The 7 Chakras

The 7 Chakras

The study of 7 chakras originates in Eastern spiritual traditions that consider the seven primary chakras the basis of our human existence. Similarly, today’s Western approaches place en emphasis on the seven chakras as representations of different aspects of our life and describe their function in various terms encompassing the psychological, physical, energetic and spiritual.

 

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7 Major Chakras Overview

The basic human chakra system, as it is commonly accepted, consists of seven chakras stretching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Their names, locations and corresponding chakra colors are:

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  1. Root chakra — base of the spine — red
  2. Sacral chakra — just below the navel — orange
  3. Solar Plexus chakra — stomach area — yellow
  4. Heart chakra — center of the chest — green
  5. Throat chakra — base of the throat — blue
  6. Third Eye chakra — forehead, just above area between the eyes — indigo
  7. Crown chakra — top of the head — violet
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Sometimes, a Sanskrit name is used instead of plain English because the study of the chakra system as we know it in our modern Western culture originates mostly from yogic traditions from India. You’ll sometimes find them referenced as:

  1. “Muladhara”
  2. “Svadhishthana”
  3. “Manipura”
  4. “Anahata”
  5. “Vishuddha”
  6. “Ajna”
  7. “Sahasrara”

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The Seven Chakras in the Human Body

The seven chakras are commonly associated with the following parts of the body:

  • The first one to the perineum, in the coccyx area
  • The second one to the lower belly, seen a few inches below the navel
  • The third one to the solar plexus
  • The fourth one to the center of the chest, slightly to the left of the physical heart
  • The fifth one to the throat, at the carotid plexus
  • The sixth one to the point between the eyebrows or “third eye”
  • The seventh one to the top of the cranium

It’s important to remember that the location of the seven chakras varies slightly depending on the traditions or school of thoughts. Some may place the second one slightly to the left of the body, at the level of the spleen, while others will place it lower at the level of the gonads.

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Even though the 7 chakras are associated with specific parts of the body, they are not “physical” entities per se, but belong to the realm of “subtle energy”.  They can be described at the crossroad of the material and the immaterial, the biological and the spiritual, and pertain to the body, mind, and spirit all together.

The 7 Chakra System Explained

The 7 chakras are part of the most commonly known chakra system made of seven energy centers located along the spine and ending in the brain, from the perineum area to the top of the head.

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The mainstream chakra system is based on a Hindu chakra system that recognizes seven distinct “wheels” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along the human body’s spinal column. Each possessing its own color and vibrational frequency, these wheels are the catalysts of consciousness and human function. They govern various emotional issues, from our survival instincts and self-esteem to our ability to communicate and experience love.

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Lotus Flower Meaning and Symbolisms

Lotus Flower Meaning and Symbolisms

 

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Anybody who has ever observed a lotus flower emerging from a murky pond cannot fail to see the beauty of this exquisite plant.

 

The Lotus is a delicate flower with many layered petals arrayed around a central core. A few different plants from separate families all make up this category, but they all have similar meanings when it comes to symbolism. The plants also look alike and share other characteristics like medicinal and edible value. In general, all the Lotus flowers exude beauty and grace. Most varieties grow in the water of ponds and creeks, lending them an otherworldly quality that makes them mystical enough for religious ceremonies. In the Victorian flower language, the Lotus represented eloquence.

 

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Flowers commonly called Lotus around the world include:

  • The Egyptian lotus flower: With the scientific name of Nymphaea caerula, the Egyptian blue lotus is actually more accurately described as a water lily. These blooms sport light blue or purple petals and played an important role in spiritual events.
  • The Japanese lotus flower: Also known as the sacred Lotus in China, Bali, and other tropical countries in Asia, this plant’s scientific name is Nelumbo nucifera. It is the flower you see being used as the seat of Buddha and many Hindu deities too.
  • The American lotus flower: A bright yellow Lotus, the Nelumbo lutea, is native to North America and was used as a food crop by many Native American tribes. It is not as well known symbolically as the other varieties, but it is still a beautiful addition to a water feature.
  • Other Lotuses: Most white and red Lotus flower varieties also fall into the Nymphaea water lily family. This means they held the most power in Egyptian and other ancient Asian cultures.

 

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Spiritual and Religious Lotus Flower Symbolism

Aside from the Victorian and contemporary meanings for the Lotus, there is a wealth of symbolism tying these flowers to Hinduism, Buddhism, and the ancient Egyptian’s religious practices. The ancient Egyptians used the plant extensively as a symbol in the paintings and carvings left on the walls of temples and tombs. Scholars believe the Egyptians viewed the Lotus as a symbol of rebirth because it appeared to sink at night and rise again in the morning. It is now known the plant simply loses old blooms and adds new ones on a daily cycle, but it is still a potent reminder of reincarnation and the mysteries of the afterlife. The priests and other religious leaders also brewed the flowers to make a tea with sedative and mild psychotropic effects, which heightened their sense for ritual work.

The Lotus meaning in Hinduism is a little different. As ideas were exchanged with Buddhists for thousands of years, Hindu religious leaders began to use the flower as a symbol of peace and eternity. White lotus flowers are usually seen under the feet of deities like Lakshmi, Ganesha, and Saraswati. Brahma, the ultimate creator, emerges from a Lotus as well. This sense of purity arises from the flower’s growing habit of rooting in mud and pushing up through the water to bloom.

 

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The flower’s meaning in Buddhism is similar, but still unique again from the other meanings. The Buddhist Lotus represents:

  • Patience
  • Purity
  • Mysticism
  • Direct Spiritual Contact
  • Emptiness from Desire
  • Victory over Attachments
  • Enlightenment and the Bodhi State
  • Love and Compassion for All Things
  • Self-Awareness
  • Faithfulness During Spiritual Development
  • Rising Out of Suffering

 

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WHAT IS KUNDALINI?

WHAT IS KUNDALINI?

Kundalini is a Sanscrit term from ancient India that identifies the arising of an energy and consciousness which has been coiled at the base of the spine since birth, and is the source of the life force (pranic energy, chi , bio-energy) that everybody knows.  Yogic science suggests that this energy triggered the formation of the child in the womb, and then coils 3 ½ times at the base of the spine to hold the energy field in stasis until we die, when it uncoils and returns to its source.

 

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Kundalini may unravel and arise from the base of the spine (or sometimes from the feet) due to spiritual practices, or in response to life events, and when this happens it may move gradually, uncoiling like a snake, or quickly and explosively, into the gut, the heart or the head.  This event can be startling and chaotic, frightening or blissful, and it usually triggers months and years of new sensations and changes in the person who awakens it.  It may feel like the body’s wiring has moved from 110 to 220, and it takes time to adapt to it.  It is understood in the eastern tradition to be a significant adjunct to spiritual realization, but it is rarely recognized as such in western traditions, although Christian mystics have often been said to have intense energetic or physical problems.

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WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA?

 

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There aren’t many things that retain their full potency when they are blended together. Ok, maybe Pert Shampoo and Conditioner. Maybe Simon and Garfunkel. Maybe Cronuts, but that’s about it. In yoga, Kundalini is the exception.

Kundalini Yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga (the yogic practice of devotion and chanting), Raja Yoga (the practice of mediation/mental and physical control) and Shakti Yoga, (for the expression of power and energy).

A well-taught Kundalini Yoga class leaves you feeling like you’ve gone to therapy, had an awesome workout in the gym, made it to your yoga mat and enjoyed a fun singing session with friends. The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to provide a modality by which people can achieve their maximum creative potential, free themselves from Karma (the lasting effects of past actions) and realize their life purpose. Experiencing a Kundalini Awakening is like being given the secret code to always winning a blue ribbon, along with a get-out-of-jail-free card, at which point you gleefully fire your Life Coach because now you know more than he does.

 

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Vegan Meat Brands That Are Changing Everything

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 Beyond Meat

This innovative company is single-handedly changing the vegan meat game. What’s its secret? Beyond Meat’s mouth-watering products are made from non-GMO, gluten-free pea protein. Since its release, the burger’s popularity has sky-rocketed, and is now available at Target stores, as well as Whole Foods, Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, and moreMust-try product: the “bloody” Beyond Burger. Look for it in the meat section!

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Gardein

We love that Gardein offers fishless fish, including a golden fishless fillet, as well as mini crabless cakesIts website also features fun recipes and a page of gluten-free productsMust-try productClassic Meatless Meatballs.

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 Tofurky

Founded in 1980, Tofurky quickly became famous for its holiday roasts, but it’s known for many other delectable vegan products as well, including deli slices, veggie dogs, tempeh bacon, vegan pizza, and more. Must-try productchorizo-style ground “beef”.

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Field Roast

Made with grain meat, Field Roast products include vegan sausages, deli slices, roasts, burgers, and even a meatloaf. Its famous vegan cheese Chao Slices are a great complement to what we consider a must-try productthe Hand-Formed Burger.

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Yves Veggie Cuisine

Yves has a wide range of vegan products, including Vegan Grain Strips with BBQ SauceOriginal Meatless Jumbo Hot Dogs, and Meatless Canadian Bacon. The company was founded in 1985 and continues to provide cholesterol-free vegan meat options to a growing demographic of compassionate consumers. Must-try productVeggie Brats Classic.

 

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TRUE BENEFITS OF ALKALINE WATER

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What is alkaline water?

You may have heard some of the various health claims about alkaline water. Some say it can help slow the aging process, regulate your body’s pH level, and prevent chronic diseases like cancer. But what exactly is alkaline water, and why all the hype?

The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic, and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.

Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9.

 

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 Combats Free Radicals

First and foremost, you need to understand that alkaline water has antioxidant-like properties. Antioxidants are capable of combating free radicals, which are known to cause a variety of different diseases. Free radicals have been linked to pre-mature aging and a whole host of other health complications. And the benefits are even bigger, due to the nature of alkaline water.

 

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Cleanses The Body

It is absolutely essential to remember that your body will collect potentially dangerous chemicals over time and a large quantity of the problematic buildup will appear inside of the colon. Over a period of time, the quantity and severity of the buildup will increase. This can become poisonous and in some rare cases, even lethal!

With this in mind, it is absolutely essential to cleanse the body on a regular basis. There are numerous ways to achieve this goal, but some actually have their own potential side effects.

By drinking alkaline water on a regular basis, you will be able to flush these harmful chemicals from your body. In fact, alkaline water is capable of removing buildup that has been lingering inside of your system for weeks and even years. In return, this will help to decrease the frequency of constipation, while also reducing the potential for health problems.

 

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Improves Skin Health

It should be no secret that the skin needs moisture to remain healthy. Applying lotion to the skin can help, but the foods and drinks you put into your body are even more vital. This is why it is a good idea to drink water on a regular basis. And of course, alkaline water can prove to be more beneficial than regular water. This type of water is capable of rejuvenating and rehydrating the skin. The combination will make the skin radiant. It doesn’t stop there either. Alkaline water can detoxify the skin and this will help to make the skin look much smoother, while also decreasing breakouts.

 

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