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    Chakras

    A Guide To Essential Oils For Chakras

    Aromatherapy is a powerful practice for balancing and healing your life force energy. Below, learn how to use essential oils for chakras, and discover which essential oils can help open, activate, and balance your body’s energy centers.

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product using my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.You can read my full disclosure policy here.

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    Aromatherapy

    When it comes to chakra healing, aromatherapy doesn’t get nearly as much hype as sound healing, color therapy, and other popular chakra healing practices. However, you shouldn’t underestimate this powerful practice. If used correctly, aromatherapy can be a profound resource for revitalizing your energy, soothing the spirit, and bringing harmony and tranquility to your body’s energy centers.

    And even better–you may be able to start today with items you already have at home.

    So what exactly is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts for therapeutic healing. It’s a holistic healing treatment that promotes the total well-being of your mind, body, and spirit.

    When we think of aromatherapy, we most often think of essential oils, especially as they’ve become more and more popular over the past decade. Essential oils are natural products extracted from the flower, bark, leaves, or fruit of a plant.

    So how do you begin? The key to unlocking the power of aromatherapy–and any chakra healing practice–is intention.

    Whenever you focus on healing your body’s energy centers, it’s important to have a clear and specific intention. For me, this means that before I begin, I’ll take a deep breath and state my intention either internally or aloud.

    Here are a couple examples of intentions:

    • I am opening and healing my heart chakra.
    • I am activating my third eye chakra.
    • I am promoting the free flow of energy within my body.
    • I am showing love and compassion to my mind, body, and spirit.

    Know that there is no wrong intention as long as it feels true to you. Keep your chosen intention in mind as you begin your practice, and hold onto it as you continue through your day.

    If you want to learn more about opening, activating, and healing your body’s energy centers, be sure to check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle. The bundle comes with a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. (All items can be purchased individually as well!)

    Below, you’ll find essential oils for each of the chakras and as well as links to essential oils and accessories that you can purchase today. I also provide you with some different methods you can try out for using aromatherapy to open, activate, and heal your body’s energy centers.

    When using essential oils, please read labels and packaging instructions. Dilute as instructed. Practice safe storage. And choose brands that are free of synthetic chemicals. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare professional.

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    How to Use Essential Oils for Chakras

    In a Diffuser

    Choose a location for your diffuser where it’ll be near you throughout the day. Use an essential oil or a blend of oils associated with the chakra you want to heal. What I love most about using a diffuser for chakra healing is that I can combine this with other chakra healing practices. For instance, I can journal, meditate, do a creative activity, or work with crystals while my diffuser is going.

    Using an essential oil diffuser can be an especially powerful practice for the sacral chakra, which is associated with the element water, and the heart chakra, which is associated with the element air. However, all chakras can benefit from this practice, and using an essential oil diffuser can be a powerful way to bring peace and serenity to your energy within.

    Personal Fragrance

    If you’re out and about during the day, you may choose to use your essential oil as a personal fragrance in order to experience the healing aroma throughout the day.

    First, choose an essential oil associated with the chakra you want to work with. Make sure that the essential oil you choose is safe to apply to the skin. (Some essential oils, such as “hot” oils, should not be applied to skin. Different people may have different reactions to essential oils depending on skin sensitivity and allergies. Always follow usage directions, and consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions.)

    Once you’ve chosen an oil, you can apply it to your forehead, temples, neck, or chest. One option I love for this is using essential oil roll-on bottles, especially since most come pre-diluted (often with coconut oil) for safety. I’ve linked to some of my favorites at the bottom of this post!

    Add a Drop to Chakra’s Associated Physical Location

    If you want to heal your throat chakra, you might apply an essential oil to the throat and chest area. To open your third eye chakra, you can apply to your temple and forehead. And as your root chakra represents your foundation and connection to the earth, you could apply an essential oil for the root chakra to the soles of your feet. Just note that the same safety guidelines I wrote above apply here as well!

    Add a Drop to Your Water

    I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but again, please follow all usage and safety instructions, and check to make sure your chosen essential oil is safe for internal use. When following proper safety precautions, ingesting a drop of your chosen essential oil (diluted in water or tea) can be a powerful way to transport the healing energy of the oil throughout the body.

    To learn more about how to activate, balance, and heal your chakras, be sure to check out the links below!

    Essential Oils for Chakras

    A list of essential oils for chakras

    Root Chakra

    • Cedarwood
    • Rosemary
    • Sandalwood
    • Basil
    • Patchouli
    • Black Pepper
    • Geranium

    Sacral Chakra

    • Orange
    • Tangerine
    • Cinnamon
    • Bergamot
    • Neroli
    • Cypress
    • Cardamom

    Solar Plexus Chakra

    • Lemon
    • Lemongrass
    • Coriander
    • Juniper
    • Lime
    • Rosemary
    • Pine

    Heart Chakra

    • Lavender
    • Rose
    • Jasmine
    • Geranium
    • Goldenrod
    • Cypress
    • Rosewood
    • Pine

    Throat Chakra

    • Basil
    • Cypress
    • Peppermint
    • Chamomile
    • Coriander
    • Juniper
    • Eucalyptus
    • Lavender

    Third Eye Chakra

    • Frankincense
    • Basil
    • Juniper
    • Rosemary
    • Lemon
    • Pine
    • Cedarwood
    • Sandalwood

    Crown Chakra

    • Frankincense
    • Sandalwood
    • Saffron
    • Jasmine
    • Cedarwood
    • Lavender
    • Lime

    Essential Oils and Accessories

    If you’re looking for essential oils, diffusers, books, and/or accessories, here are some of my top picks! Click on any of the items below to learn more about it. (A second window will open up to take you to Amazon.) The bracelets and necklace are specifically for using with essential oils so you can carry the healing aroma with you throughout the day. The Cliganic USDA Organic Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set isn’t specifically marketed toward chakra healing, but I added it because it’s one of my favorites!


    Have you used essential oils for chakra healing? What are some of your favorite chakra healing practices? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.


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    Selenite Wand: Meaning, Benefits, And How-To

    Below, discover the powerful benefits of using a selenite wand to cleanse and protect your energy and connect you to your highest, most authentic self. Plus get tips for using a selenite wand to heal your chakras and protect your sacred space.

    Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you purchase a product using my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

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    Selenite Wand Meaning & Benefits

    If you’re new to collecting and using crystals, a selenite wand is one of the first pieces you’ll want to acquire, as it’ll likely become the foundation and centerpiece of your collection for years to come. (And there’s also a good chance that you’ll end up with more than one!)

    So what makes selenite so important?

    Selenite is unique in its properties and abilities, as it can cleanse the energy of people, spaces, and even other crystals. But that’s not all: in addition to clearing unwanted energy, it can also replace this energy with something more uplifting and positive.

    Selenite is also a protection stone, but it has a softer, gentler energy than common protection stones suck as Black Tourmaline and Obsidian. It will help you to release anxiety and negative emotions that aren’t serving your highest purpose and fill your spirit with light, compassion, and love.

    Additionally, selenite is a deeply spiritual stone. It will help you to unblock energy that’s stopping you from reaching your highest potential. It will also connect you with your inner light and the light of the Universe, allowing you to remain spiritually open and connected to the divine. Using a selenite wand can help you to become more receptive to the signs, synchronicities, and messages of the Universe.

    At its foundation, these are the meanings most intrinsically tied to the selenite wand:

    • Light
    • Clarity
    • Focus
    • Consciousness
    • Protection
    • Harmony
    • Serenity
    • Deep Peace
    • Positive Energy
    • Soul Healing
    • Divinity

    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, check out my post, How to Use Crystals: Grids, Pendulums & More.

    Selenite Wand & Chakra Healing

    Because of its power, selenite can actually be used to heal all of your life force energy. That means selenite will work with all of your chakras in healing stagnant energy and clearing up any blockages within.

    However, it’s most often associated with your highest chakras, namely your crown chakra and third eye chakra.

    Your crown chakra is located at the crown of your head, and it’s your energy center for spirituality, enlightenment, peace, trust, transcendence, and connection to a higher power. Your third eye chakra, located between your eyebrows, is your body’s energy center for intuition, imagination, insight, open-mindedness, and mental strength. When these two chakras are balanced, you’re in highest alignment with your most divine self: the unchanging, infinite part of you that’s untouched by human experiences – the part of you that remembers your power to create, to love, and to live a life of pure bliss.

    To use a selenite wand to balance your internal energy and heal your chakras, place it on the physical location of the energy center you want to clear in silent meditation. You can also clear your energy by hovering the selenite wand a couple inches over your body and sweeping it over your skin from top to bottom (kind of like you’re brushing your hair). You can read more about how to use a selenite wand to clear your energy below.

    How To Use A Selenite Wand

    Meditation

    Meditation itself is a profound practice for releasing negative energy, inviting light into your body, and connecting your mind, body, and spirit as one. Selenite can deepen your meditations and amplify these effects even further. You can also use a selenite wand (or multiple wands) in your meditations when you’re feeling dull, negative, or stagnant energy within. Additionally, some people find that using selenite wands regularly in their meditation practice helps them sink into their meditations quicker. (Me included.)

    If you have two selenite wands, you can hold one in each hand as you meditate. This allows you to invite light and restore balance into both sides of your body. If you have one selenite wand, hold it within both of your palms clasped together. You can also set it on your chest if you’re laying down.

    Clear Your Energy

    Every day, you’re picking up energy from all around you. Sometimes, you’re able to let this energy flow to and through you with ease, and other times, you might need a little extra help. When you aren’t able to spend time recharging under the sun or sitting beneath the moon, selenite can act in place of these light sources. It not only helps you clear up any negative or dark energy within, but it’ll replace it with a higher vibrations and overall more positive feelings.

    And as I mentioned above, it can also clear up any stagnant energy blocking your chakras, helping you to find alignment with your highest, most authentic self: the real and true you.

    One way to use a selenite wand to clear your energy is to rest it on your chest while you’re laying down. You can do this in meditation or simply in quiet stillness.

    You can also sweep it over you from your head to your toes, keeping the wand just a couple inches over your body. You might also find it helpful to keep a piece of selenite nearby or wear it as jewelry on days you’re needing an extra pick-me-up. (Be careful when you wear selenite as jewelry, though, as it’s very soft and can get damaged more easily than harder stones.) You can also keep a piece of selenite in your purse or pocket to carry this positive, cleansing, and protective energy with you throughout the day.

    Cleanse Your Space

    Just like selenite can clear your own energy, it can also cleanse the energy of the space you’re in and replace it with lighter, more positive energy. Because of this, you might find it helpful to have multiple selenite wands that you can keep in various places around your house and workspace. Your office, bedroom, car, and main living space are all ideal places to keep a selenite wand. It can also be good practice to travel with a selenite wand to clear and protect the energy of the place you’re staying in.

    *Tip: For even deeper cleansing and energy protection, you can place a selenite wand at all four corners of a room. You might do this when you’re traveling or in any room that can often get weighed down in heavy, dull, or negative energy.

    Crystal Cleansing

    One major reason to add selenite to your crystal collection is that it has the ability to cleanse other crystals. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleansed one of your crystals, or if you’re feeling some dull or negative energy coming from one of your stones, set it next to a piece of selenite for 24 hours (with their sides touching). You can also set crystals and gemstones on a selenite plate like this one. If you keep your crystals in one area, try to put your selenite wand near the center. It can be helpful to have a selenite wand devoted solely to cleansing and replacing the energy of your other crystals and gemstones.

    How To Cleanse A Selenite Wand

    So if selenite can cleanse other crystals, what cleanses the selenite?

    Selenite is different from most other crystals in that it can be self-cleansing. This means you don’t have to do very much to keep its energy clear. However, it still pays to show it a little extra love every once in a while. You can charge it under the moon for a night, and when you do want to cleanse its energy, immerse it in some cleansing sage. It’s usually recommended to keep your selenite away from water, though, as this soft crystal can dissolve when it gets wet.

    More Selenite Options


    Do you use a selenite wand in your daily life? What are your favorite practices for using selenite? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    Chakra Affirmations: 70 Affirmations for Your 7 Chakras

    In this post, discover 70 powerful chakra affirmations for your 7 main chakras. You’ll get 10 of my go-to affirmations for each of the body’s main energy centers, plus you can download images to your phone or device to save for later!

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    Your 7 Main Chakras

    Before we dive into chakra affirmations, let’s first break down what exactly a chakra is and why it’s important.

    Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disk.” A commonly accepted definition for the word chakra is a wheel of energy in your body. This wheel of energy isn’t something you physically see, but rather you experience it through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

    When talking about chakras, we typically focus on the seven main ones in your body: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. However, your body actually has 114 energy centers in your body, and some people believe there to be more.

    So what exactly do these energy centers do? Through your body, your life force, or prana, flows. Ideally, your life force is always flowing freely throughout your energy system, but sometimes, it might get stuck, causing one or more of your chakras to become underactive or overactive.

    One of the most profound ways to heal an imbalanced chakra is to incorporate powerful affirmations into your daily routine. Chakra affirmations allow you to realign with your highest and truest self: the person you are when you strip away external stresses, experiences, and circumstances. This is the real you: the part of you that is eternal, limitless, and infinite.

    Below, you’ll find 70 total affirmations for your 7 main chakras (10 for each of your energy centers). You’ll also find images that you can save to any of your devices if you want to come back to these affirmations again and again. I also provide you with some suggestions for how to use chakra affirmations to get the most out of them.

    And if you’re interested in exploring more about chakras and want to begin your own powerful journey of chakra healing, you can check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which contains a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. These healing resources are designed to help you begin a profound journey into aligning with your highest self, healing your soul, and cultivating unconditional self-love.

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    How to Use Chakra Affirmations

    • Meditation: You can choose to connect with one or all of your chakras during a single meditation. For instance, if you’re connecting with the root chakra, envision it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. As you do this, recite grounding root chakra affirmations. To connect with each of your chakras in a single meditation, start at the root chakra and recite one or two affirmations. Then, move to the sacral chakra and continue to work upwards along your spine.
    • Mirror Work: Stand in front of the mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Take a deep breath and focus on one chakra at a time. You can look at the physical location of the chakra in the mirror, but also try to connect to it within. Recite the chakra affirmations that your soul needs most in this moment.
    • Post-Its: Leave post-it notes in visible places that you’ll see throughout the day. On each post-it note, write a chakra affirmation that resonates with you. Whenever you see the post-it note, recite the affirmation either silently or out loud, feeling the positive words in every cell of your being. For an added bonus, you can use post-its that correlate with the color of each chakra.
    • Color Therapy: Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. One way to use color therapy and affirmations in conjunction is to make it a game. For instance, if you’re working with your heart chakra, as you go about your day, pay attention to the world around you. Whenever you see something green in your external world, recite a heart chakra affirmation either silently or aloud. You can do this with one or multiple chakras at a time.

    Chakra Affirmations

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    Root Chakra Affirmations

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.

    For more affirmations, check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

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    Sacral Chakra Affirmations

    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I find new ways to express my creativity.
    • It is right for me to choose joy, fun, and play in my daily life.
    • I deeply respect and honor my sacred body.
    • My body is a masterpiece.
    • I listen to my sacred body and give it what it needs.
    • I am worthy and deserving of respect from myself and others.

    For more sacral chakra affirmations, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate, Fun, Create Life.

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    Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations

    • I am strong, powerful, and confident.
    • I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
    • I am motivated, persistent, and successful.
    • I am aligned with my purpose.
    • I have the confidence and power to take big leaps.
    • I hold the key to my own happiness.
    • My soul is radiant, my body is strong, and my mind is brilliant.
    • I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.
    • I have the courage and confidence to accept my dreams as reality.
    • I am enough. I have always been enough. I will always be enough.

    For more empowering affirmations, check out my post, 35 Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations for Confidence, Motivation, and Positivity.

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    Heart Chakra Affirmations

    • I am loved, loving, and lovable.
    • I am patient, peaceful, and calm.
    • I choose to be kind to myself and love myself unconditionally.
    • I am aligned with the highest frequency of love.
    • I am a beacon of love and compassion.
    • I am kind, generous, and compassionate.
    • I lovingly nurture my mind, body, and spirit.
    • I am a loving and powerful force in the world.
    • I honor my heart. I honor my loving energy. I honor who I am.
    • am love.

    For more heart chakra affirmations, check out 40 Heart Chakra Affirmations for Serenity, Compassion, and Unconditional Love.

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    Throat Chakra Affirmations

    • I am able to calmly and effectively speak my truth.
    • I live an honest, authentic, wholehearted life. 
    • I express myself clearly and openly.
    • I speak with calm, clarity, and confidence.
    • I add value to every conversation I participate in.
    • My insight is welcome, needed, and valuable.
    • I am empowered to speak my truth.
    • I am a good listener and give others my undivided attention when they speak.
    • I value the words of others.
    • I remain true to myself in all that I say and do.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Throat Chakra Affirmations for Speaking Your Truth.

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    Third Eye Chakra Affirmations

    • I see and think clearly. 
    • My mind is strong, open, and clear. 
    • I trust my intuition to guide me in making good decisions.
    • My inner knowing always knows the way.
    • I follow my intuition and know that nothing is put before me that I can’t handle.
    • All that I seek I can find within me.
    • I am insightful, intuitive, and imaginative.
    • My imagination is vast, expansive, and endless.
    • I trust the signs and synchronicities that show up in my daily life.
    • I honor my inner knowing and trust my path.

    For more third eye chakra affirmations, check out my post, 40 Third Eye Chakra Affirmations for Wisdom, Clarity, and Insight.

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    Crown Chakra Affirmations

    • I am a spiritual being in a human body.
    • I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
    • My body is a beautiful home for my radiant soul.
    • I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the Universe.
    • I surrender to the loving will of the Universe.
    • I am aligned with my soul’s purpose and truth
    • Eternal peace flows to and through me.
    • I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
    • Even when the world is immersed in darkness, I walk forward in faith, love, and light.
    • I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.

    For more affirmations, check out 35 Crown Chakra Affirmations for Connecting to Your Highest Self.


    What are your favorite ways to use chakra affirmations? Are there any chakra affirmations that especially resonate with you? Leave your comments in the box below!

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    Chakras

    Chakra Healing Foods: A Complete Guide (w/ Chart)

    In this post, discover healing foods for each of your body’s chakras, plus save and print a handy chakra foods chart to keep with you whenever you want to connect with any of your chakras through food.

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    Chakra Healing

    When you think of the effects that food has on your body, it’s likely that you immediately think of the physical impacts; through conscious food choices, you can incorporate food into your diet that might help you lose or gain weight and/or muscle.

    But your food choices don’t just affect your physical self; they have a profound impact on your mental, emotional, and spiritual self as well. In fact, your mind, body, and spirit are all affected every single day by your food intake in ways that you may not even see.

    That’s why intentionally choosing food that works with your internal energy is so important: because the effects extend beyond your physical self and digestive system and have an impact on your entire well-being.

    Below, you’ll find a list of healing foods for each of your body’s energy centers along with a handy chart you can print or save to your phone. If you want to connect with a particular chakra, incorporate foods into your snacks and meals that correspond with that chakra. Be intentional with this practice. For instance, if you’re connecting with your root chakra and have added sweet potatoes to one of your meals, set the intention to connect with your root chakra before you start eating. As you eat, remain mindful of the energy in and around your root chakra. You might also internally recite some root chakra affirmations as you’re eating. (You can find links to affirmations for each of your body’s energy centers in the sections below.)

    I’ve added some links in the box below if you want to learn more about your chakra system and the seven main chakras. For an overview on all the chakras, you can check out my post on the chakra colors and meanings here.

    And if you want to learn more about opening, activating, and healing your body’s energy centers, be sure to check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle. The bundle comes with a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. (All items can be purchased individually as well!)

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    Discover More About Chakras

    Discover more about chakras using the links below, plus get journal prompts and affirmations for each of your body’s main energy centers! And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Chakra Healing Foods

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    Root Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Root Chakra Foods
    • Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots
    • Red fruits such as apples, strawberries, and cherries
    • Protein-rich foods such as beans and nut butters

    Want to learn more about root chakra healing? Discover 14 practices to heal your root chakra here. For even more root chakra healing, get root chakra affirmations here and root chakra journal prompts here.

    Sacral Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Sacral Chakra Foods
    • Spices such as cinnamon
    • Orange produce such as mangoes, oranges, and carrots
    • Honey

    Looking to heal your sacral chakra? Get 14 powerful practices for healing the sacral chakra here. Plus get sacral chakra affirmations here and journal prompts here!

    Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Solar Plexus Chakra Foods
    • Complex carbs such as oatmeal and quinoa
    • Yellow produce such as bananas, pineapple, and squash
    • Ginger, turmeric, cumin, fennel

    Want more solar plexus chakra healing practices? Check out these solar plexus chakra affirmations and journal prompts.

    Heart Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Heart Chakra Foods
    • Heart-healthy leafy green vegetables
    • Green tea
    • Basil, thyme, cilantro

    If you want more heart chakra healing practices, check out these heart chakra affirmations and journal prompts!

    Throat Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Throat Chakra Foods
    • Herbal teas with honey and/or lemon
    • Fruit smoothies
    • Cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew

    For deeper throat chakra healing, check out these throat chakra affirmations and journal prompts.

    Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Third Eye Chakra Foods
    • Dark blue/purple fruits such as blueberries/blackberries
    • Brain-boosting antioxidants such as dark chocolate.
    • Grape juice

    To open, activate, and connect with your third eye chakra, check out these 40 third eye chakra affirmations and 30 journal prompts.

    Crown Chakra Healing Foods

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    Healing Crown Chakra Foods
    • Purified water
    • Detox and fasting (if safe for you – please follow guidance of medical professionals)

    (Why aren’t there more food choices for your crown chakra? Because food is a material thing of this earth, while the crown chakra is connected with your highest, divine self. To connect with your crown chakra, focus less on what foods to eat and more on your divine self: the truest part of you that’s untouched by human experiences.)

    Do you want to create a deeper connection to your crown chakra? Get started with these crown chakra affirmations and journal prompts.


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    Sacral Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Sacral Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful sacral chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your sacral chakra, your body’s energy center for creativity, passion, prosperity, joy, and sensuality. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the sacral chakra below!

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    What is the Sacral Chakra?

    Located in your lower abdomen, your sacral chakra is your energy center for creativity, joy, prosperity, passion, openness, and playfulness. An open and balanced sacral chakra means you embrace your creativity, have high self-esteem, and are able to relax and have fun, releasing work to engage in play. Pleasure is a word often associated with the sacral chakra, as having an open sacral chakra means you find delight in all of life’s pleasures.

    This is also the energy center for sensuality and sexuality. When energy is flowing freely through this chakra, you’re more likely to have a strong, positive relationship with your body. You honor your desires and have healthy intimate relationships with others.

    The sacral chakra is about more than creativity and high self-esteem, though. When this energy center is balanced, you feel more open, adaptable, compassionate, and forgiving. You’re honest with yourself and others, and you’re able to let go of grudges that don’t serve your well-being. Because you have a strong and healthy relationship with yourself, you know that holding onto negative emotions such as anger, resentment, and bitterness only harms you in the long run, so you’re able to let these things go in order to take care of your mind, body, and spirit.

    In this post, we’ll look deeper into the sacral chakra and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing your second energy center. First, here are some of the key attributes of the sacral chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Svadhishthana (Sva = “self”; shthana = “place”)
    • Location: Lower abdomen (below your navel)
    • Color: Orange
    • Body Parts: Womb, Bladder, Lower Back, Reproductive Organs
    • Symbol: Six-petaled lotus with a moon crescent in the center
    • Element: Water
    • Mantra: VAM
    • Affirmation: I feel
    • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, Stable, Sexual, Sensual, Passionate, Open, Energetic, Honest, Forgiving
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Creativity, Unstable, Insecure, Anxious, Scattered, Lazy, Fearful, Disconnected, Depressed, Unmotivated, Negative, Lack of Sensuality
    • Fundamental Need: Emotional flow, desire, sexuality
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    Sacral Chakra Healing

    If you live in a culture that prioritizes work over play, sacral chakra healing can be an especially important and profound self-care practice. It’s also important if you grew up with a negative relationship your own body, or if you’re not fully comfortable in your sensuality and sexuality.

    So how does sacral chakra healing really work? First, it’s important to understand your chakra system and the energy within your body. While you often only hear about the seven main chakras, there are actually 114 chakras throughout your body. (And some believe there to be more!) These chakras are connected by energy channels called nadis. You can think of nadis kind of like roads that vehicles travel upon. Energy travels through these energy channels to get to each of your chakras.

    In a perfect system, your energy is flowing freely all the time. Unfortunately, energy often becomes stuck inside this system, causing your chakras to become either overactive or underactive. Ignoring these blockages won’t make them go away. To get energy moving again, you need to engage in healing practices to help stimulate your life force (prana).

    The type of healing you need will depend on the level of blockage you’re experiencing. For instance, if you’re experiencing some writer’s block or feeling excess negativity within, but this isn’t normal for you, meditation and gentle movement through yoga may help to get the energy flowing again. But if your blockage goes deeper, you may need to engage in profound inner child healing practices in order to get to the source of the blockage so that you can work with it, release it, and stimulate the free flow of energy within.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful healing practices to open, balance, and activate your sacral chakra. You can use any of these practices as part of your daily routine, or you can choose a few when you feel like your sacral chakra is blocked and imbalanced. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

    And for deeper insight into chakras as well as guidance on profound chakra healing, check out my Ultimate Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide. You can also discover more in my online shop.

    Get Creative

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity?

    Actually, let me rephrase that.

    How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal? It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect. It’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity.

    This is the type of creativity you feel when you’re in a total flow state. And there’s a good chance it’s not the type of creative outlet you’re best at. For instance, I’m a writer. I’m writing blog posts and articles every single day, and I also often work on fiction stories in my spare time. But even then, I have a very hard time letting go of my inner perfectionist. So when I’m working with my sacral chakra, I never turn to writing to stimulate my creativity. Rather, I often do something that I’m not very objectively good at, like painting. I embrace the fun and play of it all, and I let go and allow my inner creative to guide me wherever she wants to go.

    Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra. Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing. Let it be both messy and beautiful!

    Spend Time In Water

    The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy center. My personal favorite practice is to take a luxurious bubble bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality. A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honor your body. I also love to pair this practice with aromatherapy and crystal healing, which you’ll read more about below. Turn off the lights, place your sacral chakra healing crystals around the tub, and use cinnamon-scented candles or essential oils to set the mood for profound sacral chakra healing.

    (Not a bath person? Get some ideas for shower meditations here.)

    Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers of all. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay! Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

    Mirror Work

    Mirror work can be a beneficial practice for your entire chakra system as a whole, but I especially like it for sacral chakra healing because it can help build self-esteem and connect you to your body, which are all important aspects of the sacral chakra. What does mirror work entail exactly? First, stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. If possible, try to use a mirror that shows at least half your body. Bring a gentle smile to your lips. As you’re looking yourself in the eyes, start complimenting yourself. Affirm all the things you love about yourself, both inside and out. If you’re complimenting your arms, you can gently brush your fingertips against your arms in loving reverence. The same goes for your face, chest, legs, and all the rest of your divine being. If you’re feeling super confident, you can even start dancing in front of the mirror. Your dancing can be fun and joyful or sultry and sensual; do what feels most comfortable to you! When you’re about done, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself I love you. Repeat this practice as often as you want.

    Uplifting Affirmations

    Positive affirmations are a powerful way to lift your vibrations and align yourself with the energy you want to attract. For sacral chakra healing, focus on words that affirm your joy, creativity, passion, prosperity, openness, sensuality, and sexuality. Use these affirmations throughout your day.

    Below, you can find some sacral chakra affirmations to get you started. For more, check out my post, 35 Sacral Chakra Affirmations to Live a Passionate Life.

    • I am open to the flow of creativity.
    • I am creative, passionate, and inspired. 
    • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
    • I am pure, positive energy.
    • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way. 
    • I allow the flow of positive energy to effortlessly move through me.
    • I live a creative, vibrant, passionate life.
    • I am vibrating pure joy, abundance, and prosperity.
    • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
    • I am cultivating a beautiful life free of stress, worries, or fear.
    • I deserve absolute and unconditional bliss.
    • Unconditional joy is my birthright.
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    Dance

    When your sacral chakra is blocked, you may feel withdrawn, tense, negative, and/or fearful. Dancing is one of the best ways to allow energy to flow freely throughout your body as you release any tension you may be holding onto within. Does the idea of dancing in front of people feel too overwhelming? That’s okay! This practice can often be most beneficial when you’re completely alone. If you’re at home or somewhere safe, play some music that resonates with you. It can be fast and upbeat or slow and sensual. You can set the mood by turning off lights, lighting candles, and/or changing into clothes that make you feel your best. Then, all you have to do is simply dance. Let loose, knowing you are completely safe. You can move in any way that feels right to you, but I do recommend connecting to your hips and lower abdomen from time to time in order to stimulate the energy in and around your sacral chakra.

    Meditation

    There are several ways you can use meditation to connect with your sacral chakra and guide you toward profound healing. One sacral chakra healing practice is to envision a bright orange glowing orb in your lower abdomen. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some uplifting affirmations as you do this.

    You might also choose to envision living a day in the life as your truest, most authentic self with an open and balanced sacral chakra. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? What do you do during the day? How do you speak to yourself and others? How do you incorporate play, fun, creativity, and joy into your day? How do you feel about your body? See all the details play out in your visualization, and feel the positive feelings of having an open sacral chakra.

    Write a Letter to Your Inner Child

    When you were a child, was using your imagination encouraged or discouraged? Did you engage in creative activities? Did you find creativity to be fun, or were you often preoccupied with being perfect? Did anyone ever say anything to discourage your creativity? Were you forced to grow up too fast? Take some time to sit and write a letter to your inner child. Affirm to this part of you that it’s safe to be creative. Encourage them to play more and to do things that bring them joy. Tell your inner child everything he or she needs to hear regarding play, fun, creativity, and joy. Build up their self-esteem. Was there something you always wished an adult would tell you? Tell it to yourself now.

    Journaling

    Journaling is one of my personal favorite practices for connecting with all of my chakras. If you can, I recommend making journaling a sacred time in which you’re not interrupted. If you have a quiet spot in your home, set some time aside to go there so you can connect with your inner self. You might even choose to surround yourself with crystals, essential oils, and other healing tools.

    To work with the sacral chakra, you can use journal prompts that are dedicated to connecting with the sacral chakra. To get started, you can check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Sacral Chakra. Another powerful journaling practice is to write down sacral chakra affirmations, feeling the uplifting and positive emotions of the words as you write them. You can even make your journaling a time to get creative. Do you have an awesome idea for a movie, book, or TV show? Write down the story in your journal! (Just make sure to release your inner perfectionist during this time.)

    Visualization

    Visualization can be a powerful tool in connecting to your inner self, healing your energy, and manifesting the life you desire. One reason it can be especially powerful for sacral chakra healing is that it allows you to engage with your imagination. If you haven’t used your imagination much since you were a child, this can be an especially profound healing method for you. There are several ways you can use visualization to connect with the sacral chakra. You can use any of the exercises outlined in the Meditation section above, or you can simply allow your imagination to take over your visualization and see where it leads. Since water is the element connected to the sacral chakra, you might also visualize yourself playing beneath a waterfall or floating in a river. Imagine that the water is rinsing away all negative and blocked energy and healing your life force within.

    Yoga

    Yoga is a profound healing practice for all of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the sacral chakra because it allows you to connect with your body in a personal and powerful way. For sacral chakra healing, make sure to incorporate hip-opening poses into your practice. During your practice, breathe into your lower abdomen and focus on connecting with your sacral chakra. Let this practice be a sacred time in which you honor your body and treat it with respect and reverence.

    Here are some poses (asanas) you can incorporate into your practice when working with the sacral chakra:

    • Pigeon
    • Butterly
    • Cobra
    • Frog
    • Goddess squat

    Aromatherapy

    Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts for therapeutic healing. This is one of my favorite underutilized healing practices, and it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily routine. For sacral chakra healing, use citrusy and/or spicy scents such as Orange, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Neroli, Cypress, Cardamom. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    In chakra healing, color therapy is the practice of surrounding yourself with the corresponding color of the chakra you want to open, activate, and/or heal. For sacral chakra healing, that means immersing yourself in all things orange. You can eat orange food, write in orange pen, wear orange clothing, and surround yourself in orange items. One of my favorite color therapy practices is to write empowering affirmations on colored post-it notes. So for sacral chakra healing, you might write uplifting sacral chakra affirmations on orange post-its.

    One of the most important things to remember here is to be intentional with this practice. Choose your items with the intention of healing your sacral chakra. You might find it helpful to play an affirmation game with your color therapy practice. For instance, if you decide to wear a piece of jewelry that has an orange gemstone, say an uplifting sacral chakra affirmation every time you touch or see this item. You can also decide that anytime you see an orange item while you’re out and about during the day, you’ll internally say a sacral chakra affirmation or express gratitude for an aspect of yourself related to the sacral chakra.

    Food

    Food can have a profound influence on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self. While we often think of food as primarily affecting the body, it also affects the mind and spirit as well. For sacral chakra healing, add your favorite spices (such as cinnamon) to drinks and meals. Add orange produce such as carrots, mangoes, and oranges to your snacks or meals. You can also add sweet, antioxidant-filled honey to your tea, yogurt, or toast. (Or however you best like to savor it.)

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra is linked to powerful crystals that help you to connect to your energy centers and stimulate the effortless flow within. For sacral chakra healing, you can use crystals that stimulate creativity and passion, such as Orange Calcite, Jasper, Carnelian, Red Tiger’s Eye, Coral, and Fire Opal. Use these crystals in meditation, as jewelry, in crystal grids, in a sacred space, or keep them with you throughout the day. For more on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can read my post on all things crystal related here. And for more on chakra healing crystals, click here.


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    Root Chakra Healing: Open & Balance the Root Chakra

    In this post, discover 14 powerful root chakra healing practices that will help you to open and balance your root chakra, allowing you to feel stable and secure, no matter what’s going on in your external world. Plus, download 35 affirmations and 30 journal prompts for the root chakra below!

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    What is the Root Chakra?

    Located at the base of your spine, the root chakra is your body’s energy center for stability, safety, strength, security, groundedness, and inner peace. Your root chakra acts as your foundation. This is where you build your strength, power, and steadiness so that the flow of energy can easily move freely throughout your entire body.

    A good metaphor is to think of your root chakra like the roots of a tree. With strong roots, you’ll remain stable, firm, and supported, no matter which way the wind blows. And that’s truly what your root chakra does for you; with an open and balanced root chakra, you’ll remain grounded, centered, and calm, no matter what’s going on in your external world.

    Does this mean everything’s perfect all the time? Absolutely not. A balanced root chakra signifies that you feel firm in your place in life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have hopes and dreams for something more. However, because you feel so solid and steady, you’re not desperate or distressed as you wait for your dreams to manifest. Rather, you’re able to let go, trust, and ground yourself to the present moment, knowing that all is truly going to be okay.

    In this post, we’ll dive deep into root chakra healing and discuss 14 powerful practices for opening, balancing, and healing the root chakra. First, here are some of the key attributes of the root chakra:

    • Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (Mula: “root”; Adhara: “support” or “base”)
    • Location: Base of spine
    • Color: Red
    • Body Parts: Legs, Colon, Kidneys, Prostate, Bladder, Tailbone
    • Symbol: Four-petaled lotus with a square in the middle
    • Element: Earth
    • Mantra: LAM
    • Affirmation: I am
    • Balanced Attributes: Secure, Grounded, Strong, Centered, Stable, Steady, Safe, Peaceful, Supported, All Basic Needs Are Met
    • Imbalanced Attributes: Insecure, Anxious, Depressed, Scattered, Disconnected, Restless, Fearful, Cynical, Neglected, Worried
    • Fundamental Need: Survival
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    Root Chakra Healing

    Even though each of your body’s energy centers has its own distinct role, it’s important to remember that all of your chakras, along with your life force (prana) and energy channels (nadis) act as one whole system. When one is blocked, it affects the rest of your chakra system, causing other energy centers to become underactive or overactive.

    That’s why root chakra healing is one of the most profound self-care practices you can do for your mind, body, and spirit. As your foundation, it’s important to maintain an open and balanced root chakra in order to keep your entire chakra system in balance. I like to think of it like this: your root chakra represents your basic needs, like warmth, rest, and security. If one of these basic needs isn’t being met, it would be hard to to cultivate a deeper relationship with your other chakras and feelings of creativity, passion, love, and intuition.

    But when you take the time to create a solid and stable foundation, you give these other aspects of your being a chance to thrive.

    Below, you’ll find 14 powerful root chakra healing practices to open, balance, and activate this important energy center. You can use these practices as part of your daily routine, or pick some to do when you’re feeling imbalanced and misaligned. I’ve also linked to several other posts that provide further understanding into the healing practices on this list.

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    Ensure Basic Needs Are Being Met

    The root chakra acts as your foundation, and at your most basic level, before anything else, you have physiological and safety needs that need to be met in order to have a solid and stable foundation. These needs include food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. While the rest of the practices on this list are powerful on their own, nothing can bring you long-term healing if your basic needs aren’t being met.

    Unfortunately, depending on your life situation, this isn’t always easy. What do you do if food isn’t always readily available? What if you don’t feel safe and secure in your environment? What if your busy schedule doesn’t allow for rest? There’s no easy, one-size-fits-all answer here. So this is the best advice I can give you: don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help from others.

    And also don’t be afraid to ask for help from the Universe. For most of my life, I wasn’t someone who would talk to a higher power. It wasn’t until recent years that I began sitting down and handing over my worries to the Universe. I don’t say this to make you feel good; I say this because it’s my authentic truth: every single time I’ve actually paused and spoken to the Universe, my requests have always been answered. Sometimes, in minutes. Sometimes, hours. Sometimes, days. But never, ever am I ignored.

    Meditation

    Meditation is a powerful practice for healing all of your chakras, but there’s something especially powerful when it comes to root chakra healing. Meditating in the morning can be especially profound because it allows you to get grounded, centered, and stable as you start your day. Use meditation to connect with your foundation and to breathe calm, strength, and peace into every cell of your body.

    A simple breathing meditation can be effective in root chakra healing. You might also choose to connect with your root chakra by envisioning it as a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter. You can also recite some grounding affirmations as you do this (see below).

    Grounding Affirmations

    The use of positive affirmations can be a powerful healing practice that supports your total well-being: mind, body, and spirit. For root chakra healing, focus on affirmations specifically dedicated to helping you feel grounded, stable, secure, calm, strong, peaceful, and centered. You can recite affirmations as you wake up in the morning, during meditation, as you commute to work, in your journal, as you wind down for the evening, and any time you need to take a step back and allow a wave of calm to wash over you.

    I’ve written some of my favorite root chakra affirmations below. Also be sure to check out my post, 35 Root Chakra Affirmations to Remain Strong, Steady, and Grounded.

    • I am safe and secure.
    • I am rooted in this present moment.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I have access to all the resources I need to survive and thrive.
    • I am equipped with all the tools I need to succeed.
    • Everything I need comes to me at exactly the right place and time.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • Deep inner peace is my natural state.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • All my needs are always met.
    • I have everything I need.
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    Connect to the Earth

    The root chakra is associated with the earth, and one of the most powerful healing activities you can perform is to immerse yourself in nature and let your bare feet touch the ground. You might also find a quiet spot to sit outside where you can journal, meditate, or just simply be. If you’re a gardener, you might choose to go outside and work in your garden, allowing your bare hands to dig into the earth. Nature is one of the greatest healers in the universe. When you take the time to connect with the earth, you connect with your roots, your foundation, and the truest, most authentic part of you.

    Breathing Exercises

    It isn’t always possible to stop what you’re doing to meditate in the middle of the day, but a breathing exercise is a more than suitable replacement that can help you to regain your feelings of calm, balance, and inner peace. Alternative nostril breathing is one of my favorite breathing practices, as this simple yet profound practice is known to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote overall well-being.

    Here’s another simple breathing exercise to help you feel centered and grounded:

    Inhale deeply to a count of four. Pause for a brief moment when you reach the end of your breath. Then exhale for a count of five. Pause at the end of your exhale. Then repeat the cycle. Do this as many times as needed to calm your mind and ground you to the present moment.

    Gratitude

    As you go about your day, notice all the things that contribute to your open and balanced root chakra. These things might include the locks on your doors that keep you safe; the money in your bank account; the food in your kitchen; the blankets that keep you warm; your strong, healthy body; access to clean water; and more. As you notice everything in your life that allows you to have a solid foundation, say a little thank you for each thing. These can often be the things we take for granted, so acknowledging all the positive aspects of your life with sincere appreciation can be a powerful reminder of your abundance.

    And don’t forget to express gratitude for your own inner qualities and talents. For instance, you might express gratitude for your ability to stay grounded and calm in all situations. You can also express gratitude for your inner strength and resilience. All of these things contribute to a balanced, open, and healed root chakra.

    Journaling

    Journaling is a profound practice to get in touch with your inner self, gently probe your thoughts and beliefs, explore your feelings, and connect with your body’s energy centers. For journaling specifically focused on root chakra healing, you can take a variety of approaches. You can center your practice on writing root chakra affirmations, do the gratitude practice in the section above in written form, or answer journal prompts that pertain to the root chakra. For root chakra journal prompts, check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Root Chakra.

    When you sit down to journal, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. Seal this intention with a few deep, grounding breaths. Choose to write with honesty and authenticity, and release any judgment or self-criticism that may come up. It’s important that you make this time a judgment-free zone. The path to healing is paved in radical honesty and acceptance.

    Visualization

    Visualization exercises can be beneficial for root chakra healing in a number of ways. One way to visualize is to follow the practice outlined in the Meditation section: connect with your root chakra by visualizing a bright red glowing orb at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter.

    You can also practice visualization by envisioning your highest self with an open and balanced root chakra. What does a day in your life look like when your root chakra is completely balanced? How do you feel? How do you carry yourself? Visualize some unexpected obstacles appearing during your day, and see yourself reacting to these obstacles with a sense of calm, stability, and steadiness. After your visualization, see if you can align with that balanced and centered version of yourself as you continue through your day.

    Yoga

    Almost any well-rounded yoga practice will support total body chakra healing, as yoga supports the free flow of energy (prana) throughout your body and can clear any blockages that may exist in your energy channels (nadis). Approach your yoga practice with an open and authentic heart.

    For root chakra healing poses (asanas), check out the list below. During your practice, focus on connecting with your root chakra. Breathe into that spot at the base of your spine, and when your feet are on the floor, focus on setting up a strong and stable foundation for your body (as well as connecting to the earth).

    • Mountain Pose
    • Downward Dog
    • Tree Pose
    • Lunge Pose
    • Warrior II

    Aromatherapy

    Sense of smell can be one of the most underutilized senses for restoring balance to your internal energy, as scent has the ability to both soothe and revitalize. For root chakra healing, use earth-scented essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Basil, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Geranium. For more information on how to use essential oils to heal the chakras, check out my post, A Guide to Essential Oils for Chakra Healing.

    Color Therapy

    Color therapy is the act of immersing yourself in the color associated with that chakra. For root chakra healing, this means immersing yourself in all things red. For instance, you can eat red food, wear red clothes, light red candles, write with red pen, and surround your space with red items. I often hear the question, “Does color therapy really work?” I wholeheartedly believe your success with color therapy is entirely tied to your intentions and belief. When you approach this practice, first set the intention to connect with your root chakra. You might decide that every time you see a certain red item, you’ll recite a grounding root chakra affirmation. You might also spend some time visualizing a bright red orb at the base of your spine. At the heart of it, don’t simply surround yourself with the color red just for the sake of it; do so with intention. Decide that you are going to cultivate a sense of groundedness, stability, and strength throughout your day.

    I also like to combine color therapy with other root chakra healing practices, such as aromatherapy and journaling.

    Food

    While we often think of food as affecting our physical selves, it also profoundly affects our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as well. Just as eating too much junk food can be linked to anxiety, stress, and negative overall well-being, eating the right types of food can help you to feel calm, stable, and secure.

    For root chakra healing foods, focus on root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots. You might also choose red fruits such as apples, cherries, and strawberries. Finally, as your root chakra is associated with strength, make sure you get in enough protein, which you can find in beans and nut butters.

    Crystals & Gemstones

    Each chakra has powerful crystals associated with it, and these crystals can be used in various ways to balance and heal the energy within. For root chakra healing, use grounding crystals such as Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, and Red Jasper. (You can find a list of grounding crystals and stones here.)

    So how exactly do you use crystals for root chakra healing? After cleansing and programming your crystals, you can meditate with them, wear crystals as jewelry, keep them in your pocket throughout the day, create crystal grids, or keep them in a prominent spot nearby where you can easily see them. Whenever you see or hold your chosen crystal, set the intention to ground yourself to the present moment and feel a sense of security and stability, no matter what’s happening in your external world. You might also choose to recite a root chakra affirmation, such as “I am grounded,” or “All my needs are always met.”

    Here’s a few more posts to help you get started with using crystals and gemstones to heal the chakras:

    Connect to Your Highest Self

    What does this mean? Who is your highest self?

    Your highest self is your truest, most authentic self. This part of you is untouched by external circumstances, appearances, and experiences. It is eternal and unchanging. This essence exists beyond your body and physical appearances.

    If you stripped everything else away, this part of you would remain: the real and true you.

    Your highest self is also the person you are when all of your chakras are open and balanced and energy is flowing freely throughout your body. And this all starts with your foundation: your root chakra.

    One of the most powerful chakra healing practices you can do is to spend a day walking in the shoes of your highest, most authentic self. For root chakra healing, set the intention to walk through a day as your highest self with an open, healed, and balanced root chakra. Start the day feeling grounded, secure, stable, strong, and supported. Keep this version of you in mind as you interact with others and also in the way you talk to yourself. Anytime you find yourself straying from your highest self, simply choose to realign.

    It may help to first journal about your highest self so you have a clear picture of who that person is before you start your day. No matter what, remember to refrain from self-criticism and judgment, and have compassion and love for all parts of you. Let this experience serve your highest good and support your growth.


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    What Are Nadis? Nadis and Chakra Healing, Yoga & More

    What are nadis? In this post, learn all about nadis, the energy channels through which your life force flows. Discover the relationship between nadis and chakras, and learn how to keep your nadis clear and open so you can align with your highest self.

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    Your Energy Centers

    It’s likely if you have a spiritual practice, meditate, and/or practice yoga, you’ve heard of chakras, your body’s energy centers through which your life force (or prana) flows. Chakra is a Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk” and is commonly defined as a wheel of energy in your body.

    Your body has seven main chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. Each chakra has associated attributes and plays a distinct role in your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. For instance, your root chakra (also known as your first chakra) is your body’s energy center for stability, security, groundedness, safety, and strength. As the lowest energy center in your body, it acts as your foundation. When your root chakra is open and balanced, you feel stable and secure. Without a balanced root chakra and stable foundation, it’s likely that your other energy centers will also become imbalanced.

    I won’t go into too much detail about chakras today, but if you’re interested in learning more, I’ve included links to some of my chakra blog posts below. I also encourage you to check out my Chakra Healing Bundle, which includes a Chakra Healing eBook, Chakra Healing Workbook, and 8-Week Chakra Healing Guide.

    What I do want you to know about chakras today is this: even though each of your chakras plays a distinct role in your overall well-being, all of your chakras work together as one whole system. When one becomes imbalanced, it’s likely to affect the others. You can compare this to the physical organs inside your body: when one organ isn’t functioning correctly, this may negatively affect other parts of your body. All of your chakras play a significant role in keeping you in optimum health.

    While you often only hear about the seven main chakras, your body actually has 114 chakras, and some people believe there are even more. For instance, you have chakras in your hands, shoulders, and tongue, and there are even two chakras that reside outside your body.

    Finally, the last thing I want to note about chakras is that unlike your organs, your chakras aren’t an actual physical thing you can see in an x-ray. Rather, you experience them through feelings, sensations, and your own inner knowing.

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    What Are Nadis?

    So what are nadis, and how do they play a role in your chakra system?

    Nadis are the energy channels through which your life force flows; the word nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning “tube”, “channel”, or “flow.” (I’ve also seen it translated to “a flowing river.”) The points at which these nadis intersect are your chakras. You can think of it like a town with numerous roads and a building at each intersection. Your nadis are the roads, and your chakras are the buildings at each intersection. Cars, or your energy, are traveling up and down these roads to the buildings.

    When the system is working perfectly, these buildings are open 24/7, and the cars are continually moving in and out of them.

    This is the same as your energy centers: ideally, your chakras are always open so that energy can flow to and through them.

    While the buildings and chakras get all the attention, they only work when the system as a whole works: roads need to be made for cars to travel on, and nadis are needed for energy to travel through.

    Now, I do want to note that my road analogy isn’t a perfect comparison. Nadis are energy channels through which your life force flows, but they’are also intrinsically more than just a road to get to a chakra. If you’ve ever had an out-of-body experience, experienced an altered state of consciousness (often through meditation), or had a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel experience, it may be attributed to energy escaping through the body through your nadis. Nadis are also correlated to spiritual development and what you might consider “spiritual powers” (such as sensing or seeing auras).

    Many estimate that you have between 21,000 to 72,000 nadis in your body, though some people believe there could be hundreds of thousands or even millions of nadis within each of us.

    Just like you have over a hundred chakras but seven have been singled out as your main chakras, you have thousands of nadis, but three are believed to be most important: the Sushumna Nadi, the Ida Nadi, and the Pingala Nadi.

    Sushumna Nadi

    The Sushumna Nadi is believed to be the most important of all the thousands of nadis that exist within your body. Running up the base of your spine to the crown of your head, this energy channel runs through all of your main chakras and is believed to be connected to your highest self. When it’s unblocked and energy can flow freely through it, you are aligned with your true, highest, most authentic self. You also become open to experiencing a profound spiritual awakening, feel a sense of deep inner wisdom, and know deep inner peace and true harmony within your mind, body, and spirit.

    Ida Nadi

    Your Ida Nadi is associated with your feminine energy and starts at the base of your spine (at your root chakra). It then runs through your core to your left nostril. It is associated with right-brain dominance and what you might describe as softer, darker energy. It is also associated with the moon.

    Pingala Nadi

    Your Pingala Nadi is associated with your masculine energy. It starts at the base of your spine (at your root chakra) and runs through your core to your right nostril. (The Ida Nadi and the Pingala Nadi flow upwards criss-crossing each other at your chakra points.) It’s associated with left-brain dominance and what you might describe as stronger, lighter energy. As the Ida Nadi is associated with the moon, the Pingala Nadi is associated with the sun.

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    Unblocking Your Nadis

    A lot of attention is paid to opening, healing, and unblocking your chakras, but it’s just as important that your nadis remain open and unblocked. Again, to return to the road analogy, in order for cars to get to the intersections where the buildings are located, they need to be able to travel freely up and down the roads. If a road is blocked, this not only inhibits the cars to travel through that road, but it affects neighboring roads as well.

    If any of your energy channels become blocked, energy can no longer pass freely through it, inhibiting your energy from reaching your chakras. This can have negative effects on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.

    So how do you ensure your nadis remain clear for energy to easily pass through? Here are a few methods:

    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Have you ever noticed that you may breathe easier through one nostril than the other? If not, you can try a quick test right now. Gently press any of the fingers on your right hand against the right side of your nose, closing the right nostril. Place the fingers of your left hand below your left nostril. Exhale through your nose, noticing whether you can feel the warm air of your exhale against your left fingers. Then try this with your right nostril.

    If you’re able to feel air moving easily through both nostrils, that’s a good sign! If not, one of your nadis may be experiencing blockages. Alternate nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana, is one method to clear your energy channels so energy can flow freely through them. There are several ways to do this, so I’ll explain the method I use below, then link to some articles that discuss a few other methods.

    1. You can start in your preferred meditation position, sitting cross-legged on the floor or on a chair with your feet planted on the ground. (Just not laying down.) Keep your spine straight and your head lifted.
    2. Lift your right hand. With this practice, you’re going to use three fingers: pinky, ring, and thumb. You can take your index and middle finger and fold them against your palm, so only the pinky, ring finger, and thumb are sticking up.
    3. You may want to take a few deep breaths first and spend a minute or two grounding yourself to this present moment. Take as much time as you need.
    4. With the right thumb of the right hand, close your right nostril. Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
    5. At the top of your inhale, pause. Lift your thumb from your right nostril and close your left nostril using your pinky and ring finger. Exhale fully through your right nostril.
    6. Then inhale through your right nostril, exhale through your left nostril.
    7. Inhale through your left nostril, exhale through your right nostril.
    8. Continue this pattern for several minutes, pausing at the top of each inhale and exhale. You can continue this practice for as long as you’d like.

    Since the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi both start at the base of your spine, criss-crossing each other and running through your left and right nostrils, respectively, it’s important to really follow your breath as you practice alternate nostril breathing. When your right nostril is closed, follow your breath from the base of your spine to your left nostril; when your left nostril is closed, follow your breath from the base of your spine to your right nostril.

    Here are a few articles that discuss alternate nostril breathing and various methods for completing this practice:

    Hatha Yoga

    Hatha yoga is the type of yoga the general public likely thinks of when they hear the word “yoga”: yoga that pairs poses, or asanas, with breathing techniques, or pranayama. When you’re looking at a course catalog for your local yoga studio, you can typically be certain that anything titled Hatha Yoga will move a little slower and may include breathing exercises, static postures, and possibly even a meditation to start or end the class.

    Ha is translated to mean sun, and tha is translated to mean moon. If you remember from the bulletpoints on the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi above, the Ida Nadi is associated with the moon, and the Pingala Nadi is associated with the sun. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to balance these two energies – moon and sun, feminine and masculine – to bring the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi into equilibrium. (Note: The literal meaning of the word “hatha” means “force,” “effort,” or “exertion.”)

    Positive Affirmations and Intentions

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Where your attention goes, energy flows”? Your mindset plays a powerful role in the harmony of your mind, body, and spirit. For instance, if you easily become overwhelmed and have thoughts that correlate with stress and anxiety, this negative energy will manifest in physical, emotional, and spiritual turmoil. When you’re able to cultivate a mindset of inner peace and tranquility, your energy is able to flow more freely throughout your body. Note that this isn’t a call to engage in toxic positivity, which is just as dangerous as stress and anxiety. You should always honor all of your feelings, even those you deem as negative. But you don’t have to stay with those negative thoughts. As Paulo Coelho wrote, “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” Use positive affirmations that truly resonate with you, and set the intention each day to remain grounded, stable, and peaceful, no matter what occurs in your external world.

    Gentle Movement

    If the weather allows it, go on a calming walk outside somewhere you feel safe and breathe in the fresh air. Engage in gentle movement that feels good to you and doesn’t put too much stress on your body. If you’re able to jog without breathing too heavily, you can do this as well. But don’t feel limited to these options. For instance, I’ve exercised using a weighted hula hoop and found this to be extremely effective in stimulating the movement of energy throughout my body. (Plus, it’s fun!) Gentle movement stimulates the flow of energy within the body in a way that can be both nurturing and calming.

    Final Thoughts

    While chakras rightfully get a lot of attention when it comes to the total well-being of your mind, body, and spirit, it’s important not to forget the role your nadis play in your overall health. Your nadis also play an essential role in connecting to your highest self and experiencing spiritual growth. When these energy channels are open and clear, you are able to find alignment with your true self and maintain optimum health: spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.


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