Bija mantras, or seed sounds, are used in the yoga tradition to awaken the chakras. Chakras are energetic centers in the body that correspond with specific parts of the body, endocrine organs, emotions, colors and more.
Chanting the bija mantras of the chakras awakens and purifies the chakras. This practice is useful when you feel out of harmony and want to restore your innate sense of peace. Over time, this mantra will liberate you from the thoughts and habits that drain you of energy and weigh you down. With this practice you will feel lighter & happier.
Root chakra - Lam: Visualize the color red at the base of your spine.
Sacral chakra - Vam: Visualize the color orange in the tummy/sacrum region.
Solar Plexus chakra - Ram: Visualize the color golden yellow in the diaphragm region.
Heart chakra - Ham: Visualize the color green in the heart center.
Throat chakra - Yam: Visualize the color turquoise in the throat region.
Third Eye chakra - Om: Visualize the color indigo purple deep within your brain, in the region of the pineal gland.
Crown chakra - AUM: Visualize an opalescent white light, like a halo around your head.
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Anna Lunaria has practiced and taught yoga for over 30 years. Join her for yoga classes @ Yin Rising.