Chakra balancing is a form of energy healing meant to promote physical, mental and emotional health. When the chakras are balanced, you feel great, mentally, physically and spiritually. On the other hand, blockages in these energy centers, if left unattended, can lead to various diseases and health problems.

What are chakras?

Before we go on to understand what chakra balancing is, let's briefly understand what exactly chakras are. Simply said, these are the energy centers of the body. Life energy flows in and out of our aura through these centers. 

The Sanskrit word "chakra" means "wheels". There are seven major wheels in the body starting from the root center at the base of the spine to the crown center located at the top of your head. In between these two are five more chakras known as the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat and third eye. You won't be able to see these. However, they are supposed to be in perfect alignment along the spine, neck and skull.

How do you know if your chakras are out of balance?

Each chakra is associated with certain organs and glands. This means that when a particular chakra gets blocked or imbalanced, the parts of the body associated with it will suffer. Furthermore, there are certain feelings and emotions which are also associated with the different centers. 

So, if you are feeling insecure, your root chakra may be out of balance. If you have trust issues, your heart chakra may be suffering here. Just by cleansing or healing the associated energy center, you may begin to feel better. If not addressed in time, this may spread to other centers and may lead to serious health issues such as irrational fears, depression, and various physical conditions. 

Now, you may ask how these chakras get imbalanced. Well, the culprits are quite familiar to all of us. Excessive stress, wrong eating habits, smoking, excessive drinking, improper breathing, pollution, and many other similar factors can lead to imbalances in these energy centers. 

When the chakras are imbalanced, your mood is not just up to the mark. You are irritable and constantly in a bad mood. You begin to have minor health complaints such as indigestion, cold and cough, aches and pains. You get help for these symptoms, but they always come back in another form. 

What is the purpose of chakra therapy and what are its benefits?

The purpose of chakra therapy or cleansing or healing is simply to remove the blockages caused by the negative energies. Once the blockages are removed, the energy centers come back into perfect alignment and start working together in harmony. Energy flows smoothly right from the root chakra to the crown chakra without any blockages. 

You feel calmer and more at peace than earlier. No anxiety and no sadness. You are able to handle situations calmly and without stress. You notice an improvement in your thinking, concentration, memory, and decision-making abilities. Of course, your immune system gets a good boost and your physical health shows a marked improvement.

How is chakra balancing done?

There are various energy healing techniques that may be used to heal the chakras. Healing can be done through reiki, color therapy, chakra meditation, crystal therapy, sounds, and even aromatherapy. Yogic stretching and pranayam (yogic breathing) may also help in cleansing these seven energy centers and restoring your physical and emotional health. 

A qualified energy worker can help restore your chakras and your body and mind back to health. Of course, if you cannot go for a professional here, you can always practice yogic breathing to get your energy centers back into alignment. Also watch this chakra meditation video. It will surely get you into a better mood very quickly.