Sahasrara – Crown Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of sahasraraits meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the crown chakra:

Sahasrara Chakra

Sahasrara means infinite or thousand and is represented by a thousand petalled lotus and is the place of ultimate illumination and self realisation. Here, you’ll find the pure consciousness, the source of light and the bridge to the Universal energy that connects us to the bigger picture.

It is here where we discover detachment from illusion – that illusion that is often created by our ego self – that we’re not enough, that we need certain things to survive and all those pesky fears that keep us from seeing the bigger picture.

It governs our ability to learn and gain knowledge and connect with a higher or spiritual realm. The crown chakra helps us to answer the bigger “why” questions and helps us discover where we fit into this Universe and it expands with every experience and new knowledge gained.

Sahasrara is the seat of where all parts that comprise “you” come together; a complete integration of all parts and all chakras and should Kundalini reach this chakra it is believed that you will achieve the ultimate state of bliss.

‘The energy of all Nādīs flows together here, just as the water of a thousand rivers comes together in the sea.’ Read more here.

This enigmatic chakra grants us new perspective and offers us a way of seeing things in a new way, unites us to our highest potential and provides us with inner direction. Our relationship with this chakra dictates our relationship with a higher being or the higher self.

Its yantra is depicted by a full moon which symbolises the full bloom of consciousness, accompanied by an akatha triangle which sits the abode of Shiva (in the subtle and infinite form). It is associated with a pure white light or some people visualise this chakra as a strong purple colour. It is said to hold no seed sound but that of a vibration of silence.

As the lotus is rooted in the murkiness of mud and extends towards the light to blossom into something magical and beautiful, so too, do we. chakras

Here are some ways to rejuvenate your crown chakra:

  • use lavender essential oil
  • meditate
  • pray or speak to your higher self or inner voice
  • learn something new
  • get a head massage
  • indulge in pure silence
  • let the rain/cool air touch your bare head

Asanas that increase the prana in your crown chakra:

  • sirsasana
  • svasana
  • supta baddha konasana
  • chakrasana
  • ardha sirsasana

‘In the Sahasrara Chakra exists an important power – Medha Shakti. Medha Shakti is a hormone that influences brain functions such as memory, concentration and intelligence. Yoga exercises can activate and strengthen Medha Shakti,’ Yoga in Daily Life.

 

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Ajna Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of ajna chakraits meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the third eye chakra:

Ajna Chakra

Ajna means purity and unlimited power and possesses the seed sound aum (or om).

Ajna is also known as the third eye and is located at the centre of the brow and rules our pituitary and pineal glands, the brain, eyes and nose and sinuses.

It guides our intuition, perception, conscience and our experience of the non ego self, third eye yoga adelaidewhere we are at one with creation. This is where our visualisation, imagination, dreams and wisdom emanates from. In this energetic space of the third eye our awareness opens to the Divine and we develop a strong insight and truth through intuition. Here rests our highest mind that looks inwards and is purported to be the eye of Shiva or of a higher consciousness. It is a meeting point of prana where the pranic channels, ida, pingala and sushuma, collide and host the seat of our life force.

‘…in every man there is an eye of the soul, which…is more precious far than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen,’ Plato.

The yantra comprises of a circle with two luminous petals, representing ida and pingla as well as representing the union of Shakti and Shiva.

If this chakra is flowing freely you may be aware of headaches, sinus infections, blocked noses and the inability to notice things or imagine your own future.

Things that can help create a healthy ajna chakra include:

  • meditation
  • drawing/painting
  • dream journalling and interpretation
  • hypnosis
  • nadi sodhana

Asana that can contribute to a healthy ajna chakra:

  • Balasana
  • Gomukasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Svasana
  • Advasana
  • Ananda madirasana
  • Palming

‘As the ajna chakra is pierced, you experience the merging state of the mind. The mind becomes very still and one pointed, and the thoughts that have created disturbances become quiet. This is the beginning of the final stage of sadhana, which leads to the ultimate attainment,’ Swami Muktananda.

Have you read our post about the throat chakra here? And the rest of the chakras here?

Vishuddha chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the throat chakra:

Vishuddha Chakra

This is the centre of physical and spiritual purification and detoxification. Associated with chakra throatthe colour blue (more specifically a smoky purple or lavender grey), it’s where your words of clarity form and is also the space of purity and infinity.

The Vishuddha yantra is generally depicted by a sixteen petalled lotus as well as images of the moon, a circle and a white elephant. Unlike the base chakra’s elephant, this elephant represents a spiritual orientation in the physical life. The circle represents akasha (space or the place where nothing exists). The mantra or seed sound, ham (or hang) associated with this expressive area is said to elevate awareness beyond all physical manifestation.

It’s the seat of sound and is governed by the element of either, which Jung purports to be ‘more volatile than air’ and not too dissimilar to prana. It also looks after our creative expression, communication, dreams, memory, intuition, improvisation, knowledge and self expression. This is where that well know Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, is believed to live.

Physiologically it presides over the lungs, throat, thyroid, hearing/speech organs and cervical spine.

‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.’  Epictetus

Do you ever notice tightness or soreness in your throat or the frequent need to clear it? Do you have swallowing troubles or find yourself talking a lot or too little? This could represent an imbalance in your throat chakra. You may also notice the following if this chakra seems out of balance:

  • fearfulness
  • nervousness
  • inability to speak up
  • unable to speak your truth
  • jaw pain
  • laryngitis
  • sore neck

When in harmony this area brings balance, clarity and understanding to situations and perspectives. Having a deep awareness and understanding of this area helps us to really learn to listen to ourselves first and foremost and then you can really hear others.

Vishuddha dictates a sort of higher discrimination – that facility to choose between “right” and “wrong” or more directly interpreted, “nectar” and “poison”; “nectar” being what sweetens and helps you grow and “poison” analogous to something that hinders and stunts your health and growth. Yogis can look toward the yamas and niyamas for guidance on their personal code of right and wrongs.

‘The truth needs so little rehearsal.’ Barbara Kingsolver

What you can do to bring your throat chakra into harmony:

  • quiet speech/stop talking
  • undertake a complete day of silence
  • attend a vipassana retreat
  • stop the internal chatter
  • maintain and enjoy silence
  • speak your truth
  • sing
  • really listen to others
  • write a letter to someone or yourself

Asana that can help rebalance vishuddha:

  • Hasta utthanasana
  • Halasana
  • Salamba sarvangasana
  • Simhasana
  • Ustrasana
Did you know? this chakra is also linked to self expression for writers and often a blockage in this chakra can manifest as writer’s block.

 

Did you miss our posts on Anahata, Svadhisthana and Mooladahara chakras?

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Heart Chakra – where is the love?

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the heart chakra:

Anahata Chakra

heart chakra

The heart chakra, located at the centre of the chest, is the bridge between your lower self (also known as your “ego” self) and your higher self and the chakras that correspond. It’s the point of contact between your soul and body. It is the centre of revelation and has been said to be the chakra from which all 72 000 nadis originate. Continue reading

Manipura Chakra: stand in your power

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the solar plexus chakra:

Manipura Chakra

Manipura is located at the solar plexus region and driven by the element of fire, this is where your inner sun is located – the area that produces your inner heat and sun like energy.

It is about your core self, your “power”, and your inner sun, which produces heat and energy. It’s about accepting the “jewels” of life – also known as your birthright. The yantra features a ten petalled lotus, with an inverted red triangle in the centre. Continue reading

Sacral Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning.

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana sacral chakra(energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the sacral chakra:

Svadhisthana

Sva = vital force or soul

Adhara = substratum/foundation/support

This chakra is located between the navel and the base of the spine, just above the base chakra. It is here we dwell and is the energy place of Shakti. Whilst the base chakra gets our material needs in order, the sacral chakra then allows our emotional nature to be attended to. Continue reading

Base Chakra

Chakra may now be a common term to you and you may even have an understanding of its meaning. base chakra

The chakras (meaning wheel or cycle) are culmination points for nadis (channels) of prana (energy or lifeforce). A useful analogy when considering chakras is to envision nadis as highways, filled with cars (prana) and the chakras are the intersections and roundabouts where these highways meet.

The chakras reside on the sushumna nadi, which is the central channel of energy that is aligned with the spinal column.

Let’s look closely at the base chakra.

Muladhara

base chakraMula (or moola) = base/root
Adhara = substratum/foundation/support

Known as the base or root chakra, this can be visualised as being located at the floor of the torso or base of the spine. It is the seat of our primal energy.

This is our foundation and if it is imbalanced the prana is not able to easily flow freely throughout the rest of the chakras and beyond. You may even be able to feel the subtle energy changes when this chakra is out of balance. Continue reading