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


The Circle of Joy Breath Integrates Body, Mind and Spirit:

CIRCLE 1 and 6This sequence opens the heart chakra, which is the bridge between our lower chakras and physical self, and our higher chakras that tune into our mind and spirit. As the bridge from the Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras that are associated with the physical body, to the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras, associated with mind and spirit, the Heart Chakra is the gateway to higher consciousness.

The Heart Chakra needs to be nourished if we are to remain physically strong, capable of giving and receiving love and able to develop spirituality. The Circle of Joy Breath will calm your emotions and prepare you for deeper visualization and meditation.

This can be done either standing or sitting. First, place your palms together at your heart.

Circle 2

Inhale, interlacing your fingers.

Exhale, press your palms forward and outward, stretching through your shoulders.

 

 

CIRCLE 3

Inhale, and circle your hands upward, extending your palms up to the sky and lengthening your spine.

Affirmation: “I am encircled with joy and light to share with the world.”

 

 

Circle 3

Exhale, releasing your hands and circle them down behind your back.

Inhale, interlace your fingers again and raise the arms backward and upward, opening your chest.

 

 

Circle 2

 

Exhale, releasing your hands and circle them back in front, clasping the palms and stretching them forward.

 

 

CIRCLE 1 and 6

 

Inhale, bringing your palms back together at the heart.

 

 

Now relax in the seated lotus position or lie down in Savasana. This is a good time to do a Chakra meditation or guided visualization.

Download a free 10-minute Chakra Meditation from Becca Chopra at www.thechakras.org/meditations.html

For more ways to nourish all the chakras, follow me on Facebook or Twitter for special giveaways associated my new book, Chakra Energy Diet, coming in May.

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

www.theChakras.org


CONNECT TO YOUR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

If you agree with more than 3 or 4 of the following statements, you may want to look at ways to heal your Crown Chakra, which will help you transform and connect with your higher self, the infinite spirit, God…

CROWN CHAKRA ISSUES

  1. I have very strong religious or spiritual beliefs.
  2. I tend to get in debates about my spiritual beliefs.
  3. I lack faith in a higher power.
  4. I have stayed with my childhood religion without introspection about my actual beliefs.
  5. Religious fanatics drive me crazy.
  6. I feel confused about God or religious practices.
  7. I feel let down by God.
  8. I feel all alone.
  9. I’m spiritual to the extent that I often neglect my physical body.
  10. I converse with god, spirits or angels more than with people.

Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the 7th chakra, the Crown Chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. It 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.

After my best friend 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 knowing that her spirit lived on.

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

Crown Chakra Healing Foods

Detoxifying Juice 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.

We’ve all either said grace before eating as a child, or seen others do it, but have you continued this practice? It’s a valuable tool to bless your food with a healing intention and vibration. You can use a general blessing, or one adapted to a specific chakra that you want to strengthen. For the Crown Chakra: “May this food bless and nourish my body and help me support my spiritual purpose.”

Detoxification cleanses, such as juice fasting, can also benefit the Crown Chakra. I especially like juicing mangosteen, in season now in Hawaii, with its luscious purple color – associated with the Crown Chakra – 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.

Foods that are pure and unadulterated also keep the Crown Chakra open and integrated with spirit. Pure foods include those organically grown without chemicals or genetic modification. For animal foods, choose those raised in a natural environment, free-range or fed organic feed, without being injected with excess hormones or antibiotics.

Crown Chakra Healing Activities and Yoga Poses

While the Third Eye Chakra is often connected to meditation, the Crown Chakra is more connected 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. The Downward Dog yoga pose increases circulation to the head, increasing mental clarity and readying you for prayer. Being in nature, breathing in sunlight and fresh air, will also energize the Crown Chakra.

Before we end with a Crown Chakra Visualization, here’s a recap of my blogs on Healing Foods for the Chakras:

Chakra Foods

 

Crown Chakra Visualization

All we have learned and healed through the lower six chakras merges and travels up the spine, creating a purple color. Here we open ourselves to awareness of the divine and our highest consciousness. Focus on breathing in the violet light, relaxing, letting go. Keeping your focus on the crown of your head, allow the chakra to open, visualizing it as a crown of light above your head. Feel it expanding and opening to the wonder and radiance of spirit. Send love up and out the crown chakra and then welcome its return in a beam of light that pours down through your whole being. Let the energy flow through you and around you and embrace totality.

Breathe in the power and the healing. Imagine a rainbow of light pouring down your body, from your crown chakra down to your root chakra, enveloping you in harmony with everything above and below and around you.

March 31st is the last day to enter to win a free, personalized Chakra Diet Plan at www.theChakras.org, which will also guarantee you a FREE copy of my forthcoming book, The Chakra Diet. 

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org


GrapesWant more inspiration on what path you should take in life? Want to increase your intuition about which foods will balance your chakras and balance your life?

The Third Eye Chakra, the 6th chakra, gives us insight, premonitions, psychic abilities. Through the Third Eye Chakra you may connect to the higher self to seek and receive inner guidance. Your psychic and telepathic abilities may become heightened, and you’ll be able to trust your inner wisdom.

Signs of an unbalanced Third Eye Chakra include emotional or mental issues such as fuzzy thinking or confusion, or physical issues such as headaches, sinusitis, vision problems, nightmares, and anxiety disorders. Addictions to foods, and issues with weight, can be directly related to the Third Eye Chakra, especially when we’re addicted to foods that stimulate the brain with sugar and caffeine, such as colas and chocolate.

When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced, we have an ability to think clearly, trust our inner wisdom and have a healthy reliance on our intuitive powers.

Third Eye Chakra balance is intimately tied into the health of the pineal gland, which controls our entire hormonal system. It also oversees the brain, and is directly linked to our moods through our thoughts and working of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. If you overeat or make poor food choices when you’re over-stressed or in a bad mood, you’ll want to seek other ways to soothe yourself such as yoga and meditation.

Kneeling yoga mudraYoga Poses for the Third Eye Chakra:

Add the Bridge pose to your yoga repertoire to balance the Third Eye Chakra, as well as Kneeling Yoga Mudra to unite the head and heart and bring a fresh supply of oxygen-carrying blood to the brain. Kneeling down, clasp the hands behind you as you touch your chin toward your chest, bending at the waist and leaning forward until your head touches the floor.

Sitting up, also try the Bumble Bee Breath, inhaling deeply then exhaling with your lips vibrating with the sound “hmmmmmmmm.”

Third Eye Chakra Visualization:

Breathe in the color indigo, a very dark blue, into the center of your forehead. Here we return to the magic of childhood, to unlimited possibilities, to skills we have always had but which were pushed out of sight. Awaken and clarify your inner vision to have a clear picture of what you want your life to be. Also awaken to a different kind of seeing, clairvoyance or clear sight, that allows you to look inside and beyond the limits of time and space.

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

Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods: The Third Eye Chakra vibrates to the color indigo, a dark purplish blue. Purple foods such as grapes, blueberries, blackberries and raisins not only resonate with a similar color, but they contain antioxidants known as anthocyanidins that protect the brain and nervous system from stress. Red wine, in moderation, is touted for its health benefits. Other purple foods that nourish the Third Eye Chakra include eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple potatoes or sweet potatoes, as well as all types of stimulating spices.

Chocolate, unless you’re a sugar addict (which is more common than you might think) can help revive a brain taxed by overthinking or overuse of psychic skills – savor a small piece of dark chocolate, chewing it slowly and consciously, for best effect. If you do have uncontrollable cravings for sugars and simple carbohydrates (everything from cookies, cake and chocolate to bread and muffins), you may need to go on a “sugar detox” to remove the “Sugar Blues,” known since this book was written decades ago. Our brains are stimulated and can become addicted to sugar, especially when combined with unhealthy fats and salt in processed foods designed to make us eat more than just one. In this case, choose the purple/blue berries listed above as a substitute for processed sweet foods in your diet, and you’ll be better able to stave off uncontrollable cravings.

Third Eye Chakra Healing Activities:

Meditating for a few minutes before eating is wonderful to clear your mind and let your intuition guide your food choices. When I suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding, I found myself reaching over to eat a bite of my partner’s steak. He was shocked, as I had been a vegetarian for years. But my inner wisdom aimed my fork toward what my body needed, until I could address the cause of the heavy bleeding.

Practice using your intuition when food shopping – what food or drinks call out to you? If you find yourself craving a particular food too often, check your nutritional needs in case your body is giving you a signal you need to pay attention to. In case you have food sensitivities, keep a food journal to watch how your mind and body react after eating certain foods. Do you get fatigued, depressed, or have any physical aches and pains?

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.

Enter to win a FREE, personalized Chakra Diet Plan at www.theChakras.org.

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org

 


Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 10.41.37 AMThe Throat Chakra, the fifth chakra, is associated with communication, the ability to speak honestly, to receive and process information, to know and speak our inner truth.

It is the center of transformation and change. Signs of an unbalanced Throat Chakra are an inability to express yourself, 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 like smoking, 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 into the health of the thyroid gland, located in the throat area. The thyroid 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.

Foods, especially that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras. The Throat Chakra is associated with the color blue.

Throat Chakra Healing Foods: Fifth chakra foods are soothing to the throat and nourishing to the thyroid gland. Those that are blue or deep red in color include blueberries, blackberries, grapes and cherries. Soups, especially those containing vitamin-and mineral- and fiber-containing vegetables, will be especially soothing to the throat chakra. Seaweeds, like kelp or kombu, contain iodine to support thyroid function and have a demulcent action on the throat.

Dairy products and sugar can clog your throat and wreak havoc with your blood sugar as well, so are best avoided. Drink plenty of water, especially first thing in the morning to cleanse your system. Try the herbal sugar substitute Stevia and herbal teas instead of sodas.

Chewing your food consciously and thoroughly will also 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 even still hungry? I recommend chewing each bite 20 times, more if you have food allergies. It’s hard to chew and talk at the same time, so I choose to savor at least one meal per day chewing in silence and awareness.

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

Add these poses to your yoga repertoire to open the throat chakra: the Half Shoulder Stand, Shoulder Shrugs and Circles, the Fish and the Lion pose.

Throat Chakra Healing Activities: DreamDance

Walking is a perfect exercise to support the Throat Chakra, as it evens out inconsistent energies in the body and relaxes the mind. Singing and dancing, drumming, and any exercise involving rhythm will help balance this chakra. I especially recommend Ecstatic Dancing and the Dances of Universal Peace where you dance while singing truth (loving words).

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.

My favorite recipes 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, an entrée of stir-fried vegetables over Forbidden black rice with a spicy sauce, and a salad with a sweet-sour balsamic-blueberry dressing.

Please share your favorite recipes for Throat Chakra balancing – it may be included in my upcoming book THE CHAKRA DIET! To enter to win a FREE, personalized Chakra Diet Plan, please go to www.theChakras.org.

Namaste!

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

www.theChakras.org

 


Book coverI’m taking a long weekend break from writing my next book, The Chakra Diet, to celebrate my birthday. I hope you’ll accept a gift from me – my first book, The Chakra Diaries, free for download on Kindle this weekend.

You can download it to any smart reading device by downloading the free Amazon app… see http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

Here’s what one of my reviewers in the U.K. wrote:

“The first thing that grabbed me was the cover: all those swirls turning in one direction in harmony, it’s not something I’ve seen before. Only later did I realize there’s a hidden meaning in this cover, showing that, interwoven in the story are the lives of different characters as they attend a 12 week chakra workshop and experience a major shift in their lives. During this workshop, as characters come and leave, the reader’s taught how the energy of healing and different people can leave a mark on one. To be honest, when I started this book I expected a formal handbook with explanations what chakras are, how they work, and how blockages can be removed. However, I was wrong. The Chakra Diaries offers a unique way to teach the reader how energy impacts one’s life by giving peeks into the diary entries of the main characters and their lives, their experiences, disappointments and happy moments.”

I hope you enjoy the inspiring quotes, stories, and interwoven chakra information and balancing meditations when you download your copy of The Chakra Diaries.

Try this short SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA guided meditation from the book:

“Inhale deeply, hold your breath and then exhale. Feel a vortex of energy move up to your navel and turn bright yellow, right at your core. Breathe in and out of your core, building up the power of your center. Be open to the vitality, purpose and majesty of this bright yellow fire of life. Know that you can use this power to heal old pain and to remove old wounds. Breathe in and out of the flames of this inner sun and feel your body radiate with new purpose, wisdom and strength.”

If you’d like a preview of The Chakra Diet and would like to enter to win a free, personalized Chakra Diet Plan, please see www.thechakras.org.

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

www.thechakras.org


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 answer YES to more than 4 or 5 of the following questions, you may want to look at ways to heal your Heart Chakra…

Heart Chakra Questionnaire (Check those statement you agree with.)

  1. I often put others ahead of myself.
  2. I’m tired from being a caregiver.
  3. I’m angry and resentful about the way I’ve been treated.
  4. I find it hard to forgive or let go of hurt feelings.
  5. I’m very empathic – feeling other’s feelings.
  6. My heart has been broken.
  7. I have heart problems (hypertension or high cholesterol).
  8. I have lung problems (asthma, allergies or frequent coughs).
  9. I have problems in my love life.
  10. I feel numb and a loss of passion.
  11. I release my stress by connecting with friends or family.
  12. I don’t get enough hugs, kisses or massages.
  13. I often get heartburn after eating.
  14. I don’t really like vegetables.
  15. Relationship problems cause me to overeat.

Located at the center of your chest, the fourth chakra, the Heart Chakra, is associated with the physical organs – 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, resentment, or dependency on nicotine 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’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 higher 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, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. There’s also bok choy, cabbage, arugula, green peas and peppers, leeks and green onions, watercress, zucchini, celery, and more. 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 and 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.

Heart Chakra Healing Activities: 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 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. Say grace before meals, such as this one suggested by Shakti Gawain: “May this food bless and nourish my body, and keep me at my ideal weight.”

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 yoga class, a team sport, an aerobics or spin class at the gym, take a walk with a friend or partner, or play catch with your children.

Healing Visualization: One of my favorite visualizations if I’m feeling a relationship problem, is to imagine playing catch with the person I’m having difficulty with. In your mind’s eye, see a person you are having a problem with. See if they catch the ball and throw it back. If not, surround the game of catch or relationship with a green glow, send that person love and forgiveness, and through magical thinking, have them throw the ball back and forth with you. And then catch yourself smiling.

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.

Heart Chakra Recipes: One of my favorite, easy recipes 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 loves it mixed with some vinagrette dressing. These days, you can pick up Kale Chips as a snack almost everywhere, a great replacement for less healthy potato chips. Or make your own…

Homemade Kale Chips:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Rinse and dry a bunch of kale (organic is best) and sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Massage the oil and salt into the kale leaves with your hands.
  3. Fill 2 large rimmed baking sheets with a single layer of kale and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the leaves are crisp. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Please share your favorite recipe for Heart Chakra balancing – it may be included in my upcoming book, THE CHAKRA DIET! If you’d like to win a Personalized Chakra Diet Plan, enter to win at www.theChakras.org.

Namaste,

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

www.thechakras.org


Time for gift giving – so here goes…

Balance_Your_Chakras_ebook_cover4Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life is FREE for download today on Amazon at http://amzn.to/MRV7Xb.

Thanks to Daisy S. for the most recent review posted on Amazon.com for Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life (Kindle Edition):

The BEST Chakra Book that I have found!

For me I am a newbie in my journey of learning the Chakras and what they are, what they do etc, so I wanted to find a basic book on this but not too basic. This book has exceeded my expectations! Yes, I could have gone to Google and researched all of this, but I wanted the information in one place and one book.

This book is easy to understand, follow and Ms. Chopra gives much extra information as her website and other references to Chakras in this book. If you are new to the Chakras or even not so new, this book has something for everyone and it is beautiful illustrations, information and so much more… Highly recommend this book to all. “

If you’d like to follow along with me as I balance my chakras, please download the free streaming video of Balance & Tone Your Chakras,

You’re also invited to download a free 10-minute Chakra Meditation to use during Savasana or anytime you need to quickly rebalance and rejuvenate.

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

http://www.thechakras.org

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