• By Amanda Blackburn.

6 Crown Opening Yoga Poses!


Most of us have imbalances because our energy is blocked. Our normal daily living and stresses sabotage our energies preventing us from accessing our full vitality, which leads us to feel exhausted, confused, dull… even ill. The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and is located at the top centre of the head, midline between the ears. Associated with spiritualism and enlightenment, the crown chakra is our connection to the Universe, it gives access to higher states of consciousness. The Seventh Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara chakra, disperses the universal energy into the six other chakras located below it. The colours that represent this chakra are white and violet, it’s symbol is a lotus with thousands of white petals. The Organs and functions connected to the crown chakra are; head, brain, ears, eyes, pineal gland, skeletal and muscular systems as well as the skin. When we open our crown chakra we learn to look what is beyond our personal preoccupations and visions. When you awaken your crown chakra you will link your consciousness with universal consciousness. When your crown chakra is balanced, you are thoughtful, open-minded, and feel at ease and in harmony with the world around you. When your crown chakra is blocked, Sahasrara manifests through headaches, migraines, weak memory, nervous system imbalances, poor coordination, fatigue, low vision and sore throat or ear tingling. It’s so important to restore our energies and help balance Sahasrara. I have shared 6 of my favourite crown balancing yoga poses. I practice meditation daily. It takes time and patience to master meditation but the rewards from daily practice make it all worthwhile. I never had an open mind before I studied yoga and meditation. I didn’t believe in anything that wasn’t obviously there. Now I have found something that exists within us all. It’s the power to control ourselves and my journey is getting more interesting every day. I understand that it’s hard to have an open mind. Most of my friends and family think I’m crazy. They call me a hippy and don’t understand me. I’m actually not crazy, I was before (go read my posts on mental health and depression) but I’m not anymore. I no longer need medication to help me, I have yoga and meditation which is so much healthier than taking medicine. I also feel amazing, I’m more confident now than I’ve ever been. I’m 45 and finally feel like I understand myself. I understand how to treat my body. I know what food keeps me slim, fit and focused. I can walk away from people who are full of negativity without letting them get inside my head. I ignore people who bring me down and instead forgive them. It’s not always their fault that they are blocked. I don’t want anybody to feel blocked, I want to share my experiences as to help heal. I started yoga ten years ago as a means to help my back problems. It’s been a very slow yoga journey because of life getting in the way. I honestly didn’t like yoga and meditation at the start, I thought it was too slow and serious. It did help my back though and that’s what kept me going. I managed to get to this point without an open mind, so can you. I hope my posts inspire you, I hope they inspire you so much that you keep the inspiration as a way to help you be a better version of yourself. Let your journey begin here. Let this information help you. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, have recently given birth, talk with your doctor before practising any of these yoga moves.

1.Meditation;

Meditation is considered the best yoga practice for opening and balancing the crown chakra. To open and balance the crown chakra, introduce inverted, seated, and restorative yoga poses. How to meditate; When sitting in yoga meditation positions, sit up straight, do not lean forward or back. Align your spine, neck and head in an upright and comfortable position. Sit on a cushion for elevation if preferred. Relax the muscles and joints of the body. No holding or crunching in the neck, shoulders, knees, and arms, keep them soft and relaxed but hold yourself from your core. Place your arms effortlessly on your lap and stretch out your hands relaxing your fingertips. Be still, the balance from within. Find your centre of balance as you close your eyes. Focus on the centre of your forehead also known as the third eye. Under your eyelids, move your eyes toward the third eye. Keep them focused there throughout your meditation.

2. Seated Forward Bend / Paschimottanasana

Seated forward bend stretches the spine and shoulders and helps open, balance and heal the Sahasrara chakra while also stimulating the liver, reproductive organs, and kidneys. How to perform; Start by sitting length way on your yoga mat. Sit nice and tall with your legs straight out in front of you. Bring your arms straight out to the sides and up over your head, reaching toward the ceiling. Inhale and draw your spine up long. As you exhale, begin to come forward reaching up and over. I like to bend my knees first slightly as I reach forward. After a few breaths, I can then relax my legs flat to the ground. On each inhale, lengthen your spine. On each exhale, deepen into your forward bend. Imagine your belly coming to rest on your thighs, rather than your nose coming to your knees. This will help you keep your spine long. Take hold of your ankles or shins, whichever you can reach. When you have come to your full extension with the spine long, relax slightly and let your spine round forward. This usually gets you to a deeper forward bend where you can relax a bit. As you relax to feel the connection within yourself, feel the connection with your body and the world around you. Feel your crown chakra open as you breathe, tell yourself, “all is well, I am at peace”.

3. Corpse Pose / Shavasana

The Corpse Pose is considered by many practitioners to be the most important part of a yoga session. It is most often used as the final pose of a yoga sequence as a time for relaxation and recovery. During the pose, the focus is placed on breathing and the release of tension from the body. How to perform; Lie comfortably on the floor, back straight, shoulders relaxed. Stretch your legs, spread them comfortably apart and relax your lower body. Draw your shoulder blades underneath you, tilt your chin slightly upwards and relax your arms by your sides palms facing upwards. Take deep cleansing breaths in through your nose, sink into the ground, breathe out sinking deeper into the mat. Focus on the air around you, visualise a purple energy ball pulsing, expanding, spinning and moving around the crown of your head. As you breathe in feel the purple flow of energy fill your body making you feel strong and stable. As you breathe out empty the old energies making way for the new. Continue for as long as you feel it takes to fill your body with new energies.

4. Reclining Bound Angle / Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana stretches the hips and stimulates the kidneys and reproductive organs as it opens and balances the crown chakra. It relaxes the mind, body, and spirit and stretches the groin and inner thigh muscles, improving blood flow to the pelvis. It opens the chest, allowing for deeper breathing and improved oxygen flow. Reclining Bound Angle Pose is one of a few yoga poses that can be practised after eating. By expanding the abdomen, it facilitates the flow of energy and food in the lower abdomen. The spaciousness this pose creates helps to relieve bloating and can also relieve menstrual cramps. Because this pose is very relaxing, it helps move us into the “rest and digest” (parasympathetic) side of our autonomic nervous system, which stimulates digestion. How to perform; Lie flat on your mat with your spine straight and your legs extended out in front of you. Rest your arms at your sides with your palms facing upwards on the mat. Keep your shoulders relaxed and let your fingertips relax. Slowly bend your knees and draw your heels in toward your pelvis. Press the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop open to both sides. Remember no forcing or pushing, let them fall comfortably. Clasp your big toes with your first two fingers. Press the outer edges of your feet firmly together and press them firmly into the floor. Extend the length of your entire spine through the crown of your head. Feel the mat support your lower back and gaze upwards towards your nose. Relax into the move. Take deep cleansing breaths, feel your stomach filling up with air as you breathe in. Feel the cosmic energy rush through your body and, all the way to the crown of your head. Visualise this life energy as a light violet beam of light or pure crystal radiating light pouring from your hands into your head and the entire body. Maintain this position for seven breaths. At the end of the exercise place your arms on the floor beside your body and enjoy the relaxing benefits of the meditation for a while longer. Open your eyes. To release the pose, first release the clasp from your toes. Then, gently lift your knees and extend your legs once again along the floor. Turn to your chosen side and very slowly sit yourself up. 5. Plow Pose / Halasana

Plow pose stretches the spine and shoulders, it helps soothe and balance the seventh chakra. Halasana is an inverted yoga posture that rejuvenates the nervous system, calms and relaxes the nerves, brain, and heart. How to perform; Begin by lying flat on your back, extend your legs and place your arms by your sides, palms down. Inhale, lift your legs and hips towards the ceiling using your abdominal muscles to help you lift. Bring your torso perpendicular to the floor. Straighten your legs, lower your toes slowly to the floor keeping your legs fully extended. Don’t worry if you cannot get your toes to touch the floor. Keep your back supported with your hands and lower your legs as far as you feel comfortable. Make sure to keep your legs straight and your back supported. For a deeper stretch; If your feet are on the floor, un-tuck your toes and press the tops of your feet into the floor. Position your hips over your shoulders. Extend your arms along the floor and interlace your fingers. Press your upper arms firmly into the ground, allowing the pinkie finger side of your hands to help support you. Continued for everyone; Lift your tailbone higher, and draw your inner groin deep into your pelvis. Keep a space between your chin and chest as you lift your chest to open your upper back. Gaze upwards, relax the muscles of your face and jaw. Hold the pose for up to five minutes, close your eyes and breathe deeply. As you breathe in feel the purple flow of energy fill your body making you feel strong and stable. As you breathe out feel the crown of your head feel refreshed and revitalised. To release, support your back with your hands. Then, slowly roll down, one vertebra at a time, bending your knees if you need to.

6. Easy Pose with Forward Fold / Adho Mukha Sukhasana;

Folding forward calms the mind, and reduces anxiety and fatigue making this the perfect pose for balancing the crown chakra. This therapeutic pose calms, soothes and centres the mind, making it a therapeutic posture for relieving stress.

Practice this move with your head supported to help relieve back and neck pain. Forward folding restores balance and calmness to your mind, body and spirit.

How to perform;

Sit on your mat and extend your legs in front of your body and sit up tall. Cross your legs together. With your knees wide, place each foot beneath the opposite knee. Fold your legs in toward your torso. This is an Easy Pose (Sukhasana).

Make sure to keep your head, neck, and spine aligned. Balance your weight through your sit bones. Relax your feet and thighs.

Inhale in as you reach both your arms up overhead, lengthening your spine.

Exhale slowly as you bow forward with your arms still extended.

Rest your arms, hands, and forehead on the mat. If your forehead does not touch the mat, bend your elbows, stack your hands, and rest your forehead on your hands.

Hold for up to five minutes. Feel like you are balancing a crown on your head. Feel proud of yourself for your yoga practice.

To release, use your hands to press yourself back to an upright, seated position. Let your head be the last thing to come into place.

Change the cross of your legs, and repeat the pose for the same amount of time. Go on YouTube and practice these moves to chakra balancing sound frequencies. Search for chakra balancing meditation, the music will help you feel more from your practice. I will soon be sharing more about certain frequencies and how they can help. Did you know that? Every human body cell has its own, electromagnetic field. Every human cell has and is responsive to frequency and vibration. The healing frequency of 528 Hz has been researched and explored by genetic biochemists that are currently using it in their labs to repair DNA that has been damaged. I will share more about this topic soon so be sure to subscribe to get notifications.

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