If you’ve been feeling out of sorts lately, use this chakra balancing meditation to bring your life back into balance and experience more delicious harmony.
“You look a bit peaky today, your chakras must be out of balance!”
*Cue heavy laughter*.
Folks who know me are constantly making jokes about anything woo, since they know I’m a yogi (and openly obsessed with spirituality).
But the joke’s on them, because I’m well on my way to healing my out-of-whack chakras, y’all.
And meditation is one of my absolute favourite ways to do it.
So what are chakras?
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for ‘wheel’. According to (Westernised) yogic teachings, we have seven main energy ‘wheels’ in our body – starting at our perineum, and ending at the crown of our head.
When these energy points are in balance, all is well in our world.
But when they’re not, here comes trouble.
The seven chakras
Each of the chakras is like an individual bead on a string.
The weight on the string will shift if one bead is too heavy (i.e. it’s overdeveloped), or if one’s too light (i.e. it’s underdeveloped).
What the string needs is perfect balance across all seven beads.
Each of our chakras has a different function, so here’s a little more detail about each one.
Root chakra (muladhara)
Associated with: survival, physical body, and connection to the earth
Affirmation: “I am safe”
When our root chakra is in balance, we feel grounded, satisfied, comfortable in our skin, full of energy, and in good health.
Sacral chakra (svadhishthana)
Location: lower abdomen
Associated with: physical pleasure, sexuality, creativity, and emotions
Affirmation: “I create”
When our sacral chakra is in balance, we are able to feel pleasure, take joy in life, accept change, and feel happy with our sexuality.
Solar plexus chakra (manipura)
Location: upper abdomen
Associated with: personal power, purpose, ego, gut intuition, and boundaries
Affirmation: “I am powerful”
When our solar plexus chakra is in balance, we feel confident, focused, assertive, and we trust our intuition.
Heart chakra (anahata)
Associated with: love, compassion, healing, detachment, and balance
Affirmation: “I am love”
When our heart chakra is in balance, we practice kindness towards ourselves and others, have strong emotional boundaries, are more present, and have a positive view of others.
Throat chakra (vishuddha)
Associated with: communication, speaking truth, authenticity, and listening
Affirmation: “I am authentic”
When our throat chakra is in balance, we are able to express ourselves easily and effectively, without fear of judgment.
Third eye chakra (ajna)
Location: centre of forehead
Associated with: sixth sense, intuition, wisdom, spiritual awareness, perspective, and balance
Affirmation: “I see”
When our third eye chakra is in balance, our mind and sight feel clear, we are more imaginative, we have more insight, and experience a balance between our logic and intuition.
Crown chakra (sahasrara)
Location: top of the head
Associated with: connection to divine, and the divinity in ourselves
Affirmation: “I know”
When our crown chakra is in balance, we feel connected and euphoric, we have a sense of wonder, calm, and spaciousness, and our lives feel full of meaning.
Balance: 10-minute chakra balancing meditation practice
If you haven’t meditated before, check out The Ultimate Guide To Meditation For Beginners to get started.
In this practice, we’ll be visualising our seven energy wheels, using different colours to connect to each individual point and bring it back into balance.
This chakra balancing meditation helps us to focus on healing ourselves as a whole, energetic being; it allows us to experience harmony in every area of our life.
This practice is perfect for when you’re feeling out of balance, or like one area of your life is dominating the others.
Here’s how to do it
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1. Get into a comfortable position, set a timer for 10 minutes (or longer, depending on how long you’d like to practice for), and close your eyes or lower your gaze.
2. Settle in by focusing on your breath. Notice how your body breathes itself, without trying to manipulate or change it in any way.
3. Visualise a ball of white light in front of you. Imagine it floating towards you, then settling at your perineum, and turning a bright red colour. Absorb this warm, healing energy with each inhale, for 5-10 breaths.
4. Repeat for each chakra; visualise orange for the sacral chakra (at the lower abdomen), yellow for the solar plexus chakra (at the upper abdomen), green for the heart chakra (at the centre of the chest), blue for the throat chakra (at the throat), indigo for the third eye chakra (at the centre of the forehead), and violet for the crown chakra (at the top of the head).
5. Imagine the light becoming white again, slowly expanding to until it fills your entire body with its healing energy. Bask in the warm glow until your practice comes to an end.
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