You may have heard a joke about chakras somewhere in a TV show or even in a yoga class that you’ve attended. If you weren’t entirely sure what the person was talking about when they mentioned them, don’t worry. You’re certainly not alone.
The word “chakra” itself translates to “wheel” in ancient Sanskrit and is a central part of Ayurvedic medicine and healing.
What it Means for a Chakra to be Blocked
As with any wheel, chakras need to be balanced in order to work optimally. Each one also needs to function well individually for a person to reach enlightenment. If a chakra is blocked or closed, it can compromise other chakras and prevent positive energy from flowing through the body.
There are a few things that can cause the chakras to be blocked or closed. Trauma, fear, bullying, addiction, dysfunctional relationships, and abuse are all examples of issues that can block various chakras.
Beginning the healing process and having your chakras cleansed can help put everything back in balance.
The Seven Chakras
To start, there are seven chakras, beginning at the crown of the head and running down through the spine. Let’s explore each one in-depth, starting from the top and working our way down.
Located at the very top of the head, the crown chakra is associated with the color white or purple. As this chakra aligns with the command center of the body, the brain, it is considered the awareness chakra.
The crown chakra is critical for people to feel happy and fulfilled. People who have blocked crown chakras may seem narrow-minded or skeptical.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye is located directly between the eyes. This chakra is associated most closely with intuition and imagination. People who have a closed third eye chakra may exhibit difficulty listening or struggle to see the bigger picture.
They may also have lost touch with their inner child, making it difficult to engage their imagination. Due to its location, a block in this chakra may also physically manifest as a headache.
The throat chakra is the communication center of the body. When there are blocks here, individuals may seem to lack empathy. They may be gossipy or domineering, as well. Physically, a blocked throat chakra can manifest as problems with the mouth, voice, or throat.
You likely won’t be surprised that this chakra is associated with love and compassion. It is important for this chakra to be in alignment because when it’s not, it can cause people to feel lonely and isolated. The location of the heart chakra also gives it a special place of importance since it bridges the upper and lower chakras.
People who have blocked heart chakras may seem selfish. They can also exhibit physical symptoms, such as weight problems, heart problems, or asthma.
Solar Plexus Chakra
This is the personal power chakra, located near the center of the body. It represents self-esteem and confidence. When this chakra is blocked, it can result in digestive issues. This might include eating disorders or ulcers.
The sacral chakra is located right above the pubic bone and is associated most closely with creativity and pleasure. Additionally, this chakra may affect how we feel about ourselves, similar to the solar plexus chakra.
When this chakra is out of alignment, creativity can dwindle, and it may be difficult to find enjoyment in things.
As the name indicates, the root chakra is found at the base of the spine, in the tailbone. This chakra helps us to feel grounded and secure. Similar to the crown chakra, this chakra has to be aligned for everything else to work properly.
It represents stability, both physically and emotionally. If it is out of alignment, people often feel concern over their most basic needs.
How Chakra Cleansing Can Help with Addiction
Having blocked chakras can lead to dangerous addictive behaviors. When you do the work to clear these chakras, you can begin the healing process and learn more about yourself in the process. Coupled with other holistic therapies as well as evidence-based treatments, chakra cleansing can be an effective method of achieving long-term wellness.