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Developed thousands of years ago by Tibetan monks to slow aging, increase energy, calm the mind and strengthen the body, the 5 Tibetan Rites are once-secret, ancient yoga-like poses .

The secret to the 5 Tibetan Rites was unveiled in the 1930’s when a retired British army officer discovered a remote Tibetan monastery where the monks were rumored to have discovered the legendary Fountain of Youth. The remarkably old, yet amazingly healthy monks claimed that the secret to reversing aging lay in the five special movements they performed daily. The officer learned these exercises from the monks and taught them to Peter Kelder, who documented them in the book “The Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth.”

Practitioners reported improvements in strength, endurance, and energy, relief from joint pain and headaches, better memory and vision, weight loss and even a more youthful appearance.

According to Jo Caron, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor in Hawaii, the 5 Rites were meant to stimulate the energy centers of the body, the chakras, by speeding up and coordinating their spin. She recommends focusing on each chakra during a repetition of the exercises for increased benefits. Activating the chakras stimulates all the glands of the endocrine system, so the 5 Rites in effect, benefit the body’s overall functioning and aging process. The man who brought these 5 Rites to the West, stated that, “Performing the 5 Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body.”

Write and tell us about your progress. Namaste, Becca Chopra, http://www.TheChakras.org


Yellow tomatoBlessings go out to the people affected by today’s earthquake in Napa… I hope they all recover and get their electricity back on as soon as possible. After  two weeks without electricity since Hurricane Isele hit our area of the Big Island of Hawaii and knocked many trees down on power lines, we’re still enjoying our solar oven, forgoing the oven and microwave for the power of the sun… I love sun-baked veggies and grains.

Nourishing the Solar Plexus Chakra is all about stoking your digestive fire with vital energy found in complex carbohydrates, especially those that vibrate with the color yellow.

Whole grains support the Solar Plexus Chakra with complex carbs – high energy food without the sugar rush/crash. Look for brown rice, steel cut oatmeal, millet, quinoa, amaranth, polenta and buckwheat. Make a whole pot of grain (these last 3 days in the fridge) and serve 1/2 cup per meal instead of eating simple carbs like flour products and sugary, processed foods.

The Solar Plexus is also nourished by yellow food, like tomatoes and squashes, and fruit that contain enzymes to make your digestion even more powerful… like pineapple and papayas, which contain bromelain and papain.

In addition to following THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET, add these activities to your day to power up your self-confidence, your personal power, your get-up-and-go… all attributes of a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra:

First thing in the morning, practice “Saturation Praise,” telling yourself everything good about yourself and the day ahead of you.

Take a walk after meals to facilitate digestion and build up your bone and muscle strength. And, of course, do some spinal twists in your yoga routine.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.theChakras.org

 

 


Becca Chopra:

Thanks to Tom Rapsas – here’s a re-post of his blog, The Inner Way…

Weebly photoBecca Chopra is my go to-person when it comes to learning about the chakras, the body’s seven “energy centers” of spiritual power. She has written a couple of informative and entertaining books on the subject that teach how chakras can affect everything from your love life to your health, wealth and happiness.

She has a new book out titled The Chakra Energy Diet and this time the topic is how eating right can not only balance your chakras—but help you lose weight, lower stress and gain more energy in the process. So you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better too.

According to Becca, there’s a simple way to determine if your chakras could use a realignment: If you’re stressed out, feeling not so great, unhappy with the way you look, or out-of-control with food cravings, your chakras are not balanced. That means it’s time for some chakra work.

In the book, Becca moves from chakra to chakra, reminding the reader of the role of each chakra and helping the reader determine if a specific chakra is out of balance. If there is an issue, she talks to how it can be addressed through changes in diet, visualization techniques and yoga poses that can help you get your chakras realigned.

Here’s a quick overview of her approach as it relates to your diet:

Are you financially stressed, insecure or angry? Start feeding your Root Chakra with high-quality protein and foods that vibrate with the same color as that chakra—red foods like cherries and strawberries and root vegetables like red potatoes and red cabbage.

Are you lacking energy? Give your Solar Plexus Chakra a helping hand by eating complex carbohydrates like yellow millet or brown rice.

Want to be more loving and compassionate? Open the Heart Chakra with the help of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy green ones.

Need help with intuition and insight? Invigorate your Third Eye Chakra with dark blue, brain-supporting foods like berries and grapes, and without overdoing it, chocolate.

What about losing weight? Becca believes that one of the leading culprits when it comes to weight gain is stress. She points out that when you’re stressed, it causes a hormone called cortisol to surge, stimulating your appetite. The body decides it needs extra stores of fat or glucose and you reach for something to eat. She writes:

Most people are driven to eat comfort foods when stressed out, even if they’re not hungry. And comfort foods are usually high-fat, sugary or salty foods. You may be eating whatever is within reach to fill an emotional need, or cruising to the closest fast food window because you have no time to shop and cook a healthy meal.

So what’s the best approach to dealing with stress—and the overeating that comes with it? The author admits that the first thing she used to do when stressed was to reach for a bag of potato chips. But she’s found a better approach: take a breath and relax! She advises us to:

Put your hands on your tummy, below your navel, and feel it rise and fall with your breath. We often breathe very shallowly or even hold our breath when we’re stressed. Simple deep belly breathing can both calm the release of stress chemicals in the body and oxygenate your cells.

She then layers in how adjusting your chakras can help as well:

Using chakra colors, imagine breathing in bright yellow energy from the sun into your Solar Plexus or navel area and breathing out your stress. Or pull in inspiration from the heavens, visualizing violet or white light coming in with the breath through the Crown Chakra, and exhale your stress by breathing it out with awareness at the bottom of your feet.

Here’s one more tool that can help keep your appetite in check. Chopra credits Ann Doherty for the following meditation that can help you better manage your diet, by making you more aware of what and how you eat:

Hunger Awareness Meditation

  • Before you eat, breathe in and out of your belly a few times to relax.
  • Focus on your body and how you experience hunger.
  • Rate your hunger on a scale of 1 (none) to 10 (very).
  • If you’re not actually hungry, your cravings may be caused by dehydration – sip a glass of water or cup of herbal tea and see how you feel. If you’re fatigued, take a short nap or listen to a guided meditation (preferably with your feet elevated).
  • If you’re truly hungry, make nourishing choices.
  • Periodically stop, put down your fork or spoon and breathe. A fun idea is to try eating with your opposite hand to slow things down.
  • Chew fully and slowly to give your body time to note satiety or fullness – it usually takes 20 minutes.
  • Using non-judgmental awareness and experimentation, periodically rate your fullness on a scale of 1-10 (very).
  • Stop eating when you feel 80% full or when you reach an 8, still feeling comfortable enough to go for a walk.

This post originally appeared on my Wake Up Call column at Patheos, June 13, 2014.

Originally posted on The Inner Way:

Becca_ChopraBecca Chopra is my go to-person when it comes to learning about the chakras, the body’s seven “energy centers” of spiritual power. She has written a couple of informative and entertaining books on the subject that teach how chakras can affect everything from your love life to your health, wealth and happiness.

She has a new book out titled The Chakra Energy Diet and this time the topic is how eating right can not only balance your chakras—but help you lose weight, lower stress and gain more energy in the process. So you’ll not only look better, you’ll feel better too.

According to Becca, there’s a simple way to determine if your chakras could use a realignment: If you’re stressed out, feeling not so great, unhappy with the way you look, or out-of-control with food cravings, your chakras are not balanced. That means it’s time for some chakra work.

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Thanks to guest blogger Mary Jo Shaffer, Co-Owner of Heart Projects and author of Rainbow Eyes: Chakramid Reflections, who explains why you’ll want to download THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET, especially while it’s FREE ON KINDLE, today and tomorrow, July 7 & 8.

The Chakra Energy Diet coverA Balanced Recipe for Vibrant Health and Well-Being

“There are so many things that I love about this book; first and foremost is that Becca Chopra shares her extensive wisdom to help you optimally feed not only your physical body, but your subtle, or nonphysical body, as well. And she does this in a very balanced way, providing a virtual treasure chest of tools that include real, health-giving foods; meditations and breath work; affirmations and healing activities, and specific yoga poses.

“Becca begins by pointing out the breakdown in the conventional American diet, which is loaded with sugar, processed foods, GMOs and soda. Then she points the way to a better way of eating that actually nourishes body, mind and spirit. She also speaks at length about how stress and your own insecurities about your body can stand in the way of you reaching your health and weight goals and how you can lift those blocks.

“Next, taking you on a systematic journey through your chakras, Becca introduces each of these seven major energy centers to you and helps you to pinpoint your own weaknesses and imbalances. She then offers a wealth of information for you to use in nourishing your physical body and revitalizing your chakra system.

“The book ends with appendixes that include a Chakra Yoga Flow sequence to balance your seven chakras and also The Circle of Joy Breath that integrates Body, Mind and Spirit. The instructions are clear and detailed enough so that even a beginner can complete the sequences.

“All in all, this delightful, easy-to-read guidebook is a feast for the senses served up in Becca’s expressive writing style, complemented by beautiful photography of food recipes and yoga poses.”

Thank you, Mary Jo! I invite you all to download your free copy of The Chakra Energy Diet today!
Namaste,

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

 


DayHere’s the big secret… stress is screwing with your chakras as well as your physical health and body weight. I’m pretty sure that once you read how stress can sabotage your hormones (all linked to chakra centers), it will amaze you. And the solution I’m going to share is so simple, it will amaze you too.

We’re Always Searching For The “Magic Pill” For Weight Loss

But let’s face it; you can’t lose weight when you’re stressed out! If you’re blaming yourself for not being your “perfect weight,” stop. It’s not your fault. Rather, the way our bodies are programmed to handle stress is the problem. Stress is a double whammy for weight – it increases our appetites and leads to overeating or poor food choices, then makes our bodies hold on to the fat. The solution is not extreme dieting, which causes more stress, but knowing how to stop the stress reactions.

When stressed, your body tries to protect itself as part of the “fight or flight” response, so your blood flows to your muscles and away from your internal organs. However, once the effects of adrenaline wear off, cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” starts signaling the body to replenish your food stores.

Cortisol is a hormone that stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, and stimulates the release of insulin to maintain blood sugar levels. So, when stress causes your cortisol to surge, your appetite will be stimulated as well. Excess cortisol also slows down your metabolism, because your body wants to maintain an adequate supply of glucose to deal with the next “threat.”

So how can you tame the tension? In my book BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS, BALANCE YOUR LIFE, I showed how to use Dynamind to balance your chakras. It’s an instant healing technique that works because it releases the tension from your body. Here’s how…

Try Dynamind To Release Tension, Ease Pain, and Reduce Food Cravings…

Becca Chopra performing Dynamind.The next time you’re upset, stressed, in pain, reaching for junk food instead of “chakra healing natural foods,” try the simple Dynamind technique, developed by Serge Kahili King, PhD, a Hawaiian Healer and Shaman.

The technique can be used to reprogram the unconscious mind, to remove tension and resulting food cravings and tell your body-mind what you’d like to experience – and it will follow your instructions. This works well to heal the imbalances of chakra energy.

1) FOCUS – Hold your hands out in a loose prayer-like position.

2) DECLARE – Say aloud the condition you’re feeling that you would like to change, e.g.,

“I feel anxiety and a craving for potato chips in the pit of my stomach and that can change. I want that feeling to go away.”

3) RELEASE – Tap 7 times on the center of your chest, then at the point between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, and on the top bone of your spine (the 7th cervical vertebra).

4) BREATHE – Direct your breath, inhaling with your attention on the crown of your head, exhaling with your attention below your feet.

Repeat until you feel the desired result.

If you’d like a free video download with complete instructions on using Dynamind, go to http://www.thechakras.org/free-chakra-video.html.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org


L) Salmon dinnerDear Becca: My Chakra Quiz in your book, The Chakra Energy Diet, showed that I need to feed my Sacral Chakra. Can you give me a sample menu?

Answer: Nourishing your Sacral Chakra will make you feel more confident in social interactions, free to process your emotions, feel creative, and able to enjoy sex and other pleasurable activities, like a holiday feast, without guilt.

To nourish the Sacral Chakra, eat high quality protein (focusing on fish, such as wild-caught salmon, tuna, red snapper, trout), and orange vegetables. In addition to low-starch carrots and orange bell peppers, you can savor yams, sweet potatoes and winter squash – naturally sweet without giving you a sugar rush. Of course, eat as many other vegetables as you can fit on your plate as well as they fill you up with nutrients and fiber.

The Sacral Chakra also thrives on good quality fatty acids, so in addition to fatty fish like salmon, add in nuts and seeds as snacks or salad toppings.

Healthy  home cooking, especially if you’re moving around the kitchen while listening to your favorite music, will impart extra healing to your meals. Appreciate the beauty of the colors and savor the smells coming from the food on your plate.

Try these examples of a breakfast, lunch and dinner to nourish your Sacral Chakra:

Sample Breakfast
Start the morning with a Smoothie or Juice made from carrots, beets and a handful of kale. Half an hour later, saute an omelet (or scrambled tofu – mix mashed tofu with Bragg Amino Acids and turmeric) with onions and orange bell peppers.

Sample Lunch
Top a large Green Salad with orange carrot slices, avocado, beans, shrimp or tuna fish.

Sample Dinner
Grilled Salmon is my favorite entrée for the Sacral Chakra. In my photo above, I serve the salmon atop a bed of steamed kale, and a salsa of pineapple and mango. I also love grilled or poached salmon topped with Thai-style peanut sauce, and a plate full of veggies cooked in a little sesame, olive or coconut oil. Try adding turmeric, ginger, and other spices and herbs for flavor.

FEED THE CHILDREN!

The Chakra Energy Diet is now available on Amazon Kindle for download to any reading device or computer with a FREE BONUS: Menu Plans specific to your chakra imbalances. Just send me your quiz results from the book on your chakra issues, and I’ll email you back a personalized menu plan.

You’ll also be helping children in need to get more access to healthy food – all proceeds from sales of The Chakra Energy Diet in the next week go to the non-profit “Feed the Children” organization that connects organic farmers and homeless children and their families.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

Becca@theChakras.org

www.theChakras.org


Weebly photoWhether you look to modern science or ancient wisdom, stress is seen as the root of dis-ease. According to the ancient Hawaiian Huna philosophy taught by Serge Kahili King, PhD, stress plays a part in all health problems. In fact, according to Dr. King, stress can cause tension at the physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual level, leading to inhibited energy flow and, ultimately, illness. In my new book, THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET, I explain how stress hormones can cause your body to not only crave food, but to store more fat.

Of course, we are always going to have spikes of stress in our jobs and our lives, but we don’t want it to be chronic, and you don’t want to suppress it with addictions – whether to food, alcohol or drugs. My mother is very ill and I found myself caring for her 24/7 until I was so stressed and exhausted that I was reaching for chocolate after chocolate – until I remembered to practice what I preach in my new book to relax. I’ve also gotten more health services to come to my Mom’s house to give me some break time and rest… very important for caregivers to ask for help too!

For nearly twenty years, I’ve used yoga and meditation on a daily basis to relax my body and mind (and now that I have caregivers coming to help my mother, I have time for full sessions again), but I was excited to add in these “instant healing” techniques to keep me sane during this trying time. Please try them out and see how they work for you too!

What do I do first when feeling stressed out? I used to reach for a bag of potato chips or chocolate until I was taught:

“Don’t eat when upset or angry.” Instead, I…

Take a Break and Breathe

Put your hands on your tummy, below your navel, and feel it rise and fall with your breath. We often breathe very shallowly or even hold our breath when we’re stressed. Simple deep belly breathing can both calm the release of stress chemicals in the body and oxygenate your cells.

Try this combination of breath and focused attention called Piko-piko breathing…

Piko-piko is a special Hawaiian breathing technique that simultaneously relaxes and energizes the body,” says Dr. King. Using shamanic techniques and chakra colors, imagine breathing in bright yellow energy from the sun into your Solar Plexus or navel area and breathing out your stress. Or pull in inspiration from the heavens, visualizing violet or white light coming in with the breath through the Crown Chakra, and exhale your stress by breathing it out with awareness at the bottom of your feet.

“I know, I know, this seems almost too simple,” says Dr. King. “But it does work.”

How to Stop Physical Food Cravings

How can you stop a physical craving for a certain food? Dr. King recommends a technique called TFR – THINK, FEEL and RELAX. If you aren’t actually hungry, but feel a strong craving for a certain food, try these steps…

  • THINK about the food you’re craving.
  • FEEL where the craving is in your body.
  • RELAX, breathing in and out of that spot.

For instance, perhaps you’re upset and craving some ice cream to cool off. THINK about the ice cream, FEEL the churning in the pit of your stomach, then RELAX by breathing in and out of your stomach area. Repeat until the craving evaporates.

If you can’t satisfy your craving, notice if it is for a food that may contain essential vitamins or minerals that you may be missing – for example, chocolate, nuts and seeds are all high in zinc and magnesium. For an antioxidant- and vitamin-rich snack, reach for a naturally sweet and fiber-filled apple.

“Think” Yourself Thin

To relieve mental stress, pay more attention to what you like, rather than what you don’t. Criticism, whether of yourself or something else, creates mental stress and then tension in your body, explains Dr. King.

So, first of all, don’t knock your body. Praise it for every step it takes in the right direction. Try self-love, rather than self-criticism, when you look in the mirror. Who would put up with a critical person barraging them all day with their negativity?

Push aside that critical voice in your head, and instead, focus on something you like about yourself – you’re a good person, with your own unique style and taste.

A good morning practice, when you first look in the mirror, is to spend a full minute focusing on everything you like about yourself…telling yourself out loud everything you like about yourself. This is a quick mental stress reliever I learned from Dr. King called “Saturation Praise.”

Also praise everyone and everything else that represents your goal – if you want to be thinner, praise thin people, telephone poles, etc. If you want more curves, praise Sophia Vergara, fluffy clouds, and pillows.

Don’t Push Down Uncomfortable Emotions

On the emotional level, anger is often tied to inflammatory processes which damage the body, one of only many reasons to practice forgiveness. If something is gnawing at you, rather than trying to calm yourself with food, decide to let it go.

Dr. King taught me a simple anger-release technique: Place one hand on an area of your body where you feel tension or inflammation, and point the other hand toward the earth, which can absorb your angst, and say, “Whatever this is related to, I release it and let it go forever” until the tension and pain eases.

Undigested emotions can lead to your body holding on to weight as well as anger or fear. Release your emotions and stop what’s eating you. There are many reasons to forgive (even if you can’t forget) transgressions – because anger only hurts YOU.

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” ~ Buddha

You’re Already Complete and Connected

On the spiritual level, tension can come from feeling isolated or separate, and the antidote can be as easy as meditating. Dr. King suggests trying a nalu meditation, focusing for a minute on something beautiful. You will soon feel a sense of relaxation come over you and a greater connection to spirit, your higher self, or God (work with your own beliefs about this).

Once you’re in that relaxed state, it’s a good time to express gratitude for the good in your life or to ask for inspiration. When you have ideal health or reach your perfect weight, what would you like to achieve and share with the world?

Embracing the “Relaxation Response”

As you address your stress, and practice relaxation responses, your metabolism will improve, it will be easier to make nourishing food choices vs. struggling with willpower, and your body will look and feel better.

I hope you’ve seen how relaxing your stress responses allows you to better digest your food, helping you achieve your perfect body. All of these tools shared here, plus all the info in THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET, will assist you in balancing your digestive and hormonal systems, your mind, your emotions, your spirit, and yes, your chakras.

Help “Feed the Children”

All proceeds from sales of THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET this week are being donated to the non-profit “Feed the Children” organization, which connects homeless children with organic farmers. So, downloading the book will assist your health and the health of children-in-need.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra

www.theChakras.org


E) Beet SoupQ. How should I start THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET if more than one of my chakras is out of balance?

A. The Root Chakra is always a good place to start, and then work your way up to the Sacral Chakra the next week. There’s no need to rush through the chakras, trying to balance each one in a day. Take a week to ground yourself in the safety and security of the Root Chakra, then depending on your answers to the Quiz in THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET, move on to the next chakra that needs balancing.

In order to balance your chakras and promote optimal health and vitality, it’s important to cut out inflammatory foods, such as sugar, simple carbs (like bread and other flour products), dairy products and alcohol – which all play havoc with your blood sugar, especially during the first week, as you get your feet firmly planted on the ground. The Root Chakra is all about feeling safe and secure, personally as well as financially and socially.

Ground yourself with lean protein sources (choose as many vegetarian options as possible) and lots and lots of root vegetables like beets, carrots and radishes. You can also add in vegetable smoothies to get at least 8-10 servings/day. During the first two weeks, it’s important to go off the foods you may normally crave – addictive sugar and simple carbs, even fruit. By the third week, you can add in whole grains and fruit to support your Solar Plexus Chakra.

Also, take time every day for at least a few minutes in nature to ground yourself. Practice a Nalu Meditation (stare at something beautiful for a minute or until you feel relaxed) or do the Circle of Joy Breath, inhaling and exhaling deeply to open your chest, heart and lungs. There’s lots more info and advice on balancing the chakras in my new book, The Chakra Energy Diet.

Menu Plan for the Root Chakra
Have three meals/day, each containing 20% lean protein and 80% low-starch vegetables – from large green salads containing organic lettuces and arugula, with tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, celery, sprouts, carrots, radishes, bell peppers and avocados, to steamed green vegetables such as kale, chard, spinach, broccoli, green beans, to brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and asparagus.

Sample Breakfast
Smoothie or Juice of beets, carrots and kale followed by scrambled eggs or tofu mixed with veggies like red bell peppers, broccoli, red onion, seasoned with tumeric and Bragg Liquid Aminos… which gives the tofu the color of scrambled eggs and a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory spices as well.

Sample Lunch
Large Green Salad filled with nutrition-packed dark romaine or other organic lettuce, raw veggies with high-protein beans, peas, fish or poultry on top. Add a dash of Olive Oil/vinegar, spices & herbs (no bottled dressings that may contain high fructose corn syrup or the like).

Sample Dinner
Chicken & Veggie Stirfry
Saute any lean meat or fish with kale, carrots, onions, garlic, cauliflower or other veggies. Season with herbs, spices and Bragg Liquid Aminos.

FEED THE CHILDREN!

The Chakra Energy Diet is now available on Amazon Kindle for download to any reading device or computer with a FREE BONUS: Menu Plans specific to your chakra imbalances. Just read and review the book, send me your quiz results on your chakra issues, and I’ll email you back a personalized menu plan. And know you’ll also be helping children in need to get more access to healthy food – all proceeds from sales of The Chakra Energy Diet in the next week go to the non-profit “Feed the Children” organization that connects organic farmers and homeless children and their families.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

Becca@theChakras.org

www.theChakras.org

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