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Chakras in Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief

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Chakras

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Yoga, Meditation, and Stress Relief

Lisa Shea

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Lisa Shea / Minerva Webworks LLC

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Note: I am not a doctor. Please always consult with your medical doctor before embarking on any exercise routine. Always listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.

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Introduction

Chakras. The word brings to mind a variety of ideas to a variety of people.

New-age mysticism.

Ancient tradition.

Silly fakery.

Powerful knowledge that is discounted by science.

What is true?

In this ebook I’ll lay out what is known about chakras. I’ll give you a grounding in current science. I’ll let you learn about the energies – and decide for yourself how they integrate into your life.

Enjoy!

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What Are Chakras?

The Sanskrit language word “cakra” simply means wheel or disc. That’s a pretty basic and understandable word!

However, when most modern people talk about Chakras they aren’t talking about a physical wheel. Instead, they’re talking about a human-body-related concept developed in a variety of cultures. Chakras are best known for their association with medieval Buddhists in India, but other cultures such as the pueblo Indians developed similar ideas.

The idea is this. Most practitioners agree on these base concepts.

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If you ask a thousand practitioners about chakras, you’ll get answers which generally agree on these concepts – but which diverge when you get into the details.

It’s worth noting, of course, that there are people who do not agree on even these basics. Some people feel there are more than seven chakras. Some feel they have no color. So this book covers the generalities that most – but not all – groups share.

I’ll strive to cover the different points of view about each chakra in the coming pages.

The Seven Chakras

Seven. There are seven chakras, just as so many other important things in life come in sevens.

The specific properties of these seven chakras are not definitively laid out in any historic, single-source master tome. Instead, each practitioner tends to decide for themselves, based on experience, discussion, and reading, what they understand chakras to be. Just as each of us are unique individuals, each of us can have a different view of how our chakras work.

Still, there is a general consensus by most (but not all) practitioners on how they tend to work across all humans.

Let’s review what these base assumptions are, from bottom to top.

Chakra 1 – Root

The first chakra is the root, bottom chakra, associated with the base of the spine. As the root, it is often associated with the most basic of survival instincts. Fight and flight. Stay or go.

Its symbol is the simple lotus with only four petals.

This chakra is about our basic needs. The survival instincts we have in life. A common need for shelter and food. For breathable air and drinkable water.

Its color is red.

The name in Sanskrit is Muladhara.

The animal is the elephant, a creature of strength and power. Other animals used in various cultures are the ox, bull, and snake.

The element, as you might imagine, is Earth.

Crystals related to the crown chakra are hematite, garnet, and black obsidian.

This chakra relates to anyone who is struggling with challenges. It is that base. The grounding which lets us take another step.

For yoga, think about the ones that give you the most stability. Sitting in a meditation pose. Lying in child pose. You want to focus on poses that, for you, give you that safe, stable feeling.

Every one of us is different. Every one of us reacts in different ways to different poses. So with all of these yoga pose recommendations, remember to look within yourself to know what works best for you. If you don’t feel stable in a meditation pose, go with the pose that, for you, brings the most calm and quiet.

A root energy is at the base of everything. If you study the Maslow Hierarchy, most people cannot even begin to think about esoteric issues like “where will I get my master’s degree” if they are starving to death and sleeping in a gutter. They need those basic needs met first. That created the Maslow pyramid:

Doesn’t this look quite similar to the chakra layout? The idea is that humans can’t bring themselves to be worried about higher-level concerns if they are dying of thirst. There is a hierarchy of needs. The same applies to the chakras. The chakras go in order from the basic needs up to the more advanced ones.

So here we are at the root. The breathing, food, water level. The making sure we stay alive level.

If you are having challenges in this area, get help. There are countless organizations out there dedicated to ensuring people stay alive. If you run into trouble, persevere. Keep asking. The help is out there.

Chakra 2 – Sexual

In modern times it can often seem that sex is forbidden or bad. But for most of human history sex was a normal, natural part of life. Sexual celebrations in villages would be open and gleeful, for without sex the village could not survive. Animals had to have sex to ensure the village had enough food. People had to have sex to ensure the village continued to thrive. It wasn’t hidden. People lived in one-room houses! Sex was a normal part of life, like eating and drinking.

It is only fairly recently that sex become strangely taboo. Find a way to release that. Know that sex is a healthy part of every adult life.

The second chakra is also about creative energies. There are many ways we humans express our creativity. Some color. Some draw. Some sing and some dance. The second chakra lets it all flow.

The region for this chakra is in the area of the testes / ovaries for fairly obvious reasons, given its sexual energy. The color is orange.

The Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana.

The animal is, interestingly enough, the crocodile. I’d think it’d be the fertile bunny rabbit . Maybe the crocodile choice relates to our “reptile brain” which drives us to do things based on lower instincts. Other animals used are the dolphin and stag.

The element is water.

Crystals involved with the second chakra are carnelian and turquoise.

This chakra relates to all artists, writers, and creative folk.

For yoga poses, think about which poses help you open up and feel creative and good about yourself. Again this will be different for each of us. Some will relate to Warrior Pose II with its surfing-of-the-mat. Others might prefer a flow sequence where they dance across the room.

Sex is a normal biological drive that nearly all humans have. Many times we try to hide and suppress it – but this rarely works. It’s better to acknowledge it’s a part of the human body like eating and drinking and to move forward.

Creativity is important for all of us as well. Creativity helps us to solve problems and reach our potential. Find ways to explore your creativity each day.

Chakra 3 – Metabolism

Sure, sex and creativity are fun, but we have to maintain ourselves every day if we want to thrive long term. Not only that, but we have to eat well. Eating junk food all day every day is a sure path to poor health.

The third chakra relates to the metabolic and digestive systems. So often we can take these for granted and just eat anything we wish. We learn eventually that that attitude is a path to unhappiness. We have to eat well if we want to be healthy.

This chakra also relates to self-esteem. So many people in our modern world become unhealthy from poor eating and then suffer poor self-esteem as a result. The key is to find a balance of healthy eating to sustain your body.

The third chakra can also relate to the emotional side of the gut – your gut instinct. We go with our gut feeling. If a tragedy strikes, we can feel like we were kicked in the gut. The gut is a representation of our strong emotions. Not the heart of romance, which is coming next, but courage and strength. Someone has the “guts” to take on a bully.

The Sanskrit name is Manipular.

The color is yellow.

The animal associated here is the ram. Other animals include the bear and lion.

The element is fire.

Crystals involved with the third chakra are citrine and yellow jasper.

Again, find yoga positions that work well for you. A common pose here is the spinal twist of Half Lord of the Fishes, where you sit with your head high and your body rotated. Maybe a reclining twist is more your speed. Whatever you choose, focus on that gut!

It’s important to pay attention to your gut. So often we can make fun of our gut for being too round or squishy or whatever. We can ignore our gut instincts. This part of us is important and should be treasured. Find ways to respect your gut – with all it represents – and be aware of what it brings to you as a complete person.

Chakra 4 – Heart

We go from the stomach up to the heart. They aren’t that far apart! The heart pumps blood in our circulation and keeps us alive. But the heart means more in this context. It’s about emotion. About caring and attachment and love.

The Sanskrit name is Anahata.

The color is green or light blue.

This chakra is associated with poets and authors. With nurses and doctors and teachers. With those who care for others and wish to share with them.

The animal here is the antelope. Be aware and nimble. Other animals are the dove and wolf.

The element is air.

Crystals involved with the fourth chakra are rose quartz and malachite.

For yoga, you can go with the explicit heart-lifting symbolism of a pose like camel pose. But also consider the meaning of the chakra. Explore a quiet meditation where you focus on loving kindness for all those around you. Done daily, this can be a powerful exercise which changes how you view the world around you.

Our heart is the key to how we connect with those around us. It is the seat of empathy and compassion. The more we build our heart energy, the more we can help others and feel at peace within our community.

Chakra 5 – Mouth / Throat

We are moving up to more complicated thoughts now. This is about the mouth. Communication and knowledge. Even more than that – this is about truth. About being able to understand yourself and to communicate that with others.

The Sanskrit word is Vishudda.

The color is blue.

The element is space. This is different from air. It is instead the connection between all of us.

The throat chakra is associated, as you might guess, with singing and speaking. It’s about communicating well with others. It is for talk-givers and leaders, for group members and teachers.

The animal is the white elephant; the symbol is the moon. This is more about a “higher level” of symbolism versus the base elephant of the first root chakra. Note that some feel this chakra is a personally chosen one, since it relates to your own, personal voice. So it doesn’t have to be a white elephant. If you relate to a tiger, this can be your tiger chakra.

Because of the communication aspect, this chakra is often associated with lucid dreaming – i.e. dreaming where you know you are in a dream.

Crystals involved with the fifth chakra are sodalite and blue calcite.

For yoga, think of the many yoga breathing exercises. Each helps you with this aspect of your body. Also think about the neck exercises that release the throat.

Meditators might try a spoken or singing meditation. Chanting can be wonderfully releasing.

Communication forms a key part of every day for most of us. How we communicate impacts our own lives and those around us as well. If we can work on this a little each day, the benefits add up quickly.

Chakra 6 – Third-Eye

This chakra is related to the center of the forehead. Numerous studies show if you gently press in this area you can induce calm. There are very real connections between this area of the body and matching sensations in the brain.

On the down side, water torture on the third eye is proven to work quite well. This involves random pressure drops in this same area. Cruel organizations perform water torture against the third eye – not against a toe or finger. Why? Again, because this area of the body is proven to be quite sensitive. As is said in so many classic stories, power can be used for good or evil.

We want to strive to use it for good!

Color – violet or white.

Sanskrit word – Ajna / Ajya.

The element here is the human mind – consciousness. If you prefer an animal form to visualize, this can connect with the eagle, owl, or butterfly.

This chakra represents all of us in an elevated state. It is what we can rise to when we cope with the various baser challenges of life. When we soothe the issues of hunger and thirst, of anger and jealousy, of miscommunication, we float up to being open to the greater beauties our world has to offer.

In general there is no animal symbol for the sixth chakra, for this represents the human mind. Some people still crave an animal for symbolism’s sake and so the hawk, flying above us all, is often used.

Crystals involved with the sixth chakra are lapis lazuli and azurite.

For yoga, I want to again emphasize that we are all quite different human beings. We all contemplate this stage in a different manner. For some, they adore the eagle pose. They spiral to that higher level.

Others look at the eagle pose and shake their head in disbelief! They would vastly prefer the child pose. In child pose they can press their third eye to the Earth and find true relaxation.

You know yourself best. Find the pose which best lets you wholly relax and be open to the universe.

For meditation, this would be the time to release any single-focus meditation like on a candle flame, rose petal, or even love. Instead, open your mind to all. To the universe. To the entirety of what surrounds us.

It can be hard to even contemplate the sixth chakra when one is struggling with overdue bills and unhappy family members. Give yourself time. Work through the issues you have and focus on the chakras you need to. When you find your path through those, the path to the sixth chakra will open for you.

Chakra 7 – Crown

The crown of the head is the top of everything. Think of all the religious images involving halos. The idea that the top of the head represents spiritual matters has existed since man began.

We often think of Christianity when we think of halos, but the same glowing light around the head was used by Greeks, Romans, Buddhists, Hindus, and others to represent a person with great strength or insight. It is a global concept.

Sanskrit word – Sahasrara.

Color – White or purple. In reality it is supposed to have “all lights” – a state of containing everything. That’s hard to represent on a printer, though.

There is no animal associated with the crown chakra. Instead, this represents all consciousness. If you prefer a concrete image, many societies go with the egg. The potential for a new life.

Crystals involved with the seventh chakra are amethyst and white topaz.

For yoga, this is the ultimate expression of you as one with the universe. This is absolutely a case where you should choose your favorite pose. Choose the pose that makes your heart sing. That makes you joyful. Whatever that is, embrace it as your unique expression of you.

We all face stresses in life. We all hit setbacks. By continuing to move forward, and to know the crown awaits us, we can breathe in the strength of a new day.

Chakras in Life

Now that you have a basic understanding of what the chakras represent, how do they get implemented in day to day life?

Chakras in Yoga

I adore yoga. I’ve written several free books on yoga and I strive for a daily practice. How do chakras relate to yoga?

Yoga is about becoming aware of your body and understanding its rhythms. Over time one begins to sense even small shifts in when they are low on energy or when their digestive system isn’t working properly.

By understanding the chakras, one can then alter yoga routines to help out. If it seems that one’s stomach is always having issues, that is the third chakra. One can think about the third chakra while doing a yoga routine and make sure to integrate poses that relate to core stability.

If one is having emotional issues, one can focus on the fourth chakra and integrate gratitude poses in the yoga routine.

It is by building this awareness that a healthy daily lifestyle can be nurtured.

I listed a few sample poses with each chakra but I want to make clear that these are only recommendations. We are each very different. What one person finds to be ideal, another could hate with a passion.

Always trust in yourself. Trust in your feelings. If you quiet and listen, you will know which pose best helps you with a situation. You will know what is right for you.

Chakras in Meditation

Meditation is a practice which helps a person build daily focus and energy. Certainly, the act of meditating is very soothing. It is something many people look forward to every day as a “virtual vacation” of sorts. But, beyond that, meditation is a practice which builds mental strength which then serves the mind well during all other moments of the long day.

It’s like working out in a gym. As fun as that workout might be, the end aim isn’t just the workout time period. It’s to build a healthy body that serves the person well throughout the day.

In meditation, if there is an issue which concerns the person, that can be the object of focus. If the person is having issues with third-eye concerns, with contemplation and self-reflection, then this becomes the perfect thought on which to meditate.

With the help of a crystal or color, the person can delve more deeply into this topic area and make progress in it.

I list some suggestions for each chakra but, like yoga, it’s important to note that meditation is incredibly individual. One person might adore walking meditation and another might despise it. That’s all right! Learn what works best for you and embrace it. Learn where you open up the most.

There is no race in life. There is only the journey, and every day is an exploration of what is best for you as a unique, special human being.

Chakras in Stress Relief

Humans tend to be quite symbol-related creatures. Just look at how well placebos work! In study after study, merely hearing that we are being watched or helped can make an impact on how we are doing. We are ruled by our minds.

This is true in stressful situations as well. If we feel out of control, our stress levels rise. If we feel in control, even if it’s a placebo type of help, we relax. We have something to “cling to.”

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If a person learns to equate the scent of lavender with calm, and they then bring a lavender-scented pillow to a doctor’s office, they feel calmer there. It doesn’t matter that the lavender doesn’t have “mystical powers.” All that matters is it helps. Bring a lavender pillow, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and everything is better.

So, in the same way, the more you study chakras, the more you can control your own environment.

Does the color red have any mystical powers? Not exactly, since different people react to red in wildly different ways. But studies do show that most people react to red in a certain way because we’ve been trained by our culture to do so. It’s not mystical. It’s the logical result of training over time.

We learn that pink hearts are a sign of warmth and love. So if we carry a pink rose quartz heart it reminds of love. This is a normal and natural association for us.

Use that to your advantage. Find symbols which have meaning for you. And then use them. The tangible result in your emotional state is what matters.

Healing your Chakras

It’s important to note that our emotions relating to aspects of ourselves are very real. Stress caused by those emotions is real and measureable. If I am upset about the way my boss speaks to me, then that creates measureable results in a variety of my health factors. If I can then think about and work on this issue by relating it to my communication chakra, that is helpful. It gives me an area of focus.

Healing a chakra is healing an aspect of ourselves. Yoga and meditation are two key ways to do any healing. Yoga has a wealth of poses associated with each chakra. Meditation can allow us to focus on any chakra we want and to bring gentle healing to it.

Relating to meditation is the idea of hands-on healing. Body parts have electrical energy in them. We can feel the heat of a loved one’s hand as it hovers over our skin. We are trained by evolution to find this generally comforting. So a person (or ourselves, if need be) gently hovering a hand over a place we are concerned about helps us focus on that body part. It’s a form of meditation. It lets us narrow our attention in on that area.

So let’s say you are having stomach and digestive issues. Definitely make sure you are eating healthy, natural foods and have talked with a doctor. But in addition you can also have a friend or yourself hover a hand over that area and imagine a warm healing light emanating from that hand. The simple act of mental focus and calm will reduce stress levels and raise positive hormones. All of these create noticeable healthier environments within your body.

After all, studies find if you are stressed at work that you can develop ulcers in your stomach. Reduce the stress, and the ulcers go away. Stress isn’t an imaginary force. It involves real, harmful chemicals coursing in your blood. The more you can reduce stress, the more you reduce that bodily harm and bring your world into balance.

Focusing on chakras is a way to work toward that balance.

Chakras in Studies

It used to be that chakras and other related topics were considered completely imaginary. But science is finally catching up with what many have known for centuries.

For example, countless studies have now demonstrated that meditation – a wholly “non-physical” act – has a very real impact on the brain and blood system. The act of meditation can create measureable improvements in the brain. It wasn’t that long ago that meditation was considered a new-age touchy-feely activity that did nothing at all. Now science has proven that it has immense benefits.

It could be that chakras are the next area of subtle energy to benefit from more careful research.

We are barely beginning to understand the brain. The chakras are related to the pineal gland – a tiny, pine-nut-sized cluster of powerful nerves within the cranium. We’re still working hard to understand the brain’s larger signals such as alpha and beta waves. It could be a while before we have delicate enough equipment to work with the faint pineal gland signals.

Think of how lost we were before MRIs. And now MRIs and other related devices interpret the electrical signals of the brain. Signals that, a few hundred years ago, would be thought to be witchcraft.

One study done at UCLA by Dr. Valerie Hunt was able to detect noise signals from the locations of the chakras. This was done wholly by accident as part of another study. The detector was an oscilloscope – a machine that detects energy levels.

It’s worth it to note that there is a long-standing million dollar prize for anyone able to prove they have a supernatural ability. This is hosted by the Randi foundation. So far, no psychic has been able to prove their ability to claim it. A number have tried and failed. Discoveries such as the “happy water crystals” that reacted to emotion were shown to be fakeries. For this reason, some are skeptical that chakras exist as a “real” energy system. Surely, if they were, then a chakra practitioner would have stepped forward to claim the prize, if only to then donate it to charity.

However, it’s worth noting that in this case it’s not that chakras have failed. It’s that chakras have never been put to the Randi test. There simply hasn’t been a way to test them yet. Chakras are more about subtle energy fields and we are only now developing the devices to be able to test these.

I would think in the next five to ten years that we’ll learn more about them, just as we are learning more about the brain’s subtle energy fields via MRIs!

Chakras and the Pendulum Test

A few practitioners claim that you can judge the quality of a chakra simply by using a pendulum. For the sake of completeness I’ll include this test here. I will caveat that I am currently skeptical that this works. The chakra is a subtle energy field. It should not – one would think – be detectable by a hunk of wood.

The idea is to get a wooden pendulum on a string. It is hung so the pendulum base is two inches above the chakra. For our sake of argument let’s say the stomach chakra, since that’s easy to get to.

If the stomach chakra is healthy, the pendulum supposedly swings clockwise. Reverse or no motion means the chakra is blocked and in trouble.

But surely a right-handed hand naturally swings things clockwise? And a left-handed person might swing them counter-clockwise? Is this test biased assuming that the person holding the pendulum is right handed?

If you look up “ideomotor phenomenon” you’ll find that it is a well-known scientific situation that a person wanting an outcome will make tiny, undetectable-without-high-speed-camera motions with their hands to get the results. So if they feel their heart is having issues, they’ll subconsciously make changes to how they hold or move the pendulum to indicate that.

The person doesn’t realize they’re doing it. But the high speed camera shows what they’re doing. It’s not the chakra causing the result. It’s the hand holding the string.

An ideomotor phenomenon can be found in many situations. A typical example given is that most people, when told to strongly imagine sucking a lemon, start to salivate. Their body simply does it without them wanting to salivate. Similarly, if someone is told to hold a pendulum over their sexual organs to show the health of them, and that person feels they are not having healthy sexual life, then their hand moves to indicate that. It’s not that the person is lying or deceiving, any more than the person who salivated at the thought of a lemon is lying. It simply is the way the human brain is constructed, for the brain to want to communicate its thoughts.

So certainly if you want to get insight into what your subconscious brain feels about your chakras, use the pendulum test. It’s a valuable tool to get to the heart of how you feel about things, if you tend to hide things from yourself.

But in terms of measuring actual energy flow, the pendulum method isn’t ideal. If you want to see this for yourself, just set up a high speed camera, point it at your hand, and see that it’s the hand causing the motion.

Chakras and Crystals

I adore crystals. I have quite a number of crystals in my home. But I also acknowledge that study after study proves that crystals do not have any measureable benefit to human health, beyond the placebo effect.

That’s all right. I’m content with the placebo .

Let’s take amethyst, for example. They’ve done studies where they gave half the people actual amethyst crystal. The other half, they gave purple plastic that just happened to look like amethyst. The results were the same. As long as the person believed they had amethyst, and that the amethyst would bring certain results, they had those results. Their belief in the end result meant they would focus, relax, breathe more deeply, have lower blood pressure, and so on.

A study at Goldsmith College in London found the same result. Half of the test subjects received genuine crystals. The other half received plastic fakes. The ones with fakes, believing they were real, claimed the same benefits. Their belief is what helped.

It’s all right with me if there is no mystical energy pouring through the crystal. It is enough for me to know that, if I love my rose-quartz heart-shaped necklace, and to me it symbolizes romance, that when I wear it I feel more romantic. I’m gentler with those I care for. I’m more open to their thoughts. Isn’t that what matters? It brings about a mindset which then allows me to reach my goals.

And in the end that’s what symbols are all about.

So, if you’re working on a chakra, by all means get the gemstone associated with it. Focus on it. Carry it with you. Give it thought. And know that your mental focus will help bring about what you desire.

Think of it this way. If you meditate by focusing on a candle flame, it’s not that the candle flame is mystic. It is simply a tool to help you better focus. This is the same as an animal symbol, or crystal, or any other aspect of your daily practice.

Chakras and Auras

A number of people state they can see a person’s aura radiating around their body.

However, none have been able to pass a simple test.

Let’s say our subject person is six feet tall. He stands before a fence which is exactly six feet tall. The aura-seer says that she sees an aura radiating all around the subject’s body. So the aura radiates an inch or more over the top of the subject’s head.

Now the subject goes and stands behind the six-foot-tall fence.

Since the aura radiates above the subject’s head, the aura-seer should still be able to see that aura shining over the top of the fence. The aura-seer should be able to point to where the subject is behind the fence.

No aura-seer has been able to do this.

What many researchers feel is happening with seeing auras is similar to looking at a Magic Eye style stereogram. A stereogram is an image which has, if you unfocus your eyes, a shape within it. For example, this stereogram has a heart within it, if you look “deep into” the image and unfocus your eyes.

The heart is definitely there. It can be provably seen. By unfocusing the eyes, the shape appears.

In the same way, if one slightly unfocuses their eyes while looking at a person (or other object) there appears a shadow image around the person as an artifact of that person’s shape. The viewer is seeing the person but slightly expanded and out of focus. They are not seeing anything separate from the person – they are seeing that person in an unfocused way.

So it would make sense, if the person stepped behind a fence, that the viewer would not be able to see anything at all any more – because they can no longer see the base person. There is nothing now for the viewer to “unfocus on” and to expand on.

Again, this is just my view. If there is a person out there who really can see auras of a person radiating above a fence even if that source person is hidden behind a fence, let me know! They – and I – could make a million dollars . I would gladly donate that money to battered women’s shelters!

Chakras in History

It’s worth mentioning how the modern concept of chakras came about. While the idea has been part of many ancient cultures, it was Sir John Woodroffe and his monograph “The Serpent Power” in 1919 which brought it to a modern world. C. W. Leadbeater then wrote about them in 1927 in “The Chakras.”

Rosalyn L. Bruyere wrote “Wheels of Light” in 1989 which traces the history of the chakras and discusses how they are well known to many cultures.

In modern times there are of course thousands of books about chakras. They have spread to be just about everything. But it wasn’t that long ago, historically speaking, that they were a new and fascinating topic! Often it takes that one spark to light a fire.

Summary

Chakras are a great way for a meditator, yogi, or any other person to get more in tune with their body. It’s a wonderful way to focus in on one part of the body and become more aware of it.

Scientific studies are still developing the tools to divine where these auras are, and time will tell how measurable they are.

Feel free to contact me with questions!

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Lisa Shea began her career as a programmer for a number of high-challenge biotech and software companies. After years in the high-pressure industry she decided she wanted to use her skills to help others. She wanted to create a learning environment where those who often have few outlets – stay-at-home moms, those caring for elderly parents, or parents of children with special needs – could reach their dreams and goals.

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Chakras in Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief

Chakras. The name conjures up an image of a human body with seven swirling energy points along the spine, each one of the colors of the rainbow. But what are chakras all about? What do they represent? How does one work with them? This book starts from the beginning and goes step by step, chakra by chakra, through the system of energy, or prana. It explains what symbols and crystals are associated with each one, and how to use them to work toward better health. Namaste. This book Chakras for Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief is intended to be free on all systems, to help those who are in need of support find a step toward a more contented life. If the system you are currently on requires a charge to download, all author's proceeds will benefit battered women's shelters. This book is a companion piece to my other free books on yoga and meditation. Feel free to contact Lisa if you have any questions - she's happy to help!

  • ISBN: 9781310012266
  • Author: Lisa Shea
  • Published: 2016-01-20 04:20:18
  • Words: 6290
Chakras in Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief Chakras in Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief