Odds are, you’ve probably heard of chakras, especially if you’ve ever taken a meditation or yoga class, had a reiki session, or watched Dr. Strange. But what role do they play in your body’s flow of energy? What happens if they become blocked? And can you learn how to open chakras?
These are all very good questions. So we’ve put together a mini-guide so you can familiarize yourself with the basics. Here are answers to a few FAQs about chakras:
- What Are Chakras?
- How Do You Know If Your Chakras Are Blocked?
- Why Should You Open Your Chakras?
- How Do You Open Chakras?
- How Do You Activate Your Chakras?
- Strike The Perfect Balance
As you start to learn more about the life force, or chi, and its connection with your chakras, you can begin to understand how to open chakras for your wellbeing.
Now take a deep breath and let’s begin.
What Are Chakras?
In Sanskrit, the word ‘chakra’ means ‘wheel.’ It refers to energy points in your body and is represented as spinning disks of energy. Hence, the name “chakra,” a.k.a wheel.
Chakras act as the gateway to your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Each chakra is unique and is responsible for a number of physical and emotional functions. The traditional chakra model identifies seven distinct chakras, but other models identify 12. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to stick with the seven chakra systems.
What are the seven chakras and their meanings?
- Root Chakra or Muladhara – responsible for feelings of security and basic survival
- Sacral Chakra or Svadhishthana – pleasure, joy, desire, creativity, sexuality, emotional balance
- Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura – self-esteem, confidence, courage
- Heart Chakra or Anahata – emotional freedom, compassion, empathy, social relationships, love
- Throat Chakra or Vishuddha – honestly, faith, artistic expression, communication
- Third Eye Chakra or Ajna – perception, imagination, wisdom, decision making, intuition
- Crown Chakra or Sahasrara – bliss, enlightenment, spirituality, universal energy
How Do You Know If Your Chakras Are Blocked?
So, how can you tell if you have a blocked chakra? Great question!
Here are some of the telltale signs and symptoms that you need to open your chakras:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic depression or anxiety
- Mood swings
- Trouble communicating
- Difficulty connecting with others
- Feeling ‘stuck’
Imagine your chakras as rivers and your life energy as the running water. When there’s a blockage in the river, it can create negative repercussions for the habitat and its surroundings.
Similarly, when your chakras are blocked and are in need to be opened, it causes problems with your mind, body, and soul and consequently, your surroundings.
Our very life force can be seen as a stream of pulsating energy. When the stream is not fragmented by blocks in the body armor, the pulsation moves freely through the body and out into the world.— Anodea Judith, leading chakra expert and Mindvalley’s trainer of Chakra Healing Quest
Which of your chakras is blocked?
Giving your chakras a little TLC all boils down to one thing: knowing which of your chakras are blocked. After all, if you want to put the knowledge of how to open chakras to good use, you’ll need to know which of your chakras need tending.
So, how can you tell which chakra you need to work on?
If something feels like it’s out of balance in your life, you can usually trace this imbalance back to an energy blockage in one of your chakras.
Are you having difficulty speaking up for yourself? Your throat chakra could be blocked. Do you suffer from chronic anxiety? Your root chakra could be out of whack.
As Deborah King, Author of Mindvalley’s Be A Modern Master Quest, explains, “All spiritual progress is born out of self-awareness.”
Take a step back and examine your life. Where do you see lack and imbalance? Listen to your instincts to identify which chakras you need to work on the opening.
Why Should You Open Your Chakras?
All your chakras contribute to a well-balanced life. Opening chakras that are blocked will allow your life energy to flow and bring balance to your life.
Some benefits you can experience with chakras opening include:
- Mental and physical wellbeing
- Emotional stability
- Experiencing self-love
- Living a peaceful and fulfilling life
- Unlocking the potential of your higher, true self
Now that you understand the what’s and the why’s, it’s time for you to ask, “Okay, so how do I open my chakra?”
Let’s dive in a little deeper.
How Do You Open Chakras?
The main component of how to open all chakras is to ground yourself with activities that connect you to the ground. Yoga, walking, house-cleaning… feel the ground beneath you and allow yourself to connect. This helps to stabilize your chakras and serves as a foundation to open them.
But opening your chakras is a little bit more complex than an “open sesame!” or in this case, “open chakra!”
But once you’ve identified which of the seven chakras need opening, you can practice the proper techniques to allow your life energy to flow.
There are several methods on how to open your chakras, but here are four ways to do so:
Keep in mind: if one (or more) of your chakras is blocked, the others might be overactive, simply because they’re compensating for the inactivity of the blocked chakra. It’s important to understand that you don’t have to try to make the overactive chakra less active. Focus on opening the blocked chakra. Once all seven open, the energies will balance out and align.
Now, let’s take a closer look at how to open up your chakras to find your balance, health, inner peace, and happiness.
1. Chakra Meditation
Unlocking your chakras with chakra meditation requires a more active approach than most, but it is perhaps one of the most powerful and reliable methods.
A guided chakra meditation will take you through the steps of focusing your energy where your body needs it most. It’s best to practice this more than once for lasting effects, but it’s worth it in the long run.
2. Intensifying Mudras
Mudras are special hand positions that can help activate and open your chakras.
Each chakra has its own corresponding mudra. You can practice mudras with focused intention on your own, but mudras are best practiced alongside a chakra meditation.
3. Cleansing Mantras
Another way you can intensify the effects of your chakra meditation is by adding in some mantras.
Each chakra has an associated sound. By chanting the sound of chakra, you help activate the stagnant energy blocking the chakra you’re trying to open.
4. Chakra Jewelry
When we interact with crystals, their energetic frequency influences ours. Certain crystals even have the potential to affect our physical and mental health.
Each chakra is responsible for a number of different physiological and spiritual functions. By wearing certain crystals or keeping them nearby in our homes, we can encourage the movement of energy through certain blocked chakras.
Here are the best stones to wear for each chakra:
- Root Chakra: Garnet, onyx, red jasper, hematite
- Sacral Chakra: Carnelian, orange zincite, amber, tiger eye, orange coral
- Solar Plexus Chakra: Citrine, yellow sapphire, moonstone, sunstone
- Heart Chakra: Rose quartz, green tourmaline, malachite, garnet, jade
- Throat Chakra: Blue lace agate, lapis, azurite, sapphire
- Third Eye Chakra: Sodalite, turquoise, opalite, pearl, blue topaz
- Crown Chakra: Clear quartz, amethyst, diamond, white agate
Does Yoga Open Chakras?
Yes, it definitely does.
Yoga brings back fresh, vital energy through poses and breathing. There are a number of yoga postures you can use to help balance and open the chakras.
Here are seven suggested asanas to practice for unlocking chakras, each one corresponding to each chakra.
- Warrior I for your root chakra
- Bound angle pose for your sacral chakra
- Boat pose for your solar plexus chakra
- Camel pose for your heart chakra
- Fish pose for your throat chakra
- Child’s pose for your third-eye chakra
- Headstand for your crown chakra
There are other poses that can help open the chakras. Some of the chakras have many asanas that can activate and balance the energy center. We suggest giving them all a try and find the one that works best for you.
How Do You Open Your Root Chakra?
When you’re opening and activating chakras, it’s advisable to start with the root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the foundation of your energy system.
The root chakra corresponds to the earth element and refers to the roots you’ve planted in all the aspects of your life — mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. When you open the chakra, you feel grounded and secure. When it is blocked, that’s when you feel vulnerable, insecure, and anxious.
One great way to learn how to open the chakra is by practicing yoga. Here are a few positions that can help:
- Mountain Pose | Tadasana
- Warrior One Pose | Virabhadrasana 1
- Bridge Pose | Setu Bhandasana
- Corpse Pose | Savasana
If you’re experiencing a block in your root chakra, explore alternative chakra opening methods:
- Engage in meditation and breathing exercises.
- Focus on the part of the body the root chakra is located, right below the tailbone.
- Red represents this chakra, so imagine a wave of warm red energy traveling through your lower body.
- Stay relaxed and let the energy flow for as long as you feel comfortable.
How Do You Activate Your Chakras?
Opening your chakras is one thing, but activating them is another.
Imagine a newly formed flower and the process it goes through until it blooms. The kickstart of the blossoming process is the activation stage while the whole process up to the bloom is the opening stage.
The same goes for chakras.
While opening the seven chakras allows the life energy to flow in and through you, activating it allows the flow to start.
An excellent way of activating a chakra is meditation. Find a quiet and comfortable spot, close your eyes, and focus on allowing your life energy to flow.