“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” - Buddha

98% of people doing yoga are hoping to improve their health. Working on your chakras through yoga allows you to better circulate energy through all your organs.

Generally, you’ll start by working on the physical with the first three chakras, then the emotional with the heart chakra, and the psychological with the last three chakras.

In this article, we’re having a look at how you can realign the main seven chakras and how to know if they're blocked.

How Can You Know if Your Chakras are Blocked

If you have aches and pains or are worried, your chakras may be unaligned. This is because your life force energy flow is said to be blocked or interrupted throughout your body and along your spinal column. You might feel frustrated, tired, trapped, discouraged, anxious, etc. These are all difficult emotions to manage.

How can you tell if your chakras are blocked?
You can balance your chakras anywhere you can do yoga or meditation. (Source: Free-Photos)

The goal of working on your chakras isn’t to block your emotions nor control them, but rather to understand them without judging them. Physical pain is often related to emotions and feelings and rebalancing your chakras allows you to ease your concerns and physical pain.

A chakra can be too open (overactive or overdeveloped) or too closed (underdeveloped). You can't completely close off a Chakras unless you’re dead. When we talk about a blocked or unbalanced chakra, we mean that it’s either overdeveloped or overdeveloped.

Why You Should Balance Your Root Chakra

The first chakra is the root chakra or the Muladhara. It’s associated with earth and its role is to give you everything you need to survive. This doesn't necessarily mean it’ll give you financial or emotional support, food, drink, or somewhere to sleep but rather your spiritual grounding. The phrase associated with this chakra is “I am”.

The root chakra is regularly used and, as a result, is often hyperactive. This can cause anxiety, agitation, and feelings of insecurity. Physically, these issues can manifest themselves as digestive problems and problems in your colon, bladder, and kidneys as well as pains in your back, legs, or feet. On the other hand, if it’s underdeveloped, you might have your head in the clouds. Balancing your root chakra will allow you to alleviate physical pains and reconnect to the world around you.

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Why You Should Work on Aligning Your Sacral Chakra

The second chakra (Svadhishthana) is located just under your belly button and is your centre of creativity. It’s what allows you to enjoy life’s pleasures, particularly the carnal ones. The phrase associated with the Sacral Chakra is “I have pleasure”.

Why should you work on your sacral chakra?
Each chakra is associated with a colour and element. (Source: Pexels)

When the chakra is too open, it can manifest itself in dependency issues. You might be overweight, suffer from addiction (alcohol, sex, food), or hormonal imbalance. If the sacral chakra is overactive, you won’t take joy from life’s pleasures. You may feel down, powerless, reduced libido, and generally passionless. Physically, this can result in sexual dysfunction and low energy. Balancing this chakra will help you feel better during pleasurable activities.

Why You Should Open Your Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra (Manipura) is located a couple of fingers above your belly button. It’s associated with self-confidence and the phrase “I do”. It’s sometimes called the warrior chakra because it allows you to gain the knowledge of a warrior.

The third chakra can be hyperactive and in this case, you’ll feel angry, a need to control everything you can, and a lack of empathy. Physically, you may suffer from bad digestion, muscular stiffness, and nervous tension. On the other hand, if the chakra is underdeveloped, you’ll be lacking in self-confidence. Working on your third chakra can help you alleviate digestive problems and rebuild your self-confidence.

Why Focus on the Fourth Chakra?

The heart chakra (Anahata), is located by your heart. It’s associated with feelings of love, kindness, and compassion. The associated phrase is “I love" and it’s the centre of the chakras as it links the lower chakras to the upper ones.

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How do you open your heart chakra?
Different poses can open different chakras. (Source: AndiP)

If your heart chakra is overactive, you’ll tend to put the needs of others over your own. This can translate to heartburn, palpitations, and a high heart rate. For most people, this chakra is underdeveloped.

We’ve all experienced heartbreak and disappointment in our lives. We tend to struggle to get close to people. Physically, this translates to circulatory problems. Balancing the heart chakra can help us to improve our relations with other people and feel more in harmony with ourselves and others.

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Why Should You Balance the Throat Chakra?

The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is associated with communication and expressing our emotions. It’s located by your throat and the associated phrase is “I speak”.

If the throat chakra is unbalanced, you’ll tend to talk too much, interrupt others, and speak to people without listening to them. This can result in sore throats, infections, and ulcers. On the other hand, if your fifth chakra is underdeveloped, you’ll be shy and have difficulty expressing yourself. Physically, you might suffer from digestive problems. Finding the right balance for this chakra will allow you to clearly and kindle express yourself and respect others.

Why You Should Balance Your Third-Eye Chakra

The sixth and chakra (Ajna) is located between your eyebrows and is occasionally referred to as the brow chakra. It’s associated with intuition, decision-making, and the phrase “I see”.

How do you open your third-eye chakra?
The last two of the seven main chakras are the hardest to open. (Source: garyskirrow)

This chakra is rarely hyperactive but it can happen. In this case, you’ll struggle to get the most out of your human experience and will constantly look for solutions in the supernatural. You’ll place too much importance on things like tarot cards and astrology rather than taking responsibility for your actions.

Most of the time, your third-eye chakra will be underdeveloped. The last two chakras are difficult to open as they relate to your spirit and subconscious minds. If you regularly need pragmatic reasons and demonstrations to make decisions, your sixth chakra is underdeveloped. We rarely place enough importance in making decisions through intuition. This can result in headaches, allergies, or issues with your sinuses.

By balancing your third-eye, you’ll be more in-tune with the physical and material world but also the psychic world you can’t see.

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Why Open Your Crown Chakra?

The crown chakra is located under your crown. It’s the pure energy of consciousness and is difficult to explain. Its associated phrase is “I understand”. Your crown chakra cannot be overdeveloped. Humans can only hope to achieve a balance.

It’s very difficult to harmonise this chakra. This requires a lot of work on breathing, meditation, and peacefully enjoying the human experience. Once you’ve balanced your seventh chakra, you’ll have no fear of death or suffering as you access your unconscious and subconscious mind.

Practising yoga and the yoga poses associated with a particular mantra can help you harmonise your chakras. Be patient and work on balancing your chakras.

There are plenty of talented private tutors available on Superprof to help you with meditation and yoga.  There are different types of tutorials available and it's up to you to choose the best tutor and best type of tutorials for you and your budget.

Face-to-face tutorials are the most costly type of private tutorials available because you're paying for bespoke lessons and a bespoke course. Of course, these are often the most cost-effective thanks to having a dedicated tutor to plan your sessions and guide you through them.

Online tutorials are also available. This is when the tutor teaches the tutorial using video conferencing software such as Skype and isn't there in the room with you. While this type of tutorial is usually better for academic subjects, you can get yoga and meditation tutorials over webcam too! Since the tutor doesn't have to worry about travel expenses or getting equipment for their students and can schedule more lessons into their week, they're also able to charge less per hour for their tutorials.

Finally, there are group tutorials. These tend to be cheaper than the other types since several students are sharing the cost of the tutor's time. However, this does mean you get less one-on-one time with your tutor. That said, group tutorials with people you know can be really enjoyable and you're less likely to give up on a new hobby if you have the support of friends and family. Otherwise, you could always get group yoga tutorials with strangers and make new friends!

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