Are your Chakras out of alignment???

“Let’s align your chakras”…. Unsure what I am referring to? You won’t be alone. So many of us hear phrases and words yet fail to question what they are referring to.

Chakras are basically ‘wheels of energy’. Let me explain a little deeper. Chakra mean ‘wheel’. Whether you believe it or not, your body is energy and energy is recorded in a form of vibration. We all have 7 chakra points that align your spine.

Ancient Indians believed the body to be made up of 5 elements, air, water, fire, earth and space. If we look at nature today, for a seed to grow it requires all the 5 elements, we are no different and to grow we require the same.

To help us understand our body and balance we all have a subtle body; a nonphysical and energetic force known as prana. Prana moves through channels, often called nadis; these are your circulatory systems such as your viens, arteries, nervous system, digestive system, excretory system and reproductive system.

Chakra – flow of energy within your body.

You expect your body to respond efficiently and effectively yet there must be optimal levels of flow, any block within your energy system delays reactions.

It is important to keep your chakras clear, free spinning. The major rule of energy flow is it starts from the base of the spine (nadi) and up to the crown of the head.

Here is a little insight into what each chakra can tell you about yourself.

First chakra (base of the spine): This is your foundation, or grounding. When in balance, the first chakra gives you a sense of physical security, safety, and feeling cantered. People who feel well-supported have a strong first chakra.

Second chakra (sacrum): This is your source of pleasure, creativity, and sexual energy. When in balance, the second chakra makes life enjoyable. People who are enthusiastic and can accept pleasure naturally, without excess, addiction, or inhibition, have a strong second chakra.

Third chakra (navel/solar plexus): Commonly called the power chakra, the third chakra converts energy into physical form, beginning with good digestion and hormonal balance. When in balance, this chakra makes you feel empowered and able to bring your intentions to fruition. People who have self-confidence and self-esteem are strong in the third chakra.

Fourth chakra (heart): The subtle or spiritual qualities of love, compassion, and empathy are governed by the fourth chakra. When in balance, this charka is soothing, comforting, and nourishing. People who are warm-hearted, sympathetic, and loving have a strong fourth chakra.

Fifth chakra (throat): The fifth chakra is about communication and expression. When in balance, this chakra allows you to express yourself with a sense of safety and confidence. People who can speak their truth and think clearly have a strong fifth chakra.

Sixth chakra (forehead): The sixth chakra traditionally sits like a “third eye” that gives inner vision and access to higher or spiritual reality. When in balance, this chakra allows for intuition and insight. People who trust their inner perceptions have a strong sixth chakra, with the added potential for wisdom and a powerful spiritual life.

Seventh chakra (top of head): Commonly called the “crown” chakra, the seventh chakra is the connection to pure consciousness. When in balance, this chakra gives the individual awareness knowledge that it is universal awareness—the lower self (Jiva) is the higher Self (Atman), and both are merged into the One (Brahman). People who experience states of unity consciousness have a strong seventh chakra.

These descriptions don’t have to be taken literally, although the chakra system has a long tradition in Yoga as a model for the anatomy of the subtle body. To translate your understanding of the chakras into practical benefits, here are three main areas that you can take advantage of.

Here is a guide to keep your chakra energy flowing (taken from chopra)

1st Chakra (Root)

  • Element: The root chakra is associated with earth, so walking barefoot in the sand, grass, or dirt can be beneficial. Any time spent in nature is helpful for this chakra.
  • Nutrition: Eat healthy red foods like tomatoes, beets, berries, and apples.
  • Wear and Decorate: Use accents of red and wear red jewellery, clothing, or shoes.
  • Sound: lam

2nd Chakra (Sacral)

  • Element: The sacral chakra is associated with water, which means swimming or spending time by bodies of water like lakes and oceans is beneficial.
  • Nutrition: Eat orange foods like carrots, oranges, melons, or mangoes.
  • Wear and Decorate: Surround yourself with orange accessories or tones.
  • Sound: vam

3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)

  • Element: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire, so enjoy sitting around a bonfire or soak up bright sunlight.
  • Nutrition: Eat yellow foods like bananas, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and corn.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing yellow clothing, jewellery, and accessories would be beneficial.
  • Sound: ram

4th Chakra (Heart)

  • Elements: The heart chakra is associated with air, so breathing deeply will help to clear the energy at this level. Drive with the windows open, fly a kite, or take a boat ride.
  • Nutrition: Eat green foods including broccoli, avocado, and leafy greens like kale or spinach.
  • Wear and Decorate: Accent your life with all shades of green.
  • Sound: yum

5th Chakra (Throat)

  • Element: The throat chakra is associated with ether (similar to spirit), so sitting in an open space under a clear sky is a fabulous way to get this energy flowing appropriately.
  • Nutrition: Eat blue foods like blueberries, currants, dragon fruit, and kelp.
  • Wear and Decorate: Use all blue tones.
  • Sound: ham

6th Chakra (Third Eye)

  • Element: The third eye chakra is associated with light. To balance and open this chakra, sit in stillness in the sunlight or relax in a window as the sun pours in.
  • Nutrition: Eat indigo foods including purple kale, grapes, and blackberries.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing indigo clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
  • Sound: sham

7th Chakra (Crown)

  • Element: The crown chakra is affiliated with all the elements, so connecting with your wholeness rather than a single element is the recommended practice. Spend time in meditation, chanting, or prayer.
  • Nutrition: At this level, the nutrition is no longer for the physical body. This chakra is not nourished with food, but with spiritual practices. Practice self-reflection and curiosity.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing violet clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
  • Sound: om

Setting small manageable goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Time-Bound) can be life-changing. Decide what area of your life you wish to focus on, you may wish to focus on a goal for each of your chakras. It is your beginning to a happy, healthy productive self, so this is your choice.

ROOT CHAKRA
Need to feel more grounded?
When the root chakra, Muladhara, is balanced, you feel safe, secure, and at home in your own skin. Physically located at the toes, feet, and legs, the root chakra connects you to the element of earth.

Connect with nature
Go for a hike
Walk on the beach
Plant a garden

Make your home a place you like to be
Set up a sacred corner
Treat yourself to new bedding
Do a deep clean

Discover what “grounds” you (and do more of it)
Break out your art supplies
Call a good friend
Sit in meditation

SACRAL CHAKRA
When the sacral chakra, Svadistana, is balanced, you feel emotionally connected, in touch with all of your senses, and creatively charged. Physically located at the hips, low back, and lower abdomen, the sacral chakra connects you to the element of water.

Surround yourself with inspiration
Invest in new art supplies
Free-write in a journal

Get in the water
Walk near the ocean, river, or lake
Enjoy a soothing shower
Join a gym with access to a swimming pool

Drink more liquids
Drink warm tea in the morning
Stay hydrated throughout the day
Close your evening with an Ayurvedic nectar drink

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
When the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, is balanced, you feel courageous, at ease, and have high self-esteem. Physically located at the abdomen, mid-back, waist, and digestive organs, the solar plexus chakra connects you to the element of fire.

Exercise
Get on your yoga mat
Sign up for that 5K
Grab a workout buddy to help you stay on track

Set small, realistic goals and follow through
Write a weekly to-do list
Email a friend to keep you accountable
Create a chart for keeping track of achievements

Eat nourishing food
Try a new restaurant in town
Cook your favourite meal from scratch
Meander the stands at a farmer’s market and taste something you have never tried before

HEART CHAKRA
When the heart chakra, Anahata, is balanced, you feel empathetic, generous, and loving. Physically found at the heart, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands, the heart chakra connects you to the element of air.

Practice random acts of kindness
Pay for a strangers’ bridge toll
Bring your neighbour flowers
Leave a note of encouragement on a car windshield

Practice gratitude
Send a note of thanks to an inspiring teacher
Write a list of five people you are glad to have in your life

THROAT CHAKRA
When the throat chakra, Vishuddha, is balanced, you feel able to communicate with clarity, listen attentively, and be open-minded. Physically found at the neck, throat, ears, jaw, and mouth, the throat chakra connects you to the element of space.

Express yourself
Start a blog
Begin a daily journaling practice
Paint, draw, sculpt, dance, or craft

Share your thoughts with someone
Call your friend who has moved away
Text your neighbour for a tea date
Write a letter to someone who has been on your mind lately

Speak out
Stand up for yourself and others
Set clear personal boundaries
Say what needs to be said to clear the air with a co-worker

THIRD EYE
When the third eye chakra, Ajna, is balanced, you feel intuitive, inspired, and imaginative. Physically located at the forehead, brow, and brain, the third eye chakra connects you to the element of light.

Learn something new
Sign up for a class at your local community college
Try an upcoming workshop at your yoga studio

Trust the intuitive hints in your body
Follow your gut instincts for an entire day
Meditate and listen for a spark of inner wisdom
Stop and pay attention to what your body needs

Dream on
Keep a dream journal next to your bed
Make a list of five to 10 things you want to be “when you grow up”
Write out a detailed description of your perfect day

CROWN CHAKRA
When the crown chakra, Sahasrara, is balanced, you feel connected to all beings and part of something greater. Physically located at the top of the head and one foot above the head, the crown chakra connects you with the universe.

Practice meditation
Start with five to 10 minutes with a timer or app
Join a weekly meditation group
Sign up for a retreat

Do something relaxing
Get a massage
Schedule an acupuncture treatment
Spend a whole day in bed with a good book

Follow your passion
Book an airline ticket to somewhere you’ve been wanting to go
Volunteer at an organisation making change in your community
Genuinely smile at six people today

A Good Brew can soothe your worries……..

If only that was true…. where a brew can’t solve your immediate worries, the calming effect of the warm liquid shared with a friend can begin to make those worries seem less daunting.

Traditionally herbs have been brewed to provide inner healing, today certain teas can support your health.

I love the Vitabiotics teas especially the cleanse tea. I may be a nutritionist, but I am only human and succumb to tempting food indulgences. However, having my cleanse tea on standby in the cupboard I can help my digestive system regain its effective function.

Vitabiotics TEA+ is a new range of vitamin infused teas designed to help maintain general health and wellbeing. They have created a unique blend of vitamins, herbs, fruit and green tea with the aim to help in your daily wellness goals when needed most in a convenient, nutritious and delicious cup of tea.

  • Each box contains a 14 day routine (14 tea bags)
  • Selenium, biotin and vitamin C
  • Milk thistle, dandelion root & green tea
  • Natural apple & blackcurrant flavourings

Cell Protection

Vitamin C & selenium contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are found naturally in the environment, sources of which include sunlight, cigarette smoke, pollution, and other factors in modern life.

Hair, Skin & Nail Health

Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and nails. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for normal function of skin.

Immune System Function

Selenium contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

There are 4 different varieties to chose from.

TEA+ Vitamin D Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Defence Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Energy Vitamin Tea

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TEA+ Cleanse Vitamin Tea

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Unsure which supplements you could benefit from? Click here to visit the Vitabiotics Supplement Selector

Boost Your Mood

Being a mum is challenging at the best of times, though during school holidays even the most efficient of us can feel the strain, and experience a drop in mood.

Being a Nutritionist I appreciate that even those who eat a balanced diet can benefit from a boost every now and then, and I direct my clients to Higher Nature products. Why? because I like the transparency of the company and the majority of their products are natural hence reduce further disruption to our bodies at times of need.

There are 6 products listed under the Mood tab on the Higher Nature website.
My two favourites are:

Positive Outlook

Positive Outlook – Greater well-being
(Click to purchase)

Aids healthy brain and nerve function

Sometimes, we all need a little help to look on the brighter side of life. Our Positive Outlook supplements balance amino acids with B vitamins, glutamine and lemon balm extract to aid normal psychological function. Formulated to support the neurotransmitters GABA, adrenalin, noradrenalin and dopamine, this carefully balanced formula helps you maintain mental and physical performance under stress, as well as promoting nerve function for a positive outlook and greater sense of wellbeing.

  • Aids healthy brain and nerve function
  • Encourages a positive outlook
  • Formulated with B vitamins and essential amino acids
  • Helps balance neurotransmitters that send signals to the brain 

Brighter Day (Click to purchase)

Mood enhancing blackberry drink

Are you feeling down in the dumps? Our Brighter Day blackcurrant flavour drink helps contribute to the normal function of the nervous system and aids normal psychological function, for an overall feeling of greater well being and comfort. Formulated with vitamin B6, B12, vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium, these effervescent tablets provide a quick pick-me-up that encourages a brighter outlook. Sweetened with stevia, this naturally delicious drink has a tasty blackcurrant flavour.


Contributes to the normal function of the nervous system

Helps encourage a brighter outlook

Ideal for use in the colder, darker winter months

Contains vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin C

15 effervescent tablets per tube

Higher Nature also have a ‘Health Matters‘ Page full of FREE Health and Wellness advice and tips.

Individual Success: Stop Beating Yourself UP! – You’re Doing Just Fine!

Chakra

Success is a personal thing, we each allocate a level of success to individual tasks we accomplish throughout the day , through to enormous challenges that may take months possibly years to achieve. Not only do we decide if we have ‘succeeded’ we subconsciously set a standard to which we wish our success of the tasks to reflect.

From the moment we open our eyes we are subconsciously checking off routine unconscious actions/tasks, such as shower, brush teeth, prepare packed lunch, drive the car. Each of these actions has a set standardised level of success we personally allocate to it. The outcome/result of that task/action will impact on our emotive self.

Self sabotage is a trending term, many empowerment gurus use it, basically it suggests that the individual is using negative internal thoughts to prevent taking action. This is commonly seen when individuals attempt to move out of their ‘comfort zone’, take on new roles etc. It is primarily driven by fear, which is often a deep rooted emotion from our younger years, a learnt behaviour from our peers or those we held in high esteem.

Breaking inner fears can often provoke further fear and self sabotaging thoughts can become life controlling in as such they influence external behaviours and may potentially impact negatively on the individuals health.

So how do we stop ‘beating ourselves up’, stop setting unrealistic goals and crazy inner fear frenzies. Unfortunately there is no simple quick fix solution, but there are multiple proven techniques that have transformed individuals lives way beyond their own expectations.

Below are a few of my favourite self- help books that I have at some stages in my life referred to and developed from its content. It is important to remember that each one of us is individual and unique in our own styles and characteristics so not all the contents within the books will work, though I compiled my own self-help routine taking bits from multiple resources. I wish you well on your journey to finding your own success at a standard that is correct for you.

Mood boosting foods for your wellbeing

Nutrients affect your overall wellbeing and what you eat can boost your mood.

Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters which are responsible for your mood.

It is a complete process but if your diet contains nutrients that promote the production or enhance the performance of neurotransmitters then research supports evidence of improved mood, mental alertness and recall efficiency.

So what food do we need to consume to maintain a healthy mind?

Omega-3 primarily found in oily fish, However, a quality supplement is ideal for those who do not consume fish or only eat one to two portions a week. 

Leafy Greens such as spinach and broccoli contain folic acid and some B vitamins both recognised as contributors to improved sleep and alertness. Research has suggested that selenium found in broccoli can help alleviate anxiety.

Filtered water the secret to inner health. We often mistake hunger for thirst, we ignore the dryness of our skin and reach for face or hand cream, we dismiss headaches as a sign of hydration and blame stress or current pressures of the daily routine.

Drinking water is literally your life source. When your body cells dehydrate all your internal systems begin to malfunction. We experience disturbed sleep, cramps, brain fog, increased anxiety, general aches and pains and most importantly lack of energy.

The amount of water your body requires depends on your daily activity and food intake. However as a rule of thumb an adult should aim for approximately 6-8 glass (1.2 litres)

Filtering your water can enhance the purity,