Chakras refer to various energy centers in your body that correspond to specific nerve bundles and internal organs. The seven major chakras run from the base of your spine to the top of your head. If these energy centers get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra.
The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Located at the very “root” of your bottom, the bottom of the spine, the root chakra is foundational. An open and balanced root chakra gives you feelings of security and peace, and is essential for pursuing major life goals. When the root chakra is in harmony, we are profoundly connected to nature, feel grounded, and are able to move with the ebb and flow of life.
Your Root Chakra may become blocked if something threatens your basic survival (food, shelter, or money).
Physical Location: Tailbone
Crystals: Ruby, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Obsidian, Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Fire Agate
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Root Chakra: Panic, paranoia, anxiety, ability to stand up for self
Physical aspects of a Blocked Root Chakra: Sore lower back, fatigue, cold extremities, knee problems, immune related disorders, weight problems
The Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
The Sacral Chakra affects your creativity, sexuality, and pleasure in all its forms. This chakra may become misaligned or blocked if you are in an unsatisfying relationship or struggling to have confidence in your own abilities.
Physical Location: In the middle of the abdomen, about two inches below the belly button
Crystals: Amber, Moonstone, Coral, Orange Tourmaline, Sunstone, Orange Calcite
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Sacral Chakra: Boredom, fear of change, addictive thoughts
Physical aspects of a Blocked Sacral Chakra: Low sex drive, urinary discomfort, increased allergy issues
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
An open and balanced Solar Plexus Chakra is essential for maintaining a healthy sense of self-esteem, autonomy, and determination. It helps you understand what you need for success and take the steps necessary to achieve. Your Solar Plexus Chakra may become blocked by perceived failures.
Physical Location: Top of the abdomen
Crystals: Yellow Citrine, Yellow Topaz, Malachite, Jasper, Tigers Eye
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra: Insecurity, a sense of being “stuck”
Physical aspects of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra: Digestive problems, memory troubles
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
This chakra is connected with your capacity for love and compassion. It allows you to offer and receive empathy and unconditional love. Breakups, grief, and instances of cruelty can all cause a blockage in your Heart Chakra.
Physical Location: Directly above the heart
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Green Quartz, Green Calcite, Green Kyanite
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Heart Chakra: Difficulty relating to other people, irritability
Physical aspects of a Blocked Heart Chakra: High blood pressure, lowered immune system function
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The Throat Chakra relates to your directness, authenticity, and ownership of your needs. An unblocked throat chakra is essential for being able to say what you mean. Difficult experiences with communication can block this chakra, such as a misunderstanding with a friend, or a bad job interview.
Physical Location: The middle of the throat
Crystals: Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Blue Obsidian, Lapis Lazuli
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Throat Chakra: Difficulty communicating, difficulty expressing yourself creativity, sense of failure
Physical aspects of a Blocked Throat Chakra: Neck pain, hormone fluctuations, throat discomfort
The Third Eye (Ajna)
As a powerful energy center, the Third Eye Chakra determines your intuition and allows you to see the overall “bigger picture.” This chakra can become misaligned if you are doubting your wider purpose.
Physical Location: The center of the brow
Crystals: Clear Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Third Eye Chakra: Low self-esteem, apathy, difficulty making decisions
Physical aspects of a Blocked Third Eye Chakra: Insomnia, memory troubles
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The highest chakra on the body, the Crown Chakra affects your sense of spirituality. It allows you to be in tune with the world and experience feelings of profound joy. Experiencing trauma of any kind can block this chakra.
Physical Location: The top of the head
Crystals: Amethyst, White Topaz, Purple Jasper, Citrine, Moldavite, Moonstone
Emotional aspects of a Blocked Crown Chakra: Depression, apathy, decreased motivation
Physical aspects of a Blocked Crown Chakra: Problems with coordination, chronic headaches