Can chakras be blocked?

by Veronica Molinski

A blocked root chakra can manifest as physical problems such as arthritis, constipation, and bladder or colon problems, or emotionally through insecurity about our finances or our basic needs and well-being. When you are aligned and open, we will feel firm and secure, both physically and emotionally. Some of the most common causes, which create a blocked chakra, are stress and anxiety. These have a direct influence on our body, creating a tension within the body's tissues, which then restricts the flow of Qi or Prana.

Ongoing stress, anxiety, or negative emotions can reduce our mind's ability to peacefully concentrate (meditate) on the movement of energy throughout our body. When our seven main chakras are open and balanced, energy can flow freely through our bodies and minds. When any of these energy centers become blocked, it leads to stagnation and can contribute to a variety of physical and spiritual ailments. If you experience any recurring pain or stiffness, read to see if a chakra imbalance could be the cause and find out how chakra balance could help.

After reading this, you (like me) may feel that more than one chakra is unbalanced or blocked. This is because when one is blocked, the other chakras begin to compensate and become hyperactive or underactive. The Navel Chakra resides in the Solar Plexus. Associated with a sense of trust, this chakra can be blocked if you feel embarrassed.

Problems related to willpower and self-esteem can arise. If you tend to feel shy and unable to express your opinion in a meeting, it is your belly button chakra that is blocked. Blockages can be physical, in the literal sense, such as fat deposits in the arteries, a tumor, a cyst, or excess waste. We can create blockages in the physical body through poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, overexertion, and lifestyle choices, such as overwork, drug use, or lack of sleep.

Depending on the location of the pain or inflammation, arthritis can tell us which chakra is blocked. Most arthritis joins the root chakra or solar plexus chakra. However, if your neck, back, legs, or arms hurt, it's best to look for these areas individually using this index. You can identify if you can have a blocked chakra by understanding each of the seven main chakras and what happens to you if any of them are blocked.

If you have pain or stiffness, or certain recurring emotions and fears, keep reading and you may find out which chakra is affected or blocked. Linked to the throat and vocal cords, a blocked throat chakra can lead to thyroid problems or a recurring sore throat. What you are about to learn is how to know when your chakras are blocked and then what to do to realign an obstructed chakra and restore the flow of energy to it. Blockages in the chakras can also be emotional or psychological, such as stored emotions from the past or mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression or addiction.

Now you've learned to recognize when one or more of your chakras are blocked, along with some simple solutions to realign them. It is possible that one of your chakras, the 7 pools of energy that swirl in your body, is blocked or unbalanced. However, if you have signs of multiple chakras blocked, just know that it's totally normal and any good yoga class or healer will work to align them all at once, creating a clear channel for prana to flow from head to toe. Each chakra governs different spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of your being, and identifying which one is causing you pain is the first step in changing things.