Everything You Need to Know About the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara, the Seventh Chakra) - The Yoga Nomads (2023)

The seventh and final chakra is the Crown Chakra or Sahasrara in Sanskrit. This energy center at the top of your head is said to be your bridge to the divine. Where the Third Eye Chakra connects you to your own intuition and self-knowledge, the Crown Chakra links to the cosmic energy of the universe.

If this all sounds a little ‘woo’, don’t worry. It doesn’t matter whether you think of this energy as God, the universe, or your highest self. An open and active Crown Chakra simply represents a healthy spiritual life.

If you can see meaning beyond the material world and have a rich inner life, it’s a good sign that your Crown Chakra is in a state of balance.

In this article, we’re diving deeper into the Crown Chakra and its role in our spiritual awareness. We’ll look at how you can recognize if your Crown Chakra is out of balance. And we’ll also discuss ways to unblock this Chakra so that the energy flows through it freely once again.

Contents

  • 1 The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) at a Glance
  • 2 Signs and Symptoms your Crown chakra is Blocked or Out of Balance
  • 3 How To Heal, Open, and Balance the Crown Chakra
    • 3.1 1. A Healing Visualization for the Crown Chakra
    • 3.2 2. Beneficial Foods for the Crown Chakra
    • 3.3 3. Crown Chakra Affirmations and Meditation
    • 3.4 4. Yoga Poses for the Crown Chakra
    • 3.5 5. Crown Chakra Mudras
    • 3.6 6. Stones and Crystals for the Crown Chakra
  • 4 FAQs
    • 4.1 What is the crown chakra responsible for?
    • 4.2 How do I unblock my Crown Chakra?
    • 4.3 How do you know when your Crown Chakra is open?
    • 4.4 What is the Crown Chakra’s element?

The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) at a Glance

Sahasrara, the Sanskrit name for the Crown Chakra, translates as ‘thousand petals’. This makes sense – the symbol of this Chakra is the lotus flower, which represents enlightenment, purity, and spiritual rebirth.

As you might expect, the Crown Chakra is found at the top of your head. Like a crown, it also extends upwards, beyond the boundaries of your physical body.

Energetically, there’s a strong link between the seventh Chakra and the first, the Root Chakra. At first glance, this might seem strange. One is so focused on spiritual enlightenment and the other on our physical needs.

When you think about it more, the link between these two Chakras starts to make more sense. If our physical needs go unmet, it is hard for us to focus on the spiritual. We need to make sure we’re well-grounded in the basics and that the lower Chakras are all open and balanced before we can turn our attention to the Crown Chakra.

Location of the Crown Chakra: The top of the head

Element: Thought

Color: Violet and white

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Symbol: The Lotus

Mantra: Om or Ah. I know

Gland: Primarily the pituitary, with a secondary association with the pineal gland

Organs: Brain and nervous system

Physically, the Crown Chakra governs our brain and nervous system – the body’s centers of knowledge and information. Psychologically, it is associated with our spiritual awareness, connection to the universe, and inner wisdom.

When the Crown Chakra is open and balanced, we have a healthy spiritual life. We look beyond the material world and feel connected to the deeper meaning of life. We prioritize connection with the divine through activities like prayer and meditation.

We’re also self-aware and empathetic. The Crown Chakra is our center for connection with those around us. We value all life, including other humans, plants, and animals. We don’t feel the need to judge others or put them down because we recognize their innate worth.

Signs and Symptoms your Crown chakra is Blocked or Out of Balance

A healthy, open Crown Chakra leaves us feeling connected to our inner wisdom and to the cosmic energy of the universe. But it’s not unusual for the stresses and pressures of daily life to leave this Chakra feeling blocked or out of balance.

When that happens, we are left feeling cut off from our spirituality and inner knowing. We tend to focus on the material world around us and might prioritize possessions and money over anything else.

If you struggle to see beyond the world of your five senses, that’s another sign that your Crown Chakra is blocked. When the energy in this center becomes stagnant, we lose our ability to believe in the divine. We might become cynical, sarcastic, and selfish.

As humans, we’re driven to look for purpose and meaning. Even if you don’t consider yourself religious, you probably want to live a life of value. But when the Crown Chakra becomes blocked, finding this sense of higher purpose can be tough.

Losing the ability to look beyond the material world can leave us feeling lost, depressed, or anxious. We might even feel angry that our higher power has abandoned us.

A blocked Crown Chakra is also said to come with physical symptoms. Since this Chakra corresponds to the brain, these can include:

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  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Brain fog or lack of clear thought
  • Problems sleeping

Although it is more common to notice blockages in the Crown Chakra, it is also possible for this Chakra to be too open. When there’s an excess of energy moving through the seventh Chakra, we lose our sense of balance. We might neglect our physical needs in the pursuit of spiritual perfection.

Another sign that this Chakra is too open is finding it difficult to relate to other people. If you find it hard to make conversation about day-to-day matters or find yourself becoming impatient with the mundanity of life, you might be experiencing a lack of balance in the Crown Chakra.

Physically, an excess of energy in the seventh Chakra can manifest as a sensitivity to light and sounds. You might also have a sense of being physically removed from the world around you and find it difficult to concentrate on the present moment.

How To Heal, Open, and Balance the Crown Chakra

Blockages in the Crown Chakra are more common than excess energy, so we’re going to focus on methods that are said to open this Chakra and allow the energy to flow freely once again.

However, if you find your balance has slipped the other way and you want to reduce the energy flow through an overactive Crown Chakra instead, there are some things you can try too. These include:

  • Physical movement
  • Grounding or mindfulness techniques to help you focus on the reality of the present moment
  • A regular sleep cycle
  • Activities that help to balance the Root Chakra, such as earthing and yin yoga

Meanwhile, if you feel like your Crown Chakra is blocked and want some ideas for how to open and balance it once again, here are some options that should help.

1. A Healing Visualization for the Crown Chakra

Find a comfortable place to sit. Take a few deep, calming breaths to bring your mind and body into a state of peace and receptiveness.

Closing your eyes, take your attention to the crown of your head. Visualize a pure, white light coming down from the sky (or ceiling if you are indoors). Picture this light entering your body through the Crown Chakra, bathing your head and moving down your spine.

Imagine that this light is your connection to the universe. Whether you consider it God, a higher truth, or simply a universal consciousness, feel it awakening your Crown Chakra. Visualize the Chakra responding, like a lotus flower opening its petals.

2. Beneficial Foods for the Crown Chakra

Most of the Chakras correspond to certain foods, usually those that share the same color. For example, when we want to open the Root Chakra, we might eat a lot of red foods, like berries, beets, and tomatoes.

The Crown Chakra is a little different because its focus moves beyond the physical and toward the spiritual. As a result, this Chakra is more about fasting and detox than food.

If it is medically safe to do so, you might opt to fast for a short period to open the Crown Chakra and bring it back into balance. Some people also like to do a detox, such as a juice detox.

Pure water is linked to the Crown Chakra. You could also choose herbal teas associated with meditation, such as lavender.

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Speaking of herbs – when opening the Crown Chakra, you might also choose to burn incense or smudge sticks to help focus your mind on meditation. Sage, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper are all great options. Just make sure they are responsibly sourced.

3. Crown Chakra Affirmations and Meditation

Since this Chakra is so focused on enlightenment and spiritual development, it is no surprise that meditation is one of the best things you can do to open and balance it.

You can combine meditation with visualizations, like the one we describe above. You could also chant the seed (bija) mantra for this Chakra, which is Om (pronounced aum) or Ah. Connect with your breath and use your exhale to vibrate the sound.

Another option is to use affirmations to help you focus on the Crown Chakra and set your intention to bring it into balance. Examples include:

  • “I am connected with my higher power”
  • “I am at one with the divine”
  • “The power of the universe flows through me”
  • “I seek unity with all things and all beings”

You could also make up your own. Think about what the Crown Chakra represents and how you want that to show up in your life, then use this for inspiration to come up with an affirmation that resonates with you.

The idea is to repeat your chosen affirmation while you meditate. You can also speak it out loud, perhaps looking at yourself in a mirror. If you keep a journal, you could write your affirmations down and use them as prompts for your journaling that day.

4. Yoga Poses for the Crown Chakra

Inversions are some of the best yoga poses for the Crown Chakra. By encouraging the flow of energy (and blood) to the head, these poses can help to release blockages and open the Chakra again.

Advanced poses like sirsasana (headstand) are a great option, but there’s no need to push yourself further than you are ready for. There are modified versions of this pose that can also help to open the Crown Chakra, or you can try something like sasangasana (rabbit pose), which requires less physical strength.

Of course, padmasana (lotus pose) is also a wonderful option for balancing the Crown Chakra. The pose most associated with meditation, it helps us to find stillness and focus our minds. Half-lotus is an option for those who struggle to get both feet up.

Finally, savasana (corpse pose) is also surprisingly good for opening the Crown Chakra. By bringing our bodies to stillness and relaxation, we find space for reflection.

As well as these asanas, there are breathing exercises (pranayama) that are thought to encourage the flow of energy through the Crown Chakra. These include Nadi Shodhan, or alternate nostril breathing, where you block one nostril and then the other as you inhale and exhale.

Another pranayama technique for the Crown Chakra is Kapalabhati (skull-shining breath). This involves alternating short, forceful exhales with longer, passive inhales.

5. Crown Chakra Mudras

Mudras can help to focus our minds on a particular Chakra, especially when used in combination with meditation and mantras. Placing our hands into particular positions is said to help open the Chakras and bring them into balance.

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For the Crown Chakra, the best mudra to try is the mudra of a thousand petals. To do this, bring the tips of your thumbs together, then rest the tips of your index fingers together too, forming a pyramid shape.

Spread the rest of your fingers wide, fingertips pointing upwards. Holding this position, bring your hands up above your head to invite connection with the wisdom of the universe.

6. Stones and Crystals for the Crown Chakra

Certain stones and crystals are said to correspond with each Chakra. You might choose to use them as part of your meditation, have them close by during your yoga practice, or simply keep these crystals around your home.

The crystals that help to balance the Crown Chakra include:

  • Moonstone
  • Selenite
  • Amethyst
  • Clear quartz
  • Howlite
  • Tanzanite
  • Lepidolite
  • Ametrine

FAQs

Have questions about the Crown Chakra and its role? If you don’t have time to read our full guide, this quick cheat sheet is a great reminder of some of the answers to common questions about the seventh Chakra.

What is the crown chakra responsible for?

The Crown Chakra governs the brain, nervous system, and pituitary gland. It is also the center responsible for our connection with the universal consciousness. It corresponds to spiritual awareness, self-knowledge, and enlightenment.

How do I unblock my Crown Chakra?

Meditation is one of the best ways to open the Crown Chakra, especially when combined with the bija mantra that corresponds to this Chakra (Om or Ah). Fasting can also help, as can certain yoga poses, such as lotus pose, headstand, rabbit’s pose, and corpse pose.

How do you know when your Crown Chakra is open?

When the Crown Chakra is open and balanced, you feel at one with the universe. You have a rich, healthy spiritual life and find it easy to empathize with others. Your focus goes beyond the material world, and you feel aware and connected to your self-knowledge.

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What is the Crown Chakra’s element?

Appropriately for a Chakra focused on spiritual awareness and awakening, the Crown Chakra’s element is not a physical one. Instead, it corresponds to thought.

FAQs

What does the Sahasrara chakra do? ›

The Sahasrara Chakra is located at the top of the head and is also known as the Crown Chakra. Sahasrara is the final of the seven chakras. It creates a strong connection with the supreme Self. The awakening of the Crown Chakra means a universal flow of energy and spiritual enlightenment.

What happens when you reach Sahasrara? ›

As the Kundalini energy rises and enters the Sahasrara, Self-Realization occurs. We enter a new dimension of consciousness that extends beyond the relative to the absolute. We are able to perceive absolute truth.

Which God is in Sahasrara chakra? ›

The Divinity of this Chakra is Shiva in the form of pure, Supreme Consciousness. The corresponding element is Adi Tattva, the Supreme, spiritual Tattva.

What is the element of Sahasrara chakra? ›

Element: The element associated with Sahasrara chakra is thought. Physical Body: The crown chakra is located at the top of the head, or slightly above – like a crown, radiating upward. Its location means it is closely linked to the brain and the nervous system.

Can you open your crown chakra? ›

Connecting to the breath while holding asanas helps to release tension and open the crown chakra. Such meditative poses include lotus or half-lotus, savasana, and tree pose. Mindful breathing represents one form of meditation to help quiet the mind and open the crown chakra.

How do you know if your crown chakra is open? ›

When you activate the crown chakra and it is working effectively, you: feel calm and peaceful, even when under pressure. make sound, discerning decisions. feel deeply connected to all living beings.

How powerful is the Crown Chakra? ›

What does the Crown Chakra do? This chakra is all about spiritual connection and transformation. It lifts and inspires you, connecting you to the divine (you might call this angelic energy, the Source, or God.) This chakra also gives you a sense of your own divinity, the awareness that you are a soul in a human body.

How do I know if my Crown Chakra is balanced? ›

You have a balanced crown chakra when: You feel a state of blissful union with all that is, of spiritual ecstasy, enlightenment. You feel a connection to universal consciousness. You have a blocked crown chakra when: You feel disconnected to spirit and are cynical regarding what is sacred.

What causes the Crown Chakra to be blocked? ›

A lack of connection to the world. Hyper spiritualization (i.e., too much meditation) Poor mental functioning. A lack of focus.

What organs are associated with the crown chakra? ›

The Crown chakra is primarily associated with the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Located at the base of the brain, behind the bridge of the nose, the pituitary gland is a pea-sized structure.

What oil is good for crown chakra? ›

Frankincense Essential Oil can help to enhance meditation and support the spiritual connection needed to balance the Crown Chakra. It encourages a tranquil state of mind while also improving concentration and helping to focus intention.

What planet is the crown chakra? ›

Crown (Sahasrara) chakra - Planet Moon

Governs emotions, instincts and our mind. The opening of the seventh chakra helps the chakras within us become integrated with each other and establishes a strong connection between us and the cosmic energy. This integration carries a person beyond consciousness.

What does it mean if your Sahasrara glows? ›

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.

What frequency does the crown chakra vibrate on? ›

This Crown Chakra meditation takes you on a restorative journey. The ancient Solfeggio frequency of 963 hz & Tibetan bowls assist the balancing and clearing. The energy tuners are recorded in stereo to deepen and enhance your meditation experience.

What happens after crown chakra opens? ›

When crown chakras open, people often experience spiritual growth, infinite wisdom, and higher consciousness. By strengthening one's connection to their spirit or soul, people gain a sense of unity, power, and self-knowledge.

What color is the crown chakra? ›

The final chakra is our purple chakra, called Sahasrara, meaning “'thousand-petaled.” This chakra is found at the crown of your head and is associated with the colors purple and white. Sahasrara is the center of enlightenment and is the most spiritual of all the chakras.

Which chakra is related to sleep? ›

Sleep in particular relates to the Crown Chakra. On a physical level this energy center is related to the Pineal Gland, which directly controls our sleep. But the Crown chakra connects us to each other and to spirituality, to faith, and to something greater.

What happens when your chakras open? ›

When our main seven chakras are open and balanced, energy can flow freely through our bodies and minds. When any of these energy centers are blocked, it leads to stagnation and can contribute to a variety of physical and spiritual ailments.

How do you start unlocking your chakras? ›

How can you unblock a chakra?
  1. yoga postures.
  2. breathing practices to encourage the flow of energy.
  3. meditation to bring about clarity of mind.
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What age does the crown chakra open? ›

CROWN CHAKRA is not fully open in most people. It starts to strongly affect our lives between ages of 42-49. During these years, we begin the process of understanding spiritual aspects of existence and come to the realization that wisdom eventually leads to spirituality and Universal Truth.

How do I clean my crown chakra? ›

7th Chakra (Crown)

Spend time in meditation, chanting, or prayer. Nutrition: At this level, the nutrition is no longer for the physical body. This chakra is not nourished with food, but with spiritual practices. Practice self-reflection and curiosity.

How do I know if my chakras are blocked? ›

Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone function. Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; An inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others.

What does it feel like when your root chakra opens? ›

Balanced/flowing energy: When this chakra is open/energy flowing, we feel safe, at home in the world, and fearless. Imbalanced: Root Chakra is blocked by fear and various forms of trauma.

Which chakra is related to marriage? ›

The Heart Chakra: XIV.

Which chakra is related to brain? ›

The crown chakra is linked to every other chakra (and therefore every organ in this system), and so it affects not just all of those organs, but also our brain and nervous system. It is considered the chakra of enlightenment and represents our connection to our life's purpose and spirituality.

What incense is used for crown chakra? ›

Cedarwood, elemi, frankincense and galbanum help in balancing the crown chakra.

What is the fastest way to activate root chakra? ›

Shaktidas believes simple practices are often the most powerful. He recommends walking in nature and gardening as good ways to unblock the root chakra. Similarly, Christensen advises connecting with your physical body through yoga, Pilates, or dance, or by getting outside for a run or hike.

What is the seed sound for the crown chakra? ›

Typically, it refers to the bija, or seed, mantra, which is associated with the chakra — in this case, om. Chanting the sahasrara chakra mantra while focusing attention on the crown chakra is thought to help clear and balance the flow of prana.

What emotions are associated with the crown chakra? ›

The Crown (seventh) chakra is associated with intuition and recognition of the common ground of all living beings, and is also linked with the Energy Fire phase.

What happens when your crown chakra is overactive? ›

An Overactive Crown Chakra

Emotionally, you may experience a lack of empathy; be caught in a cycle of addiction and living in fantasy; have difficulty focusing; overthinking; anxiety; and have a hard time making decisions or getting caught in “analysis paralysis”.

What strengthens the crown chakra? ›

Activities that strengthen the Crown Chakra include:

Focusing on all aspects of yoga will help to balance and strengthen this chakra. Combining a disciplined daily practice of yogic breathing techniques, meditation, yoga postures and chanting will strengthen the crown chakra. Aromatherapy.

How do I know if my crown chakra is balanced? ›

You have a balanced crown chakra when: You feel a state of blissful union with all that is, of spiritual ecstasy, enlightenment. You feel a connection to universal consciousness. You have a blocked crown chakra when: You feel disconnected to spirit and are cynical regarding what is sacred.

Which chakra is for sleep? ›

Sleep in particular relates to the Crown Chakra. On a physical level this energy center is related to the Pineal Gland, which directly controls our sleep. But the Crown chakra connects us to each other and to spirituality, to faith, and to something greater.

How powerful is the crown chakra? ›

What does the Crown Chakra do? This chakra is all about spiritual connection and transformation. It lifts and inspires you, connecting you to the divine (you might call this angelic energy, the Source, or God.) This chakra also gives you a sense of your own divinity, the awareness that you are a soul in a human body.

What planet is associated with the crown chakra? ›

Crown (Sahasrara) chakra - Planet Moon

The opening of the seventh chakra helps the chakras within us become integrated with each other and establishes a strong connection between us and the cosmic energy. This integration carries a person beyond consciousness.

Which chakra is responsible for overthinking? ›

Crown Chakra

Imbalanced: Being judgemental, constant overthinking and over-analysis of day-to-day situations.

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