When your chakras are out of balance, you may experience mental and physical roadblocks to well-being and radiance. Practice these chakra affirmations to restore mind-body balance.
by James Han
The word chakra, which is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disk,” is one of the most important components of Ayurvedic philosophy.
There are seven main chakras that run from the base of your spine to the crown of your head, and each can be thought of as a concentrated energy center that, when open or closed, can have a specific set of effects on your physical and mental well-being.
Though you’ve probably heard about chakras in your yoga class or seen them in a blog on Ayurvedic well-being, you may not know exactly how to work on your chakras to experience greater mind-body alignment. Here, we’ll explain how to use one easy and powerful tool for overall balance and wellness: chakra affirmations.
What Are Chakra Affirmations?
Stress, poor diet, bad posture and other personal habits can all lead to blockages in one or more of your chakras, throwing aspects of your life out of balance. When it comes to chakra cleansing, affirmations are one of the most effective ways to get your energy centers back to a harmonious balance.
Chakra affirmations are similar to mantra meditations in that they use a combination of positive phrases and intentions to help you unlock new stages of consciousness. However, where they differ is that chakra affirmations specifically target the chakra (or chakras) you want to work on — and involve visualizing healing energy in chakra-specific colors to help you unblock your energy centers and experience elevated mind-body radiance.
Starting Your Own Chakra Affirmation Practice
Chakra affirmations can be a part of your existing self-care routine or a separate practice on top of your favorite daily rituals. Before you get started, find a comfortable space that’s cool and quiet, with minimal distractions, so you can put all of your focus and attention on your chakra cleansing journey.
If you’re not sure which chakras you need to open up, close your eyes, breathe naturally and do a quick body scan, letting your intuition help you identify any stagnation or stiffness. If you’d like, you can even practice a few chakra-balancing yoga poses or take a dropperful of relaxing SLOW tincture, formulated with Ayurvedic essential oils such as sweet fennel, basil and orange (and amplified with CBD) to help your mind settle into a calm, restorative space.
Affirmations for Every Chakra
Balancing your chakras and allowing your energy to flow freely throughout your entire body starts by unlocking the energy at the base of your spine and ensuring that every chakra above it is open. Read on to learn about each chakra, its function and the specific affirmations you can use to unlock it.
1. The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The root chakra sits at the base of your tailbone and is the foundation of all other chakras — it’s the “root of it all.” When it’s balanced you’ll feel stability, trust and safety, but when it’s out of whack you may experience stress about money and financial security as well as health issues in the lower parts of your body.
Since the color of the root chakra is red, imagine healing red light circulating at the base of your tailbone, removing any obstacles, while you repeat one or more of the following affirmations:
- I am safe.
- I am taken care of.
- I am enough as I am.
- I am powerful, rooted and strong.
2. The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is located right below your navel. When it’s balanced you’ll feel inspired to take creative risks and express your sexuality, and you’ll feel more energetic. When it’s out of balance, you may feel sexually repressed, detached from yourself or even jealous.
The color of the root chakra is orange, so as you’re repeating the following affirmations, imagine healing orange light circulating around your navel and clearing the way for your energy to flow:
- I feel safe to express my sexual self.
- I have endless creativity.
- I am comfortable in my body.
- My emotions are balanced, valid and healthy.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The solar plexus chakra is located in the abdomen between the belly button and the heart. Because it’s related to self-esteem and purpose, you’ll feel self-respect and self-compassion when it’s balanced and a fear of rejection or your inner critic speaking when it’s unbalanced.
The color of the solar plexus chakra is yellow, so picture healing yellow light swirling and opening the area below your heart while you repeat the following affirmations:
- I make decisions with confidence and conviction.
- I am more than capable of taking care of myself.
- I am strong, capable and courageous.
- I feel powerful and purposeful.
4. The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Located in the chest at the heart center, your heart chakra has everything to do with love, joy, compassion, gratitude and well-being. It’s the connecting chakra between the lower three and the upper three, so maintaining its openness is crucial for mind-body balance. When it’s balanced, it’ll be easy for you to forgive and love; when it’s unbalanced, you’ll feel a fear of being alone, jealousy and bitterness.
The color of the solar plexus chakra is green, so send healing green light to your heart while you repeat the following affirmations:
- I embrace love and am not weighed down by past wounds.
- I love and accept myself unconditionally.
- I have endless love to give and more room to receive it.
- I forgive myself for past mistakes.
5. The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Centered in the throat, your throat chakra is tied to communication and expression. When it’s aligned, you’ll feel articulate, honest and truthful, and when it’s unaligned you’ll feel like you have issues expressing your authentic self.
The color of the throat chakra is blue, so harness healing blue light to open up this energy center along with the following affirmations:
- I am confident and comfortable speaking my mind.
- I am honest about my needs and boundaries.
- I know when to listen and when to speak.
- I am clear and expressive when communicating.
6. The Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Your third-eye chakra is located in your forehead, right between your eyebrows. Since it’s closely connected to your wisdom and intuition, keeping it balanced will help you feel focused, receptive and clear instead of narrow-minded and unimaginative.
The color of the third-eye chakra is indigo, so visualize healing indigo light streaming out of your third eye while you repeat the following affirmations:
- I trust my intuition.
- I listen to others before making my own decisions.
- I know my own voice.
- I am a wise decision-maker.
7. The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Located at the top of your head, your crown chakra is the portal to the spiritual world. Keeping it balanced can help you feel awakened and clear-minded. When it’s out of balance, you may feel alienated and overwhelmed.
The color of the crown chakra is violet, so circulate healing violet light around the top of your head while you repeat the following affirmations:
- I am full of unshakeable peace.
- There is a cosmic wisdom inspiring and guiding me.
- I feel connected to everything around me.
- I let go and trust the universe.
Chakra affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you unlock inner well-being and greater overall mind-body health. As you balance your chakras, you may notice old memories, wounds and unresolved traumas bubbling up. Be gentle and patient with yourself. To relax your mind, calm your senses and open your heart, take a dropperful of SLOW tincture, practice breathwork exercises or play soothing music. To learn more about chakras, Ayurveda and whole-body wellness, check out our blog.
James Han is a writer, editor and content strategist based in Los Angeles. When he’s not deep in a Google Doc, you can find him reading, watching films and taking long walks.