Continuing our Quick Chakra Guides we are super excited to be at the top of the Chakra System… wooo hoo! Today, let’s chat Crown Chakra, or Sahasrara Chakra… known as the bridge to the cosmos!
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Base Chakra Guide, Sacral Chakra Guide, Solar Plexus Chakra Guide, Heart Chakra Guide, Throat Chakra Guide and Third Eye Chakra Guide too (the six chakras that come before Sahasrara).
Ok! Let’s get into this Quick Guide to the Crown Chakra! We will take you through how to align it, unlock it, balance it. However, in saying this, it’s super normal to have overactive, underactive, blocked, and chaotic chakras, the human is never really ‘in’ balance and the chakra system is simply a way to bring awareness of what you might need at this moment in time.
What Is the Crown Chakra?
The seventh chakra has many names, and some of the most common ones are the crown chakra, Sahasrara, Shunnya, and Niralambapuri. The Sanskrit word for this chakra, “Sahasrara,” is often used to designate the seventh chakra. The word itself can be translated as “Thousand petals.”
When it comes to its connection to the physical body, the Crown Chakra is the entry point for the human life force. This human life force takes the energy from the greater universe and pours it abundantly into the body’s energy system.
This force nourishes the body, mind, and spirit at the same time, making you a healthy and well rounded, accomplished person. The crown chakra is the first chakra in the row, which means that the universe’s energy starts its journey in the crown chakra and travels down to the lower chakras.
The Importance and the Role of The Sahasrara Chakra
The crown chakra has an influence on some of the most significant body systems: the central nervous system and the muscular, as well as the skin. And a crown chakra that is blocked or unaligned is going to show some obvious signs that are going to be visible on your skin. Some of the most common ones include acne, rashes, or eczema. All of these issues could mean that your Sahasrara Chakra is in dis-harmony. But more on that later.
On an emotional level, the Sahasrara Chakra generates devotion, prophetic and inspirational thought, intangible ideas, and mystical connections. For example, are you experiencing some incredibly vivid dreams lately? If the answer is yes, the reason is probably your crown chakra communicating with you.
In the traditional 7 chakra system, the crown chakra is the only chakra that sits outside the body. In fact, it hovers just above the crown of your head and is sometimes referred to as the bridge to the cosmos.
What Happens When Sahasrara Chakra Is Blocked or Out of Balance?
If the crown chakra is out of balance or weighed down by negative energy, you will definitely feel and experience a range of emotional cues. All of them can and should act as red flags, which will point you in the direction of the problem, and therefore the solution. Some of the most common indicators that your crown chakra is out of balance or blocked include:
- Having difficulty meditating (even though that difficulty didn’t exist before)
- Having difficulty getting and staying motivated and positive
- Having difficulty feeling connected to others and yourself
- Spiritual disinterest
- Extreme boredom
- Feeling antsy with the everyday mundane task
- Getting bored with the routine that you once enjoyed and cherished
- Not feeling connected to your wisdom, purpose, or your inner self
- Desiring complete isolation from others and the outside world
- Depression (Depressive episodes, a depressive outlook on life overall, lack of motivation, lack of love for life, etc.)
- Excessive sarcasm in your everyday speech, even with the people you love and care for
- Narrow-mindedness that seems to come out of nowhere
- Stubbornness, present even in situations when it is not necessary.
Really it sounds like everything can be linked to the crown chakra, and really, it can be!
One thing to keep in mind is that the chakras are best to be worked through from bottom to top. Just like when you build a house, the foundation is the most important. The crown chakra is best aligned and awakened once all other 6 have had your attention.
This is why the class, Crown Chakra Yoga inside MerryBody Online Studio focuses on clearing the energy of all 7 chakras, allowing open and expansive energy within and around the body (seriously you need to try this class! Search Crown Chakra on your MerryBody App).
Let’s get into some action steps for the crown chakra.
How can You Start to Awaken, cleanse and Align your Crown Chakra?
See white light
The colour for your crown chakra is white light. You can visualize a bright white light entering the crown of the head and traveling all the way down the spine and then back up again.
The Bija Mantra (or the seed Mantra, a one-word syllable, and vibration) is Om (said like Auuu-uuum). You can chant this mantra out loud or even within your mind. This vibration will awaken your crown chakra, try it and really notice the vibration within and around the entire body.
Breathe with Mudra
The Mudra (mudra = energy seal or lock created with the body) you can use is Shiva Linga Mudra. Place your left palm out and up make a thumbs up fist with your right hand and place it on top of the left palm. Bring it to your centre.
Using this Mudra you can begin to breathe in and out through the nose.
As you inhale, feel energy enter the crown of the head and travel down the spine, as you exhale feel the energy travel back up the spine.
If you want to try the Mudra and the Mantra AND the Yoga poses, check out the Crown Chakra Yoga class on the MerryBody App!
Yoga Poses to Awaken and Align your Crown Chakra
Yoga postures are commonly used to awaken, realign and calm Chakras. Yoga allows you to easily bring awareness to different parts of the body and how you feel energetically, physically, and emotionally.
Some of our favourite Yoga poses to open your crown chakra include:
Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1)
One foot is forward, the other steps back with the foot flat on a 45-degree angle. Ensure the feet are hip distance, rather than one in front of the other (think train tracks). Square your hips by pulling your back hip forward and your front hip back. Be sure to keep your back heel down on the Earth at a 45-degree angle, really press that back foot down into the Earth and squeeze the leg tight to create a strong foundation. Hold for 5 breaths and then swap sides and repeat.
To really cleanse the main energy channel that runs up and down the spine, while you are in this position, as you inhale lengthen your front leg and bring your palms up toward your heart, as you exhale bend deep into the front knee, flip the palms and press them all the way down to the Earth. Repeat 5 times and then swap sides.
Lateral Side Bend
With your Crown Chakra, we are really trying to cleanse the main energy system that runs up and down the spine! So standing lateral side bends are perfect for this! Stand tall with your toes touching and heels slightly apart. Inhale both arms up over the head, as you exhale drop your left arm down and reach your right arm over as you banana the body, focus on kicking your right hip out and keeping your ribs tucked in. Inhale lift tall both arms reach high, exhale swap sides. Do this 3-5 times.
If you’d like to work more on opening your third eye chakra (or any chakra for that matter) the 7 Day Align Your Chakras Course inside MerryBody is our top pick for you!
This is 7 day course will align your chakras. You’ll go from feeling flighty and unstable to grounded, connected, and expansive. Each day you’ll practice a MerryBody Yoga Class followed by a MerryMind Meditation, moving from the Base Chakra all the way through to the Crown Chakra.
Find it in your Programs and Challenge section of the MerryBody App.
As always, if you have any questions, reach out, we are here to help!
Can’t wait to bring you more Chakra guides soon (1 more until we have aligned them all!).
Emma + Carla
P.s here’s a screenshot of where you’ll find the 7 Day Chakra Course inside MerryBody!
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