A Quick Guide to Chakras and Crystal Healing Stones
As a yogi, you have probably heard the term chakra tossed around, but are you familiar with their characteristics, how they impact you, or how crystals play a role too? Chakras, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle, are the energy centers of your spiritual power within your body. The seven main chakras begin at the base of your spine and continue up to the crown of your head.
In a perfect world, each of your seven chakras would remain open, aligned and constantly fluid. However, daily life often gets in the way and those emotional setbacks, traffic jams, fights with loved ones, and other daily stressors can throw your chakras out of whack. When your chakras become misaligned, closed or far too open and receptive to the world around you, it can negatively affect your body in physical and emotional ways.
The chakras are each associated with a corresponding color, from red at the base of your spine and up through each of the colors of the rainbow to purple at the crown of your head. The beautiful colors associated with each chakra are much more than a color representation. They directly relate to the functionality of each of the nerve centers within that corresponding chakra. In fact, just wearing or carrying healing crystals that correspond to a given chakra can help you align that chakra.
Below is an explanation of the seven chakras and the corresponding healing crystals that can help align these chakras and get your body, your emotions, and your life more balanced.
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine by your tailbone. This is your grounding chakra that provides you with a feeling of stability and security that your basic needs are met, including physical safety along with financial and emotional security. This chakra is associated with your connection to your physical body and the earth, and also with the performance of your first three vertebrae, bladder, and colon.
Natural disasters, war, and conflict are all at odds with your root chakra and your survival center. If you have frequent “tummy troubles” including constipation, this might indicate that there is a blockage in your root chakra. Additional signs that your root chakra is blocked include greed and excessive negativity or feelings of insecurity, as well as feeling distant or disconnected to the world and those around you.
The root chakra is associated with the color red. The following are stones that can help you align your root chakra:
Red Jasper: Red Jasper is a strong protection gemstone that is said to absorb negative energy. It represents our foundation and a feeling of being grounded.
Garnet: this is a cleansing stone that reenergizes the chakras, purifies and balances energy, and brings passion and serenity when you need it.
Hematite: this stone, named after the Greek word for blood, can be used to promote better relationships, block negative energy, root your body to the earth, and also improve blood flow.
The sacral chakra is located within your lower abdomen, just below your navel. It represents your sense of abundance, well-being, creativity, sexuality and pleasure. This assists in your sense of control within your body and how you find balance in your life. A healthy sacral chakra has a balance of the yin-yang in life. This chakra is associated with your reproductive system, the lymphatic system, and other organs within the pelvic region.
If you feel as if your libido has taken a hit, don’t reach for the little blue pill just yet. This may just be a physical sign that your sacral chakra is blocked. Other signs that your sacral chakra is imbalanced include co-dependency, over-emotional or lacking emotions, over- or under-sexualized, or the sense of feeling stuck in a particular mood.
The sacral chakra is associated with the color orange. Stones that correspond to this chakra include:
Amber: Amber is both calming and energizing and can be used to manifest desires and to relieve physical pain.
Carnelian: this stone restores vitality and motivation, and stimulates creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy, and motivates for success.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdominal area. This chakra focuses on your personal power and your ability to remain confident and in control of your life and your actions. It dictates your self-esteem and self-confidence. The solar plexus chakra is associated with your digestive system, which provides energy to your body and fuels your metabolism.
If you have a desire for control over your environment and the people around you or if you have feelings of helplessness or loss of control, your solar plexus chakra may have an imbalance. An unaligned solar plexus chakra also manifests in a feeling of stress and helplessness over your lack of control of the situation, leaving you mentally and physically exhausted. Manipulation, misuse of power and lack of purpose or direction are also signs that your solar plexus chakra needs attention.
The solar plexus is associated with the color yellow and can be aligned with the following healing crystals:
Agate: a stone of protection, physical strength, harmony and good luck, Agate enhances creativity and strengthens intellect.
Citrine: Citrine is a stone of personal manifestation and imagination.
Tiger’s Eye: this stone attracts good luck and prosperity and increases confidence, intuition and mental clarity.
Yellow Jade: this stone assists with your ability to be confident and in control of your life.
The heart chakra is located in the center of your chest, just above your heart. This chakra is our source of love and connection and gives us the ability to feel joy and inner peace. The heart chakra is associated with the cardiac system (heart) and lungs.
If you experience a bad breakup, your heart chakra may be suffering and need some special attention. Your emotional heart will be grieving the loss of love, which in turn may cause the organs around your physical heart to become physically ill in the form of a chest cold or feel pain in your upper body. Other signs that your heart chakra is blocked is defensiveness, jealousy, fear of intimacy, holding grudges and unforgiveness.
The heart chakra is associated with the colors green and pink. To align your heart chakra, you should opt for stones such as:
Rose Quartz: this is a stone of beauty and love that promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing, calming feelings.
Amazonite: Amazonite represents knowledge and divine guidance. It aids in communication and in synchronizing your thoughts with the words you speak.
Aventurine: this is a stone of prosperity, leadership and optimism.
The throat chakra is located in your throat, and it includes your neck, throat, thyroid glands, jaw, mouth and tongue. This chakra focuses on your ability to communicate and express yourself. The throat chakra is associated with self-expression, speaking your truth, and knowing your purpose in life.
If you feel as if the filter between what you say and what you think is not aligned, including feelings of insecurity or verbal aggressiveness, your throat chakra may be imbalanced. Additional signs that your throat chakra is blocked include not keeping secrets or telling lies, or on the opposite side of the spectrum, being shy or secretive. Physical signs that your throat chakra is blocked manifests in sore throats and coughs, as well as sinus or thyroid problems.
The throat chakra corresponds with the color blue. Healing crystals that are associated with this chakra include:
Turquoise: Turquoise is a stone of protection and strength that promotes leadership, communication and mental relaxation.
Celestite: Celestite is a stone of communication that promotes inner peace, strength and oppression.
Blue Apatite: this is a stone that promotes creativity and communication. Use it to clear confusion and achieve your goals.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located in your forehead between your eyes. This chakra allows you to focus on and see the big picture in life. It is your center of intuition, wisdom, and your ability to think and make rational decisions.
If you feel stuck in a rut and your daily routine has got you down, your third eye chakra may be imbalanced. Additional signs that this chakra is blocked or misaligned include illusions, lack of clarity, and not being able to see beyond the present moment to the bigger picture. Signs that your third eye chakra is blocked also include problems with your eyes, ears, spinal cord or hair and scalp, as well as experiences with headaches/migraines, nightmares, and neurological and personality disorders.
The third eye chakra is associated with the color indigo. This chakra is associated with the following crystals:
Sodalite: this is a stone of intellect that can be used to enhance clarity of thought, concentration and focus.
Lapis Lazuli: this is a stone of power, wisdom, truth and good judgment. It is a stone to promote intuition.
Sapphire: a stone of insight and happiness, Sapphire helps you resolve issues and fulfill your goals and ambitions.
The crown chakra is located at the top of your head, where you would place a crown. This is your highest chakra that represents your connection to the spiritual world and enlightenment.
When you are feeling down, have a lack of purpose, or other feelings of depression or mental exhaustion, your crown chakra is in need of attention. Additional signs that your crown chakra is misaligned include a disconnection with either higher powers or with your body and earthly matters, close-mindedness, or an obsession with spiritual matters and a disregard for ‘reality.’ Physical signs that your crown chakra is blocked include clumsiness, incoordination and light sensitivity.
The crown chakra is associated with the color violet or white. Stones that correspond to this chakra include:
Clear Quartz: this is a stone that magnifies the properties of all other stones and it aids in our ability to connect with our soul for enlightenment.
Moonstone: the ultimate stone of fertility, Moonstone opens up your heart to be more nurturing and accepting of love from those around you.
Amethyst: Amethyst is a healing stone that represents royalty, spirituality and creativity. It enhances the aura and boosts self-esteem, and it can be used to ease headaches and heal addictions.
You can become aware of your chakras by paying attention to your mind-body-soul connection. Your body is constantly changing, as are the state of your chakras, and it is up to you to bring awareness to your mind and body to detect any imbalances. Once you notice an imbalance, or if a particular part of your body doesn’t feel quite right, you can turn to crystal healing stones to help bring your body and your mind back to perfect balance.