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What are Mudras and how can they help create energy in the body?

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What are Mudras and how can they help create energy in the body?A mudra is a symbolic or ritual pose which originates from the Indian Vedic culture and in sanskrit means gesture, some mudras involve the whole body but most are performed by bringing the hand and fingers together to form a specific pattern which when occurs can release energy within the body.So how do mudras work? Our body is an  incredibly intricate communication device, if the brain needs to communicate a message for us to take action it will do so by transmitting nerve impulses which then allow neurones to communicate with each other, information to be processed and the relevant action taken. Our hands carry motor and sensory mechanisms and by performing mudras we are able to send messages back to the brain allowing the body to open up the relevant energy centres including the chakras and allow energy to flow at an optimal level. Mudras are most commonly performed during yoga or meditation sitting cross legged, but t…

How the colours we associate ourselves with can affect every aspect of our wellbeing

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How the colours we associate ourselves with can affect every aspect of our wellbeingThe world we live in is alight with colour but were you aware of the effects different colours could have on your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing? The use of colour therapy can helps us to understand the positives and benefits of the use of colour within our lives. So what are some of the ways we can use colour for effect? The most obvious is through the clothes we wear, how often do you give a lot of thought as to the outfit you choose on a daily basis and yet subconsciously depending on our moods we will be drawn to wear certain colours to reflect how we are feeling, this of course will also depend on the accessories we choose, another example is when decorating your home do you think about how the colours you choose will make your home feel either warm and cosy or cold? Many women dye their hair depending on how they feel within themselves or if they have had sudden life changes …

The significance of the chakras: Crown (Sahasrara)

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The significance of the chakras: Crown (Sahasrara)Position: 7th located at crown of head Colour: purple or white Organs and glands associated: pineal gland, upper brainCrystals and stones: apaphylite, amethyst, purple fluorite, selenite Planets: UranusChakra mantra: Aum Direction of spin: counter clockwiseElement: thoughtAffirmations:‘I choose to let go of all control so I can see my life path more clearly’, I surrender my ego and choose to let things come to me as they are meant to’, ‘I trust in the divine energies to guide me to my chosen life path’, ‘Everything that happens to me is for a reason to develop my spiritual self’Governing attributes: higher self, cosmic forces, divine consciousnessThe crown chakra or Sahasrara as it is known in Sanskrit is the final main energy centre located at the top of the head and operates at the highest vibration. It is our connection to the spirit world where we can connect with our ancestors, angels and guides if we can learn to surrender and si…

The significance of the chakras: Third Eye (Ajna)

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The significance of the chakras: Third Eye (Ajna)Position: 6th located between eyebrows Colour: indigo or purple Organs and glands associated: brain, central nervous system and pituitary glandCrystals and stones:Azurite, amethyst, sodalite, lapis lazuli Planets: JupiterChakra mantra: Ksham or Om Direction of spin: clockwiseElement: lightAffirmations:‘I focus to open up my psychic abilities so I can see and understand others better’, ‘ I manifest only positive changes into my life’, ‘ I choose to focus only on good vibrations and thoughts’, ‘I am willing to open my third eye to get a clearer perception of the world I live in’Governing attributes: meditative, intuition, physic abilities, intuition, self-knowledge, insight The third eye chakra or Ajna as it is known in Sanskrit is a feminine chakra, it is connected to gaining knowledge, intuition and physic insight. It is where we form our beliefs about the world we live in, the command centre where you can develop new ideas and gather n…

The significance of the chakras: Throat: (Vishuddha)

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The significance of the chakras: Throat: (Vishuddha)Position: 5th the throat Colour: light blue Organs and glands associated: thyroid, throat, mouthCrystals and stones:turquoise, aquamarine, blue topaz, lapis lazuliPlanets: Mercury, NeptuneChakra mantra: Ham Direction of spin: counter clockwiseElement: EtherAffirmations:‘At all times I speak my truth’, ‘I am not afraid to express how I am truly thinking’ ,’ My vision is clear and I express myself with integrity and confidence’, ‘I do not hold back when expressing how I am feeling or hide the truth from others’Governing attributes: communication, influence, creative expression, communicating with honesty and integrityThe fifth Chakra is known as the throat or Vishuddha in Sanskrit and is a masculine chakra which encourages honest communications not only with ourselves but with others. The throat chakra governs energy release from the thyroid and as a result if our emotional or physical state is not balanced or healthy we can easily bec…
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The significance of the chakras: Heart (Anahata)Position: 4th over the thymus and heart Colour: green/pink Organs and glands associated: heart, lung and thymusCrystals and stones: emerald, jade adventurine, rose quartz, malachite Planets: Venus Chakra mantra: YamDirection of spin: clockwise Element: AirAffirmations:‘I am able to give and receive love easily’, ‘I deserve to be loved and cared for’, ‘I am deeply connected to the universe and all beings’, ‘I am compassionate and loving to all living things’Governing attributes: compassionate, loving, connected, able to give love as well as receive it, forgiveness, understanding, relationships The fourth Chakra is known as the Heart or Anahata in Sanskrit and is a feminine chakra which is the centre for all the other chakras connecting us not only to ourselves but to others also. If we have suffered a heart break the chakra closes and our posture may change from walking with an open and expanded chest to retreating and hunching our should…

The significance of the chakras: Solar Plexus (Manipura)

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The significance of the chakras: Solar Plexus (Manipura)Position: 3rd: Just above navelColour: yellowOrgans and glands associated:Digestive system, liver, gall bladderCrystals and stones: citrine, calcite, tiger’s eye, gold topaz Planets: Mars SunChakra mantra: RamDirection of spin: counter clockwise Element: fireAffirmations:‘I am confident and I achieve whatever I set my mind to doing ‘ ,‘ I create personal goals and work towards my success’ ,’ I am powerful and work towards creating the life I have always dreamed of’ ‘My mind set and purpose is strong and I do not get distracted from achieving my goalsGoverning attributes: being aware of identity, self-discovery, confidence, leadership, will power, integrity, productiveThe third Chakra is known as the Solar Plexus or Manipura in Sanskrit and is a masculine chakra which projects out the world how we are feeling with the energy flowing counter clockwise. If you watch a speaker addressing the crowd, a rock star or a successful busines…