If you’ve only ever considered chakras as centers of focus for your yoga practice, you might be surprised to learn that the colors associated with these energy points have spiritual and emotional benefits.
Derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” chakras are spinning energy centers throughout your body that respond to what is happening around you. Each has its own associated characteristics, and is connected to a color vibrational frequency. This means that you can use the rainbow to bring them back into balance in order to improve your mental and spiritual health. Here are some great ways to employ chakra colors in your every day life:
Root Chakra: Red
The root chakra, which relates to groundedness and stability, is stimulated by the color red. If your workday is stressful, a red vase or picture frame in the entryway of your home can provide a sense of stability and comfort when you walk in your front door. Wear red to your lunch date with that one friend who can’t stop checking her phone—a glance at your red blouse or necklace will help her remain in the present moment. The color is also stimulating, so enjoy your morning tea in a bright red mug to start your day with a fresh burst of energy!
Sacral Chakra: Orange
Orange is the color of the sacral chakra, associated with sexuality and creativity. For a steamy night with your spouse, add orange pillows to your bedroom or dress up in some orange lingerie. You can also wear orange when trying to catch the eye of a potential romantic partner, as it encourages openness to sensuality. Because it enhances your receptivity to pleasure, orange can also help combat depression—find some orange flowers at your local florist to brighten up a gloomy winter day. And if you have writer’s block, keep an orange candle by your desk and light it when you need an extra boost of creativity.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Yellow
The solar plexus chakra responds to the color yellow, which encourages empowerment and self-esteem. If you wake up doubting yourself on the day of a big presentation, wear yellow to up your confidence. A yellow wristband, phone case, or sports bra can help keep up your energy and positive mindset during a workout or a race. And though we often default to painting little girls’ rooms some shade of pink, consider yellow as an alternative that will encourage your child’s power and positivity.
Heart Chakra: Green
The color green ties directly to the heart chakra, which promotes compassion and regeneration. If you find yourself frustrated with your child or your partner, wearing green can remind you both to give free-flowing love and understanding. Surrounding yourself with green wallpaper or houseplants can help enhance your meditation practice. And if you are home sick, or recovering from a surgery, grab a green blanket or throw while you curl up on the couch to focus your healing energy.
Throat Chakra: Blue
The throat chakra inspires truthful communication and meaningful love, and responds to the color blue. Wear a light blue shirt or necklace to help yourself be more open to feedback, whether it’s a tough conversation with your husband, or a performance review at work. Blue accents in your living room or kitchen help guests feel free and welcome, and create an environment for open communication between family members. Blue is also calming: if you’ve been told to stop being such a chatterbox or gossip, a soak in the tub with some blue candles can help you achieve balance.
Third Eye Chakra: Indigo
Indigo is the color of the third eye chakra, the source of inner truth and wisdom. A splash of indigo can help with mental clarity: wear indigo earrings when puzzling through a difficult issue, or put some indigo flowers (also known as Baptisia) in your office if stuck on a project at work. Indigo can also help you trust your intuition. Are you finally ready to admit you were the one in the wrong during that fight with your sister? An indigo bedspread or lampshade can encourage self-reflection and acceptance as you wind down your day.
Crown Chakra: Violet
The crown chakra is stimulated by the color violet, and reflects transcendence and spirituality. Put on a violet dress to feel more spiritually connected on religious occasions, or if you feel that the pressures of your day-to-day life have got you down. In a high-pressure environment like an office or gym, a violet desk chair or yoga mat can remind you of your connection to the wider universe. Violet is also the color of dreaming: a violet pillowcase or picture frame beside your bed encourages a fruitful, dream-filled sleep.
Making deliberate choices as you decorate your home or choose your outfit in the morning can have a huge impact on your well-being. Make sure to keep these chakra colors in mind as you work toward balance and fulfillment.
Amy Leigh Mercree is a medical intuitive, bestselling author, media personality, and coauthor of “A Little Bit of Chakras: An Introduction to Energy Healing.” Discover Amy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amyleighmercree/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/amyleighmercree and IG https://www.instagram.com/amyleighmercree/ and check her out online at https://www.pinterest.com/amyleighmercree/