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Signs of Blocked Chakras

If you've been feeling less vital and energetic or in an emotional funk, you may have a chakra that is clogged or stuck. Contrary to popular belief, chakras are not the newest fad in the yoga world, but rather an ancient system for understanding your body's energy.

The chakras are located in the central channel of the energetic spine, sometimes referred to as the Sushumna. This major route of energy flow (nadi) starts at the base of the spine and runs up to the crown of the head.

What exactly are these chakras and how would you know if you were stuck?

Signs of Blocked Energy at Each Chakra

1st Chakra: Being depleted of first chakra energy feels like a survival crisis. You

can’t get grounded because you are stuck in your head. By contrast, if you have

too much power at the root, you can become greedy or excessive in behaviors.

These are misguided attempts to get grounded.

2nd Chakra: When someone is stuck in their sacral chakra, they struggle with

being ruled by their emotions or the opposite of this, which is feeling numb or out

of touch. There's also a correlation to sexual desire (or the lack thereof) at this

level. Creativity and pleasure are both found at this energetic level.

3rd Chakra: This chakra is often considered the power center, and when out of

balance, self-esteem may be low and decision-making can feel out of control.

Temper flare-ups are also common when energy isn’t flowing well here.

4th Chakra: The heart chakra, when flowing with energy, feels filled with love,

compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance. Anger, jealousy, grief, or self-hatred can be more prominent when there's a blockage at this energy level.

5th Chakra: This chakra is the source of speaking your most authentic truth.

When energy is blocked or low here, fear of not being accepted or of being

judged becomes a problem. You might also feel out of touch with your opinions

and desires and have challenges in making choices.

6th Chakra: The word Ajna means “beyond wisdom,” and when this chakra is

open, you experience expanded imagination, clairvoyance, and intuition. When

there is a blockage at this level, there can be a tendency to be over-involved in

fantasy or imagination. Lack of focus or clouded judgment can also occur.

7th Chakra: The crown chakra connects you to the wider universal energy, so

when this area has a block, isolation or emotional distress can occur. This may

present as an inability to set or follow through on goals or a lack of

direction and feelings of disconnection.

How to Get Energy Flowing

When energy is stuck in a particular chakra, help get it flowing again through

these tips:

1st Chakra (Root)

Element: The root chakra is associated with earth, so walking barefoot in the

sand, grass, or dirt can be beneficial. Any time spent in nature is helpful for this


Nutrition: Eat healthy red foods like tomatoes, beets, berries, and apples.

Wear and Decorate: Use accents of red and wear red jewelry, clothing, or


Sound: lam

2nd Chakra (Sacral)

Element: The sacral chakra is associated with water, which means swimming or

spending time by bodies of water like lakes and oceans is beneficial.

Nutrition: Eat orange foods like carrots, oranges, melons, or mangoes.

Wear and Decorate: Surround yourself with orange accessories or tones.

Sound: vam

3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)

Element: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire, so enjoy

sitting around a bonfire or soaking up bright sunlight.

Nutrition: Eat yellow foods like bananas, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and corn.

Wear and Decorate: Wearing yellow clothing, jewelry, and accessories would be


Sound: ram

4th Chakra (Heart)

Elements: The heart chakra is associated with air, so breathing deeply will help

to clear the energy at this level. Drive with the windows open, fly a kite, or take a

boat ride.

Nutrition: Eat green foods including broccoli, avocado, and leafy greens like kale

or spinach.

Wear and Decorate: Accent your life with all shades of green.

Sound: yum

5th Chakra (Throat)

Element: The throat chakra is associated with ether (similar to spirit), so sitting in

an open space under a clear sky is a fabulous way to get this energy flowing


Nutrition: Eat blue foods like blueberries, currants, dragon fruit, and kelp.

Wear and Decorate: Use all blue tones.

Sound: ham

6th Chakra (Third Eye)

Element: The third eye chakra is associated with light. To balance and open this

chakra, sit in stillness in the sunlight, or relax in a window as the sun pours in.

Nutrition: Eat indigo foods including purple kale, grapes, and blackberries.

Wear and Decorate: Wearing indigo clothing or jewelry and decorate with

accents of this color will be useful.

Sound: sham

7th Chakra (Crown)

Element: The crown chakra is affiliated with all the elements, so connecting with

your wholeness rather than a single element is the recommended practice.

Spend time in meditation, chanting, or prayer.

Nutrition: At this level, nutrition is no longer for the physical body. This

chakra is not nourished with food but with spiritual practices. Practice self-

reflection and curiosity.

Wear and Decorate: Wearing violet clothing or jewelry and decorating with

accents of this color will be useful.

Sound: om


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