Chakra Meditation For Beginners
To date of all the types of meditation I have practiced I have found Chakra Meditation to be one of the most useful for beginners starting out on their meditation journey. So let’s begin with an understanding of what chakras are and not only how they can benefit your meditation but also your overall health and well-being.
There are seven major chakras and they are specific vital centers in the body that influence different aspects of ourselves. They are energy vortexes that govern our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Therefore, they provide a foundation for the development of personal power.
Chakra means “wheel” or “disc” spinning, energetic activity generated from the major nerve ganglia, branching from the spinal column. There are seven of these wheels, located from the base of the spine to the top of the head. There are also minor chakras in the hands, feet, fingertips and shoulders.
Table of Contents
- Chakra Meditation For Beginners
- What Is Chakra Meditation
- 1/ Root Chakra Meditation
- 2/ Sacral Chakra Meditation
- 3/ Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation
- 4/ Heart Chakra Meditation
- 5/ Throat Chakra Meditation
- 6/ Third Eye Chakra Meditation
- 7/ Crown Chakra Meditation
- Chakra Balancing Meditation For Beginners
- 8 Step Chakra Meditation Practice For Beginners
- How To Align Your Chakras With Meditation
- The Benefits Of Chakra Meditation
Actually any vortex of energy can be called a chakra.
Each chakras correspond to specific organs as well as physical, emotional and spiritual states of being and influence all areas of your life.
What Is Chakra Meditation
Within your body there are focal points of energy that you use, whether consciously or unconsciously, to affect reality and allow you to fully experience and realize events that unfold before you.
These focal points or Chakras are located in important parts of your body.
Any organs within the area of these Chakras are used to control that particular area.
While there isn’t much Western scientific evidence that translates spiritual energy into physical manifestations, the study of the seven chakras and chakra alignment is rooted in the belief is that when the chakras are open and aligned, our energy is constantly free-flowing, allowing prana (universal energy) to flow through them.
The Chakra system originated in India 4000 years ago. Chakras were referred to in ancient text of the Vedas, later the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
“The Chakra System is an idea whose time has come. As we begin the third millennium of the current era, we are facing a time unparalleled in human development. Our history books have shown us that the systems we use to organize our lives have an enormous effect on our collective reality. This knowledge makes it imperative to innovate systems that serve us intelligently.” Wheels of Life…Anodea Judith PHD
Today, they are a popular way of linking areas of the body and psyche with associated metaphysical realms. Chakras do not exists in the physical sense, but have a strong effect on the body as they express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical body.
While the Chakras cannot be seen or held, they manifest themselves in the shape of our physical bodies, the patterns of our lives, the way we think, feel and handle the situations that life unfolds before us. Each center represents a spiritual lesson to help facilitate our growth towards higher awareness and consciousness
The lower three chakras located closer to the earth relate to the physical and social aspects of our lives. Our basic survival, our sexuality and our power are represented here. The upper three chakras represent more interior realms like communication, intuition and cognition. The middle chakra is located at the heart and merges the physical chakras with the mental chakras. Here is where the body and soul unite
There are seven levels to the chakras and seven colors in the rainbow. The slowest vibration of visible light, red, is associated with the base chakra and the fastest and shortest, violet, with the crown of the head. Each of the other colors, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo, represent the steps between, creating the bridge from your root to the crown of your head.
From a neuro-physiological perspective, the chakras are represented as nerve plexuses from the spinal column and endocrine glands. That connect with the internal organs.
1/ Root Chakra Meditation
At the base of the spine is the first chakra, the foundation, the root chakra which is connected to the sacral plexus, the rectum, the prostate gland and the male reproductive organs.
The first chakra is connected to survival, where the main motivation is to protect oneself as a separate being.
Therefore, developing a sense of security in life. When you are insecure, you tend to cling to a love relationship, a job, a religion or whatever. It’s sturdy, stabilizing and supportive, keeping everything safely connected as long as it’s functioning properly.
People who have trouble with their first chakra may not have developed a strong identity. They may not have found their purpose in life. If they are too yin they might be ungrounded.
Because security and survival comes from satisfying our basic needs as humans, that is, food, water, shelter and safety, as well as letting go of your number one emotional enemy, FEAR!
Once these basic needs are met we tend to relax more and get on with life, living in the moment…
If they are very yang they might be too attached to the material things around them, generally self-indulgent or preoccupied with satisfying their own needs.
Physical issues associated with the root chakra are lower back pain, sciatica, constipation, hemorrhoids, prostrate problems, varicose veins anorexia and obesity.
If there is an imbalance in the root chakra, you may experience anxiety disorders, unfounded fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances can manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems might occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the entire chakra system.
Ask yourself…”do I experience anxiety, a lack of physical energy, or a sense of being ungrounded?” Chopra Center Meditation
2/ Sacral Chakra Meditation
The second chakra, below the navel, is related to the prostatic plexus, the adrenal glands, the female reproductive organs, and the kidneys.
The second chakra governs our impulses of creativity and sexuality.
If this chakra is too yin a person might have sexual problems, such as impotence.
If it is too yang, sexuality can dominate one’s life, so that sexual frustrations, thoughts, and fantasies are excessive.
Both issues can lead to sexual problems.
Physically if the second chakra is too yin, then the abdominal area may be flabby, saggy or generally weak.
A person may also develop kidney or bladder weaknesses and other urinary problems.
If the second chakra is too yang, the muscles in the abdominal area will be constricted or tight and tension may accumulate in the lower back.
When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience emotional instability, creative blocks, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions.
As yourself…”do I experience creative blocks, intimacy issues, or an inability to flow with change?” Chopra Center Meditation
3/ Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation
The third chakra is associated with the navel area of the solar plexus, the spleen, the pancreas, the liver, and the gall bladder.
It is a source of personal power and governs self-esteem, universal energy, and the power of transformation.
The third chakra is the power center of the body. If there is a deficiency (excess yin) in a person’s third chakra you may feel powerless.
When you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated, your third chakra is open and healthy. Having clear goals, desires, and intentions allows you to move forward and achieve them. Each small step you take while honoring the larger intention helps to strengthen your third chakra.
A person who is too yang, however, may have a tendency to be aggressive or greedy.
The third chakra relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach and spleen.
They help to regulate how centered we feel during the day in relation to our mental facilities and our ability to be self-motivated.
If your third chakra is out of balance, you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues.
A weak digestion may indicate a blockage.
When blocked you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues.
Ask yourself…”do I experience low self-esteem, lack of willpower, or fear of rejection?” Chopra Center Meditation
4/ Heart Chakra Meditation
The fourth chakra is called the heart chakra. It is connected to the cardiac plexus, the thymus gland and the pericardium. Found at the center of your chest and represents where the physical and the spiritual meet.
The fourth chakra relates to our capacity to love, to open up our hearts and to give. If the heart center is excessive – yang – then a person may be insensitive.
If this chakra is deficient (yin), one may be hypersensitive or feel emptiness within the heart cavity.
When the chakra is blocked a person may appear to be cold, inhibited or may exhibit passivity in their life.
The fourth chakra governs joyfulness, and is the master control center for regulating the emotions. It is the awakening to spiritual awareness, forgiveness and service.
Beneath the pains and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists. When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself.
A closed heart chakra can lead to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others. Physical blockages may lead to heart issues, respiratory problems, or upper-back pain.
Ask yourself…”do I experience difficulty with relationships, lack of compassion, or hopelessness?” Chopra Center Meditation
5/ Throat Chakra Meditation
The fifth chakra relates to the thyroid gland at the level of the throat, which regulates the basal metabolism, the amount of energy used by the body at rest.
The fifth chakra is connected by the vagus nerve and the cervical ganglion.
The fifth chakra regulates sound. A person who talks very softly is apt to be more yin where a loud and boisterous voice represents a yang condition. Within the fifth chakra comes the power of communication and the ability of self-expression.
Thus, difficulties in expressing oneself would demonstrate a block in the fifth chakra. Expressing what you want in life is very important. It makes the difference between being insecure and being in control, of being able to create your ife.
Opening the fifth chakra aids in this expression. Stimulating the thyroid gland is important in regulating the amount of energy the body uses when at rest.
To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication.
If your throat chakra is out of whack and balance, this may lead to difficulty communicating and expressing your feelings, indecision, and mood swings.
Thyroid problems, a sore throat or stiff neck, and tooth and gum issues may also be a sign of fifth chakra imbalance.
Ask yourself…”do I have difficulty communicating my thoughts or speaking the truth?” Chopra Center Meditation
6/ Third Eye Chakra Meditation
The sixth chakra is associated with the pituitary gland. Found in the space between the eyebrows.
It circles the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain. The sixth chakra helps develop the intellect. The centre of your intuition, your inner most being that guides you through life. Your long lost “sixth sense” that guides you through better decision making.
An open sixth chakra can heighten imagination, visualization, clairvoyance, telepathy, and lucid dreaming.
Blockage in the sixth chakra often leads to a frontal headache, poor sleep patterns, or an inability to think clearly, a lack of focus and clarity, leading to confusion, frustration, overwhelm and eventually anger.
These headaches and scattered or confused thoughts may also be caused by blockages in the digestive system affecting this chakra.
Ask yourself…”do I experience difficulty making decisions. poor intuition, or lack of inspiration?” Chopra Center Meditation
7/ Crown Chakra Meditation
The seventh chakra relates to the pineal gland. The pineal gland, located in the center of the brain, is the core of of this chakra.
The seventh chakra governs universal consciousness. When this center at the top of the head is open there are no limitations in terms of time and space.
The seventh chakra is your source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to your higher self, to every being on the planet, and ultimately to the divine energy that creates everything in the universe.
A closed crown chakra can lead to lack of inspiration, aimlessness, feelings of loneliness, excessive materialism, lack of spiritual connections, and difficulty meditating.
Physical blockages may lead to tiredness, sensitivity to the elements, poor sleep habits, or severe and tension headaches.
Ask yourself…”do I experience aimlessness, feelings of loneliness, or a lack of spiritual connections?” Chopra Center Meditation
Chakra Balancing Meditation For Beginners
Everything on this earth is made of energy, including us, and our feelings, emotions and intentions.
Cells and frequencies vibrating with energy, resonating to a beat.
Different areas of your body have denser amounts of energy than other areas, these dense areas of energy are affected by a multitude of factors.
Things like stress, our self-limiting beliefs, the way we treat ourselves, how we eat, and etc, (which are all frequencies) affect our energetic field and the dense areas of energy.
These dense areas of energy are called chakras. You can think of the chakras as spinning wheels. These ‘wheels’ spin clock wise, but radiate outwards 360 degrees, from a physical area in our bodies (remember, we cannot touch them.)
The chakras are a part of our subtle or meta-physical bodies we cannot see or touch them.
From the inside of your body to some distances outside of it, you have layers of vibrational waves, each with a different area of life, spirit, or connection to the divine that they govern.
Basically, you have your physical body, then your emotional body projecting outwards from your physical body like a shield or blanket around your body, then your auric or spiritual body which is one more layer outwards 360 degrees, followed by your karmic body (or past life) energies one more layer outward.
Each chakra (or dense energy area) and the areas of life and wellness it governs, permeates to one of these energy fields (or one that is extended off of the ones mentioned here.) Meaning that its reach is to a specific layer.
Each chakra is recognized as a focal point relating to spiritual, physical and emotional energies. The chakras are the network through which your mind, body, and spirit interact as one system.
The main purpose in working with the chakras is to create wholeness within yourself. In this way, you bring the various aspects of your consciousness from the physical to the spiritual, into a harmonious relationship.
Ultimately, you will begin to recognize that the various aspects of your being all work together, and that each aspect is as much a part of the whole as the others. A big part of meditation is learning how to acknowledge, integrate, and accept all levels of your being.
8 Step Chakra Meditation Practice For Beginners
The following eight steps has been kindly shared by About Meditation…
- Your Chakra meditation begins by sitting or lying in a comfortable position with your spine straight, focusing on each part of your body, relaxing each part as you work your way up from your feet to the crown of your head. Allow the stress and tension from each part of your body to release and flow away.
- The next step in this chakra meditation practice is to focus on your breath. Do not force it, but let the breathing become deep and full. Should you catch your mind wandering, gently and reassuringly bring it back to the breath. Visualize positive energy coming within you with every inhale. Visualize it nourishing your lungs, increasing the flow of blood to and from your heart to all the muscles, organs and cells of your body and then see it removing the toxins from your body with every exhale of breath.
- The next step in this chakra meditation practice you want to visualize your heart beat and your whole body working at optimal. Visualize your body in perfect balance functioning like a well oiled machine. Take note of your breath, the energy, (Prana) nourishing all these parts and the body as a whole. Become aware of how the flow of your breath is is giving life to your whole body.
- The next step in this chakra meditation practice you should imagine giving this energy (prana) that you are breathing in a yellowish orange color. See this energy encompass your entire body and infuse your aura. As this energy infuses your aura, imagine the aura growing stronger, brighter and being charged with this incredible energy. Do this step gradually, let the aura grow brighter little by little and keep this energy flowing in with each breath. As you breath out give the toxins you are discharging a dirty brown color, the release of all that’s bad in your body and life at that very moment.
- The next step in this chakra meditation practice is to energize each individual chakra. Start with the root chakra in the lower back. Imagine a clockwise swirl of energy and the energy you breath in feeds this swirl and makes it strong and brighter.
- The next step in this chakra meditation practice you want to travel up to the sacral chakra. Then one by one the solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and finally the crown chakra, infusing each with the life giving energy. Always work from the bottom, up without jumping from one chakra to another, keep some kind of system, order to your practice. Each chakra will influence the other chakras and energizing a higher chakra before a lower chakra can have an adverse effect.
- The last step in this chakra meditation practice is to visualize all the chakras at once being feed by this energy coming in from the breath. Remember to see the chakras and your aura become brighter, clearer and super charged from this”universal” energy.
- Finally we can open our eyes and relax for a couple minutes with our eyes open. Pay attention to your body and how incredible and energized you now feel. Try to practice 15 – 30 minutes each sitting.
Understand that your chakra meditation practice isn’t a race but a journey and if you feel you need to spend more time on one chakra then the other do so.
Also, once you have built some momentum over a period of time, we are all different so I won’t specify a time period but to say whenever you feel you are getting comfortable with your meditation practice, focus on just the Sacral Chakra, the Heart Chakra and the Third Eye Chakra.
Breath long and deep through the chakras fully energizing each one…and remember to enjoy the moment and the experience of doing.
How To Align Your Chakras With Meditation
Awareness of which of your chakras may be blocked is key to aligning them. Our mind-body system is in constant flux between balance and imbalance.
Only when we become aware of our imbalances can you take the necessary steps to move toward a state of wholeness. With this awareness your chakras will begin to open and you will shine discovering the true genius within you.
The following is a chakra meditation technique shared by Gaia.com to balance you body through your chakras.
- Sit or lay comfortably with your spine lengthened and begin to breathe deeply, fully and gently. Close your eyes and feel the gradual build up of energy throughout this meditation.
- Imagine a brown (or black) ball of energy at your feet. Breathe with it and allow it to expand to the size of a beach ball. This is the Earth Star Chakra and will begin to help you resonate with the heartbeat of the Earth.
- Moving into your body, bring your attention to your Root Chakra.
- See the Root as a red glowing orb. Feel with it gradually and expand it to the size of a beach ball.
- Bringing your attention to your Sacral chakra, feel the warm orange glow and expand or decrease it to match the size of the other two.
- Continue moving up your body to the Solar Plexus and allow the warmth of the sun to charge this yellow chakra. Expand its size to be in alignment with those already balanced below.
- Feel the inviting green of your Heart chakra and breathe into it until it too is a consistent size.
- Bring yourself to the blue of your Throat, breathing with it until its size matches those below.
- The 3rd eye chakra will emit an indigo colored light deeper and more powerful than the blue of your Throat. This one may take a bit more care and patience or, in the case of highly sensitive people, it may be noticeably out of whack with the others. Be patient as it comes into alignment with the other chakras.
- Drifting upward to the Crown feel the vibrant violet that resides there. Effortlessly allow its size to match that of the others.
- The platinum (white or gold) light will be our final place of attention. Residing about six inches above the crown, this chakra connects us to the galactic realms giving us a direct connection with our deeper soul. Be with it until it to reaches the size of the others.
- With all chakras balanced, thank yourself for this loving attention you have just shared and commit yourself to getting to be present with each more often.
- Gently open your eyes and carry on with the ways of feeling more of yourself in the world!
The Benefits Of Chakra Meditation
Chakra Meditation can help you to restore and enhance the smooth flow of energy.
Chakra meditations are simple, yet powerful techniques for developing inner poise.
The body is a vehicle of consciousness. Chakras are the wheels of life that carry this vehicle about-through its trials, tribulations, and transformations.
Each chakra we encounter is a step on the continuum between matter and consciousness.
When all of the chakras are understood, opened, and connected together, we have then bridged the gulf between matter and spirit, understanding that we, ourselves, are the Rainbow Bridge that connects Earth and Heaven once again.
In a fragmented world where mind is severed from body, culture from planet, and the material from the spiritual, we have a deep need for systems that allow us to reclaim our wholeness.
These systems must allow you to integrate mind and body and take you to new and expanded realms without denying the mundane realities you face on a daily basis. The chakras provide you such a system, one you cannot do without and a system that is born in an age of connection with your higher spiritual self.
The chakras are inextricably linked with the science and practice of yoga. A topic this website will surely dig much deeper into…at a later stage!