Recharge your chakras

Feeling out of sorts? It may be an energetic imbalance in your chakras

Feeling out of sorts could be due to any number of imbalances in the mind or body, but as Diana Timmins explores, it may even be an energetic imbalance in your chakras.

Although they cannot be seen by the naked eye, your seven main charkas, located along the length of your spine, are an integral part of your anatomy; yet in a different sense to an arm, a leg, the heart or a vein.

These whirling vortexes of vital energy, or prana, are essential lifelines in your etheric anatomy – that is, your subtle energy body – and have a profound impact on your physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Each chakra corresponds to a unique colour, universal element, acupressure point and region of the body, including the endocrine and nervous systems. At large, each chakra represents particular areas of your life, meaning if a particular chakra suffers a blockage, that corresponding part of your physical body and facet of life may consequently struggle. These intrinsic connections explain why chakra healing can be helpful in attaining holistic harmony.

The concept of chakra healing dates back to ancient Vedic sciences thousands of years ago, but has stood the test of time with modern researchers putting it under the microscope to prove what ancient yogis had known instinctively — that chakras do exist. Dr Hiroshi Motoyama, founder of the International Association for Religion and Parapsychology, is at the forefront of such research, having made the powerful conclusion that activation and realignment can in fact occur with mental concentration.


An imbalanced chakra can be energetically excessive or deficient. The key is to identify and achieve that finely balanced medium, although it serves to be realistic in that this goal is often a constant work in progress.

According to energetic healer and author of Live the Life You Long For, Annie Evans, an imbalance may result from such things as:

  • Major illness, accidents or surgery
  • Early childhood traumas
  • Chemicals
  • Air travel
  • Computers and televisions
  • Drugs and alcohol

“We also need to consider the environment that we live, work and play in. As our chakra system is a magnetic and radiatory system, we are constantly energetically interacting and exchanging energy with those around us,” says Evans. 

Energetic Healing
“Energy medicine can shift, release, repair, support and bring into balance your chakras,” says Evans. “Some modalities are mentally-orientated to work with your beliefs, attitudes and past patterns. Others address the physical body and their energetic correspondences.”

The chakra’s connection with meridian points, acupuncture and emotional freedom technique (EFT) serve as an effective means of rectifying distorted energy patterns. Other healing modalities that help improve energy flow include:

  • Reiki
  • Bowen therapy
  • Pranic healing
  • Past life regression
  • Sound therapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
  • Creative meditation
  • Polarity therapy
  • Clairvoyant healing
  • Colour therapy
  • Crystal healing
  • Yoga therapy: postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama)

Balance Top to Tail
Master energy therapist and best-selling author, Carol Tuttle, believes you may become energy depleted if you allow life force to drain out through your first or ‘root’ chakra at the base of the spine.

“In this condition, energy is flushed down and away from you, like a toilet flushes water,” explains Tuttle, who offers the following exercise to patch leaks and return a healthy upward flow of energy:

  • Close your eyes and imagine energy leaking out of your tailbone
  • Imagine a large patch covering that leak
  • Imagine going beneath the energy and reversing the flow to spiral up into your body through your tailbone
  • According to Tuttle, life force is also fed to you through your crown chakra at the top of the head. Try the following practice to help restore energy in abundance:
  • Place your fingertips along your hairline at the top of your forehead
  • Begin with the fingertips touching, and then pull them away from each other as though opening up your crown
  • Do this over the entire crown of your head until you reach the nape of your neck
  • Take three deep breaths to anchor in this opening

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