What is Chakra Therapy?
Chakra therapy means handling or moving energy that is in our body, through different techniques, for the proper harmonization of the chakras.
Chakra Therapy, Energy, Harmony and Health
Through Energy Therapy or Chakra Therapy, such as quartz bowls and acupuncture, we can bring balance to our chakras, the energy centers that are located in the body and which represent directly what happens to us emotionally, physically and psychologically.
Suffering from diseases, disorders or syndromes is something very common among those who are alive in this century. The poor quality of life, bad habits, lousy food and no physical activity deteriorate the body and also disturb the subtle fields that form each one of us.
Thus, our energy is also affected and this influences our health, which not only has to do with physical pains, but also on a mental and social level, factors that undoubtedly become imbalanced with the turmoil to which we are exposed on a daily basis.
That’s why we talk about the chakras, a term which has its origin in the Vedas, and that means “wheel”. It refers to the energy centers present in the human body, which are recognized as seven major wheels and several side wheels, that correspond to acupuncture ends.
Experts in chakra therapy say that the chakras are “vortexes through which energy flows; They are the direct manifestation of our physical, emotional and mental health, representative of our consciousness. Through them, we understand and embody our environment”.
The seven major chakras are seven. They are located along the spine, the first one being the Root Chakra, and the seventh being the Crown Chakra.
The Chakra System
First chakra: Muladhara or Root Chakra
Located at the base of the coccyx, its correct flow depends on our instinct for survival.
Second chakra: Svadisthana or Sacral Chakra
Located in the sacrum, it is related to the ovaries or testicles. It regulates sexual energy, creativity.
Third chakra: Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
Located above the navel, in the solar plexus. It is related to the adrenal glands and its functioning has to do with the mind, control, freedom.
Fourth chakra: Anahata or Heart Chakra
It is at the level of the heart; is related to the thymus, an organ behind the sternum, involved in the development of the lymphatic system and the immune response of the organism. This is the chakra of compassion, love, healing.
Fifth chakra: Vissudha or Throat Chakra
Located in the larynx, it corresponds to the thyroid gland. This gland secretes hormones that are present in almost all functions of the organism. This chakra is related to speech and growth.
Sixth chakra: Ajna or Third Eye Chakra
It is located between the eyes; is related to the pituitary gland, which rests at the base of the skull and is the center around which our metabolism spins. This sixth chakra provides intuition, perception beyond the senses.
Seventh chakra: Sahasrara or Crown Chakra
The crown chakra corresponds to the pineal gland, which produces melatonin, regulating the mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness. Its function has to do with transcendence, the connection with the higher world.
Harmonizing the Chakras
There are many ways to harmonize and balance the chakras. Among the alternatives we can all choose from, we find: reiki, singing bowls, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, flower therapy and others.
Each chakra has a specific color that is not chosen by chance but rather because of its frequency of vibration. Each chakra has a vibrational frequency and vibrates at a particular frequency that is similar to the vibration of its color.
Following the above, we identify the chakras and their colors as follows:
- Root chakra: red
- Sacral chakra: orange
- Solar Plexus chakra: yellow
- Heart chakra: green
- Throat chakra: blue
- Third Eye chakra: indigo
- Crown chakra: violet
Each chakra can suffer imbalances. Because the energy is constantly flowing through these centers, sometimes changes occur in a particular vibration, such as a lack of harmony. Thus affecting both its function and the body organs that receive energy through it.
The location of each chakra has to do with a specific gland with a particular function: releasing hormones, metabolic processes, mood changes, etc. This is also directly related to the energy center it affects. According to Chakra therapy, if the fourth chakra (the heart chakra) is unbalanced, the person might have to deal with love and emotional problems, cardiovascular disease, etc.; If the throat chakra is imbalanced, the larynx might be affected and the chakra therapy will focus on working communication problems.
Chakra Therapy with Sound
In relation to chakra therapy techniques that are recognized as beneficial to balance the chakras, the creator of Sound Therapy mentions that the use of quartz bowls is one of them.
In this regard the sound emanating from these vessels “makes each chakra resonate in its healthy sound frequency. Resonance is a property of sound that makes matter vibrate when in contact with a sound source”, he says.
And to be even more rigorous, the chakra therapist mentions that each bowl belongs to a certain musical note, which in turn coincides with one of the energy centers to which we want to get through the healing technique. These notes and correspondences are:
- Root chakra: C
- Sacral chakra: D
- Solar plexus chakra: E
- Heart chakra: F
- Throat chakra: G
- Third eye chakra: A
- Crown chakra: B
The first step when working with patients that need harmonization of their chakras is to perform a “full scan” to determine the imbalance suffering and its origin.
Then the person lies on the floor on a mat and each bowl is placed a few inches from the major affected chakras. Along with this, breathing and relaxation exercises are done. The point is, before starting the sound chakra therapy with bowls, to focus and set an intention for each chakra that will be healed.
This is a vibrational chakra therapy where there is an instrument used in perfect resonance with the individual. The singing bowls are amplifiers and harmonic energy enhancers, which makes them a good resource in the process of healing and opening our chakras.
Acupuncture Chakra Therapy
Acupuncture and Chakra system theory have a few common concepts,even many of the points used in this ancient Chinese technique are exactly the same as the energy centers that were called Chakras by the Vedas in Ancient India.
This is very likely, since the energies that flow through humans have a common origin and instead on focusing what came first and what later, we must understand that the problem of energies is common to all diseases.
Unlike the chakra therapy, where energy centers coincide with a gland, in Chinese medicine there is a ying yang correspondence with the organs. These are formed into 5 pairs:
- Heart / small intestine,
- Spleen / stomach,
- Lung / large intestine,
- Kidney / bladder
- Liver / gallbladder.
Thus, many of the side chakras will correspond with the energy channels of acupuncture. The main difference is that needles are involved, as a method of toning and dispersion, so the therapy is performed on the base energy.
The harmonization of chakras in traditional Chinese medicine is called Chi Kung (mobilization of the chi energy) and its main points of action in correspondence with the Chakra Therapy are:
- Chakra / Acupuncture point
- Crown / Bai Hui
- Third Eye / Tang Yin
- Throat / Tian Tu
- Heart / Zhan Zhong
- Solar plexus / Zhong Wan
- Sacrum / Guan Yuan or Shi Men
- Root / Hui Yin
When there are cases of more subtle diseases that do not require hospitalization or medical therapy, the patients can improve by themselves. With the help of chakra therapy, an individual can fully open or close their chakras, mobilize their own energy and heal themselves.
These Chakra balancing exercises and techniques will help you cleanse and open your chakras, to remove any blockages or imbalances that are keeping your vital energy from flowing freely through your body. These are all Chakra exercises for beginners, which include mantras, postures, movement and other kinds of easy exercises to heal and balance your chakras every day. Test your Chakra System now to find any current imbalances in your body.
Chakra Balancing Exercises for Beginners
1. First Chakra: How to Open the Root Chakra – Muladhara
Food: Proteins, meat, fish, wine and spicy stews.
Effects of a Blocked Root Chakra:
- Feeling of rootlessness.
- Fear to face everyday life.
- Feelings of guilt
- Lack of concentration.
- Cluelessness (being easily distracted).
- Difficulty to say no.
- Excessive attachment to material possessions or property.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to open or unblock the Root Chakra:
- Aerobic exercise (for the respiratory and circulatory systems) and anaerobic (for muscles and bones).
- Walking (preferably barefoot on sand or grass).
- Sitting, bend over to touch your toes.
- Any kind of dancing or dance exercises (alone or accompanied).
- Jumping on the spot, bending the knees when touching the ground.
- Activities that strengthen self-confidence.
- Trust your body and pamper your inner child.
2. Second Chakra: How to Open your Sexual Chakra – Svadhisthana
Effects of a blocked Second Chakra:
- Fear of enjoyment.
- Sexual Aberrations.
- Contempt of sex.
- Repressions of any kind of pleasure.
- Energy blockages that restrict or limit the free expression of our personality.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to open or activate the Second Chakra:
- Any exercises related to movement and rotation of the hips, to contact, and to water.
- Dances and hip exercises such as Salsa, belly dance, hula hoop.
- Swimming, bathing, showering, jacuzzi, saunas.
- Sexual relations.
- Be aware of your emotions without repressing them. This is energy that wants to get out of your body and express itself.
- Discover the repression and blockages that you have learned since childhood, get rid of your inhibitions, free yourself and enjoy.
3. Third Chakra: How to Open your Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
Food: Carbohydrates, starches.
Effects of a blocked Third Chakra:
- Illnesses of the digestive system.
- Heartburn and ulcers.
- Overweight, thick belly.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Addiction to stimulants.
- Feelings of inferiority, a sense of insecurity and a lack of confidence.
- Feelings of guilt.
- Dissatisfaction with what you feel, you are or do.
- Addiction to power.
- Shutting yourself to others and displaying a cold, calculating and usually bad mood.
- Despite having material abundance, we feel disconnected and dissatisfied.
- Feelings that something keeps us from being happy and fulfilled.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or unlock the Third Chakra:
- The arch: Lie face down, hold your ankles with your hands and do a few swings.
- Release tensions: With a pillow or other object, even with your own feet or hands, hit the bed in order to release your anger when you feel the need to do so.
- Change any habits that bore you.
- Break the routine and inertia that is blocking you.
4. Fourth Chakra: How to Open your Heart Chakra – Anahata
Color: Pink or green.
Food: Vegetables. Oxygen and prana from the air. Green Tea.
Effects of a blocked or imbalanced Fourth Chakra:
- Cardiac and respiratory diseases.
- Inability to love.
- Isolation, disconnection, and selfishness.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate, open or unblock the Heart Chakra:
- Pranayama breathing exercises combined with bandhas (energetic keys) to control your breath.
- Full breathing: Start with a nasal breathing in from the abdomen, chest, and collarbone; then exhale slowly in the same order, expelling all the air.
- Igneous Breathing: Do a series of several abdominal breaths, with your diaphragm expanding and contracting the abdomen.
- Pectoral openings of all kinds: lying back on a pillow or arm of a chair, arch your spine as much as possible, visualize how your heart chakra opens.
- Help someone every day.
- If you hate someone, stop doing it and lovingly show your forgiveness and love.
5. Fifth Chakra: How to Open your Throat Chakra – Vishudha
Color: Light blue and bright turquoise.
Effects of a blocked or imbalanced Fifth Chakra:
- Affections of the throat.
- Voice problems.
- Irritation of the vocal cords.
- Communication problems.
- Being afraid to speak for fear of screwing up.
- Continuous need to talk, babbling.
- Problems with the thyroid gland.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or unblock the Fifth Chakra:
- Repeated and systematic pronunciation of mantras, especially the mantra ‘OM‘.
- With your mouth wide open, stick out your tongue extending every muscle in your face and neck to the maximum, while emitting a loud sound ‘HAM‘ or any other mantra you prefer. Keep this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- Neck twists and neck movements of every kind.
- Scream or yell loudly in a place where you won’t upset or bother anyone.
- Any kind of singing and vocal exercises.
6. Sixth Chakra: How to Open your Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
Food: Dark bluish colored fruits, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grape juice, red wine.
Effects of a malfunctioning Sixth Chakra:
- States of mental confusion.
- Psychological disorders related to vision.
- Vision problems
- Headaches related to vision.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or open the Sixth Chakra:
- Massaging eyes and eyebrows using your fingertips. Keep your eyes closed.
- Circularly massaging the temples and around the eyes.
- Visualize simple geometric shapes.
- Meditate with the Antahkarana symbol.
- Perform guided meditations.
7. Seventh Chakra: How to Open your Crown Chakra – Sahasrara:
Color: White and gold.
Food: None. The Crown Chakra is related to fasting. It can be activated by using incense or herbs.
Effects of having a blocked Seventh Chakra:
- Having a know-it-all attitude and always wanting to be right.
- Dominating and manipulating others to adopt your position or do what you want.
- An Attitude of arrogance.
- Difficulty to think independently, always seeking the support of others to get things done.
- Blind faith in established dogmas, such as social, religious or family patterns.
- Stiff belief systems.
- Narrowness: “Seeing is believing. If I can’t see it, I don’t believe it exists.”
- Difficulty to concentrate and mental dispersion.
- Values oriented towards materialism. Contempt for spiritual aspects of life.
- Expansion of the Ego.
Chakra Balancing Exercises to activate or open the Crown Chakra:
- Any type of meditation and prayer.
- Lying on your back, raise your legs and back, elbows resting while holding the waist.
- Sitting up straight, focus your attention on the “mental emptiness” or a “blank mind” for at least 20 minutes, preferably using a mantra.
This concludes our article on chakra balancing exercises. Make sure to test your Chakra System, and keep reading this blog to learn more about your chakras.