Do you know how to practice a chakra meditation? Before we get to the actual chakra meditation, let’s go over what your chakras are exactly. They are the seven main energy centers in your body.
What is Chakra
The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.
These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow.
7 Chakras for Beginners
Root Chakra: Muladhara (also known as Base Chakra)
Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladharabreaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” andAdhara, which means “support” or “base.” Associated color is red.
Sacral Chakra: Svadhisthana (also known as Spleen Chakra)
The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure centre and it is located in the pelvic area. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. So the second chakra is the centre of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection. Associated color is orange.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Manipura
Located at upper abdomen in the stomach area, the 3rd Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It affects Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem. Associated color is yellow.
Heart Chakra: Anahata
The Heart Chakra is the center for unconditional love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and tolerance. The Heart is the seat of the Soul. The Anahata nurtures life lessons of love and compassion, self acceptance and confidence, hope and inspiration, and generosity. The Heart Chakra color is green, and the secondary color is pink. It is seated deep within your heart.
The Throat Chakra is associated with the color sky blue. This chakra is also our will center. The healthfulness of the throat or fifth chakra is in direct relation to how honestly one expresses himself or herself. Being untruthful violates both the physical body and the spiritual component of the whole self.
Third Eye Chakra (also known as Brow Chakra)
Third Eye Chakra is the 6th Chakra and is responsible to what we refer to as “the sixth sense”. The Chakra connects us to our internal intuitions and is responsible for the sharp senses, the ability to read the future and receive non-verbal messages. Through the Third Eye we communicate with the world and can even receive messages from the past and from the future. It grants us our sense of observation. Associated color is indigo and location of the Chakra is the center of the forehead, between the eyes.
Crown Chakra: Sahasrara
The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the “chakra ladder” which starts from the root chakra that grounds us on the Earth and progresses upward to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation.
Sahasrara is located at the crown of the head. The gift of this chakra is experiencing unity and the selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level. Associated color is violet.
How to Open Your Chakras: Chakra Meditation Types and Techniques
According to Hindu and/or Buddhist belief, chakras are vast (yet confined) pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities. There are said to be seven main chakras in all; four in our upper body, which govern our mental properties, and three in the lower body, which govern our instinctual properties.
According to Buddhist/Hindu teaching all of the chakras should contribute to a human’s well-being. Our instincts would join forces with our feelings and thinking. Some of our chakras are usually not open all the way (meaning, they operate just like when you were born), but some are over-active, or even near closed. If the chakras are not balanced, peace with the self cannot be achieved.
Read on to discover that there are many different types of meditation practices to opening chakras, chakra alignment and balancing chakras.
Chakra Balancing – Cleansing Meditation
The purpose of the chakra balancing meditation is to open and clear the chakras the Reiki way. It will align higher frequency energies and also purify/release any stored negative energy from your body/aura. This simple and easy to follow guided meditation will allow you to balance and clear your own chakras anytime you wish.
- Sit comfortably on a chair with your hands on your legs
- While sitting close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, nice deep slow breathing
- Direct your attention to your 1st or root, chakra, located at the base of your spine. Visualize a wheel, spinning clockwise. Visualize it as a pure red color. Breathe in red, breathe out red. Stay focused on the 1st chakra for a minute or so.
- Direct your attention to your 2nd, or sacral, chakra. It is located in the middle of your lower abdomen, between your naval and pubic bone. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean orange color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in orange, breathe out orange. Stay focused on the 2nd chakra for a minute or so.
- Direct your attention to your 3rd, or solar plexus, chakra. It is located in the middle of your upper abdomen, between your naval and sternum. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean yellow color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in yellow, breathe out yellow. Stay focused on the 3rd chakra for a minute or so.
- Direct your attention to your 4th, or heart, chakra. It is located in the center of your body at the heart level. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean green color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in green, breathe out green. Stay focused on the 4th chakra for a minute or so.
- Direct your attention to your 5th, or throat, chakra. It is located at the base of your throat. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean sky blue color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in blue, breathe out blue. Stay focused on the 5th chakra for a minute or so.
- Direct your attention to your 6th, or brow, chakra, also called the Third Eye. It is located at the center of your forehead, between and slightly above your eyebrows. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean indigo color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in indigo, breathe out indigo. Stay focused on the 6th chakra for a minute or so.
- Finally, direct your attention to your 7th, or crown, chakra. It is located at the top of your head. Visualize it as a wheel of a pure, clean violet (or white) color, spinning clockwise. Breathe in violet (or white), breathe out violet (or white). Stay focused on the 7th chakra for a minute or so.
- Now just relax and notice how you feel. Take a few moments to continue breathing in a slow, deep, relaxed way, just staying present to your body.
- When you feel ready to return from your chakra meditation, open your eyes and slowly return your attention to the room. You may want to ground yourself by drinking a glass of water, eating a piece of fruit, or taking a walk.
You should feel exhilarated!
Throat Chakra Meditation
When do you need to open your throat chakra?
Known as the Vishuddha chakra, it governs all areas of the mouth, jaw, throat, and thyroid gland. When the throat chakra is imbalanced, you may experience:
- sore throat
- thyroid problems
- neck pain
Emotional signs your throat chakra may need opening can include:
- inability to express yourself
- lack of self-esteem
How to Open your Throat Chakra
Associated the the color blue, the throat chakra enables you to discover yourself and speak with wisdom and honesty regardless of the situation or company you are in. When the fifth chakra is in need of healing, there are several simple steps and exercises you can do to strengthen and restore chakra balance.
Sing. Singing is an amazing throat chakra cleanser, so sing a song.
Using Chakra Colors. Be Blue. Imagine a beautiful blue light. Inhale as you visualize blue and health and cleansing, filling up these areas, exhale and feel the release of stress and tension.
Drink water. I love water. We’re lucky to have access to healthy drinking water, so take advantage of it. It’s also important to think about what you ingest—or don’t ingest—in general.
Eat More Fruit. Add apples, peaches, lemons and limes to your diet to cleanse and activate the throat chakra.
Talk It Out. Talk openly with close friends and family. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra.
Write It Down. Learning how to express yourself without censoring or editing can be valuable. Practice mindful self-expression by journaling. Get it all out on paper and let it sit, then revisit what you have written at a later time.
Let It Be. Letting go is difficult. Holding on to things over which you have no control can lead to resentment, guilt, and anger — all of which contribute to an imbalance of the throat chakra.
Heart Chakra Meditation
When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others.
- Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture.
- Visualize an emerald-green chakra spinning slowly in the centre of your chest.
- Imagine the chakra radiating a circle of green light that fills your chest and melts away all the hardness.
- Feel warm waves of love and compassion emanating from the chakra filling up your whole body .
To end your meditation, inhale the arms up towards the sky, connecting with the heavens, then exhale and lower the palms lightly to the floor, connecting with the earth. Take a moment or two before moving on with the rest of your day.
Root Chakra Meditation
The Root chakra meditation is the most physical one. This means that any activity that makes one more aware of the body, will strengthen this chakra.
Visualize Red. Envisioning the color red glowing brightly at the base of the spine, where this chakra is located, is the beginning of root chakra cleansing and balancing. Start with the simple meditation of imaging a bright red light at the base of your tailbone. Picture this red light extending down your legs and feet, grounding you to the earth.
Dance. Dancing is a great way to open up your root chakra. Whether you dance in public or behind closed doors, the key is to let the rhythm guide you. Allowing the body to be free to move uninhibited will dispel negativity, open and balance the first chakra.
Mindful Walking. Whether you are walking out in nature or down a crowded city street, be aware of every step you take. Concentrate on your breath and every footfall. With every step take note of the sensation you feel each time your foot touches the ground. Mindfulness of something as mundane as walking can activate the root chakra and ground you to the earth.Do walking meditation every day if possible.
Take a shower. This is such a wonderful root chakra cleanser. We are physical animals in addition to being intelligent, thoughtful human beings. Embrace and love your physicality by being completely present as you bathe. Mindfully moving is a powerful form of meditation.
Chakra Healing Meditation
Each chakra is located throughout our body so that it correlates to specific body ailment and physical dysfunctions; each energy center also houses our mental and emotional strengths. When we have a physical issue, it creates weaknesses in our emotional behavior. When we release the stale energy from the body, it can undo any tightness, stiffness, or malfunction of that area.
The clearing of the energy can also balance our emotional state of mind.
How to Align Your Chakras
What a great way to start off your morning, or to end an otherwise hectic day.
- Start at the base of your spine, and imagine a red glow there for two seconds.
- Then the navel area and imagine an orange glow there for two seconds.
- Move to the stomach area and imagine a gold glow there for two seconds.
- Then the heart area (but in the center of your chest) and imagine a green glow there for two seconds.
- Next the collar-bones (where your neck meets your torso) and imagine a turquoise glow there for two seconds.
- Then the third eye area (on your forehead just above and in between your eyes) and imagine a purple glow there for two seconds.
- Finally, the crown of your head (the light here is ultra-violet), but for our human eyes it looks white. Imagine a column of white bright light there flowing back and forth from you to the Universe (You can spend more than a few seconds here…).