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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

The following post is from Michelle Hastie’s totalbodyhealthsolutions.com:

The Chakra Energy Diet coverI was pleased to find a fellow Chakra writer out there in Becca Chopra and was honored to read her book, “The Chakra Energy Diet.” I highly recommend you give it a read! Meanwhile, here is a short interview from Becca herself:

1) What inspired you to write The Chakra Energy Diet?

Becca: Too many of my students and friends blame themselves for weight issues – and I wanted to get across the message that “It’s not your fault!” I feel America’s weight issues primarily stem from the physical stress put on our bodies by the fast food, junk food and GMO’s in most people’s diets, and the mental and emotional stress we encounter in our daily lives.

I too have suffered from emotional eating, food cravings, unwanted pounds, aches and pains and other symptoms of an imbalance in my life. I knew that these symptoms were a gift – showing me that I needed to pay attention and change something – and I wanted to share the lessons I had learned. For instance, how to eliminate the harmful stress in our lives, which equals health and weight issues. Through years of applying Macrobiotics, Ayurveda and Chakra balancing in my life and the lives of my students, I wanted to share the changes people could make to achieve balance in their lives too. My previous books focused more on meditation, guided visualization, yoga and other chakra balancing techniques. The missing piece I felt to my message was diet – which, when out of balance, throws the body, mind and spirit out of balance as well.

2) What is the best way to avoid overwhelm while navigating through all the different chakras?

Becca: The easiest way to approach chakra healing is to start at the beginning, with the Root Chakra. Follow the balancing techniques for each chakra and you will learn what works best for you. You can become your own best counselor, recognizing a symptom before it becomes a chronic pain or disease and make necessary adjustments in your lifestyle.

3) How do you recommend readers begin a yoga practice for optimal healing?

Becca: For those who have never done yoga before, I recommend finding a local teacher with a beginner class. Talk to the teacher and tell him/her of any physical issues you may have so they can help adjust the poses for you. It’s hard to make adjustments yourself without someone to guide you. Even if you only have time to go to class one day per week, you can still do a short yoga routine that you’ve learned each morning to move from sleep to stretching into an energy-filled day. Be sure to hold your yoga poses and breathe into them for the recommended time to get the full stress-relieving benefits they provide to both the mind and the body.

4) You talk about the importance of nutrition and cooking; how do you recommend a newbie gets started in the kitchen?

Becca: If you’re used to eating in restaurants or getting take-out every day, approach cooking as a great new hobby that will reap huge rewards for yourself and your family. I offer very simple recipes for each chakra in my book. Start with these easy dishes with just a few ingredients, for instance, organic whole grains and vegetables, salads, or even just a smoothie, and see how much better you feel when you eat food without unnecessary sugar, salt, pesticides or chemical additives. You can sign up for free Chakra Balancing menus at www.theChakras.org.

5) Many people complain of low energy; how do you see balancing the chakras as a way to increase energy?

Becca: The chakras ARE our energy centers. If one or more are blocked or closed, your physical energy will be affected. And one of the biggest energy robbers is poor quality food that leads to intestinal dysbiosis, a compromised immune system and hormone imbalances that correlate to imbalanced chakras. Many people rely on stimulants like caffeine and sugary snacks to make it through the day, and then rely on alcohol or drugs to try to conquer insomnia – a seesaw that leads to chronic exhaustion. I recommend nourishing yourself with fresh, organic food and drink that is literally alive with vibrant colors, as well as specific exercises, yoga postures, affirmations and meditations to balance the chakras. These lifestyle ideas can help you to look and feel better, lose weight, reduce stress, and have sustained energy. To learn more about the seven major chakras and how they function in your energy system, please download my free 10-minute Chakra Meditation at www.theChakras.org/meditations.html.

This is just a tidbit of her brilliance and much more can be found in her book, “The Chakra Energy Diet“.

– See more at: http://totalbodyhealthsolutions.com/book-interview-the-chakra-energy-diet/#sthash.YnEJ1ZS1.dpuf

Nina ArwoodNina Arwood, who colored in this drawing, won The Chakra Coloring contest. She’ll receive a special prize, but everyone who entered is a winner. For a short time, you can download my Chakra Balancing Video for free for yourself or to share with friends.

Coloring is a wonderful meditative art that helps quiet your mind while letting your creativity flow.I’m having a wonderful time creating mandalas and chakra balancing line art for the full Chakra Meditation Coloring Book, which will be coming out at the end of the year! Stay tuned for more details….

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


Coloring is a wonderful stress buster, a meditative art that quiets your mind and lets you express your creativity! And when you put your focus on the colors of the chakras, the stress affecting your chakra energy is released and you can move into balance. What color(s) are you most drawn to?

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Print out the drawing below, then use the colors of the rainbow to color the Hindu chakra symbols and all the line art surrounding them. Feel free to add shapes and squiggles and auras and anything else you like! Take a photo of your finished drawing or scan and email it to Becca@theChakras.org or post it to my Facebook page by August 30th. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free, signed copy of my book, Chakra Secrets, and a special, antique piece of Chakra crystal jewelry. (To enter, you must be 18 years or older and live in the United States.)

Chakra Symbols for coloring

In addition to relieving stress, want to know another benefit of taking your colored pencils or fine tip markers and filling in the line drawing? When you look at your major color choices – the colors you use the most reflect the colors of the chakras you most need to nurture.


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


Screen shot 2012-03-21 at 8.59.47 AMCONNECTING TO YOUR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH (excerpt from The Chakra Energy Diet)

Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the Crown Chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. Many people feel let down by religious institutions and even god, lacking faith in a higher power or universal consciousness.

After my friend Julie died, all my energy centers were affected, but I recognized these emotional or mental issues commonly associated with the Crown Chakra – a feeling of aloneness, depression, and a loss of meaning. I prayed for Divine help and received a deep connection to universal love, to my friend, and a knowing that her spirit lived on.

The Seventh Chakra: The Crown Chakra is our highest energy center, located at the top of the head and extending above it about two inches. It represents liberation, humanitarianism, deep understanding, and spiritual growth, union with the higher self and the Divine.

Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness.

Crown Chakra Healing Foods – Juicing, Purple/Pure Foods

Since the Crown Chakra is more spiritual than physical, it is not nourished with physical foods in the same way that they feed other chakras. The correlation between the Crown Chakra and food is to make it a spiritual experience, whether by purifying the body through fasting for religious reasons during Ramadan or Yom Kippur, giving up a special food for Lent, or adding prayer or grace before meals.

Affirmation or Grace before eating for the Crown Chakra:

“May this food bless and nourish my body and help support my spiritual purpose.”

Detoxifying JuiceDetoxification cleanses, such as juice fasting, can also benefit the Crown Chakra. I especially like juicing mangosteen, grown in Hawaii, with its luscious violet color, for a detoxifying cleanse. Mangosteen contains powerful antioxidants and immune system boosters called xanthones, natural chemical compounds which possess a variety of potent medicinal properties.

Substituting a juice for a meal once a day, or for 3 meals in one day will assist in cleansing and detoxifying the body and in opening the Crown Chakra. But check with a medical professional before attempting a longer juice fast if you have any metabolic or health issues.

Foods that are pure and unadulterated also help keep the Crown Chakra open and integrated with spirit, especially if you choose them with the intention of increasing the greater good. Pure foods include those organically grown without chemicals or genetic modification. For the Crown Chakra, you want to eat with a higher purpose in mind – for the good of all beings, and the good of the environment.

Crown Chakra Healing Activities

The Crown Chakra is connected to meditation and to prayer or devotion to a higher power. Prayer could mean anything from singing religious hymns or reciting formal prayers or psalms, to devotional chanting like kirtan.

Being in nature, breathing in sunlight and fresh air, will also energize the Crown Chakra. While in nature, do a nalu meditation, focusing on something beautiful – when you feel a sense of relaxation, it’s a good time to give thanks and pray for guidance from a higher power.

For yoga poses and a guided visualization that will assist in balancing the Crown Chakra, please see The Chakra Energy Diet.

Free Chakra Energy Diet menu plans for all the chakras are available at www.theChakras.org.


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


FREE ON KINDLE at http://amzn.to/1JONPPkIn The Chakra Diaries, my first book, I shared how to balance your own chakras as you learn how these “energy centers” affect love and loss, health and happiness, life and death for the participants in a chakra workshop.

Rather than a non-fiction encyclopedia of chakra attributes and signs of imbalance, the stories in The Chakra Diaries show the miracles that can happen through forgiveness, love and energy healing.

Download it and you’ll learn about:

  • Chakra Meditation
  • Chakra Yoga
  • Affirmations for Chakra Cleansing
  • Crystal Chakra Healing
  • Mind-Body Healing

This is not a how-to book. As one reader said, “It’s what happens when you put ancient teachings and modern lives into the same kitchen and raise the heat while cooking up great emotion. The Chakra Diaries is a literary romance, but with emotional, intellectual and spiritual nuances that would appeal to anyone interested in love, especially enlightened love. The villains in The Chakra Diaries are ones we all try to avoid: cancer, lost love, false beliefs, but it is these very perilous obstacles that drive the stories and finally lift the characters into their higher spiritual states through chakra healing and balancing.”

“The best way to learn about the chakras is through fascinating real-world stories, tense with melancholy and wild with humor, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the book.” ~ Honolulu Weekly

Whether you just love good storytelling, or want to be inspired, download The Chakra Diaries, and then download the FREE MP3 CHAKRA MEDITATIONS from the book, so you can lie down and be guided to a place of relaxation and balance. I play these 10-minute guided meditation at the end of every yoga class, during Savasana.

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


I recently got a review for my first book, The Chakra Diaries, in which the reader said she had a hard time visualizing the chakra meditations provided at the beginning of each section. I’ve met many people who are not visually oriented, who would like to be better able to visualize what they want, and improve their intuition, imagination and psychic abilities.

So, let’s do some Dynamind tapping for the Third Eye Chakra.

Through this chakra center, you can tune in to the higher self in order to receive guidance and realistically perceive and visualize the future. It vibrates with the energy of the color indigo.

Emotional or mental health issues include confusion, brain fog, aimlessness and an inability to see the big picture or separate fact from fiction. Physical health issues commonly associated with the Third Eye Chakra include headaches, sinus problems, vision problems, learning disabilities and nightmares.

When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced, you have the ability to think clearly and the ability to trust your own inner wisdom, along with an increase in your intuitive, telepathic  and psychic abilities, including clairvoyance or clear seeing.


Prayer1) 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 can’t concentrate and that can change. I want that feeling to go away.”

“I have a sinus headache and that can change. I want that pain to go away.”

If you have no symptoms to release, you can use Dynamind to strengthen the Third Eye Chakra, with a declaration such as:

“I’m not as intuitive as I want to be. I want to live in the light, seeing and thinking clearly.”

Becca Chopra performing Dynamind.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.

For a complete set of Dynamind instructions for ALL the chakras, go to Amazon to download Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life.

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


a beautiful woman doing yoga on the rocks showing a healthy way to live a happy and relaxed lifestyle in a world full of stress with a beautiful rainbow in the background

Do you want to be more in touch with your inner wisdom? Do you want to transform and express your True Self? Then, you’ll want to use this info from The Chakra Energy Diet to help balance your Throat Chakra.

If you agree with more than 3 or 4 of the following statements, you may want to look at ways to heal your Throat Chakra…


  1. I don’t have time to cook.
  2. I tend to gulp down my food.
  3. I tend to overeat, but still feel the need for more.
  4. I have or have had bulimia or anorexia.
  5. I get frequent sore throats.
  6. I have difficulty expressing myself.
  7. I have an oral fixation–always chewing gum or my pen or fingernails.
  8. I drink too much or am addicted to cigarettes.
  9. I have a slow metabolism.
  10. I’m hyperactive, in talk and emotions.
  11. I often have a stiff neck and/or tight shoulders.

The Throat Chakra is associated with communication, the ability to speak honestly, to receive and process information, to know and speak your inner truth and to listen and hear what other people are really saying.

Tony was one of my workshop participants who, although handsome and buff (a regular weight lifter), often got tongue-tied around women because he felt that whatever he said would either be wrong or misunderstood. He usually pushed too hard, too fast, to cover up his shyness. Most of his calories came from alcohol to relax, and protein shakes to help build muscle.

Slowing things down, Tony joined a Macrobiotic cooking class, which started to make a world of difference in his life. After a session of chanting, the class would cook meals beginning with miso soup, as the appetizer to more healthy dinner entrees. He began spending more time listening to his dates and learning more about them and what they wanted in life and in a relationship. He realized he had been too focused on impressing women with his bragging, instead of being his true self – warm, compassionate and caring.

The Fifth Chakra: The Throat Chakra is located at the front of the throat and is associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck. Signs of an unbalanced Throat Chakra are an inability to express oneself, feeling stagnated, and holding on to unexpressed emotions (which can manifest as holding on to excess body weight too). This can lead to frustration, inability to find the right words or even excessive talking, shyness, sore throat, stiff neck, and addictions to tobacco, street drugs, alcohol and binge eating.

When the Throat Chakra is balanced, we feel creatively inspired and able to express ourselves well. We have confidence in our beliefs and the self-confidence to share them, and the capacity to listen to others and truly hear them as well.

The Throat Chakra’s balance is intimately tied to the health of the thyroid gland, which secretes hormones that control your metabolism, so a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism) will make it hard for you to lose weight, maintain energy, warm your hands and feet, or even stay in a positive mood. A hyperactive thyroid also causes severe metabolic and immune system problems. So foods that nourish the thyroid will also nourish the Throat Chakra.

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 10.41.37 AMThroat Chakra Healing Foods – Soothing Liquids or Blue in Color

Fifth chakra foods are soothing to the throat and nourishing to the thyroid gland. There aren’t many foods in nature that are BLUE in color – but be sure to include blueberries and blackberries, as well as licorice and slippery elm bark (soothing demulcents for the throat, esophagus and stomach). Soups, especially those containing vitamin-, mineral- and fiber-containing vegetables, are especially soothing to the throat chakra. Seaweeds, like nori, wakame, dulse, arame, hijiki, kelp or kombu, contain iodine to support thyroid function and have a demulcent action on the throat.

How you eat your food is of utmost importance to the Throat Chakra, as well as to your whole digestive system. Chewing your food consciously and thoroughly will exercise the Throat Chakra and unleash the nutrients in the food for easier digestibility. Have you ever gulped down a large meal and still not felt satisfied or nourished, but rather still hungry?

CHEW each bite at least 20 times, more if you have food sensitivities. It’s hard to chew and talk at the same time, so savor at least one meal per day chewing in silence and awareness. Also chew your liquids (soups and teas) to mix them with digestive-aiding enzymes found in the saliva.

“Drink your food, chew your liquids,” I was taught by my Macrobiotic teachers.

Dairy products can clog your throat and the lactose in them can affect your blood sugar as well, so avoid them if you are congested. Drink plenty of water, especially first thing in the morning, to cleanse your system.

My favorite menus for the Throat Chakra are ones that provide the five tastes – spicy, sour, sweet, bitter and astringent foods all in one meal, e.g., miso soup with wakame seaweed as a starter to an entrée of stir-fried vegetables over brown rice with a spicy Thai peanut sauce, and a salad with a balsamic-blueberry dressing. For dessert, I love to make a blueberry sorbet.

MisoTaste the Healing Power of Throat Chakra Recipes: To make miso soup, sautee some sliced onions in 1 T. sesame oil. Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and add a 3” strip of wakame seaweed cut up in small pieces, and other veggies such as chopped kale or carrots, then cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and dissolve 1 T. of miso into the soup by stirring in the paste through a strainer.

Look for non-GMO Light Yellow Miso or Chick Pea Miso in the refrigerator section of your health food store. A good source of protein and B vitamins, unpasteurized miso paste also contains friendly bacterial enzymes for your gut, and helps cleanse radiation and nicotine from the body.

For a delicious Blueberry Sorbet, just freeze blueberries and peeled bananas, then blend them together for a creamy, sweet, soothing and satisfying alternative to ice cream.

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 10.03.56 AMYoga Poses for the Throat Chakra

In my Chakra Yoga Flow, I like to move from the Cobra Pose to the Lion Pose to open up Throat Chakra energy. The pose looks funny, but is very effective, especially if you feel you are getting a sore or scratchy throat.

These poses can also be added to your yoga repertoire to open the Throat Chakra: the Half Shoulder Stand, Shoulder Shrugs and Circles, and the Fish pose, as well as pranayama breathing exercises.

Throat Chakra Healing Activities

Use this general affirmation or grace before cooking and eating for the Throat Chakra:

“May this food bless and nourish my body and help me communicate my truth.”

Sound Healing is very powerful and harmonizing for the Throat Chakra. Singing, toning and chanting are beneficial. Drumming, and any exercise involving rhythm will also help balance this chakra. I especially recommend Ecstatic Dancing and the Dances of Universal Peace where you dance while singing loving words.

Walking is a perfect exercise, as it relaxes both body and mind, that anyone can do to support the Throat Chakra.

Throat Chakra Visualization

Imagine healing green light from the heart chakra moving up the spine to the throat, where it becomes a beautiful sky blue. Breathe in the blue light, then fill your lungs and let your throat open wide and sing whatever tone or note feels right… AAAH! Release any negativity and cynicism and open yourself to communicating as a holy being.

You know what to say and what not to say, how to communicate well. Feel yourself singing out clear energy, loving notes, healing vibrations for yourself and the entire universe. Make yourself heard and listen well to the love that returns to you, as your audience, your universal family, stand up and clap for you.

The Chakra Energy Diet is available on Amazon.com, to help you balance all your chakras and end any confusion on what diet is right for you.


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


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