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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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