Summary: There are many different types of meditation practices to open, heal and balance the chakras, but of these, the three most practiced chakra meditation techniques are discussed in this article. While all three are effective, one stands out, as it is the safest approach to use.
The seven chakra model of Kundalini Yoga is a very complete model to represent a human being in all their dimensions and complexities. In the article Kundalini Yoga Seven Chakra System Overview, I have given an introduction to this system, with some useful details for understanding the chakras and their functioning. In this article I will explore the top 3 Chakra Meditation techniques for optimizing this system.
Essentially, charkas can be thought of as multi-dimensional energy vortexes that reign over various regions of the body and brain. Each chakra, thus being responsible for the health of the organs, glands and systems of the particular region where it is located, and also responsible for certain emotional states and mental characteristics. The way therefore of healing and rejuvenation the body and also, of optimizing oneself psychologically and mentally, is by opening, healing and balancing the chakras.
The opening, healing and balancing of chakras is called chakra meditation. There are many different techniques with which to perform chakra meditation and I would like to present the best of these to you below.
Chakra Meditation Technique #1:
Chakra Meditation via Mantras: More specifically, chakra meditation via the use of Bij Mantras. With each chakra is associated a Bij Mantra or seed sound, and by chanting this sound the particular chakra can be opened and balanced. The seed sounds for each chakra are as follows.
Mooladhara: Root chakra meditation sound: LANG (LAM)
Swadhistana: Sex chakra meditation sound: VANG (VAM)
Manipura: Navel chakra meditaiton sound: RANG (RAM)
Anahata: Heart chakra meditation sound: YANG (YAM)
Vishuddhi: Throat chakra meditation sound: HANG (HAM)
Ajna: Third Eye chakra meditation sound: ONG (OM)
Sahasrara: Crown chakra meditation sound: Silence
In this chakra meditation technique the bij mantra above is chanted either out loud or mentally, while awareness is brought to the region of the chakra one is attempting to open. This technique should be used with caution as it is a very direct approach and can lead to imbalances if chakras are prematurely opened, before the body is ready to handle the influx of energy in that region.
An example of this chakra meditation technique is the Ajna Chakra Opening, Balancing and Healing Technique.
Chakra Meditation Technique #2:
Chakra Meditation via Visualization: With each chakra is also associated a particular Deity, animal, shape and color. There are also more detailed associations but, for our purpose here these will suffice. Chakra meditation via visualization is again the act of bringing awareness to the location of a particular chakra and then visualizing the associated item for that chakra.
I will provide here the colors associated with each chakra and for this meditation you can visualize a ball of light of that particular color emanating or spinning at the appropriate location.
Root chakra meditation color: Red
Sex chakra meditation color: Orange
Navel chakra meditation color: Yellow
Heart chakra meditation color: Green
Throat chakra meditation color: Blue
Third eye chakra meditation color: Indigo
Crown chakra meditation color: Violet
Again, as with the bij mantra chakra meditation technique, this is also a direct method of opening a chakra and should be used cautiously for the same reason.
Chakra Meditation Technique #3:
Chakra Meditation via Kundalini Yoga Kriyas (Sets): This is the use of Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and Chakra Yoga Breathing Exercises (pranayama) to open, heal and balance various chakras. I have gone into considerable detail of this technique in Kundalini Yoga – Yoga of Energy & Awareness and of the 3 techniques detailed here, this one is the safest.
The reason for this being the safest chakra meditation technique is because this technique does not directly look to open a chakra, instead it looks to prepare the body, at all levels, to handle greater flow of energy. This technique is focused on clearing away blockages in the energy pathways (nadis), thus allowing for the increased flow of energy to the various regions of the body. This greater flow of energy not only helps heal, rejuvenate and strength the glands, organs and systems of that particular region, but it also helps to activate and balance the chakra governing that area.
An example of this chakra meditation technique is the Heart Chakra Opening, Balancing and Healing Kundalini Yoga Kriya. You can also find many more Kundalini Yoga Kriyas in the Free Online Kundalini Yoga Kriyas E-Book and you can find more Chakra Yoga Breathing Exercises in the Free Online Yoga Breathing Exercises (Pranayama) E-Book. Dive in, explore these profound techniques and achieve your highest potential!
Internet Resources for Chakra Meditation Techniques:
Wikipedia Definition of Chakra