Chakras 101: How Do They Get Out of Balance, Anyway?

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Energetic forces called gunas govern the characteristics of matter and energy in the world, whether we’re talking about an amethyst on your mala or a go-getter attitude that leads to a productive morning. As Alan Finger explains here, the chakras are also subject to imbalances of these three ever-changing qualities—tamasic (heavy and stagnant), rajasic (active and passionate), and sattvic (calm and balanced). The good news is that once you cultivate the skills to listen closely to your subtle body, you can harmonize your chakras through the breath.

See also Alan Finger's Simple Technique to Clear Your Throat Chakra 

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