What are the Chakras?

The Chakras

There are many books and websites all about the chakras but I wanted to give you a simple introduction to these fascinating wheels of energy.

Chakra infogram

Essentially, the chakras are energetic centres that govern different areas of our mind, body and emotions. So, if you are feeling out of sync or you have discomfort in a certain area then follow the guidance in the Yoga Smoothie Adventure and see the changes.

This picture gives you an idea of the locations of the 7 chakras. By balancing these 7 areas of your life you will feel harmonised, grounded and running at optimum levels.

Its a very in-depth subject so if it resonates you I urge to study it further as its fascinating. You can choose to take a light-hearted approach or go deep into the subject and learn all about the mantras and yantras associated with them. I've found it a fun subject to study. There are some incredibly powerful practices associated with the chakras, so don't write it off as too esoteric just yet.

My favourite book on the subject is called Wheels of Life. This book goes into such depth on each chakra giving you ways to enhance them, associated sounds, meaning and exercises.

I've started a little Yoga Smoothie Adventure starting with the base chakra. It's a fun exploration into each chakra and what exercises, smoothies and recipes you can use to enhance each one. It's just for fun so have a go.

Chakra Yoga Adventure - Muladhara

Welcome to the beginning of our yoga chakra adventure. I'm really looking forward to sharing delicious ways to get some wonderful nutrients into your body to support each energy centre. I'll also show you some simple and quick yoga poses you can do to get the energy going in each area we look at.

ABOUT THE ROOT CHAKRA This month we focus on the root chakra (muladhara) which is red in colour and is located at the base of your spine.

This chakra influences how grounded you feel, your sense of belonging, your mindset on money and career. If you are unbalanced in this energy centre you may feel indecisive, tired all the time, struggling in relationships and jobs and having money problems. You may have difficulty connecting to the spiritual side of life and feel fear, impatience, intolerant and controlling.

YOGA POSES

Here are this weeks three poses you can do to get grounded and embrace the feeling of stability and security. If you already have a practice you can just make sure you combine these poses in. Or if you are new to yoga just practice these three poses this week. It won't take you long and you will start to feel the benefits fairly quickly.

Always start your practice by either sitting quietly for 5 minutes listening to your breath rise and fall or you can follow this short video.

1) Downward Dog - Ardho-mukha-swanasana 2) Tree Pose - Vrikshasana 3) Chair Pose - Utkatasana

Click here for a video on how to do the poses

End your practice with relaxation.

Strawberry Surprise

This month's delicious smoothie needs:-

Handful of fresh or frozen strawberries A cup of fresh orange juice A small bunch of fresh basil 4 icecubes

Whizz them all up in a juicer and pour your Strawberry Surprise into a tall glass and drink. Yum.

HARIRA SOUP RECIPE

I was given the Leon cookbook at the weekend by a great friend and I LOVE it. Last night I made a vegetarian Moroccan Harira and I highly recommend it. Its full of protein and goodness, perfect for supporting the root chakra with earthy food. Its even better the next day so make up a big batch and enjoy. Click for the Harira Soup Recipe