Chakras are wheels of energy that we have within our bodies that function as power stations of sorts. Each chakra serves a different purpose and releases specific energy flows.Each chakra corresponds to a specific gland within the body. It's believed that when your chakras are blocked, you feel lethargic and can even fall sick. When a chakra is under or over active, you may experience physical and/ or mental side effects - the same way you’d fall under the weather if one, or more, of your glands is under or over active.
By connecting with your chakras, you begin to cultivate awareness of your body, mind, and soul. In the long term, this awareness will help you recognise more easily where you may be experiencing a deficit. In short, maintaining balanced chakras simply means maintaining your health, holistically.
Here is everything you need to know about your seven chakras, how to recognise gland deficiencies, and find balance.
The Crown ChakraThis chakra is associated with thoughts, inspiration, positivity, and happiness. There are a few ways to achieve balance for this chakra. The easiest would be to practice affirmation and positive thoughts, which can easily be achieved through a mantra. Repeating statements such as "I am enough" for example, can unleash positive thoughts and in turn, help you. Another way is by stimulating your creativity to find inspiration. Paint, draw, listen to or play some music; anything that will help relax and get you in tune with your creative side.
Prompts: What is your definition of source? How can you connect to source on a daily basis? How can you balance this connection with staying rooted in the present?
Location: At the centre of the crown
Corresponding Gland: Pituitary gland
Over/under Active Symptoms: Dizziness, headaches, & mood changes
Personal Mantra: I am connected to my higher self
Sanskrit Mantra: Om
Colour: White or Indigo
The Third Eye ChakraOtherwise known as the brow chakra, it reflects being able to have an inner vision. This chakra is associated with wisdom, perception, and a sense of inner understanding of one’s self. Silent meditation and visualisation help with balancing this chakra. Ensure you are in a peaceful and quiet surrounding when you meditate as it helps still the mind.
Prompts: What narrative are you repeating to yourself? How can you expand your perception outside of this narrative? What situation in your life do you need to reassess?
Location: In between both eyebrows
Corresponding Gland: Pineal gland
Over/under Active Symptoms: Fatigue, impaired sleep, & memory problems
Personal Mantra: I choose to see the bigger picture
Sanskrit Mantra: Aum
Colour: Dark blue or indigo
The Throat ChakraThis chakra is for speech, communication, and self-expression. When it comes to communication, it is not only knowing how and when to speak but also about being good at listening and knowing signs. The best way to balance this chakra is to be mindful when you speak. It's definitely easier said than done, but being conscious of what is being said and how you treat others helps to better yourself.
Prompts: Have you been authentically expressing yourself? Have you been communicating your needs? How can you clearly express your boundaries?
Location: At the throat
Corresponding Gland: Thyroid gland
Over/under Active Symptoms: Cough, sore throat, & tonsillitis
Personal Mantra: I communicate authentically
Sanskrit Mantra: Ham
Colour: Light blue
The Heart ChakraLocated at the center, and quite rightfully so, this chakra focuses on love (in all forms including self-love) and compassion. Where feelings are concerned, it is a constant struggle trying to control them but here's the thing, you should be able to let yourself feel what you feel and with that, be able to understand and accept these emotions. By holding it back, you clog up your chakra which leads to long-term problems. Writing down your feelings, talking about them, or infusing them with your daily chants helps.
Prompts: What, or who, do you need to approach with more compassion? Which parts of yourself (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) need more attention & love? What self-care routine can you create to provide yourself with that attention & love?
Location: At the heart
Corresponding Gland: Thymus gland
Over/under Active Symptoms: Chest pain, difficulty breathing, & other lung-related problems
Personal Mantra: I love myself
Sanskrit Mantra: Yam
The Solar Plexus ChakraKnown as your core chakra, this is one that is very much focused on as it's your energy channel. Having complete control of your emotions and thoughts is something that takes a lot to accomplish. Give yourself a break and don't be too hard on yourself when things don't go your way. You can make a list of what you'd like to accomplish and slowly work your way through it, making it a point to not push yourself too hard.
Prompts: Do you believe in yourself - your goals? Have you prioritised your tasks accordingly? Are you doing everything you can to manifest your highest reality?
Location: Two fingers above and behind the belly button
Corresponding Gland: Adrenal gland
Over/under Active Symptoms: Abdominal pain, indigestion, & lack of appetite
Personal Mantra: I am manifesting my highest reality
Sanskrit Mantra: Ram
The Sacral ChakraThe chakra for pleasure, creativity, and desire. Besides yoga postures that help with unblocking and balancing this chakra, dancing is encouraged too. Let yourself loose and lose yourself in the music. All the energy spent and released is good energy that in turn helps to balance the chakra.
Prompts: Are you in touch with your emotions? How do you want to feel daily and what can you do to feel that way? When was the last time you creatively expressed yourself?
Location: Two fingers under the belly button
Corresponding Gland: Gonad glands
Over/under Active Symptoms: Infertility, low libido, & high libido
Personal Mantra: I allow my feelings to guide me
Sanskrit Mantra: Vam
The Root ChakraBeing the closest chakra to the ground, this chakra focuses on grounding (literally) and physical survival. Similar to the sacral chakra, dancing and exercise are key to keep this chakra balanced. While meditating, take into consideration all of your senses as this helps with keeping your chakras aligned and balanced.
Prompts: Do you feel grounded in your body? Are you worried about your basic needs? What can you do day-to-day to feel stable & safe?
Location: At the root of the spine
Corresponding Gland: Gonad glands
Over/under Active Symptoms: Imbalanced period, hair loss, & hot flashes
Personal Mantra: I am rooted in the present
Sanskrit Mantra: Lam
Choose The Way You Connect With Your Chakras
Know that you can connect with and balance your chakras in various ways. Experiment, then stick to what’s easiest for you! Examples include:
- Wearing the colour of the chakra needing attention
- Cooking food in the colour of the chakra needing attention
- Chanting the Sanskrit mantra for the chakra needing attention for at least three minutes
- Working with crystals in the colour of the chakra needing attention