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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


Unlock your heartIf your chakras are blocked or closed, your ability to give and receive love will also be blocked. Relationships will be rocky, and your ability to feel love and happiness will be locked away.

The participants in my Chakra Workshops keep journals which clearly show how a blocked chakra can also block love in your life. And my book, based on these journals, The Chakra Diaries, shows how using meditations and the other tools described, can lead to happier endings.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to remind you that everything is all about love. Life’s struggles (yes, even money issues) can be fixed with love. Every difficult relationship or situation can be remedied with love. Any chakra blockage may be healed and opened through love. The healing power of love can change things in an instant.

HERE’S HOW BALANCED CHAKRAS CAN IMPROVE YOUR LOVE LIFE:
ROOT CHAKRA – When you feel grounded and safe, you feel like you belong and are able to be a more responsible partner.
SACRAL CHAKRA – When balanced, your creativity and sexuality are free-flowing, and you are able to be a more romantic partner.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA – With your personal power chakra balanced and your self-love in place, you will feel the confidence necessary to find and win your soul mate.
HEART CHAKRA – Love and compassion, the keynotes of a balanced Heart Chakra, will help you retain your relationships, through better or worse.
THROAT CHAKRA – With the ability to speak your truth about your needs and wants, your relationships will be more harmonious and fulfilling.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA – As you increase your intuition, you will have a closer bond, not only to your higher self, but to your loved ones.
CROWN CHAKRA – As you channel the divine love of the universe, you will be better able to act from a place of love in all areas of your life.

The Chakra Diaries Giveaway – through February 15, 2015
In The Chakra Diaries, 10 people in a chakra workshop journal about their lives, troubles and relationship problems, and how they regain their balance, their joy, through THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE.

My Valentine’s gift to you is a copy of The Chakra Diaries – download your FREE copy at Amazon. Readers have found this look at how miracles can happen through forgiveness and love to be both enlightening and inspiring.

You can share the FREE LINK to The Chakra Diaries with your loved ones and friends – just go to the Amazon page and click “Share.” Remember, Kindle books can be read not only on Kindle devices, but computers, iPads, and even smart phones… the app is free on Amazon.

Here’s to love!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life and The Chakra Energy Diet

www.theChakras.org


SOLID HEART FLOWING ON LIQUID LAVA HEARTTHE LAVA ON HAWAII CREATES HEARTS FULL OF GREEN CRYSTALS.

I love to use lava rocks to ground my root chakra, placing them between my legs as I meditate, or placing them on my heart chakra to open myself to the healing power of love as I lie in Savasana. Many of my friends use lava rocks to make jewelry that encapsulates the tremendous energy of the earth.

Lava hearts may form as 2000-degree basalt flows from underneath the surface of the Big Island of Hawaii, spurts, ebbs and then cools. Once covered by the sea, marine creatures such as limpets or other snails may attach to the pieces of lava as well. Also, these as-found creations of Nature often contain the yellow-green Quartz crystals called citrine that is created as the lava cools. I imagine that these hearts are bursting with love to be shared.

For lava rock hearts that you can get in time for Valentine’s Day, see www.ETSY.com.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries (watch for my Valentine’s Day giveaway starting February 12th!)

www.theChakras.org


yogaTO START THE CHAKRA DIET, START AT THE ROOT

Located at the base of your spine, the first chakra, the Root Chakra, is the very foundation of our identity, so it’s always wise to start your Chakra Diet with attention there. This chakra is associated with basic survival and security in the world, trust and boundaries, and balancing this chakra will lower your stress level dramatically.

Body weight issues are commonly associated with the Root Chakra. When the Root Chakra is balanced, you feel strong and supported, safe, grounded, and peaceful… no reason to reach for comfort food or to overdo on holiday goodies when you’re not hungry.

Foods, especially that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras.

Root Chakra Healing Foods Carry the Vibration of the Color RED: Animal protein, root vegetables, edible and medicinal mushrooms, and red-colored foods (beets, apples, pomegranates, cranberries, raspberries, etc.) nourish the root chakra, and will help balance it.

Root Chakra Healing Activities: Gardening is the #1 activity I recommend for Root Chakra grounding AND for weight loss. The University of Utah did a study that agreed, showing that burying your hands in the earth can help you bury excess pounds as well. The researchers found that the average body mass index (BMI) of female gardeners was 1.84 lower than that of their non-gardening neighbors, or approximately 10 pounds less for a woman 5’ 5” tall. For men, the difference was even greater, so bend down and dig in the soil, guys. Male gardeners had an average BMI difference of 2.36, which translates to 16 lbs. less for a 5’ 10” physique.

These research results, reported in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that spouses of the gardeners also had lower BMIs, which was attributed to eating more fresh produce and possibly helping with pulling weeds and other gardening activities.

When we balance our chakras, we craft our lives the way we want them to be, rather than living in constant reaction to forces outside of us. These spirals of energy are wheels that heal, feeding the body good energy and profoundly affecting our metabolism, as well as emotions, sensations and behaviors. The way we handle stress depends on our chakra balance… and we can eat our way into balance with healthy whole foods (unhealthy processed foods just cause the body more stress).

Two of my favorite recipes for the Root Chakra are for Borscht (beet soup), Turkey and Bean Chili. Get a complete list of foods, recipes, yoga poses, and meditations for each chakra… in The Chakra Energy Diet, available now on Amazon Kindle.

Namaste,

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

www.thechakras.org


Becca Chopra performing "Dynamind" chakra healing.I receive emails every day offering some new (and very expensive) salve, cream or pill for pain relief. All because I bought my mother an ointment for her arthritic knees. Then, I taught her Dynamind, and she now uses this mind-body technique to relieve not only any pain in her knees, but her tension headaches too. She follows along with the DVD, Balance & Tone Your Chakras, in which Serge Kahili King, Ph.D., a Hawaiian shaman, teaches me to use DYNAMIND – adding in visualizations for each chakra, which I find makes it even more effective as an “instant” healing technique.

I first introduced Dynamind in my book, Chakra Secrets, and over a million people around the world are using it to heal themselves of pain and emotional distress, according to Dr. King.

“I read this book and another of Becca’s, checked out her website, and viewed her video that follows this book. For the first time in 2 years, I am pain free. I am more at peace. THANKS!” ~ Amazon reviewer

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

If you haven’t tried it yet, enter to win my book, Chakra Secrets, in which I tell the story of how I learned Dynamind, and the Balance & Tone Your Chakras DVD and let me know how Dynamind works for you. You have until December 15th to enter my Holiday Giveaway – just go to my website to enter. Everyone who enters will win – First Place wins the physical book and DVD; all other entries will receive the Kindle book and streaming video.

DON’T MISS OUT!

Enter the Holiday Giveaway 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

Planet Earth’s Chakras


Becca Chopra:

Wonderful insight into the earth’s major chakra energy centers…

Originally posted on Mommy Mystic:

I wanted to connect with something fun this week, so decided to connect two of my favorite themes – chakras and nature – and do a post on the earth’s chakras, and specifically, potential locations.

For those that resist the idea of chakras, in the human body or the earth, think of it this way: Chakras are simply energy vortexes or intersection points, which we know exist in some form in virtually every structural and energetic system. Think joints in the skeletel system, or glands in the endocrine/hormonal system. Chakras are the energetic version of these intersections, and each one conducts a different type of energy. Electromagnetic research is starting to be able to detect these intersections – in both humans and the planet.

Another model I like for thinking about chakras is as a doorway for awareness. Whether you are meditating on your own chakras, or traveling…

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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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