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Yoga Poses for Balancing Your Chakras

>> Jan 31, 2014



Yoga, according to the ancient history is related to chakras. The term ‘Chakras’ comes from the language Sanskrit in India, the English translation for it is ’wheels’. Men of great knowledge believed, each individual is having 7 chakras in the body. The life of a human being is based on these 7 chakras, located from the base of the spine to the head. These chakras are the energy centers in our bodies.

These chakras are energy vertexes powered by a life source or prana. Hence it is essential to clear the energy blocks from our chakras, which allows the Kundalini energy to rise through us, revitalizing and upbringing our minds to new heights.
Each chakra is associated with particular functions within the body and with specific life issues and the way we handle them, both within us and in our interactions with the outer world. Chakras can be thought of as sites where we receive, absorb, and distribute life energies in our body. Through external situations and internal habits, a chakra can become either deficient or excessive, imbalanced and blocked.

Asanas, or stances, are postures of body that is used to activate these chakras. 

The first Chakra is the “Muladhara” chakra, which in English means ‘root’. The location of this chakra is at the base of the spine. The 1st chakra is the one that will help to keep you grounded and centered. It is associated with survival instincts and base communication. The concerns associated with this chakra involvesfood, clothing, and shelter that are practical things. The emotion related with this chakra is fear. The lesser we are connected to the earth, the more we fear. To ground yourself, go for a walk, be out in nature, and connect to the nature.

In yoga, standing poses balances and strengthens the 1st chakra, makes the body become more grounded. One among them is the standing crow posture.
Crouching with hands parallel to the ground and the standing straight, and repeating.

The second Chakra is the “Svadishthana” chakra, which in English means ‘One’s own place or self’. This is located in the lower abdomen an inch below the navel. This chakra makes way for emotional and sensual movement in our life, opening to pleasure, and learning to "go with the flow".Yoga teacher all watery things about us are in association with this chakra: circulation, menstruation, urination, orgasm, tears. Water flows, moves, and changes, and a healthy second chakra allows us to do so.

One of the postures that help you is the Frog Pose. Crouching with hands on the ground. Then lifting the lower body with the hands still touching the ground and repeating.

The third Chakra is the “Manipura” chakra, which in English means ‘Lustrous gem’. It is present in the area of the solar plexus, navel and digestive system. It associates with power, self-esteem and vitality. Bikram yoga stimulates the 3rd chakra. Be sure that this chakra needs heat stimulation before participating in Bikram yoga.

The fourth Chakra is the “Anahata” chakra, which in English means ‘Stillness’. This chakra is located in the Heart, also is known as the Heart chakra, since it governs our institution and love. When the fourth chakra is deficient, one might have the feelings of shyness and loneliness, with physical conditions being asthma, lung diseases or shallow breathing.

In yoga, any postures that have a backward bend, opening chest is a great practice to stimulate this chakra, and an example would be the camel pose. Standing straight on knees and bending backwards to touch heels.

The fifth Chakra is the “Vishuddha” chakra, which in English means ‘Purity’.The first of all among the spiritual chakras. The 4th chakra is both spiritual and the physical chakra,it’s a bridge between the two. The fifth chakra is located in the throat, hence has to do with communicating, and speaking.

Yoga poses that are good for the 5th chakra are Bridge pose, Camel pose, neck and shoulder stretches and Plow pose.

The sixth Chakra is the “Ajna” chakra, which in English means ‘Beyond wisdom’. The location of this chakra is above and between the eyes. Yoga poses for the 6th chakra are supported forward bends and also eye exercises.

The seventh Chakra is the “Sahasrara” chakra, which in English means ‘Thousandfold’. This chakra is the crown of the entire chakras, symbolizing the highest stage of enlightenment. The seventh chakra can only be conquered with meditation.


Author Bio: Kunal Chhibber is a professional content writer He has also written many informative write-ups doing exclusive research on the Yoga poses for balancing certification. He is a graduate in management; music is a passionate hobby to which he is committed to as a part time Disc Jockey.

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The Katulampa Weir

>> Jan 27, 2014



How’s your weekend? Mine was nice as we’re allowed to enjoy sunshine in the morning after wet and gray skies for weeks. In Saturday night, we had the family dinner at a SIL’s home to celebrate a nephew’s birthday. My SIL prepared various seafood dishes -so delicious. It’s a pity that I forgot to bring my camera –again- and the photos taken with my camera phone are all blurry.

 

Since I can’t share the photos from the family dinner, let me share ones that captured around the Katulampa Weir (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia) that we visited on Monday last week. This weir is very famous during rainy season. Its main purpose is to monitor the water levels of the Ciliwung River that comes from upstream areas. 

Bendung Ciliwung Katulampa - the Ciliwung Katulampa Weir

The Katulampa is not a dam, it’s a weir that only serves to regulate the flow of water or in other words; it can’t accommodate the overflow of water (source:berita2bahasa.com). That day, the water level in the Katulampa Weir reached green sign; it means the fourth-level warning. This water debit condition may cause flood disaster for Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia) and other low areas if it continues to rise. 

Blue sign means the third-level of warning.  Sorry, I forgot to note the measurement numbers between those colorful signs.
 

The water level reaches the emergency level when the river surface reaches the red sign (2 m) –it means high alert or first-level warning! I saw in the news that on last Tuesday (Jan 21) the water level showed high alert in the morning and it turned out that flood came to Jakarta in the afternoon.  

 

I saw many blue touches around the Katulampa Weir –nice entry for Blue Monday.

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Ants and Their Babies

>> Jan 25, 2014



This morning we enjoyed sunshine -great time to go outside. I saw a group of ants between two guava leaves in our front yard.  Later I noticed that there are also baby ants between adult ants. Can you see those white ones?

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How to Teach a Child to Brush His/Her Teeth Properly

>> Jan 23, 2014



In the process of growing up, all children have to learn way too many things, the importance of which they don't always seem to understand. Brushing their teeth is an essential thing which a child has to learn and develop as a habit. Often, kids find brushing their teeth annoying and they don't really want to do it. Therefore, a parent should do the best to teach their kids how to brush their teeth and also, how to do it with pleasure. There are ways to make your child like the morning and evening brushing of their teeth by turning it from a boring responsibility into a nice pleasant time. Here are our tips on how to effectively teach your child to brush his/her teeth.
 

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Demonstrate

If your children haven't really seen the proper way to brush their teeth, it's more than understandable that they don't know how to do it. In their early years, kids see their parents as absolute role models, often imitating their actions. Therefore demonstration is a very effective way to teach your children how to brush their teeth. Take your child to the bathroom and show him/her the right technique to brush teeth. Explain them patiently and carefully how to squeeze the toothpaste tube on their toothbrush and make sure that at the same moment you are doing exactly what you are telling. Then show them the back and forth motion and explain them that the toothpaste has to be spat out and not swallowed.

 

Give Them A Good Story

To understand the importance of certain things, kids sometimes need an interesting story to give them a good reason. Tell your children the story about the bad sugar bugs that make holes in the teeth and this is why they have to brush them every day. Then watch your kid passionately trying to learn how to do it as fast as he/she can.

Brush The Teeth Of His/Her Stuffed Animal

Another way to encourage your child to brush his/her teeth is to let them take their stuffed animal in the bathroom and brush its teeth as well. You can also make up a rescue-game scenario, where your child is a hero who has to save the teeth of the plush toy from the bad plaque monsters.

Choose Good Toothpaste

The taste of the toothpaste can make a significant change in the whole process of teaching your child how to brush his/her teeth. Choose an appropriate toothpaste for children which has a nice fruit or chewing-gum taste. A strong-flavoured mint paste can make your child dislike brushing his/her teeth.

Brushing Race

Turn the process of brushing into a fun game by challenging your child to brush his/her teeth for two minutes without a pause. Set a timer and count in an encouraging tone. Another way to make your kids brush their teeth for two minutes, as recommended, is to make them sing the alphabet song or give them a timer and let them be in charge of it.

Compliment Your Kids

As any other thing you want your children to learn, teaching them to brush their teeth has to be encouraged by compliments. Don't forget to praise your children's work while they're brushing their teeth, and especially when they are doing it in the right way as you have taught them.
 
About the Author: Jessica Conars provides deluxe tenancy cleaning services in London. She has three kids and knows best how important it is to teach them how  to take care for their health.

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