Holistic Wellness

Chakra Meditation Benefits

Time and again we have spoken about stress and how it affects your body. In today’s world, there is no escaping stress. The constant deadlines and workload faced by all, professionally as well as personally, just keeps adding up.

Although it is true that some amount of stress is good and is necessary for us to function efficiently, the problem occurs when we cannot handle this stress. It is required then, that we do something that will enable and empower us to deal with stressful situations. One such technique for prevention as well as management of stress is meditation.

The history of meditation in India dates back to the Vedic times when it was bound to be a religious practice. This technique is also used to increase the mind’s feelings of love and peace, bringing about powerful positive feelings that increase happiness. Emerging as a very effective treatment in this area is Chakra meditation. In this article let us understand everything about chakra meditation and how it benefits your body.

What is Chakra Meditation?

CHAKRA MEDITATION BENEFITS

The concept that humans contain energy centres called Chakras throughout their body comes from the later tradition of Tantric Yoga, which flourished from 500 to 1300 CE, and is still alive today. The word Chakra means wheel, circle, or whirlpool, but in the yogic context, it can be interpreted as a vortex. These chakras are psychic energy centres located in the spinal cord and the brain. They are also thought of as having a vibration that resonates.

They are integrated through gap junction mechanisms and are proposed to have arisen during embryological development (1). There are mainly seven Chakras. Each of the Chakras is associated with a particular activity, experience, challenges, and opportunities. The Chakra works in a concrete way of finding your true self, a way that is connected directly with the way you live your daily life.

Chakra meditation has traditionally originated from the practice of straightening the spine, sitting upright in a standing position, and focusing the mind on parts of the body. According to Vedic literature, the Chakras are shaped like the lotus flower that has many petals. These petals are associated with specific chakra sounds. They contain unique sounds (also called beej mantra) of the Sanskrit alphabets. When these sounds are practiced during meditation it causes vibrations. 

In Sanskrit, kundalini means “coiled snake,” and it is believed that divine energy was created at the base of the spine of human beings. It is dormant energy that powers the full system. The vibrations help awaken the kundalini in other words to “uncoil the snake” which transmits its energy to the chakras causing them to open up. The energy spreads to each chakra through the spinal column and culminates at the top of the head (2). This helps us in connecting to our divine essence leading to an expanded state of consciousness. The chakras are said to align better with vibrations of higher frequency.

To practice chakra meditation first find a quiet place where you can sit without distractions. Sit cross-legged at the edge of a cushion or firm pillow with your hands on your knees and palms facing upwards. Close your eyes. As a beginner, you can practice the hand position called The Dhyana Mudra. In this hand position, your palms face up in your lap. The right hand is placed over the left with the tips of your two thumbs together.

Start with deep breathing in. Your belly expands out as you take in air. Slowly count to 4 and fill your lungs with air completely. Hold this position for another 4 counts and exhale for yet another 4 counts. While breathing picture the root chakra at the base of your spine. Imagine it spinning like a red wheel or red lotus with vibrating petals. You can hum the beej mantra while focusing on each chakra so that it gains energy and vibrates more ferociously. After this move up to the next chakra and do the same. Continue working upwards till you reach the crown chakra. Imagine all your chakras humming and spinning for several moments.

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The 7 Chakras of Meditation (3)

Following are the 7 chakras for meditation

Muladhara Chakra

It is the very first Chakra and is associated with the element Earth with its beej “Lam”. It is also called the root Chakra. The color red is associated with it. It is said that the Kundalini is in Susupti state here in the Root Chakra. The Chakra is a four-petal lotus (Chaturdal). After the awakening of Kundalini Energy, the first Chakra bheda occurs with the piercing of this Muladhara Chakra.

Swadhish Thana Chakra

It is associated with the element Water with its beej “Vam”. This is the second Chakra of the series. It is also called the sacral chakra and is orange in color. The Chakra is a six-petal lotus (ShaTdal). After the piercing of Muladhara Chakra Kundalini reaches Swadhish Thana and rests and prepares to pierce the Swadhish Thana.

Manipura Chakra

The third chakra of the series, the Manipura Chakra is associated with the element Fire with its beej “Ram”. It is situated in the naval region. It is made of yellow color and a ten-petal lotus.

Anahata Chakra

The Anahata Chakra which is the fourth chakra is associated with the element Wind with its beej “Yam”. It is situated in the chest region at the heart and is of green color. The Chakra is a twelve petal lotus.

Visuddha Chakra

The Visuddha Chakra is a sixteen petal lotus associated with the element Ether/sky/space with its beej “Ham”. This is the fifth Chakra of the series. Visuddha or the throat chakra is blue.

Ajna Chakra

Also called the third eye chakra is situated between the two eyebrows. The beej associated with this chakra is “Ohm”. This chakra is described as a two-petal lotus flower with almost dark blue to indigo hues. The element of this chakra is light.

Sahasrara Chakra

This chakra is situated in the head and is also called the crown chakra. It is 20 layers of 50 petals in each lotus. The color violet and the beej “Ohm” are associated with this chakra. It can also be focused on silently.

Chakra Meditation Benefits

CHAKRA MEDITATION BENEFITS

The benefits of chakra meditation come from the fact that you focus on different parts of your body and open each chakra to reap its benefits. In general, they can be summarized as follows 

Transform your Thoughts

It is usually said that thought becomes things and that if your thoughts are powerful enough you can even manifest them to get what you want. Chakra meditation will help you in changing your perspective towards life and transforming your negative thoughts into positive ones thus helping you focus on the brighter side of difficult situations. 

Feeling of Gratitude

Understanding and focusing on your body during chakra meditation will help you appreciate what you have. This will in make you grateful for your blessings. You will be able to focus better on the opportunities at hand and not play the victim. Seeing the good in life and developing a sense of gratefulness will make you deal better with stressful life situations.

Increase your Willpower

Don’t feel like doing something important, but you have to do it anyway? Having strong willpower will help you in performing tasks that you may be bored or not willing to perform. Chakra meditation will help in bringing this willpower in you. 

Increase attention and concentration

Another important benefit of chakra meditation is that you will notice an increase in your concentration and attention skills. You will be able to focus on your day-to-day work without getting distracted by external influences.

Relieve anxiety

Anxiety is a common outcome of today’s stressful life. Chakra meditation will help in bringing peace and quietness to your life. Anxiety issues will be resolved and you will be able to handle situations of panic. 

The benefits of chakra meditation go beyond this list. You have to practice chakra meditation to experience the change it will get for you.

Practice chakra meditation and let us know how did you benefit from it in the comments section below.

Author: Dr Pooja Nilgar (Content writer and editor)

References

  1. Sabharwal, P., Dada, R., Kaushik, C.S. and Sharma, A., 2020. Scientific rationale of pragmatic intervention of Chakra meditation as bioenergetic medicine in COVID-19. Journal of Ayurveda14(4), p.159.
  2. Viswanathan, P. and Pinto, N., 2015. The effects of classical music based chakra meditation on the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Int J Indian Psychol, 2(03), pp.134-141.
  3. Sanyal, K., Chakra Meditation and Five Elements Engagement of the Chakras with Five Elements in Nature. Role of Arts, Culture, Humanities, Religion, Education, Ethics, Philosophy, Spirituality and Science for Holistic Societal Development, p.38.

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