This Chakra is said to be located above the crown of the head, so is also referred to as the Crown Chakra.
This Chakra is said to be either the colour violet, or a pure white light as all the colours of the 7 lower Chakras converge. The element is thought – which is apt as Sahasrara is connected into the head, and is said to be primarily associated with the pituitary gland, and secondarily to the pineal gland and the hypothalamus in the brain.
The visual symbol is a thousand petalled lotus, with the number 1000 being symbolic of infinity.
Sahasrara is said to be…
If it is underactive you may experience feelings of depression and/or apathy, scepticism and/or sarcasm, and maybe a feeling that you can’t meditate and be “spiritual”. It may also manifest as a feeling of lack or purpose, that everything in life is just meaningless and chaotic.
If it is overactive you may feel a disconnection with earthly and physical matters and be too caught up in your head, with an obsessive relationship to spirituality. You may have feelings of superiority to others, be judgemental and critical.
However, if your Sahasrara is nice and balanced…
You will likely have a strong and deep sense of spirituality and “interconnectedness”, access to higher states of consciousness, increased understanding, and liberation from limited thinking and ego attachments. You will find spiritual practices such meditation easy to do and will feel balanced and integrated.
The theory is that through our practice of physical yoga (asanas), along with our breath exercises (pranayama) and meditation we have got our prana (energy, life-force) moving in the right direction, which is broadly speaking, upwards.
It passes through each of the 7 main Chakras, located along the spine, which are now fully open, balanced and in harmony and we receive the fullest fruit of our yogic path – union, harmony and integration.
That all sounds super easy right? I wish I could tell you that it was, and that just a few classes with me or another teacher would sort your Chakras right out! But it is a journey, perhaps a life long one…and as we all know it’s the journey that really matters, rather than the destination!