How to Open Chakras in Meditation

Meditations YOU Can Try to Help You Relax

If you’re new to meditation, you might be wondering, “What is a Chakra?” Well, a chakra is a point in your body that energy flows through. If your body can’t let the energy pass through all of these points, there can be an internal imbalance. This imbalance can lead to mental, emotional, and physical health issues. When energy can’t pass through your chakras, it is what we would call blocked. To unblock your chakras, you should meditate. The type of meditation you practice should specifically focus on the blocked chakra.

In this article, we will talk about the following:

  • Breakdown of Chakras
  • Ways to open Your Chakras through Meditation
  • Other techniques you can try to open your chakras
Your seven different chakras broken down by location.
Each person has seven different chakras. Each different chakra is responsible for different areas of physical and mental health. 

Breaking Down Your Chakras

Getting to Know the Meaning Behind Each of Your Chakras

As stated earlier, a chakra is a center where energy flows through your body. Everybody has a total of seven chakras in their system. That means there are seven areas in your body where energy has to flow through for you to be your best self. In this section, we will be breaking down each chakra and what it does for you. 

The Root Chakra

This chakra is located around your tailbone area or at the base of your spine. When this area is blocked, it can lead to problems such as arthritis. Emotionally, it can leave us feeling insecure about our stability when it’s blocked. When it is in place, we will feel secure both physically and emotionally. 

The Sacral Chakra

This chakra is right below your belly button. When it is out of alignment, you might experience problems such as getting a UTI or lower back pain. When this area is blocked, you might feel stuck creatively or you may lack self worth. However, when this area is in alignment, creativity will just flow through you and you’ll see your self worth. 

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Located in the upper abdomen area, this chakra might be out of place if you are experiencing heartburn and indigestion. If this area is blocked, you can be battling with your self-esteem and confidence. This chakra is known as the chakra of our “personal power”, so when it’s in place, you’ll be feeling powerful and strong. 

The Heart Chakra

As you might’ve guessed, this chakra is located right above your heart. Blockages in our heart chakra can result in heart issues and weight problems. When this chakra is in alignment, we are capable of loving others and showing compassion. 

The Throat Chakra

This chakra’s location is pretty obvious. It is located in the throat. If you are experiencing problems in this area, you might be dealing with a blockage. When our throat chakra is blocked, you might be having trouble speaking your mind or thinking before you communicate with others. 

The Third Eye Chakra

This chakra is located between your eyes on your forehead. If you are experiencing headaches often, this might be a sign of a blockage in this area. When this area is blocked, you might not be in touch with reality. When this area is clear, you’ll be able to think clearly and really see the deeper meaning behind things. 

The Crown Chakra

This chakra is located at the very top of your head. This chakra is pretty much the powerhouse of every other chakra we mentioned. It is related to our purpose in life. If this area is blocked, we may be very doubtful and skeptical when it comes to our lives. If this chakra is opened, we will be able to embrace whatever comes our way, and it will help our other chakras to remain open.

The seven chakras can give us signals relating to our physical and emotional well-being. When one of these centers is out of place, we need to work on getting it back into place so we can be the best version of ourselves. 

Meditating by a body of water.
Meditation can be used to help open your blocked chakras. 

Ways to Use Meditation to Open Your Chakras

7 Different Meditations To Help Open Your 7 Chakras

If you think any of your chakras are blocked, you can use meditation to try to open them up and get back to being well-balanced. Meditation is used to help free your mind and clear whatever might be in your way of bringing you into a calm state. 

In this section, we will be talking about the different types of meditation you can do to help clear your seven chakras. 

Opening the Root Chakra

First, you should sit cross-legged on the ground and let your thumbs touch your index finger with your palm facing upwards. Your back should be straight when you sit. Focus on where this chakra is located and chant a “lam” sound. Do this until you feel cleared and at rest. It can also help to imagine a red flower slowly opening. 

Opening the Sacral Chakra

To open this chakra, sit on your knees. Once again, you should have a straight back when you sit down. Lay your hands on your lap with your palms facing upwards on top of each other. The left hand should be underneath the right. Focus on where this chakra is located and chant a “vam” sound. Do this until you feel like you are at rest.

Opening the Solar Plexus Chakra

Once again, sit on your knees with your back straight. Put your hands together above your belly button. Your fingertips should be touching and they should be facing away from your stomach, your thumbs should be crossed over one another and your fingers should not be bent. Focus on the location of this chakra and chant a “ram” sound until you feel relaxed. 

Opening the Heart Chakra

For this meditation, you will start out almost the same way as you did for the root chakra. You once again sit cross-legged, and you connect your thumb and index finger again. Your left hand rests on your left knee and the palm should be facing upwards. Your right hand should be touching the center of your chest with the palm facing your left shoulder. Focus on where the chakra is located and chant a “yam” sound until you feel relaxed.

Opening the Throat Chakra

Sit on your knees and cross your fingers on the inside of your hands so your palms are almost facing each other and your knuckles are almost touching. The tips of your thumbs should be touching and pointed upwards. Focus on where the chakra is located and chant a “ham” sound until you feel relaxed.

Opening the Third Eye Chakra

Once again, sit with your legs cross-legged. The hands for this one can be a little tricky, so if you can’t quite grasp what you should be doing, do a quick search on google and find an image of how the hands look! The hands should be at the lower part of your breast and your middle fingers should be touching at the tip and extended away from you. Your thumbs should also be touching at the tips and pointed towards you. The rest of your fingers should be bent and touching each other. Focus on where the chakra is located and chant a “om” sound until you feel at rest. 

Opening the Crown Chakra

Sit crossed legged and connect your pinkies at the tips pointing up and towards the sky. They should be pointed away from your body. Cross the rest of your fingers. Focus on where the chakra is located and chant a “ng” noise. Do this until you feel calm. 

The last two chants may seem very confusing, so if you need any help figuring out how to do them, try looking up tutorials and follow what the instructor is doing. You’ll eventually get the hang of it!

Doing Yoga to unblock your chakra.
If meditation isn’t working, you can try other techniques such as yoga to help open up your chakras. 

Other Techniques to Open Your Chakras

3 Different Ways to Open Your Chakras That Aren’t Meditation


Meditation isn’t for everyone, so if it’s not for you, that is A-Ok! There are other ways to unblock your chakra that don’t involve meditation. If meditation isn’t working, try these techniques!

  • Yoga. Doing Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and channel your inner peace. If you feel like one of your chakras is blocked, look up yoga poses that you can do to help clear it and allow you to relax. 
  • Forgiving yourself and others. When you hold grudges, you are just hanging on to so much negative energy. Learn to not be so hard on yourself and forgive others for the hurt that they’ve caused you. It’s easier said than done, we know, but it’s something that takes time to learn. However, once you learn to forgive, you’ll feel so much more relief. People make mistakes. We’re all human. 
  • Gratitude. Instead of focusing on all of the things you don’t have, try focusing on all of the things you do have. This will also help to relieve stress and open your blocked chakras. 

Learning techniques to help open your chakras is important. Open chakras allow you to relax and not be so stressed. Try these other techniques if meditation isn’t helping you. 

Hopefully this article helped you to learn how you can use meditation to unblock your chakras. Remember, don’t hold on to all the pain and stress. If you’re feeling blocked in some way, try to figure out where that energy is stuck. Once you have figured it out, try the techniques we discussed to allow yourself to let go. 

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Gabby Haduch

Gabrielle Haduch is a senior double majoring in marketing and accounting at the University of Pittsburgh. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
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