Want to learn what Chakra Meditation is and how it can benefit you? Continue reading!
What Are the 7 Chakras?
Chakras, as they are known in Hinduism, are part of a connected energy system within the body. The term chakra, which literally means “wheel” in Sanskrit, refers to one of seven points within this energy system.
Each energy point acts as a wheel, spinning and vibrating with energy. The higher the frequency of vibration, the more in balance your chakras will be.
Altogether, each of the 7 chakras aligns with a specific point along the spine. The chakras are named:
In addition, each chakra is represented by a specific color:
Crown chakra = violet
Third eye chakra = indigo
Throat chakra = blue
Heart chakra = green
Solar plexus chakra = yellow
Sacral chakra = orange
Root chakra = red
History of Chakra Meditation
The chakra meditation technique comes from ancient Hinduism. The chakras were first mentioned in the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures), somewhere between 1500 to 500 BCE.
According to the Vedas, the chakras are said to be shaped like lotus flowers with many petals. The petals, in turn, are associated with specific chakra sounds, containing the unique alphabet sounds (phonemes) of the Sanskrit language.
With vibration among the petals, the chakras open up. The higher the frequency, the more in line your chakras will be.
What is Chakra Meditation?
Want to know how to open your chakra petals for improved mental awareness and emotional balance? The answer is meditation for the chakras.
Meditation for the chakras includes a number of approaches to mindfulness and meditation. Essentially, it is a form of meditation that targets your blocked or unaligned chakras. You may choose to use chakra color meditation, a meditation on energy, or a meditation on an individual chakra.
In the latter (meditation on an individual chakra), the goal is to focus on one individual chakra. For example, you might focus on the root chakra only, targeting the emotional and physical areas that this chakra represents and influences.
If you chose to do a root chakra meditation, you would be focusing on chakra elements such as security, stability, and overall basic needs. For instance, you might be concentrating on needs such as shelter, food, safety, and water. Interconnection and responsibility are some of the emotional needs you might focus on as well.
How to Open and Align Chakras
If you want to know how to unblock chakras or how to align chakras, here is a brief overview.
Start with a chakra test
Basically, you want to see if your chakras are out of balance. Many people describe an imbalance in their chakras as a feeling of being "off." Still, it can be difficult to know for sure.
Try asking yourself these questions to find out if you have imbalanced chakras:
Do you have any physical pain — especially chronic pain that doesn't ever seem to go away entirely?
Do you have pain that specifically affects the spine, neck, shoulders, or head?
Has your self-esteem and confidence been suffering?
Have you recently found yourself being overly critical of yourself or others?
If you answered yes to at least four of these questions, it may be time to open and align your chakras.
Try a deep “box breathing” chakra meditation.
To perform a deep breathing chakra meditation, first, find a quiet place where you can be alone. Sit with your legs crossed at the edge of a meditation cushion or firm pillow. Put your hands on your knees with your palms facing up. Cast your eyes downward or close them gently.
Start with one deep breath in. Allow your belly to expand outward as you inhale through your nose. Count to four slowly until your lungs are completely full of air. Hold the air lightly in your lungs for another count of four. Now, exhale the air out of your mouth to a count of four.
Once all of the air is out of your lungs, hold for a final count of four. This is called square breathing or box breathing. Do this two additional times. Learn more about the benefits of box breathing.
Now, allow yourself to go back to breathing regularly.
Picture the chakra at the base of your spine (root chakra). Spend at least one minute picturing it as a spinning red wheel or a red lotus flower with vibrating petals — whatever feels most right to you. Imagine it gaining energy and spinning/vibrating with more and more ferocity.
Allow that chakra to continue teeming with energy, then move on to the next chakra up (sacral chakra meditation). Do the same thing.
Work your way up, doing the same with each chakra until you reach the crown chakra.
Allow all of your chakras to hum, spin, and vibrate with energy for several moments (in visualization) as you round out the meditation with three more box breathing cycles.
Chakra Meditation: Frequently Asked Questions
What is chakra alignment?
Chakra alignment, chakra balancing, chakra healing, chakra cleansing, and chakra opening are all basically the same thing.
Chakra alignment refers to the healing energy applied to your chakras in order to make them more open, centered, and beneficial to your energy system.
You will know if your chakras are not aligned. Typical signs include compulsive behaviors, excessive fear, instability of emotions, uneasiness, frustration, and sadness. You may even have physical symptoms such as headaches, backaches, stomach issues, or digestive problems.
How many chakras are there?
In total, there are 7 chakras:
Root chakra (muladhara)
Sacral chakra (svadhisthana)
Solar plexus chakra (manipura)
Heart chakra (anahata)
Throat chakra (vishuddha)
Third eye chakra (ajna)
Crown chakra (sahasrara)
How are the chakras activated?
Ideally, you want your chakras to be open, balanced, aligned, and activated. This basically means that all of your chakras are vibrating at a high frequency.
When this occurs, you will feel emotionally balanced, secure in your thoughts and feelings, and physically well. It does not mean that your problems will disappear. However, balanced and activated chakras will help you to feel more comfortable dealing with the challenges life throws at you.
What is the best meditation hand position?
There are several different hand positions you can adopt during meditation.
A simple beginner hand position you can start with is called The Dhyana Mudra. Essentially, this hand position has your palms facing up in your lap. One hand is over the other (right hand over the left), and you can place the tips of your two thumbs together.