How Can You Tell When a Chakra is Blocked?
While you may not necessarily feel it, there is an enigmatic yet vigorous energy coursing through your body at this very moment. An energy so powerful, yet discreet, that ignoring it can wreak havoc in our lives.
The chakras are energy points that reside in our bodies, and they affect how we feel, think and behave. When a chakra is blocked or misaligned, our physical, mental and spiritual chemistry can feel off and uncomfortable.
Chakra healing can realign the chakras and provide a modicum of balance that is necessary for our energy to feel positive and grounded in the earth.
So, how can you tell when a chakra is blocked?
Assessing your chakras may seem like a complicated, involved process – especially if you’re new to the art and practice of working with the chakras. But the telltale signs of a blocked chakra can be quite clear and easy to recognize, once you know what you’re looking for.
Understanding the Chakras
One of the easiest ways to recognize any imbalances in your chakras starts with understanding more about them.
The concept of chakras is derived from Ancient India, and it is tied to the tradition of tantra, and revolves around the idea of Kundalini, a snake-like entity comprised of energy that lives at the base of the spine. It is thought that this energy can be revived by practices such as yoga and meditation.
Surrounding this energy are 7 major points throughout the center of the body that represent the 7 major chakras. Each chakra represents different emotions and aspects of life, and when one chakra is blocked, it can make your world feel topsy-turvy.
Here are the 7 major chakras explained:
Muladhara – The Root Chakra
The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine and represents our feelings of security and groundedness.
Svadhisthana – The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral chakra resides near the pelvis and represents our passion, potential and sensuality.
Manipura – The Solar Plexus Chakra
Also known as the Navel chakra, the Solar Plexus chakra can be found near the navel and is associated with our confidence and personal power.
Anahata – The Heart Chakra
Located near the heart, the Heart chakra deals with our emotions and feelings of love.
Vishudda – The Throat Chakra
The Throat chakra can be found near the throat and represents our need for self-expression and honesty regarding our emotions.
Ajna – The Third-Eye Chakra
The Third-Eye chakra or Brow chakra is located near the center of the forehead and is associated with the ethereal, otherworldly, spiritual side of life.
Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra
The Crown chakra is located at the top of the head and deals with our connection the divine energy and our spiritual nature.
Recognizing a Blocked Chakra
There are many physical and mental symptoms that accompany a blocked chakra, but the following 6 issues are the most common when dealing with a misaligned chakra.
Challenging Mental Energy
Are you having trouble concentrating? Do you feel like remembering certain pieces of information has been a struggle lately? This is one of the most common indicators of a blocked chakra. If you feel like you just can’t concentrate, it’s time to do some chakra work.
Insomnia or Fatigue
Our bodies can feel really out-of-whack when our chakras are blocked, and this certainly affects sleep. If you can’t seem to fall asleep, or conversely, if sleeping is all you want to do, you definitely need to schedule some yoga or chakra-centered meditation into your planner.
Out Of Control
Do you feel out of control, like things are happening around you and there’s nothing you can do to stop it? These feelings often accompany a blocked chakra- specifically the Sacral Chakra. If you can’t seem to regain control over your life, working with the chakras can effectively help you feel powerful and strong.
It can feel impossible to get motivated or energized when chakras are blocked – like there is a paralyzing energy all around you. Clearing the chakras can work to revamp and revitalize your spirit.
Lack of Self-Expression
If you haven’t felt particularly creative lately, a blocked chakra could be to blame. Try meditating or practicing chakra-centered yoga and then revisit your sketchpads and journals – you might find your creativity spilling out of your newly refreshed spirit.
Have you had a hard time expressing feelings and emotions lately? Is the thought of being vulnerable overwhelming? Chances are, you need to align your chakras. A blocked chakra can prevent us from not only feeling our emotions but feeling comfortable and safe enough to share them.
While discovering that your chakras are blocked can feel startling at first, a blocked chakra is certainly not the end of the world. There are many activities and practices, such as yoga and meditation, that work to naturally clear the chakras.
Working with your chakras will help you feel more expressive, confident and in control of your life.
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