Exercises for the Sahasrāra Chakra
- Shirshāsana (Headstand)
- Vrikshāsana (Tree)
- Khatu Pranam (Greetings to Khatu)
- Singing OM
- Kriyā Yoga
Exercise sequence for the awakening of the Sahasrāra chakra
Perform the following exercises one after the other:
- Come into Yoga Mudra: Sit in Vajrāsana (on the heels). Inhaling raise your arms above your head. Exhaling, bend forwards until the upper body lies along the thighs and the head rests on the floor (see “Yoga in Daily Life – the System” – Part 6)
- Remain in this position for 2-3 minutes.
- Then come into Bhūmi Pāda Mastakāsana: From Vajrāsana, place the hands and head on the floor in front of you. Tuck the toes under and straighten your legs so the weight is distributed on the head, hands and toes. Once you have found your balance in this position then clasp your hands behind your back (see “Yoga in Daily Life – the System” – Part 4). Remain in this position for 2-3 minutes.
- Come into a kneestand, raise your arms above your head and look towards your hands. Remain in this position for a while.
- Then come into a comfortable sitting position. Place the right hand on the Sahasrāra Chakra and the left hand on the Manipūra Chakra. Perform Āshvinī Mudrā a few times.
- Sing OM 27 times – before each OM-sound perform Āshvinī Mudrā. At the same time visualise that your energy is rising as though through a pipe. At the top a bright light radiates. With each inhalation the pipe expands and with each exhalation your consciousness is drawn upwards.
- Sing OM 27 times whilst closing your ears with your thumbs. Then place your hands on your knees or thighs in Chin Mudrā . Observe the inner sound. Visualise the three Nādīs – Idā (left energy channel) in a blue colour, Pingalā (right energy channel) in an orange-red colour, and Sushumnā (along the spinal column) in white. The colours of Idā and Pingalā unite in the Sushumnā and dissolve into pure, radiant white, which contains all colours.
- Next, concentrate on the Sahasrāra Chakra, which shines as brightly as the rising sun and sparkles like a diamond. Feel as though you are a sun radiating light and love and be conscious of the inexhaustibility of your inner source.
- Complete the practice with the Peace Mantra.
Exercises for Calming the Medhā Shakti
Every morning pour pleasantly cool water very slowly on the Sahasrāra Chakra whilst at the same time singing the Sūrya Namaskāra Mantra:
OM NAMAH SHIVĀYA
or the Gāyatrī Mantra:
OM BHŪR BHUVAH SVAH TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHĪMAHI DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYĀT
Let us meditate on the wondrous and blessed light of the Divine that lives within our heart.
May it awaken all our abilities, guide our intellect and quickly illuminate our understanding.