The body is a temple. a spaceship. a sacred space to accommodate divine energy. Activate your being by becoming aware of your 7 chakras so that you may purify each energy center and transform your living experience here on earth. The deeper you go, the more you will find the interconnectedness with the energetic body, the physical body, and every aspect of your life. Practicing yoga is an excellent way to cultivate the body, spirit, and cosmic connection. Each pose is a powerful meditation in itself, and every morning is a new opportunity to tune up, by honoring your personal rituals. Ignite your spine by giving it attention and love every day so that your healthy habits become rhythm in your life. You can also eat food that stimulates individual chakras. Think of food as a means of nourishing your body with energetic nutrients from the earth, rather than a means of satisfying your carnal cravings. Satisfy your true hunger by having a balanced diet, getting into your body, and liberating your true nature. You will feel the ongoing transformation. So be conscious of that which you consume, because you are ultimately digesting energy. And most importantly, do remember to bless your food before you eat it, for each meal is a gift of life source from The Creator... So give thanks!!

 

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   The concept of chakra originates in Hindu texts, featured in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning". According to traditional Indian medicine, chakras are wheel-like vortices that exist in the surface of the subtle body of living beings. They are "force centers" permeating from points on the physical body in a never ceasing fan-like rotation. Swirling vortices of subtle matter, they are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies. The 7 chakras are located along the spine at major branches of the human nervous system. Your chakras are a point of nexus of biophysical energy, or prana of the human body. 

   Each of your chakras is vibrating at a particular frequency and responds to different vibrations / wavelengths of light. The root chakra (red) is vibrating at a frequency within the 400-484 THz range, the sacral (orange) within the 484-508 THz range, the solar plexus (yellow) within the 508-586 THz range, etc. Within these frequencies and wavelengths, each color contains information on several different levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, sounds, and body functions; all useful information that can be used for chakra balancing.


   The Root Chakra is the foundation of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth. Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras, being that it is your primal survival center. Allowing us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times, it gives us the power to stand up for oneself and deal with security issues. It also gives us determination in the physical realm, and connects us with ancestral memories. Any event that has ever threatened our basic survival are all recorded within the energies of the first chakra. These memories imprinted in the subtle body are passed down from generations, creating unconscious generational patterns; this is another reason why we should take responsibility for our lives and shed light on the unconscious. 

   Controlling the adrenal glands, kidneys, spine and the whole of the nervous system, the root chakra promotes physical survival, vitality, stability, patience, courage, and material success. When this chakra is balanced, the masculine and feminine energy work together to make you strong and vital, otherwise, you may have difficulty with the ego. Signs of imbalance are anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, depression, frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet. 

   To stimulate the root chakra, integrate a balance between physical exercise and restful sleep. Practice stillness and simplicity. Feel the ground beneath your feet. Gardening, pottery and clay, as well as wearing red clothing, eating organic red fruits and vegetables, and using red essential oils such as cedar, can promote a healthy base chakra. Most importantly, learn to b r e a t h e. 

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   The Sacral Chakra connects us to our emotions, creativity, and sexuality, through feelings, desire, sensation, and movement. Svadhisthana (sweetness) creates the balance between connectedness with others and time spent alone. Bringing fluidity, grace, depth of perception, sexual vitality, and the ability to accept change, it allows us stand up for and express our feelings, and experience each moment to its fullness.

   Located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, the sacral chakra governs sex and reproduction, along with creativity, and the intimacy flow of body fluids and energy. When the masculine and feminine energy is balanced, adaptability and flexibility comes easy, procreation and abundance of new life is able to flow into your reality. Signs of imbalance are depression, eating disorders, impotency, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, urinary problems and frigidity.

   To stimulate the sacral chakra, stay true to who you are. Continue to create and express yourself, and remember your full potential is within. Taking hot aromatic baths with essential oils such as jasmine and sage is a relaxing way to pleasure yourself, and your sacral chakra. More stimulants are massages, embracing sensations, and eating orange organic fruits and vegetables. Lastly, the most important way you can activate this chakra, is to l o v e  y o u r s e l f . 

   The Solar Plexus is known as our power center where a reservoir of untapped will and heroism lives. Here lies our identity,  potential, and the motivation we can receive to act upon our will and personal power. When healthy this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and confidence. Dealing with our human ego and learning how to love ourselves, this chakra is the energy center where our intuition is believed to begin. The biggest nerve center in our body connected to almost all the organs, the solar plexus is where we consider our "gut" feelings to come from. This is also where the connection between the 3 lower chakras interchange with the 4 higher chakra energy centers, so it is very important to cleanse this solar plexus of all blocked pathways.

   Physically governing the pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, gall bladder and nervous system, it is located near the stomach, above the navel, but below the chest. When balanced, the primary energy of this chakra is free will, personal power, and the ability to make conscious choices to choose and act from. When it is unbalanced, it produces rage, destructive behavior, digestive problems, ulcers, nervousness, poor memory, and constipation.

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   To stimulate the solar plexus chakra, sun bathe, drink alkaline water, detoxify, and practice yoga. Harnessing your determination requires letting go of your worries and focusing on what you are working towards. Practice discipline, stay true to your daily rituals, take classes, read up on new interests, and affirm your positive beliefs continuously until it becomes a part of your nature. Of course yellow drinks, organic fruits and vegetables do wonders for activating Manipura as well. Follow your bliss and do what you love, feels right, and know you can, through the power of your own will and action!

   The Heart Chakra is the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy which is located at the heart center, as the middle chakra in the system of seven. Anahatra is a unifying chakra, an integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. Living from this center means living your life through kindness, compassion, and unconditional acceptance through love. Something so powerful that most spiritual traditions recognize love as the ultimate healing force.

   Physically, the heart chakra governs the thymus gland, heart, blood, circulatory system and the immune and endocrine systems. When Anahatra is balanced, you are able to trust others, take risks, love and feel love. Others can feel your love and warmth through the peaceful energy exuding from you. One with a balanced hearth chakra does not judge others, is self-nurturing, and knows when one needs to say no, and very importantly, how to forgive. Because one loves oneself, one can share this love with others. When the heart chakra is imbalanced, one can suffer from heart and breathing disorders, heart and breast cancer, chest pain, high blood pressure, passivity, muscular tension and immune system problems.

   To stimulate the heart chakra, you must first forgive yourself and anyone that has ever hurt you. Forgiveness is what begins the process of healing, and learning how to truly love ourselves is the only way we will ever begin to know love in the world. The beauty is all around, so surround yourself in nature and use the earth's food to heal you. Cook with green oils such as eucalyptus or pine essential oils. Wear the color green and eat more green. Think of green as a force, as the movement of sustainability and love for the planet, as the power of love to heal all aspects of your life.  Find peace in solitude, spend time with family and friends, and simply open your heart. Through practicing patience, understanding and acceptance, you will strengthen your connection with the heart chakra, allowing your boundless love to dance around you and all those near you. The greatest lesson to share of all chakras, the heart chakra is where your love blooms from. Let your love be free!

   The Throat Chakra influences our communication, creativity, and artistic identity. The energy of this chakra allows you to seek knowledge that is true, beyond limitations of time and space, beyond cultural and family conditioning, and share your wisdom. Linked directly to your personal integrity and sense of honor, as a communication centre, it not only allows you to express who you are and what you stand for, but also allows you to listen deeply to another. Flowing with inspiration, being able to stand up for what you believe, and accepting your originality, are all lessons we can learn from the opening our throat chakra.

   Visuddha governs the thyroid gland, lungs, vocal cords, mouth, teeth, immune system, and metabolism. When the throat chakra is balanced, we learn that we have a right to speak, we express truthfully, and we have an increased ability to trust, be loyal, and have good organization and planning skills. When the throat chakra is imbalanced we may experience introversion, sore throats, speech difficulties, deceit and dishonesty, and general problems of the mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders.

   To stimulate the throat chakra, sing more, drink more chamomile tea and alkaline water, and eat more blueberries. Look at the blue sky, visit the ocean, listen to new music from all around the world, and open yourself to the symphony of music all around you. A very easy way to bring back balance to this chakra is to watch our breath and meditate outside.  Know when to speak when you have something meaningful to say. This will teach your how to listen to what others are trying to tell you, beyond words, and as pure vibrational communication. So be a good listener, be true to yourself and others, and remember you have a right to speak the truth.

   The Third Eye Chakra gives the gift of seeing both inner and outer worlds, experiencing clear thoughts, self reflection and spiritual contemplation. Associated with the pineal gland, it is related to the act of seeing both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. The energy of Ajna allows us to access inner guidance from the depth of our being and cut through illusion to access deeper truths beyond the mind and words. The Third Eye is the seat of wisdom and consciousness, allowing us to trust our intuition and develop our innate psychic abilities.

   Located in the center of the forehead, Ajna governs the pituitary gland, lower brain, nervous system, ears, nose, and the left eye (the eye of personality). When this chakra is open, one experiences spiritual wisdom and enlightenment. Inner vision, intuition, clairvoyance, insight, imagination, concentration, peace of mind, projection of will, and manifestation. The sixth chakra is holistic in nature. When fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchronistic balance. The right hemisphere's creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated with the left hemisphere's logical and analytical thinking. Third eye imbalances may result in sleeping disorders, learning disabilities, hormonal disorders, mood swings, and coordination problems.

   To stimulate the third eye chakra, learn to understand your dream language. A way to enhance your focus and to have more vivid dreams and better sleep, meditation is key. To awaken your insight and activate your clairvoyant abilities, you must first quiet the mind and observe your thoughts rather than being attached to them. Learning to understand the stillness within the core of your being will help you find balance between the ordinary and non-ordinary worlds. Listen to the purest part of your being, and establish a relationship with your growing intuition by trusting it. Gaining a deep sense of self will serve as an anchor to your journeys within the mind's eye. Visualizing a glowing white golden light in the center of your brain can also stimulate the pineal gland. In order to decalcify your pineal gland, avoid all things fluoride, drink alkaline water, and eat raw cacao. Natural lighting, indigo food, drink, gemstones, clothing and oils can also stimulate the third eye chakra.

   The crown chakra also known as Sahasrara is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless spaceless place of all-knowing. It is related to consciousness as pure awareness, universal identity, self-knowledge and absence of thought. The Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the 'chakra ladder' which starts from the Root Chakra grounding us on Earth, progressing up to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation. According to Tantric philosophy, the seventh chakra is both a receiver and giver of energy and consciousness. It is the meeting point between finite (your body and ego) and infinite (the universe and soul). Here, time and timelessness intersect, as death and eternal life meet.

   Located at the top of your head, the Crown Chakra governs the pineal gland, the upper brain and the right eye. When the chakra is open, you connect with Godhead and the source's white light comes into your energy field. It can bring us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection and bliss. Because there is no intellectual knowing at the level of seventh chakra, there is instead deep peace, serenity and joy. When the crown chakra is imbalanced, one may experience headaches, photosensitivity, coordination problems, and mental illness.

   To stimulate the crown chakra focus on your dreams, and write down your visions, inventions, and intentions. Let yourself be. To experience a union with life it begins through a complete surrender of self, ego, and desire. Learn to just be. The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the Spirit, to open up to the Divine, while at the same time staying firmly rooted deep in the ground. Once you realize that everything is interconnected and that we are a part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to feel endless gratitude, faith and trust, rather than being filled with fear and anxiety. You are guided by the Higher Power. Work on all 6 chakras to open up the entire activation flow of the 7. 

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