Chakra Meditation Techniques You Need To Know

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My meditation students have asked me for some beginners chakra meditation techniques (“Chakra Dhyana”) to open their seven chakras.

I am happy to oblige. 

Keeping your chakras balanced is essential for health and wellbeing. And having any of the seven chakras blocked can lead to emotional or physical difficulties.

Thankfully, there are various ways to open the chakras.

Below, you’ll find the best beginners chakra meditation technique. Plus, I will discuss the health benefits of chakra balancing.  Also, for more advanced meditators, I have included the full Chakra Dhyana meditation script.   

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Beginners Chakra Meditation Technique 

  1. Sit comfortably 
  2. Check your posture. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your spine is straight but also relaxed. Distribute your weight evenly across your sitting muscles. Slightly lower your chin to elongate your neck. 
  3. Breathe slowly in a relaxed manner. While breathing, focus on your breath in a non-judgmental, mindful fashion.
  4. Feel your breath moving up your spine as you inhale and down when exhaling.
  5. Focus on the movement of your breath for twenty breaths. 
  6. We will now go through each of the chakras. You may need to refer to the image above to see the colours and the mantras, which is all you will need for this exercise.
  7. Beginning with the root chakra, imagine the root chakra’s colour and chant the associated mantra (use the image above). 
  8. Feel the energy gathering in the Root Chakra.
  9. Visualise prana flowing through the root chakra.
  10. When you feel that you have correctly visualised the Root Chakra, move up to the Navel Chakra.  
  11. Continue this process up through the seven chakras.
  12. Once you finish, you may stop or proceed back down the chakras, vividly visualising the colours as you go, as well as recognising the feeling associated with them. 
  13. I also recommend practising the Third Eye Meditation technique.

Some notes for you,

This is the best way to meditate on chakras. If you’re a beginner, I recommend you use this method daily for a couple of weeks. It will help to open your chakras. In turn, it will improve your health and wellbeing.  

I would like to advise that you do not use guided meditations for chakra opening. Being distracted by a video or by someone’s voice will not help you. Instead, practice on your own by simply reading the steps above.

Once you are used to the method above, proceed to the next method below. 

 

Chakra Dhyana Meditation Technique (Advanced Method)

  1.  Sit comfortably with good posture.
  2. Place your hands on your thighs with your palms up. During the Chakra Dhyana meditation technique, you will touch the tips of your index fingers to your thumbs in the following fashion. During the first four chakras touch the tips of the thumb. Then the middle of the thumb for the 5th and 6th chakra. Finally, the base of the thumb for the 7th.
  3. Focus on each chakra one at a time, as follows.
  4. THE ROOT CHAKRA: This one is located between the genitals and anus. Say “Om Mooladhara” and visualise the colour red. Now repeat the mantra LANG (“LUNG”). Finally, imagine the chakra turning gold and say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
  5. Next is Swadhisthana at the base of the spine. Visualise it as orange. Say “Om Swadhisthana” then recite “VUNG”. Imagine the chakra turning gold. Say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
  6. Next, Manipura. Say “Om Sri Mani Padme Hum”. Imagine the chakra being yellow. Recite RUNG, visualise the mantra turning gold and say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
  7. Now the Anahata chakra. Say the words “Om Anahata” and imagine the chakra as green. Recite the sound YUNG, imagine the chakra turning gold. Say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
  8.  The Vishuddhi chakra is next. Say the words, “Om Vishuddhi” visualise the chakra as blue, recite HUNG, imagine it turning gold, recite “Kundalini Arohanum” three times.
  9. Now the Ajneya, between the eyebrows. Say “Om Ajneya”. Imagine the chakra being indigo, recite AUM, imagine the chakra turning gold. Recite “Kundalini Arohanum” three times.
  10. Now the Sahasrara. Say  “Om Sahasrara”. Imagine the chakra being violet. Say “Om Satyam Om.” Imagine the chakra turning gold. Recite “Kundalini Arohanum” three times.
  11. Meditate for 10 minutes in Corpse Pose (Shavasana).

This is the most powerful seven chakras meditation technique.

I recommend going slowly at first until you get used to it. For the best benefits, meditate daily.  

If you would like to take this even further, I recommend studying the Kundalini Yoga chakra techniques, which include breath exercises, visualizations, mudras, bandhas, kriyas, and mantras.

And finally, for the best results, book an online meditation lesson with me.

 

Detailed Analysis of Chakra Meditation Techniques

In Indian traditions, chakras are the energy points or nodes in the body.

Most people believe there are seven chakras. However, this is up for debate.

According to John A Grimes in the book A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy, there are various theories about the number of chakras in different Hindu, Buddhist, Tantric, and esoteric texts.

Most spiritual systems, including yoga, state that there are seven chakras. However, ancient esoteric texts also described a nine-chakra system. And Buddhist texts describe both a four and a five-chakra system according to Dory Heilijgers-Seelen in the book The System Of Five Chakras In Kubjikāmatatantra. 

The seven chakras are:

  • Root Chakra (Muladhara)
  • Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
  • Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
  • Heart Chakra (Anahata)
  • Throat Chakra (Visshuddha)
  • Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
  • Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Let’s discuss how chakras work

Geoffrey Samuel is an emeritus professor of religious study at Cardiff University. He tells us that the chakras are energy points located along the axial channel (sushumna nadi).

Prana (life force) moves through rivers called Nadi to lakes called Chakras and this brings us to life . 

Amazingly, there is actually some evidence to support this theory.  And it does indeed seem that subtle energy or chi does exist.

According to research from Len Wisneski, “Subtle energy both informs and transcends the faculties of the five senses. It is taken into the body via openings, called chakras, and translated into a form of energy that the body can use at the cellular level.” [1].

When the chakras are open, that energy flows more easily. And we can open the chakras by meditating. In turn, this brings many benefits, which you can read about below. 

Of course, meditation is not the only way of opening the chakras You can also use mantras, mudras, gemstones, singing bowls, and other methods.

There are many benefits of chakra meditation 

You might wonder what happens when you open your chakras. And the answer is a lot.   

Each of the seven chakras contains nerves, energy, and major organs. And these are essential for our psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional health. 

Ancient texts say that the chakras are vital for both the physical body (“sthula sarira”) and the subtle body, or “sukshma sarira”.  

Each chakra is related to its own benefits. So let’s take a look at the chakras one by one.

Root chakra benefits

This is the chakra at the base of the spine. It is red and is related to our connection to our family and fellow humans, as well as our relationship to Earth and nature.

Mantra: LAM

Mudra: Gyan / Chin

Stone: Hematite

Yoga pose: Mountain pose

 

Sacral chakra benefits 

This is the chakra below the belly button. It is orange and relates to our inner child and our sense of spontaneity and creativity.

Mantra: “Vam”

Mudra: Dhyana

Stone:  Carnelian

Yoga Pose: Revolved triangle

 

Solar Plexus chakra meditation benefits

This is the chakra above the belly button. It is yellow and relates to our “internal parent”—our self-esteem, ego, “shoulds;” and our sense of individuality.

Mantra: Ram

Mudra: Matananji

Stone: Citrine

Yoga Pose: Boat pose

 

Heart chakra benefits

This is the chakra in the heart. It is green and is connected to love, confidence, trust, compassion, and also inspiration.

Mantra: “Yam”

Mudra: Padma

Stone: Rose Quartz

Yoga Pose: Low lunge 

 

Throat chakra  

This is the chakra in the throat and is blue. It is linked to speaking, truth, and responsibility. It also relates to surrendering to the divine, to decision making and to personal authority.

Mantra: “Ham”

Mudra: Granthita

Stone: Sodalite

Yoga Pose: Easy pose 

 

Brow (“The Third Eye”) chakra:

The Brow Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is in the middle of the forehead and is indigo. The Third Eye is related to vision, divine understanding, wisdom, intelligence, and intuition.  

Mantra: Om

Mudra: Kalesvara

Stone: Amethyste

Yoga Pose: Dolphin Pose

 

Crown chakra meditation benefits:

This is the chakra above the head. It is a violet or pure white light and is related to our connection to the Higher Power, to living in the present moment, to devotion, inspiration, Source, integration of the Whole, and higher alignment.  

Mantra: Sahasrara Chakra Mudra

Mudra: Silence

Stone: Clear quartz

Yoga pose: Balancing butterfly pose 

Watch out for these symptoms of closed chakras 

Sometimes our chakras are blocked. And this can lead to various problems. Read below, and note if you are suffering from any of the symptoms.

 

Closed Root chakra (Muladhara):

Position: At the base of the spine.

Symptoms of closed root chakra: Arthritis, weak immune system, knee pain, constipation, eating disorders, sciatica, leg pain, and problems with the male reproductive system.

Emotional warning signs: Worries and concerns about basic needs, money, food, and shelter.

 

Closed Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) 

Position: 2 inches below the navel

Symptoms of closed sacral chakra: Reproductive issues, urinary problems, lower back pain, kidney dysfunction

Emotional warning signs: Inability to commit to relationships, problems communicating, lack of fun, lack of creativity, fear, addictions.

 

 Closed Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura):

Position:  3 inches above your navel.

Symptoms of closed solar plexus chakra: digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, colon diseases, pancreatitis,

Emotional warning signs: self-esteem and confidence problems, lack of self-respect, self-criticism, fear of rejection.

 

Closed Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Position: Heart

Symptoms of closed heart chakra: asthma, heart disease, lung disease, pain in arms and wrist, problems with the lymphatic system, shoulder tension

Emotional warning signs: jealousy, fear of abandonment, fear of loneliness, anger.

 

Closed Throat Chakra (Vishudha):

Position: Throat

Symptoms of closed throat chakra: Sore throat, TMJ, ulcers, thyroid issues, facial problems, pain in the neck.

Emotional warning signs: Fear of being powerless, lack of willpower, dishonesty, communication problems.

 

Closed Third Eye Chakra (Ajna):

Position: Between eyebrows

Symptoms of closed third eye chakra: Headaches, sinus problems, hearing loss, eyestrain, hormone disfunction.

Emotional warning signs: Mood swings, exaggerated imagination, volatility.

 

Closed Crown Chakra symptoms (Sahasrara):

Position: Crown of head

Symptoms of closed crown chakra: Sensitivity to light and sound.

Emotional warning signs: Rigid thoughts, confusion, prejudice, fear of alienation.

 

 

Chakra meditation FAQ

What are the basics of chakra meditation techniques?

Make sure to follow the basic rules of meditation. You should be somewhere quiet and free from distractions, and you should feel relaxed before beginning. If you’re not relaxed, I recommend starting with a more straightforward technique, such as focusing on your breath.

Where should you practice chakra meditation techniques?

The area where you meditate should be relaxing and free of distractions. You should feel comfortable in your meditation space. It should enhance the feeling of peace and tranquillity.

How long will the meditation take?  

To fully open chakras, meditation should take about half an hour. You can practice for less time if you’re just doing one chakra. I do recommend doing daily chakra cleansing, so you know that you keep your chakra open.

Thirty minutes in the morning is all that is required. I do, however, recommend going slowly at first and taking your time until you get used to it. You must learn the right way how to meditate to open chakras. Going slowly a few times will help you to learn the right way.    

How long should you meditate on each chakra?

The meditation will take 20 – 30 minutes approximately. Dedicate 3 – 4 minutes to each of the seven chakras.

Is it better to use individual chakra meditation?

You may choose to use individual chakra meditation, in which you focus on just one of the seven chakras. However, it is ill-advised. It’s important to realise how the chakra system works. It is one holistic system. It is better to meditate on all chakras so that they open equally and function as one system.

Is there any scientific evidence of chakras?

Actually, yes, there is. Daniel Tomasulo, PhD, has written a fascinating article about the psychology of charkas on Psychology Today. Take a look.

Does chakra meditation work? 

There is limited scientific evidence to support the practice. But from personal experience as a meditation teacher, I have seen firsthand that it does indeed work.

The benefits of chakra balancing meditation include a reduction in stress and anxiety and better overall health.  By performing the methods above you can expect to see improvements in your overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

 

Conclusion

The chakra meditation techniques we looked at above will open, activate, balance, and heal your seven chakras. And in turn, this will lead to overall health and wellbeing. 

If you would like to learn more about the chakras, these are the best chakra books to read. 

And for the best results, book an online meditation lesson with me.

 

Sources

1: The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine, Second Edition

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. "My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation" - Paul Harrison

3 comments

  1. You write some really elaborate stuff. Although as a reader I think it is too overwhelming for me. try to reduce length a bit and divide into parts which will help me read more and better. Anyways nice articles

  2. Namaste! One day the whole world will practice meditation to save the human civilization and mother earth. Thank you for your continuous help and support. Thank you!

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