by Cindy VanDyke
This energy center is found at the crown of the head, the soft spot we see on a newborn baby. It is known as Sahasrana, and is beyond all elements. It identifies with the universe and self-knowledge.
When this chakra is excessive, there is a disassociation of the body, and one may live in their head. One may also experience addiction to religion or spirituality. If experiencing this, the colour of pale yellow is beneficial. When this center is deficient, there is a spiritual uncertainty, materialistic desires and a closed mind. A violet colour may be helpful in these cases. A balanced crown chakra has wisdom, and is able to question, assimilate, and analyze with an open mind.
The beneficial breath for this chakra is the balance breath, or Nadi Shodana. Any and all inverted postures in yoga are good for this center, including downward dog, shoulder stand, and childs pose. Other healing activities are meditation or praying, learning and creating, walking in nature, and defining ones beliefs.
This is a self-mastering and experiential chakra.
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