Anahata Chakra – The Heart Center

Who do you love?

Did you include yourself?

Do you practice forgiveness?

Do you accept others unconditionally?

 

Anahata Chakra is the center of real, unconditional affection, spiritual growth, compassion, devotion and love. It is the bridge connecting the lower and higher energies of our being and is the place where our Spirit, our true Self resides.  The Heart Chakra is associated with love & harmony – to love and be loved.

The Heart Chakra is related to:
Harmony & Life Balance
The Body Association is the heart, lungs, circulation and immune system
The Air element
sense of touch
lessons related to love, forgiveness and compassion – for ourselves and others

Sacred Truth- love is divine power

When Anahata Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we are possessive, love conditionally, withhold emotionally, fear rejection and may feel unworthy to receive love.  When it is functioning well and in balance we have compassionate, love unconditionally, nurture ourselves and others.


How to balance this chakra?

Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: fish, child’s pose, cobra, dancer, warrior III

Aromatherapy – rose, lavender, jasmine

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color green and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Ruby is a healing gem for this chakra and Emerald is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

Deity – Kali Durga

Book recommendation:  An Ordinary Life Transformed (Bhagavad Gita translation)– Stephanie Rutt

 

Manipura Chakra – the Power Center

 

 

The Third Chakra/Manipura  ~ The Solar Plexus

This chakra is located at the center of the body – it is the place where our physical energy is distributed from.  It is the center for our will and personal power.

Do you feel good about yourself?  Do you make good and healthy choices?  Do you trust your intuition?  Do you believe in yourself?

Manipura Chakra is associated with:

passion and creativity – and the soul desire to feel
the Fire element
Solar Plexus
Liver, Digestive System, Muscles
sense of sight
the ego, personality, self esteem, self confidence and the courage to take risks

Sacred Truth- Honor Oneself

When Manipura Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we may feel overly concerned with what others think, fearful of being alone, insecure, need constant reassurance.    We can be angry, controlling, a workaholic, judgmental and act superior to others.  When it is functioning well and in balance, we respect others and self, have personal power, are spontaneous and uninhibited.  We have clarity and have wisdom.

How to balance this chakra?
Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: Triangle, Warrior, Half Moon, Cobra

Aromatherapy – lavender, rosemary, bergamot

Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color yellow and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)

Gem/Crystal – Emerald is a healing gem for this chakra and Amber is a healing crystal – hold the gem or crystal in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear

 

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Book recommendation:  Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Second Chakra

The Second Chakra
Svadhisthana
The Sacral Center



The Sacral Centre is at the level of the sacrum on the spine and lower abdomen.

Orange: equilibrium and creativity

Sexual energy and reproductive center

Lessons related to sexuality, work and physical desire

Sacred Truth- Honor One Another

Power-Relationships

Protect oneself/Satisfy Needs (material, financial and sexual)

Questions to ask ourselves:

Are you an ethical person?

Are you balanced?

Are you comfortable with your sexuality?

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The Sacral Chakra is associated with the following
Passion and creativity

The soul desire to feel
The Water element

Reproductive organs, spleen, bladder
Sense of taste
Muscle system

When the Sacral Chakra is balanced we are

trusting, expressive, attuned to own feelings and creative.

When the Sacral Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we may experience the following:
Emotionally unbalanced
Poor boundaries
Acting manipulative
Have sexually addictive tendencies
Be oversensitive
Feel guilty for no reason
Frigid or impotent

How to balance this chakra?
Yoga postures that benefit this chakra: cobra, boat, bow, cat, forward bends, reclining bound angle
Aromatheraphy – ylang-ylang, sandalwood
Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color orange and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)
Gems – Amethyst is a healing gem for this chakra – hold it in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear
Crystal – Moonstone

Deity – Vishnu

(link to:  http://www.answers.com/topic/vishnu)

Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness, the best riches; trust is the best of relationships, Nirvana the highest happiness

~Buddha~

Recommended Reading

The Teachings of Buddha:Dhammapada by Friedrich Max Muller

(A book of quotes)

namaste-sharon & maureen

Chakras

There are seven major energy centers, or chakras.  We can think of them as swirling light of beautiful lotus flowers.  These seven centers are the link between our physical and energetic body.  Each one has a relationship to our physical body and an organ or gland, as well as particular parts of our consciousness.  Chakra translates to wheel, hence thinking of them as swirling light.

Today we’ll explore the first Chakra – at the base of the spine – Muladhara, which translates to Root.

Here is some information Sharon found during her research:

The color associated with this Chakra is red – and the essence of this chakra is about security and vitality.

Muladhara Chakra includes lessons related to the material world; our sacred Truth -All Is One; Power-Tribal; Bonding/Honor/Support;

This is our family and where we learn about loyalty, honor and justice.

Questions to ask yourself when exploring if your Muladhara Chakra is ‘balanced’:
Are you loyal?  Do you honor your commitments?  Do you believe in justice?

From my research, over the years of teaching yoga and my interest in learning more about chakras, I (Maureen) have gathered the following information about chakras.  Muladhara Chakra is associated with:
– feeling nurtured, nourished and having a sense of belonging
– the Earth element
– Adrenal glands
– large intestines, feel and legs, the bones/skeletal structure
– sense of smell
– muscle system

When the Muladhara Chakra is not functioning well or is out of balance we may feel weak, depressed, have poor self esteem or when we are focusing on pleasing people.  We can have an unfocused mind, have difficulty achieving goals and be incapable of stillness.  When it is functioning well and in balance, we demonstrate self mastery, have strong physical energy and feel grounded and healthy.

How to balance this chakra?
Yoga, of course!  Poses good for this chakra: Downward Dog, Mountain, Tree, Warrior I, Forward Bend
Aromatheraphy – lavender, sandalwood, cedar wood
Meditation – focus on the region of the chakra, envision the color red and repeat a mantra (I am well in body, mind and spirit or something that resonates with you)
Gems – Coral is a healing gem for this chakra – hold it in your hand as you meditate or find a piece of jewelry to wear
– Crystal – Ruby
Deity – Ganesha – the remover of obstacles – find a Ganesha chant to listen to or to chant along with or a mantra that includes Ganesha

We’ll continue each week until we get through the seven main chakras and will provide information to help you pay more attention to your ‘subtle’/energetic body.  There are some wonderful books and authors who are experts on the subject.  We are providing a base of information and if you want to delve further:

Caroline Myss – author of Anatomy of a Spirit; Caroline also has a fantastic CD
Anodea Judith – author of Wheels of Life