I believe most of us are now becoming more aware on the realisation that a human body is more than just a physical body or a busy mind. New fields of science are showing that all living things are made up of energy, with quantum physics leading the way.

Eastern medicine, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, has long recognised humans as a whole, inseparable mixture of body, mind, and soul for thousands of years.

We have an energy system where prana, our vital force, flows to all parts of our body, according to Hindu and yogic practice. According to this theory, there’s many greater energy nodes inside this system with a higher concentration of arteries, veins, and nerves.

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It’s conceivable that you have a blocked or trapped chakra if you’ve been feeling less functional and enthusiastic or in an emotional funk. Chakras, according to common belief, are an ancient method for understanding your body’s energy, never a new gimmick in the yoga world.

The chakras are located in the sushumna, which is the central channel of the spine. This main energy flow path (nadi) runs from the root of the spine to the crown of the head. 

What are the significance of each chakra and where do the chakras reside?

  • Root chakra: Located at the base of the spine

  • Sacral chakra: Found in the navel region

  • Solar plexus chakra: Situated in the belly button area

  • Heart chakra: Located at the centre of the chest

  • Throat chakra: Comprises the shoulder and neck areas

  • Third eye chakra: Found between the eyebrows

  • Crown chakra: Resides at the top of the head

Blocked chakras, what causes it?

Multiple factors lead to a chakra blockage, some are very much influenced by the type of food we consume to the grudges and pain we hold in us. Here is how our daily lifestyle affects our chakras. 

  • Root chakra: Fear, trauma, eating disorders

  • Sacral chakra: Emotional instability, addiction behaviors, fear of change

  • Solar plexus chakra: Bullying, lack of self-worth, mental, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse

  • Heart chakra: Stress, emotional pain, grief, unhealed emotional wounds, overthinking

  • Throat chakra: Low self-esteem, self-expression issues, fear of speaking the truth

  • Third eye chakra: A closed mind, blind obedience, not questioning your reality

  • Crown chakra: Overactive ego, deeply rooted negative beliefs, lack of meaningful relationships

How to balance, cleanse and keep the energy flowing?

Root Chakra-

  • Your survival instincts and how you bond with your physical body is deeply linked to the first chakra and its resonance.

  • Mantra to chant: Lam

  • Healing Crystals: Black tourmaline, obsidian, ruby, red agate, and hematite

  • Types of food to eat: Root vegetables like potatoes, beetroots, carrots, radishes, onions, parsnips, and garlic. Proteins such as meat, eggs, nut butter, tofu and any sort of red coloured fruits. 

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Chives, cayenne, paprika, pepper, and horseradish (Just a dash in your tea or coffee will do, cause these spices tend to be spicy)

Sacrel Chakra-

  • This is related to the artistic and emotional side. The chakra also helps elevate our sexual energy, known as kundalini.

  • Mantra to chant: Vam

  • Healing Crystals: Orange calcite, carnelian, goldstone, and red aventurine

  • Types of food to eat: Anything that is orange such as passion fruit, peaches, oranges, and apricots. Other sources are salmon, carrots, and sweet potato.

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Cinnamon and vanilla

Solar plexus Chakra- 

  • This chakra has a deep connection with our personal power and self esteem. Balancing and unblocking this chakra eliminates ego and increases our willpower.

  • Mantra to chant: Ram

  • Healing crystals: Amber, citrine, tiger’s eye, topaz, and rutilated quartz

  • Types of food to eat: Carbs like rice, oats and beans. Types of protein are milk, cheese and yogurt. One many also consume banana, squash and lemons for energy replenishment.

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Mint, chamomile, cumin, fennel, turmeric, and ginger

Heart Chakra-

  • Heart chakra is where your energy belonging to self esteem and self love resides. Balancing this chakra will enhance our self love and encourage our inner self to have healthy emotions flowing.

  • Mantra to chant: Yam

  • Healing crystals:  Rose quartz, malachite, rhodochrosite, and unakite

  • Types of food to eat: Leafy greens, especially anything that is green in colour such as spinach, kale, broccoli and zucchini.

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme, and green tea

Throat Chakra-

  • This chakra is associated with how we communicate with someone verbally and ways we express ourselves. Cleansing the chakra helps us to converse truth better that hiding our feelings.

  • Mantra to chant: Ham

  • Healing crystals: Sodalite, apatite, lapis lazuli, chrysocolla, and turquoise

  • Types of food to eat: Blackberries, blueberries and plum

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Water, herbal tea and coconut water

Third Eye Chakra-

  • Your subconscious and conscious minds collide here. When this chakra is accessible and active, you will tap into your inner wisdom and gain useful insights of who you are and what you need out of life.

  • Mantra to chant: Om

  • Healing Crystals: Amethyst, fluorite, charoite, and lepidolite

  • Types of food to eat: Purple foods such as blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, purple cabbage, and eggplant

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Poppy seeds

Crown Chakra-

  • This chakra is at the crown of our body located at our head. It helps you to interact with the world and communicate with your higher consciousness. Keeping the crown chakra activated and balanced can be as simple as using essential oils, smudging herbs, or burning incense.

  • Mantra to chant: Om

  • Healing crystals: Clear quartz, moonstone, selenite, and herkimer diamond

  • Types of food to eat: To balance and heal the crown chakra, one must mandotarily fast. Through fasting, toxins, as well as negative energies, emotions, and old habits, are eliminated from the body.

  • Spices infused drink to cleanse: Sage, frankincense, lavender, and juniper

Chakras present in the human body has a deep connection with the human endocrine system and correlates with all the systems of our body.

It’s vital to know that maintaining a balanced chakra system necessitates more than just meditating or bringing your crystals around with you.

Eating nutrient-dense foods, having enough sleep, and moving your body on a regular basis are all essential parts of keeping your body, mind, and spirit safe and flourishing.