How Kundalini Chakra Helps With Effective Weight Loss

The Kundalini is most often described as a coiled serpent sitting at the base of the root chakra’s spine. At the spiritual level, the Kundalini Chakra is a kind of life-giving energy that’s creative and healing. A practitioner may activate the Kundalini spontaneously, or during times of great duress such as severe emotional stress, extreme mental trauma and under massive injury following an accident or mishap.

Kundalini Chakra Activation

Other than in extreme situations, the Kundalini may be activated through regular meditation practices and yoga. An awakening via Kundalini is definitely possible when you are devout in spiritual development and take to heart holistic healing processes. Did you know that Kundalini chakra can be used to solve one of society’s greatest concerns today? It can help individuals lose weight effectively. Let’s delve deeper into chakras and how the Kundalini chakra plays a major role in overall  health and balance.

The reason for this is because Kundalini chakra awakenings by themselves affect your well-being, as well as your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical state in a supernatural way. The individual undergoes a profound change while experiencing emotional and mental state awakenings, leading to weight loss and out-of-body experiences.

Chakras and You

Chakras manifest themselves as swirling energies that lie within the center of our bodies. They are energy centers that are positioned just along the spinal cord areas, where the nerve cells are most abundant. There are currently 7 main types of chakras, with each one connected specifically either to your spiritual, mental or physical self.

Root Of The Kundalini Chakra

The root chakra is where the Kundalini lies. It’s one of the lower chakras which keep you grounded. Remember that the Kundalini awakening can be activated at any time; as the energy rises, the physical and spiritual aspects are purified, and its blockages cleared. Furthermore, the Kundalini passes through vital chakra stages such as the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, the third eye and finally, the crown chakra. The process is so powerful that it takes considerable energy and effort to awaken. But once mastered, these 7 essential chakras can lead the way to healthy weight loss.

Remember that our chakras respond to what we experience each day. It feels the energy that we receive as we go through our environments, as we speak and interact with the people around us. If our chakras are balanced and clear, then we engage life in the most positive ways. This is why it’s so important to have a balanced, healthy and healed chakra system. A kundalini chakra system that’s out of balance can be destructive in emotional and physical aspects. Specific body organs are aligned with specific chakra levels. When that chakra level is disrupted, then it’s not long before we experience weakness in that particular organ. It directly impacts our bodies’ ability to keep healthy and maintain optimal weight.

The Seven Chakras That Can Help With Weight Loss, Well-Being and Emotions

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1. The Root Chakra

Root chakraOur root chakras are located at the base of our spine. This level of chakra is mainly connected to our security and safety, on how we feel supported and the sense of belonging. A heavy, unsettling feeling in the belly means there may be unresolved issues in the aspects of belonging and security. But when our root chakras are healed and in optimal condition, we gain the motivation to take good care of our body and actively watching what we eat.

2. The Sacral Chakra

Sacral ChakraOur sacral chakras can be found below the navel area. This level of chakra is mainly connected to our sexuality, emotional balance and all our relationships with other people. An out of balance sacral chakra probably means there’s depression or strong, negative emotions running within the body. It could get out of hand and lead to overeating and unhealthy cravings. But when our sacral chakras are healed, we can safely control food cravings and excessive eating, addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc.

3. The Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus ChakraOur solar plexus chakras are located just below the rib cage. This level of chakra is mainly connected to our strength and personal power. This chakra level is also responsible for maintaining blood sugar levels and the pancreas, both essential components in weight management. An individual who is overstressed produces too much insulin, which is converted to fat. We usually feel a lack of control when the solar plexus chakra is blocked. But when our solar plexus chakra is well and healed, we gain a feeling of power and the motivation to be healthy becomes strong. The solar plexus chakra is essential to effective weight loss because imbalances usually lead to weight issues, digestive problems, food allergies and eating disorders.

4. The Heart Chakra

Heart ChakraOur heart chakras are located at the center of our hearts. This level of chakra is mainly connected to how we receive and give love. It’s what we use for feeling compassion and forgiveness towards other people, including ourselves. As you may have known, the act of forgiveness does a lot to heal unresolved emotions. Furthermore, the heart chakra governs the adrenal glands and the immune system. If blocked or unhealed, individuals tend to be self-centered in love and eat too much.

5. The Throat Chakra

Throat ChakraOur throat chakras can be found in the throat area. Being a vocal chakra center, it’s mainly connected to communication and how we ask for what we need, how we speak and how we understand, and how we speak the truth. The throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland. If unbalanced, then the metabolism process slows down, which directly affects the body’s ability to burn excess fat.

6. The Third Eye Chakra

Third Eye ChakraOur third eye chakras are located just between our eyes, slightly above in the forehead area. This level of chakra is mainly connected to our intuition and wisdom. Listening to what our bodies really need and trusting ourselves is essential to maintaining a healthy third eye chakra level. When we are in tune with our higher selves we become more aware of our overall health and well-being.

7. The Crown Chakra

Crown ChakraOur crown chakras are located at the top of our head, which is often called the crown. This level of chakra is mainly connected to consciousness, knowledge, active and passive thought. It’s also where we connect to our spiritual selves. A harmony within this chakra allows us to ascend to higher spirituality levels and access greater life force energies.

The western methods of weight loss is mainly about increasing exercise and reducing the calories we eat. It’s not always successful though, because unstable factors such as discipline, motivation and food management can lead to not enough exercise or excessive eating. Kundalini chakras, however, deal with the blockages within our chakra levels to achieve long-lasting and effective weight loss treatment. As you gain greater control over your chakra, you’ll start to be aware of how you should eat and control food binges. Furthermore, balanced chakras allow you to live your life according to how you want it instead of being at the mercy of external circumstances.

7 Yoga Poses For Those Who Can’t Touch Their Toes

simple yoga poses for those who cannot touch their toes

For whatever reason, one of the most often heard excuses regarding people not giving yoga a shot is: “I can’t even touch my toes.” Well… Guess what? You think we could touch our toes when we first started yoga??

Being flexible is something that is more in the mind than the body. If you just let go of the thought of reaching for the perfect pose, the barriers that you have created, and tension in your mind, you might just surprise yourself. Relax your mind in order to let your body take over.

While you’re working on this, give these changes to a few poses a try. Do each of these three times per week, taking about five to ten deep breaths. Let’s see how it goes. Remember to take deep breaths as this is a vital part of yoga in general. Every inhale should be used to create space, and during every exhale, let go of any tension and stress in your mind. Just release!

  1. Open Low Lunge Twist – Increase flexibility in hamstrings, spine and hips. Start with a forward fold, flat feet and wide stance. Bend your knees enough so your hands are able to touch the floor. Step your left foot back into a low lunge. Stand on the ball of your left foot. Keeping your left hand on the floor, turn your right foot outward just a bit. Reach your right arm to the ceiling, stretch, and breathe slowly and deeply. With every inhale, lengthen your spine. With every exhale, twist just a bit more. Change sides and repeat this pose. Starting to feel good?
  2. Thread the Needle – Increase flexibility in spine and shoulders. Bend forward and put your hands on the floor to get on on all fours. Reach your left arm below your body and allow your left shoulder and temple to relax toward the floor. Keep your right hand on the floor, or you may walk it a tad to the left towards your head. Breathe slowly here and switch sides. Repeat. More info here.
  3. Extended Side Angle – Increase flexibility in spine, waist, and hips. Start in the warrior II position with your left leg forward. Laterally bend in your left waist and relax your left forearm toward your right thigh. Reach your right arm up toward the ceiling and then to the front of your yoga mat over your head. Drop your right shoulder away from your ear and open your chest up towards the ceiling. Breathe slowly here and switch sides. Repeat. See here.
  4. Single-Leg Forward Bend with Blocks – Increases flexibility in your hamstrings. Start in the down dog pose with your hands on blocks that are turned to medium height. Round your right knee to your nose and step your right foot between your hands to get into a low lunge. Raise your hips upward and begin to stretch both of your legs (they don’t have to be fully straight). Now take your blocks to the tallest height if that provides more space. Keep your hands on the blocks on either side of your right leg. Turn your left heel downward so your left foot is at a 45 degree angle. Square off your hips and remember to breathe here. Repeat the same process with your left foot being forward. See it here.
  5. Modified Squat – Increases flexibility in Achilles’ tendon and hips. Take a yoga mat and roll it up as tight as possible. Place your heels on this mat so that your feet are out as wide as the mat. Angle toes outward while getting into a standing forward fold. Bend your knees and relax your hips toward the floor. Hover above at whichever height feels right to you. Keep your knees in line with your ankles. Take your elbows inside of your thighs, while gently pushing them out. Bring your hands together into prayer pose at the center of your chest. Keep your spine stretched. Breathe slowly here. Check it out here.
  6. Hip-Opening Crow Variation – Good hip-opener for the stronger set. Start in the modified squat we just learned. Plant your palms apart about shoulder-width on your yoga mat while lining up your wrist creases with the front of your mat. Press into your fingertips and look slightly forward. Take your inner thighs to your outer upper arms and gently use your thighs to squeeze your arms toward each other. Bend your elbows gently while keeping them in line with your shoulders, careful not to wing them out. Then one foot at a time, lift your foot off of the floor and reach your heels towards your butt. Keep your gaze just slightly forward and begin to stretch your arms. Don’t forget to breathe! Want to step it up? Try this.
  7. Seated Forward Bend with Blocks and Strap – Increase flexibility in back and legs. Have a seat on a blanket or block with your legs stretched and together out in front of you. Grab a strap and loop it around your feet. Keep your knees bent slightly. Utilize every inhale to stretch through your spine and every exhale to relax a bit more forward. Be sure to keep stretching your belly while careful not to round your spine. Once you begin to feel like you are at your desired pose, relax your neck and breathe slowly. More info.

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The Healing Power of Yoga To Restore Beauty

Every one of us ladies has the powers of Athena and Lakshmi hidden inside all of our beautifully strong and feminine parts. However, the majority of us are fast to forget it as we journey through our daily lives. We worry about getting groceries, the kids and their after school activities, going to our jobs and somehow still finding the time to care for others.

Goddess Lakshmi and Healing Yoga Practice

Once we finally have the free time to visit to our beloved mats, much can take place in those short but rewarding moments of practice and solitude. Yoga is so much more than just:

  • Sun Salutations
  • Crescents
  • Rocking Boats
  • Downward-Facing Dogs

It happens to be quite a profound yet subtle practice which changes our entire point of view on the world.

As a matter of fact, in Sanskrit, the word yoga actually happens to mean ‘to yoke’. It suggests joining the small individual self with one divine Self. The premise here being each and every one of us already happens to be divine in our own way, having forgotten it by our individuality and identification with our physical body.

Divine Yoga

More and more attached we have become to our daily lives. With our preconception of our “do’s” and “don’t”, it has become quite easy to forget we are really all divine beings more competent and very capable of just about anything of which we dream.

For the majority, it happens only in those rare and fleeting moments when we truly take note of our breathing or perhaps move into a certain pose we thought we weren’t ready for that we actually catch a glimpse of the goddess that dwells within. And yes, she dwells within all of us.

As time progresses, these infrequent glimpses become more frequent, and you too shall bear witness to Her. Further yet, your continual practice and progression of yoga will mold you into even more of a goddess than you ever dreamed.

Let’s Review Five Ways in Which Yoga Turns You Into Your True Goddess

The Healing Power Of Yoga

1. Yoga instills and nurtures confidence.

Meditating and confidenceAll of us began in the same place – standing on an ordinary yoga mat, wearing brand new black yoga pants with an old shirt… And we were wondering… why are we posing like a dog… why are we the only ones out of the whole class puzzled when the instructor stopped speaking English.

This happens to be where the journey generally starts. Just a few short years in and suddenly we discover ourselves putting on our brightly colored yoga pants and anxiously awaiting Adho Mukha Svanasana hoping the instructor puts a headstand into the routine.

All that practice we have done on our mats has allowed us to tap into the hidden piece of ourselves that was locked away after we graduated high school. We uncover that little girl which used to enjoy cartwheels in the backyard before she got older and thought they were a silly waste of time.

Yoga practice allows that playful part of us we all loved (before we worried about what other people thought about us) to resurface. What is appropriate and what is not? Perhaps we do not have four arms like the goddess Lakshmi, yet we still know we are able to take on the whole world. At least this time we’re a bit more prepared to give it a shot.

2. Yoga makes you even more beautiful.

Tranquility and beautyEvery yoga practice we attend, whether they revolve around poses (asana), breath and meditation (pranayama), gets us closes to Her and teaches us something about ourselves. The yoga practice happens to be a medium that funnels us towards self-actualization. This true “self-actualization” is perhaps the utmost gorgeous “thing” you can have cascading down your body.

During the time we are in yoga practice, we are able to hack into our feminine auras, even our masculine auras, and… our divine light… our inner goddess. We begin to become more harmonious and listen to our entire being more completely and are thankful for the fact that there exists beauty in even our most prominent of idiosyncrasies and flaws. We begin to see who, what, and how we are and why for a reason. We start to comprehend the fact that to exist and act any differently would absolutely impede us from being, loyal to, and discovering our most truly beautiful self.

3. It will prepare you to forget society’s labels.

Society has bestowed upon us an abundance of labels. We lug around the heaviness of these words and preconceptions each and every day. Just imagine the numbe of these labels which have been instilled upon you:

  • Mother
  • Sister
  • Daughter
  • Wife
  • Stoic
  • Playful
  • Skinny
  • Selfish
  • Weak
  • Caring
  • Strong
  • Fat
  • Sexy
  • Bitchy
  • Tired
  • Confident
  • Shy
  • Cute
  • Overactive
  • On and on..!

Upon the chance we finally step on our yoga mats, we are able to let ourselves ultimately leave those labels behind… even if just for a moment. We allot a time frame of tranquility even if just for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. Then we hack into the very piece of ourselves which is of purity and eternity. The very essence that is forever beautiful, confident, and competent… no matter influences and distractions that swarm us.

4. It provides that unmistakable aura and radiance (just look at Zoe!).

Radiance, confidence, and beauityAbsolutely… that glow is certainly realized as it cascades from your chin during your 15th Chaturanga Dandasana. However, this isn’t exactly the glow I am referring to. I’m referring to that “wow” element. The energy that precedes you… no introduces you as Her… as you walk into any room. It is that inexplicable factor which leads to people to turning their heads… to smile… to listen more carefully and be more attentive to what you have to say.

If you have ever been to a satisfying yoga class or have been truly inspired by a great speaker… you have to know exactly what I mean. It’s the exact moment where you are balanced perfectly… tranquil… ready for absolutely anything the sky can drop in your lap. You are confidence… and beauty… eternal. During this very moment… you are immovable… rock solid… and the divinity within… beams forth a radiance that is dazzling and intoxicating.

5. It brings happiness to you and all who surround you.

Singing. It’s happened to just about all of us. Perhaps you are washing dishes, walking down the sidewalk, or cooking… then you realize you are humming. Was it perhaps one of the Sanskrit songs from yoga practice where you weren’t able to quite comprehend the lyrics, but the melody was euphoric?

Many times we will presume the instructor chose the song simply because it had a great melody and tempo, yet a great instructor will do more than just that. He or she will select melodies containing mantras with meaning that instill the intention of the whole class. Strength, playfulness, or healing are the three main elements behind these melodic transformations you will feel.

These specific mantras and songs are yet even more intoxicating when merged with an asana practice because they carry vibrations through out the room. These vibrations can transform you on a cellular level. As these songs and melodies cascade down your spirit and become intertwined with your true self (in order to get you to hum them while walking down the street), you’ve just unexpectedly discovered a new inspiration.

Simply by taking that specific sound and mantra with you, you have already instilled more bliss and joy in the body.

We all can see that bliss and joy are the very first steps to becoming a goddess. Every goddess must be joyful as they are divine and of a spirit freed. Each one finds immeasurable moments of bliss and joy. So Durga perhaps finds her happiness in a different way than Aphrodite. Yet… they both live fully… embracing the parts of themselves which are the strongest and inspire the most awe.

Girlfriends, let me introduce you to my friend and spiritual mentor… Zoe Bray-Cotton…

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