First thing’s first. What is a Chakra?
By the dictionary’s definition, a chakra is “any of several points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy”.
The human body has more than 88,000 points of physical or spiritual energy according to yoga philosophy, each known as a chakra. In Hinduism there are seven major chakras, and in Tantra (practices outlined in later Hindu or Buddhist scriptures) there are four, each associated with a color, shape, sense organ, natural element, deity and mantra.
Each of the chakras are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay open and aligned. Each of them corresponds to a set of nerves or organs in our body, so it is important to understand how to balance your chakras. Imbalanced chakras or a blocked chakra can lead to a disruption in our physical well-being or cause emotional imbalance.
Once one chakra becomes imbalanced, others may begin to overcompensate. It is necessary to balance those chakras that require it through opening them, but there is no need to focus energy on those that are overcompensating for them. Once you have the imbalanced, balanced, the others will fall back into balance on their own.
How Do You Know When One of Your Chakras is Out of Balance?
Depending on which of your chakras are out of balance, various symptoms and the degree to which you experience them will vary. It could be as simple as something feeling off. You might feel this in your physical body or your thoughts might feel hazy. You could feel lethargy. You might feel sick, get better quickly and then get sick again, creating a cycle that needs your intervention. You may become forgetful or make simple mistakes. You may have bouts of feeling like pieces of your life are falling apart. You may also feel pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints, digestive issues and soreness or tenderness in different parts of your body. You may feel less creative or more emotional and you may have less compassion for yourself and others. There are many other symptoms of a blocked chakra, but there are also simple ways to heal chakra blockage and reclaim the peace that comes with having your chakra system in balance.
Some Exercise and Tips to Create Alignment
Since each chakra has its own symptoms when they are out of balance, they likewise can be put back into alignment using practices that are specific to each of them. While not all of them can be addressed here, there are some ways to approach chakra healing overall that will get you started.
- Get in touch with the elements. Go outside and breathe in the air. Dip your toes into water or swim. Spend some time in a commune with trees. Sit in the sun and feel the heat on your face. Nature is one of the best tools we have for realignment.
- Get onto the mat. Practicing yoga poses is one of the best ways to align your physical body and show care for your mental health. Adopt a daily practice to bring consistency to the maintenance of all your chakras. Stretch and reach for the sun.
- Meditate with crystals. Crystal therapy is a beautiful way to address chakra imbalance. Choose crystals that resonate with you in color and meaning and address the areas of your body that require them.
- Choose positive energy healing colors to wear, to visualize and be surrounded by. Color is a powerful tool for realignment and meditation.
- Listen to music. The sound, frequency and vibration of musical notes and music reverberates through the body and mind and has the power to heal and align. Visit our Spotify for playlists to raise your vibe.
Chocolate + Chakra Work
Katrina uses the medium of chocolate as her way to serve a higher purpose of consciousness and wellness. Many of our most recent offerings have been created with this in mind and can be used to aid in your quest to align your chakras and any chakra opening meditation. Here are some of our favorites!
Our Chocolate Meditation experience is a collection of exotic truffles specifically chosen for their alchemical properties. Each truffle is paired with a corresponding crystal and a deck of affirmation cards. This collection is an indulgent way to tap into your intuition. Whether you are searching the spiritual realm or practical day-to-day matters, this deck can help you practice mindfulness with chocolate mediation. As you close your eyes and shuffle the deck, tap into your intuition, thinking carefully about the area in your life in which you'd like more clarity or seek healing. Then select your card. The card will provide an intention, paired with which chocolate to eat, and the crystal to hold as an aid for achieving your intention. Meditate using this collection daily for 40 days to encourage your manifestation! This is a meaningful experience to practice alone or with a group of friends. A perfect gift for the yogi or healer friend in your crew.
Rituals are the bridge to connecting to your source of mind, body and spirit, creating deeper meaning and alignment with Source Energy. When we radiate with this trinity, through eating chocolate in purpose and intention, the everyday becomes extraordinary. Strong rituals created in a sacred space, belief in your intention and eating chocolate with focused life force energy can heal through the activation of mind, body and spirit.
A curated collection of chocolates and crystals, The Grateful Dead collection is infused, quite literally, with the healing energy of the earth. The chocolate sits above the crystals as the human body is supported by the chakras. As you experience tasting the collection with the crystal pairings, a sensation of balance will come over you and the freedom of flow will come. It brings you the ability to tap into and bring you back to the moments in your life that have quieted your thoughts and nurtured your soul.
While balancing your chakras is something that must be a considered effort, tended to in perpetuity and requires constant intuition and listening to your soul and body, it is a gift to feel grounded to the earth when aligned. You will feel open to all possibilities and surrounded by life force energy that propels and fuels your physical body and your soul. At Vosges Haut-Chocolat, we love contributing to these efforts with our chocolates!If you’d like to learn more about how to connect with your higher self, we share everything you need to know in our blog article: Connecting To Your Source Energy & Manifesting Intentions.