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Which Chakras Need Balancing to Meet your New Year’s Resolutions?


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I agree with Dr. Abrams, but how do we become bodywise? Look to your chakras. They give you clues where stress is sabotaging your health resolutions (in the past and for the New Year), and where you need to nurture yourself.

To share the best stress-busting techniques I’ve learned over the last 20 years along with the best way to nurture each chakra, I’m offering you a FREE download of The Chakra Energy Diet: The Right Food, Relaxation, Yoga & Exercise To Look and Feel your Best! through Sunday, January 8.

CHAKRA ENERGY FOODS

You increase your energy when you eat food as close to its natural state as possible (not processed with additives you can’t even pronounce). So what should you eat?

First, see where stress is impacting your body and which chakra center needs to be strengthened. Learning more about the chakra system can help you determine what foods YOU personally need to ADD to nourish yourself, banish stress, and help you achieve your optimal weight.

THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET helps you determine where you are lacking balance and how to regain it.

Are your finances in trouble? Are you feeling insecure? Do you need to perform better at work and get that raise or promotion? Strengthen your 1st or Root Chakra.

Do you want to spice up your sex life or feel more passionate and creative? Unblock your Sacral Chakra.

Want to feel more self-confident and powerful in achieving your goals? Strengthen your Solar Plexus Chakra.

Want to feel more love, be able to forgive past grievances, and connect better with your family, friends and co-workers? Work on your Heart Chakra.

Afraid of public speaking? Want to be able to express your truth and be understood? Balance your Throat Chakra.

Want more inspiration on which path you should take in life? Want to increase your intuition and psychic abilities? Open your Third Eye Chakra.

Want to feel at one with all there is? More peace, harmony and connection to spirit? Work on your Crown Chakra.

You can balance all your chakras by eating a rainbow of colors… THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET contains full-color photos of my favorite recipes.

Using instant “stress-busting” techniques shared in the book, combined with eating more real food, will help you feel both more calm and more energized. And when you drop the excess stress, and make more conscious food choices, you’ll drop any excess weight, and feel and look better too.

Don’t wait to improve the health of yourself and your family – download THE CHAKRA ENERGY DIET today.

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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FOUR WAYS TO BEAT STRESS AND FOOD CRAVINGS TO REACH YOUR OPTIMAL WEIGHT


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

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

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

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

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

Take a Break and Breathe

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

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

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

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

How to Stop Physical Food Cravings

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

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

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

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

“Think” Yourself Thin

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Push Down Uncomfortable Emotions

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

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

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

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

You’re Already Complete and Connected

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

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

Embracing the “Relaxation Response”

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

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

Help “Feed the Children”

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

Namaste!

Becca Chopra

www.theChakras.org

The Chakra Energy Diet : The Right Food, Relaxation, Yoga & Exercise To Look and Feel your Best!


The Chakra Energy Diet coverBefore I began writing The Chakra Energy Diet, I had a long learning curve where nutrition is concerned. If you’ve read my personal story in The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets, you’ll know that my weight seesawed up and down along with my insecurities, romantic dramas, self-confidence, and mindfulness. A health scare led me to start my nutrition education and to understand that I needed to love my body, at every moment, unconditionally.

When faced with surgery for an ovarian cyst, I decided to listen and learn about a whole foods Macrobiotic diet. I immersed myself in a six-month cooking and counseling program and began eating “real” foods, not packaged “food-like” products. When I checked back with my physician three months later, he said the first ultrasound must have been in error, because there was now no sign of a cyst or of a hormonal imbalance. I had heard many anecdotes of “spontaneous remissions” of all kinds of problems among my new Macrobiotic friends, so I was not as surprised as my doctor.

“Let food be thy medicine” began to make sense to me.

Munching on bright orange carrot sticks had become my replacement for less than healthy snack foods. I realized it was no coincidence that I craved orange foods – orange is the color of the Sacral Chakra, associated with gynecological problems.

I integrated my newfound nutrition knowledge into my chakra balancing practice. In this book, I also recommend you eat “real,” “clean” food that contains the energy you need to keep up your vitality and health, replacing processed and refined foods – physical stressors that can keep you locked in a never-ending cycle of binging and dieting.

In Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, I teach an “instant healing” technique that can be used to balance your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical bodies – which are all connected to your chakras. If you’ve already learned it, guess what? You can also use this Dynamind technique to stop food cravings related to stressed-out chakras. In The Chakra Energy Diet, I also share other stress-relieving techniques from Serge Kahili King, PhD, that you can use to heal your body, soothe your emotions, master your mind, and spark your spirit.

Yes, chronic stress is at the root of dis-ease and chakra imbalance, and at the root of eating disorders, weight problems, self-criticism of our bodies and obsession with dieting.

All energy comes from the light of the sun, which puts nutrients in the plants we eat, plants that vibrate with different colors, just like our chakras. Eating a rainbow of colors is important to keep the chakras balanced. After a discussion in The Chakra Energy Diet of what could be causing you to be imbalanced, I offer a plan to “feed” your chakras with high quality energy.

I’m excited to share with you what I have learned from my own missteps, the journeys of my clients, and from a host of teachers, including Serge Kahili King, PhD, a psychologist and Hawaiian healer, founder of Aloha International, and Ann Doherty, RN, CDE, who has taught “The Art of Stress Management” at the Hawaii Health Getaway for the last 15 years, and daily at the Sutter Health Diabetes Center in Berkeley, California.

The Chakra Energy Diet is now available on Amazon Kindle for download to any reading device or computer, at a special launch-week discount… and a BONUS: Free Menu Plans specific to your chakra imbalances.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

www.theChakras.org

 

 

BE FREE FROM STRESS AND PAIN


Deep breathing is my favorite antidote to stress. I do two-part breathing – first into the belly and then into the lungs and out again – before meditation, during the day during stressful situations, and definitely when at the dentist’s office.

I am also a fan of Piko-piko breathing, used in the Hawaiian healing tradition. It is not only a stress reliever but a great aid in relieving pain as well.

Breathe in with your attention on your navel and breathe out with your attention on any part of your body that is in pain. Your imagination will help move healing energy along with your breath.

Make these deep breaths, moving your belly up and down (deep abdominal breathing oxygenates and relaxes your whole body). In another variation of Piko Piko, breathe in healing energy from the sky above and send any heavy energy with your breath out your feet to the center of the earth. You’ll be moving healing energy through the body, energizing your chakras and unblocking tension so your body can move into balance.

This is a perfect breathing exercise that takes less than a minute, can be done anytime, anywhere you need to relax, and is especially perfect before sitting down to meditate.

Deep breathing is one of the stress-releasing techniques used in the Dynamind Technique, which I learned in Hawaii from Serge Kahili King, PhD, a Hawaiian shaman and healer. It can be used to work on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dis-ease. Get a free preview at www.thechakras.org.

For your free MP3 of my complete 10-minute Chakra Meditation, breathing into each chakra center and energizing it, click here.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

10 Reasons Why Yoga Should Be your #1 New Year’s Resolution


When you hear the word Yoga, what comes to mind? If you haven’t tried it, you may think of unusual, contorted postures or perhaps the opposite – simple stretching exercises that are now commonly used in almost every exercise or physical therapy regimen.

But a true yoga practice is, in fact, a way to reach stillness, flexibility and physical calm so that one can ease into meditation and the many benefits it offers.

For over 5,000 years, people have been partaking  in this remarkable practice, and currently 11 million people in the US alone are experiencing dramatic health improvements from yoga and meditation.

Whatever your health goals in 2012, I truly believe you will see yoga help you achieve these:

  • Stress relief
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Core strengthening
  • Body Awareness
  • Improved Mood
  • Improved Concentration
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Reduced Back Pain
  • Improved Sleep

The following days until New Year’s, I will offer additional health practices you may wish to explore in 2012!

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

http://www.thechakras.org

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