emotional health & wellbeing

The Chakras: How to Unblock Emotional and Physical Pain

11/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Society restrains and conditions us to keep our emotions in check. Showing emotion can often be looked upon as a sign of weakness, but having a deep connection with yourself and being able to express emotion makes you that much stronger and will, in fact, keep you healthy.

Your yoga practice is about setting time aside for yourself, free from the burdens, responsibilities and obligations of life. Embrace this time and experience any frustration, any anger, or any anxiety and try not to hide from it.

These are natural feelings that we all experience at one point or another and by using the breath we can soften the emotion in areas which it is strongly felt as physical tension or tightness. This prevents these emotions from becoming "energy blocks" or some later form of chronic pain through unexpressed, blocked emotion or stress.

During a yoga class, meditation session, before you go to sleep or simply sitting mindfully without distractions, acknowledge any negative emotions that you may have experienced that day, that week, or maybe even some time ago. Use your practice as an opportunity to connect with that emotion on a physical level, to feel it in your body.

The Chakra System

The seven chakras correspond to our hormonal glands, which are responsible for the many different functions of our body, from digestion to sleeping, to breathing. Each of the chakras has its own unique character and is associated with particular colours:

  • Root Chakra - Located at the base of the spine, represents our foundation and feeling grounded.

  • Sacral Chakra - Located just below the navel, represents our acceptance of others.

  • Solar Plexus Chakra - Located just above the navel, represents our feelings of confidence and self-control.

  • Heart Chakra - Located in the centre of the chest, represents our relationships and ability to love.

  • Throat Chakra - Located in the throat, represents our ability to communicate and express ourselves.

  • Third Eye Chakra - Located between the eyes, represents our ability to focus and trust our intuition.

  • Crown Chakra - Located at the top of the head, represents our ability to be connected spiritually.


The majority of dis-ease in the body can be attributed to an imbalance in one or more of these hormonal glands. Eastern Medicine, and in particular the ancient Indian Chakra System of Healing, is based on the belief that at each of these glands we experience different emotions, thoughts and feelings.

These affect our bodies internally at the level of our endocrine or hormonal system. We can use balancing techniques such as yoga therapy, meditation, mudra, mantra, aroma, colour, crystal, reiki and sound therapies to help positively stimulate these glands and thoughts, and simultaneously encourage healthy glandular functioning and emotional equilibrium.

The chakra system is almost a map that diagrams the interrelationship between body and mind, symptoms and causes, leading the pathway to a sense of balance and physical, mental and emotional comfort through self-understanding and acceptance.

As people, we experience emotion, both good and bad, which should be expressed in a healthy way through our practice and understanding of ourselves and our bodies.

By Carolina Smilas, yoga instructor & Reiki therapist. She offers gentle, therapeutic and restorative yoga experiences at healing locations across the world.


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