chakra alignment & detox pt I

 
Mental, Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Detox/Chakra Balancing & Alignment Workshop
Welcome to our Wellness Detox, focusing on body, mind and soul.  This is a workshop that focuses on ridding yourself, your life and your body from toxins, negative matter, and mental, spiritual and physical illness. You will balance and align your chakras and health.  At the end of this workshop, you will feel at peace with yourself, others, and the world, feeling a great sense of connection, ease, and love. You will be able to cope with life and its difficulties, including your reactions to actions, and have an easier time breathing when faced with strife. You will feel less pull towards material and more towards spiritual. You will learn how to, simply, be.
This workshop will take seven consecutive days.  The eighth day is optional but recommended for full alignment.  This workshop works best when started on a Sunday.
 
 
This workshop explains all details in 9 parts:
Introduction – About Chakras, Detox, and How to Read & Follow this Workshop
Chapter 1 – Root Chakra
Chapter 2 – Sacral Chakra
Chapter 3 – Solar Plexus Chakra
Chapter 4 – Heart Chakra
Chapter 5 – Throat Chakra
Chapter 6 – Third Eye Chakra
Chapter 7 – Crown Chakra
Chapter 8 – Aligning Chakras & Keeping Them Balanced
 
 
INTRODUCTION
 
WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?
Chakras (चक्र), meaning “wheel” in Sanskrit, as well as “circle”, “disk” and “cycle”. There are seven main chakras which align the spine, starting at the base of the spin to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.  This invisible energy, called Prana, is our life force.  These swirling wheels of energy correspond to major organs and massive nerve centers in our body, as well as our psychological, emotional and spiritual states of being.  The Chakras were written in scriptures dating to the 6th century BCE.  It wasn’t until 1927 that the ideas of Chakras were brought over to the Western world.  Western Chakra practices are closely linked to yoga practices.
THE SEVEN MAIN CHAKRAS:
 
1. Root Chakra
2. Sacral Chakra
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
4. Heart Chakra
5. Throat Chakra
6. Third Eye Chakra
7. Crown Chakra
 
WHAT IS A DETOX?
A detox is defined as a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.  There are many forms of detoxing.  The most well-known is a food detox in which one fasts, or drinks only natural juice or water with lemon.  Usually they eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and refined fats during this time. This is a physical detox. There are also emotional, mental and spiritual detoxes.  These involve refraining from certain overloading situations, and refraining from activities like TV, computer, and cell phones.  We suggest you eliminate and refrain from these items, objects, situations, and activities for optimal results.  You can eat whole foods, and should, during this workshop, but you should be eating healthy, fresh foods, preferably nothing prepackaged. Since this is a detox associated with the Hindu religion, it is suggested you refrain from eating any foods made from cow as this is a holy animal.  If you are used to eating a lot of meat in your daily life and other animal products, it is suggested you try to eat as little animal products and by-products, and focus on plant-based eating.  You should be drinking a lot of water.  Real fruit and vegetable juices are allowed, as well as fresh nut juices and natural teas/herbal teas (without milk or sugar).  You may also want to minimize or eliminate the use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products, like shampoos, deodorants, and toothpastes, and opt for natural alternatives.
More detoxing tips:

1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.

3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

4. Drink at least two quarts of water a day.

5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.

8. Sweat through exercise so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

 
 
In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
HOW TO USE THIS WORKSHOP:
Each Chakra workshop has 5 components that are tailored specifically for each chakra:
1. Food: Since this is a detox, you will be eating healthy foods.  You will not be starving yourself or taking in only liquids.
 
2. Affirmations: Affirmations are powerful statements helping us reach our fullest potential and bringing our consciousness into our beliefs, needs and wants.
 
3. Exercise, Yoga & Stretches: In conjunction with food, exercise is important to all health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).
 
4. Meditation: This is when you will consciously explore your chakra, activating, opening, balancing them to they can align. You will be using Mantras during this process.
 
5. Journaling: You will record your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states before and after each chakra journey. Note things you would like to change relating to this chakra.
 
Below will be a list of things you need. Don’t stress if you do not have them. Be creative and work with what you can.
 
You will need:
1. A notebook (or paper) and writing utensils.
2. Appropriate food (as described in the next seven chapters)
3. Appropriate color wear (as described in the next seven chapters): If you do not have clothes in the colors mentioned in each chapter, wear black, gray, beige or brown clothing with the accessories in the mentioned color.  Accessories & clothing choices should not be uncomfortable or worn out of vanity. Remember, this is a detox so you should be wearing as little as possible and you don’t want to give much thought into fashion, culture, etc.
4. Yoga mat or any surface for yoga poses, stretches and other exercise
It is preferred that you do not partake in drugs (including alcohol) or sex to truly activate yourself.
You can follow your daily routine, making time for special chakra activities. If you are busy, the best time to do these activities are when you are most at peace.  You should be spending less time on your phone, computer, TV, etc, to connect with yourself and the world on a more spiritual level.
 
For optimal results:
1. Your day should start with your Chakra Affirmation before breakfast but after a glass of water.
2. Your breakfast should be the most important, fulling meal of the day. Prepare the night before if you must.
3. Journal: Is your Chakra balanced, over-active or under-active? What are some things you would like to change, mentally/emotionally, physically or spiritually about this chakra?  And any other thoughts, fears, both positives and negatives.

4. Chakra Meditation

5. Chakra Workout
6. Chakra Yoga
7. Journal your experience
8. Chakra Affirmation again before bed
You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water per day.
Each chapter will have the same outline as below, which specific information for each chakra.
COLORS FOR CHAKRAS: Each chakra has a related color. Wearing, eating, visualizing, coloring, etc with this specified color is part of the healing process.  You do not want to mix colors, creating clash and chaos inside your mind.
SCENTS FOR CHAKRAS: Essential oils and incense work great for chakra activation. Smell is the first of your five senses to be acivated. It brings back memories from past lives and ancestors. They are not necessary. Do not use man-made fragrances if you do not have essential oils, incense, or fragrant herbs.
CRYSTALS & STONES FOR CHAKRAS: Crystals and stones relate to specific chakras and work great during meditation and wearing during the workshop. They are not necessary. Only use one or two crystals/stones per chakra or else you can overload yourself with energy.
AFFIRMATIONS FOR CHAKRAS:  You do not need to memorize each affirmation but it is important you say these twice a day. You can choose the short or long version, or you can say the short version in the beginning and the long version at night, etc.
EATING FOR CHAKRAS:  Eating specifically for each chakra is optional but recommended for optimal results. What is not optional is eating HEALTHY foods for this detox. You cannot open a chakra while eating sugary, salty, fatty, prepackaged foods.  Foods should be as fresh as possible, and preferably not prepackaged.  It is suggested you go food shopping for fresh foods the day before you start this workshop. Since this is not realistic for some people, work with what you can. You should not starve yourself either.
Below will be a list of foods you need. Don’t stress if you do not have them. Be creative and work with what you can. You can read further into the chapters to get more complete, detailed lists for each chapter.
 
1. Plant protein – tofu/meat alternatives, beans/legumes, grains, nuts/seeds
2. Leafy greens – both dark and light
3. Fruit and veggies – when shopping for fruits and veggies, think colors.  Think chakra colors – red (strawberries), orange (tangerines), yellow (corn), green (spinach), blue (blueberries), purple (eggplant). Think roots for your chakra diet (carrots, beets)
4. No juices, coffee, soda, smoothies, etc. Any juices should preferably be homemade and made from 100% fresh squeezed juice. Coconut water is good. Water with lemon is preferred.  Teas and herbal teas are good but only without milk, sugar or cream.
5. Spices & herbs – turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, chamomile, mint, etc
6. Choose plant milks over cow milk (coconut, almond, rice, etc). There are even plant yogurts on the market.
7.  You will want to be choosing fresh over prepackaged but things like fresh hummus, whole grain chips, air-popped popcorn, and canned beans are a good choice.
8. Dried fruits, nuts and seeds should not have any additives such as salt or sugar.
MEDITATION FOR CHAKRAS: This is the most important part of the Chakra workshop. This is where you find your specified chakra, where you activate, open, and balance your chakra. This is not optional. Here you will need a yoga mat or somewhere comfortable but firm that you can sit. Candles, stones, essential oils, and incense are recommended but not necessary. It is recommended you put on the music specified for each meditation but, again, not necessary. Meditation works best in a peaceful area where you won’t be interrupted. It shouldn’t be too dark nor too light. Breathing should be steady, focused, filling your stomach, and in through your nose, out through your mouth. You will be repeating mantras, or sounds associated with each chakra, such as the well-known “OM”
EXERCISE FOR CHAKRAS: These exercises are more important for Chakras related to the Physical. Wearing the specified chakra color for these exercises produces optimal results. You can choose what you want to do versus what you don’t.

YOGA FOR CHAKRAS: Each Chakra has yoga moves to best activate your chakras. It is recommended you at least do two of these poses per chakra.  If you are new to yoga, try the easier ones.  As you become more advanced, redo this workshop and choose the harder ones!
CHAKRA TEST: IMPORTANT!  This is short test to show you which chakras are over-active, under-active and open.  Take this test as honestly as possible without overthinking questions and answers.  Take this test the day or night before you start the Chakra Detox. You will take this test at the end of the workshop also.  Do not take during the seven days you partake in the workshop.  Chakra Test
Now that you are familiar with chakras, detoxes, how to utilize this workshop, and have taken the Chakra test, let us begin!
 
CHAPTER ONE
ROOT CHAKRA / Muladhara: “root support” / “spiritual grounder” / “survival center”
♥This is the first chakra, modernly associated with the color red, symbolized by the four-petal lotus.
Found at the base of the spine, controlling the Will To Live & the Right To Have.
Associated with the skeletal structure, teeth, reproductive organs, large intestine, adrenal cortex, kidneys & blood.
Element: Earth
♥”O” vowel

♥”LANG” sound
“LAM” chant
“C” note
Movement: Slowest clockwise spin
Tarot: Pentacles
♥Shape: Square

♥PHYSICAL: This chakra is purely physical, not spiritual.

 
Optional Quick Activity: Before you read any further, sit on the ground as comfortably as you can, closing your eyes and feeling the mentioned body parts, your blood flowing, the feeling of your adrenaline, run your tongue over your teeth, imagine your kidneys & ovaries.  What do these body parts symbolize? What do you feel when you think of them? What do they tell you your root chakra is associated with?
Meaning:

This chakra controls the primal, the animal, survival instincts.

This encompasses security, courage & resourcefulness.
It controls groundedness, pleasure, pain, sexuality & livelihood.
It is the manifestation of the physical world.
It controls the connection & loyalty to our “tribe.”

♥It activates & stimulates the power of activity.

It is your life force, controlling reproduction.
ROOT CHAKRA’S CHALLENGE: Fear
 
BLOCKED, UNDER-ACTIVE & OVER-ACTIVE ROOT:
Physical Symptoms: An unbalanced root chakra can result in weight-loss/gain, over/under-active sex drive, poor immune system, kidney stones, circulatory issues, leg weakness, sciatica, hypertension, impotence, colitis, anemia, fatigue, depression, laziness, back pain, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Emotional/Mental Symptoms: Insecurity, poor decision making, anxiety, co-dependent, restless, feeling abandoned, unfocused, guilt, resentment, depression, fearfulness, and detachment.
Over-active Root Chakra: Anger, annoyance, aggression, greediness, controlling, dependent, unable to accept change, materialistic, impulsive, and over-active sex-drive
Under-active Root Chakra: Disconnected, disorganized, lack focus and discipline, afraid, anxious, restless in daily life, lack stamina, have depression, have no boundaries, and have trouble obtaining financial security.
Balanced Root Chakra: You feel secure in this world, free of doubts about your place in this life. Daily tasks seem effortless and you have a belief things will work out for you.
 
STARTING THE ROOT CHAKRA DETOX/OPEN:

 

Start this day preferably on a Sunday.
 
For optimal results:
 
1. Your day should start with your Root Chakra Affirmation before breakfast but after a glass of water.
2. Your breakfast should be the most important, fulling meal of the day. Prepare the night before if you must.  Your root chakra cannot open if you do not have a satisfying, healthy breakfast, since this is the root of your day. Do not have too much sugar and stick to complex carbs.
3. Journal: Is your Root Chakra balanced, over-active or under-active? What are some things you would like to change, mentally/emotionally, physically or spiritually about this chakra?  And any other thoughts, fears, both positives and negatives.
4. Root Chakra Meditation
5. Root Chakra Workout
6. Root Chakra Yoga
7. Journal your experience
8. Root Chakra Affirmation again before bed
COLORS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA:
Today you should be wearing red, the color of blood, survival, primal energy.  If you do not have an entirely red wardrobe, limit the color you are wearing to black, grey, beige or brown and accessorize with red.  You should be eating mostly red foods, roots, and foods high in protein and iron. Red items, such as candles, are a plus. You can journal in red pen.  Don’t stress too much if you do not have many of these items on hand–this workshop is not about buying, materialism or worry. Anything red will do.
SCENTS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA:
Smell is the sense associated with the Root Chakra. It is highly recommended that you incorporate scent into your meditations for this Chakra.
Essential oils: Clove, carrot seed, cypress, ginger, ylang ylang, juniper, vetiver, sandalwood, cinnamon, angelica, cedarwood, rosemary, black pepper
Incense: Sage, cedar, benzoin
CRYSTALS & STONES FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA:
Azurite, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Obsidian, Golden Yellow Topaz, Black Tourmaline, Carnelian, Citrine, Red Jasper, Smokey Quartz, Ruby, Tiger’s Eye, Garnet, Coral
AFFIRMATION FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA:
SHORT:
I am safe in the world around me. I belong in this world, and am a part of Gaia. I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and the events that occur
LONG:
I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am open to possibilities.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choice that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.
 
EATING FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA:
You should be focusing on red foods, roots, and foods high in protein and iron.
Red Foods: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, red cabbage, red apples, etc.
Roots: Potatoes, yams, ginger, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.
Iron: Beans (kidney beans especially because they are related to kidneys), dark leafy greens, dried fruits
Protein: Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds
Herbs: Dong quai, echinacea root, ginger root, clover, goldenseal
Food Ideas: Red peppers stuffed with kidney beans, tomato and spices.  Baked potato with red salt, cayenne. Cashew butter and red apple slices.  Healthy chili – Just washed beans, no-sugar-added tomato sauce, canned tomatoes (with jalapenos), onion, ginger, chili spices, cacao powder (or chocolate)
MEDITATION:
This is where you consciously are activating, opening & balancing your root chakra. You are setting your Chakras up for alignment.  Alignment does not happen until the last Chakra activation, opening and balancing. This meditation is ESSENTIAL to this workshop.
Wear red. It is suggested you wear moderately tight clothes. It should not be TOO tight that they will be uncomfortable but it is not recommended that you wear loose clothes because this gets in the way both physically and spiritually.
Sit comfortably. Cross-legged isn’t always the most comfortable position so do what works for you. Dim the lights or draw the curtains just so. The room can be silent or you can put on one of the four sound videos found below. The last link pronounces “LAM” for you.
JUST MUSIC – NO TALKING OR GUIDANCE *RECOMMENDED to listen to during meditation*

GUIDED CHAKRA MEDITATION

VIBRATION – VISUAL GUIDANCE IS OPTIONAL
LAM MANTRA CHANTING *RECOMMENDED you play for a minute before you set up for meditation to understand how to use your mantra*
If you are lighting candles, do this now. Set your stones and crystals out at the base of your mat if you are using any.  Burn your incense, and/or apply essential oils (mixed with carrier oils) to your pulse points.  Put on the recommended music.  Sit down comfortably.
 
Now you will meditate:
Sit comfortably, tall, with a straight spine and your head up, with your arms soft and at your sides or fallen comfortably over your legs.
 
Soften your eyes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling each breath fill your stomach and then expel through your mouth, releasing all the negative energy built up from your root chakra.  Don’t regulate your breath. Let it be natural.
 
Your root chakra is located at the base of your spine.  Feel your root chakra as you sit. This is the chakra connecting you to the earth, rooting you to the ground. Like gravity.
 
Visualize a red lotus flower at the base your spine. Feel it spinning clockwise, slowly. It is turning into a radiant, bright red ball of energy. It brightens and radiates downward as it illuminates your lower extremities and grounds you.
This is your Chakra of Belonging.  Breathe into your Root. Let it soften. Breathe, taking in nourishment and life force energy.
Allow your root to connect down, down to ground below, deep into the Earth. Let your Root ground you in the Here and Now. Let your root take what it needs
 
Say the words:
 
“I am here.”
“I have a right to be here, as I am.”
“The Earth supports me.”
Visualize the red sucking up the nutrients it needs from the Earth.
Chant your mantra:
LAM
Until you feel your root open, expanding with the nutrients you are pulling from the ground.
Breathe deep, filling up your root.
Breathe out, releasing fear, insecurity.
When you are ready, become aware of the air on the surface of your body, the sounds around you, the scents and sensations.
Allow your Root to rest, visualizing it pulling back up to the center of your spine, forming a slowly spinning clockwise lotus once again.
Rest this lotus, becoming aware of the support beneath you.
Notice how you feel.
Hold yourself with loving kindness for the beautiful, unique being that you are.
When you are ready, draw this meditation to a close.
Snuff out candles, incense. Hold stones and crystals for a few moments, feeling their energy in your hands.  They should feel safe, welcome.  Put these back in their resting place.
You can say your affirmations again if you would like while standing firmly, feet routed to the ground, confident.
Now that you have activated and opened your Root Chakra, you can continue balancing your root by partaking in physical exercises found below.  This meditation has helped you improve your focus.  Now that you are focused, you can target your muscles easier.  This makes for a successful work out.  Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all connected.
ROOT CHAKRA EXERCISE:
Exercise is essential to opening your root chakra. Since the root is associated with the physical world, it is important to BE physical.  Your feet and legs are what keep you rooted in the ground.
Start this workout by standing firm — feet shoulder-width apart, relaxing your upper body, letting your arms rest comfortably at your sides and allowing your hips to rest slightly forward. Breathe deeply and feel your connection to the Earth deepen with each exhale.
Workouts for your legs, walking, running, and planks are all great for this chakra. Dancing is also wonderful for this exersize.
YOGA POSES/STRETCHES:
Additonal Activities (Recommended):
 
1. Deep tooth cleaning – use coconut oil and clove oil, add a bit of water, and swish around in your mouth for two minutes. This is good to make a daily habit.
2. Spending time in Mother Nature. Sit beneath a tree. Walk around in the grass barefoot. Close your eyes, taking in the smells and sounds.
3. Do chores and things you have been meaning to get to.
4. Take a mindful shower–not too long, but enough to navigate and cleanse your whole body. Rub in circles toward your heart. Use a coffee scrub to rev your engine.
5. Root chakra massage. Use essential oils, herbs and carrier oils, or add essential oils to your favorite lotion. Rub in circles towards your heart, from feet to hips, and your heart.
6. Pull a tarot card from the Pentacle suit.
Now that you have Activated, Opened and Balanced your Root Chakra, tomorrow you will focus on your Sacral Chakra
CHAPTER TWO
 
SACRAL CHAKRA / Svadisthana: “dwelling place of the self” / “spiritual abundance”
♥This is the second chakra, modernly associated with the color orange, symbolized by the six-petal lotus.
Found just below the navel, controlling the Will To Feel & the Right To Want.
Associated with the reproductive organs, large intestine, all fluids of the body, circulation of blood, spleen, hips, pelvis, sacrum, lymphatic system, kidneys, bladder, & lower back.

Element: Water

♥”Oo” vowel
♥”D” note
“VANG” sound
“VAM” chant
Movement: Counter-clockwise spin

Tarot: Cups

♥Shape: Circle with crescent
♥Maintains the SPIRITUAL DNA inside the PHYSICAL
 
Optional Quick Activity: Before you read any further, sit on the ground as comfortably as you can, closing your eyes and feeling the mentioned body parts, your blood flowing, the lower part of your torso, your intestines, your bladder, your lower back.  What do these body parts symbolize? What do you feel when you think of them? What do they tell you your sacral chakra is associated with?
Meaning:
This chakra controls passion and pleasure.
This encompasses sexuality, intimacy, intelligence, choice, connections, & emotions.
It controls creativity, your inner child, innocence, vulnerability, spontaneity, fantasy, sensuality, and enjoyment.
It determines how we see ourselves in the physical world and governs our self worth.
It controls physical maintenance and rejuvenation.
♥It controls flow, flexibility and movement.
♥It controls the formation of identity through relating to others and the world.
SACRAL CHAKRA’S CHALLENGE: Guilt
 
BLOCKED, UNDER-ACTIVE & OVER-ACTIVE SACRAL:
Physical Symptoms: An unbalanced sacral chakra can result in PMS, anemia, hypoglycemia, lower back pain, joint problems, spleen issues, infertility, kidney issues, low energy.
Emotional/Mental Symptoms: Depression, poor boundaries, overly sensitive, indulgent, aggressive, fear, anxiety, co-dependency, manipulation, panic attacks, and detachment.
Over-active Sacral Chakra: Emotional overreactions, dramatic, addiction, excessive emotional attachment to people or objects, neediness, co-dependency, muscle tension & abdominal cramps
Under-active Sacral Chakra: Fear of happiness/pleasure, lack of creativity and authenticity, low libido, pessimism, depression, fatigue, negativity, irregular menstrual cycle, urinary or bladder infections.
Balanced Sacral Chakra: Your feelings flow freely and you can express yourself without any problems. You have self-confidence and can handle anything life throws at you. You can be intimate and want to live life to its fullest.
 
STARTING THE SACRAL CHAKRA DETOX/OPEN:
Start this day preferably on a Monday, the day after you open your Root Chakra.
 
For optimal results:
 
1. Your day should start with your Sacral Chakra Affirmation before breakfast but after a glass of water.
2. Your breakfast should be the most important, fulling meal of the day. Prepare the night before if you must.  Do not have too much sugar and stick to complex carbs.
3. Journal: Is your Sacral Chakra balanced, over-active or under-active? What are some things you would like to change, mentally/emotionally, physically or spiritually about this chakra?  And any other thoughts, fears, both positives and negatives.
4. Sacral Chakra Meditation
5. Sacral Chakra Workout
6. Sacral Chakra Yoga
7. Journal your experience
8. Sacral Chakra Affirmation again before bed
COLORS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA:
Today you should be wearing orange, the color of vitality.  If you do not have an entirely orange wardrobe, limit the color you are wearing to black, grey, beige or brown and accessorize with orange.  You should be eating mostly orange foods, sweet fruits, nuts, and seeds. You should be drinking a lot of water today, even coconut water. Orange items, such as candles, are a plus. You can journal in orange pen.  Don’t stress too much if you do not have many of these items on hand–this workshop is not about buying, materialism or worry. Anything orange will do.
SCENTS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA:
The five senses are associated with the Sacral Chakra.  It is highly recommended you incorporate scent into your meditations for this Chakra.
Essential oils: Sandalwood, orange, bergamot, ylang ylang, neroli, melissa, lemongrass, clary sage, jasmine, juniper, cardamom & rose
CRYSTALS & STONES FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA:
Hematite, Orange Carnelian, Amber, Orange Calcite, Citrine, Blue Jasper, Red Jasper, Topaz, Copper, & Aventurine
AFFIRMATION FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA:

SHORT:

I live life passionately, with good health and vitality. I am unafraid to be myself. I am confident and am achieving my dreams!
LONG:
I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.

I am at peace.
 
EATING FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA:
You should be focusing on orange/amber foods, sweet fruits, nuts & seeds, foods shaped like crescents and water.
Orange Foods: Melon, oranges, mandarin, clementines, tangerines, mango, papaya, apricot, peach, carrot, radish, pumpkin, sweet potato, squash, etc.
Sweet Fruits: Pomegranate, strawberries, coconut, etc
Nuts & Seeds: Almond, sesame seed, etc
Herbs: Cinnamon, St. John’s Wort, coriander, fennel, grape seed, turmeric, vanilla, raw honey
Food Ideas: Asian style salad with mandarin, almonds and sesame seeds.  Butternut squash soup with nutmeg, ginger & cinnamon. Honey glazed carrots with cinnamon.
MEDITATION:
This is where you consciously are activating, opening & balancing your sacral chakra. You are setting your Chakras up for alignment.  Alignment does not happen until the last Chakra activation, opening and balancing. This meditation is ESSENTIAL to this workshop.
Wear orange. It is suggested you wear moderately tight clothes. It should not be TOO tight that they will be uncomfortable but it is not recommended that you wear loose clothes because this gets in the way both physically and spiritually.
Sit comfortably. Cross-legged isn’t always the most comfortable position so do what works for you. Dim the lights or draw the curtains just so. The room can be silent or you can put on one of the four sound videos found below. The last link pronounces “VAM” for you.
JUST MUSIC – NO TALKING OR GUIDANCE *RECOMMENDED to listen to during meditation*

GUIDED CHAKRA MEDITATION

VIBRATION – VISUAL GUIDANCE IS OPTIONAL
VAM MANTRA CHANTING *RECOMMENDED you play for a minute before you set up for meditation to understand how to use your mantra*
If you are lighting candles, do this now. Set your stones and crystals out at the base of your mat if you are using any.  Burn your incense, and/or apply essential oils (mixed with carrier oils) to your pulse points.  Put on the recommended music.  Sit down comfortably.
 
Now you will meditate:
Sit comfortably, tall, with a straight spine and your head up, with your arms soft and at your sides or fallen comfortably over your legs.
 
Soften your eyes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling each breath fill your stomach and then expel through your mouth, releasing all the negative energy built up from your sacral chakra.  Don’t regulate your breath. Let it be natural.
 
Your sacral chakra is located just below the navel, in your lower belly.  Feel your sacral chakra as you sit. This is the chakra that spins with creativity, with intimacy to the world.
 
Visualize an orange lotus flower below your navel. Feel it spinning counter-clockwise, slowly. It is turning into a radiant, bright orange ball of energy, the color of the setting sun. It brightens and radiates orange light, balancing, empowering, motivating.
This is your Chakra of Pleasure. Breathe deep into your belly, filling your Sacral.  Breathe, taking in nourishment and life force energy.
Say the words:
“I honor my needs”
“I allow myself to be nourished”
Visualize the orange ball flowing with water, flowing all together, fluid and free.
Chant your mantra:
VAM
Until you feel your sacral open, flowing with the water that connects us.
Breathe deep, filling up your belly.
Breathe out, releasing shame, guilt, drama.
When you are ready, become aware of the air on the surface of your body, the sounds around you, the scents and sensations.
Allow your Sacral to rest, visualizing it pulling back up to your belly, just below your navel, forming a slowly spinning counter-clockwise lotus once again.
Rest this lotus, becoming aware of the pleasure of life in your belly.
Notice how you feel.
Hold yourself with loving kindness for the beautiful, unique being that you are.
When you are ready, draw this meditation to a close.
Snuff out candles, incense. Hold stones and crystals for a few moments, feeling their energy in your hands.  They should feel safe, welcome.  Put these back in their resting place.
You can say your affirmations again if you would like while standing firmly, feet routed to the ground, confident.
Now that you have activated and opened your Sacral Chakra, you can continue balancing your Sacral by partaking in physical exercises found below.  This meditation has helped you improve your focus.  Now that you are focused, you can target your muscles easier.  This makes for a successful work out.  Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all connected.
SACRAL CHAKRA EXERCISE:
Exercises for your pelvic floor and abs are good for this chakra.
Dancing and swimming are great for this chakra
YOGA POSES/STRETCHES:
Additonal Activities (Recommended):
 
1. Be creative. Paint, color, draw, sing, dance, write a short story or a poem. Create.
2. Spending time near a body of water, or take a bath.
3. Look at the moon. Observe its pull on you.
4. Let go. Write things you want to let go on a small piece of paper and put it into a body of water to release it.
5. Pull a tarot card from the Cups suit.
6. Journal answering these questions:
  • What is attractive to you? What repels you? How does it guide the way you live your life?
  • How attractive do you feel?
  • Are you confident about your self-image? Or do you doubt yourself often?
  • Do you feel ruled by your emotions? Or are you emotionally aware and conscious?
  • Are you often indulging in life’s little pleasures to the point of losing balance (turning the quest for pleasure into an insatiable obsession)? Or do you enjoy each experiences through a healthy moderation and self-discipline ?
  • Can you balance passion and personal discipline?
  • Do you feel expressed in your passion for life?
  • Are you feeling alive most of the time? Or does life feel dull?
Now that you have Activated, Opened and Balanced your Root Chakra and your Sacral Chakra, tomorrow you will focus on your Solar-Plexus Chakra
CHAPTER THREE
 
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA / Manipura: “jewel city” / “creativity & transfiguration”
♥This is the third chakra, modernly associated with the color yellow, symbolized by the ten-petal lotus.
Found from the navel to just below the breastbone, controlling the Will To Think & the Right To Choose & Act
Associated with the large intestine, stomach, adrenal glands, pancreas, liver, lungs, digestive system, gall bladder.

Element: Fire

♥”Ah” vowel
♥”E” note
“Ra” sound
“RAM” chant
Movement: Clockwise spin
Tarot: Wands
♥Shape: Downward pointing triangle
♥Maintains the PHYSICAL with SPIRITUAL blueprint
 
Optional Quick Activity: Before you read any further, sit on the ground as comfortably as you can, closing your eyes and feeling the mentioned body parts, your upper belly, your large intestine, your lungs.  What do these body parts symbolize? What do you feel when you think of them? What do they tell you your solar plexus chakra is associated with?
Meaning:
This chakra controls the perception of who we are.
This encompasses personality, identity, ego, willpower, energy, vitality, desire and power.
It controls how you meet challenges and move forward, using your personal power in a balanced manner, and being proactive rather than reactive or inactive.
It controls self-esteem, our reaction to criticism, and our warmth in our personality.
It controls manifesting and transforming.

♥It is our internalized parents, our “shoulds”, and self-discipline.

Governs the emotional and mental aspects of your psyche, and physic experiences such as intuition or gut feelings.
It controls your absorption of nutrients.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA’S CHALLENGE: Shame
 
BLOCKED, UNDER-ACTIVE & OVER-ACTIVE SOLAR PLEXUS:
Physical Symptoms: An unbalanced solar plexus chakra can result in poor digestion, gas, nausea, asthma, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, weight problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, arthritis, pacreas, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, intestinal tumours, colon disease.
Emotional/Mental Symptoms: Depression, low self-esteem, inability to set or maintain boundaries, co-dependent, lack of self-control, anxiety, addiction, anger issues, excessive stubbornness, desire for control, perfectionism, overly critical, eating disorders, having a lot of ideas but no way to actualize them, misusing power, being manipulative, lacking direction & purpose.
Over-active Solar Plexus Chakra: Judgemental, critical, demanding, extreme emotional problems, rigid, stubborn, anger, aggression, planning to do things but never doing, workaholic, perfectionist.
Under-active Solar Plexus Chakra: Doubt, mistrust, worry about what others think, avoiding your feelings of depression and anxiety, afraid, alone, not good enough, co-dependent.
Balanced Solar Plexus Chakra: You will be in complete control of your emotions and thoughts.  Your ego will have no unwanted influence over your actions. You will know and accept your place in the universe, have self love and appreciate for all people in your life. Radiate joy and warmth throughout your entire being and others that come into contact with you.
 
STARTING THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA DETOX/OPEN:
Start this day preferably on a Tuesday, the day after you open your Sacral Chakra.
 
For optimal results:
 
1. Your day should start with your Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmation before breakfast but after a glass of water.
2. Your breakfast should be the most important, fulling meal of the day. Prepare the night before if you must.  Do not have too much sugar and stick to complex carbs.
3. Journal: Is your Solar Plexus Chakra balanced, over-active or under-active? What are some things you would like to change, mentally/emotionally, physically or spiritually about this chakra?  And any other thoughts, fears, both positives and negatives.
4. Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation
5. Solar Plexus Chakra Workout
6. Solar Plexus Chakra Yoga
7. Journal your experience
8. Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmation again before bed
COLORS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Today you should be wearing yellow.  You should be eating mostly yellow foods, spices/herbs, and grains/fiber. Yellow items, such as candles, are a plus. You can journal in yellow pen.  Don’t stress too much if you do not have many of these items on hand–this workshop is not about buying, materialism or worry. Anything yellow will do.
SCENTS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Essential oils: Rose, rosewood, sandalwood, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, myrrh, frankincense, lemon, geranium, saffron
CRYSTALS & STONES FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Malachite, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Yellow Tourmaline, Golden Berly, Rhodochrosite, Calcite, Topaz, Amber, Gold
AFFIRMATION FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:

SHORT:

I am confident in all that I do. I am successful and release my creative energy into this Reality, effortlessly.
LONG:
I love and accept myself.
I stand up for myself.
I am strong and courageous.
I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
I choose the best for myself.
I express myself in a powerful way.
I am proud of my achievements.
I honor my self.
I choose healthy relationships.
I am authentic.
I direct my own life.
I appreciate my strengths.
I feel my own power.
I am free to choose in any situation.
I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

I am at peace with myself.
 
EATING FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
You should be focusing on yellow foods, spices/herbs, and grains/fiber.
Yellow Foods: Bananas, yellow peppers, corn, lemon, melon, grapefruit, etc
Fiber/Grains: Whole breads, quinoa, whole rice, whole pasta, flax, sunflower seeds, popcorn, dried fruits, etc
Herbs: Ginger, melissa, chamomile, dandelion, nettle, chia, turmeric, cumin, fennel, mint, olive oil, etc.
Food Ideas: Corn, rice, cumin and turmeric.  Peppermint & chamomile tea.  Whole pasta in olive oil with yellow pepper chunks. Sliced bananas, sunflower butter on whole bread.
MEDITATION:
This is where you consciously are activating, opening & balancing your solar plexus chakra. You are setting your Chakras up for alignment.  Alignment does not happen until the last Chakra activation, opening and balancing. This meditation is ESSENTIAL to this workshop.
Wear yellow. It is suggested you wear moderately tight clothes. It should not be TOO tight that they will be uncomfortable but it is not recommended that you wear loose clothes because this gets in the way both physically and spiritually.
Sit comfortably. Cross-legged isn’t always the most comfortable position so do what works for you. Dim the lights or draw the curtains just so. The room can be silent or you can put on one of the four sound videos found below. The last link pronounces “RAM” for you.
JUST MUSIC – NO TALKING OR GUIDANCE *RECOMMENDED to listen to during meditation*
VIBRATION – VISUAL GUIDANCE IS OPTIONAL
RAM MANTRA CHANTING *RECOMMENDED you play for a minute before you set up for meditation to understand how to use your mantra*
If you are lighting candles, do this now. Set your stones and crystals out at the base of your mat if you are using any.  Burn your incense, and/or apply essential oils (mixed with carrier oils) to your pulse points.  Put on the recommended music.  Sit down comfortably.
 
Now you will meditate:
Sit comfortably, tall, with a straight spine and your head up, with your arms soft and at your sides or fallen comfortably over your legs.
 
Soften your eyes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling each breath fill your stomach and then expel through your mouth, releasing all the negative energy built up from your solar plexus chakra.  Don’t regulate your breath. Let it be natural.
 
Your solar plexus chakra is located from the navel up to just below your heart.  Feel your solar plexus chakra as you sit. This is the chakra that spins with will power, with confidence.
 
Visualize a yellow lotus flower in the center of your torso. Feel it spinning clockwise, slowly, gaining speed. It is turning into a radiant, bright yellow ball of energy, the color of sunshine, its rays reaching out, replenishing, restoring, nurturing.
This is your Chakra of Self-Love. Breathe deep into your belly, filling your Solar Plexus.  Breathe, taking in nourishment and power to do good.
Say the words:
“I value myself”
“I am enough”
“I am more than enough”
“I am worth my weight in gold”
Visualize the yellow ball burning like a fire, creating the will to do, to take action.
Chant your mantra:
RAM
Until you feel your solar plexus open, burning with the fire that creates.
Breathe deep, filling up your belly, your chest, your lungs.
Breathe out, releasing shame, self-loathing, judgements.
When you are ready, become aware of the air on the surface of your body, the sounds around you, the scents and sensations.
Allow your Solar Plexus to rest, visualizing it pulling back up to your belly, filling up the space from your navel to below your heart, forming a slowly spinning clockwise lotus once again.
Rest this lotus, becoming aware of the pleasure of life in your belly, in your lungs.
Notice how you feel.
Hold yourself with loving kindness for the beautiful, unique being that you are.
When you are ready, draw this meditation to a close.
Snuff out candles, incense. Hold stones and crystals for a few moments, feeling their energy in your hands.  They should feel safe, welcome.  Put these back in their resting place.
You can say your affirmations again if you would like while standing firmly, feet routed to the ground, stomach strong and spine tall, confident.
Now that you have activated and opened your Solar Plexus Chakra, you can continue balancing your Solar Plexus by partaking in physical exercises found below.  This meditation has helped you improve your focus.  Now that you are focused, you can target your muscles easier.  This makes for a successful work out.  Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all connected.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA EXERCISE:
Exercises for abs are good for this chakra.
Dancing, particularly swaying your hips, are great for this chakra
Additonal Activities (Recommended):
 
1. Write down positive affirmations.  Speak them out loud while looking in a mirror.
2. Spending time near fire or out in the sun.

3. Pull a tarot card from the Wands suit.

4. Say “No” to something you don’t want to do.
5. Kapalabhati Breathing Technique – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shEhrwqcdAU
Now that you have Activated, Opened and Balanced your Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, and Solar Plexus Chakra, you have balanced all your PHYSICAL Chakras. Tomorrow you will focus on your Heart Chakra
 CONTINUED Part II
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