Are you ready to start your journey to self-discovery with chakra mantras?
Mantras are some of the most powerful ways to activate your chakras, if you have the right technique.
In this guide, you’ll learn what chakra mantras are, how they work and what you can do to start using them today.
Plus I’ve included some tips on improving your meditation practice to really see the benefits of chakra meditation.
So if you want to learn everything you need to know about chakra mantras, keep reading…
1. What Are Chakra Mantras?
To understand what chakras mantras are, you need to learn the difference between the 2 elements of this empowering practice.
These are chakras, and mantras.
So let me explain…
1.1. What Are Chakras?
Chakras are a tier of seven energy centers in the body.
You see, in the modern world, we often ignore how we feel - we eat badly, procrastinate exercise and sleep too little.
Basically we neglect to take care of our bodies, letting stress and anxiety control our lives instead.
But how we feel physically is linked closely to how we feel mentally.
There needs to be a balance, which is how chakra mantras can help.
Chakras are intangible, just like feelings or ideas.
But when you unlock them with chakra mantras, they can have a huge impact on how we feel, our consciousness and our spiritual well-being.
Picture your chakras and your spiritual well-being like ocean waves and the wind:
When you unlock your chakras, you begin your journey to a healthier happier you.
Just like how you we know the wind moves the oceans waves, we can see the effects of our chakras by looking at the positive thoughts, feelings and ideas that transform our lives.
1.2. What Are Mantras?
Think of mantras like prayers.
When you repeat a mantra to yourself, you’re engaging your body, mind, thoughts and speech to change your emotional state.
After a little practice, this can help you achieve a deep level of concentration, anywhere, anytime.
If you’re motivated to try some out for yourself, check out my guide to mantras for peace.
Mantras are far more than just a physical practice.
They can permeate your subconscious, transforming your inner emotional state as much as your outer physical body.
Later on in this guide, you'll learn the sounds of the chakras.
These are known as bija mantras:
Bija mantras (meaning seed in English) focus your energy and concentration towards your chakras, so that you can activate and increase the flow of energy throughout your body.
So now that you understand Chakras and Mantras, let’s look at how and why they should be combined in spiritual practice...
2. Benefits Of Chakra Mantras
So how can Chakra Mantras improve the quality of your life?
The benefits of practicing mantras includes:
- Improve your brain function: Activating your chakras with mantras can reduce the effects of aging, via your memory, concentration and grey matter
- Mental Health: Reduce your stress levels, manage depression/anxiety, and gain more introspective insights into how your mind works
- Physical Health: By relaxing and finding more peace with chakras, you could reduce the risks of high blood pressure, Alzheimers and back pain
- Self-Development: With more inner peace comes more self-control, discipline and awareness of how you feel.
- Relationships: Once you’ve gained a deeper level of introspective insight, you’ll become more compassionate and aware of how your actions affect others. This in turn improves your relationships, friendships and ability to communicate.
3. How Do Chakra Mantras Work?
To begin, simply find a quiet place to relax and meditate, whilst you chant to yourself the chakra mantras I’ve detailed below.
There’s a unique mantra to repeat for each chakra - known as a bija or 'sound of the chakra'.
Whilst chanting, you’ll feel the vibrations flow through your body as energy that activates each chakra.
This repetition will also boost your concentration.
I’ve included an overview of each chakra, so that you know what each disk is responsible for.
You’ll also find tips on what to concentrate on too e.g. for the crown chakra, you should imagine floating away from the material, physical world that most of us feel attached to.
Your chakra mantra practice should be balanced:
As you’ll discover below, whilst it’s important to activate the chakra, too much energy flow can cause a negative effect too.
Use these mantras as a way to balance your energy flow - so that your chakras are neither blocked nor over stimulated.
4. Chakra Mantras To Try
When you practice these mantras, you’re basically planting a seed for your chakra.
Each of these chakra mantras create vibrations, with each one designed to specifically heal a particular mantra.
These seeds are known as a bija.
For example, the LAM mantra opens up your Base Chakra, whereas chanting HAM will create vibrations for healing your Heart Chakra.
I’ve included a YouTube video with each of the chants, so you can hear how they sound and practice them for yourself. Enjoy!
4.1. LAM for Muladhara the Base Chakra - Earth Element
The LAM chant activates your Base Chakra.
So how does this Base Mantra Chakra help you?
The Muladhara root Chakra is linked to our instincts
It’s about how we connect with our outside world - communities, family, friends and relationships
This also links to your instincts such as pleasure, pain and sexuality
If you feel a lot of fear and anxiety, this chakra is often the reason
Practicing Base chakra mantras can improve your sense of security, stability, and overall levels of anxiety
4.2. VAM for Swadhisthana the Sacral Chakra - Water Element
VAM is the Chakra Mantra for the Sacral. It’s actually pronounced Vang, as you’ll discover in the video example below.
Interestingly, the Sacral Chakra is closely tied to emotions like self confidence, self-esteem, self-worth and even your overall sense of creativity.
Here’s a few other things you should know about it:
If your sacral chakra is blocked, it can lead to problems with violence, pleasure and addictions
Emotions such as innocence, creativity and openness permeate from the sacral
An imbalanced sacral chakra can lead to you feeling emotionally isolated from others around, lacking in sexual energy and even struggling with social skills
On the flip side, if your chakra is over-charged, you might struggle with addiction, over-sexualised thoughts and even obsessive tendencies
4.3. RAM for Manipura the Solar Plexus Chakra - Fire Element
RAM is the Chakra mantra for the Solar Plexus.
So how does the solar plexus impact you?
Adrenal glands, cells in your pancreas, your metabolic rate and even your digestive capabilities are impacted by the health of your Solar Plexus chakra
Because of the digestive links, this is a very instinctual chakra e.g. your gut instinct. When you feel something’s wrong, or like you’re not making the right decisions, are linked to this chakra
The way we feel about ourselves and our inner ego comes from the Solar Plexus
Emotions such as shame and guilt can block this chakra, so it’s important to be proud of yourself and who you are
4.4. YAM for Anahata the Heart Chakra - Air Element
This chakra is in the heart, and the mantra is YAM.
Due to its links to the heart, this is a chakra for love and compassion.
When your chakra is balanced, you feel acceptance, compassion for others, empathy, warmth and love for those around you.
If you’re struggling with depression or social anxiety, it may be because your Anahata chakra is blocked.
This can lead to feelings of loneliness, or even jealousy.
Not only that, an imbalance of the heart chakra can lead to issues with blood pressure, respiratory problems, and a physical tightness from your muscles.
Whilst chanting the chakra mantra Yam, try to focus on feelings of love, warmth and compassion.
Focus on the people you’re grateful for in your life, and why you love them.
4.5. HAM for Vishuddha the Throat Chakra - Akasha Element
The throat chakra mantra is HAM.
It’s closely linked to communication and how we express ourselves to others.
Hormones, such as the thyroid hormone, are produced from within this chakra so it’s important to keep it balanced for emotional stability.
Why is this such an important chakra?
Because we express and communicate ourselves to others via our throat
Our opinions, our thoughts and how we treat others mostly comes from the Throat Chakra
This can also change whether we stick up for itself and how we make decisions whilst communicating with others
This chakra is responsible for demonstrating trust, creating boundaries, expressing ourselves and making decisions
4.6. KSHAM for Ajna the Third Eye Chakra - Mahatattva
KSHAM is the mantra for the Third Eye.
When practicing this chakra mantra, try to focus on shattering your illusions about the world, and creating more clarity from your perspective.
So what is the third eye chakra linked to?
- The third eye is linked to the pineal gland, which produces melatonin for sleep and resting
- This also produces dimethyltryptamine - a powerful psychedelic hallucinogen naturally produced in our body
- This Chakra is related to psychic discovery - including your instinct for future events, vision and perspective
- When your third eye is blocked, it’s usually down to an illusion of ourselves. When we can’t see who we really are - or what life really is - then activating the third eye chakra can help
- This may also lead to feelings of sleeplessness, fatigue and disillusion
- If you have too much energy focused on the Mahatattva, you may struggle to concentrate, feel delusions or even suffer with headaches
4.7. AUM for Sahasrara the Crown Chakra
AUM is the chakra mantra for this energy point.
Whilst repeating this mantra, try to concentrate on focus your energy inwards, to the top of your head.
Let yourself float freely away from the material, physical world and instead connect with the energy flow inside yourself.
How will activating the Sahasrara chakra change the way you feel?
The Sahasrara is a very introspective chakra, related to wisdom and your soul
It’s connected to the energy flowing within your body, releasing a shower of energy from the very top of your head (the crown)
It may help to imagine a pool of white light, flowing from your head all the way to your fet - radiating energy throughout your body
The Crown Chakra is responsible for spiritual energy, and enlightenment
It enhances our awareness, our perspective of the universe and our unity as a connected being
If you’re too attached to the physical world, or if you’re a materialistic person, you’re at risk of blocking your Crown Chakra
Symptoms of a blocked Crown chakra include feeling greedy, lacking spiritual understanding, cynicism and being selfish
If you have too much energy flowing to this chakra, you might feel detached from the physical world, bored, or lacking interest in daily life
5. Tips For Using Chakra Mantras
Don’t Try To Do Everything At Once
When you’re chanting Chakra mantras, just focus on one chakra at a time.
This gives you a higher level of focus on each chakra, concentrating your healing energy throughout the body.
Chanting mantras is incredibly empowering, but don’t expect results every time.
Developing peace within takes years of consistent practice, and it’s no different with chakras.
If you meditated for a day, you wouldn’t expect to become enlightened straight away.
It’s the same for chakra mantras - take your time and enjoy the journey.
It’s All In The Timing
If your mind is busy, distracted and not fully focused to the task at hand, you won’t be able to find inner peace.
So you have to find a convenient time to practice these chakras, when you’re relaxed, calm and prepared to focus your full attention.
Here’s what I’d recommend:
Dedicate a specific time of the day to practice
Switch off all electronic devices so you’re not distracted by sounds and notifications
Often mornings and evenings are the best time to practice chakra mantras
Make sure no-one’s going to burst into the room whilst you’re practicing
Being hungry will distract you! Eat something light and healthy before you begin
Wear The Right Clothing
To achieve deeper levels of relaxation, you need to be comfortable.
Dress in something that won’t leave you feeling too hot/cold
Make sure your clothing is breathable and not too tight fitting
Don’t wear something that’s going to restrict your flexibility - tight jeans are a bad idea!
Robes are often a popular choice for chanting chakra mantras