A Complete Guide to Chakra Healing for Beginners

Chakra Healing

Energy. It can be neither created nor destroyed.

It merely exists.

Whether that is in a state of rest, as in potential energy, or a vibrating frequency strong enough to emit electromagnetic waves, energy is in constant supply.

Qi (also called Chi) is the life force energy that flows through your body. And chakras are areas within the physical body where the Qi is concentrated and flows strong.

An imbalance in your Chi can cause physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues. By practicing chakra healing, these problems can begin to be corrected.

Regain control of your overall wellness by unblocking or restoring the power of your chakras.

Before you learn how to take back control, you must understand the process of chakra healing.

Let’s begin.

Where to Focus Chakra Healing

The energy, or life force, within your body is centered in the 7 chakras.

Chakras that are not releasing a steady flow of energy can become blocked, underactive, overactive, and even closed. If energy does not flow freely your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being will begin to suffer.

There are many methods for healing the chakra energy. We will begin by discussing three of the basic techniques:

  1. Using foods associated with each chakra’s corresponding color to bolster the body’s energy
  2. Opening the individual chakra regions using asanas (yoga poses)
  3. Practicing aromatherapy for chakra healing.

If you’re new to the philosophy of chakras you may not be aware of the signs that a particular chakra is not functioning effectively. Which means you cannot focus your healing if you don’t know which areas need it most.

We list some of the mental and physical signs of an out of balance chakra.

We hope you find this enlightening.

Healing the Root Chakra

The first chakra — Muladhara — is located at the base of the spine near the tailbone. It grounds or “roots” us in the physical world.

Signs of an unbalanced Root Chakra: anxiety, fear, defensiveness, and feelings of disconnection.

Physical symptoms: digestive ailments, hip or lower back pain, cysts in the ovaries, and prostate issues in men.

Healing Foods

The root chakra’s color is red. Consume foods with strong red colors such as beans, beets, parsnips, rainbow chard, pomegranate, and cranberries. Animal proteins, including eggs and red meat, are also helpful.

Restorative Poses

  • Uttanasana — standing forward bend
  • Janu Sirsasana — head-to-knee forward bend
  • Supta Baddha Konasana — reclining bound angle
  • Prasarita Padottanasana — wide-legged forward bend
  • Virabhadrasana II — warrior II pose


Use essential oils to support chakra healing activities. To ground the root chakra, use earthen-type oils. These include sandalwood, patchouli, rosemary, ylang-ylang, and myrrh.

Healing the Sacral Chakra

The second charka — Svadhishana — is situated in the lower abdomen, below the belly button, about two inches inside the body.

Signs of an unbalanced Sacral Chakra: restlessness, obsessive or compulsive behaviors, creative blockage, and panic attacks.

Physical symptoms: obesity, anemia, joint pains, kidney issues, addictions, and sexual dysfunction.

Healing Foods

The sacral chakra’s color is orange. Begin balancing the sacral chakra by adding cantaloupe, orange colored citrus, coconut, and cinnamon into your diet.

Restorative Poses

  • Upavistha Konasana — wide-angle seated forward bend
  • Gomukhasana — cow face pose
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana — one-legged king pigeon pose
  • Baddha Konasana — bound angle pose
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana — revolved triangle pose
  • Utkatasana — chair pose


Introduce citrus and herbal scented oils to unblock and cleanse the second chakra. Orange, ylang-ylang, bergamot, patchouli, jasmine, and clary sage are excellent choices to diffuse in your space.

Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra — Manipura — is positioned in the area above the navel up to the breastbone.

Signs of an unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra: easily angered or frustrated, low self-esteem, feeling you have no purpose, or lacking ambition.

Physical symptoms: respiratory problems, digestive problems (including nausea or gassy bloating), ulcers, hypoglycemia, and diabetes.

Healing Foods

Foods to encourage healing of this chakra include yellow peppers, bananas, pineapple, and sunflower seeds. Cheeses are also great for solar plexus healing. Adding spices like cumin and ginger to dishes is also recommended.

Restorative Poses

  • Paripurna Navasana — full boat pose
  • Tittibhasana — firefly pose
  • Bharadvajasana I — Bharadvajasana’s twist
  • Virabhadrasana I — warrior I
  • Virabhadrasana II — warrior II


The most common scents used in third chakra aromatherapy are rosemary, cedarwood, bergamot, and chamomile.

Healing the Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra — Anahata — is located in the very center of the chest. The heart chakra is the center of the chakras, uniting earth (the first three chakras) with heaven (the top three chakras). This is a very important area for chakra healing.

Signs of an unbalanced Heart Chakra: social anxiety, criticalness, suspicion in relationships, unwillingness to give or receive freely, co-dependency.

Physical symptoms: hypertension, circulatory problems, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, lung ailments.

Healing Foods

Green is the color of the heart chakra.  Including a diet rich in chlorophyll-rich produce is key to a healthy heart chakra. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and chard are excellent choices. Also consider broccoli, peas, leeks, zucchini, and celery.

Restorative Poses

  • Bhujangasana — cobra pose
  • Gomukhasana — cow face pose
  • Garudasana — eagle pose
  • Marjaryasana — cat pose
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana — upward-facing dog pose


Mix several drops of any combination into a carrier oil (grapeseed or argan) and gently massage mixture between the breasts. Use two or three of the following: geranium, rose, bergamot, ylang-ylang, melissa, jasmine, rosewood.

Healing the Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra — Vishuddha — is situated in the mouth and jaw area at the base of the throat.

Signs of an unbalanced Throat Chakra: anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, aggressive outbursts.

Physical symptoms: thyroid problems, throat soreness, regular laryngitis, mouth ulcers, neck pain.

Healing Foods

The throat chakra’s color is blue. The perfect way to begin healing in this area is to drink plenty of water. Then follow by eating fruits like blueberries and peaches, as well as including lemons and limes in your diet.

Restorative Poses

  • Matsyasana — fish pose
  • Purvottanasana — upward plank pose
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana — bridge
  • Kapotasana — king pigeon pose
  • Balasana — child’s pose


Eliminate negativity by diffusing one or a combination of the following essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, sandalwood, cypress, jasmine, and ylang-ylang.

Healing the Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra — Ajna — does not lie in the middle of the forehead as some mistakenly believe. It is positioned above the bridge of the nose, slightly above the junction of the eyebrows and behind the eyes.

Signs of an unbalanced Third Eye Chakra: paranoia, overindulging fantasies, delusions, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Physical symptoms: headaches, especially migraines, poor vision, sinus infections, and seizures.

Healing Foods

To bolster a healthy third eye chakra consume foods with natural dark blue and violet hues. Suggestions include blueberries, currants, prunes, blackberries, eggplant, and beets. Drinking grape and blackberry juice is also beneficial.

Restorative Poses

  • Virasana — hero pose
  • Ardha Uttanasana — standing half forward bend
  • Balasana — child’s pose
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana — downward-facing dog
  • Salamba Sarvangasana — supported shoulder stand


To begin activating or to balance the third eye add essential oils to a bath. The gentle fragrances expressed in grapefruit, chamomile, nutmeg, and myrrh are very effective for chakra healing.

Healing the Crown Chakra

The seventh chakra — Sahaswara — is widely accepted to sit at the top, or crown, of the head. Some believe it sits just above the head, like a radiant halo.

Signs of an unbalanced Crown Chakra: feelings of disconnection, lack of direction, difficulty achieving goals, isolation and loneliness.

Physical symptoms: neurological disorders, insomnia, chronic fatigue, thyroid and pineal gland disorders, autoimmune diseases, sensitivity to light.

Healing Foods

The crown chakra is associated with deep purple and white and involves spiritual nourishment. For this reason, there are no food types associated with healing the crown chakra. Instead, feed the crown chakra with silence and sunlight

Restorative Poses

  • Padmasana — lotus position
  • Paschimottanasana — seated forward bend
  • Supta Baddha Konasana — reclining bound angle pose
  • Salamba Sarvangasana — supported shoulder stand
  • Salamba Sirsasana — supported headstand


Stimulate a blocked or unbalanced crown chakra with frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood, which are renewing oils. You can also soothe Sahaswara using florals such as lavender, jasmine, or rose.

Balance Is Key in Chakra Healing

Depending on circumstances in life, the stresses and pressures put on us daily, one or several chakras can get out of balance. To return to a positive state of energy, chakra healing may be necessary.

When practicing the above chakra healing techniques keep in mind energy healing may not be immediate. It often takes some time to see results.

It’s also important to realize that the chakras, although unique in themselves, do not exist singularly. They are an intimate network of intertwined energies.

To harness your life force to its fullest, focus on the overall health of the chakra system. Achieving harmony throughout is the best way to find fulfillment and peace.

If you would like to explore energy work in-depth, consider learning Reiki. We offer a step-by-step beginner’s guide to using Reiki at home.

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