A forum for all of those open to balancing their Chakras, enhancing their yoga practice and ensuring optimum holistic health


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


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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CHAKRA COLORING CONTEST

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. 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 15th. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free 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.

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org


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.

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org


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.

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

www.theChakras.org


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.

USING DYNAMIND TO BALANCE THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA

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.

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

www.thechakras.org


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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…

THROAT CHAKRA ISSUES

  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.

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org


The Chakra Energy Diet coverIn honor of Mother’s Day (I associate a mother’s love quite a bit with food), here’s an excerpt from The Chakra Energy Diet on the Heart Chakra.

DO YOU FEEL ENOUGH LOVE IN YOUR LIFE?

You feel love when you give love. And you need an open, balanced Heart Chakra to be the compassionate, loving person that is the real you.

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

HEART CHAKRA ISSUES

  1. I’m tired from putting others ahead of myself.
  2. I find it hard to forgive or let go of hurt feelings.
  3. I’m very empathic – feeling other’s feelings.
  4. My heart has been broken in the past.
  5. I have heart and/or lung problems.
  6. I feel numb and a loss of passion.
  7. Connecting with friends or family helps relieve my stress.
  8. I don’t get enough hugs, kisses or massages.
  9. I often get heartburn after eating.
  10. I don’t really like vegetables.
  11. Relationship problems cause me to overeat.

All healing is achieved through the magic of love. We can all benefit by releasing the tension that blocks our healing energy from flowing. Start with self-love, accepting and praising your body and mind for being – yes, just for being here for you, allowing you to be part of life. Go from there, and do Saturation Praise (telling yourself out loud what you love about yourself) for a minute every day – the more you learn to love yourself, the more you will be able to do what’s best for your body, and to show love and compassion to others.

The Fourth Chakra: Located at the center of your chest, the Heart Chakra is associated with the heart and lungs. If your Heart Chakra is blocked or imbalanced, you may experience physical issues with these organs, such as hypertension or respiratory ailments, or feel pain in the upper back and shoulders. You may feel emotional insensitivity, sorrow, depression, and resentment, and develop a dependency on smoking cigarettes or marijuana.

When the Heart Chakra is balanced, you are able to feel love, openly giving and receiving it. You are able to be compassionate without taking on other people’s feelings. You can let go of sadness, release old resentments, forgive yourselves and others, and move forward with emotional empowerment.

The Heart Chakra is the bridge between the lower three chakras – the Root Chakra which relates to our safety and security; the Sacral Chakra, which relates to our creativity and sexuality; the Solar Plexus Chakra, which is the base of our personal power and identity; and the upper three chakras – the Throat Chakra, which is associated with speaking our truth; the Third Eye Chakra, which opens us to our higher knowing and intuition; and the Crown Chakra, our connection to spirit.

Leafy greensHeart Chakra Healing Foods

While the first three chakras are fed by protein, fats and carbohydrates, the Heart Chakra is balanced through phytochemicals or macronutrients, especially those in green vegetables. The rising energy imparted by leafy greens, for instance, feeds our expansion, growth and opening in all directions, like the feeling of love and a willingness to give of ourselves.

Foods, especially that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras. So, nourish your Heart Chakra with the many GREEN vegetables – from kale, spinach, chard, collard, dandelion and mustard greens, to lettuce and sprouts of all kinds, and nourishing and health-protective cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. There’s also bok choy, cabbage, arugula, green peas and peppers, leeks and green onions, watercress, zucchini, and celery.

Take a stroll through your local Farmer’s Market and appreciate the abundance of green veggies and choose your favorites, then open up and try some new ones. Ask how to best prepare them to savor their delicious flavors.

Also, include green fruit in your diet, from green apples, pears, grapes and kiwi, to that best salad ingredient of all – avocados.

Taste the Healing Power of Kale: An easy recipe for the Heart Chakra is Sauteed Kale. First, I slice and sautee an onion and some garlic, add chopped kale and cook until tender. Top with seasonings of your choice – my family and friends love it tossed with vinaigrette dressing.

You can pick up Kale Chips as a snack almost everywhere, a great replacement for less healthy chips. I’ve even made my potato chip-loving friends fans of kale by making these Kale Chips… Simply remove the ribs from a bunch of organic kale and cut the leaves into 1 1/2-inch pieces, wash and dry them, then toss with olive oil and salt. Bake at 275 degrees until crisp, about 20 minutes. They keep well in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Heart Chakra Healing Activities

Use this general affirmation or blessing while cooking and before eating for the Heart Chakra:

“May this food bless and nourish my body and make me more loving and compassionate.”

You can strengthen the healing effect of your food by adding in some green veggies at each meal, for instance, adding some leafy greens to your morning juice or smoothie, or green peppers in your omelet, having a large salad at lunch, and steaming broccoli or zucchini for your side dish at dinner. Make your meal with love and gratitude, for the people who grew your food, to the people you will share it with.

We often overeat to fill a feeling of emptiness or lack of love. If sharing food is one of the major ways your mother has expressed her love to you, or you to your family, think of other ways to feed the longing of your own heart, rather than with food. Instead, pamper yourself with a massage or social activity, or reach out to others through volunteer work.

Exercising with others is recommended for the Heart Chakra. Join in a team sport, an aerobics or spin class at the gym, take a walk with a friend or partner, play catch with your children, and be sure to take a yoga class.

Circle 3Heart Chakra Yoga Poses

I like to open up Heart Chakra energy in the chest by doing the Circle of Joy sequence; and also with the Cobra Pose.

The Heart Chakra will also be energized by the Fish Pose, the head-to-knee Forward Bend and the Head of Cow pose.

Heart Chakra Visualization

In your mind’s eye, see a person who may have hurt you and caused your heart to be blocked to the flow of love and compassion. Imagine sending them blessings as you throw them a ball in a game of catch. See if they throw it back. If not, surround the game of catch or relationship with a green glow, sending that person love and forgiveness, and through magical thinking, have them throw the ball back and forth with you. And then catch yourself smiling.

It’s not hard to let go and forgive someone…wrap that person who has caused you pain in bright green light, cleansing and healing the situation. Release yourself and them from any negative connections, only keeping the good. Let go of anger to have space for love to grow. Now, with love and compassion, envelop yourself and your whole life experience in healing green light.

The Chakra Energy Diet is available on Amazon Kindle for download to any device – a perfect Mother’s Day gift for the women in your life. Here’s to balance, health, and always, love.

Namaste!

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

www.thechakras.org


MeditateMetta or Loving-Kindness Meditation

This meditation is a method for developing compassion and is a great one to use when you’re in a place of feeling challenged by, or frustrated with yourself and/or another person. Loving-kindness, or Metta, as it’s called in the Pali language, is unconditional, inclusive love—a love with wisdom. It has no conditions. It does not depend on whether someone “deserves” it or not. It is not restricted to friends and family, rather extends out from the personal to include all living beings.

Instructions:

  1. Wherever you are, take a seat, close your eyes, and bring awareness to your breath.
  2. Breathing in and out from the heart center, begin by generating a kind, loving feeling toward yourself.
  3. Feel any areas of mental blockage or numbness, self-judgment or self-hatred.
  4. Then drop beneath that to the place where you care for yourself, where you want strength and health and safety for yourself. Choose one of the following phrases (or make one up for yourself) and silently say …
    • May I be filled with loving kindness
    • May I be well
    • May I be peaceful and at ease
    • May I be truly happy
  5. Next, choose someone that you care for deeply or, on the contrary, who you feel most challenged by, and repeat the phrase, exchanging “I” with “you.”
    • May you be filled with loving kindness
    • May you be well
    • May you be peaceful and at ease
    • May you be truly happy
  6. Then expand your awareness to the entire planet and radiate the loving kindness to all living beings.
    • May all beings be filled with loving kindness
    • May all beings be well
    • May all beings be peaceful and at ease
    • May all beings be truly happy
  7. At the end, slowly open your eyes, take a couple moments to center yourself, and continue on with your day.

Thank you to the Chopra Center for this perfect way to recharge your day and your chakra balance.

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

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