Practice with Rachel (Sat Siri) on Wanderlust TV: her new series, Root to Rise: Journey Through the Chakras which also includes a companion series of free 10-minute self-reflection & journaling classes. The 7-part Kundalini Yoga series, as well as sample the thousands of yoga, meditation and movement classes on WLTV, is available to you with a free 14-day WLTV trial, granting access to a vast library which includes dozens of Kundalini classes from Rachel Dougherty.
You are meant to feel good. You are meant to live as the awakened, embodied, whole version of you! Balancing the chakra system really helps us come alive again, in all areas and aspects of our lives, which is why I devised Root to Rise.
The seven chakras in the body are symbolized by the petals of a lotus flower. The complete opening of all the petals achieves an awakening and balance of body, mind, and spirit. The sahasrara chakra (the seventh and final chakra) is the chakra that activates this divine universal energy.
The Sanskrit word, Sahasrara, means ‘thousand’ or ‘infinite’. The sahasrara chakra is located at the top of the head and is also known as the crown chakra. It is the place where our individual consciousness merges with the universal consciousness.
It creates a strong connection with the supreme self, and is thought to influence brain functions such as memory, intelligence, and sharp focus.
A Balanced Crown Chakra (Sahasrasa)
It is said that when the seventh chakra activates, it brings a more positive outlook on life. When in balance, it brings spiritual understanding, a sense of conscious connection and deep peace. When this chakra is unbalanced, however, we may experience disillusionment, disconnection, and restlessness.
I was coaching a lady last year who felt like she had lost connection with her highest self, or with a larger presence. She didn’t believe in God, or at least our traditional understanding of Him. But she felt like she had lost connection with the universal intelligence, out of touch with grace and with synchronicity. She explained it was like losing the taste for life: she felt listless, disconnected, distracted, and alone. Even when she was around people, including loved ones, she felt truly alone.
We worked together on meditations that work on the seventh chakra, with the third eye focused at the top of the head. She started a practice of aura sweeps, 54 times a day, and that helped her a lot. She committed to doing the meditation and aura sweeps every morning for 40 days, and with that dedicated practice, she truly became a changed person. It was so beautiful to see her come alive again: to witness her get her spark back, and see the light in her eyes once again.
She said it felt like she had had a heavy cloak over her head and eyes, and it had been lifted. She started to open up to synchronicity again, and could feel grace around her, especially when she hiked in nature, or when she took time to observe children and babies. She felt hope for the future once again.
She was proof that through awareness, effort and practice, we can truly come alive again—even when life had felt so dim, dark and hopeless, previously.
How to Balance the Crown Chakra
If you’ve been practicing along in my Wanderlust TV series, this final session is the frosting on the cake! The crown chakra practice is a great one for awakening and grounding the seventh chakra energy. Practice the crown chakra class, and then head over to the free 10-minute journaling & self-reflection session:
Rachel Dougherty (Sat Siri) is a trailblazing, next generation, Kundalini Yoga teacher and trainer. She travels the world teaching Kundalini Yoga in places like Bali, Maui, Mexico and India. She has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for over twenty years and teaching Kundalini Yoga for fourteen. She practiced Iyengar Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, and many other modalities before finding Kundalini Yoga. A former ballet dancer with the Australian Ballet, Rachel found ballet meditation in motion, a creative expression that renewed her perspective with each step, turn or jump.