It’s normal to feel like you aren’t at your best all the time, but if it’s happening more frequently than you’d like, then it might be time to listen to your body.
When you feel down in the dumps or get sick, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Most of the time, though, people don’t acknowledge these warning signs. Life can get so busy these days that even a wellness check can’t fit in their schedule. I admit, I can be guilty of that too! It’s not until you develop something serious that you really start looking into what’s happening.
The thing is, your overall well-being doesn’t just involve your physical body. As human beings, people emit an energy that extends beyond the physical realm. So when you’re feeling like you’re totally out of it, don’t just consider your physical wellness. Pay attention to your chakras, too.
The Importance of Balancing Your Chakras
Each part of our life corresponds to a specific chakra. These seven discs of energy run from the top of your head down to the base of your spine. When your seven chakras are in harmony, energy flows freely all around your body. You feel grounded, positive, and in control of your actions and emotions. You’re in good spirits, and you feel attuned with your inner self.
On the other hand, when your chakras are imbalanced, you feel anxious and irritable. Everything seems like it’s going wrong no matter what you do. You can’t concentrate, problems can feel magnified, and even your sleep isn’t restful. In some cases, chakra imbalance and blockages can even lead to illnesses as physical manifestations of your erratic energy.
To experience fullness in your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, it’s important to keep your chakras balanced as much as possible. You can achieve this with some simple chakra balancing exercises.
Chakra Balancing Exercises for Alignment
Before performing chakra balancing exercises, it’s a good idea to be aware of the main seven chakras flowing through your body. Here’s a quick rundown of the seven main chakras and their corresponding locations:
- Root chakra: Base of the spine or tailbone
- Sacral chakra: Below the navel
- Solar plexus chakra: Above the navel
- Heart chakra: At the heart
- Throat chakra: At the throat
- Third-eye chakra: Between the eyebrows
- Crown chakra: At the top of the head
You can do specific chakra balancing exercises for each one, but what I recommend are simple exercises intended to harmonize your overall chakra flow. These are quick, easy, and won’t take up more than five to 10 minutes of your time. This is especially helpful for those who are always on-the-go and need to realign themselves to get through tough days.
Everything starts with breathing. Because people breathe to live, they forget to be mindful of this activity and treat it as nothing more than a habit. However, when you start to become aware of your breathing, you’ll find that it’s an easy and natural way to realign and refocus your energies.
To balance your chakra with deep breathing, try out this exercise:
- Step 1: Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Find the natural alignment of your spine.
- Step 2: Relax your shoulders and arms. Rest your hands on your lap.
- Step 3: Close your eyes or soften your outward gaze.
- Step 4: Inhale slowly through your nose while imagining that you’re pulling energy from the earth, to your tailbone, through your spine, and all the way to the top of your head.
- Step 5: Exhale slowly through your nose, imagining that same energy flowing back down from the top of your head, through your spine, to your tailbone, and back to the earth.
- Step 6: Repeat this process at least three times or until you feel more calm and centered.
Visualization and Color Meditation
Visualization and color meditation are powerful methods to balance or unblock your chakras. Keep in mind that each chakra is associated with a specific color:
- Red for the root chakra
- Orange for the sacral chakra
- Yellow for the solar plexus chakra
- Green for the heart chakra
- Blue for the throat chakra
- Indigo for the third-eye chakra
- White for the crown chakra
To balance a specific chakra, here’s what you can do:
- Step 1: Envision that chakra’s specific location in your body.
- Step 2: Imagine its corresponding color radiating from that chakra’s center point.
- Step 3: Breath into each of these color placements to allow your energy to expand. Don’t forget to draw your breath from the center of the earth.
I like to begin my color meditation with the root chakra and slowly move up each energy point until I reach the crown chakra. It’s best to do this sitting down so you’re relaxed.
Toning and Chants
Vibrations from your voice can also work to balance your chakras. You can try either a one-syllable mantra or simply use your voice. Here’s what you can do:
- Step 1: Place both your hands on the site of the imbalanced energy center.
- Step 2: Draw your voice from your diaphragm and sound your deepest possible tone.
- Step 3: Let your tone gradually get higher in pitch as you go.
- Step 4: Hold the pitch that causes that specific energy center to feel lighter.
Just like color meditation, you can do this with one energy center or from your root chakra all the way up to your crown chakra.
Strike a Balance
Don’t wait until your physical, emotional, and spiritual energies are so out of sync that you end up falling ill. Take a moment to do these chakra balancing exercises, so you can realign, refocus, and regain your overall stability!