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John E. Groberg is the creator of Spiral Up Yoga, and the author of the book by the same name, which teaches a simple daily self-care practice for body, mind and soul that is chakra-based and can be done at home by anyone, anywhere in just five minutes. Seven chakras. Seven days. One rule: Do something today for five minutes to strengthen today's chakra. To learn more and see free instructional videos of all 49 asanas taught visit his website.

This is the third in a series of seven articles on your seven chakras, after the First Chakra and the Second Chakra.  Wondering what the Third Chakra is and how you can know if it’s out of balance? The Third Chakra, or Solar Plexus Chakra, is located between the naval and lower part of your chest. In Sanskrit, it’s also known as the Manipura chakra. It deals with issues of willpower, ambition, and action and is weakened…

“Do you want to act differently? That’s not possible until you perceive differently.” – Byron Katie It’s common for us to believe that if our current job or situation is not very fulfilling, there must be something more meaningful out there for us – something that would make a bigger difference and that would call on our deeper interests, talents and passions. The net result of this belief is often disenchantment with our current situation…

“Learning consists of daily accumulating.  The practice of the Tao consists of daily diminishing… True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way.  It cannot be gained by interfering.” – Lao Tzu Before I start setting what I want to add to my life in the new year, I like to reflect on what I want to subtract from my life and leave behind in the previous year. This is a process of…

The Seventh Chakra, or Crown Chakra, is known as your point of connection to the Universe. Therefore, understanding this energy center and knowing how to keep it unblocked is crucial to your spiritual and physical wellbeing. Your 7th chakra is located at the top of your head (right where you had a “soft spot” as a baby). In fact, many people believe that babies communicate directly with divine realms because their crown chakras are so…

Sometimes mistakenly called the sinus chakra (due to its location), the 6th Chakra, is known as the Third Eye Chakra, or Ajna chakra in Sanskrit. It is located right in the center of your forehead and deals with insight, intuition, and wisdom. The Third Eye weakens through all forms of illusions. Physically, it supports your upper frontal sinuses, eyes, ears, and the outer layers of your brain. A closed or blocked sixth chakra will keep…

If you’ve ever felt like you struggle to speak your truth, express yourself, or communicate in general, it may be a sign of a weak throat chakra. The Fifth Chakra is the Throat Chakra. It is located right in the center of your throat. It deals with issues of honesty, integrity, truth, expression and communication and is weakened by all forms of lies, especially the ones we tell ourselves. Physically, it is the chakra of…

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already are it.” – Byron Katie The Heart Chakra  is also known as the Fourth Chakra or the Anahata chakra in Sanskrit. It is located along your spine right in the center of your chest next to your physical heart. It deals with issues of love, compassion, and belonging. All forms of grief, clinging, and loneliness weakens it. Physically, it supports your heart, lungs, upper torso, shoulders,…

After the First Chakra, the Second Chakra, or Sacral chakra, is the next most likely to imbalanced. The side effects of a sacral chakra blockage can wreak havoc on your life, so understanding this energy center and how you can balance it is crucial. The Sacral Chakra, or Svadhishthana in Sanskrit, is located along your spine about 2 inches below your belly button. It deals with issues of self-worth, creativity, relationships, pleasure, and sexuality, and…

Do you ever experience anxiety, depression, fears about money, or even lower back pain? These may be symptoms of root chakra problems or imbalances. Each of us has seven major chakras that begin at the base of the spine and extend up the spine through to the crown of the head. These areas store energy and send it out through the meridians (a path through life-energy or your “qi” flows)  to service the entire physical…