How to heal your chakras with meditation
An overview of chakra healing meditation techniques
Chakras are energetic power points in our bodies. These points spin like vortexes, drawing outward universal energies within to align, balance, and alleviate the physical, metaphysical, and mental systems all around the body.
If these energy centers get blocked or unbalanced, it can manifest itself in various physical and emotional issues.
Chakra healing meditation is a powerful healing technique used in a variety of different ways. Some people practice it in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, while others are more interested in the healing or relaxation aspects of meditation for the physical body.
In this article we look at the benefits of chakra healing meditation and some of the best chakra healing cleansing meditation techniques.
What are chakras?
Chakras are subtle energy whirlpools linked to various parts of our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. There are seven main chakras that we typically engage with in chakra healing meditation:
- Muladhara (Root): Associated with earth, security, home, finances
- Svadhisthana (Sacral): Associated with water, creativity, and sexuality
- Manipura (Solar Plexus): Associated with fire and self-awareness
- Anahata (Heart): Associated with air, love, and compassion
- Visuddha (Throat): Associated with space and communication with the heart's truth
- Ajna (Third Eye): Associated with light and intuition
- Sahasrara (Crown): Associated with bliss and heavenly connection
What do the seven major chakras do?
The seven major chakras are each positioned at different points along the center of the human body and contribute to the flow of energy throughout our being. Let's look at each one in more detail.
The Root Chakra, often known as the Muladhara or Base Chakra, is located at the base of your spine. It provides a firm foundation for your life and makes you feel grounded and capable of conquering challenges. Your Root Chakra is in charge of your sense of security and stability.
The Sacral Chakra, also known as the Svadhisthana, is near the bottom of the spine, just below the belly button and represents sexual as well as creative energy. It is also connected to how you handle other people's emotions as well as your own.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the lower belly and is also known as the Manipura. It is in charge of your self-esteem, optimism, and feeling of competence over your life.
The Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata, is located in the center of the body, near your heart in the center of your chest. It should come as no surprise that the Heart chakra is all about our ability to love and be compassionate.
The Throat Chakra, also known as the Vishuddha Chakra, is located in the throat. This chakra is linked to verbal communication and honesty.
The Third Eye Chakra, also known as the Sixth Chakra, is one of the most important chakras in the body. The Third Eye Chakra, also known as Ajna, is located between your eyes. This chakra governs your instincts and intuition. It's also linked to originality.
- The Crown Chakra can be found at the very top of the head. It is also known as Sahasrara. Your Sahasrara is a symbol for your spiritual connection to others, the universe, and yourself. It also has an impact on your life's meaning.
Why is meditation beneficial for chakra healing?
Meditation has been used for hundreds of years due to its ability to soothe and heal our physical and subtle body.
With all the stress and activities in our daily lives, it can be easy to overlook an out of balance chakra. That's why body chakra meditation is so powerful. It forces you to be still and clear your mind so that you can really analyze how you are feeling.
Once you have gained an insight into your inner thoughts and emotions, you can use essential chakra meditation techniques to process negative energies and begin the healing process.
What do you need for chakra healing meditation?
Chakra cleansing meditation is a very personal practice and it's entirely up to you what kind of mediation techniques you use. Some people prefer to close their eyes while they meditate while others prefer walking meditation.
Whatever method you choose, it's worth considering these tools to support you in your chakra healing practice.
Chakra meditation music
If you find music or sound relaxing then why not incorporate it into your meditation practice. Music has been scientifically found to tap into those hard to reach parts of our brain and can have profound effects on our emotions.
You can find lots of guided chakra meditations online, or if you prefer you could simply play some relaxing music (preferably without words which could distract you.
Some people also choose to use simple sound techniques like singing bowls or tuning forks to mark the beginning and end of a meditation session.
As you focus on these sounds, your mind and body will begin to relax so you can turn to focusing on cleansing your chakras.
Meditation with chakra crystals
Using chakra crystals can be another powerful way to focus the mind and sharpen your attention. Not only do they provide a focal point for your mind but you can also benefit from the healing energies and vibrations that chakra stones emit.
Some people like to hold them in their hands while meditating. Another option is to lay down and lay a crystal on the location of the chakra or chakras you would like to work on. Placing a crystal between the eyes, to tap into the third-eye chakra can be particularly effective for grounding and increasing clarity.
Once you have placed your crystals, focus your mind on the feeling of the crystals and visualize the healing vibrations working with your chakras.
Meditation with chakra candles
Chakra candles are often used in meditation, particularly as part of a focused meditation practice (meditation which involves using one of the five senses).
Chakra candles come with many benefits. Chakra candles typically come in a range of colors which reflect the colors of the chakras. According to color therapy, each color has a specific frequency which radiates healing energies to the corresponding chakra.
Chakra candles also come with aromatherapy benefits. Chakra candles usually contain essential oils which are designed to work with particular chakras and help to stimulate the parts of the mind and body you need to work on.
To meditate with chakra candles you can either keep your eyes open and watch the flickering flame (as you would in focused meditation) or you can simply have it burning in the background, and enjoy the relaxing aromas.
Some chakra candles also include crystals so you can benefit from crystal healing at the same time.
Chakra meditation techniques
There are lots of different ways to use meditation to heal an imbalanced chakra. These are some common techniques but feel free to mix and match different elements of each until you find what works for you.
Chakra body scan meditation
Body scan meditation, sometimes known as whole body cleansing meditation, is a great option for meditation beginners as it is simple to follow:
Begin by sitting on the floor or lying flat in a comfortable position and taking some deep breaths.
To draw your concentration inward, close your eyes. Then focus on the first chakra point: the base, which represents your connection to the ground.
Concentrate on the chakra itself. Imagine a spinning wheel; observe the direction of its flow while breathing into the light, the shape, and space, simply observing and trusting. Think about your breath and how with each exhale, you are spreading the chakra energy. Your breath is a powerful tool for expanding and purifying the body.
Work your way up and up, repeating the process for each chakra. Take your time, there's no need to rush. Give yourself space and progress in your own time.
Examine your body – are there any areas where you feel discomfort or pain? Breathe into those points and observe how the energy flows around your body.
Remember to trust your instincts—you'll know where you need to spend more time. Some points will expand easily, while others will be more difficult to extend, so this is where you should return to work the following time. It's crucial to pay attention because you'll see how different you are from day to day, week to week, and month to month as you meditate. This is how you'll measure your progress towards chakra healing.
If you're using visual tools like crystals or candles, you can progress from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra, focusing on each visual cue and how it represents the chakra as you progress through the body.
Chakra visualization meditation & chakra color meditation
Visualization and color meditation are particularly good for people who are visual learners. It is also sometimes known as inner light visualization meditation.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Take some deep breaths and let your mind clear.
When you next inhale, begin to visualize a white light at your core. Then on your exhale, watch in your mind as this bright white light begins to radiate until it reaches every inch of your body.
You can either work through each of the chakras or focus on an individual chakra which you truly want to concentrate your energy.
For example if you want to work on issues surrounding honesty and communication, you could focus on your throat chakra. If you are practicing color meditation you would focus on the color blue as this is the color associated with the Throat Chakra.
- With each breath, picture a blue wheel turning and releasing waves of blue energy from this energy centre.
- Return to the white light permeating from your core before moving onto the next chakra you want to focus on.
Movement meditation involves moving your physical body and can be particularly useful for people who struggle to sit still.
You can use any form of slow movement from walking to gentle yoga poses. The main thing is to be mindful of your body and how it feels as you move.
Choose the chakra you want to work on and then choose a form of movement which involves the location of that chakra. For example, if you want to work on your Sacral Chakra, you might choose to sit in a yoga position like the lotus position.
While sitting in this position, you can flex and tighten your leg muscles, feeling the sensation of sitting on the floor. This mindful practice will help you tune into the area of your Sacral Chakra and recognise any negative energy and uncomfortable sensations in this area.
Mantra meditation involves using repetitive sounds to empty the mind allowing you to become aware of the chakra you want to focus on.
You can use a word, phrase or simple sound like "om". Repeat the mantra as many times as you need to clear your mind and find clarity. You can experiment with saying the mantra loudly, softly or even in your head - whatever works for you.
What is the best meditation hand position?
It is often tricky to know what to do with your hands when you are meditating, and this is where mudras can help. Mudras are hand positions or gestures which can help to focus the mind and channel positive energy.
The most common hand mudra, commonly used by Hindu deities and yogis, is the Gyan mudra, also known as the chin mudra. It involves making a circle with your index finger and thumb.
How long do you need to chakra meditate for?
When you first begin meditating, it can be difficult to manage more than a few minutes. Start by aiming for just 5 minutes and then as you become more confident in your practice, you can increase the time.
20 minutes is a good benchmark to aim for as it will allow you enough time to fully explore your chakras.
You may choose to meditate once a day or once a week, find whatever works for you.
Chakra opening meditation can be a powerful way to work on your chakras and supporting your emotional and physical health. It can also be used in conjunction with yoga and other relaxation practices to release or regulate your chakras.
Have a look through the techniques above and mix and match them until you find the best chakra healing meditation for you.
If you're not sure where to begin or would simply like to learn more about your chakras and how they would influence you, why not work with a professional energy healer such as a qualified yoga teacher, meditation guru or Reiki practitioner.