New book teaches how to harness the power of chakras

What are chakras and how can they help you reach your goals? They are believed to be energy meridians that are at key centers of energy in our bodies; tapping into their power can promote health and happiness physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being. Courtesy St. Martin’s Essentials

Author Tori Hartman’s new book, Chakras: An Introduction to Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Wellbeing, provides a beginner’s guide to chakras, offering insight into how they function and how to access their healing energies in your own life.

Hartman explains in separate chapters what each of the seven chakras are, from what color, body parts, illnesses, herbs, and healing crystals are associated with them, to giving guided meditations that can help access that chakra, plus some exercises that encourage the reader to be introspective.

A brief example: the fourth chakra governs the heart, is called anahata in Sanskrit, and is associated with the color green. Basil, sage, and thyme bring out this chakra’s energy because they strengthen the actual heart. If you have a blockage in this chakra, you may have diseases like arrhythmia or COPD. Personal challenges for this chakra are jealousy, hatred, anger, loneliness.

Hartman offers a detailed meditation that involves visualizing white light from the heavens coming into your body – variations on the standard template for guided meditations – but it’s nice to have the actual words written out so you can either feel like she’s talking to you, or maybe have a friend read it to you while you lie down and do the exercise.

I think I’m going to eventually incorporate some of these tidbits or even the guided meditations when I teach yoga. It’s a nice starter book that makes this New Age belief system accessible for the uninitiated, and even for those who aren’t, provides a tidy guideline to some basic principles to the Ayurveda lifestyle.

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Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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