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Chakra Toning

A powerful technique to resonate and balance your chakras using vowel sounds. This is a good exercise to do every day, and is a great introduction to exploring the harmonics naturally present in the vowels.

Vowels carry the “information energy” of speech, whereas consonants act to break up the energy flow. In ancient Sanskrit, Hebrew, Chinese, etc, the vowel sounds are considered to be sacred. In other words, the vowel sounds carry the intention and focus.

Start by sitting comfortably in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. Try to keep your spine as straight as possible, which allows the energy to flow in your body more freely – it may help to imagine your head is suspended from above by a fine cord, letting your body hang below it naturally.

Make these sounds in a gentle voice – don’t strain. Focus your energy and intent for balancing and energising each chakra before toning. To find the correct pitch for a particular chakra, scan up and down feeling in your body for a resonance (apart from the throat where it will always resonate). The pitch will change according to the person, mood, diet, activities, emotional states, etc on a daily basis. There is no set frequency.

Breathe in deeply, expanding your lower stomach as you inhale. I imagine the energy of each breath coming into my body through whichever chakra I am working on,this can help to focus your awareness. You may also wish to add a colour visualisation on each chakra.

The first chakra (Root) – located at the base of the spine. Tone seven times with the deepest “UUH”, as in “cup”, a very low guttural sound just gently riding on the breath. Stay comfortable with the sound – don’t force it. (Red).

Second chakra (Sacral) – located about 2-3 inches below the navel. Tone seven times using a higher pitched but still deep “OOO”, as in “you”. (Orange).

Third chakra (Solar Plexus) - located above the navel. Tone seven times using a higher pitched “OH”, as in “go”. (Yellow).

Fourth chakra (Heart) – located in the centre of the chest. Tone seven times using a higher pitched “AH”, as in “ma”. This is the sound that embodies compassion. (Green).

Fifth chakra (Throat) – Tone seven times using a higher pitched “EYE”, as in “my”. (Blue).

Sixth chakra (Third Eye) – located in the middle of the forehead slightly above the eyes. Tone seven times, using a still higher “AYE”, as in “say”. (Indigo).

Seventh (Crown) – Tone seven times using the highest pitched “EEE” sound, as in “me”, you can comfortably make. (Violet or white).

Now sit in a space of silence and receptivity for 10 – 20 minutes to experience the energy. After this If you feel too light-headed tone an “aaaah” to bring the energy back to the heart, then an “ooooh” to bring the energy down to the sacral to be more grounded.

8 Responses to Chakra Toning

  1. Did you have any idea of the source of these vowel sounds? Thry have become common parlance in various forms and yet nowhere is any credit given for their source.

  2. Thank you for sharing these. I have seen them before and do not know who to credit for them, either, but I needed to refer to them, so thank you for posting! Have a great day! Andrea

  3. neil says:

    I was taught this set of sounds by Jonathan Goldman, who also did not credit them! I believe the “AH” heart sound to be truly global – many cultures use this sound for the heart it seems.

    The sound sequence also seems to arise naturally as the mouth opens up – toning from a deep OOOH up to an EEE these sounds are all part of the sequence which forms, sounding like an elongated “WHY”. As I do this I can feel the sound moving up my body.

    Best Wishes, Neil

  4. neil says:

    Also – I no longer stick to these sounds nearly so rigidly. These days I’ll likely use them as a starting point, either for myself or when toning another, and then just go where the sound/energy/spirit takes me. Most often the sound will become something radically different! However, these are still very valuable exercises, I find.

    Neil

  5. Surangi says:

    Fantastic and just the information I was looking for! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! May peace and love be with you all!

  6. Toni says:

    Thankyou for sharing your knowledge :-) Interesting that my name Toni is contained within the word toning. I think the universe is trying to tell me something………..and I’m listening :-) Bless you

  7. Erik Weaver says:

    In terms of citing references, this is a frequent challenge in the Age of the Internet where closed circles references abound ;)

    However, one may simply try this for oneself and see what results. That is the best test anyway. Bear in mind that specific vowels are not set in concrete for each area of the body. We are individuals and we are in a constant state of change. Another reason to always “feel” what is resonating for you today. Tomorrow may be different.

    But generally, the idea is to form all the vowel sound combinations while changing the shape of one’s mouth and throat. Generally the lower tones come from a more open pathway for the air, and higher tones (into the falsetto voice) are formed by more constrictive passage ways. For a good set of references on this I’d suggest researching vocal training, either for singers or for speach therapy.

    For example, go to the upper and lower extreme. Try making a super deep “EEEE” sound, then try making a super deep “OH” or “OOOOO” (as in ‘you’) sound. Then try the reverse, making a falsetto “EEEE” and “OH” sounds. Most persons find it easy to distinguish a difference between the two. To some degree this is body mechanics, and in that sense we are all human and share many similar traits. I believe this to be at the root of why most systems suggest OHs and OOOs for the lower tones and EEEs, NNNNs, and MMMMs for the higher tones.

    Once familar with this one might try adding additional tones, often called overtones, by opening the nasal passage at the same time. Or by “yawning through your ears.” Soft tones are used — use you “inside” voice ;)

    I tend to think of this as “inward directed.” I do not “tone” while trying to project my voice to the back of a large theater. I am projecting my toning into my own body. This can be a very low sound level as much of it seems to be carried by the bone conduction.

    And has been mentioned, breath from the belly — if the belly button is raising and falling as you breath you are breathing deeply. If only the chest is rising/falling you are most likely breathing shallowly.

    After getting the basics, it is a matter of feeling where the various tones vibrate in your own body, on that occasion. Try to find out how low in your body you can sense of mutual vibration, as well as how high in your head, and points in between.

    Common suggestions follow the basic energy chakra centers…. these start at the bottom of the spine, and follow the length of the spine and then up through the head. Usually 5 or 7 chakras are specifically identified.

    Base of spine.
    Just below the belly button.
    Between the belly button and heart.
    The heart.
    The throat.
    The forehead.
    The top of the head.

    But some systems combine the lower two centers into one, as well as combining the upper two centers. Which one uses isn’t all that important, I don’t think. Use what you find resonates with you — that is the point after all, to find a means of resonating your personal energy within your own body.

  8. dr ved vyas dwivedi says:

    Good dear all!
    ‘Chakra’ is a Hindi word derived from Sanskrit.
    In Bhagvad Gita Lord Krishna about 5000-7000 yrs ago taught the methods of Meditation: realization of oneself through reciting A-U-M energy to his friend and disciple Arjun..

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