As an online mindfulness instructor, many people ask my how to open the chakras with meditation. There’s a great chakra meditation for beginners that I will teach you in this guide. You’re going to love it.
Chakra meditation techniques are a type of yoga meditation. These techniques will help you to be at your peak. They are some of the most important types of meditation you can do [READ: The 31 Best Meditation Techniques]
That’s why I’d like to share my two favorite methods with you. One is a chakra meditation for beginners. The other is the powerful chakra dhyana meditation technique which will open and clear your chakras.
As well as these exercises, you might like to take a quick chakra personality test too. That way you can find out what personality you have.
Now, here is what we will be looking at in this guide:
- What Are Chakras
- Symptoms of Closed Chakras
- Meditation For Beginners
- Chakra Dhyana Meditation Technique
INTRO: This guide will teach you how to do chakra meditation for beginners, and how to do the more advanced chakra dhyana meditation
In this guide I will teach you how to open your chakras. But it’s a good idea to take a look at my guide to meditating properly for beginners, before you start.
Once you’ve finished this article you will know how to open your chakras and clear them too.
You might be advanced at dhyana, or a beginner. Either way, this guide will help you.
If you are new to this technique you will learn everything you need to know.
If you’re an experienced meditator you will brush-up your knowledge and learn new things.
Even my most enlightened friends like to brush-up on their techniques. After all, it’s always good to check your knowledge. That way you can rest assured that you know all you need to know so you stay safe and healthy.
So, let’s go right from the beginning. And if you want to learn more after this guide, here are my recommended books.
What are the chakras meditation techniques?
Many people have been learning about spiritual terms in my spiritual words list.
What are chakras?
In Indian traditions, they are the energy points or nodes in the body.
Prana (life force ) moves through the Nadi (energy channels similar to rivers) and comes to chakras (which are like lakes).
They work like wheels. In fact, the Sanskrit word “Chakra” can literally be translated to mean “Wheel”. So by doing this type of meditation we are actually doing “Wheel Meditation Techniques”.
In Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation, chakras are the wheels of energy in the body.
By opening chakras with meditation, beginners can start to enjoy mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Now, just a quick note for the more technical reader: Different religions and spiritualities have different theories regarding the number, order, and position of chakras in the body. But the conventional agreement is that there are seven, all of which are located at a point on the spine, ranging from the crown of the head to the pelvis.
There are various ways of opening the chakras. Meditation is one way. But you can also use other techniques like sound healing [READ: Everything You Need To Know About Sound Healing]
Benefits of opening chakras with meditation
There are over 100 benefits of meditation.
Dhyana chakra meditation is one of the most beneficial types of meditation. It is especially important for spiritual awakening.
Each of the “wheels” is important for its own reasons, and balancing them will provide unique benefits.
Take the crown, for instance.
The crown chakra benefits are that it makes us more spiritual, more conscious, and more inspired. By opening this “wheel” you will stimulate consciousness, inspiration, and spirituality.
There are other benefits of opening chakras- each has its own benefits.
So each one is important. And it is vital to get the entire chakra system balanced.
Each of the seven chakras contains nerves, energy, and major organs that are essential for psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
These organs and nerves rely on the steady flow of energy in order to stay healthy.
However, sometimes our chakras get blocked. Depression, for instance, causes a massive block of prana in the heart and crown. This makes it impossible to be emotionally balanced.
Balancing the chakras by meditating achieves great things for body and mind. You will also get the other 31 health benefits of meditation.
Benefits Of Opening Them
Before we get to our actual chakra meditation, beginners might like to know about the benefits of chakra meditation.
Each of the “wheels” is associated with different properties. And each corresponds to different areas of health. Like so:
The root chakra color is red. It is located at the base of the spine and is associate with the colour red. IT is related to our connection to our family and to fellow humans, as well as our connection to Earth and nature.
The Sacral Chakra color is orange. It is situated a little above the navel and is orange. It relates to our inner child and our sense of spontaneity and creativity.
The Solar Plexus Chakra color is yellow. It extends from just below the heart to the navel. It is related to our “internal parent”—our self esteem, ego, “shoulds;” our sense of individuality.
The heart chakra is situated in the centre of the chest and is associated. Its colours are green and pink. It s linked to love, confidence, trust, compassion and also inspiration.
The Throat Chakra colour is blue and it is at the base of the throat. It is linked to speaking. It is also linked to our truth and our sense of responsibility. It is related to surrender to the divine, to decision making and to personal authority.
Brow (“The Third Eye”):
The Brow Chakra or Third Eye Chakra is in the middle of our forehead and is associated with indigo. The Third Eye is related to vision, divine understanding, wisdom, intelligence and intuition. Because this is such an important chakra, there are specific ajna chakra meditation techniques for the third eye.
- Read our guide to third eye meditation.
The Crown Chakra is at the top of our heads. Its colour is violet and pure white light. It is related to our connection to the Higher Power, to living in the now, to devotion, inspiration, Source, integration of the Whole and higher alignment. It is associated with the colour violet and pure white Light.
This infographic shows the seven chakras used in Yoga: The crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, ,and root.
Closed Chakra Symptoms
There are many symptoms of closed chakras.
Do you have aches? Tension? Emotions out of whack? Stress? These can all relate to the chakras. This is another good thing about chakra meditation for beginners: It gets rid of the negative symptoms of close chakras.
Here are the symptoms of closed chakras:
Closed Root (Muladhara):
Position: At the base of the spine.
Physical warning signs: arthritis, problems with immune system, knee pain, constipation, eating disorders, sciatica, leg pain, problems with male reproductive system.
Emotional warning signs: worries and concerns about basic needs, money, food and shelter.
Closed Sacral (Svadhisthana)
Position: 2 inches below naval
Physical warning signs: 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 (Manipura):
Position: 3 inches above your navel.
Physical warning signs: 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 (Anahata)
Physical warning signs: asthma, heart disease, lung disease, pain in arms and wrist, problems with lymphatic system, shoulder tension
Emotional warning signs: jealousy, fear of abandonment, fear of loneliness, anger.
Closed Throat (Vishudha):
Physical warning signs: Sore throat, TMJ, ulcers, thyroid issues, facial problems, pain in neck.
Emotional warning signs: Fear of being powerless, lack of willpower, dishonesty, communication problems.
Closed Third Eye (Ajna):
Position: Between eyebrows
Physical warning signs: 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
Physical warning signs: Sensitivity to light and sound.
Emotional warning signs: Rigid thoughts, confusion, prejudice, fear of alienation.
I created this infographic showing the symptoms of imbalanced chakras Feel free to share it on social media and on your own site.
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Chakra Meditation For Beginners
Chakra meditation techniques are some of the most important forms of meditation.
Chakra balancing meditation brings higher energies of light and love to our chakras. This heightens our vibrancy rate and brings light to our energy field. This removes impurities which may have been caused for a number of reasons, such as depression, injury, trauma, and anxiety.
This procedure clears, heals, balances, and cleanses our chakras. This improves our mental and physical health and leads to awakening into the truth of who we are.
Some notes on chakra meditation for beginners (read before you start)
Before you begin, take a look at my guide to the basics of meditation. Thousands of meditators have read this guide and have been surprised by what they didn’t know (and these are some pretty enlightened people. So take a look at that link before continuing).
Now we know how to be successful in meditation.
2. Sacred Space
It is first important to choose an ideal place where you will meditate.
The area where you meditate should be relaxing and free of distractions. You should feel comfortable in your meditation space. It should enhance a feeling of peace and tranquility.
My guide to designing your meditation room will help you to create the perfect space in which to balance your chakras.
Lots of readers ask me questions about this technique. So I’ve included this FAQ to help answer the most common questions.
How long will the meditation take?
- Chakra meditation take around 20 – 30 minutes.
Where to do it?
- Find somewhere peaceful. Keep the space free from distractions. Make sure any pets are out of the room—nothing ruins a meditation like a dog licking your face!
How is this different to other meditations?
- You will need to use your imagination while doing chakra meditation. If you can’t immediately see the chakra, use your imagination.
What if I get confused?
- If you are struggling to remember the instructions ask a friend to help guide you through the meditation. You’ll get used to the practice after a few goes.
How long should you meditate on each chakra?
- The meditation will take 20 – 30 minutes approximately. Dedicate 3 – 4 minutes on each of the seven.
Is there any scientific evidence?
Actually, yes, there is. Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D. has written a fascinating article about the psychology of charkas on Psychology Today. Take a look.
How to do Chakra Opening Meditation (Beginners)
Now is it time to start doing our chakra meditation for beginners.
- Sit comfortably somewhere you will not be disturbed.
- Check your posture Make sure your back is straight.
- Breathe slowly in a relaxed manner.
- Make sure your breath is being drawn deep into your body.
- Feel your breath moving up your spine as you inhale and down when exhaling.
- Focus on the movement of your breath for 20 breaths.
- You will now go through each of the chakras. You may need to refer to the information above.
- Beginning with the root chakra, imagine the root chakra’s colour.
- Feel the energy gathering in the Root Chakra.
- Visualize prana flowing through the root chakra.
- When you feel that you have correctly visualised the Root Chakra, move up to the Navel Chakra
- Continue this process up through the seven chakras.
- 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.
- You can also use these techniques to open chakras faster.
Used frequently, this procedure will promote health and well being. It is a great meditation for depression. And it will promote positive feelings and inner peace. It will also heighten your spiritual development
Chakra Dhyana Meditation To Open Chakras Yourself (Advanced Method)
The above is the fundamental chakra meditation for beginners.
Time to advance. To level-up. To evolve.
We do that with chakra Dhyana meditation.
This is a powerful technique used to awaken the kundalini energy inside of you.
There are risks involved with kundalini processes. Take a look at this article from Sadhguru for more on this. This is not the easiest chakra meditation for beginners who are just starting out. I recommend you only do this one once you’ve been meditating for at least one year.
Chakra Dhyana Instructions
- Sit comfortably with good posture. Make sure your spine is in proper alignment and that your body is relaxed.
- Place your hands on your thighs with the palms up. During the Chakra Dhyana meditation technique you will touch the tips of your index fingers to your thumbs in this fashion: During the first 3 chakras touch the tips of the thumb, then the middle of the thumb for the 5th and 6th chakra, then the base of the thumb for the 7th and 8th.
- Spend a few minutes doing basic breathing meditation. This will relax you so you’re ready for the next step.
- From now onwards, you will be focussing your mind on each of the wheels. At the same time as focussing you will be reciting a mantra in a slow fashion.
- THE ROOT CHAKRA: This one is located between genitals and anus, say “Om Mooladhara” and visualise the colour red. Now repeat the mantra LANG, which should be pronounced LUNG. Finally imagine the chakra turning gold and say the words “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
- Next is the Swadhisthana, found at the base of the spine. Visualise is as orange, Say “Om Swadhisthana” then recite “VUNG” before imagining the chakra turning gold. Again say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
- Next we come to the navel and the Manipura. Say “Om Sri Mani Padme Hum” and imagine the chakra being yellow. Recite RUNG, visualise the mantra turning gold and say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
- Now on to the centre of the chest and the Anahata chakra. Say the words “Om Anahata” and imagine the chakra as green. Recite the sound YUNG, imagine the chakra turning gold and say “Kundalini arohanum” three times.
- The Vishuddhi is next, which is found in the throat. Say the words, “Om Vishuddhi” visualise the chakra as blue, recite HUNG, imagine it turning gold, recite “Kundalini Arohanum” three times.
- Now the Ajneya, located between the eyebrows. Say “Om Ajneya” imagine the chakra being indigo, recite AUM, imagine the chakra turning gold, recite “Kundalini Arohanum.” Three times.
- Now the Sahasrara, which is in the middle of the forehead. The words to say this time are “Om Sahasrara” the colour is violet, the mantra “Ohum Satyam Om.” Again, imagine the chakra turning gold and recite “Kundalini Arohanum” three times.
- Now you need to close your eyes and lie down before continuing.
- Meditate for 10 minutes in Corpse Pose and relax.
- Take it further by meditating on singing bowls.
WARNING: The Risks
Newsflash: There are many health risks of meditation.
Take a look at that link, above. It’s a real eye-opener.
Yes you can open your chakras and clear them, but there are risks too.
Want to know what can happen when you mess up chakra meditation technique?
- You can have a seizure.
- You can experience emotional trauma.
- You can worsen pre-existing health complications.
- You can have spontaneous motor movements.
- It can alter sleep patterns.
- It can cause nausea and headaches.
Remember, here at THE DAILY MEDITATION we actually tell you the complete truth about meditation. And no, meditation is not 100% safe.
It is good to practice the exercises above. As a meditation teacher I have taught this technique to many people. I know from first-hand experience how powerful this technique can be. But as a friend I really need to warn you:
Do it properly. Yeah?
These chakra meditation techniques will open, activate, balance, and heal your seven chakras. The chakra meditation for beginners will help to activate your chakras. Dhyana will open them fully.
If you would like to try an alternative technique, I highly recommend getting a singing bowl set.
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Tomasulo, D. (2011). Maslow Revisited: The Hierarchy of Chakras?.
Psych Central. Retrieved on May 17, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/maslow-revisited-the-hierarchy-of-chakras/