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How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

If you’ve been to a yoga class at your local studio, or online, chances are you’ve heard the teacher mention chakras at some point, right? Even if you hear the word chakras thrown around in the yoga world, there’s often not much of an explanation about what a chakra is, or how it works. 

Don’t worry, I’ve got you. 

The word chakra translates to wheel English. You can think of your chakras like these tiny spinning discs that meet at specific energetic intersection points all over the body. While chakras and energy channels run all over the entire body, in yoga we mostly focus on the 7 chakras that run up and down the entire length of the spine. 

The Crown Chakra is one of the 7 chakras that we focus on in yoga, and is located at the very top of your head as the last of the 7 chakras.

Chakras are important because they’re responsible for affecting our physical, mental, and emotional state of being. This means that when an energy center is blocked or too open, we’ll feel the impact of that imbalance in some way. 

The Crown Chakra is the same as all other chakras in that if it’s imbalanced, you’ll feel it! Oftentimes, when the Crown Chakra is blocked you’ll feel a blood of negative energies or negative feelings alongside other physical symptoms.

Today, I’m dedicating this post to talk about how to unblock the Crown Chakra, to help you from feeling stuck, or simply to work on overall Crown Chakra healing in your own way. The best part about this process is that you can do it totally on your own, and always feel free to add your own flare to it. 

For more on how to unblock the Heart Chakra, read this post HERE

For more on how to open the Solar Plexus Chakra, check out this post HERE.

To dive into the Root Chakra, read this post HERE.

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

How To Unblock The Crown Chakra

The best way to understand if your Crown Chakra is imbalanced is to work on your overall understanding of this energy center as a whole. 

This way, you’ll be able to determine if you’re working with an underactive Crown Chakra or an overactive Crown Chakra, as the symptoms will present differently for each even though they’re both imbalanced. 

This post will help teach you effective ways of balancing and healing a blocked Crown Chakra, by providing gentle opening mechanisms to get the energy flowing again to balance your Crown Chakra. 

What Is The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is otherwise known as Sahasrara in Sanskrit. It is the 7th chakra of the 7 chakras located along the spine, and it’s located at the top of the head (otherwise known as the crown of the head). 

The Crown Chakra is about uplifting, inspiring, and connecting you to the divine. Whether you believe in a God, the Universe, or simply connecting to your highest version of self, the Crown Chakra is the gateway to get you there. 

When the Crown Chakra is too open then you might fall into spiritual bypassing, god complex, or being so ethereal that you’re unable to ground down and connect to reality. 

When the Crown Chakra is blocked, you might feel disconnected to purpose, passion, inspiration. Other signs that your Crown Chakra might be blocked include feeling lost, low motivation, light sensitivity, dizziness, poor sleep, and brain fog.

Where Is The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is located at the very top of the head as the last of the 7 chakras along the spine. 

If you want to get more exact in locating the crown of your head, then tuck your chin to your chest to create a long neck, then touch the center point of your head. This helps, because otherwise people mistake their hairline, forehead, or back of the skull as the crown. 

Think of it as the place where you balance for Headstand. Don’t worry, we’ll go over that shortly 🙂

What Blocks The Crown Chakra

  • Stress
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Ego 
  • Emotional turmoil 
  • Disconnection to the divine
  • Disconnection to spiritual practices

Blocked Crown Chakra Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness 
  • Brain fog
  • Poor focus
  • Low sleep quality
  • Poor coordination 
  • Low focus 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Lack of inspiration
  • Disconnection to something greater 
  • Low motivation
  • Inability to see beyond self
  • Strong ego

How To Heal The Crown Chakra

The good news is that if your Crown Chakra is imbalanced (overactive or underactive), there are many simple practices you can do on your own to connect you back to that universal consciousness that opening Crown Chakra entails.

Meditation

Crown Chakra meditations can be as simple as listening and counting your breath with eyes closed, or more complex by following a visual guided meditation. I have a Crown Chakra meditation on my app that you can try totally for free with a 7 day trial.

Journaling

I find that journaling really helps me get out of my head, and into my heart. It can also help you connect to something greater than yourself when you write in a stream of consciousness kind of way. Think of it like channeling through your words. 

If you’re new to journaling, I highly recommend starting with the 5 Minute Journal for a simple approach. 

Not Believing Your Thoughts

You are not your thoughts. I repeat, you are not your thoughts. It’s easy to feel like we are all of the labels and thoughts that fly around on a daily basis, but the truth is that we’re so much more than our thoughts. No matter what our mind tries to tell us. 

Work on practicing self awareness and mindfulness to observe your thoughts, rather than attach yourself to them. 

Getting Into Nature

Getting into nature is one of the best ways to connect you to something greater than you. I find this recommendation to be especially helpful for people who don’t believe in God, the Universe, or the divine- because connecting to nature has the same essence. 

Being Open To Guidance

A huge component of opening the Crown Chakra is about the dissolution of the ego. That means being humble and open to guidance from anyone and everyone, including the people or living beings that might surprise you the most. 

Practicing Yoga

You know I’m impartial to recommending yoga when it comes to balancing the chakras. This is why I’ve created my 21 Day Chakra Reset program that helps to open, restore, and balance all 7 of the chakras through specific sequencing and meditations, alike. 

Crown Chakra Yoga Poses

Speaking of utilizing yoga asana to support, open, and balance the Crown Chakra…let’s dive into some of my favorite poses to share when it comes to working with the seventh chakra. 

The yoga poses listed below are ordered from most accessible, to most challenging. 

Easy Pose

This is a beginner level pose that always is more accessible by sitting onto a block, instead of the floor. 

Sukasana (Easy Pose) is best used during a warm up, cool down, or meditation. Because the Crown Chakra is all about connecting to the divine, this meditation pose is perfect in getting there. 

Remember to keep a long spine, roll your shoulders down your back, and try to elongate the space between your shoulder heads and ear lobes. 

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Mountain Pose

This is a beginner level pose that helps to ground (think Root Chakra), as well as connect to universal consciousness (think Crown Chakra). 

Tadasana (Mountain Pose) is best done at the beginning of the practice, or during the warm up. You can always use this pose an opportunity to check in, rather than to check out. 

Don’t forget to focus on lifting through the crown of the head, and tap into that idea of receiving guidance from beyond the self in order to work with the Crown Chakra in this position. 

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Rabbit Pose

This is an intermediate level pose that is a wonderful counter posture to a heart opening pose like Puppy Pose. 

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose), is the perfect preparatory posture for something more intense on the head and neck- like Headstand. 

Let’s not forget that although there’s a lot of press on the head and neck, you still want to feel a lift and lightness out of the cervical spine, as opposed to a dumping kind of pressure.

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Tree Pose

This is an intermediate level balancing posture that helps to tap into a state of oneness, focus, and calming throughout the entire body, mind, and spirit. 

Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) is known for its grounding qualities as seen in opening the Root Chakra, but can also be used to open the Crown Chakra by connecting to the inner oneness within while you balance. 

You can always challenge your clarity, connection, and balance further by working on closing your eyes in this shape.

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Headstand

This is an intermediate level posture that is the best way to improve your more advanced inversion practice (like Pincha or Handstand) down the line. 

Shirshasana (Headstand) will literally use the crown of the head to support and lift the entire body, which is why this pose is perfect for locating, opening, and balancing the Crown Chakra. 

Similar to Rabbit Pose, even though you’re resting all of your weight onto your head, don’t forget to remain lifted up and out of the neck, rather than collapsing your collarbones up by your ears. Drive a ton of pressure into your hands or forearms to take weight off your head.

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Lotus Pose

This is an advanced level pose that can easily be substituted for Sukhasana (Easy Pose) if it feels inaccessible. Please avoid this pose if you have knee pain, injury, or sensitivity. 

Padmasana (Lotus Pose) is another traditional yoga pose that’s used for seated meditation, which is why it’s the perfect shape for the Crown Chakra.

Remember that you can always modify by finding Half Lotus, rather than the fullest expression. 

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

Corpse Pose

This is an advanced level pose, which is often surprising to hear, because it appears so simple. The truth is, lying with our breath, our thoughts, and our body can be incredibly intimidating- which is why this pose is so advanced. 

Savasana (Corpse Pose) is not a glorified nap at the end of your practice, but rather than opportunity to connect to yourself, to God, or whatever you believe in. This is the ultimate meditation.

How To Unblock Your Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra includes the ability to tap into universal consciousness, which is why Savasana is such a powerful yoga pose to practice when working with the seventh chakra. 

Let me know what your favorite tips, poses, or tools are from this post in the comments below!

xx, 

K

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