The Crown Chakra is our source of spiritual connection. It connects us to something greater than ourselves, and in turn deepens our connection with our true self—a self that stems from beyond the ego.

When the Crown Chakra is unblocked, balanced, and strengthened, we open ourselves up to trust in the Universe. This is they key to finding inspiration and meaningful happiness in our lives, maintaining a positive outlook, and living out our purpose.

You don’t need to be a spiritual master or energy healer to balance your Crown Chakra. In fact, any of the following strategies will do—all of which are simple and versatile enough for any yogi to tackle!


Practice Crown-Activating Yoga Poses

The time that you spend on your mat is a perfect opportunity to work with opening your Crown Chakra. This Chakra is located at the crown of the head and is associated with the upper part of the brain/the element of thought, so poses that activate this area are especially helpful.

Half lotus pose (ardha padmasana) is a passive pose that is ideal for meditation, so you might consider starting or finishing your practice with this one. If you want a more advanced pose to try, supported headstand (salamba sirasana) would be a good one to integrate into your practice for grounding the crown to the earth and increasing blood flow toward the brain that comes from inverting the body.


Use Affirmations

Affirmations have the power to rewire our brains by consciously choosing to think what we want to think about ourselves and about our lives. If you want to balance and strengthen your Crown Chakra so that you can open up to receive more Divine energy and achieve higher states of consciousness, you can use specific affirmations.

Here are a few good examples of affirmations that attune to the Crown Chakra:

“I accept and love myself as I am.”

“I am here to learn and grow.”

“I am open to receiving Divine energy and knowledge.”

“I am one with the Universe.”

“I am pure light and love.”

“I trust my intuition fully.”

“I am grateful for all that I have.”


Indulge in Your Favorite Sources of Inspiration

What inspires you? Whatever it may be, you should keep those things close to you. That wide open feeling of awe, wonder, and joy that extends beyond yourself is a sign of your Crown Chakra opening, letting you go beyond your ego and experience mystical oneness.

Here are a few ways you can get inspired:

  • Spend time in nature
  • Listen to music
  • Play with children or pets
  • Go to see an artistic performance
  • View works of art
  • Meet up with new or old friends to chat and laugh
  • Learn something new by taking a class, reading a book, watching a tutorial, etc.

Any yogi could do all three of these things nearly every day with a little conscious effort—even on a busy schedule. To start the New Year off right and get intentional about how you want 2018 to turn out, it’s certainly worth it!