Are you looking for ways to shake up your chakras? Feeling like an emotional wreck for five of the seven days of the week and then too tired to care the other two? Well, one of the reasons you may be feeling drained and sensitive may be because your chakras are unbalanced and aren’t functioning at their optimum levels. I'll explain. Chakras (from the Sanskrit word for “wheel”) are the energy centers in our body, and according to alternative therapy, realigning your chakras can help rebalance the body and mind by helping avoid ill health and maintaining emotional equilibrium. I know we’re all in need of ‘realignment’ at some stage in our lives! Each chakra vibrates at a certain color. So here are some ways to shake up your chakras and enable you to feel energized again.
1. Root Chakra (Red)
This is at the base of the spine and is associated with trust and security. It is also associated with feeling grounded. If this chakra is unbalanced it can lead to constipation, apathy and weight issues. If you’re looking for ways to shake up your chakras, eat foods such as apples and beets and get closer to nature by walking bare foot on the grass to ‘ground’ yourself.
2. Sacral Chakra (Orange)
This is just below the naval and is linked with sexuality and maternal instincts. If this chakra is unstable, you may be more susceptible to panic attacks and stomach bugs. Quiet meditation can help, as can pelvic thrusts and orange colored foods, like, well, oranges.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow)
This point is above the naval and is associated with ambition and self-awareness. Problems with your solar plexus include muscle tension and fatigue. Stay away from stimulants, which can exacerbate tension, and take up activities that can help channel your nervous energy, like boxing and dancing. Go on and shake what your mama gave ya… You’re right, I’ve ever said that before in my life...
4. Heart Chakra (Green)
This point is linked to the heart and chest. It is associated with love, forgiveness and friendship. When your heart chakra is out of line, colds will become a recurrence, as will fatigue. Ensure you consume immune boosting foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Also, make sure you treat yourself to regular massages. In other words, love yourself more!
5. Throat Chakra (Blue)
This is located in your throat, neck, ears and shoulders, and is associated with creativity, communication and emotions. Problems with your throat chakra includes, yes, you guessed it, a sore throat and problems with shoulders and arms. You can maintain a clear and healthy throat by drinking a throat-soothing concoction of lemon, ginger and honey in hot water and also by avoiding sitting at your desk for too long slouched over a computer, as this can lead to shoulder pains.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Indigo)
This is located between the eyebrows and is associated with intuition, thought and dreams. Problems associated with an unbalanced third eye chakra are headaches, mood swings (an average Monday afternoon for me!) and vision problems. You can balance this chakra by ensuring you drink plenty of water, avoid eating too much red meat and undertake exercises to centre your mind, like relaxing Tai Chi and Yoga.
7. Crown Chakra (Violet)
As the name suggests, this is located at the top of the head. It is linked to happiness and spirituality. Problems with your crown chakra can lead to extreme fatigue and self-doubt. Try meditating to clear your mind and perhaps life coaching to help focus your attention on what matters.
Treatment by a practitioner well versed in the art of chakra healing can involve a number of methods such as the use of crystals, Reiki and meditation to make you feel balanced again. What kinds of things do you to to maintain equilibrium in this hectic world we live in?