A Quick Guide to Opening Your Chakras

A guide to opening your chakras

Try these simple everyday tips for opening your chakras for a healthier, happier, more balanced life!

Welcome back! We are wrapping up our chakra series with a quick run-down of some of the best ways to open and align each of your chakras. By keeping your chakras in balance, you will experience a deeper connection both with your physical body and your higher self to help you live your purpose in harmony, peace, and joy.

Before we get started, we did want to point out that you don’t really need to worry about your chakras being too open; once each energy center is activated and energy is flowing freely, they will naturally balance each other out. The problem occurs when one (or more) chakra is closed, and that is when an imbalance can occur.

Without further ado, let’s dive in and get your chakras aligned!

There are many different methods out there for opening your chakras – from chakra healing therapy to reiki, chanting, affirmations, visualizations, meditation, and more. Specially focused yoga classes can also be very helpful. However, most of these methods don’t need to be costly or time-consuming. In fact, there are some very simple adjustments you can make to your daily routine that can help keep these important energy centers in balance.

Here are some things you can do regularly to open your chakras (click each title to learn more about each chakra):

1.) The Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Opening the Root Chakra can provide a sensation of stability and security.

There are different activities you can do to open the Root Chakra. Give your body some type of movement. Even just walking around the block or doing yoga can help. Another great way to connect to the body is through the earth. Walk barefoot and feel like an extension of the ground.

Try gardening, visiting a conservatory, or getting a house plant. Additionally, try planting your feet in sand or dirt.

You may also try chakra meditation. For the Root Chakra, use bloodstone, lava stone, or smoky quartz. Place your gemstone in the palm of your hand or on your perineum region.

Breathe into it and allow your chakra to open.

Try this yoga class to open your Root Chakra…

2.) The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

An open Sacral Chakra makes you more flexible and helps you enjoy all the pleasures of life.

…Taking a bath, swimming, or spending time by the water can unblock this chakra. Additionally, you can start a creative project. Try taking up painting, drawing, dancing, or singing.

If you want to engage in chakra meditation, use the Vam mantra during your practice. Visualize an orange light and hold a sacral chakra stone in hand.

Powerful sacral crystals include sunstone, carnelian, and orange jade. Alternatively, lie down and place the gemstone just below your navel.

Try this yoga class to open your Sacral Chakra…

3.) The Solar Plexus/Navel Chakra (Manipura)

When active, Manipura can make you feel more confident, assertive, and in control of your destiny.

Any activity involving the sun will activate this chakra. Try exercising when the sun is out…

Eat your meals in the sun as well. This helps your body absorb nutrients and may gently stimulate your digestive organs.

Digestion is energetically connected to this chakra. Digestive functions can also be supported by doing some abdominal breathing.

In a chakra meditation session, chant the Ram mantra. Place the healing stone in your belly button region.

You may take your pick of citrine, topaz, or rutilated quartz.

Try this yoga sequence to open your Navel Chakra…

4.) The Heart Chakra (Anahata)

An open Heart Chakra leads to ultimate love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Activate the Heart Chakra by spending time with loved ones. It is said that leading with deep, more loving connections balances the fourth center.

Spend time with small children or animals as well. This will teach you about universal love and will nourish your green chakra.

Volunteer your time to a meaningful cause. This is the ultimate act of altruism. It is also one of the most powerful ways to enhance gratitude, joy, and love.

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During your chakra healing meditation session, chant the Yam mantra. Place your heart chakra stone close to the center of your chest.

Some loving crystals include strawberry quartz, malachite, and unakite.

Try this yoga practice to open your Heart Chakra…

5.) The Throat Chakra (Vishhuda)

An open Throat Chakra encourages you to speak the truth and express your true self.

To nourish your blue chakra, engage in activities where you can express your thoughts. Try journaling, writing, singing, or socializing.

Even try openly sharing your ideas and emotions.

Chant the mantra Ham during your chakra meditation practice. Place a blue chakra crystal at the base of your throat. Some soothing stones include sodalite, apatite, and aquamarine.

Try this yoga class to open your Throat Chakra…

6.) The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

When activated, Ajna allows you to connect your inner and outer worlds, and let go of old beliefs and patterns that no longer make you happy.

To open and balance the third eye, try engaging in activities that stimulate the imagination.

Meditate, keep a dream journey, or create a vision board. Even try following what you feel called to do. All of these are beautiful choices for you to balance Ajna.

During your chakra meditation session, chant Om to access this center. Place indigo or purple stone between your eyebrows. Other gemstones include lapis lazuli, amethyst, and fluorite.

Try this yoga sequence to open your Third Eye Chakra…

7.) The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

An open Crown Chakra encourages an enhanced awareness of your higher self and the universe.

Try spending time in silence and stillness. Meditate, engage in spiritual practice, or set daily or weekly intentions. Giving or receiving energy work can also unblock this chakra.

During chakra meditation, chant Om and place a stone just above your hairline. Try to get it as close to the top of your head as possible.

Some stones include clear quartz, charoite, and Herkimer diamond.

Try this yoga class to open your Crown Chakra…

For more helpful ideas for opening your chakras, visit YogaPractice.com

 

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