The Surprising Quick Fix to Mental and Spiritual Clarity

CHAKRAS and

AURAS and

PRANAS

Oh My!!!!

My intention this month is to cleanse my chakras and connect my physical body to my energy body to reach a balance between spirit, body, earth and health, universality and grounding.  I know, I KNOW this sounds like witch craft and not at all a Western world type of situation. I get that- trust me. I know how this sounds, but if it is good enough for the Hindu culture- It is worth a try.

If you have been following me, you all know that this is my year of Intentions toward a healthier lifestyle.  My rollercoaster ride through anxiety has taken me to gynecologists, general practitioners, therapists and a psychiatrist. So, why not try some natural healing on the side?

 Chakra Facts

  • There are 7 chakras (or wheels) that run through the center of your body from your spinal cord
  • These are the portals to which energy moves in and out of our physical body
  • The heart chakra can clean negative energy. THE universal love frequency, a washing machine for all our dark energy or the negative energy of others.
  • The root chakra is the deep stuff: past lives, ancestral karma, present life childhood trauma.
  • The sacral chakra is known as the pleasure zone, the short term fix, the creative center.
  • The solar plexus is the power house of our mind-body-soul system, our core strength.
  • The throat chakra channels our communication, our ability to be our authentic selves
  • Our third eye and crown chakras relate to connecting to the universe, seeing with our soul and expanding our consciousness.
  • Chakras can get blocked, energy can get stuck. They should be open and free allowing energy to move as when required for a balanced system.

Determine Where to Begin and allow the energy to move from the south of your spine to the North.

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Let the Healing Begin…

  1. Food  

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    A great Heart Chakra Smoothie

Begin to eat for your chakra. Focus your food consumption on yellow vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Root Chakra: strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes
Sacral Chakra: oranges, bell peppers
Solar Plexus Chakra: chamomile, banana, lemons
Heart Chakra: lemon balm, green apples
Throat Chakra: sage and blueberries
third Eye Chakra: indigo veggies, lavender
Crown Chakra: red grapes, eggplant

2.  Oils or Incense

Again, be aware of the smell that your chakra identifies with. Place these oils in your bathtub, add to your oil diffuser, make your own Epsom salt, wear lava rock around your wrist and add a drop of oil there, or simply burn your incense.IMG_5151

Root Chakra: St. Johnís Wort, Angelica, Patchouli and Frankincense
Sacral Chakra: Orange, Neroli, Clove, Juniper and Rosemary
Solar Plexus Chakra: Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Yarrow and Marjoram
Heart Chakra: Melissa, Rosewood, Basil and Rose
Throat Chakra: Lemongrass, Sage and Blue chamomile
third Eye Chakra: Clary sage, Elemi, Spruce and Lavender
Crown Chakra: Geranium, Myrrh, Gotu Kola and Sandalwood.

3. Yoga

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Sacral and Solar Plexus Flow

Yoga has been known to release the energy that is being blocked or stuck in your particular chakra.  The prana, or energy, can become released through movements, postures, and salutations. The connection between breathing and movement is exactly what your chakras ordered.

The attached photo is a great flow for your sacral and solar plexus.

4. Meditation

Yes, the scary and intimidating word ‘Meditation’.  Sit in a comfortable position, quiet your mind, shallow breaths in and out through your nose, imagine the color of your blocked chakra expanding as you inhale.  Take your time and allow your mind’s eye to see the color wrapping you up like a big hug.   (challenge yourself to sit for 5 minutes and work up to 20) It is completely worth it. IMG_5152

5. Water

Like always, Quench your Thirst.  Staying hydrated is the key to a clear and balanced life.

 

Follow me on Instagram @aubreysteinbrink throughout the month for some specific chakra yoga flows, recipes specific for your chakra, and affirmations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Life: A Balancing Act?

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Balance is something that I struggle with EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I feel as if it is more of a trade off than a balancing act.  There are times I realize that I have been placing too much attention on my career and my marriage suffers.  Then, there are times that I am focused too much on myself, and my sons suffer.  I have come to the realization that Life is NOT a balancing act, but more of a give and take- even feeling like a tug-o-war sometimes.

I do have it all.

I have a wonderful marriage (a true partnership).
In my eyes, a successful career- one that keeps moving in the right direction.
Two great sons that remind me of what fun and true love really is every day.
Friends that celebrate, cheer and comfort me.

“Women can have it all- a successful career, happy marriage, and motherhood. It’sIMG_0024 not one or another. It’s about being able to fit it all in with stride. A strong woman can have all this because we were built for it.” – Strong by Kailin Gow

Being in the moment, present enough to celebrate the highlights is what I struggle with. I focus a lot of my attention on the future, my failures, and my NOW what- always have.

I have become a ‘To do List’ master.  My accomplishments come down to crossing off the task on the post-it note or scrap of paper.  Too many vision boards, too many bucket lists, too many things I would like to accomplish.

“To a chronic multitasker, everything is a task. Soon, the things in life that are really important to them are in the same list as everything else.” – Stephen R. Covey

This month my intention is on my yoga practice.  I have successfully taken time every single day this month (so far) to roll out my mat, taken time for me to be present and mindful in the moment.  At first, it was an item on my list- it has successfully become apart of my day, a routine, a habit.  I have realized my time on the mat is my practice of mindfulness, a time to slow down and appreciate ALL of the Moments of the day.

IMG_0020“We don’t need to strive towards balance, we rather need to work on the obstacles that are preventing the natural flow of balance.”- A.A. Alebraheem, When Life Makes Sense

I want to be a loving mother that prepares my sons for their lives.
I want to be a supportive, caring wife that is forgiving, understanding, and giving. 
I want to be a friend that motivates you, celebrates you, and cheers for you.
I want to be successful in my career; someone who is known for the impact that I am leaving. 

All of the obstacles that prevent me from believing that I am not any of those things messes with my equilibrium.  But, it is the time that I spend in reflection, the time I spend on the mat that helps me analyze all of my failures and successes equally.  I am given just enough time to realize what is important at the moment, push aside everything else that doesn’t matter and focus in on my priorities. Yoga gives me a peace of mind.

“We cannot find balance because it’s a continual action with ongoing adjustments, just like the tightrope walker who constantly moves.” – Tina Hallis, Sharpen Your Positive Edge

Life is not a balancing act.  Life is about being in the moment.

I am grateful that yoga has given me the willpower and fortitude to prioritize my values.  I am a work in progress and yoga is very forgiving.

Just like life, if you fall out of a pose, get right back in it. 

It is a practice based on self-awareness, self-love, and mindfulness.