All chakras act as energy centers and portals into other dimensions. However, the crown chakra is vitally different than the other 6 bodily chakras. 

If you want to connect to the spiritual world—otherwise known as the astral realm—then crown chakra activation is necessary. 

Learn how to use yoga poses for crown chakra activation to create that vital line between the earth, your body, and source.

What Happens When the Crown Chakra is Activated?

Before you embark on any chakra activation you should know what will happen and set your intention. This ensures a positive and worthy experience. 

The crown chakra is called Sahasrara—the thousand-petalled lotus. This representation explains the explosive feeling when first activating the crown chakra. Your soul flies in a thousand directions as if free for the first time. 

Your mind also realizes that it has been through this door before. You just misplaced the key in your current lifetime. 

Opening the crown chakra feels like you have returned home. And as you reenter the 3-dimensional world again, you do it with a renewed sense of calm, acceptance, and love. For you know that you are always connected to your home—the source of your existence. 

How Do You Know if Your Crown Chakra is Open?

If experiencing a crown chakra activation isn’t enough for you there are also ways to tell if your crown chakra is open. This is especially helpful after your initial activation when you go about your daily day. 

Your crown chakra may be opening if you have the following symptoms:

  • Tingling in your head
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Visions or vivid dreams
  • Synchronizations

Many of these symptoms should subside as you control your new connection and balance your crown with your other chakras. 


Yoga Poses for Crown Chakra Activation

To assist you in your crown chakra activation, yoga and meditation makes the transition smooth. During yoga for chakra awakening, you need to be patient as it takes time and concentration, something that yoga teaches you from the beginning. 

Here are a few chakra yoga poses that will help focus on and activate the crown chakra.

Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

Opening the crown chakra takes extreme focus because of the chakra location being above your head, outside the physical body. So, sitting in the lotus pose not only aligns the other chakras, allowing energy to flow to the crown, it also promotes extreme meditation abilities. 

  1. Sit on a yoga mat, meditation pillow, or even better outside in nature. 
  2. Bend your knees and place each foot on the opposite knee (keep your legs crossed and on the floor or your calves as a modification. 
  3. Use the mudra of A Thousand Petals by touching both hands at the thumb and index then rising them above your head.
  4. Close your eyes and imagine purple petals extending from a golden or white light extending from the top of your head and reaching up into the cosmos. 

This yoga pose is perfect for beginners as you can stay in this position for as long as it is comfortable. 

Tree Pose (Vrksansana)

The tree pose is a balancing asana that works to align all chakras. This allows the energy (kundalini) from your root chakra to rise and slowly release from the crown. 

The gradual process of ascension helps ease the symptoms of opening the crown chakra too quickly. 

  1. Stand firmly on your mat or flat surface.
  2. Lift one leg and place your foot’s sole on your opposite inner leg above or below the knee.
  3. Align your spine so it sits cradled on your hips and buttocks.
  4. Gaze ahead as you bring your hands to namaste.
  5. Slowly raise your hands together above your head. 

Stay in tree pose for at least 30 seconds for each leg, focusing on your crown chakra about a foot above your head.

Supported Headstand Pose (Shirshasana)

For more experienced yogis, the headstand pose is extremely useful for activating the crown chakra. There are a few modifications if you want to gradually complete a full headstand. 

Either way, the headstand is an inverted way to align the body’s chakras and bring your energy source to the crown using gravity. 

  1. Use a thick mat or pad to cushion yourself.
  2. Sit on your calves.
  3. Place your elbows on the ground.
  4. Lower your forearms and connect your fingers of both hands to make a triangle.
  5. Place your head on the ground inside your triangle touching your clasped hands to the back of your head.
  6. Lift your buttocks and walk your legs up to your elbows.
  7. Align your hips to your shoulders and bend the knees.
  8. Slowly bring your legs up with your knees still bent while keeping your torso still.
  9. Straighten your legs and extend them toward the ceiling.

Remember to not put pressure on your neck or head rather place most of your weight on your forearms. Place your knees on your elbows as a modification. Or do the headstand against a wall for support. 

Activating the Crown Chakra at Your Own Pace

These yoga poses for crown chakra activation are meant to be a part of a gradual process. Connecting yourself with the universal source takes time and effort. Do not give up if you don’t receive immediate activation. 

Learn how to activate all your 7 chakras through kundalini yoga for complete body, mind, and soul alignment. 

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