What follows is a basic overview of the chakras. The written summaries, exercise recommendations, and recommended Yoga asanas are based on my own research and personal research and knowledge. My experience working with them for both personal healing and client work and the widely accepted beliefs about the modern chakra system.
The essential oil, herbal, and crystal recommendations are suggestions only and do not represent an exhaustive list. These recommendations were chosen because they represent a close energetic match to their particular chakras. Always defer to your intuition when working energetically. Only work with herbs and essential oils if it is within your scope of practice, and if it is advised by your doctor. If you are pregnant or suffer from any health conditions or emotional disorders, you must always ensure that you speak to your health care professional before utilising any of the information given.
A Healthy Root Chakra
When your Root Chakra is balanced, you feel comfortable and safe in your body and in your life. You are aware of the interconnectedness between yourself and Mother Earth. You feel grounded in your place of residence and you feel connected to your local community. You are financially secure, fulfilled in your chosen career, and enjoy your livelihood. You are capable of providing for yourself, your family, and all those in your care. You are able to manifest your material needs easily, and people trust you to deliver on your word. You are generally healthy, have an established fitness and wellness routine, and have good digestion and elimination.
Root Chakra Correspondences
Location: Base of the body, pelvic floor, base of the spine, legs, knees, feet.
Health: General physical health, immune system, skeletal system, bowels, teeth.
Essential Oils and Herbs: Any tree-based oil, such as Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Pine, Frankincense, or Spruce. Herbalism in general is an earth-based practice, so any herbal practice resonates strongly with the Root Chakra.
Crystals: Red and Black Stones, Agate, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Jet, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Pyrite, Petrified Wood.
Physical Exercise: All physical activity will help to stimulate, balance, and clear the Root Chakra, however movements that focus on building strength and flexibility in the legs, glutes, and lower back will target the Root Chakra directly (e.g., Spin Classes, Walking/Jogging/Running). Seated asanas that allow you to “feel into” your tailbone can also bring awareness and healing to this chakra. The priority should be having a regular fitness routine.
Yoga Asanas: Chair, Knees-to-Chest, Standing Forward Fold, Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Hero, Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose), Balasana (Child’s Pose)
A Healthy Sacral Chakra
When your Sacral Chakra is balanced, you’re able to “go with the flow” of life. You feel happy, as well as deserving of joy and pleasurable experiences. You love your body, are comfortable in your sexuality, and have a deep sense of self-respect and personal boundaries. The Sacral Chakra also relates to money, particularly in your ability to maintain the flow of abundance – that is, your ability to both give and receive. The Sacral Chakra is also related to fluidity and flexibility, in both mind and spirit. When your Sacral Chakra is healthy, life is fun and exciting, and you are grateful to be alive.
Sacral Chakra Correspondences
Location: Sacral region, middle of the lower back, hips, lower part of the abdomen, female reproductive organs, intestines, bladder
Health: Lymphatic and circulatory system, kidneys, adrenals, skin, fertility, flexibility in the hips and lower back, overall flexibility.
Essential Oils and Herbs: Allspice, Basil, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin, Palmarosa
Crystals: Orange or Blue-green Stones, Tiger’s Eye, Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Turquoise, Blue-green Fluorite, Moonstone
Physical Exercise: Any movement that brings you pleasure and joy will help to clear and balance the Sacral Chakra. Hip-focused movements, such as belly dancing, and asanas exercises that focus on opening and strengthening the hips and lower back, are also helpful. Pelvic floor exercises (if advised by a healthcare professional) may also be beneficial.
Yoga Asanas: Pigeon (all variations), Warrior II, Goddess, Reclined Butterfly, Happy Baby, Bound Angle, Lunges (all variations)
A Healthy Solar Plexus Chakra
When your Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, life is invigorating, you are full of hope, and you look forward to a bright future. You are strong in both mind and body, have clear personal and professional boundaries, and have a strong sense of personal power and autonomy. You are confident, disciplined, and reliable. You have high self-esteem, but are also modest and humble. You instil confidence in others, and people feel good in your presence. You are also connected to your intuition – your “gut instinct” – and are able to trust in the energy that you perceive.
Solar Plexus Chakra Correspondences
Location: Solar Plexus, between the bottom of the rib cage and the navel
Health: Digestion, organ health
Essential Oils and Herbs: Allspice, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Mandarin, Ginger, Lemongrass, Helichrysum, Melissa, Ylang Ylang
Crystals: Yellow stones, Yellow Jasper, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz
Physical Exercise: The focus here is on feeling strong and powerful, so any any activity that builds muscular strength and power will help to create a strong Solar Plexus Chakra. Ideal exercises include Weight Training, Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial Arts, HIIT, and Bootcamp-style Training. Ideal asanas will focus on twisting, exercises that build strength and flexibility in the abdominal area (including the obliques and back).
Yoga Asanas: Warrior I, High Lunge, Warrior III, Plank, Twisting Poses, Half Moon Pose
A Healthy Heart Chakra
A healthy Heart Chakra allows you to live fearlessly. When your Heart Chakra is balanced, you love freely, and you feel loved and supported by others. You have a healthy sense of empathy, and feel compassion for all beings. You accept yourself as you are, which allows you to accept others as they are. Your relationships are healthy, and free of jealousy and codependence. You are generous and trusting, and are therefore able to serve others without any ulterior motive. You understand that forgiveness – letting go – is the key to freedom, and you are gentle with yourself as you slowly forgive yourself and others.
Heart Chakra Correspondences
Colour: Green or Pink
Physical Location: Center of the chest
Health: Respiratory and circulatory system, breast health. Also responsible for the health and mobility of the ribs, upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.
Essential Oils and Herbs: Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sweet Marjoram, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
Crystals: Pink and Green Stones, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Green Jade, Moss Agate, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite
Physical Exercise: Cardiovascular and endurance-building activity of any kind – running, walking, dancing, HIIT cardio, etc. Asanas and exercises that focus on building strength and flexibility in the chest, arms, upper back, and shoulders. E.g. push-ups, planks, backbends, bicep curls, etc.
Yoga Asanas: Cat/Cow, Cobra, Updog, Bow, Chest Expansion, Thread-the-Needle, Melting Heart, Camel
A Healthy Throat Chakra
When your Throat Chakra is balanced, you express yourself freely, and have a lot of mental and emotional space due to your creative power. You learn quickly, are open-minded, and are able to formulate creative solutions to a variety of problems. You are able to think “outside the box”, and can work well both independently, and as part of a team. You indulge your creative/artistic side, and have hobbies and passions that give you deep fulfilment. You are a great listener, and have excellent communication skills. You are confident in who you are, and you are brave enough to share your authentic self with the world.
Throat Chakra Correspondences
Health: The health of your neck, throat, esophagus, thyroid and parathyroid glands, vocal cords, trachea, cervical spine, mouth, teeth and gums, hypothalamus, tonsils, ears, auditory system (communication organs).
Essential Oils and Herbs: Peppermint, Eucalpytus, Tea Tree, Thyme, Oregano, Ravensara
Crystals: Blue stones, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Angelite, Celestite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite
Physical Exercise: The Throat Chakra can be stimulated by any movement that allows for creative expression, such as freestyle dance, modern dance, ecstatic dance, and freestyle yoga (yoga practiced intuitively, without a predetermined set of asanas). Exercises and asanas that build mobility, strength, and flexibility in the neck are also beneficial.
Yoga Asanas: Shoulder stretch, Neck Stretch, Chin Tuck, Bridge, Fish, Shoulder-stand, Plow Pose
A Healthy Third Eye Chakra
When your Third Eye Chakra is balanced, you are able to think clearly, and are confident in your choices and decisions. You are able to operate from both your logical and intuitive mind, which means that you are able to temper all of your intuitive insights and energetic readings against rational thought. You have good critical thinking skills, a strong memory, and are able to see the “big picture” – all qualities that make you a fast learner, and an ideal student. You are able to focus your concentration at will, and are able to bring yourself in and out of different states of consciousness quickly and without difficulty. You are able to connect with the spirit realm at will, and have strong energetic boundaries.
Third Eye Chakra Correspondences
Element: Light, All Elements
Location: Above and between the eyebrows
Health: Neurological system, eyesight, ears. Mental illness issues, balance, neurological diseases, chronic headaches and migraines can be issues.
Essential Oils and Herbs: Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Juniper Berry, Eucalyptus, Thyme, German Chamomile
Crystals: Blue, Purple, White, or Clear Stones; Amethyst, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz, Angelite, Celestite
Physical Exercise: The best form of exercise for the Third Eye Chakra is Dance, due to its proven neurological benefits for preventing and decreasing the rate of cognitive degeneration, even in individuals who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The research has found that any kind of Dance (including Zumba and dance fitness) where learning choreography is required is particularly helpful, because it requires concentration, memorization, and coordination. In addition, choose exercises and asanas that challenge your balance; cross-body movements; challenging movement that requires your full concentration (such as gymnastics, circus arts, or Acro Yoga); and movement that requires strong spatial awareness and challenges your peripheral vision, such as rock climbing, hiking or walking in nature.
Yoga Asanas: All balancing poses, eye exercises
A Healthy Crown Chakra
Having a healthy Crown Chakra is the ultimate goal of keeping all of our chakras clear and balanced. The state of our Crown Chakra is dependent on the condition of all of the chakras below it, and when all of our chakras are balanced – that is, when we are firmly rooted – we are able to rise up and experience clarity and union in the Crown Chakra. When our Crown Chakra is clear, we have strong morals, values, and ethics. We are hopeful, faithful in our chosen spiritual practice, and we have trust in a loving Universe. We live our lives with a sense of wonder and healthy curiosity, and we are open to new ideas and experiences. Rather than living with our “head in the clouds”, a healthy Crown Chakra enables us to live fully in the physical world, while maintaining a connection to the world of Spirit.
Crown Chakra Correspondences
Colour: Violet or White
Mantra: Om or Silence
Element: Thought, All Elements
Location: Top of your head, above the crown
Health: Mental health, spiritual health – feeling connected to Source
Essential Oils and Herbs: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Angelica, Myrrh, Neroli, Jasmine
Crystals: Purple or Clear Stones; Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Herkimer Diamond, Clear Calcite, Angelite, Celestite
Physical Exercise: Meditative movements, such as walking the labyrinth or walking meditation; and any movement that you enjoy so much that you feel connected to Source. These do not necessarily have to be “slow” movements. Any exercise done with intention will benefit the Crown Chakra.
Yoga Asanas: Savasana, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga
What follows is a basic overview of the lesser-known Earth Star Chakra. It’s foundational to understanding your personal energy system, however, and should never be overlooked.
A Healthy Earth Star Chakra
The Earth Star Chakra is located below your feet, about a foot into the Earth. This chakra is also known as the Foot Chakra, and it is responsible for supporting you in standing and living in your truth, as well as realising and following your life purpose. Activating this chakra allows you to have your own unique life experience, and to manifest your desires in a timely manner. This is a little-known chakra, which you may or may not choose to work with. Personally, my life has been transformed by working with this chakra, and I always set the intention to ground my clients after every energy healing session by sending Reiki to their Earth Star Chakras.
Colour: None. According to Judy Hall, the Earth Star Chakra is Black, and when activated, it’s Magenta.
Physical Correspondences: None
Position: Below the feet
To work with the chakras through receiving distant attunements is one of the easiest methods that one can use to help heal align and balance these energy centres. Listed below are the names of some attunements that I personally work with on a daily basis and have found to be the most beneficial to work with the chakra system