with the body’s survival including food, shelter and protection. Relationships in our early life influence the wellbeing of this chakra. It helps to activate our energy and stimulates activity, exercise, action and vitality. If these early relationships were easy going and of good quality, later survival issues will be easy. If there was damage to this chakra caused in early life that has not been healed, then there will be problems encountered in day to day life that prevent us from moving on through our development. The root chakra is relevant to achievements in the material world, permanence, strength of character, patience, endurance and safety.
When this chakra is balanced we feel healthy, alive, free, optimistic, happy, steady, and full of vitality. If the root chakra has too much energy flowing through it, this could cause selfishness, greed, an over powering manner, irritation, aggression, and sadism. If there is too little energy flowing through it, this possibly will cause anxiety, lack of confidence, and a lack of ability to complete things. There may also be a leaning towards feeling unloved and masochistic. If this chakra is not working properly it negatively influence the legs, bones, adrenal glands, colon, kidneys, and spinal column.
- We can help to balance this Chakra by cooking and cleaning in the home, sitting on the ground, walking barefoot and dancing.
- Yoga Poses – Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend, Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose), Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), Salamba Savasana (Supported Corpse Pose), and Salamba Balasana (Supported Child’s Pose).
Related Herbs – Ashwangandha (Withanaia Somnifera, Physalis Flexuosa) and Haritaki Myrobalan (Terminalia Chebula, Terminalia Reticulata)
Related Incense – Cedar
Related Glands – Pineal
Related Musical Note – C
Vowel Sound – U (you)
Element – Earth
Sence – Smell
Astrological Signs – All
Crystals – Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Garnet, Ruby, and Red Jasper
Svadhisthana – 2nd Chakra
The second chakra is situated in the lower abdomen behind and approximately two inches from the belly button, in the area of the womb, and is the foundation of the emotional body. It influences our ability to feel emotions, sensations and atmospheres, and controls our ability to let go of our emotions.
The second chakra influences our sexuality and sensuality, physical force, sexual and ardent love, open-mindedness, our ability to yield and cooperating amicably with other people. This chakra physically influences the lower abdomen, spleen, liver, bladder, kidneys, sexual organs, reproduction and fertility.
When the sacral plexus chakra is performing correctly, the person will feel healthy, open, friendly, imaginative and creative which helps us to focus on our objectives. The person will have concerns for others as it promotes tolerance and patience which in turn helps us to relate with others in a positive manner. When this chakra is balanced it encourages intuition, a good frame of mind, energy and success. It helps you to learn from our experiences whether they be successes or failures providing us with the focus we need for our ambitions.
If this chakra is not working properly it cause negative influences in the physical, this is seen in the form of emotional problems or sexual guilt, and excesses in food, sex and drugs. If this chakra is not working properly it creates negative influences in the physical this is seen in the form of bladder infections, impotence or frigidity and problems with the reproductive organs and fertility. If this chakra has too much energy moving through it, we may become self-centred and too ambitious, jealous, distrusting and cold. If too little energy is flowing then we may become shy, hyper-sensitive, untrusting, confused, uncertain, with a growing feeling of aimlessness to our life.
- We can help to balance this chakra by dancing, laughing and having a good time with our friends.
- Yoga Poses – Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose), Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), and Upavistha Konasana (Open Angle Pose).
Related Herbs – Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) and Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)
Related Incense – Orris Root, Gardenia, Damiana
Related Glands – Pituitary
Related Musical Note – D
Vowel sound – O (home)
Chakra Element – Water
Sense – Taste
Astrological Signs – All
Crystals – Carnelian, Coral, Gold, Calcite, Amber, Citrine, Gold Topaz, Peach Aventurine, and Moonstone
Manipura – 3rd Chakra
The third Chakra is situated at the base of the rib cage, and is the foundation of the metal body. It enables us to pick up vibrations and essences from people, places and things, it also involves personal power, energy, self-control, emotional issues, and issues of self-acceptance. This chakra physically influences muscles, stomach, digestion, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, metabolism, and the nervous system.
When the third chakra is balanced it brings the capacity to accomplish that which we want, and allows us to relax and enjoy these accomplishments. We are able to successfully wield our own power and will, which attracts prosperity and balance in turn, allowing us to feel safe and secure. We are more disciplined and better able to organise, able to deal with changes, and see that they lead to new and better things. Life seems better and we are able to concentrate on learning.
A lack of balance in the third chakra may be due to a lack of balance in the first two chakras. If this chakra is not working properly it is inclined to create negative influences in the physical body. This can be seen in the form of ulcers, digestive problems, or liver and pancreas complaints. It can lead to anger and frustration, as well as problems dealing with power and authority. Anger is the product of too much self-power. Everything might feel like an up hill struggle, and full of conflict. Frustration is the product of to little self-power, where everything feels too demanding, and others place too many demands on us.
Being aware of an imbalance of the third chakra is very important because it highlights our understanding of our own inner workings. This allows us to look within and reclaim the balance of our own power, allowing us to move forward with self-confidence.
- We can help balance this Chakra by spending time in sunlight, participate in vigorous activities, complete tasks that have been put off, set goals and start on them, be more assertive, and surround yourself with yellow colors.
- Yoga Poses – Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose), Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation), Navasana (Boat Pose), Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose), Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Leg Lifts), Warrior poses, twists, and Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath or Breath of Fire).
Related Herbs – Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) and Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Related Incense – Carnation, Cinnamon, and Marigold
Related Glands – Thyroid
Related Musical Note – E
Vowel sound – O (top)
Chakra Element – Fire
Sense – Sight
Astrological Signs – All
Crystals – Citrine, Gold Topaz, Amber, Tiger Eye, Gold Calcite, and Gold
Anahata – 4th Chakra
The fourth Chakra is situated in the centre of the chest around the area of the heart, and is the place where the other six chakras converge. It is the foundation of the astral body, and the connection between our physical and our spiritual body. It is driven by love. It influences forgiveness, compassion, empathy, trust, equilibrium and ease with our life. It helps us to get in touch with nature and connects us to the plant world. This chakra physically influences the lungs, thymus, circulation, the endocrine and immune systems.
When the heart chakra is balanced and in harmony with the lower and upper chakras, we are able to strike the balance which allows for unconditional love, allowing us to help others. We feel at peace with ourselves and the world around us. It aids in rejuvenation, rebirth, success, growth, prosperity, development and rebirth, bringing balance to all parts of ourselves, in turn this helps us to help others, and we become a humanitarian.
A lack of balance in the fourth chakra can be due to a lack of balance in the first three chakras. If this chakra is not working properly it can create negative influences in the physical body. This can be seen in the form of circulatory, lung or heart problems. Problems with this chakra can cause us to become unstable and also emotionally unstable, this can cause us to play the martyr or become obsessed, or to feel unloved, suspicious, and also cause us to repress things.
- We can balance this Chakra by spending time outdoors and walking barefoot in soft green grass. Consume green foods like spinach, kale, leafy greens, and green tea.
- Yoga Poses – Gomukhasana and Garudasana (Eagle Pose), and backbends.
Related Herbs – Saffron (Crocus Sativus, Crocus Saffron) and Rue (Ruta Graveolens).
Related Incense – Lavender, Jasmine, Orris Root, Yarrow, Marjoram, and Meadowsweet
Related Glands – Thymus
Related Musical Note – F
Vowel sound – A (far)
Element – Air
Sense – Touch
Astrological Signs – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Crystals – Emerald, Green and Pink Tourmaline, Malachite, Green Jade, Green Aventurine, Chrysoprase, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Fluorite, and Moldavite
Vishuddha – 5th Chakra
The fifth Chakra is situated at the base of the neck in the throat, and influences communication, dreaming, artistic expression, good judgment, self belief, wisdom, truthfulness, out of body experiences, and clairaudience. Physically it influences the mouth, teeth, throat, thyroid gland, and the immune system.
When the fifth chakra is balanced, it allows for free communication, helping us to fell centred and happy. It also helps us while we are meditating to connect with our higher guidance.
If this chakra is not working properly it can create negative influences in the physical body. This can be seen in the form of sore throats, communication problems, earaches or infections, chronic colds, thyroid problems, speech difficulties, chronic tiredness, and depression. It can also lead to control of others through deceit and dishonesty. If the energy flow is too great it can make us inflexible, dominating, egotistical, bigheaded, and cause us to have a self righteous attitude. A lack of energy can cause us to be nervous and frightened, introversion, and a tendency to keep our thoughts to our selves, also opposing any kind of change.
Unblocking & balancing aids to help realign the fifth or throat chakra – We can help to balance this chakra by listening to good music, singing, chanting, going for walks, looking at the sky, watching our breath, and meditating outside. Bringing balance to this chakra unlocks the energy flow to the other chakras.
- We can help to balance this chakra by listening to good music, singing, chanting, going for walks, looking at the sky, watching our breath and meditating outside.
- Yoga Poses – Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), and Halasana (Plow Pose).
Related Herbs – Cloves (Caryophyllus Aromaticus, Syzygium Aromaticum, Eugenia Caryiphyllate), and Vervain (Verbena Officinalis)
Related Incense – Frankincense, and Benzion
Related Glands – Spleen, Pancreas
Related Musical Note – G
Vowel sound – E (let)
Element – Ether & Earth
Sense – Sound
Astrological Signs – Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
Crystals – Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Chalcedony, Blue Sapphire, Celestite, Blue Topaz, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Azurite, and Kyanite
Ajna – 6th Chakra
The sixth Chakra is the third eye chakra. It is situated in the middle of the forehead linking the eyebrows, and influences our capacity to see things that are yet to come into being, or clairvoyance. It is the foundation of our psychic powers. When the sixth chakra is balanced we are able to see auras and spirit guides which help us to look into the past and see into the future. We are able to link into our intuition, imagination, visualize, concentrate, have insight, enlightenment, and a finely tuned awareness. It also defines fantasy and reality. This chakra physically influences the eyes, vision, nose, central nervous system, brain, and pituitary gland.
When the third eye chakra is balanced we feel in control of our lives and have the courage to do what we want. We are confident in our own abilities and have no need to look to others to feel whole. Our mental abilities and our sixth sense are working well.
If this chakra is not working properly it can create negative influences in the physical body. This can be seen in the form of visual and sinus problems, headaches and nightmares. It can also lead to lack of clarity or over analysing circumstances. If the energy flow is too great it can cause a lack of concentration and headaches. It can make us confused, causes spiritual fatigue, psychological problems, or panic attacks and depression. When there is a lack of energy it can cause us to be disorderly, unassertive, frightened of achieving, too sensitive to the feelings of others, and unaware of what comes from the self or from our highest guidance.
- We can help to balance this chakra by laying flat and placing a crystal over the third eye. Visualizing an indigo light or flame whilst meditating can also help rebalance this chakra.
- Yoga Poses – Perform your practice blind folded, or with eyes closed.
Related Herbs – Sandalwood (Santalum Album) and Elecampane (Inula Helenium)
Related Foods and Plants – Echinacea, Eggplant, Ginseng
Related Aromatherapy – Gardenia, Lavender, Rosemary
Related Incense – Mugwort, Star Anise, Saffron, and Acacia
Related Glands – Gonads
Related Musical Note – A
Vowel sound – E (me)
Element – Light & Water
Sense – Intuitiveness or ESP
Astrological Signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Crystals – Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Fluorite, Sodalite, Quartz Crystal, Sapphire, and Indicolite Tourmaline
Sahasrara – 7th Chakra
The seventh Chakra is situated on the top of the head or crown area, and is the foundation of our spiritual body and links us to the highest guidance, the creation. It influences spiritual will, inspiration, idealism, and celestial knowledge. It is our connection with the universe. This chakra physically influences the cerebral cortex, cerebrum, central nervous system, the pineal gland, pituitary gland, and hormones related to them.
When the crown chakra is balanced we are released from ego driven desires, we are able to trust in our highest guidance and know that we are guided in all that we do.
If this chakra is not working properly we will still be guided but this guidance will probably be ego influenced rather than from our highest guidance. This can cause us to become unsure of our selves, reduce our self confidence, and create fear and anxiety. It can create negative influences in the physical body. This can be seen in the form of apathy and problems with the understanding and retention of knowledge. Other physical problems which may occur are headaches, worry, anxiety, immune disorders, mental, and cognitive problems.
When open, this chakra feels as if there is a small amount of pressure, pulling or tugging at the crown of the head. The seventh chakra balance is affected by the balance of the previous six chakras.
- We can help to balance this chakra by spending quiet time in mediation and connect with your inner self, higher self, spirit guides, the source, whichever works best for you and whatever path you walk, is the right way for you. Ask in quiet contemplation for guidance in matters you require answers for. Your answer may come to you immediately or may come later as an Aha moment! Try to set aside time regularly to do this, and in time this will become common practice and answers will flow freely to you. Practice makes perfect.
Related Herbs – Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) and Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans).
Related Foods and Plants – Blackberry, Dark Blue Grapes, and Garlic.
Related Aromatherapy – Cinnamon, Clove, and Peppermint.
Related Incense – Lotus, and Gotu Kola
Related Glands – Adrenal
Related Musical Note – B
Vowel sound – ohm
Element – Thought & Fire
Sense – Will
Astrological Signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Crystals – Amethyst, Alexandrite, Purple Fluorite, Sugilite, Quartz Crystal, Diamond, and Selenite
Chakra Flow Yoga Class
I have a yoga sequence that systematically uses various poses in order to open up the chakras from the root to the crown. It’s available through JohnnyFit Online. Check it out, and try it out!