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How to Awake the Sahasrara Chakra?

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PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.

Sahasrara chakra

Sahasrara chakra

After you have successfully awakened the six chakras from Mooladhara to Ajna with respective practices, you are now ready for integrated chakra awakening. The awakening of each chakra doesn’t happen in isolation and also affects the working of other chakras. The influence can be massive or negligible. To ensure that your mind receives the balanced and optimized results from each chakra equally, it is important to follow the below-mentioned practices. These practices will stabilize your mind, chakras, nerve passages, and eventually, your whole body. This will also cause the awakening of Sahasrara Chakra.

Chakras name in English and Hindi along with respective symbols

Chakras name in English and Hindi along with respective symbols

1. Chakra meditation with mantra ‘Om’

  • Assume the posture of Siddhasana or Padmasana.
  • Place both your hands on the knees with palms facing upward, forefingers together with thumbs. This is called chin mudra.
  • Close your eyes, keep your back straight and relax your body.
  • Maintain total awareness of your physical form for some minutes.
  • Focus on the spinal cord, then on the Ajna chakra.
  • Ajna chakra is present exactly behind the eyebrow center, where the pineal gland is located.
  • Focus on the pulsation generated in the Ajna region.
  • Now chant the mantra Om synchronizing it with the pulsation originating from the Ajna chakra.
  • Count the pulsation to 21. Then, practice the Ashwini mudra.
  • Focus on the Ashwini mudra and not on Ajna chakra.
  • Observe the contraction and relaxation of your anus.
  • Practice it at a medium pace at least for 4 minutes. After a while, this will help you sense the presence of Ajna without performing any mudra or asana.
  • Now, focus your awareness on the perineal region. This is the psychic center of root chakra i.e. Mooladhara chakra.
  • Discover the precise point of this chakra.
  • After that, try to find the pulsation generated from that area. Count the pulsation 21 times.
  • Open your eyes and practice Nasikagra kriya (gazing at the nose tip).
  • Leave Mooladhara behind and concentrate on the awareness of the nose tip.
  • Complete focus on Nasikarga kriya will automatically make you aware of the Mooladhara chakra.
  • Continue this kriya for 3 minutes, then move on to Swadhisthana chakra.
  • Swadhisthana chakra is located at the bottom of the spinal cord in the tailbone region.
  • Discover the pulsation in that center and count till 21.
  • Perform Vajroli mudra for 4-5 minutes.
  • Turn your awareness to the navel region now.
  • Feel the breath going from Mooladhara to the navel as well as from the throat down to the navel. They must reach the navel during the full inhalation.
  • Then retain your breath inside and focus your mental awareness on the single point present in the navel.
  • Release the breath and repeat.
  • Practice it for 4 minutes.
  • Focus on the Manipura chakra in the spinal cord directly behind the navel.
  • Observe the pulsation 21 times occurring in the Manipura chakra.
  • Then move your awareness to the Anahata chakra in the spinal cord located at the level of the chest center.
  • Isolate the point and focus on the pulsation in that region. Count it to 21 times.
  • Add the heart space to your awareness.
  • Feel the contraction and expansion of your heart space.
  • Observe the vision you gain at the Anahata chakra, don’t force it, it will come naturally.
  • Practice it for 2 minutes, then focus your awareness on the Vishuddhi chakra.
  • Vishuddhi chakra is located just behind your throat pit in the spinal cord.
  • Notice the pulsations you receive at this center and count it to 21 times.
  • Feel that your awareness is rising through the Sushumna Nadi.

Your awareness of each chakra must be pretty accurate from Mooladhara to Ajna and then back to Mooladhara. Practice this conscious meditation of chakra while ascending as well as descending through the Sushumna passage. Practice it five times. Every time you focus on a chakra, chant the mantra ‘Om’ three times.

2. Musical chakra meditation (Sanskrit and Latin musical scales)

Sound or Nada is an effective and indulging way of developing the chakras’ awareness. That’s why Nada yoga is highly recommended for spiritual awakening.

The seven musical notes in Latin and Sanskrit depict the seven chakras from Mooladhara to Sahasrara. You need to learn these basics to perfect the musical meditation technique. Your human voice is the best instrument among all. You can supplement it with a harmonium or piano. You can use other instruments as well.

S.No.ChakraLatin ScaleSanskrit Scale

1

Mooladhara

Do

Sa

2

Swadhisthana

Re

Re

3

Manipura

Mi

Ga

4

Anahata

Fa

Ma

5

Vishuddhi

Sol

Pa

6

Ajna

La

Dha

Bindu

Ti

Ni

7

Sahasrara

Do

Sa

  • In the beginning, the musical scales are slowly ascended.
  • Your awareness starts from Mooladhara passes through Sushumna from one chakra to another.
  • You can feel the vibration of each note in your spinal cord with respect to the corresponding chakra.
  • When you reach Sahasrara, your awareness descends to Mooladhara through Sushumna with the musical notes in reverse.
  • Your consciousness goes up and down through Sushumna several times in relation to the musical scales.
  • The scales must speed up slowly along with the chakras.
  • The correct use of scales set the relevant chakras on vibration mode along with the Sushumna passage and your whole body.
  • This is an extremely powerful practice. You must continue it for 10 minutes at least.
  • When you perfect the musical meditation technique, you are able to release tremendous energy within you, provided you have maintained an accurate musical pitch.
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3. Chaturtha pranayama (Fourth state of pranayama)

Chaturtha pranayama is the combination of breathing techniques, mantra intonation, and chakra awareness. It isn’t taught widely because it’s specifically meant to be practiced when the aspirant has successfully awakened the six chakras. So, very few people are aware of this breathing practice.

Chaturtha means ‘four’ in Sanskrit. Thus, Chaturtha pranayama literally translates to ‘pranayama of the fourth state’. It is a transcendental situation where the human-based logic, words, and definitions fail to reach. This technique leads to in-depth awareness and knowledge of all the chakras. It develops receptiveness in the psychic passages and the chakras. So, it is an important practice to prepare yourself for kriya yoga. Here are the steps:

  • Sit in a meditative posture.
  • Keep your spine erect and eyes closed.
  • Take deep breaths and focus your attention on the rhythmical flow of your breath.
  • Practice it for several rounds.
  • Synchronize your breath with the mantra Om.
  • Mentally raise the sound 'O' with inhalation then the sound 'M' with exhalation.
  • Continue your awareness of mantra and breath for several minutes.
  • Focus your attention on Ajna chakra, the eyebrow center.
  • Feel your breathing moves in with sound ‘O’ and moves out with sound ‘M’. Change this sound mentally.
  • Continue your alert consciousness on the breath, psychic center, and mantra.
  • Similarly, practice this awareness on other chakras from Mooladhara to Sahasrara.
  • Continue this practice for as long as you can.
Nidra yoga (Nidra meditation)

Nidra yoga (Nidra meditation)

4. Nidra yoga (Nidra meditation)

Nidra yoga is used for developing the chakra awareness. It includes realizing the presence of chakras by focusing on the rotation of awareness around them. To perform this meditation, it is assumed that you have already practiced specific chakras’ techniques.

  • Lie down on a blanket on the floor in Savasana.
  • Wear loose clothes so you feel comfortable enough.
  • You can cover yourself with a blanket to keep yourself warm.
  • Keep your eyes and mouth closed throughout the meditation and don’t move your body while practicing.
  • Observe the space you see with your closed eyes.
  • Assume your whole body is surrounded by this space and it is fully immersed in it.
  • Your body is light as a leaf now, which is falling from a tree.
  • Feel the infinite space into which your body is sinking. Maintain your awareness in this manner for a few minutes.
  • Feel the flow of your natural breath. Don’t alter it, just observe the inhalation and exhalation processes.
  • Repeat your will at least 3 times through your heart but not the lips.
  • Try to visualize your physical body as if you are viewing it by someone else’s eyes.
  • It can be difficult but put your whole focus to it. Continue this concentration for a few minutes.
  • Now, focus on the chakras' location in your body.
  • Begin from the spine base and ascend upwards.
  • Start with Mooladhara and feel the pulsation coming from a specific location.
  • Repeat this for the rest of the six chakras.
Chakra nameChakra location

Mooladhara

Perineum (male), Cervix (female)

Swadhisthana

Coccyx

Manipura

Spine in line with the navel

Anahata

Spine in line with the centre of the chest

Vishuddhi

Spine in line with the throat pit

Ajna

Pineal gland

Bindu

Top back of the head

Sahasrara

Crown of the head

  • Practice the concentration on each chakra location for at least 5 rounds.
  • Visualize the chakra symbols. It is difficult at first, though.
  • You can think about traditional symbols or personal psychic symbols.
  • Imagine as if each chakra is firmly pressed by your thumb and then visualize it.
Chakra nameChakra symbolChakra color

Mooladhara

Four-petalled lotus

Deep red

Swadhisthana

Six-petalled lotus

Vermilion

Manipura

Ten-petalled lotus

Yellow

Anahata

Twelve-petalled lotus

Blue

Vishuddhi

Sixteen-petalled lotus

Purple

Ajna

Two-petalled lotus

Silver-grey

Bindu

Drop of nectar

White

Sahasrara

Thousand-petalled lotus

Golden/Multi-colored

  • First visualize the chakras from Mooladhara to Sahasrara and then in reverse from Sahasrara to Mooladhara. This is one round.
  • Do more of these rounds for a few minutes more as per the availability of time.
  • Take your attention back to the eyebrow center.
  • Feel the sensation at the center point.
  • Raise your awareness towards the eternal rhythmical beat and synchronize it with the mantra Om.
  • Practice it for a few minutes.
  • Repeat your will 3 times with full determination and intensity.
  • Focus on your natural breathing and the whole body.
  • Move your body slowly and become aware of external perceptions.
  • Finally, open your eyes and return to the external world.

5. Unmani mudra (State of thoughtlessness/ empty mind)

Unmani refers to ‘thoughtlessness’. It indicates the state of deep meditation. So, Unmani mudra is a practice of no action and thoughtlessness.

Since it urges you to become still, it is an excellent method to develop an awareness of all the chakras in your spine. It is also an important part of most of the kriya yoga techniques. This means you must master this mudra before proceeding to kriya yoga.

It is an easy mudra but takes time to perfect it. Here are the steps:

  • Keep your back straight and sit comfortably.
  • Keep your eyes open, but don’t focus on anything external.
  • Focus your awareness on Bindu.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Imagine your breath moving through the spine.
  • This way your awareness will move through the chakras up and down.
  • You need to keep your eyes open, but you must look inside yourself.
  • The round starts with exhalation when your breath goes from Mooladhara to upwards.
  • When you inhale, the breath goes back to Mooladhara, and thus, one round is completed.
  • Practice it for 10 more rounds.
  • Don’t strain yourself.
  • It is better to let it happen by itself.
  • It is a mental practice not physical.
  • You can slowly close the eyes during exhalation, but when you open them, you shouldn’t focus on anything external.
Bija Mantra along with chakra elements

Bija Mantra along with chakra elements

6. Bija mantra (Seed sound)

Bija mantra means ‘seed sound’. Here, you are going to learn about Bija Mantra Sanchalana. This means the conduction of Bija Mantra. It is one of the Kriya yoga techniques.

It is a mental exercise. You need to repeat the Bija mantra of each chakra and its Kshetram while moving your awareness through each one of them.

In this practice, you need to know about two psychic passages through which you regulate your conscious awareness.

  1. Arohan: It is an ascending passage. It goes from Mooladhara chakra to Swadhisthana Kshetram, Manipura Kshetram, Anahata Kshetram, Vishuddhi Kshetram, and then finally to Bindu at the back of your head. Arohan after reaching the Vishuddhi Kshetram also directs to the Lalana (Talu) chakra in the palate, nose tip, eyebrow center, curvature of the head through Sahasrara and then finally to Bindu. Arohan takes these passages within your body. You can meditate over this and decide which passage suits you the best.
  2. Awarohan: It is a descending passage that commences from Bindu, goes to Ajna chakra, then passes through all the chakras. It travels through Sushumna Nadi present in the spine. It finally stops at the Mooladhara chakra. Unlike Arohan, Awarohan passes through the real chakras’ locations.

It is important for you to know about these two passages to gain a better understanding of Kundalini kriyas.

ChakraBija mantra

Mooladhara

Lam

Swadhisthana

Vam

Manipura

Ram

Anahata

Yam

Vishuddhi

Ham

Ajna

Om

Bindu

Om

Sahasrara

Om

Here are the steps to perfectly practice the Bija mantra:

  • Sit in Siddhasana or Padmasana.
  • Close your eyes and keep your back straight.
  • You don’t practice anything physically, it is all about mental practices.
  • Focus your attention on Mooladhara chakra.
  • Mentally chant the mantra Lam and feel the vibration at this chakra.
  • Then ascend through the Arohan passage.
  • Focus your attention on Swadhisthana Kshetram now.
  • Mentally chant the mantra Vam and feel the vibration at this chakra.
  • Similarly accelerate your focus on ascending chakras, chant the respective mantras, and feel the vibrations at that specific centers.
  • When you reach Ajna, repeat the mantras for lower chakras and descend until you reach Mooladhara.
  • Practice it at least 5 or 10 times.

This is a highly influential practice for you to start with kriya yoga. You can also practice by dedicating 2 or more minutes to each chakra at a time.

Traditional practice of drawing mandalas

Traditional practice of drawing mandalas

7. Traditional practice of drawing mandalas

In Hinduism, it is customary to draw Swastika with KumKum before starting the prayers. Similarly Tantra says it is important to draw the mandalas before starting with any religious or spiritual practices. Mandala is a Hinduism and Buddhism symbolic figure for representing the universe. Here mandalas refer to the chakras.

Most of the kundalini practices demand the framing of correct chakras before anything else. Chakras must be made with total awareness and concentration. Each of their dimensions and measurements must be accurate.

  • Make sure you are not interrupted while involved in this activity.
  • In most of the monasteries, it is a part of every day sadhana to draw the mandalas before beginning with the meditation and other practices.
  • You should have all the necessary drawing materials - pens, pencils, ruler, erasers, and whatever else you need so that your concentration doesn’t divert.
  • The recommended size of paper is 9 inches by 9 inches. This size is good for concentration and visualization practices.
  • First draw the outlines using a black pen or pencil, then draw the symbols as it starts to appear in your mind.
  • Color the chakras with traditionally described colors.
  • It is a highly relaxing and enjoyable practice. In fact, many institutions urge you to involve yourself in painting and drawing activities to mildly stimulate your chakras.
  • This helps you widen your awareness of chakras as well as the whole life.
  • These drawings are the expression of your inner self. That’s why you must use this opportunity to clarify your vision about life, which was once blurry and complicated.

In the end...

Possibly, you won’t be able to adopt every practice mentioned here. Therefore, it is recommended to practice one method daily at least for a month.

Drawing the chakras and musical meditation techniques are the easiest ones that you can adhere to if you can manage the time. You can also omit them without causing any interference in the awakening of kundalini.

Also, keep on practicing these exercises specific to each chakra:

  1. Ajna chakra - Shambhavi mudra
  2. Mooladhara chakra - Nasikagra kriya and Moola bandha
  3. Swadhisthana chakra - Vajroli mudra
  4. Manipura chakra - Uddiyana bandha
  5. Anahata chakra - Ajapa japa meditation
  6. Vishuddhi chakra - Vipareeta Karani mudra and Jalandhara bandha
  7. Bindu Visarga - Yoni mudra

The regular practice will eventually help you awake the Sahasrara chakra or at least bring it in the functioning mode. When you have adopted these practices into your lifestyle, you can start with kriya yoga and finally set up the permanent awakening of kundalini.

© 2020 PS Tavishi

Comments

PS Tavishi (author) from India on July 12, 2020:

Hi Pramodkumar, you can find related content on YouTube and for Mudras, I suggest you perform Kriya yoga. There is 20 essential Kriya yoga that you can practice daily, do at least 5 of them. It's better to consult a teacher because they'll let you know if you are doing it right or not.

Keep working. Be Yourself and you'll have it what you want. Stay blessed. ))

Pramodkumar Nair on July 12, 2020:

Good Evening,

You have described the chakras in great depth and in a simple language, was not aware there are many ways to attain this, if you could guide us in detail the different mudras we have to be in for specific chakra would be helpful. Any mandala drawing links that would be helpful.

Thanks

Toronto Canada

PS Tavishi (author) from India on May 21, 2020:

Yes, maybe. I am really happy to know people in the US are really into this. Yoga is so important for everyone, especially kundalini. Would love to visit that place? I wish to know more about how you all have adopted this to your lifestyle. ))

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 21, 2020:

I like this one a bunch. I think my nature is synergistic and so I need them all.