Awareness through Movement® for the 1st Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

The Root Chakra  is associated with family roots, survival, motivation, groundedness, power, creativity, will power, aliveness, courage, and feelings towards ones own  physical body.

The Root Chakra encompasses the base of the spine, the pelvic floor &  first three vertebrae

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The guided patterns of Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase the internal sense of support by increasing the capacity to feel supported from the inside out.  In our culture our educational  and environmental designs have unconsciously encouraged the loss of connection with the sensory awareness of feeling ones own physical support through the lower half of ones body parts.  This loss of physical feeling of those parts,  that relate to direct action, would increase the stimulation in the brain in the area which focuses upon survival.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture to the side can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on increasing ones awareness and available movement in the lower moving body parts in relation to the pelvis and counterbalance of upper parts.  This includes toes, feet (top & bottom), ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs and hip joints.


 

Try this example experience of 7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. In standing position shift your weight from side to side, into one foot first and then over to the other.   Repeat many times.
  2.  Pause a moment and notice if you have become more aware of your feet.
  3.  Now continue to shift your weight from side to side and bring your attention to your whole body movement.  Are you tilting your whole body left and right and back again?  if so, stop a moment and then begin again, only this time thrust your pelvis to the side instead of tilting your upper body.  Notice the weight in your feet as you thrust your pelvis from side to side.
  4. Pause a moment and notice where your attention is going.
  5. Come back a couple of times thrusting your pelvis from side to side and notice what you sense in your back, hips, legs and feet.
  6.  Now go back to your original movement of tilting from side to side.  Notice the quality in each of the two different movements.
  7.  Stop and notice your feet and legs to check in on any changes in your perception.

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example one can focus on the lower body movements the increase efficiency of counterbalancing the upper and lower moving body parts that will quiet the minds fear that arises from lack of mobility that creates a tittering effect in upright postures.

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

Red Jasper

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Grounding, Nurturing, Energizing

Red Jasper is found around the world and is a micro-crystalline variety of Quartz.  It has been known as a stone for protection, birth and re-birth.  It is associated with vibrancy, endurance and fertility.

Physical Benefits:

Red Jasper stimulates life force, physical strength, energy, stamina, focus and determination.

Emotional Benefits:

It calms emotions creating a lasting, stable energy for improving health and overcoming illness.

Chakra Benefits:

This stone activates the Base Chakra and stimulates the rise of the kundalini energy throughout the chakras, cleansing and strengthening the aura.

Creative Benefits:

It is used in setting and accomplishing goals and manifesting creative ideas.  A stone of passion, Red Jasper is useful for restoring and rejuvenating the libido.

Dreams Benefits:

Red Jasper provides vivid dream recall,


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7 Subtle Energy Centers – Chakras


by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

The Sanskrit translation for Chakra is “wheel” and refers to an energy center that interacts with our various physiological and neurological body systems. These energy centers are believed to govern aspects of our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

There are 7 main energy centers that have have their  own vibrational frequency and colour.  Their specific frequency rate restore and balance our seven chakras or energy centers.

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Below are some of the  functioning areas each of the seven energy centers govern .


The Violet Crown Chakra – Top of the Head (Thought)

The Crown Chakra, also known as the 7th chakra and is associated spirituality, loyalty, the divine and love.  It is located on ones crown.  It increases insight and supports heightened intuitiveness.  It influences calm and personal peace.

Body Association:  spinal cord & brain stem

Functional Effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance

 

  • Emotional:
    • loneliness, depression, dizziness, apathy, anxiety lack of vision, confusion,  alienation, inner calm, oneness, bliss, sense of wholeness
  • Spiritual:
    • dark night of the soul, higher self, spirituality
  • Mental:
    • confusion, lack of empathy, judgmental moralistically (superiority), dementia
      • Strategy – aggression
  • Physical:
    • seizures, sleep disorders

Violet 7th Chakra Foods suggestions for restoring balance

7th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

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The Purple Brow Chakra  – Center Forehead above eyebrows  (Light)

The Brow Chakra, also known as the 6th chakra is associated with ones consciousness, perception and everyday awareness.   It increases insight and supports heightened intuitiveness.

Body Association:  eyes, sinuses and pituitary gland

Functional Effects when Brow Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • anxiety, nervous breakdowns, depression, confusion, fear, lack of concentration, conflict, doubts
  • Mental:
    • learning disabilities, poor insight, indecisiveness
  • Physical:
    • nightmares, headaches, brain tumors, blindness, deafness

Purple Brow Chakra Food suggestions for restoring balance

6th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

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The Blue Throat Chakra – Voice Box area of Neck (Sound)

The Throat Chakra, also known as the 5th chakra,  governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid, and communication.  It relates to truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness and kindness.  It is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity.

Body Associations:  voice, endocrine gland, thyroid and communication

Functional Effects when Throat Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • Anger, Frustration, suppression, weak willpower, lack of trust
  • Mental:
    • Evaluative thoughts of isolation, communication, creative expression, integrity, truth, knowledge, wisdom, gentleness, kindness, unable to express oneself
      • Strategy – to isolate oneself from others, addictions
  •  Physical:
    •  TMJ, sore throats, scoliosis, tonsillitis, teeth, gum problems, earaches, vertigo, tinnitus, thyroid issues, speech and sound, weight problems  sluggish metabolism

Blue Chakra Food suggestions for restoring balance 

5th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

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The Green Heart Chakra  – Heart Center  (Air Element)

The Heart chakra, also known as the 4th chakra connects and balances the upper chakras of spirit and the lower chakras of matter – meeting of spirit and body.  It reflects growth, healing, selfless love,  tranquility, harmony and hope.  It represents balance, serenity and calms nerves.

Body Associations:  heart, thymus, circulatory and immune system

Functional Effects when Heart Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • fear, jealousy, anger, bitterness/resentfulness, love, unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, balance, acceptance, peace, openness, harmony,  emotional instability, out of balance, guilt, self-pity
  • Mental:
    • Evaluative thoughts that project loss or not having enough love or affection, lack of self-love and acceptance,
      • Strategy – smothering others with touch, affection & connection
  • Physical:
    • asthma, heart disease, lung disease, breast issues, lymphatic systems, upper back problems, shoulder problems, arm pain, wrist pain

Green Chakra Food suggestions for restoring balance

 4th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

Natures Love Flower Essences 


The Yellow Solar Plexus Chakra –  (Fire Element – Intelligence & Concentration)

The Solar Plexus Chakra represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom and mental energy.  It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence and  fulfillment.

Body Associations:  liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

Effects when Solar Plexus Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • fear, shame/guilt, disappointment, anger, hate, insecurity, warmth, humour, laughter
  • Mental:
    • Evaluative thoughts of rejection, criticism and self -image moral judgments, self-control, overblown ego, authority, negative thinking, power and control, introvert, taking on too much
  • Physical:
    • arthritis, digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, appetite, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, colon, spleen, kidney, bulimia or anorexia, middle spine, energy

Yellow Chakra Food suggestions for restoring balance

 3rd Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

Natures Love Flower Essences 


The Orange Sacral Chakra  – Belly Area (Water Element – Creativity)

Located:  between pubic bone and belly button

Colour:  Orange

Element:  Water

The Sacral Chakra, also known as the 2nd chakra  is an energizing color and associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality and manifestation.

Body Associations:   uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries, and testes.

Effects when Sacral Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • Depression, mood swings, confusion, jealousy, envy, anger, blame, resentment, materialism
  • Mental:
    • Evaluative thoughts of betrayal, lack of  impotency or loss, self-rejection, low esteem, addictive behaviour (overindulgence in food, money or sex), giving and receiving, desires
  • Physical:
    • prostate difficulties, bladder problems, infertility, ovarian cysts, kidney issues, lower back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, life force, procreation, assimilation of food, sexuality

Orange Chakra Food suggestions for restoring balance

 2nd Chakra Flower Essence suggestions for restoring balance

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The Root Chakra – Earth Element (Courage) 

Located:  base of the spine, the pelvic floor &  first three vertebrae

Colour:  Energizing & Emotional

Sense: smell

The Base Chakra, also known as the 1st chakra, governs one’s  personal survival and basic needs for shelter, food, water and safety.  It represents one’s origins, roots, family tree.  This chakra can be used to remove toxins.

 Mentally and emotionally is governs motivation, groundedness, power, creativity, will power, aliveness, courage, and feelings towards ones own  physical body.

Body Associations:  blood, circulation, blood pressure, and vitality.

Effects when  Chakra is out of balance

  • Emotional:
    • anxiety disorders, primal fear/terror of letting go, anger and insecurity, loss of trust
  • Mental:
    • nightmares, eating disorders, basic thoughts of survival (basic necessities:  food, shelter, water), self-centered, greed, loss or failure, violence
  • Physical:
    • lack of support, immune system, rectum, elimination, constipation, prostate, colon, lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, legs, knee pain, feet pain, bladder, skin disorders, degenerative arthritis, anemia, low vitality, tensions in spine, constipation, violence

Red Chakra Foods suggestions for restoring balance

1st Chakra Flower Essences suggestions for restoring balance

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Integrate Chakra Lifestyle:  

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Movement:

Remedies

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Chakra & Flower Essence Vibrational Health

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

An earlier post on colour charged water focused on the energetic relationship with colour vibration and one’s energy centers called chakras.  It suggested how the specific energetic frequency rates  of colour restore and balance our seven chakras or energy centers.

These energy centers, our chakras, govern aspects of our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Flower Essences vibrate at an energetic frequency rate that restore health and balance our seven chakras or energy centers as colours do.  Each Flower Essences can support unblocking a specific chakra to  restore balance.  The result is greater functional health mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, and  universally.

Below are some  flower essence suggestions for each  energy center.


The Crown Chakra 

Periwinkle Flower

The Crown Chakra,  also known as the seventh chakra is on top of ones head and represents thought and higher self.   It influences personal strength, self-confidence and self-esteem.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Crown energy center when you are feeling down and being hard on yourself.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

7th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions to restore health & balance

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The Indigo Brow Chakra  

Wild Violets

The Brow Chakra, also known as the 6th chakra is in ones forehead above the eyes and is known to represent light.  It is associated with spirituality, loyalty, the divine and love.  In balance this center supports personal peace by calming your energy if you are feeling frustrated, angry or unable to forgive.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Brow energy centers healing support to increase insight and heighten intuitiveness.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

 

6th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions to restore health & balance

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The Blue Throat Chakra 

Borage Flowers

The Throat Chakra, also known as the 5th chakra,  governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid, and communication.  It is in the neck at the voice box area and is known to be associated with sound.  It relates to ones inner truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism and actions of  thoughtfulness, caring and fidelity.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Throat energy center to support relieving anxiety and aid in speaking ones truth.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

5th Chakra Flower Essence suggestions to restore health & balance

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The Green Heart Chakra  

Wild Poppy

The Heart chakra, also known as the 4th chakra, governs the heart, thymus, circulatory and immune system.  It is in the heart center and is known as an air element.  This chakra bridges the upper chakras of spirit and the lower chakras of matter – meeting of spirit and body and connects them.  It is associated with ones ability for rejuvenation.    The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Heart energy center to support one when they are fatigued and low on energy.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

4th Chakra Flower Essences suggestions to restore health & balance

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The Solar Plexus Chakra 

Broccoli Flowers

The Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as the 3rd chakra,  governs the liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.  It is in the Solar Plexus area of the body and is known to be a fire element.   It represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom and mental energy.  It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence and  fulfillment.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Solar Plexus energy center to help with digestion and enhance ones mood.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

3rd Chakra Flower Essences suggestions to restore health & balance

Natures Love Flower Essences 


The Orange Sacral Chakra  

Calendula Flowers

The Sacral Chakra, also known as the 2nd chakra, governs the uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries, and testes.  It is in the belly area and is known at a water element. It is an energizing color and associated with self-respect and represents purity, togetherness and feminine sensuality.  It represents sexuality, manifestation and the sense of being up-lifted.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Sacral energy center for support increasing your confidence and self-worth.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

2nd Chakra Flower Essences suggestions to restore health & balance

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The Red Base Chakra 

Rosemary Flowers

The Base Chakra, also known as the 1st chakra, governs ones roots and personal survival.    It is in your perineum area and is known as an earth element.  It reflects will-power, creativity, courage, and ones deepest emotions with regards to their physical body.  The following flower essence suggestions are a simple, fun and meaningful way to restore and activate the Root energy center to boost ones energy and body temperature.  Read more on the functional effects when Crown Chakra is out of balance.  

 

 

1st Chakra Flower Essences suggestions to restore health and balance

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000