Location - top of the cranium, between the brain and skull
Color - none, white light, or multi-colored/violet
Element - none, beyond all
Mantra - OM or none
Yoga poses for Crown Chakra - headstand, clear all other chakras first
The 7th and final stop in our Chakra journey and without a doubt this one is both 1.) most-important AND 2.) most-elusive in our spiritual pursuits. Sahasrara Chakra is the way in which Prana (our life-force) enters our chakra system! *downward flow* It is also where our unlimited energy potential at our root chakra (which often lies dormant) can be brought to full manifestation. *upward flow*
Emotionally, this chakra is our Pure Consciousness and connects individual awareness with infinite consciousness. The crown chakra is our "energetic link to expressions of reality that lie beyond the dimensions of everyday existence. As it opens you become more aware of your multi-dimensional nature." (Chakra Meditation, Swami Saradananda) One who has awakened this area has attained great powers, has connected with divine consciousness but has transcended the desire to manifest those powers; all feelings, emotions and desires are dissolved into their primary source. One with an awakened, open, and balanced Sahasrara chakra will receive guidance from higher sources and may access the workings of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Feelings of pure joy are part of the everyday experience for this awakened being and will most likely be drawn to spirituality and mystical teachings as duality ceases to exist.
A misaligned crown chakra can cause self-centeredness, difficulty connecting with people and the world around them due to an inability to expand vision beyond their own limited experience. They might also experience low energy and lack creativity/inspiration while being fixated on materialistic things. Even partially blocked energy in our 7th chakra can result is a lack of interest in the Universe's vast rich possibilities. Completely blocked energy results in an "inability to see past the mundane, be totally materialistic and may be drawn to extremist groups." (Saradananda)
Physically, this chakra governs the voluntary nervous system and the Cerebrum. The energy around this chakra encompasses the head and creates a radiant glow similar to a halo. Symbolism of this can be seen across spiritual documentations of deities, saints, angels, etc. Some ailments connected to this chakra are headaches, epilepsy, high blood pressure and Parkinson's Disease.
The true work here is in getting through the first six chakras and then "letting go" and opening to the Divine. It would not be advisable to go straight to working on the crown chakra. If this work seems abstract and even a "little out there" then starting at the root chakra and working your way upward would be the safest and most accessible route to accessing the possibilities of the crown chakra. By meditating on the crown chakra we can increase our intuitive knowledge, deep understanding and deep sense of spirituality. We are spiritual and energetic beings so this work would allow one to connect with other planes of existence and experience the Divine in all physical and mystical beings. We could begin to grasp the concept that we are so much more than this physical body in this physical life experience.
Should you decide that going deeper into the work with Sahasrara Chakra that is FINE! Work with the other 6 major important chakras and the balance will occur and everything will happen as it should. Trust in the process and have faith that the Universe hears you!
Practices Off The Mat:
1. essential oils - frankincense, lavender, Brahmi Ayurveda oil, neroli, Ylang Ylang
2. crystals - amethyst, citrine, pink calcite, blue sapphire
3. food - pure, organic and light vegetarian/vegan diet