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Bikram Yoga: Benefits And Harm Of Hot Yoga Classes

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Have you heard about Bikram yoga? This yoga style is becoming more and more popular. Many practitioners find it very effective for creating balance between the body and mind. In this article, we will share with you what Bikram yoga is, and what its advantages and disadvantages are. We hope that after reading this article, you’ll be able to personally determine for yourself whether hot yoga classes suit you or not.

What Is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram yoga is a complex of certain asanas that are performed in a hot room. This type of yoga got its name from its founder Bikram Choudhury.

Initially, this kind of yoga was used by Bikram as a recovery after an injury. He was performing yoga asanas in a heated room. After a full recovery, he has perfected asanas and suggested to practice them in the room with hot temperature.

The initial class of Bikram yoga includes:

  • 2 breathing exercises;
  • 26 consecutive Hatha yoga asanas.

Bikram yoga classes are practiced in a room heated to 105 °F with a humidity of 40%. The duration of the lesson is 1.5 hours.

Due to the complexity of such “hot” exercises the whole body strengthens. Each posture of the asana flows smoothly into the next asana, thus increasing the flow of oxygen, through which toxins are removed from the body.

Bikram yoga is known for its martial style of teaching, the concentration of energy and impeccable posture. It is one of the most popular styles of hot yoga that is practiced all over the world. It should draw the attention of those people who prefer strict, disciplined practice, which controls everything – starting with breathing and ending with the opportunity to drink water.

History

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Bikram Choudhury was born in Calcutta in 1944. At age four he already began practicing yoga.  When he was 13 years old, Bikram received the title of national champion of India in yoga. At the age of 17, Bikram Choudhury severely injured his knee. Doctors said that he will never be able to walk independently.

But the young champion did not despair and under the guidance of his mentor, he began to perform asanas in a certain sequence, aimed at full recovery of the injured part of his body. A distinctive feature of this complex of asanas was that the room (where yoga was practiced) was very hot. This was essential in order to effectively work on the injured knee, and in order not to further damage. The result of hard training was a fully restored knee.

Bikram Choudhury reasonably believes that Hatha yoga brings the most positive results in conjunction with the hot climate of India. Naturally, not everyone has the opportunity to practice Bikram yoga in a hot climate. Therefore he suggested creating appropriate temperature regime artificially. In this case, we can practice hot yoga in any country, even in the North.

As a result of refinement and improvement of the sequence of asanas, Bikram Choudhury created his own unique style of Hatha yoga, which is now known as Bikram yoga.

Bikram Yoga Vs. Hot Yoga: What’s The Difference?

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Many people think that Bikram and hot yoga are the same thing but these two styles still have differences.

So what’s the difference between Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga?

1. Temperature

Bikram yoga studios must be heated to 105°F with 40% humidity.

Hot yoga rooms can vary in humidity and are generally heated to anywhere from 80 to 100°F.

2. Duration of the Class

The duration of the Bikram yoga class is always 90 mins.

Hot yoga classes can last anywhere from 60 to 90 mins.

3. Music

Music or clapping are not allowed during Bikram yoga classes.

Hot yoga classes often have music playing during the class and even can be followed by a round of applause.

4. Asanas Variations

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Bikram yoga includes the same 26 asanas and two breathing exercises. All the asanas and breathing exercises are performed in the same order every class.

Hot yoga can include many different asanas that may vary by class or/and studio.

5. Floors

The floors of Bikram yoga studios must be carpeted.

In Hot yoga studios, the floors are usually made of any type of artificial wood or any other material.

6. Lighting

There must be bright lighting in the Bikram yoga studios.

Hot yoga classes are often performed with dim lights or even by candlelight.

7. Talking During the Class

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It is not allowed to talk during a Bikram yoga class.

During a Hot yoga class, the students can interact with each other and with the yoga instructor.

It is difficult to say which one of these two styles is better. Everything is absolutely individual. Someone may be uncomfortable to practice yoga in a room heated to 105°F, and someone, on the contrary, will appreciate this temperature and find it easier to relax. There are such studios that conduct Bikram yoga classes in a very warm room, but only 60 minutes instead of 90 minutes and in a more relaxed mode.

Or, for example, you may not like to practice yoga on a carpeted floor and will appreciate the wooden floors more that regular hot yoga studios hold classes on.

So it’s completely up to you! Ask yourself which type of yoga will suit you better!

Bikram Yoga Postures And Their Benefits

During Bikram yoga class, a complex of 26 postures is performed in a strictly defined sequence. It is very important to perform these postures to the end and repeat each of them twice. As a result of each such practice, the vital energy (prana) circulates in your body harmoniously, and the organs are exposed to beneficial effects.

Bikram Yoga complex includes the following postures:

1. Pranayama (breathing practice)

This posture is aimed at relieving fatigue, relaxation and at the same time concentration on the upcoming yoga practice.

2. Half Moon Pose (ARDHA-CHANDRASANA)

This asana relaxes and gradually stretches the muscles of the whole body, preparing you to perform basic postures.

3. Awkward Pose (UTKATASANA)

This pose helps to tone and shape your legs, heals chronically cold feet, helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, helps to cure slipped discs and other lower spine problems.

4. Eagle Pose (GARURASANA)

This pose is aimed at the development of coordination. This is due to the fact that some muscles of the body tense up, while others relax. As a result of performing this asana, pain in the back and joints goes away, the muscles of the legs come to tone, the blood flow improves.

5. Standing Head To Knee (DANDAYAMANA-JANUSHIRASANA)

Stretches the leg muscles and gluteal muscles, blood circulation in the brain becomes noticeably better, and the blood pressure returns to normal.

6. Standing Bow (DANDAYAMANA-DHANURASANA)

This asana is aimed at developing a sense of stability, discipline and emotional inner harmony and balance. In physical terms, there is a relaxation of the back and strengthening the muscles of the legs.

7. Balancing Stick (TULADANDASANA)

This asana has a moderate load on the heart, stimulates its intensive work and the release of blood. Thereby this posture helps clear the vessels and increases the activity of the brain. This asana is an excellent prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

This asana is aimed at stretching the muscles of the back and strengthening the blood flow to the joints. It also massages the internal abdominal organs, the small and large intestines.

9. Triangle Pose (TRIKANASANA)

This asana is aimed at the simultaneous study of all the muscles of the body and enhances metabolism. This pose is extremely beneficial for women with a broken menstrual cycle. It also benefits the heart and lungs.

10. Standing Separate Head to Knee Pose (DANDAYAMANA-BIBHAKTAPADA-JANUSHIRASANA)

This pose stimulates the work of all the glands of our body, especially the thyroid gland. It also helps to heal reproductive system disorders and frequent chronic migraines.

11. Tree Pose (TADASANA)

This asana aimed at stretching the spine and strengthening the muscles of the back. It improves your posture and reduces tension in the abdomen.

12. Toe Stand (PADANGUSTASANA)

This pose aimed at developing balance and strengthening willpower, as well as stretching the muscles of the legs.

13. Dead Body (SAVASANA)

This asana relaxes every single muscle of your body. As a result, the movement of blood and lymph comes back to normal. Moreover, the internal cleansing happens and we learn to relax.

14. Wind-Removing Pose (PAVANAMUKTASANA)

This pose massages the organs inside the body in a natural way which is especially beneficial for the digestive system.

15. Sit Up (PADA-HASTHASANA)

This asana clears the lungs of the air that has stagnated there. Also, it stretches the spine and increases flexibility.

16. Cobra (BHUJANGASANA)

During the performing of this asana, your arms are strengthened and your back muscles become more flexible. Thus there is a prevention of diseases in the lumbar region, such as, for example, arthritis. This asana increases the performance of the liver and spleen, and blood pressure returns to normal.

17. Locust Pose (SALABHASANA)

Great pose for those who have a pinched sciatic nerve or displaced vertebrae. Practicing Locust Pose is an excellent prevention of varicose veins.

18. Full Locust Pose (POORNA-SALABHASANA)

This pose increases strength in the middle spine and the rib cage elasticity. Also, it firms the abdominal muscles, upper arms, and hips.

19. Bow Pose (DHANURASANA)

This asana increases spine flexibility. It aids digestion, fights constipation, combats bronchitis and diabetes. This pose improves the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys, and spleen.

20. Fixed Firm Pose (SUPTA-VAJRASANA)

While performing this asana you are stretching your spinal muscles and the muscles of your ankles, resulting in visibly tightened thighs and belly. In addition, this asana is the prevention of diseases such as gout and varicose veins.

21. Half Tortoise (ARDHA-KURMASANA)

This asana improves sleep, helps to get rid of frequent migraines, improve memory and normalize blood circulation of the brain, as well as prolong your life.

22. Camel Pose (USTRASANA)

This pose helps to stretch the back muscles. It also improves the flexibility of your neck and spine and helps degenerative spinal problems. This asana helps constipation, stretches the throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

23. Rabbit Pose (USTRASANA)

This pose helps to reduce tension in the shoulders and neck. Is also helps alleviate colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis.

24. Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose (JANUSHIRASANA AND PASCHIMOTTHANASANA)

This asana is very beneficial for immune and lymphatic systems, allergies and arthritis. It increases circulation to the liver, pancreas, thyroid, thymus, and intestines. Also, performing this pose improves digestion.

25. Spine-Twisting Pose (ARDHA-MATSYENDRASANA)

Performing this twisting asana increases circulation to all the spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves the elasticity of the spine. It relieves lower back pain and helps prevent slipped discs, kyphosis, scoliosis, cervical spondylosis, and arthritis.

26. Blowing In Firm Pose (KAPALBHATI IN VAJRASANA)

This pose improves digestion and circulation and increases the elasticity of the lungs.

Bikram Yoga Benefits

The successful outcome of Bikram yoga practice entirely depends on you. Regular classes and your devotion to the practice will soon bring positive effects.

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The benefits of Bikram yoga are:

  • provokes active burning of calories;
  • helps to lose weight quickly, get rid of cellulite and bring your body into good shape;
  • cleanses your body of toxins;
  • your body gains great flexibility;
  • strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system;
  • helps to quickly recover from injuries of varying severity;
  • improves metabolism;
  • helps to relax after a hard day and put in order your nervous system;
  • improves sleep quality;
  • helps relieve stress (regular practice helps reduce cortisol levels);
  • improves skin quality (helps get rid of acne and enlarged pores);
  • all muscles come in tone;
  • reduces depression;
  • makes you more disciplined;
  • helps to find inner balance and harmony with the outside world;
  • increases immunity and it becomes easier for your body to fight infections and viruses;
  • relieves mental stress and relaxes you.

Can Bikram Yoga Harm You?

Before choosing to attend Bikram or Hot yoga class you should be aware of the harm that this kind of yoga can cause.

There is a number of disadvantages that you may face during your hot yoga class.

1. A danger of excessive stretching

It may be hard to believe but if you have already good flexibility, then Bikram yoga can provoke muscle tension. The thing is the heat weakens the muscles and you may be in danger of excessive stretching.

2. A danger of dehydration

Practicing yoga in a hot room can naturally lower internal body temperature and provoke dehydration. Moreover, there is a significantly increased risk of heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Symptoms of exhaustion include weakness, dizziness, and quite severe nausea, so if you encounter them, it is important to stop your yoga practice immediately and leave the class.

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3. A danger of the kidney load increase

When we’re hot and stuffy, we’re thirsty. It’s a natural process. In the conditions of Bikram yoga, there is heavy sweating and, of course, we want to drink twice as much. This means that the load on the kidneys increases.

Сontraindications of Bikram Yoga Practice

Since Bikram yoga is being practiced in a hot room there are some contraindications that can be temporary and permanent.

Permanent contraindications include:

  • vascular problems;
  • varicose veins;
  • heart disease;
  • hypertension;
  • tachycardia;
  • weak mitral and aortic valve function;
  • lung diseases;
  • kidneys diseases;
  • prostatitis;
  • arthrosis;
  • gallstone disease;
  • gynecological diseases;
  • diabetes;
  • asthma;
  • brain diseases.

Temporary contraindications include:

  • pregnancy;
  • period of gynecological inflammation and menstruation;
  • catarrhal diseases;
  • fever;
  • sinusitis.

What to Expect from Bikram Yoga Class?

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If you decided to attend Bikram yoga class then you may have a reasonable question – what to expect? It is natural to feel nervous if you come to Bikram yoga studio for the first time. It’s okay if you are not as successful in your yoga practice as others during the first few classes. Everyone’s been through this.

Let us share with you some tips for those of you who are going to attend your first Bikram yoga class:

  • Come to the studio 15 minutes before your class starts.
  • Be sure to warn the instructor about the presence of any chronic diseases and medical restrictions.
  • Be sure to have an empty stomach. Start training about 2 hours after you have eaten.
  • Do not drink too much water before and during yoga class. It is allowed to moisten the throat and take a few sips. A full stomach is contraindicated when performing asanas!
  • Visit the restroom before the class, as it is not recommended to interrupt the practice.
  • Most studios categorically prohibit the use of a cell phone, so we advise you to completely turn it off and take the time to enjoy yoga.
  • Try to breathe slowly and deeply, it will help to relax all the muscles and get used to the room temperature.
  • Breathe only through the nose, because breathing through the mouth dries the mucosa and excites the nervous system.
  • Be prepared for the fact that during classes you will sweat a lot. Most hot yoga studios artificially increase humidity, so you’ll sweat even in places where you had no idea you had sweat glands (hello, a sweaty inner side of the elbow).
  • Try not to wipe the sweat flowing from you in streams, so you give the body a signal to release even more liquid to cool the hot body.
  • Your heart may start to beat faster, but if you don’t have a problem with that, that’s fine. You need to stay calm and focus on your reflection in the mirror. If, however, you are alerted, and you start to panic, lie down on the mat and take a short break.
  • If you have any unpleasant feelings during your yoga practice, focus on your reflection in the mirror, it will return you to the comfort zone.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel bad (dizzy, nauseous, etc.) during yoga class, the only right decision is to get up and leave. Do not try to break through the weakness, so as not to harm yourself.
  • Improve the result gradually. If you have just started practicing hot yoga, it is not necessary to do the exercises in full force. As in the case of any other workout, your body should get used to the peculiarities of the load. Therefore, start small and boldly move forward.
  • After yoga class, you will have a feeling that you are ready to conquer the whole world (of course, after a long shower). This is the pleasant aftertaste of yoga.

Conclusion

We want to note once again that not everyone can practice this kind of yoga. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor for contraindications. In addition, it must be remembered that the hot conditions of the hot yoga classes may initially seem unbearably difficult to handle. Therefore, you should determine your level of endurance, so not to pass out during the practice.

Summing up, once again we note that Bikram yoga, despite its ambiguity, is an effective tool that allows you to cleanse your body, tighten sagging skin, develop flexibility, form a posture, delve into your feelings and fully master the management of your body.

We hope that after reading this article, you are now able to decide whether this type of yoga is suitable for you or not. Remember that yoga is not a competition, and the approach to choosing a yoga style for practice should be based on individual feelings, needs, and indications.

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Yoni Yoga: A Life Changing Therapy for Women

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The Yoni is the Sanskrit word that defines the female genitals. It is both a spiritual and a sexual organ. Spiritually, it is a symbol of divine procreative energy and the root chakra for the woman. It is also the source of recreation for the human race. Yoni yoga is practiced to provide both spiritual and sexual healing through the Yoni.

What is Yoni Yoga?

Strong vaginal muscles improve the health of a woman and her sexual drive. Sometimes, yoni yoga involves the use of yoni eggs to meditate as you exercise the pelvic floor muscles (what we call Kegels). In other cases, you practice how to breathe and relax your pelvic muscles naturally without any eggs.

Yoni eggs are polished semi-precious stones curved out of the earth’s minerals in the form of eggs.

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The History

More than 2,000 years ago, the yoni eggs were believed to have originated from China and spread to India and the rest of Asia. Yoni yoga was a reserve of the concubines of the emperor and members of the Chinese royal circle.

The Chinese royal family used green Jade, which was the first yoni egg. This stone combined its metaphysical healing properties with yoni yoga. They believed that the secret to the fountain of youth lied in having a healthy and robust yoni. I think they were right. This secret has been passed down to several generations, and now the whole world has a chance to enjoy the benefits of yoni yoga.

Benefits

Yoni yoga has several advantages to the modern woman.

  • You achieve a deeper connection with your divine feminine energy by understanding and appreciating your yoni
  • Women who practice yoni yoga attain mind-blowing orgasms and sensations
  • It helps with internal balance
  • After childbirth, yoni yoga can help you in sexual recovery
  • It eases the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome
  • Through resistance training, you experience reduced incontinence in the yoni
  • You will also notice an increase in natural lubrication because relaxation balances your estrogen levels
  • It releases emotional trauma
  • You become aware of the mind, body, and soul connection
  • Women overcome issues with infertility
  • And last but not least, it improves sexual intimacy

Indicators That Your Yoni Needs Yoga

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Yoni yoga is an excellent tool in strengthening the pelvic muscles and providing spiritual healing through the root chakra. Any woman interested in this practice can definitely enjoy the benefits of this type of yoga. However, if you have any of the following indicators, yoni yoga will be especially beneficial to you.

  • You have been a victim of sexual trauma such as rape, female genital mutilation, and molestation
  • Incontinence caused by a urinary tract infection or fistula
  • You are recovering from a sexually transmitted disease that has weakened your vaginal muscles
  • Women who have had multiple vaginal childbirth: the vaginal muscles weaken even if you have had the smoothest vaginal deliveries
  • You are on your weight loss journey and want to strengthen your pelvic muscles as part of the toning routine
  • If you are going through the early onset of menopause and PMS
  • Or maybe you are undergoing infertility treatment

As you seek medical treatment, yoni yoga can hasten your recovery.

A Typical Yoni Yoga Class

There are several ways of practicing yoni yoga. But, first, you start with a warm-up, which can include taking deep breathes or a five-minute stretch. Lay your favorite yoga mat and insert the yoni egg in a comfortable position. Contract and release your pelvic muscles as you practice the yoga poses that are specifically targeting the pelvic area.

In a typical yoni yoga class, your instructor will take you through one or more of these poses:

The Bridge Pose

As you lie on your back, fold your legs and lift your hips as you inhale gradually. Now release as you exhale slowly.

MandukasanaThe Frog Pose

This pose makes you squat and move like a frog (although you don’t hop and jump). It targets the adductor (inner thigh) and inner groin, and as you stretch, you will feel a little tension. It is also the hardest pose to achieve with your yoni pearl inside, but once you master the technique, it will be your favorite pose.

Malasana The Wide Squat Pose

With your legs apart and hands on your chest, squat as low as you can as you Contract and release the pelvic muscles as many times as possible. If you find it challenging, place a blanket or a soft block below your heels to support your hips.

The Wall Pose

While lying on your back against a wall using your hands for support, contract and release your pelvic muscles as you inhale and exhale slowly.

Other popular poses include:

  • The Triangle Pose

  • The Chair Pose

  • The Camel Pose

  • The Lizard Pose

  • The Cobra Pose

Whichever the pose, you have to contract and release the pelvic muscles as much as you can to strengthen your yoni. It is essential that you take deep breaths as you do the poses. You should also hold a pose for at least four minutes before switching to another pose.

Apart from these poses, other activities that take place in a yoni yoga class include:

  • Meditation: Reflecting upon self in thought to quiet the mind and induce relaxation.
  • Tantric Yoni Massage: This is especially good in producing multiple orgasms.

Conclusion

Most women tend to neglect the pelvic floor muscles and only pay attention to it when they need healing. Don’t fall into this category. When the yoni awakes to pleasure, there is more blood flow, energy, and awareness of the tissues in the female genitals. Ensure the yoni egg you use is clean, made of materials that are safe and free from toxic substances. Yoni yoga, when practiced daily, can be life changing for most women.

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Read This Before Buying Or Using Incense For Your Meditations

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Since ancient times, incense has been used in the East, Egypt, Babylon and America for healing, meditation, cleansing houses, and temples. Recipes of their preparation were passed down from generation to generation. The scope of their application has not changed much to date: incense is used to treat various diseases, to disinfect the air, for meditation, as an offering, for ritual ceremonies, and also just for enjoying their pleasant fragrance. But do you know how to choose and use incenses properly? Let me share with you the guide for using and shopping for incense!

Different Kinds Of Incenses

Incenses can be different in their form:

  • mixtures,
  • briquettes,
  • sticks,
  • pyramids,
  • oils.

Moreover, they can be different in composition.

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Oil Incenses

This kind of incense has two components in their composition:

  • the base, which perfectly absorbs essential oils and is capable of smoldering;
  • the oil itself or the composition of oils.

You can find oil incenses in the form of sticks, plasticine or lace.

Oil Mixture Incenses

The composition of oil mixture incenses is not only oil-treated coal-based but it can also include honey, melted butter, powder plants, and manure (if you’re vegan you don’t want to buy this kind).

Herbal And Floral Incense

Incenses of this kind are calm and closer to natural odors. They are good for aromatherapy as a soothing agent.

Honey And Dung Incense

The production of honey and dung incense goes back to antiquity. They were used during the time of Ramayana. The main difference between honey incense is that they have a barely noticeable sweet flavor that accompanies the main smell. Honey incense is used for aromatization of premises, aromatherapy, as well as for Pujas.

Most people feel weird about using dung incense. Indeed, for us, dung is considered to be bad-smelling and unclean. Our opinion about dung is very different from the meaning of the ancient scripts. And these scripts say that on the basis of cow manure not only incense can be produced (which, it should be noted, does not smell like manure itself) but also medicinal products. To distinguish manure incense is possible only by external rough appearance and the dense smoke emitted when it’s burning.

Camphor Cardamom Or Camphor Itself

The disadvantage of this kind of incense is that the quality of it slightly decreases, but the aromatic and medicinal properties remain longer. Camphor incense is good for body detox, as well as to cleanse space from spirits and negative energy. These incenses have immune-strengthening properties and contribute to the prevention of respiratory and epidemic diseases.

Cone-Shaped Incense

In the middle ages, cone-shaped (sandalwood) incense penetrated into Europe, where they were appreciated and were burned exclusively on major holidays. Cone-shaped incense is made by pressing a mixture of aromatic herbs, or with the addition of a small amount of fir resin, juniper, and other plants or without fastening additives. It is important to note that these incenses have the shape of a pyramid. This is a huge advantage, as the smoke released during combustion has more energy than the smoke from other incense. The method of application is similar to that of other incenses.

Lace Incense

It is another bizarre form of incense. It is a coil of slowly smoldering hemp rope impregnated with some essential oil. Here it should be noted that the aroma is very, very extraordinary: the duet of burnt hemp rope with a burnt sandal or red tree. In India, lace incense is in great demand among traders and, apparently, buyers too, in particular at vegetable markets. Street hairdressers and shoemakers are among the “gourmets” of this fragrance. To date, in majority other countries, the lace incense has not found a place of application.

Powdery Incense

Their composition is exclusively natural, the replacement of natural components with the chemical would be obvious. For the most part, powdery incense is made in Tibet, although in ancient times in Russia the same incense was used to fumigate patients. Also, shamans use herbal powders in their rites. But they are rarely used for Pujas. With the departure of the Egyptian, Babylonian and ancient Greek civilizations the tradition of burning loose incense in the temples have exhausted.

Chinese Incense

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Chinese incense is characterized by a subtle mystical aroma with subtle transitions of one scent to another. This group is dominated by sandalwood and floral fragrances without a basis. Chinese incenses with bamboo sticks are less common. Ancient Chinese invention is the spiral – thin unbonded incense, swirling in a few circles. In China, it is believed that they should burn clockwise, creating an “energy column” so that through it the cosmic message descends down to man. There is a huge variety of colored Chinese spirals, which have a unique, wonderful and delicate aroma, used in various rites and for purification.

Tibetan Incense

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Tibetan incense is a unique masterpiece of the ancient art of healing and worshipping Deities. It plays an important role in aromatherapy medicine. The secrets of making Tibetan sticks and powders have reached our civilization from the depths of centuries, and today these ancient recipes are passed down from generation to generation. In the fullness of time in the highlands of the Himalayas people collect manually all the necessary herbs. Further, these herbs are subjected to thorough ecological expertise and control over the observance of the quality. In ancient times, wise Tibetan monks collected these divine herbs in the mountains for meditation, worship, and treatment. Despite the fact that Tibet was captured by China and the Tibetans were destroyed by the masses, this sacred art lives to this day. The descendants of Tibetan monks moved to India and Nepal, continuing the ancient tradition in a foreign land.

To prepare their magical compositions, herb collectors had to climb the mountains on secret paths known only to them, and collect herbs, roots, and minerals there. As their land was occupied, they returned and the production of incense was carried out in India and Nepal. Unfortunately, most of the Tibetan incense is not carefully enough milled, which slightly complicates the process of burning and the intensity of the smoke. The composition of Tibetan sticks usually includes up to forty components. These fragrances do not have a bamboo base and gradually change their scent when burning, adding new notes to the original scent.

Brief Inscence Guide

If you are a fan of agarbatti, you may find it useful to find a brief guide of fragrances, which contains the characteristics of scent and their psycho-emotional benefits, which will make it easier for you to choose the right incense.

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AMBER

This aroma is resinous, sweet, warm, joyful. It enhances the element of fire in the body, warms the heart, makes it kind and compassionate. It improves mutual understanding between people.

ORANGE

This aroma is gentle, light, sweet, cold. It relieves depression, fear, irritability; treats cramps, insomnia, frigidity, and impotence.

AFRODESIA

This aroma is light, exquisite, intoxicating. It gives confidence, strengthens the mind and body; awakes sensuality.

BERGAMOT

This aroma is cold, sweet and sour, tender, fresh. It has a strong tonic effect. It calms, gives strength, relieves fatigue, tension, improves memory and attention.

VANILLA

This aroma is sweet, sugary, and joyful. It gives joy, makes the heart kind and opens to communication.

GARDENIA

This aroma is light, cold, and sweet-tart. It promotes relaxation, calms the nerves, has an anti-stress effect, finds reserve strength in the body.

GERANIUM

This aroma is soft tart, cooling, fresh. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, relieves headaches, migraines, hypertension attacks.

HYACINTH

This aroma is fresh, cool, and light. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, strengthens the body’s protective power. It calls for self-reflection and self-analysis.

JASMINE

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, sweet-cold, weighted. This scent has an anti-stress and relaxing effect, eliminates fatigue, mobilizes the body’s reserve forces. It enhances sensuality and is considered a “female” aroma.

YLANG-YLANG

This aroma is light, elegant, fresh, invigorating. It is a good antidepressant, causes a sense of self-confidence. It relieves seizures and headaches. Ylang-ylang is a great aphrodisiac and is considered a “masculine” scent.

CAMPHOR

This aroma is clean, fresh, warm, and sharp. It has the property to remove inflammation and warm. It is able to exert a sobering effect and to calm sexual excitement.

CEDAR

This aroma is soft, velvet, resinous, and warm. It regulates the self-regulation of the body, treats respiratory diseases. Moreover, it enhances sensory perception, fills the body with energy, excites and warms.

COCONUT

This aroma is sweet, warm, and fragrant. It stimulates the appetite, increases metabolic processes in the body, relieves apathy and drowsiness.

CINNAMON

This scent is warm, spicy, sweet, and playful. It stimulates blood circulation, relieves the effects of intoxication, strengthens the nervous system, warms, cheers, and relieves depression.

LAVENDER

This aroma is cold, fresh, thin, and bitter. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Lavander is beneficial to use lavender incense for influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It relieves fatigue, insomnia, strengthens the body’s immune system. Moreover, it stimulates blood circulation, eliminates mental lethargy, irritability, hysteria and the state of causeless fear.

FRANKINCENSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, tart, and buttery. It strengthens and brightens the aura, enhances the mind, inspires and awakens interest in life and optimism.

LEMON

This aroma is sour, cool, and light. It strengthens the human immune system, has antiviral and anti-infectious effects. It relieves headaches, dizziness, nausea.

LEMONGRASS

This aroma is sour and cool. It improves memory, helps to concentrate attention, increases concentration, eliminates the consequences of fatigue and lack of sleep.

LOTUS

This scent is light, elegant, fresh, and sweet. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, relieves fatigue. Moreover, it spiritualizes the thoughts and existence, and conducive to the spiritual development.

MAGNOLIA

This aroma is cool, sweet, refined, and delicate. It calms, promotes relaxation and rest, drives away fears and anxiety.

ALMOND

This scent is velvety, bitter, smoky, and soft. It helps to improve heat exchange in the body. It brings joy to the mind and heart, sharpens sensory perception.

MYRRH

This aroma is enveloping and sweet. It helps with insomnia, alleviates stress. It is favorable for strengthening the aura, improves meditation, and achievement in the spiritual search.

JUNIPER

This aroma is gentle, fresh, and velvet. It clarifies the mentality, removes the fear and inactivity, increases intuition.

MUSK

This aroma is warm, fragrant, spicy, and slightly tart. It helps with anxiety, mental fatigue, relieves stress.

NEROLI

This scent is gentle, cool, and light. It strengthens the heart, improves its performance, has a powerful sedative effect, helps with insomnia, stress, and depression.

OPIUM

This aroma is cold, resinous, astringent, and bitter. It tones, cheers, gives sharpness of mind and warms the heart.

PACIOLI

This aroma is tart, heady, and sweet. It is a powerful anti-virus tool. Pacioli nourishes, refreshes, gives strength and determination. It is also a strong erotic stimulant, it increases sensitivity, eliminates the frigidity and impotence.

ROSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, warm, and intoxicating. It transforms the unproductive energy of anger, frustration, and sorrow into the energy of self-improvement. People who inhale the aroma of roses, cause sympathy for others, have a light even aura, friendly and unobtrusive. Rose scent heals depression, insomnia, stress and nervous tension. It also relieves anxiety, nightmares, heals arrhythmia, and improves blood circulation.

ROSEMARY

It is a light, soft, fresh, and sweet aroma. Rosemary has a strong antimicrobial effect. It is the aroma of the heart. It improves blood supply to the heart muscle.

RHODODENDRON

This aroma is moist, light, slightly astringent. It is a powerful tool for cleansing and concentration of the mind. It sharpens the perception and improves memory.

SANDALWOOD

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, hazy, and tart. It promotes relaxation and meditation. Sandalwood calms the nerves, opens energy, springs creativity and talent. It compacts the energy layer, allows you to quickly and smoothly restore the thinned aura. Moreover, it helps with depression, insomnia, hiccups on the nervous soil, irritation of the throat, runny nose, nausea, heartburn. It is a mild aphrodisiac – increases sensuality, treats frigidity and impotence.

PINE

This scent is fresh, cold, and light. Pine activates the breath, which potentiates the pulmonary circulation. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, accelerates the process of rehabilitation after long-term, serious diseases.

TULASI

This aroma is gentle, silky, warm, and exciting. It relieves dizziness, headaches, and irritability. Tulasi scent helps with insomnia, depression and melancholy attacks.

THUJA

This aroma is tart, resinous, and cool. It refreshes and restores strength. Thuja scent is a great erotic stimulator. It enhances sensuality, eliminates frigidity and impotence.

VIOLET

This scent is light, delicate, and silky. It promotes relaxation, calms the nervous system, has an anti-stress effect.

CHAMPA

This aroma is soft, sweet, moist, and mysterious. It is favorable for compaction and clarification of aura. Champa promotes the concentration of the mind, relieves nervous tension and fatigue.

EUCALYPTUS

This aroma is tart, astringent, and pungent. It purifies the air and kills bacteria. Eucalyptus is a powerful anti-virus and anti-inflammatory agent.

How To Choose Incense Depending On the Season?

Did you know that you can choose incense depending on the season and the weather? Let me share with you a brief guide on how to do it.

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For winter (cold, dry weather) suitable scents such as eucalyptus, rose, cinnamon, geranium, heather, basil, winter cherry, citronella.

For early spring (cool dry weather) will fit warm, slightly moist flavors such as vanilla, myrrh, pine, cedar, lotus, orange, parijat.

For late spring (warm and dry weather) is good to use neroli, rosemary, jasmine, ylang-ylang, opium, tea tree incenses.

For summer (hot wet weather) suitable scents such as saffron, sandal, lavender, incense, bergamot, magnolia, lemon, sorghum.

For autumn (cool wet weather) suitable scents such as amber, patchouli, geranium, Champa, tuberose, cedar.

How To Choose Incents Depending On the Zodiac Sign?

You can also choose incense according to your Zodiac sign. Let me share with you the scents that are suitable for different zodiac signs the most.

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Aries (March 21 – April 20):

Pine, patchouli, geranium, rose, lemon, musk, frankincense, rosemary, sandalwood, vanilla, coriander, juniper, sage, vetiver.

These aromas harmonize the stormy temperament of Aries and turn his (her) stubbornness in the right direction.

Taurus (April 21 – May 20):

Bergamot, mint, cedar, chamomile, lemon, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, sage, lotus, magnolia.

These flavors deliver happiness and joy!

Gemini (May 21 – June 21):

Sandal, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, orange, musk, neroli, rose, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, cinnamon, lemongrass, ylang-ylang, jasmine.

These scents balance the light, airy nature of Gemini, help them stand firmly on the ground.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22):

Jasmine, amber, bergamot, pine, lavender, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, orange, herb aroma, tuberose, Champa.

These aromas help Cancer to keep a good mood and not to plunge into depression.

Leo (July 23 – August 23):

Frankincense, coconut, lemon, orange, patchouli, myrrh, rose, sandalwood, rosemary, juniper, mogra.

These scents emphasize the “royalty” of Leo and help to maintain good health.

Virgo (August 24 – September 23):

Myrrh, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, musk, neroli, frankincense, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, citronella, saffron, lemon sorghum.

These scents help Virgo to relax and enjoy life!

Libra (September 24 – October 24):

Pine, rose, lavender, incense, cedar, mint, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, geranium, eucalyptus.

These scents help Libra to feel good at any period of life and not overwork.

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November):

Patchouli, jasmine, pine, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, cinnamon, magnolia, sedge, amber, basil, vetiver.

These scents will help Scorpio cope with his (her) feelings and not suffer from stress.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21):

Lavender, musk, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rose, rosemary, cinnamon, vanilla.

These scents help Sagittarius to remain calm and to be in good mood.

Capricorn (December 23 – January 20):

Amber, sandalwood, bergamot, sedge, lavender, eucalyptus, juniper, frankincense, Himalayan gold leaf, rose.

These scents help Capricorn to feel the joy of life and give him (her) creative energy.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 20):

Cedar, bergamot, pine, lemon, citronella, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, tuberose, agar.

These scents help Aquarius to keep vital energy and sexual appeal.

Pisces (21 February – 20 March):

Cedar, orange, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, musk, myrrh, neroli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, juniper, opium, tea tree.

These scents help the Pisces to concentrate and “swim” with the flow of life to success and prosperity.

The Bottom Line

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Despite all the benefits that incense can provide you should be aware that they can also harm your health. As you know, incenses are made from different parts of odorous plants – bark, roots, flowers, resin and essential oils. The base of incense is usually a thin bamboo stick. When burning, all this releases carcinogenic substances (such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyl compounds, and benzene), which contribute to the development of cancer. People know about the destructive properties of carcinogens for quite a long time. That’s why you need to be cautious about using the incenses all the time.

You should be aware that it’s not a good idea to use incenses every day. You may use them for your meditations or cleanse the energy of your house or aura. But make sure that the windows are open and air circulating in the room while you’re burning the incense. It is very important to keep the windows open! Otherwise, you may experience all the side effects of inhaling the carcinogens.

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Chakras For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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7 Chakras For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

A person who practices yoga and follows the spiritual path should know and understand what processes in terms of energy occur in his/her body. All these processes are eventually reflected down into the physical plane affecting health, habits, positive and negative qualities of a person. The knowledge about the structure of the subtle body will help the yogi to understand what is happening to him/her on different levels of spiritual development and healing. Moreover, this knowledge will help an individual understand how to accumulate more energy, to preserve it, in order to direct it towards spiritual development, healing, and helping others.

This article is the ultimate guide to 7 chakras for beginners. This guide includes very important information about the structure of our subtle body, its functions, how the chakras affect our consciousness, and hence our motivation and goals. I believe that after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what chakras are and how this subtle energy works within your body.

Here it is the Ultimate Guide to 7 Chakras for Beginners!

Chakras For Beginners

What Is A Chakra?

I want to start my Guide to 7 chakras for beginners with explaining what chakras are and how they work.

A Chakra is an energy center in the subtle body, which is a place of intersection of Nadi channels through which the prana (life energy) flows.

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Chakra is translated as “wheel”. This term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These seven chakras (or energy centers) are very important parts of our energy body. The chakras not only control and energize the vital organs of the body but also control and affect our psychological and spiritual conditions. Hence, chakras are energy vortices which have certain physical, psychological, and spiritual functions.

The appearance of the chakra depends on the speed of the energy rotation. Under normal conditions, the rapid clockwise and counterclockwise energy rotations produce an optical effect making chakras look like lotus flowers with many petals. These petals are optically produced by the combined motions of pranic energy moving clockwise and counterclockwise. Therefore, chakras are usually depicted as lotus flowers with many pointed petals.

What Are Chakras’ Functions?

Chakras have several important functions, such as:

  1. Absorption, digestion, and distribution of prana to the different parts of the body;
  2. Control, energizing, and proper functioning of the whole physical body;
  3. Some chakras are responsible for psychic abilities. Hence, the activation of certain chakras may result in the development of certain psychic abilities.

Nadi Channels

The chakras’ state is very dependent on the state of Nadis (the energy channels).

Nadis are the channels through which the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body, and the causal body are said to flow. These channels connect at special points of intensity – the chakras.

There are three main Nadis:

  1. Sushumna (in the center) – interpenetrates the cerebrospinal axis;
  2. Ida (on the left) is associated with lunar energy. It has a moonlike feminine nature with a cooling effect;
  3. Pingala (on the right) is associated with solar energy. It has a sunlike masculine nature with heating effect.
Main Nadis and Chakras for beginners

What Happens When Nadis Get Blocked?

Nadis run from the base of the spine to the head.

These channels permeate chakras bringing their energy with specific properties. A blockage of the energy channels affects the operation of the chakras.

If Nadis are clogged, the person is exposed to worldly desires. The energy can not freely circulate through the clogged Nadi and accumulates in different parts of the body. When this happens, impure vibrations enter the chakra and influence the mind. Under this influence, a person performs actions for the satisfaction of worldly desires. In the process of such actions, negative karma is created.

Thus, you can see that our chakras are connected to our karma. That is why for our spiritual evolution we need to cleanse our Nadis and chakras. When the Nadis are purified, worldly desires (attachments) leave us and we can focus on our spiritual path.

7 Chakras For the Beginners

Now let’s focus on the main part of this article – 7 main chakras for the beginners.

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

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I want to start my 7 Chakras for Beginners Guide with talking about the Root chakra or Muladhara.

Muladhara is considered a source of vitality and survival.

This chakra is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.

Muladhara is a red Lotus with four petals.

It affects the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ and hormonal secretions. Muladhara is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts.

In the area of Muladhara, human evolution begins. And it is from the Root chakra that Kundalini rises.

People who have a strong Muladhara chakra are usually very strong physically, but if they do not develop, then, as a rule, their development stops.

In the Vedic tradition, it is believed that those people who have a pure and balanced Muladhara chakra live in harmony with the Mother Earth and with the goddess of fertility and prosperity Lakshmi.

Bija mantra: Lam.

The patron planet: Mars.

Element: Earth.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Ida channel a person is in a state of ignorance.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Pingala channel a person feels hatred and is even capable of murder.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person experiences joy when others suffer. Such a person is always focused on hatred.

When the Root chakra is not balanced a person feels lethargy, apathy, and physical fatigue.

After the cleansing and activation of Muladhara person is blessed with health.

It is believed that if at the moment of death a person leaves the body through the Muladhara chakra, he transforms into a hellish world.

Muladhara accumulates the energy of killing if a person kills or participates in the process of killing animals or people. For example, hunters, fishermen, those who consume animals, those who start wars – their Muladharas accumulate the energy of killing. Hence, such people cannot improve their karma for a very long time. Even if such people are engaged in spiritual practices usually they do not achieve great results.

For more information about Muladhara chakra and powerful techniques to balance it read my article: 11 Powerful Techniques For Root Chakra Healing

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

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The next chakra that I want to describe in my Chakras for Beginners Guide is the Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana.

Svadhisthana is located above the Muladhara, just above the genitals.

It is an orange Lotus with six petals. It is associated with the sacral plexus, with the organs and glands of the genitourinary system and reproduction system. Svadhisthana is connected with the tongue and the sense of taste.

The imbalance in Svadhisthana leads to selfishness and ignorance. If we analyze and look at what is being promoted in modern society (the corruption of morality, aggressive sexuality, the introduction of juvenile and gender technologies, the use of taste enhancers in food, the promotion of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco), it becomes clear why selfishness and ignorance are dominated in the modern world.

Although this chakra gives people creative abilities, when it’s not balanced and not aligned with other chakras, such abilities are usually expressed through the extreme emotionality and lower sexuality (connected to animal instincts). Therefore, if people create music, paintings, write novels, dance, etc. at the level of this chakra, they are able to make an imbalance in the chakras of those people who perceive such “art”. For example, aggressive sexuality in a dance (caused by an imbalance in the performer’s Svadhisthana) translates the audience into a state of ignorance. Therefore, such art can be extremely destructive not only for the artist but also for his/her followers.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Svadhisthana:

1.Ignorance

This state is expressed in the unbridled craving for pleasure and satisfaction of desires. People with this state of consciousness have an extremely strong desire for pleasure, even through self-destruction (drugs, alcohol, smoking, polygamy, etc.). They experience lust and desire for sense gratification, despair, self-searching, fears, and various phobias.

This is the level of survival instincts and reproduction. For such a person, it becomes very important to build good relationships with other people, to be approved by society, be liked and even admired by other people. The life of such a person lies between pleasure and entertainment.

2. Passion

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In this state, a person experiences great unrestrained desires, mostly lustful. Such people are attached to taste, pleasure, and sex.

3. Balance

When Svadhisthana is balanced, a person shows flexibility in communication. He/she can engage in spiritual practice without falling into fanaticism.

Beeja mantra: VAM

Patron planet: Venus

Element: Water

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Ida channel a person is unable to distinguish the truth from the lie. In other words, such a person sees good in harmful things and Vice versa. For example, some people think that alcohol and drugs help them to relax and feel good but in reality, they do more harm than good. This is an example of the Ida channel being clogged.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Pingala channel a person experiences jealousy, anger arising from sexual dissatisfaction.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person is greedy for sexual pleasure.

When a person has problems in Svadhisthana chakra a person experiences a connection with the lower astral world and becomes an object of astral attacks.

When Svadhisthana is balanced people experience inspiration, have poetic talent, are able to control sexual desires, feel love for others. Such people are very attractive to others not for their aggressive sexuality but for their purity and innocence.

People with a balanced Sacral chakra live long and always look very young. In addition, such people have clairvoyance at a very high level, because they receive answers from their Higher Selves, and not from the astral entities of the lower level.

Svadhisthana can be a reason for lower back problems. The thing is that the majority of people drain a huge amount of energy through the Svadhisthana chakra. Through promiscuous sex and various sensual pleasures, people get their Svadhisthana chakras “infected”.

If a person can’t control emotions and sexual desires he/she clogs the Svadhisthana chakra, thus forming a habit or addiction for the next life.

Leaving this world through the Svadhisthana chakra, a person can be embodied in the animal kingdom. It happens because this is what these people are manifesting during their life – animal instincts. If your animal instincts are your priority then don’t be surprised to arrive in your next life as an animal!

For more information about Svadhisthana chakra and simple tips to balance it read my article: 8 Simple Tips On How To Harness the Power Of Your Sacral Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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The third chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura.

Manipura is located behind the navel within the spinal column.

It is a yellow Lotus with ten petals.

Manipura affects the digestion process and the absorption of food and prana. It is also connected with the eyes and vision.

At the level of Manipura consciousness is still limited to the coarser levels of existence such as sensuality, ambition, and greed.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with Manipura such person has a certain level of stability in life – he/she has a house, doesn’t starve, has enough money to live a comfortable life, has a life partner and a good family. However, when people stop their development on this level, they can easily become manipulative and force others to live according to their rules.

It is believed that Manipura is responsible for all our external social activities.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with the three lower chakras (Muladhara, Svadhisthana, and Manipura) it refers to the material level of existence. Even if these people try to follow the spiritual path they still can’t experience a deep understanding of spiritual knowledge and spiritual maturity.

When people with Manipura level of consciousness get married their motivation is always conditional. It’s never a marriage that is based on unconditional love but a marriage that is based on the question: “What can I get by marrying this person?”. The motivation can be different: a good wife, a good father for my kids, financial stability, social status, etc. No matter what your motivation for marriage is, if it’s based on anything but unconditional love, it’s just a contract that shows a certain level of spiritual immaturity.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Manipura:

1.Ignorance

Greed, selfishness, pride, spiritual materialism (attachment to the result of spiritual practice) are the qualities of the ignorance on the Manipura level. If you have a desire to show off and prove that you’re better than anyone else then your consciousness is matched with this level.

2.Passion

Overeating, greed, intellectual greed are the qualities of the hyperactivity of the Solar plexus chakra. Usually, such people accumulate knowledge without expressing it practically and without sharing it with others. Such people usually use lots of slang in their speech.

3. Balance

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Manipura in a balanced state is manifested as the ability to sacrifice for the development of others. Such people always move forward and develop great willpower. They have the ability to understand other people. Due to the fact that people at this level begin to act actively in society, they have a sense of responsibility for their actions, responsibility to others. They understand that if they want to be leaders they have to be responsible. Such people understand that the more power they have the bigger responsibility it brings.

Beeja mantra: RAM

Planet protector: the Sun

Element: Fire

When Manipura is clogged in the Ida channel it causes the inability to distinguish healthy food from harmful as well as true helpful knowledge from harmful.

When Manipura is clogged in the Pingala channel people have the desire to use science for evil purposes.

When Manipura is clogged in the Sushumna channel people have greed for food, material things, and science.

For more information about Manipura chakra and ways to balance it read my article: 8 Ways To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra For Success In Life

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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Here we are halfway through my 7 chakras for beginners guide!

Now let’s talk about the Heart Chakra or Anahata. It’s located above Manipura, near the heart.

Anahata chakra is depicted as a Lotus with twelve green petals. It is connected to the solar plexus, the heart, the respiratory organs, and the thymus and is responsible for the qualities of absolute love without separation and distinction, hatred, compassion and cruelty, peace, etc.

Anahata is also connected to the hands and the sense of touch.

When the consciousness of a person rises to the level of the Heart chakra, he/she focuses on his spiritual path, discovers his/her purpose in life and spiritual mission. Such people have developed love and compassion for others, and they build their lives on these principles. These people practice the main principle of conscious living – “no harm”. They are more focused on how to live without harm than on their desires and search for pleasure. And this is where they find the biggest happiness – in their ability to serve people, planet and all beings that live on Earth.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Anahata:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness have no idea what true love is. They have a delusional perspective of love and often suffer from unrequited love. The problem here is that such people don’t love themselves but hope to discover self-love through the love that another person can give them. However, they never find such love because according to the law of attraction we always attract what we project. And if there is no self-love there will never be a balanced romantic relationship.

2. Passion

People with this state of consciousness have such symptoms as jealousy and passion. Such people, always try to fully control the feelings of another person and usually build a relationship based on attachments. These people never have a balanced healthy relationship. They feel bored in such a relationship. These people need drama to feel alive.

3. Balance

People with this state of consciousness want other people to be happy. They turn their relationship in selfless and unconditional service. Such relationships are free from jealousy and based on unconditional love, compassion, and peace. They understand what true love is and this is what they give to their partners.

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Beeja mantra: YAM

Patron planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

When Anahata is clogged in the Ida channel it creates an attachment to illusions.

When Anahata is clogged in the Pingala channel it creates attachment based on selfish intent.

When Anahata is clogged in the Sushumna channel it creates attachments to love partners.

For more information about Anahata chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: 12 Powerful Ways To Heal Your Anahata

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

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The fifth chakra is the throat chakra or Vishuddha.

The Throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat. It has sixteen blue petals.

This chakra is associated with the cervical plexus of nerve fibers and the thyroid gland. It maintains the purity of the body and mind. Vishuddha is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Vishuddha:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness build their lives based on the confrontation and struggle out of inertia.

2. Passion

Such people build their lives based on the principle – the end justifies the means. They live according to rationalism.

3. Balance

These people build their lives based on absolute compassion. Their communication with others is based on the principle of service to the highest good for all.

The balanced state can also manifest in the form of high art, i.e. when they are singing or playing a musical instrument, they rise to the level of mystery, and are able to project a high spiritual vibration into the perception of other people.

Beeja mantra: HAM

Patron planet: Mercury

Element: Ether

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Ida channel a person often tells lies and has a habit of idle talk.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Pingala channel a person uses profanity in his speech and has a habit to spread slander.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person becomes a flatterer for making people like him/her.

When Vishuddha is activated and balanced it brings fame, high social status, power, and greatness.

If a person leaves his body through the Vishudha chakra, it is believed that he will transform into the world of the Asuras or demigods. That world is dominated by confrontation because its inhabitants have not outlived the ego, vanity, and greed yet.

For more information about Vishuddha chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: Every Woman Should Consider A Throat Chakra Healing! Here Is Why

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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The sixth chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Third eye chakra or Ajna. It is located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.

Ajna has two silvery-gray or colorless petals. This chakra is mainly related to higher consciousness and intelligence.

Ajna chakra represents the third eye and is known as the “gate to liberation”.

When the Kundalini energy passes through Ajna, the duality and ego disappear. As a result, a person realizes that by doing something for others, he/she actually does it for himself/herself, and by bringing benefits to others he/she brings them to himself/herself, and by harming others he/she harms himself/herself.

When Ajna is open it activates clairvoyance and the clairaudience. A person finds a connection with his/her inner Guru, Higher Self, and can easily reach Samadhi. However, activated the Third eye can’t guarantee freedom of ego. Therefore you can see that there are many people with psychic abilities that still have big egos.

Usually, people who implement large-scale projects, such as architects of large buildings and structures, sculptors working with complex and large compositions, have very strong Ajna chakra. It is believed that in the beginning, they form a model of this project in the inner world, and then through Ajna chakra implement it in the material world.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Ajna:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness use their subtle material resources, their spiritual potential, without thinking about the karmic consequences and retribution (for example, the invention of a nuclear bomb). Roughly speaking, such people try to force reality to change.

2. Passion

Implementation of projects for ego and pride purposes.

3. Balance

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People with this state of consciousness use their creative abilities for bringing the maximum benefit to others, for helping others.

Beeja mantra: OM

Patron planet: Saturn

When Ajna is clogged in the Ida channel it brings the misconception that it is possible to satisfy selfish desires and live according to ego guidance without karmic consequences.

When Ajna is clogged in the Pingala channel a person is capable of doing harm to living beings and has anger directed against the whole society.

When Ajna is clogged in the Sushumna channel it leads to intentional ignorance.

When Ajna is activated and balanced people get the ability to attract whatever they want, they can manifest and create the desired reality.

For more information about Ajna and best techniques to activate it read my article: Best Techniques For Your Third Eye Chakra Activation.

To learn more about Third Eye Opening Symptoms read my article: Third Eye Opening Symptoms Everyone Should Know.

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

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The last chakra I’m going to talk about in my 7 chakras for beginners guide is the Crown chakra or Sahasrara.

Sahasrara has the form of a thousand petal Lotus. It is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.

When Kundalini fully activates this chakra, it is the highest experience in human evolution. When it happens there is a complete overcoming of non-duality happens. This is a state when a person’s attention can be in the material world, performing some actions, and at the same time be in the spiritual world, maintaining a connection with the Higher Self, Inner Guru, and the whole Universe.

According to some sources, Sahasrara is not considered a separate chakra but is the result of the simultaneous and harmonious operation of all the chakras, when the chakras become one column of light.

The activation of Sahasrara implies going beyond the traditional understanding of reality.

For more information about Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms read my article: Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

To learn more about Sahasrara blockage symptoms and best ways to heal it read my article: Crown Chakra Blockage Symptoms And Ways To Heal It

CONCLUSION

I hope after reading my Chakra for beginners guide you get a better understanding of what a chakra is and how balanced chakras look like.

I also want to remind you that chakra healing practice can’t be achieved by just going to a healer every other month for getting some energy work done to your chakras. Reiki healing is a great modality for balancing your chakras and can be done by yourself once initiated into the practice. Chakra healing practice is, first of all, a deep self-development and self-improvement practice. Only when you’re working on yourself, following your spiritual path, practicing yoga and energy healing can you say that you’re balancing your chakras. But when you doing energy healing without transforming and developing your consciousness it’s not really easy to see any stable result of such healing.

And in the very end of this Chakra for beginners guide I want to share with you some of my articles about chakras that might be helpful in your spiritual path:

This Is How You Can Test Your Chakras By Yourself

High-Vibe Mantras For Chakras

Magical Ritual Baths For Chakra Balancing

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