In our previous blogs, we have articles about meditation and chakras. For this article, we will be putting them together.
Meditating is one of the best life changing thing you can do. It will show you to happiness, to full relaxation and to yourself. It’s the ultimate stress reliever and your greatest personal teacher. Through meditation is where you can gain inner peace and positivity.
We will start by getting in a comfortable position. Any position as long as you’re comfy. Sitting up straight or laying down on your back seem to be the best options. It's more common to sit up because it's harder to fall asleep that way. Meditating is very relaxing. Be sure that nothing will disturb you.
Start breathing through your nose only.
Relax every part and muscle of your body. Start at your toes, then your feet, then legs, stomach, back, chest, arms, your neck, then your face. Don't skip your face! Most people don’t even realize they naturally have their jaw and eye muscles tense. Close your eyes.
Now you want to clear your mind of the clutter. This is the part most people get stuck on because the mind is used to thinking about a bunch of junk, but it’s really easy.
The easiest way to focus is to just notice your breathing. Count them. Find that comfortable natural rhythm and stick with it. Once you have stabilized your breathing, you can focus on the sounds surrounding you. Do this until you feel relaxed.
While you're at it, you may want to meditate and align your chakras as well. This is to promote wellness and great health - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Unlocking your Chakras
Let's start with the first chakra, the root chakra, the foundation for the other chakras. Bring your palms together in a prayer at your heart, then interlace the pinky and ring finger so they fold inside of the palms. Extend the middle fingers so the tips touch and then interlace the thumbs and index fingers so the form rings around each other, with the tips touching. You may also flip this mudra upside down and lower your arms slightly, so the middle fingers are pointed downward at your pelvic region.
The second chakra which is the sacral focuses more on sexuality and sensuality. With your palms in front of your chest, press your pinky and ring fingertips together. Fold your thumbs into your palms, inside of your inder and middle finger. You can then press the knuckles of these two fingers together or keep them separate.
With the third chakra, the solar plexus deals with nerves as well as the liver. Place your palms face up on your thighs. Touch the tips of the thumbs, index and ring fingers together, straightening through the pinky and middle fingers.
The fourth chakra which is all about the immune system is also the connection between matter and spirit. That is the heart chakra. With your palms at your heart, touch the outer edges of both pinky fingers and thumbs together. Keep the heels of the palms pressed together as you blossom open through your hands. Extend through the tips of all 10 fingers.
The throat chakra deals with the truth. You can use this mudra at your throat to help clear the way for expression of your authentic self. Interlace your last three fingers (middle, ring and pinky) together inside of your hands. Interlock the index fingertips and thumbs to form two rings. and hols this mudra in front of the base of your throat.
The third eye or anja. This chakra deals with clairvoyancy. It’s all about clarity, imagination, seeing thing which aren’t there, feeling things which aren’t there. Take your right hand just in front of the space between your eyebrows and curl the ring finger into your palm. Bring the tips of the thumb, middle and index finger to touch and keep the pinky finger extended long. Place the tips of the three fingers that are touching to your third eye focal point. The left hand can remain on top of the left thigh, palm face up or in Gyan mudra.
The seventh and last chakra is the crown chakra. Just as the first chakra was linked to earth, the crown chakra, right at the crown of the head, is linked to the heavens. In essence, it is the energy center connecting us from this world into the totally different world in dimension. Place the tips of your index and thumbs together to touch, forming a pyramid shape. Allow the remaining fingers to extend upward, keeping them straight. Raise this mudra to about 6-7 inches above the crown of your head.
Perform the mudras in a comfortable seated position for 1-5 minutes each. If you're only focusing on one mudra at a time, extend the time frame as long as you would for your regular meditation practice. There are no right or wrong ways to do mudras — enjoy these as part of your regular yoga routine to cultivate higher awareness.