Sahasrara Chakra – The Crown Chakra
Sahasrara Chakra Meaning
This week in our yoga classes, and the final classes of this term, we focus on the highest Chakra in the body: Sahasrara. ‘Sahasra’ means thousand and ‘Ara’ means petal, so this energy wheel is known as the thousand-petalled lotus flower.
Location of Sahasrara
The seventh and last Chakra, Sahasrara, is situated at the crown/ top of the head. It is not associated with an element or a colour, although the symbol is traditionally depicted as a violet/ purple coloured chakra, corresponding with the seventh colour of the light spectrum.
Properties and Benefits of Focusing on Sahasrara
Focusing on the Crown Chakra, meditating on the thousand petalled lotus, and stimulating this area through yoga postures, such as headstand [Salamba Shirshasana], hare/rabbit pose [Sasangasana] and even simple forward bends, are said to bring: Intuitive knowledge, deep understanding, strong spirituality and an enhanced sense of awe in all things and the universe. It allows you to connect with other planes of existence and the divine, and gain a sense of the unity of all forms of life; a “oneness”.
The Crown Chakra is your energetic connection with divine consciousness and awareness. Think of the Deities and Gods with a halo or a radiant glow surrounding their heads. This radiant glow symbolises a fully open Sahasrara Chakra. If you are able to activate the Crown Chakra you will be filled with happiness and joy everyday, be drawn to spirituality and reach a state of Samadhi. Samadhi is: “A state of intense concentration achieved through meditation.” In yoga this is regarded as the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached, (before or at death).”
Om Mani Padme Hum
In Savasana we will be absorbed by the Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum. [The jewel in the Lotus] and with Tibetan bells as we focus on the crown chakra. When you recite the mantra silently or aloud, it evokes a powerful energy that connects you to the vibrations of the universe and stimulates the Crown Chakra. As you chant the mantra aloud or silently imagine the petals of the lotus flower opening at the crown/top of the head.
Please see our members’ only My BSY for this weeks’ lesson plan.
This weeks’ Yoga Nidra is a relaxation based on sound and thought, as the Tibetan bells sound.
The Mudra often related to the Crown Chakra is Dhyana Mudra, where the hands rest one on top of the other in the lap, with the palms up, ready to receive energy from above. The right hand usually rests on top of the left. the tips of the thumbs lightly connect and the rest of the fingers are extended but not rigid. This Mudra helps to calm the mind, soothes anger, dispels any negative thoughts, helps concentration and focus, and balances the left and right sides of the brain, centring energy at Sahasrara.
We hope you enjoy this lesson and we hope to see you next term.