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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Niver, RN, MSN

How to Unblock Chakras

The ancient practice of chakra healing holds amazing potential to refresh your mind, body, and spirit. In this guide, I will walk you through some important steps to help open your chakras and bring in greater balance and vitality to your life.

Understanding Chakras

The word "chakra" originates from Sanskrit and means "wheel." Chakras are energy centers within the body where life force energy, commonly referred to as "prana" or "chi," is concentrated.

Each chakra is associated with specific frequencies of energy, determined by its unique function. Furthermore, each chakra is associated with specific organs and emotions, as well as corresponding colors and elements.

Although there are thousands (if not more) chakras in the body, we typically speak of seven main chakras aligned along the spine, from the base to the crown of the head. When we work on the seven major chakras, it is said that we can affect all of the many other chakras as well.

When the chakras are unblocked and aligned, we experience optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Practices like meditation, yoga, and energy healing are often employed to open, balance, and align the chakras, promoting a harmonious flow of energy throughout the body.

Importance of Balanced Chakras

We store old traumas and unprocessed emotions in the chakras, which cause blockages. Blockages can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances.

When our chakras are open and balanced, we experience a greater sense of well-being and more vibrant physical health because of a free flow of energy into the body and mind.

Because the flow of energy through each chakra forms a layer of the aura, strong and open chakras are crucial for a strong aura (which, in part, protects us). See the included chakra chart for an illustration of which layers of the aura correspond with which chakras.

Identifying Blocked Chakras

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Chakra of the physical body, governing physical health. It is associated with the colors red, brown and black (due to the vibrational frequencies of these colors).

It is linked to security, stability, and basic survival needs.

It is blocked by fear and often by childhood trauma and abuse.

Common signs of a blockage include anxiety, fatigue, not loving self, feeling ungrounded, unable to manage clutter, excess weight, poor health, and trouble managing change.

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Governs emotional balance and passion for life and sex. It is associated with the color orange.

It is blocked by guilt.

Blockages often manifest as excessive guilt, feelings of repression, creative blocks, emotional instability, addictions, behavioral issues, sexual issues, and trouble feeling free and easy.

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Associated with confidence, self-esteem, personal power, instinct and intuition. It corresponds with the color yellow.

It is blocked by shame and by not working on and accomplishing goals.

Blocks often lead to self-doubt, indecision and can manifest as self-esteem being either diminished or elevated.

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Governs love, compassion, clairsentience (psychic feeling), and holds the higher frequency emotions of joy and gratitude. It is associated with the colors green and pink.

It is blocked by unexpressed grief.

Blockages cause difficulties in relationships and with self-love and compassion.

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Associated with communication, self-expression, clairaudience (psychic hearing), and mediumship. Corresponds with the color blue.

It is blocked by over attachment to the material world, lying, and by not speaking our truths openly, creatively, and with compassion.

Blockages may result in difficulties expressing oneself, inability to listen to others, interrupting a lot, and overly loud or overly quiet voices.

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Governs our minds & what we think, how we see ourselves in the world, clairvoyance (psychic seeing), dreams, imagination, and visualizations of life. It is associated with the colors purple and indigo.

It is blocked by closed-mindedness/rigid mindsets and by overthinking/over-analyzing.

Blockages often manifest as diminished dreams, diminished imaginations, rigid minds, decreased creativity, and diminished clairvoyance.

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Associated with spiritual connection, inspiration, creativity, and higher learning. Corresponds with the colors violet and light purple.

It is blocked by over-attachment to the material world and lack of faith in the divine.

Blockages may result in a sense of disconnection from higher consciousness and in spiritual depression or spiritual narcissism.

Techniques to Unblock Chakras

Meditation and Mindfulness

Focused meditation on each chakra, accompanied by deep breathing, releases stagnant energy and promotes balance.

Crystal Healing

Utilizing crystals associated with each chakra correspondence color amplifies the unblocking process.

You can do this by placing the crystal over the intended chakra while sending healing intention to the area. Wearing and carrying crystals with you also has an effect. I really like this book for learning more about what crystals can do for us.

Stretching and Physical Exercise

Movement of the physical body both generates and moves energy in our system (in part due to the piezoelectric property of our connective tissue), which helps the chakras to open and stay more open.

Practices such as Qigong and targeted yoga poses are particularly helpful in opening and balancing chakras, enhancing flexibility and energy flow.


Essential oils tailored to each chakra stimulate the senses and facilitate the unblocking process. This book is a useful guide for utilizing essential oils and crystals for chakra healing.

Sound Healing

Chanting, singing bowls, and tuning forks all resonate with the chakra frequencies and can dissolve energy blockages with enough exposure.

Find sound baths near you, and make a regular practice of attending.

Sacred Awaken offers monthly group sound baths in Junction City, Oregon as well as private sound baths with 14 singing bowls, Solfeggio chimes, and a gong - available by appointment.

Reiki and Energy Medicine

Both Reiki and various energy medicine techniques serve as pathways to open and balance the chakras.

At Sacred Awaken, I specialize in helping to optimize the functioning of these energy centers. Through personalized energy sessions, I can assist in clearing blockages in the chakras and meridians while also enhancing the expansion of the aura, and I am able to reach your energy no matter where in the world you are with a distance session.


Wear colors and consume foods that match with chakra color correspondences. For example, if you are trying to open the Solar Plexus chakra, wear yellows and consume healthy yellow foods and beverages.

Maintaining Chakra Health

Regular Self-Assessment

Introspection and mindfulness ensure early detection of blockages, empowering timely corrective measures.

Holistic Lifestyle

A natural diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep support overall chakra health, nourishing both body and mind.

Natural Diet

Eating an unprocessed diet free of alcohol, sugar, other refined carbohydrates, and excess sugar will help keep the chakras functioning well.

Professional Guidance

Seek guidance from a holistic healer or energy practitioner for personalized insights and techniques to keep your chakras open and functioning optimally.

Emotional Hygiene and Positive Affirmations

Since unprocessed emotions as well as traumas block chakras, using positive affirmations and learning emotional hygiene techniques can be transformational for chakra healing.

Sacred Awaken offers spiritual, wellness, and grief coaching to assist with this - in person and remote sessions are available.


Embracing a holistic approach to chakra healing through a multifaceted approach has great potential to unlock a path of stronger and more balanced energies, better energetic protection, more vibrant physical and emotional health, and stronger psychic abiliites!


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