The seven chakras are where matter and consciousness meet and interact in our bodies. These invisible swirling wheels of energy are what keep us healthy, aware, confident, wise, and alive. Active and balanced chakras help us to move toward happiness and light. Blocked or out-of-balance chakras result in negative physical and mental states.
For natural energy alignment that takes you on the best path through life, work on activating and balancing these energies. Meditation is a powerful method, so this blog is dedicated to exploring specific chakra-balancing meditations.
Chakra Balancing Meditation Techniques
When our minds are somewhat cleared, we can observe our physical, mental and spiritual well-being from a judgment-free place. Awareness is the first step towards balance. When we learn to become aware of the energy moving through our chakra system, we can begin addressing imbalances one by one.
Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools for understanding, activating, and balancing your chakras. These practices take us away from the relentless cycle of stress and distraction.
Most of the chakra meditations I’m going to talk about here just require a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Unless a specific meditation suggests otherwise, you’ll need somewhere fairly upright to sit; perhaps cross-legged on the floor or in a comfortable but supportive chair.
Remember, meditation is called a ‘practice’ for a reason. When you start, you’ll probably find it difficult, and your mind will wander elsewhere. Don’t panic or give up if you struggle with meditation; this is perfectly normal. Restlessness is just another symptom of our hectic lives not allowing our thoughts to rest, but I promise it becomes easier with time.
Meditation, mindfulness or breathwork of any kind benefits our energy flow and opens our energy centers. Clearing away the emotional and mental overload of life is an excellent way to begin unblocking our chakra system.
From this starting point, we can move on to exploring these specific chakra balancing and activating practices.
Outdoor Meditation for the Root Chakra
Also known as the ‘first chakra,’ the root chakra is located at the base of your spine. Since this chakra represents the foundation for living our lives, it is most connected to the Earth. Any blockage can leave us feeling insecure, vulnerable, and worried about what might come.
Spend time thinking about your feet and the very ground you are walking on. Take breaths, flushing your energy down into your feet. If you are struggling to feel grounded, take a short walk barefoot! The direct connection of skin to the Earth will help you unblock the root chakra.
When your root chakra is balanced, you should be able to determine real threats compared to needless anxiety.
Focusing on the breath is enormously powerful when we work on the root chakra. When we breathe properly, we infuse our bodies with oxygen—fostering mental clarity, reducing stress, and cleansing toxins from our system.
Crystal Meditation for the Sacral Chakra
As you work up from the base of the spine and into the lumbar region of the lower back, you find the sacral chakra—also referred to as the ‘second chakra.’ This chakra is associated with your emotional health, sexual energy and deep-seated emotions. This is your creation center, and its element is water. Tigers and other dominant animals are typically connected with the sacral chakra.
Modern life often demands that we stifle our emotions and natural energies, resulting in a blocked center. Feeling criticized for your creativity or sexuality early in life can also lead to debilitating blocks in the sacral chakra. Trauma is another common cause of an underactive or overactive sacral chakra.
Orange is the color for this energy center, so the carnelian crystal can be used for your meditation practices. Tigers eye is another chakra gemstone that can boost your confidence and strength, aligning with your second energy center.
- Hold your crystal or stone in your hands and take three deep breaths.
- Lay on your back with the crystal on your sacral chakra center for 11 minutes.
- Picture a balanced, healing orange light during this time.
You can listen to the sounds of water and envision clear water flowing past you during your meditation time. Also, spend time on things that bring you pleasure to empower this center.
Morning Visualization Meditation for the Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is the third chakra—often referred to as the ‘Manipura’ or navel chakra. This chakra is most commonly associated with the ego, passions and impulses. Fully active and balanced, the solar plexus helps us boost our self-esteem, foster calmness, trust our initiative, and find respect for others. The color for this center is yellow, and its element is fire (like the sun).
Again, transcendental meditations that focus on positive affirmations can have a huge impact on the third chakra. Taking time out of your morning to meditate with the rising sun can be especially powerful for clearing this center. Repeat mantras that focus on love, acceptance, respect and belief for yourself are important.
Visualize fire burning away inadequacy and fear. You can light a candle to practice meditations in front of a fire. Try taking on a challenge to work on strengthening your willpower.
Yoga Meditations for the Heart Chakra
It’ll probably come as no surprise to discover that the heart chakra—or ‘Anahata’—has an energy that revolves around love, kindness and calmness. When the heart chakra is blocked, you might feel suspicious, fearful, critical and lonely. However, when you find balance, your empathy, compassion and forgiveness can flow freely.
Try some heart-opening poses and stretches like shoulder flossing, warrior two and full wheel to connect with loving energy. Envision the healing green energy of the heart chakra as you focus on gratitude and kindness.
Perhaps one of the most powerful ways to benefit the Anahata is to practice loving-kindness along with your heart-centered yoga poses. Although often thought of as just focused on kindness toward yourself, mantras can extend outwards, even focusing on connection, tolerance, and compassion towards others.
Essential Oils Meditation for the Throat Chakra
The fifth chakra—the throat—helps you communicate and express yourself honestly. When this center is out of balance, you are not able to speak your truth.
The right crystals and essential oils can be beneficial too. Exploring blue crystals like sodalite, lapis lazuli, blue apatite, aquamarine, turquoise and kyanite can help your meditation practice. Additionally, you can use essential oils like peppermint, lavender and Roman chamomile.
I highly recommend trying my I am connected oil blend to help improve your communication and connections.
The fifth chakra is deeply connected to chanting and sacred singing. As such, exploring some chants, rhythmic songs, humming, and cathartic speech can be helpful to unblock the throat.
Mindful Meditation for the Third Eye Chakra
If you place a finger between your eyebrows and upwards very slightly, you’re pointing towards the Third Eye – or Anja chakra. It’s useful to think of your Third Eye as your conscious intuition – and when it’s blocked, you might find yourself making rash decisions, lacking intuition or choosing a path of hardships. When the Anja is out of balance, others might perceive you as out of touch with reality or overthinking things.
Try meditating in complete silence while in the dark to find deep peace for your Anja chakra. Ask yourself, “What do I want to do?” as you meditate for this energy center.
Some of the best meditation practices for the third eye involve visualizations. In much the same way that a positive affirmation might involve telling yourself you’re capable or good enough, visualizations involve ‘seeing’ yourself being focused, intuitive, objective, and astute.
Guided Meditation for the Crown Chakra
The seventh chakra at the top of the head is called ‘Sahasrara’ or the crown chakra. The crown chakra is often associated with our consciousness, wisdom and presence as a gateway to the divine.
A blocked Sahasrara can leave you feeling isolated, overly cynical and dismissive of higher powers. An overactive crown chakra can leave you disconnected from your body and closed-minded to physical matters.
Any deep meditation practice is beneficial in activating your crown’s full potential. Guided meditations can be particularly effective because they allow you to push away rationale and active thoughts. Clear your mind and focus on your natural connection with energies higher than your individual self.
To disconnect from the concerns of your body, try fasting or going on a silent retreat. An amethyst gemstone can also be placed on your crown, allowing its healing properties to awaken your higher center.
You may have become accustomed to what these imbalances mean to you. You may be trying to learn to live with these struggles because you feel they are inevitable. Perhaps relationships aren’t for you? Maybe this is just your natural weight? Isn’t everyone in debt?
The truth is: you don’t have to accept things that keep you stuck in life.
Through chakra healing, I’m proof that the person you are today doesn’t have to be the person you are tomorrow. We can work on those blocks together, and you can live the fulfilling life you deserve.
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