How to Practice Chakra Meditation

Meditation is an age-old technique practiced by many who claim that it focuses the mind while de-stressing the body. Ancient Eastern belief systems hold that the human body has 7 primary chakras, or energy centers, and that guided meditation visualizations can stimulate and release their power in your daily life. The practice of chakra meditation is used by many to combat fatigue and stress, and to promote overall physical, spiritual and mental health.

Know Your Chakras

Be aware of the locations of the 7 primary chakras and their proper names: the root chakra is located at the base of the spine, the naval chakra at your lower abdomen, the solar plexus chakra between your belly button and chest, the heart chakra in the center of the chest, the throat chakra at your Adam's apple, the brow chakra in the forehead and the crown chakra at the apex of your skull.

Memorize the colors of each chakra. The root chakra is red, the naval chakra orange, the solar plexus chakra yellow, the heart chakra green, the throat chakra blue, the brow chakra indigo and the crown chakra violet.

Know the properties of each chakra. All 7 have a primary function associated with them. The root chakra's property is "instinct," the naval chakra is "sexuality," the solar plexus chakra is "power," the heart chakra is "love," the throat chakra is "creativity," the brow chakra is "intuition" and the crown chakra is "higher knowledge."

Learn more by visiting the Learning Meditation page on chakra meditation.

Practice Chakra Meditation

Sit or lie down in your dedicated meditation space. Chakra meditation is one of few meditative forms that does not require you to be seated with your legs crossed. Your back should be straight, though, whether you are vertical or horizontal.

Deepen the draw of your breath. You don't need to worry about regulating it or breathing at specific intervals, so long as your breathing is not restricted and your breaths fill your entire lungs.

Feel your breath travel up your spine as you inhale and down your spine as you exhale. Repeat several times, until you feel your spine has been energized.

Begin with your root chakra. Imagine its color. Feel its energy collect. When you have fully visualized your root chakra, move up to the navel chakra.

Repeat Step 4 for each of your 7 chakras. When you finish, you may either stop or work your way back down. For each chakra, vividly imagine its color and the property associated with it. Feel that property awaken inside you as you concentrate on it.

Use chakra crystals to heighten your practice. Hold each chakra's corresponding crystal in your hand as you visualize it and feel its power.