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6 Tips To Naturally Rebalance Your Chakras To Relieve Neck + Shoulder Pain

The heart chakra (Anahata) is the area of energy in your body that is related to love, care, and compassion – both for yourself and others. The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is the area of energy in your body related to feeling heard, communicating with others, and honestly vocalizing your needs. When these centers of energy are out of balance, encumbered by stress or other emotional factors, you can actually carry those feelings of imbalance as tension in your body. 

This naturally can contribute to aches and pains in your neck and shoulders, right where those energy centers are found. Because the throat and heart chakras are next to each other, many rebalancing methods for one also benefit the other. So convenient! 

Remember that sometimes a chakra might be either blocked or overactive. Either way, these easy tips will help to rebalance your heart and throat chakras if and when they are out of sorts and imbalanced. 

  1. Speak Your Mind! Sometimes the throat chakra can feel blocked when you feel unable to express yourself. If there is something you’ve been meaning to get off your chest, do so in a gentle, honest, and mindful way. You deserve to feel heard!
  2. Go Green! (or Blue) The color associated with your heart chakra is green – specifically, emerald green, while the throat chakra is all about blue. Try surrounding yourself with these hues, or wearing something in these colors to lift and unblock those chakras.
  3. Give Thanks! For the people in your life who you couldn’t live without – let them know how thankful you are! Show your appreciation and support to those who support you – even if it’s just a quick hello, text, or email to let them know you love ‘em. Acts such as this will allow your heart chakra to really radiate. Your throat chakra is all about vocalizing and communicating, and positive words to those you care about can lift your mood and open up your throat chakra in a powerful way.
  4. Yoga It Up! Do some yoga! I love a good cat-cow sequence for healing the throat chakra. For some poses (asanas) that will target both your heart and throat chakras, join me for my Heart Reset Flow, suitable for every skill level.
  5. Turn It Upside Down! Other quick yoga-based practices for opening up the throat and heart chakras include inversions, which help stimulate the blood flow to your head, neck, and chest. Pop into a quick, gentle downward facing dog to relieve those blocked chakras and get the energy flowing. My 7 DAY CHAKRA CLEANSE is perfect for getting things realigned using physical therapy-based mobility and yoga techniques!
  6. Pamper Your Heart! Practice some self-care to help open your heart chakra. Whether it’s snuggling in to watch your favorite movie, taking some time to settle down with a face mask, or preparing your favorite healthy meal, showing yourself some love will help rebalance your chakras and get some much-needed relaxation.

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A Simple Guide To Easy Chakra Imbalance Remedies

We know the nervous system is essential to the communication of sensations, including pain, throughout the body. In a blog post a few weeks ago, I introduced the concept of chakras, what they are, and why they are intrinsically linked with our overall well being. 

Now, when your chakras are open and balanced, you are a fierce, incredible, badass, ready to take on anything! But, when your chakras are imbalanced, you might not quite be at your very best. This is because when you experience blockages in your existing and normal energy flows, things get thrown off course and your energy centers aren’t able to coordinate properly with the rest of your body. When chakras are blocked, this can affect organs and nerve bundles found in the corresponding areas on the body. 

You may hear people referring to underactive or overactive chakras, which just means that things are a bit out of whack and in need of rebalancing. Here are some easy methods for chakra rebalancing that you can easily implement into your day.

Root Chakra

If your first chakra or “root chakra” is out of balance, you may be feeling disconnected and unwilling to compromise. Some describe a sensation of heaviness as if you are dragging yourself around, feeling emotionally and/or physically weighed down. Usually reconnecting with yourself through meditation is advised. I would recommend “taking 5” as often as you can – either taking 5 long, deep, grounding breaths or, when you are able to, take 5 minutes to close your eyes and really notice how and what you are feeling. 

Sacral Chakra

When your sacral chakra is imbalanced, you might find yourself less enthusiastic about things you are passionate about, experiencing low libido, and even lacking a feeling of deeper connection. Focusing on fostering a healthy sex-life can help, as can showing a lot of self-care to yourself and to your body. Sometimes engaging in something creative can also help rebalance this chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra

This third chakra of your core being off can make you feel argumentative or super shy. You may feel very defensive or attacked by things that might normally not bother you. To recenter this chakra you can try working through warrior flows, focusing on engaging your core and staying tall through your spine. Be sure to give your gut and digestive system some additional TLC as well!

Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra being imbalanced can really make you feel frazzled. It often displays itself as either a serious lack of compassion for others or as overwhelming anxiety about the well being of others. Try an open heart pose, like camel pose or cobra pose to help your heart center open up in a healthy way. I created a special Heart Opening Flow just for this chakra. 

Throat Chakra

This fifth chakra can present itself as over-communicative or under-communicative, either talking way too much or not expressing yourself enough. Try concentrated and deep listening to others and work to clearly communicate your needs and feelings in a concise way.

Third Eye Chakra

Sometimes when your third eye is off, you may feel skeptical, unsure, or be less open-minded to new thoughts and opinions. Try meditative mindsets, taking just a few moments or minutes to breathe deeply. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but I find that slowing down and practicing deep breathing is beneficial for my nervous system and alignment of my sixth chakra. 

Crown Chakra 

The seventh chakra being out of sorts may leave you feeling disconnected to any sort of spirituality that you identify with or really detached from the world around you. Some meditative mindset moments can help, as can inversions. For a super easy inversion, try with your legs up a wall to help rebalance your crown chakra. 

I’ve seen and experienced such impressive and impactful results from chakra balancing, which is what inspired me to create the 7 Day Chakra Cleanse, a course designed to give you that physical and mental reset that you have been craving!

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What Are Chakras And How Are They Related To Your Wellbeing?

So, you have probably heard the word “chakra” before – am I right? It’s definitely a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what are they, and what are they connected to exactly?

The word chakra (pronounced cha-kra) in Sanskrit means a “disk” or “orb,” and refers to the seven energy centers that are found in the human body, along the spine and up through the top of the head. These energy centers not only correspond to emotional aspects of our lives, to organs and certain areas of the body, but are also closely intertwined with our nervous systems. Chakras are essentially points at which human bodies have large networks of nerve bundles. 

Even though the concept of chakras was derived from Vedic teachings dating back to 50 B.C. and from historical Ayurvedic practice, it actually blends perfectly with what modern, Western medicine knows today to be true. Vedic teachings illustrate the way in which chakras, when open, create a healthy flow of energy that creates balance, overall wellness, and vitality in a person. These areas of chakra placement are actually correlated to key points in your nervous system. Cool, I know!

Now that you know how they are related to an intrinsic part of your body – the nervous system – let’s cover where and what the seven chakras actually are…

Root Chakra

Also known as the Muladhara (moo-lah-dar-ah) or the first chakra, it can be thought of as “rooting” you to safety and security, and is found in the area around the lowest part of your spine, near your bladder, and colon. Like roots that hold a tree in the ground, the root chakra is all about standing tall and proud as we exist in the world. When this chakra is open, you may feel brave, safe, secure, and more ready for new things. 

Sacral Chakra

Found below your navel, but above your pubic bone the Svadhisthana (swa-dhi-shtah-na), or second chakra, is the center of your sexual and creative energies. When this chakra is open, you may feel extra passionate and possess a strong willingness or drive to express yourself in creative forms. 

Solar Plexus Chakra

The Manipura (ma-ni-poo-rah), third chakra is found in your core, between your navel and your breastbone. The word Manipura in Sanskrit translates to “luminous gem” and is believed to ignite your personal source of power. This makes sense, as when we think about core strength we think about the part of our body that gives us the most power, as well as the ability to stand strong and tall. When this chakra is open you may feel confident and strong in all you do!

Heart Chakra

Located in the center of your chest, nearly in the middle of your spine is the fourth chakra, anahata (ah-na-ha-tah). This fourth chakra connects the emotional, physical, mindful, and spiritual qualities of a person. It also acts as a source of connection between what are thought of as the three “lower” energies, chakras 1-3, and the “higher” energies, chakras 5-7. When your heart chakra is open you may feel very connected to others, open to love, and more drawn toward compassion. 

Throat Chakra

The Vishuddha (vi-shoo-dah) chakra is the fifth chakra, and encompasses the area around your throat. This chakra is associated with communication and vocal expression. This chakra also includes the thyroid, mouth, jaw, and tongue. When your throat chakra is open you may feel more empowered to share opinions, communicate openly, and speak your truth more freely.

Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra, Ajna (ah-jnah), is between the eyebrows, in the space between your eyes. Ajna is the energy center that guides your intuition, or your power to know and perceive things in and about the world. When this chakra is open you may be more inclined to listen to your intuition and allow your internal knowledge to guide you through the world. 

Crown Chakra 

The seventh chakra, Sahaswara (sa-ha-srA-ra), can be found at the crown, or very top of your head. This is the chakra of spiritual thought and connection with ourselves, the world around us, and divinity or higher spirituality. When this chakra is open – which can be difficult to maintain all the time – you may feel at your most creative capacity, capable of feeling your highest level of understanding and spirituality.

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Stick With It: How to Actually Achieve Your New Year Goals

Welcome to 2020! Anyone else feeling some new decade, new attitude vibes? Just me? It can’t be!

Well, congratulations to you – you arrived here in 2020 with your health and I’m sure you are ready to make amazing things happen in 2020 for your wellbeing and mobility. Luckily, you are in the right spot!

Whatever it is that you want to accomplish and whatever it is that you want your life to look like, I am here for it. I morphed my career into something I am extremely, extremely passionate about – helping people live pain-free, more comfortable lives through body-saving yoga and mobility techniques.

My wish for you this new year is better mobility, better health, and more fun! Sometimes though, the buzz around the new year, the pressure you place on yourself to achieve insane goals, can honestly make January stressful AF. I want you to know that you can seek joy, accomplish your goals, and be a happier, healthier you without stressing yourself out this month.

Pick One Thing
Don’t try to do multiple things. Please, please, please! 🙏🏼 You will be exhausted. Pick one thing and focus on that for 30 full days. Trying to exercise, drink green tea, eat healthy, meal prep, do an hour of meditation, listen to 5 podcasts, read a book, learn a language, and groom your cat each and every day is madness. You will tire yourself out almost immediately, I can assure you.

Choose what you want to focus on improving, and chase it. Trying to multitask and implement a bunch of new habits all at once isn’t sustainable. Pick your thing, commit to it for 30 days, and enjoy the results you see from your brand new habit!

Keep It Tidy
I’m not suggesting that you clean your place meticulously every single day, but sometimes clutter has a way of making you feel more frazzled or overwhelmed than is necessary. Do your best to keep your spaces organized through the week, which will free up more time and energy to focus on your goal and even spend some extra time on very necessary and well-deserved self-care!

Stay Engaged
Forming new habits always works a little better if you are able to stay engaged. I’ve never felt motivated to stick with something if I find myself super bored, so I know you might find it challenging too! If you can learn something new that helps you with your wellness journey, that will keep it interesting for 30 days and beyond!

Okay, so maybe you have yet to arrange your New Year’s fitness and wellness plans. That’s okay, that is literally what I am here for! I, your trusted partner in badassery!

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New Year, Who Dis? How to eliminate pain and start feeling amazing in 2020 

Raise your hand if you have ever been prevented from doing something because of pain? 

Oh, I see you. You raised your hand, right? 

When you’re uncomfortable, for a short while or chronically, it’s not always easy to say “yes” to everything enthusiastically. Sometimes even small nagging pains make going for a walk, spending the day with friends, working out, or getting cozy so difficult. 

And I understand. With that comes frustration, fear of missing out, and just feeling very…blah. Dealing with discomfort can be really discouraging. 

The bottom line is that no one likes being uncomfortable and no one enjoys being inhibited from living their lives. And thankfully, there is no need for it to be that way.

I have so many clients and students who have experienced incredible results after putting in just a little extra time to really stretch and heal in a safe way. My methodology is not just about yoga, although yes, yoga is amazing. It’s about using yoga and physical therapy techniques to heal your aches and pains in the most effective way. 

If you’re ready to shimmy your way into 2020 with a “New Year, Who Dis?” attitude then you are absolutely in the right place! Congratulations, you made it!

So, what are the very first steps you need to take to eliminate pain and start loving life in 2020?

First, let’s talk about shifting your focus. If you’re constantly dwelling on how much pain you are in and how much tension you are feeling, that can make it really hard to relax. It might sound silly, and I know pain can be an overwhelming sensation, but relaxing even in the face of pain is an important step toward allowing yourself to fully heal. 

Try this…

Take a really deep breath in, and as you exhale visualize yourself relaxing. Know that everything is going to be okay. You are going to be okay.

Continue to inhale deeply, acknowledging the areas and places where you are experiencing pain, and as you exhale completely and empty out your lungs, be conscious of softening into a place of relaxation. 

In this more relaxed state, I guarantee that you will be able to think more positively about educating yourself and gifting yourself with greater mobility and greater comfort. You can do this and you will do this! 

Next, get into the new year groove (new decade groove to be more accurate) by spending some time with me and this healing, restorative Heart Reset Flow to shake off 2019 and get ready to make 2020 your…BFF! This flow is for all levels of skill, and designed to get you into a clear, peaceful state of mind. 

2020? You got this on lock!

I warmly invite you to join me for any videos on my YouTube channel that speak to you and what you need most. Always, always feel free to reach out to me should you need any guidance or advice. 

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When you purchase my 30 Day Total Body Makeover you will also receive the 7 Day Chakra Cleanse (a $197 Value) completely free!  

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How to Get Rid Of “Holiday Hangover” 

Aside from getting your flu shot and having Vitamin C supplements at the ready, what else can you do to stay healthy and happy during the holidays? 

The basics are this: get enough sleep, stay hydrated, move your body. 

Getting enough sleep may be easier said than done, but it is so, so essential. If you’re feeling fatigued, every part of your body is going to feel it too. In order to keep all the functions of your body in top condition, you have to get enough rest. 

At least 8 hours is recommended, but let’s be honest…how many of us actually get that much?

But, did you know that while you are sleeping your body does most of its healing?  So, cutting into that sleep you need can really take a toll on your health. Think about it — do you want muscle recovery, digestion, or detoxification working at a sluggish rate?

 Nope. 

Ideally never! And definitely not during the holidays when there are so many yummy foods, desserts, and drinks to indulge in. You want everything functioning at full capacity to enjoy the holidays in good health, even if we snack on a few too many cookies shaped like snowmen!

If you’re somewhere chilly or if you’re lucky enough to be in warmer weather for the holidays, it’s probably not quite reaching summertime heat levels wherever you are this month. Drinking water and iced coffee can be so easy when the sun is scorching hot or you’re enjoying the beach, but sometimes as the weather cools down we have a tendency toward not maintaining adequate water intake. 

Drinking water not only helps maintain normal organ function and cell growth, but it is also a key piece of flushing your system and aiding your liver and kidneys in your body’s natural detox processes.

The average recommended water intake per day is 8-10 glasses per day.  (That sounds like a whole lot of trips to the toilet if you ask me!)

Whether its sweets, a few cocktails, or half a cheesecake that your body needs to flush out, drinking plenty of water will help this process tremendously. I’m a believer in living your life and enjoying that second (or third) helping of your favorite holiday food, but I think you can agree that feeling bloated after eating too much is never, ever fun. 

Water, even with a squeeze of lemon or lime for some extra vitamin C, can help with stimulating digestion and flushing your system. Keep a water bottle on hand, find a water source at every party you attend, and be sure to drink a huge glass of water right when you wake up and right before you go to sleep. 

One of the body’s best detox mechanisms is the lymphatic system, which is stimulated almost purely by movement. Exercise, walking, massage, and yoga are all great ways to stimulate the lymphatic system.

Twists, gentle movement, and gentle stretching is beneficial for the lymphatic system and will ultimately help boost digestion and strengthen your immune system. I’m sure you’re completely out of Thanksgiving leftovers by now, so if you want to get your lymphatic system pumping and feel totally refreshed, try out this Turkey Day Detox Flow!  

The holiday season is always crazy, so we all need to be sure we are providing our bodies (and minds!) with a little extra TLC. Get some extra sleep, drink a ton of water, and be sure you’re moving each and every day!

I’d love to invite you to join me on Instagram for even more information on holiday health this coming Workout Wednesday, where I’ll explain how we can use yoga to help ease anxiety. And keep an eye out for an exciting Holiday Giveaway announcement coming up soon….!