A major skill for maintaining positive mental health is mindfulness. Mindfulness is emphasised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Talk therapy, etc. I became a registered yoga teacher (RYT200E) about five years ago and I found mindfulness within the philosophy and practice of yoga to be extremely helpful towards my own mental health. One of the biggest practices that I attached to was “Chakras” (“Chalk-Raws“). Chakras are seven points in every human body that cultivate energy. Each point has meaning for both mental clarity and physical health which are explained through the energy this area attracts. Different sensations within these seven chakras share imbalances which are often linked to pain in both our mental and physical health. Below I have attached the seven chakras with detailed explanations and at the bottom of this post, I’ve linked some of my favourite chakra meditations.

The root chakra (Muladhara) is the first of the seven chakras with a red energy centre located in the midst of the pelvis. The root chakra signifies safety, being grounded, survival, and physical identity. If you think of the basic needs of a human being the root chakra would be our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, etc. The root chakra is a centre of protection for our survival.

If this chakra is imbalanced it can lead to an immense amount of problems such as eating disorders, dissociation, insecurity, and excessive negativity. Think of someone who cannot meet their basic needs for survival. This person is forced into survival mode. To balance this chakra in your everyday life, make sure to meet your basic needs for water, food, warmth, and connection. The best therapy practice for this type of energy is mindfulness. Below are some mindfulness practices that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The sacral chakra (Svadisthana) is the second of the seven chakras with an orange energy centre located just below the belly button. The sacral chakra signifies creativity, sexuality, relationships, and emotions. The sacral chakra is known to help form your relationships, not just romantic ones but all relationships. It is the centre for connection with others.

If this chakra is imbalanced it could lead to co-dependency, being ruled by emotions, being out of touch with your feelings or feeling numb, overindulgence or lack of sensation, and a feeling of being stuck. The best therapy practice for the sacral chakra is taking advantage of our interpersonal relationship skills. Below are some interpersonal relationship skills that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The solar plexus chakra (Manipura) is the third of the seven chakras with a yellow energy centre located in the naval area near the pancreas. The solar plexus chakra signifies clarity, knowledge, self-confidence, and the ability to make healthy decisions for yourself. If you think of the basic needs of a human being, the solar plexus chakra would be the beginning of our consciousness as if we were waking up. It’s the natural part of our consciousness that alerts us to personal safety and independence.

 

When Manipura is out of balance you may crave excessive control, have a lack of direction in your life, and seeing life through a picture while losing sight of the whole picture. If Manipura were a DBT therapy technique it would be Emotion Regulation. Emotion regulation is a DBT skill that emphasizes the need for self-care and taking care of ourselves first. Remember, you can’t help someone properly and efficiently until you’ve helped yourself first.Below are some emotion regulation skills that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The heart chakra (Anahata) is the fourth of the seven chakras with a green energy centre located in the midst of the chest and between the rib cage. You guessed it! – the heart chakra signifies love, passion, ego, and appreciation of all things. If you think of the basic needs of a human being the heart chakra would be the need for long and interpersonal relationships. As people, we need connection and love in our lives, Anahata provides us with the capability of caring. When this chakra is in balance it leads to healthy relationships of all forms.

If this chakra is imbalanced it can lead to problems such as being overly defensive, jealousy, holding grudges, isolation and physical heart-related respiratory problems. The best therapy practice for this type of energy is FAIR. Below are some FAIR practices that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is the fifth of the seven chakras with a blue energy centre located in the midst of the throat. The throat chakra signifies the ability to speak your mind. It revolves around communication, connection, and expression. When this chakra is in balance it leads to being able to speak your mind and have clarity within your life.

If this chakra is imbalanced it can lead to problems such as over-sharing, inability to listen, telling lies, and not being able to keep secrets. The best therapy practice for this type of energy is wise mind. I chose wise mind as the major skill for this because it revolves around taking the time to communicate with both yourself and others. It helps create time to think before making decisions. Below are practices that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The third-eye chakra (Ajna) is the sixth of the seven chakras with a purple energy centre located in between the eyebrows and just above the nose. The third-eye chakra signifies intuition. When the third-eye chakra is in balance it motivates wisdom and clarity, illumination, and vision.

If this chakra is imbalanced it can lead to problems such as lack of vision, feeling stuck, having a lack of clarity and not being able to establish a vision for oneself. The best therapy practice for this type of energy is crisis intervention skills. If you were to feel unsafe, scared or stuck in an emotion . or situation, try practising some crisis intervention skills to help ease the pain. Below are some interpersonal effectiveness practices that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

The heart chakra (Sahasrara) is the last of the seven chakras with a white/clear energy centre located just above the crown of the head. This chakra signifies a connection to a greater cause. You don’t necessarily have to have a religious belief, but a purpose even it’s to find your purpose. When this chakra is in balance it leads to balance, ecstasy, purpose, connection and liberation.

If this chakra is imbalanced it can lead to problems such disconnecting from the spirit and living too much in your head. The best therapy practice for this type of energy is taking a step back into our root chakra with mindfulness. Below are some interpersonal effectiveness practices that can help balance your chakra and links to some resources to help…

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