According to yogic sciences, just like your nervous system, the body has thousands of energy pathways that regulate your health on an energy level. You energies affect you both physically and emotionally. The energy pathways meet at various junctions in the body. While the term ‘chakra’ literally means a circle or a wheel, in reality, a chakra is a triangle where 3 main energy pathways meet.
There are 7 such chakras in your body and when all of them are in balance, you experience utmost physical and emotional well-being. However, when your chakras are out of balance, several problems manifest causing physical illness and emotional distress. Here’s how an imbalance in each of the 7 chakras can affect you.
1. Root Chakra
Imbalance: This chakra is located at the base of your spine, near your tailbone. When this chakra is out of balance, you may develop problems in your rectum, feet, legs, tailbone, immune system, prostate gland, and male reproductive parts. There is also a possibility of developing conditions like eating disorders, arthritis, constipation, sciatica, and knee pain. Since this is the base chakra, you might also experience feelings that affect basic survival needs like food, shelter, and money.
Balance: When the root chakra is balanced, you feel confident and grounded. You have a sense of connection with the physical world and experience more safety and security.
2. Sacral Chakra
Imbalance: The sacral chakra is located two inches below your navel and imbalances in this chakra can lead to urinary problems, kidney infections, reproductive issues, and lower back pain. Emotional issues that arise include tension in relationships and difficulty in expressing yourself emotionally.
Balance: In a balanced state, this chakra increases your creativity and the ability to take risks. You become more outgoing, and passionate sexually as well as in other spheres of life.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Imbalance: Located three inches above your navel, a disruption of this chakra can create liver dysfunction, diabetes, stomach ulcers, colon diseases, digestive problems, and gallbladder issues. On the emotional level, the solar plexus chakra may affect your self-esteem and bring out inner fears of rejection and criticism.
Balance: In its healthy state, the chakra brings about self-compassion and increases self-respect. You will feel more in control of your actions and find that you’re confident about taking decisions.
4. Heart Chakra
Imbalance: As the name suggests, this chakra is located at the heart. An imbalance could trigger the following physical problems: heart disease, breast issues, upper back and shoulder problems, lung disease, and asthma. Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; feelings of jealousy, possessiveness, and anger may arise. You may also begin to feel more lonely.
Balance: When in balance, the heart chakra has a great impact on making your life beautiful. You feel love, compassion, and gratitude. There is a general feeling of well-being.
5. Throat Chakra
Imbalance: This chakra is located at the throat and an imbalance can cause throat issues like sore throat, laryngitis, and thyroid issues. It could also lead to ear infections or issues with different parts of your face. Some of the emotional manifestations of this chakra’s imbalance are problems in both written and oral communication and a lack of willpower.
Balance: When this chakra is balanced, you have a free flow of words and stronger communication skills. You become more honest with others and yourself.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Imbalance: This chakra is located in the center of your forehead, between your eyebrows. An imbalance in this chakra can affect your body by causing problems like sinus issues, seizures, blurred vision, headaches, and a disruption in hormone function. The emotional imbalances include volatile feelings, mood swings, and self-reflection. You may also start to day dream by imagining a world of your own.
Balance: Bringing this chakra back into balance can make you feel clear and focused. You gain a sense of clarity that allows you to look at any situation as it is, without any bias.
7. Crown Chakra
Imbalance: The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. Imbalances in this chakra can cause depression, learning disabilities, and sensitivity to sound and light. Emotional imbalances include issues with self-knowledge, religion, and other things you hold as the truths of life. Your perspective can change drastically and you begin to forsake reason while harboring prejudices.
Balance: When this chakra is balanced, you live in the moment. There is an unshakable awareness of how your life should be and you know exactly what you need to do.