As the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine continues to rise in the United States, more and more information is becoming readily available to the public about energy medicine. For those unfamiliar, this type of healing involves the recalibration and balancing of the body’s unique energy system. One philosophy used to explain this system references a person’s 7 chakras or energy vortexes found along a person’s spine.
In this Gaiam post by Jonathan Goldman, the chakra system is explained and specific meditation exercises are given to help tone each one of the 7 chakras. The last part of the exercise involves silent meditation to ground yourself and begin to integrate into consciousness the effects of the exercise.
Step 1 — first chakra:
Focus your attention on the first chakra, the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. The vowel sound for this chakra is “UH” (as in the word huh).
Step 2 — second chakra:
Next, focus your attention on the second chakra, the sacral chakra, located about 3 inches below the navel. The vowel sound for this chakra is “OOO” (as in the word you).
Step 3 — third chakra:
Focus your attention on the third chakra, the solar-plexus chakra, located at the navel area and several inches above. The sound for this chakra is “OH” (as in the word go).
Step 4 — fourth chakra:
Focus your attention on the fourth chakra, the heart chakra, located in the center of the chest. The vowel sound for this chakra is “AH” (as in the word ma).
Step 5 — fifth chakra:
Focus your attention on the fifth chakra, the throat chakra. The vowel sound for this chakra is “EYE” (as in the word my).
Step 6 — sixth chakra:
Focus your attention on the sixth chakra, the third-eye chakra, located in the forehead between the eyes and slightly above them. The vowel sound for this chakra is “AYE” (as in the word may).
Step 7 — seventh chakra:
Focus your attention on the seventh chakra, the crown chakra, located at the top of the head. The vowel sound for this chakra is “EEE” (as in the word me).
Step 8 — silent meditation:
At the completion of this exercise, you may feel very light-headed. You’ve been sounding, resonating and balancing your chakras as the energy moves up your spine into your head and above. Allow yourself a good 10 to 15 minutes for meditation, bringing your awareness fully back to everyday consciousness. At the close, be sure to ground yourself.
Read more here from Goldman on balancing chakras.