For the chakra uninitiated, it is believed that when your chakras are balanced your flow of energy is aligned, meaning negative emotions, feelings, and thoughts, as well as physical ailments, are less likely to manifest. If you are looking to restore balance or maintain equilibrium across your chakras you will want to employ specific chakra rituals.
There are numerous chakra rituals and tools you can leverage to facilitate their balancing, including essential oils, visualization, meditation, sound and color therapy, and baths to name a few.
If you feel generally out of balance, a great chakra ritual to start with is visualization. Start by visualizing healing energy pouring through your body and traveling along your spine; picture the color of each chakra as the healing energy reaches it. You may feel certain areas of the body warming or tingling as you visualize the energy moving along your spine and that’s an indication that the energy is shifting and releasing.
If you know you are stuck in a particular area of life, you can employ chakra-specific visualization to help shift the energy. For example, if your sense of security feels threatened, you could bring your attention to your root chakra at the base of your pelvis. Try visualizing the trunk of a tree growing down from the base of your spine and rooting into the earth. As you inhale deeply, feel yourself supported, grounded, and held by the earth; as you exhale, release worry, anxiety, and anything no longer serving you. Continue this chakra ritual until you feel a shift in energy. You can create similar chakra rituals for each chakra and practice visualization to rebalance them.
Never underestimate the healing power of Mother Nature. When your chakras are out of balance, specifically your root chakra, you can feel anxious, insecure, or ungrounded. By connecting directly with the earth’s energy, through the practice of grounding (spending time outdoors walking on the earth’s soil in bare feet) you can bring these issues back into balance. Gardening or a barefoot stroll on the beach are other great chakra balancing rituals you can incorporate to encourage healing and, ultimately, homeostasis.
Perhaps the most common chakra ritual is meditation. Although there are various kinds of meditation, color meditation is particularly beneficial for chakra balancing. To unlock or balance a blocked chakra, simply envision where the chakra is located in the physical body and imagine a color radiating from its center point. As you bring each chakra and its corresponding color to your mind, breathe deeply into each one, allowing the energies associated with each to expand with your breath.
If you’re looking to add more balance and relaxation to your life (and who isn’t?), then you may want to consider a weekly bath. But not just any bath: a chakra ritual bath. Soaking in water that’s been infused with gemstones, essential oils, and herbs is a luxurious experience that can be customized to bring balance and harmony back to each chakra. With a little bit of research, you can find the ideal crystals and oils to add to your bathwater.
A sound bath is another great way to show any of the seven main chakras a little extra love. The idea is to bathe yourself in waves of sound to balance and unblock your chakras. In a sound bath session, you are seated or in a restorative savasana pose and begin with a guided meditation to clear the mind. From this relaxed position, sounds from the instruments are played in various frequencies to awaken and align whichever chakra is out of balance.
These are just a few chakra rituals you can leverage to help balance and align your seven main chakras. Journaling is another fantastic tool and there are even journals with specific chakra prompts to help you create great self-awareness in areas of your life where you may be stuck. You can even incorporate chakra balancing rituals into your diet by focusing on eating more whole, plant foods that are the color of the chakra you are trying to balance.
Mostly, get curious. The next time you feel stuck or out of balance, explore some chakra rituals, from crystals and essential oils to meditation and grounding, that can help encourage harmony and energetic alignment.
Erin Entlich is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, holistic health coach, and writer. She believes doing good starts with feeling good, which is why she loves helping people weave movement, mindfulness, and healthy eating into their daily lives. Find out more at www.erinentlich.com.