The 10 Best Chakra Books for Beginners

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When it comes to the best books on chakras, you're spoiled for choice because there are hundreds of great chakra books out there today.

Whether you're new to chakra healing or you've been doing it for years, there are many excellent books on chakras that you'll definitely want to check out to improve your understanding of chakras and the subtle body.

A chakra is like a ball of energy or “wheel” in the human body through which prana or universal energy runs. The seven chakras (Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra) are each related to different health issues and benefits, and opening and healing these chakras can lead to optimal health and wellbeing.

In this article, I've listed ten of the best books about chakras that I've come across that are really worth the read, choose one that is most suitable for you.

Best chakra books for beginners

Chakra healing

Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara

If you are a beginner to the chakra system and energy healing, then this easy-to-read book is for you. It's a number one bestseller on Amazon for a reason.

The book's author, Margarita Alcantara, is an acclaimed chakra expert, writer and healer with a thriving acupuncture and energy healing business based in New York.

She is known for the personal approach she shows her clients, and that really comes through in the book. She offers many different simple techniques to heal and work on your chakras so that you can find the best path for you.

Through this beginner's guide, the author shares how you can heal allergies, fatigue, headaches, body pain, stomach aches, inflammation, and even emotional stress through the understanding of the chakras.

This book about chakras also looks at how you can use other practices like meditation exercises, yoga postures, chakra mantras and the use of chakra stones to dispel negative energy, achieve optimal health and promote spiritual growth. 

If you like a step-by-step practical guide or if you are a visual learner, then you'll really enjoy this book since it includes illustrations and images alongside the practical exercises and recommendations.

Chakra Healing is ideal for someone who is new to the chakra system, but even if you are someone with quite a bit of knowledge of chakras, you will probably still find some valuable information to take away. 

Best chakras for beginners book 

Chakra Bible

The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier

The Chakra Bible is a beautifully presented publication that covers all of the most important information about the seven chakras. It discusses healing, chakra stones, chakra mantras, and a whole lot more.

It includes a wealth of information about the seven main chakras that we most commonly talk about, as well as new energy centers that have been discovered more recently, and those from different traditions.

What makes this such an excellent read is that it's so easy to pick up. Crystal lovers will also find this one particularly interesting since it gives chakra stone suggestions for different chakra-based issues.

Colorfully illustrated, the Chakra Bible can be used as a practical guide as well as an introductory book for beginners looking for an understanding of chakras.

The book covers each chakra, with their associated colors, chakra stone, Indian deity and emotional and physical actions.

It also discusses the self-healing techniques that you can use to cleanse and balance the chakras, such as the use of a chakra crystal set, simple yoga movements, aromatherapy, reiki, and reflexology.

If you just want a small, portable book on chakras that you can carry around with you, this book is perfect for you.

Best chakras book for those looking for a reference guide

The Book of Chakras

The Book of Chakras by Ambika Wauters

This is a great book for visual learners because it's beautifully organized in a textbook style layout.

The author, Ambika Wauters, describes how each of the major chakras relate to our emotional and physical bodies. So it's a good easy-to-read introductory book for those who are just starting to learn about each of the chakras.

This healing chakras book does a wonderful job of introducing chakras to beginners so that they can start to learn about the nature of energy flow in the human body and how this involves the chakras and nadis. Despite being written in the style of a textbook, it is still enjoyable to read.

Ambika Wauters provides meditation exercises, affirmations, visualizations, and self-reflection questions for each chakra so you can learn how to focus on each chakra and tap into these sources of vitality.

The Book of Chakras can also serve as a general guide to self-reflection, with its in-depth descriptions of each energy center that will help you truly understand how they affect your physical and emotional body.

So many things that we consider normal, like mental health issues and health challenges, are actually caused by an imbalanced chakra system. So when we bring our wheels into alignment, these issues heal in a way that is almost magical. This book on chakras is an incredibly useful tool for self-analysis.

The Book of Chakras contains several references to Christianity which some readers may find off-putting. However, If you like the idea of connecting faith with chakra or yoga practices, then you will find this book an interesting blend.

Best for those interested in connecting faith with chakra healing

Best advanced chakra books 

Eastern Body Western Mind

Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

Like the other great chakra books on this list, this guide will help you understand your powerful centers of energy but with a greater emphasis on science and psychology. It's possibly the most advanced on this list of chakra books.

This energy healing book brings a fresh approach to the Eastern chakra system by carefully mapping the Western framework of Jungian psychology, childhood developmental theory, somatic therapy and metaphysics to each chakra.

Eastern Body, Western Mind explores the various traumas and experiences that can affect the chakras, and the powerful techniques we can use for personal growth in our daily lives.

There are two sides to a chakra that is out of balance - it can be under-active or overactive and both of these states require different forms of healing. This book highlights in a practical way how to identify when a particular chakra is balanced, deficient, or overworked and what to do about it.

Anodea Judith uses proven science-based information on childhood trauma within her explanations and this mix of ancient spiritual practice with psychology makes for a fascinating read.

This chakra book is packed with detailed information about each chakra. And even though it's geared towards psychologists and therapists, anyone who is willing to spend the time to study the material in-depth can gain a lot of insights from reading this book too.

Best for those interested in the science and psychology behind chakras 

Wheels of Life

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

It's no surprise that Anodea Judith appears twice in this list as she is one of the leading authors of chakra literature. Like Eastern Body, Western Mind, Wheels Of Life is an absolute classic and I think you'll love it.

First published in 1987, this was one of the first books that really discussed the chakras in depth. Before then, very few people knew anything about this spiritual system.

With over 30,000 copies sold, Wheels Of Life has been described as the most significant and influential book on the chakras ever written. It's full of practical exercises for healing chakras, including powerful meditation exercises which can be helpful for those needing a way to open their chakras.

Other fabulous parts of this chakra book include ways to ground yourself, heal chakras that are out of tune, and help your soul progress toward enlightenment.

Even though this book is rather comprehensive and deep, it's accessible too so someone with no prior knowledge would also benefit from it.

The author offers the ability to connect with the chakras and gain more wisdom, boost energy, improve your health, grasp creativity and manifest your dreams.

Many reviewers highlight the fact that it helps get rid of emotional blockages–even those you are unaware of. I particularly like that it teaches you how to activate your chakras in a more practical way.

Best for practical exercises for chakra healing

Complete Book of Chakras

The Complete Book of Chakras by Cyndi Dale 

The Complete Book of Chakras is one of the most comprehensive books on our list and would be best suited to those who enjoy deeply immersing themselves in a topic.

Cyndi Dale provides an in depth overview of the history of chakra philosophy and the subtle body, and how it has been used by different cultures throughout history.

It is a fascinating read, full of spiritual wisdom. By exploring how our understanding of energy systems has been influenced by science, myth and cultural traditions, it will give you a whole new perspective on chakras.  

If you're looking for a quick introduction to chakras, then this probably isn't the right book for you, but if you want to learn more about the origins of this ancient practice and how chakras are understood in our society then you may well love it. 

Best for those looking to understand the history and evolution of chakras 

The Complete Guide to Chakras

The Complete Guide to Chakras: Activating the 12-Chakra Energy System for Balance and Healing by April Pfender

We talk a lot about the seven major chakras, but many energy healing philosophies believe there to be many more minor and major chakras. The Complete Guide to Chakras covers the seven main chakras, but also looks at five additional chakras which lie above and below our physical bodies, making up the 12 chakra energy system.

April Pfender is a quantum healer, meditation guide, sound alchemist and Reiki teacher, and she uses her considerable experience to create a comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know about chakras.

The first part of the guide looks at understanding the chakras, how they interlink, their benefits and how to restore balance with your chakras.

Part two looks at each of the chakras in closer detail, delving into their functions, archetypes, symptoms when under-active and overactive, the planets and deities associated with each, as well as techniques for activating each chakra. 

Best for those interested in learning about the 12 chakra energy system

Best books for specific chakra healing techniques

Crystals for Beginners

Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier

Crystals for Beginners is the definitive guide for anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of crystals and how to use them. This chakra book is perfect for dipping in and out of, featuring color photos and easy to follow text.

The book covers 50 of the most common crystals you'll find in the shops - the color, shape and structure to look out for and their attributes. It also covers how to clean crystals and simple techniques for using them.

Although it's not specifically about chakra crystals, the book explains which chakra corresponds with which chakra stone and also provides an introduction to crystal grids. Those interested in chakra healing with crystals will find plenty of useful information to get them started on their journey. 

Karen Frazier is an intuitive energy healer, Reiki practitioner and ordained metaphysical minister so she knows her stuff. She also provides a useful list of resources with recommended websites and Apps for further reading. 

Best book on chakras and crystal healing

Chakra foods for optimum health

Chakra Foods for Optimum Health by Deanna Minich

If you are interested in learning about how your diet can help with chakra healing then Chakra Foods for Optimum Health is a must read. Deanna Minich is a nutritionist and yoga practitioner and she uses her scientific background to explain how our eating patterns and cravings reveal deficiencies or excesses in our chakras.

She also explains how we can utilize the transformative energy of food to heal our bodies. 

The chakra foods movement is based on the premise that each chakra has a particular color and vibrational frequency. By eating foods with the corresponding colors and frequencies we can use nutrition to open up blocked chakras and support the harmonious flow of energy around the human body. 

This energy healing book is the perfect introduction for anyone who is interested in using diet to heal and support their chakras. Deanna Minich includes easy to follow meal plans and recipes for each of the chakras, alongside specific affirmations and other healing practices. 

Best chakra healing book involving food and nutrition 

Essential Chakra Yoga

Essential Chakra Yoga: Poses to Balance, Heal, and Energize the Body and Mind by Christina D'Arrigo

If you enjoy yoga then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Christina D'Arrigo's Essential Chakra Yoga

Christina D'Arrigo is a trained yoga teacher and former dancer and her book is full of practical ways in which you can use the benefits of yoga to heal your chakras and remove negative energy from the body.

The book features 56 essential yoga poses and 8 stretching exercises which are each demonstrated with illustrations as well as detailed instructions and tips making them easy to follow even if you’re a yoga newbie. 

Each chapter is dedicated to a different chakra and the associated yoga postures you can use to target that chakra. The author also explains the different props you can use, as well as chakra mantras and affirmations that you can include in your practice. 

One of the best things about this book is the beautiful presentation. Each section includes beautiful watercolor illustrations in correlating chakra colors, as well as the Sanskit name for each chakra. 

Best book on chakras and yoga postures 


Takeaway

The 10 best chakra books I've listed above offer unique information that can help you with essential energy balancing.

Chakras impact our mental health, physical body and spiritual growth. Therefore understanding the chakras is an important step in helping us to become more aware of the negative sequences in our daily lives and where energy might be blocked or imbalanced.

Learning how to heal and balance the chakras can help us improve our spiritual life and daily existence tremendously. Next time you snuggle up with a chakra book, you could also try lighting some cleansing chakra candles to help relax you and improve your focus.

Some of the books on this list are scientific and psychological in nature, while some are more instructional, but all ten books will help you gain awareness of the inner energy we possess and how to connect to our chakras.