This is part 8 in my series on the chakras. The last post focused on Ajna (Third Eye) Chakra and how we journey toward wisdom. This post will explore Sahasrara (Crown) Chakra.
- Recognize and realize our spiritual nature
- Transcend the power that our illusions have over our lives and experience
- Learn to live in the present moment
- Know the presence of grace
Several asana are recommended for working with the Crown Chakra. They are:
- Natarajasana: Dancer Pose
- Sirsasana: Headstand
- Urdhva Dhanurasana: Wheel Pose
- Shashangasana: Rabbit Pose
- Yogendra Yogamudra: The Symbol or Seal of Yoga
- Savasana: Relaxation or Corpse Pose
With regard to Dancer, Headstand, and Wheel, in the words of my colleague and friend Marsha Banks Harold, “my body don’t bend that way.” However, I can enjoy the sensation of being upside down in my aerial yoga hammock while doing Hip Hang or Back Straddle. Of the last three on the list, my body is most content in Yoga Mudra and Savasana.
This mudra is said to unfold the Crown Chakra, harmonize the entire chakra system, and support optimal balance in all systems of the body.
- Join the hands in Prayer position in front of your heart.
- Keep the base of your palms together and spread all the fingers and thumbs wide apart like an unfolding lotus.
- Relax your shoulders back and down, with your spine aligned in its natural curves.
Mandala Mudra (Gesture of the Circle)
This mudra is said to be helpful for glimpsing deeper states of meditation beyond the personality and supporting all systems of the physical body for optimal functioning.
- Rest your left hand in your lap, with the palm facing upward.
- Rest the back of your right hand onto the palm of your left hand.
- Touch the tips of your thumbs gently together, forming a wide-open circle shape.
- Relax your shoulders back and down, with your elbows held slightly away from your body and your spine aligned in its natural curves.
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