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Beeja Mantras and the Seven Chakras in Hatha Yoga

Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyay

In Hatha Yoga, beeja mantras (“seed” mantras) are single-syllable sounds used to activate and balance the seven chakras, which are energy centers along the spine believed to influence our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Here’s a breakdown of their connection:


  • Each chakra has a specific energy and function.
  • Beeja mantras, with their potent vibrations, resonate with these energies.
  • Chanting a Bija mantra while focusing on its corresponding chakra can stimulate and balance that chakra’s energy.


ChakraName (Sanskrit)LocationFunction/EnergyBeeja MantraMeaning/Effect
MuladharaRootBase of spineGrounding, securityLAMCreates a sense of stability and connection to the earth
SvadhisthanaSacralLower abdomenCreativity, sensualityVAMEnhances creativity and emotional flow
ManipuraSolar PlexusUpper abdomenWillpower, personal powerRAMStrengthens self-confidence and inner fire
AnahataHeartCenter of chestLove, compassionYAMPromotes feelings of love, forgiveness, and self-compassion
VishuddhaThroatThroat areaCommunication, self-expressionHAMImproves communication and expression
AjnaThird EyeBrow pointIntuition, wisdomOM (AUM)Deepens intuition and spiritual awareness
SahasraraCrownTop of headConnection to the divine, enlightenmentSilenceCreates a state of inner peace and spiritual connection (Silence represents the ultimate sound)

How to Use:

  • Find a quiet, comfortable position.
  • Focus on your breath, taking slow and deep breaths.
  • Silently bring your awareness to the chakra you want to work with.
  • Chant the corresponding beeja mantra mentally or aloud.
  • Visualize the color associated with the chakra (if applicable).
  • Continue for several minutes, then rest in silence.

Additional Points:

  • Hatha yoga incorporates postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to work with the chakras alongside Bija mantras.
  • It’s important to maintain a gentle and respectful approach while working with chakras and mantras.

By understanding the connection between beeja mantras and the chakras, you can use them as a powerful tool in your Hatha yoga practice to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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