Everything you need to know about balancing your inner spinning wheel of colours for ultimate wellbeing. By Li Ying Lim. C A H R AK
Can you tell your chakras apart? Says Alan Finger, founder of ISHTA Yoga, “The first five chakras (energy centres in the body) are associated with physical elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). The last two are thought to connect us beyond the earthly realm; they are associated with light and cosmic energy.” Blocked chakras trigger imbalance via negative energy and emotions. Hollywood stars and models know what’s good for them. Victoria Beckham, Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley, and Miranda Kerr attribute their success to a balanced set of chakras – and healing crystals. Kerr has her hotel room filled with crystals, including a rose quartz that she sleeps with. “I clear it with the energy of the sun or the moon every three days.” Also, they make great accessories. Mark Phillips and Martin Anguiano, the owners of mineral gemstones store Spellbound Sky in LA, say: “Gemstones emit a specific frequency that correlates to your chakras. To access their healing vibes, keep them near you or place them on your body during meditation.” Kind thoughts and an open heart help mend our chakras, also known as the spinning wheel of different hues. It gathers emotional energy and projects it through our consciousness. Different colours correspond to different parts. “We love green calcite and lepidolite for stress,” Phillips recommends. Relax with chromotherapy lighting, which uses colours found in the seven rays of sunlight to retune body vibrations naturally. Used in Far Infrared saunas, install them in your room to use for 30 minutes twice a week. It soothes nerves and the lymphatic system, strengthens the body, regenerates internal tissues, and helps with indigestion. An avid vinyasa flow yoga teacher, Claire Missingham advises keeping a diary to monitor your chakras so that you are completely in tune with your body. She also advocates trying chakra-based poses for four weeks. The tree pose grounds your root chakra; the goddess pose opens up your pelvic to redress the water chakra; and the boat pose works with the navel area to heal the fire chakra. Namaste.
Stardust Knot necklace, Swarovski