Here we are.
We’re traveled up your chakra system to the top + beyond.
What else is there?
You’ve come along with me on this epic journey, but now what?
All of this information is great to have + refer to. It can help you determine which of your chakras aren’t spinning efficiently, but how do we prevent that from happening?
How do we attempt balance on a daily basis?
For this final Chakra 101 post, I’d like to introduce you to the practice of bhuta shuddhi – a type of simple meditation that helps to balance the elements of your chakras. If you do one thing for your chakra system each day, do this.
You might remember that each of your chakras is associated with one of the natural elements – earth, water, fire, air, space … etc. Translated as “purification of the elements”, “ghosts”, or “undigested experiences”, bhuta shuddhi is an ancient practice that used to be shared only from teacher to student, like all of Yoga’s practices … and I’m delighted to share it with you.
I was personally introduced to bhuta shuddhi by one of my mentors, Rolf Sovik, during my 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Since then, I’ve been practicing it every day (with a few exceptions, naturally – I’m human!). The effect that it can have on your energy is truly unique + I recommend it to everyone I have the pleasure of teaching.
Let’s do this (bhuta shuddhi, of course):
- This may go without saying, but you’ll want to find a place where you can sit for 5 minutes or so and not be interrupted. A great time to do this is when you first get up in the morning – start the day balanced.
- Find a comfortable sitting position, whether that’s on a meditation cushion, a few pillows or blankets, or in a chair. No matter what you choose, make sure that your hips are slightly above your knees to help keep you comfortable while you practice.
- Sit tall, letting the vertebra in your spine stack one on top of the other, with your head resting comfortable on the top. Sit tall, not rigid. Find the middle ground between effort from your muscles to keep you sitting up + ease from your spine supporting you.
- Close your eyes, rest your hands on your thighs (palms up or down – whatever is comfortable for you), and take a moment to settle into your breath. Feel the cool air as it enters your nose, then the warm air as it leaves your nose. Focus on this sensation for a few breaths.
- Next, bring your attention to the very tip of your tailbone. You don’t need to physically move at all – mentally, bring your attention there. In your mind, repeat the word “ham” (this word + all the following are pronounced with a long A, like CD-Rom) at least 16 times, but more than that is fine. Just let it flow through your mind.
- With your attention still on the tip of your tailbone, repeat “lam”, the sound of your muladhara chakra. If visualization helps too, see the color red in your mind. Let the sound trail off in your mind + pause in silence before moving up to each following chakra.
- Slowly drawing your attention + energy up your spine from your muladhara chakra, settle your attention on your sacrum – your svadhisthana chakra. Repeat “vam” and see the color orange in your mind. Pause.
- Slowly draw your attention + energy higher, up to your solar plexus, the home of your manipura chakra. Repeat “ram” and see the color yellow in your mind. Pause.
- Slowly draw your attention + energy up your spine to your heart and lungs – your anahata chakra. Repeat “yam” and see the color green in your mind. Pause.
- Slowly draw your attention + energy up to the base of your throat – your vishuddha chakra. Repeat “ham” and see the color light blue in your mind. Pause.
- Slowly draw your attention + energy up to the center of your mind – your ajna chakra. Feel your attention resting physically within the center of your brain. Repeat “so ham” and see the color dark/navy/royal blue in your mind. Pause.
- Slowly draw your attention + energy up to the top of your head – your sahasrara chakra. Repeat “ham sah” and see the color purple or white in your mind (whichever feels natural for you).
- As “ham sah” trails off in your mind, rest your attention on your entire body. No need to focus on one particular area or part. Just rest + feel your energy moving as your physical body is still.
- Now that we’ve energized all the chakras, we need to settle that energy so we’re not bursting at the seams. We’ll move back down through all the chakras, but at a quicker pace than we rose up through them.
- Bring your attention back to the center of your mind – your ajna chakra. Resting your attention there, allow the energy to flow back down your spine as you repeat all the sounds a little quicker than before (except the sound for your crown chakra – we leave that connection open):
- so ham
- Once you’ve traveled your energy down your spine, bring your attention once again to your breath + the sensation of the cool air entering your nose, the warm air leaving your nose. Breathe steadily, calmly.
- When you feel ready, gently open your eyes, get up slowly, + have a wonderful day.
Note: this is a very energetically powerful practice. If, at any point, your feel overwhelmingly uncomfortable, STOP. Return your attention to your breath flowing in + out of your nose.
If you continue to practice this each day, you may feel energetic sensations that differ from day to day. Some days, you may feel nothing.
If you have ANY questions or concerns, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help. If you feel more comfortable one-on-one, you can email me directly here. Let me know what you’re experiencing – there’s a good chance I’ve felt it too + can continue to help guide you.
This practice can be fun, challenging, invigorating, + anxiety-inducing all at once. No energy is balanced in one day. Consistent practice is the key to everything in life. You’re not alone + I’m always here to help. Don’t let the sensations stop you from finally meeting your true Self + being able to share it with the world.
AUDIO GUIDE: If you are interested in having an audio version of this practice – to help guide you without having to read as your practice + help you memorize the steps – please comment + let me know. If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to record an audio version that will be F*R*E*E for everyone.
BONUS: For the music fans out there, I highly recommend David + Steven Gordon’s Chakra Healing Zone album. While this may be quite different from the types of music you usually listen to, these songs are at home next to Metallica, Def Leppard, + Frank Sinatra on my playlist. I invite you to give it a listen, leave it on in the background as you go throughout your day (but not during your bhuta shuddhi practice), + see how you feel 🙂
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