Resolution Reboot: 7 Chakra Steps to Healthy Habits that Last

Ready for a Resolution Reboot?

Are you beating yourself up about your unhealthy food/drink habits? 

Do you sneak into your favorite coffee spot for an afternoon pick-me-up and feel a little guilty for having coffee late in the day?

Do you enjoy a glass of wine, or two, in the evening, only to turn around and make yourself wrong for such indulgence?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone. I love my Pete’s coffee and chardonnay is one of my favorite beverages!  And I’m a yoga teacher.

I’m supposed to swear off meat, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine, right?  Wrong…

But when I’m drinking a glass of wine every night, or dare I say…two glasses, I’m out of balance. I don’t feel good about myself.  I don’t sleep well, I’m dehydrated, I wake up in a fog.  And my vibrant energy is drained.

Whether you lean toward coffee and a muffin for breakfast, a sugary snack in the afternoon, or sipping your favorite glass of Chardonnay while cooking dinner, if you’re starting to feel bad about the choices you’re making, its time for a change.

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The challenge is that by feeling bad about yourself, and your habits, an emotional desire for more, of the very thing you’re trying to avoid, is triggered.

This is the cycle of addiction and it can be one of the hardest patterns to break. But break it you can and your 7 energy centers, known as the chakras can help.

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So what is a chakra and how can it help you tap into your vibrant health?

The word Chakra, in sanskrit, means “wheel” or “disc”; it refers to the vortex of energetic activity flowing from the major nerve gaglia of the spinal column.

There are 7 major chakras that align the spine from the crown of the head to the base of the spine. Each Center is represented by an element, is associated with a color, has a name, and relates to aspects of consciousness, psychology, archetypes, and philosophy.

The chakras are the energy of yoga, harnessing this energy, both on and off the mat, will take you down a path to vibrant health, dynamic balance, and a creative life you love!

Follow these 7 Chakra Steps to healthy habits that last:

Step 1: Connect with the Divine through Meditation: 

Step 2: Vision Your Vibrant Health and Wellness

Step 3: Speak About Your Wellness Goals

Step 4: Love Yourself, Return to Balance,  Find Your Wellness Tribe

Step 5: Take Action in the Direction of Your Wellness Vision

Step 6: Tap into the Pleasure and Passion of a Vibrant Yoga Lifestyle

Step 7: Take Good Care of Your Body Temple and Thrive

crown chakraStep 1: Connect with the Divine, is related to the 7th chakra; this is located at the top of your head. Sahasrara is the name given the the crown chakra. It means “Thousand Petaled Lotus.”

Meditation enhances the balance of this energy center and allows Universal wisdom to enter to top of the head. Connecting with your Spirit gives you much needed resolve for getting off the wine, sugar, and caffeine.

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Step 2: Vision Your Vibrant Health and Wellness: 6th chakra, or third eye, is located in the middle of your forehead just above your eyebrows.  This chakra is called Ajna which means both to “perceive” and “command.”

Welcome to the command center of your life! See your way into your new healthy lifestyle. Dream about what your want, use your imagination, see the changes you want to make in your life in vivid color, texture, shape, and vibrancy.

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Step 3: Speak about Your Wellness Goals; Speaking your truth ignites the power of your fifth chakra, vishuddha, which means “purify” in English. 

One of the best ways to get what you want is to talk about it. Share your vision of optimal health and wellness with trusted friends and family members.  Be specific about what you want, why you want it, and by when you want to accomplish your goals.

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Chakras (4)Step 4: Love Your Self, Return to Balance, Find Your Wellness Tribe: We’re in the heart chakra! This chakra is governed by air.  It’s sanskrit name, Anahata, which means “unstruck.”

Loving yourself means you are practicing patience and kindness as you make changes in your life. Judging yourself, for having a little icecream, after you’ve claimed, “no sugar,” can cause you to lose sight of your vision and give up on your goals. Eating a nutritious diet, practicing yoga, and exersice brings you back to balance. Having a wellness tribe will not only support you on your path but is one of the keys to a happier life.

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Step 5: Take Action in the Direction of Your Wellness Vision and awaken your personal power!  Chakra 3, Manipura, is known as the power chakra, it’s element is fire. Fire transforms your vision into reality.  It means “lustrous gem.”

Taking small steps toward your vision stokes the fire of chakra 3. Action sparks momentum, gives you power to resist temptation, and burns through inertia.  When your power chakra is balanced you’re ready to get up and go!

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Step 6: Tap into the Pleasure and Passion of a Vibrant Yoga Lifestyle! OMG, it feels so good to get off the C.R.A.P…caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol, and processed foods.  I haven’t omitted all the above but I have given up wine and have totally minimized sugar. I never imagined I would drink coffee with out it being creamy and sweet; it turns out creamy suits me just fine.  And I feel good about myself and the choices I’m making.  

Second charka is called swadisthana which means “sweetness.” It’s element is water.  This is about movement, creativity, sensation, desire, sexuality. Getting into the flow of good choices goes beyond diet and exercise, this chakra teaches us to re-awaken our passion and pay attention to what delights our senses.

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Step 7: Take Good Care of Your Body Temple and Thrive!  We’ve journeyed down the chakra path to the base of the spine, the root chakra. It’s sanskrit name is Muladhara, which translates to “root support.”

This is the energy center that governs your body and your physical world.  Caring for you body as the temple of your Spirit leads to vitality and an experience of thriving.  This includes nourishing your body with healthy meals and rituals as well as caring for your surroundings.  This chakra balances when you take care of your body, your home, your car,  and your bank account.  Root chakra loves organization and taking care of business.

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Namaste,

Rebecca

The Yoga of Getting the Body You Want!

What is the yoga of getting the body you want?

You might be surprised when I tell you it starts with loving the body you have! The word yoga translates to yoke or unite.  Yoga is uniting your body, mind, and heart with your spirit, coming into Wholeness.

So, how do you love your body now when you’d rather be slimmer, trimmer, and more in shape?

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This did not come easily for me back in the days before I found yoga.  In fact, in my early 20’s I hated my body.  I was always an active fit kid even into my teens, but by the time I was a junior in high-school, I started gaining weight. In college my weight became a constant source of frustration.   It didn’t help that my best girlfriend was fit-as-a-fiddle with beautiful, lean, tan legs and mine were fat and full of cellulite!  I hated my legs!

Apparently, so did my boyfriend.  

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I’ll never forget the night we were walking on the beach when he dropped a truth-bomb on me.  He looked me in the eyes and said, “You have the most beautiful face but your legs are fat and that is a real turn-off for me.”

I was devastated! I couldn’t believe he said that to me.

I was disgusted with him and my body.  I yo-yo dieted and worked out in fits and spurts with little or no weight loss results.  I felt angry and depressed about how I looked. I ate  pints of Chunky Monkey ice-cream and went out drinking with friends which kept the weight on. The downward cycle ensued.

Thank God, I found yoga…

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Through the beautiful practice of yoga I embraced my curves and began to experience a new relationship with my body.  I began practicing self-love and appreciation; I changed on the inside and the outside.

Loving your body doesn’t mean you throw your health goals to the wind and continue reaching for the Ben and Jerry’s.  No, loving your body is a shift in how you care for your body internally and externally.  You begin getting the body you want by treating your body with kindness and compassion. The process actually starts in your mind!

Yoga is a lifestyle and a mindfulness practice.  It isn’t a fad diet and it isn’t about weight loss. It’s about balance.  When you step into the world of yoga, you step into self-discovery.  You learn about what makes you tick, your dreams and desires. You learn that yoga is a mind-body-heart-and soul system.  

The practice inspires you to take good care of your body by adopting a diet rich in superfoods, veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes, and to practice clearing negative self talk while adopting a positive mindset.

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It all begins on your yoga mat, moving your body, tuning into your breath, and falling in love with you and, yes, your body.

Yoga teaches you that every moment is a gift, even the more difficult ones. Through the lens of yoga you see the miracle of your body and you begin to treat it with kindness, compassion, and care. This is the path to creating health habits that last and become the norm for you.

You really can have the body you want. Your body wants to be in its best shape.

Are you ready to get the body you want?

Start today by choosing one of the following acts of love:

  • Nourish your body with a healthy meal.
  • Get out in nature for a brisk walk!
  • Cut back or omit one of the following: sugar, alcohol, wheat, or caffeine
  • Start a 15-minute home practice
  • When you hear negative self-talk,  shout “Stop” and plug in a positive affirmation.