Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Chidakasha Mean?

Chidakasha is a Sanskrit term that means “space of consciousness” or “inner space.” In yoga philosophy, it is the link between the conscious, subconscious and super-conscious, located behind the forehead and the ajna chakra. Chidakasha is where the activities of consciousness — both gross and subtle — take place.

The term comes from the Sanskrit roots, chit, meaning “consciousness,” and akasha, meaning “space,” “ether” or “field.” Chidakasha meditation, or dharana, is concentration on this inner space of consciousness.


Yogapedia Explains Chidakasha

Chidakasha dharana is sometimes referred to as “inner visualization.” To practice this form of meditation, the yogi sits in a comfortable position and closes his/her eyes, concentrating on this inner space and observing whatever visions present themselves. The meditation consists of four stages: body awareness, witnessing the visions, focusing on a single object, and experiencing infinite space. In the final stage, all visions are removed and the focus is on the dark, infinite space.

Chidakasha dharana allows psychic power and intuition to manifest and also has these benefits:

  • Calms the mind
  • Balances the emotions
  • Deepens awareness

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