The Crown Chakra

The crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara (Sanskrit: सहस्रार), is the seventh chakra. It is located at the top of the head, and is related to higher states of consciousness and connection to the universal. This chakra sits on the head like a crown radiating upwards. It is primarily associated with the pituitary gland but is also related to the pineal gland and then hypothalamus. It is also associated with the entire brain and nervous system.

It is though sahsrara that we connect to higher states of being and transcend limitations to commune with the divine. It is where the sense of union and the state of oneness comes from. When accessing this chakra we feel limitless and formless, in a state of pure bliss or spiritual ecstasy. This chakra brings clarity and wisdom. This has been described as the gateway to the cosmic or divine self.

An overactive crown chakra can manifest as feeling disconnected from the body, being stuck in your head, or being obsessed with spiritual matters. A blocked crown chakra can manifest as feeling disconnected from spirit or a cynicism towards spirituality and the sacred. One may also be closed-minded when this chakra is blocked. You may feel depressed, fatigued or have migraines and chronic headaches.

Meditation is the best way to heal the crown chakra. A regular practice is extremely beneficial. Spiritual nourishment and silence are very healing for sahasrara. You may also use stones such as clear quartz, amethyst or diamond. Some yoga poses to try are Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand), Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand), Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), and Padmasana (Lotus Position).

Sahasrara - The Crown Chakra