According to Hindu philosophy, the Sanskrit term “Chakra” refers to “a spinning wheel.” It is often used in yoga and meditation to identify with the spinning wheels of energy in the body that directly influence a person’s well being. These chakras are identified with the major nerve centers and organs of the body. When the chakras are spinning just right, energy flows freely through the body allowing a person to enjoy the benefits of good health, creativity, joy, self confidence and purpose. Root chakra imbalance may lead to tiredness and fatigue, insecurity, boredom, and inability to complete tasks. Therefore it is essential to keep the chakras unblocked to lead a wholesome, healthy, and happy life. Root Chakra meditation techniques are used to energize the chakras located throughout the body.
There are seven major chakras within the body, all located along the spine. The first or “root” chakra is located near the tailbone while the seventh chakra or “Crown” is located just above the head. Each chakra has a color associated with it and the follows the colors of the rainbow spectrum. Root chakra healing often involves the use of colors such as wearing a stone of a particular color to enhance the chakra.
Root Chakra Meditation Techniques
Let’s take a quick look at the major chakras found in our body and simple chakra meditation techniques to open our chakras and check root chakra imbalance.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
This chakra is associated with being grounded and feeling a sense of calmness and security. It is located at the base of your spine and is represented by the Red color. Root chakra meditation involves taking a deep breath and visualizing the breath travelling down the base of the spine and down to your legs. With your attention focused on that area, imagine a red glow. With every breath, you will be able to see a bright red ball of energy becoming bigger and bigger and moving in a clockwise direction. Exhale and visualize any negative energy flowing out. Repeat this exercise a few times until you feel the energy at the base of your spine. When you have achieved this state of awareness, you can move on to the next chakra, the sacral chakra.
Sacral chakra (Svadhistana)
Svadhistana is associated with creativity, sexuality and intimacy in relationships. It is located in your groin and is represented by the color orange. To visualize this chakra, close your eyes, breathe deeply through the nose and expand the belly. Visualize the breath flowing to the area below the navel. Continue to hold your breath and visualize an orange glow around that area. Exhale slowly to expel the unwanted air and visualize the negative energy leaving your body. With every breath, you will be able to see a bright orange ball of energy becoming bigger and bigger and moving in a clockwise direction. Repeat this exercise a few times until you feel a light tingle in your lower abdomen. When you have achieved this state of awareness, you can move on to the next chakra, the solar plexus chakra.
Solar plexus chakra (manipura)
Manipura is associated with a sense of trust, responsibility, and strength. It is represented by the color yellow. To visualize this chakra, place your hand between the navel and sternum. Inhale so that the body expands into the hand. Feel the energy being drawn from the earth, through the legs and to the upper abdomen. While you are inhaling imagine a warm yellow glow of light getting bigger and brighter and rotating in a clockwise direction. Then exhale to release the tension. Repeat this exercise a few times.
Heart chakra (Anahata)
Ananhata is located at your heart and is linked to a feeling of peace with yourself and your environment. It is represented by the color green. To visualize the heart chakra, inhale deeply and draw up energy from the root and sacral chakras and along the solar plexus. That is, expand the belly, then the rib cage, and finally the chest. As the chest expands imagine it filling up with a green glow. This glow should get bigger and brighter and turn in a clockwise direction. Exhale and slowly let out your breath. Repeat this a few times.
Throat chakra (Visuddha)
Visuddha is associated with self expression and liberation. This chakra is located just above the collarbone and is the bridge between the third eye and the heart chakra. It is represented by the color blue. To visualize this chakra, close your eyes and imagine that you have just sipped some clear blue water and observe it running effortlessly down your throat.
Third Eye chakra (Ajna)
This chakra is associated with wisdom and intuition and the ability to intuitively find answers to questions. It located between the eyes, just above the brow line and is represented by the color indigo. To visualize this chakra place your palms over your eyes, ensuring that the fingers of the left hand overlap the fingers of the right hand. Focus your attention on the space where the hands overlap. Inhale and exhale a few times and visualize indigo colored energy flowing around that space.
Crown chakra (Sahasrara)
This chakra enables one to attain physical and spiritual oneness. It is located just above the head. It is the master chakra that controls all other chakras and is represented by the color violet. To visualize this chakra close your eyes and breathe naturally. Imagine the glow of the colors purple, white or gold surrounding the top of your head. Relax your lips into a gentle easy smile. Continue to envision the glow of the colors around your head for a few more breaths.
Yogi Cameron’s course on “Chakras 101: How To Harness Your Spiritual Energy For Better Sex, Better Sleep & Better Moods” is an eye opener on root chakra meditation, chakra balancing exercises and the art of opening your chakras to lead a healthier and happier life. You can also find more information on chakra healing here.
How about you? Do you meditate? What types of meditation have you found helpful for stress relief?