February 11, 2017

Chakra Chants to Balance our Energy Centers.

“Now is the time to develop trust in our basic goodness and the basic goodness of our sisters and brothers on this earth; a time to develop confidence in our ability to drop our old ways of staying stuck and to choose wisely. We could do that right here and right now.” ~ Pema Chödrön


Now more than ever, the world needs each one of us to shine.

To be beacons of love, light, peace and clarity. To let our natural intelligence and warmth come through.

The fifth chakra, vishuddha in Sanskrit, is “the pure place.” Its element is akasha, meaning either limitless space or sky. Its color is sky blue or turquoise.

This center has everything to do with communication: how we express our ideas and feelings; how we use our words; our tone of voice; our language (verbal and body). Mindful speech is the practice of this chakra: bringing greater awareness to the power of our words, and choosing to speak only when what we have to say is true, honest, intelligent, necessary and kind.

According to Chakra Meditation by Swami Sarananda, the essential oils of chamomile, eucalyptus, sandalwood, tea tree and peppermint support throat chakra work, as do turquoise, amber, aquamarine, amazonite, lapis lazuli and amethyst when worn or placed on your meditation altar.

Chanting and singing are also a powerful and fun way to activate the throat chakra, and to heal, align and balance all of our energy centers.

Chant the following sounds and feel how they resonate with your seven main chakra energy centers.

Seed Syllables

(All rhyme with “mom”)

Root Chakra: Lam
Sacral Chakra: Vam
Solar Plexus: Ram
Heart: Yam
Throat: Ham
3rd Eye: Aum/Om
Crown: none

Vowel Sounds

Root Chakra: Ohhh (as in “old”)
Sacral Chakra: Oooo (as in “you”)
Solar Plexus: Ahhh (as in “all”)
Heart: Aaaay (as in “hey”)
Throat: Eeee (as in “see”)

Resonant Sounds

3rd Eye: Mmmm
Crown: Nngg

Happy chanting!


Author: Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Image: Flickr/new 1lluminati

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

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Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a heart-centered writer, teacher and creator of Yoga Freedom.

She has been a columnist on Elephant Journal since 2010 and has self-published inspiring books. She incorporates dharma, hatha, yin, mindfulness, chakras, chanting and pranayama into her teachings and practice. A former advertising copywriter and elementary school teacher, she is now a freelance writer and translator. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and started teaching at 22. She met the Buddha in California at 23 and has been a student of the dharma ever since. Michelle is now approaching her forties with grace and gratitude.

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