“A plant food that contains an array of heart chakra-healing properties is the mighty avocado” Deanna Minich

I’m reading a fabulous book  Chakra Foods for Optimum Health by Deanna Minich Ph.D C.N.  This book is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Deanna couples her academic training in medical and human nutrition with her extensive studies of yoga, reiki and shamanic healing practices.

I’m keen to share some of the healing wisdoms with you for shifting stagnant energy from our chakra’s for such things as feeling ungrounded, needing to express our emotions or feeling depressed.

Clear blocks in your chakra’s with movement:

Movement and exercise is healthy because it removes stagnation: blood, oxygen, waste, and nutrients can freely flow unobstructed to get where they need to be when we start moving around.

Movement is an excellent therapy for clearing blocks not only in our body, but also in our energy (chakra) system, especially when coupled with nourishing foods for these energy centers.

Here are some ideas of how to get the best out of your movement for your chakras:

Root chakra (red):

Feeling ungrounded, spaced out or not “in your body”?

Stimulate your root chakra with exercises that require the lower part of your body: whether running, walking, squatting, doing floor exercises, dancing.

Sacral chakra (orange):

Need to express emotions?

Allow your true feelings to flow through your sacral chakra with the conduit of water: try swimming, water aerobics, or a steam sauna.  Drink more water or take an epsom salt bath.

Solar plexus (yellow):

Do you feel controlled by stress or fatigued from working too hard?

Enliven your solar plexus and reduce your stress with the balance of harmonizing exercises such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong.

Heart chakra (green/pink):

Is your heart heavy or do you have trouble saying no ?

Circulate the love in the heart chakra territory by supercharging with some aerobic exercise.  I’d also like to add alternate nostril breathing to Deanna’s suggestion of aerobic exercise..

Throat chakra  (torquoise/blue):

Do you feel like you can’t speak your truth, that your tongue is tied?

Let your throat chakra voice itself through the clarity of sound: chanting, humming or singing in the shower or car can help you find your authentic self.

Third eye  (indigo/purple):

Is your mind on overdrive?

Toss away the clutter of thoughts from your third eye chakra through meditation, sitting in silence, or reciting an invigorating or calming mantra to replace the “monkey-mind”.

Crown chakra (lavendar/white):

Do you feel disconnected, unplugged, and depressed?

Connect to the whole of life by praying, setting intentions, and giving gratitude in every moment.

In the meantime you might like to zip over to Dr. Christiane Northrups (Medical Doctor) web site and read her very practical description on chakras.  Click here.

Many thanks to Deanna Minich for allowing me to share her wisdom.  Deanna has a wonderful combination of academic training in medical and human nutrition along with extensive studies of yoga, reiki and shamanic healing practices.  Her book

Chakra Foods for Optimum Health: A Guide to the Foods That Can Improve Your Energy, Inspire Creative Changes, Open Your Heart, and Heal Body, Mind, and Spirit