Why balance chakras?

by Veronica Molinski

Simply put, when your chakras are balanced, which you can visualize as wheels along your spine spinning in tandem, says energy healer and Reiki practitioner Parita Shah, your energy flow is aligned, and negative feelings and thoughts, as well as physical ailments, are less likely of demonstrating. Balancing the flow of energy through the chakras ensures that the entire system works in harmony. The harmony in your energy body can mean improvements for your physical body as well. 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. According to Tucker, depending on which chakra is out of balance, physical or emotional symptoms may occur. It can be anything from not being willing to try new things, to fatigue, to feeling a lot of anxiety in social situations.

Each chakra is also connected to a different color, element and function. Balancing the throat chakra is as easy as “being impeccable with your word” (The 4 Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz). This way, you use the power of your word to tell truth and love. When you speak, speak with integrity.

Don't speak against yourself or others and say ONLY what you really want to say. In addition to doing yoga, breathing exercises or meditation can also provide general balance. That can help you to be a little more balanced, to be a little more present. If you downregulate that overall stress response and calm your thoughts, your systems will work better.

To balance the sacral chakra, it's helpful to first find out if you're hyperactive or underactive. If this is out of balance, you will struggle in relationships and how to connect with your inner and outer world. When I first entered the treatment room for my Seasons of Chakra massage, I was curious to know the small details that would supposedly balance my chakra (or at least help me stay more in touch with them). Emotional imbalances manifest as feelings that affect basic survival needs: money, housing, food, and the ability to meet life's needs.

Tucker says there are at least two simple ways to actively practice chakra balancing on a daily basis. In times of struggle or change, energy can stop flowing freely and cause Charka (s) to become blocked or unbalanced. So the best way to start balancing all of your chakras and working toward well-being is to start at the root and work your way up to the crown, one chakra at a time. If you're in balance, you'll feel empowered to take creative risks, embrace your sexuality, and be an extrovert.

If you're out of balance, you'll often feel like they don't hear you, aka you'll be the doormat in relationships. Sacral chakra: two inches below the navel Physical imbalances manifest as sexual and reproductive problems, urinary problems, kidney infections, pelvic hip and lower back pain.