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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Hello my lovelies!!! It is that time of the year… yep, Valentine’s Day Eve better known as Galentine’s Day. A day to celebrate our gals and all the other people we love, the people that are there when we need them and when we don’t need them, the good and bad times, the people we see as family regardless of blood connection.

Having an amazing circle of friends, a great support system, and making time for fun and relaxation with them is essential for your mental, physical and emotional well-being. They give you the best medicine ever… laughter, great shoulders to cry on, and they even serve as counselors during your whining rants.

Hope you had an amazing day celebrating your people’s awesomeness and make sure to make them feel special every day of the year. Don’t forget to have a drink or two in the process, cheers to friendships and all the health benefits they bring to your life… cheers!

Stay True – Chantal

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Get Your Emotions in Check with The Sacral Chakra

Today I want to give continuity to the last wellness post in which I talked about the Root Chakra and move on to its neighbor, the second energetic point in the body called the Sacral Chakra. This is also called Svadhisthana and it derives from the Sanskrit words, “Swa” that means one’s own and “Adhisthana” that means seat. This is said to be the seat of emotions as it linked to your emotional responses as well as creativity, sensuality, pleasure, and reproductive functions.  People that have a balanced sacral chakra are often perceived as friendly, compassionate, emotionally stable, energetic, creative, and passionate (all great traits to have!).  

What happens if the sacral chakra is not balanced you ask?

If it is underactive, it can be linked to feelings of isolation, insecurities, low libido, fatigue, hypersensitivity, introversion, and lack of trust.

If it is overactive, it can be linked to emotional detachment of others, sex addiction, substance abuse, bipolarity, and eating disorders.

 Obviously, since this chakra is all about our emotions, it is a good idea to keep it balanced so we don’t have a complete emotional meltdown or engage in risky behaviors!    

Feeling on the verge of an emotional crisis?

There are several things you can do to balance your sacral chakra and it is a good idea to practice these on a regular basis in order to stay balanced:

  • Because this chakra is located in the lower abdomen, moving and stretching your hips is a great idea. You can try some yoga poses where you engage the hips or even try some belly dancing or merengue. Shakira’s got nothing on me! 😉  
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating exercise in your daily routine. Tip: incorporate ginger in your diet (i.e. in tea or shakes), this is a miracle root with many properties
  • Get a hobby that allows you to express yourself creatively
  • Speak to a counselor or spiritual guide. It is okay to seek help!
  • The sacral chakra is identified by the color orange; its opposite color is blue. If your chakra needs a little boost, surround yourself with the color orange; however, if the opposite is true, use the color blue
  • Meditation is a great practice to balance all your chakras. For the sacral chakra, utilize visualization, concentrating on your lower abdomen, breathing deeply, and imagining an orange light nourishing that energy point
  • Aromatherapy is also of great help. Some essential oils that work specifically for this chakra are: jasmine, orange, rose, sandalwood, and clary sage
  • Chakra stones that can be used for the healing of the sacral chakra are amber and orange carnelian

Remember, mental health and your inner well being are even more important than any outside beauty. Everything starts from within, take care of yourself starting from the inside and everything else will follow.

Stay true – Chantal

What is your favorite way to relax and take care of your inner self?

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Inner Well Being & Your Root Chakra

I believe that everything comes from within and therefore we need to look inward to achieve emotional and physical well-being as well as beauty. We need to understand that we need to be able to connect with our inner self, our spirit, and the energy of the universe to connect with others in a harmonious way and to live a fulfilled life. We need to radiate positive energy in order to attract positive things to our life. I love meditation, it has helped me beyond measure when it comes to depression, anxiety, to have a positive outlook in life, and to feel at peace. I am in no way an expert in the subject, but I am a big believer that understanding the Chakras and meditating can help improve your life in many ways.

What are Chakras?

The Chakras are energetic points within our body that allow for energy to flow. There are 7 chakras with different purposes but all equally important to have a healthy and well-balanced body, mind and spirit. Today I will focus on the Root Chakra, explain what it does, how to identify when it needs attention, and provide an exercise to help you balance this, your first Chakra.

What is the Root Chakra?

The official name for this Chakra is actually Muladhara and it comes from the Sanskrit words Mula, meaning “root”and Adhara, meaning “support”.  This Chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone area) and it goes up to below your belly button. When this Chakra is well-balanced, you feel a sense of stability, accomplishment, and peace. You feel grounded, connected with your human experience and your survival needs are being met.   

How to identify a Root Chakra imbalance?

You may experience anxiety, fear or jitteriness and trouble concentrating. It is said that it can also be linked to digestive problems, lower back and/or lower extremities issues, bladder issues, among others.

How to balance the Root Chakra through meditation?

  • Meditate in a quiet place where you can avoid distractions. Adopt a comfortable standing or seated position for this practice.
  • Intention is key. Be still and place attention on your breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale though your nose (not mouth), in a slow and controlled manner.
  • As you meditate, practice visualization. Focus on your connection to your spirit and your connection with the universe. Imagine this red energy flowing up from your legs to your spine (the location of the Chakra) and see this energy being absorbed by the it and getting nourished this energy.
  • You can further enhance your experience by utilizing aromatherapy during your meditation. There are essential oils that are made with scents specifically meant to help balance the Root Chakra. These are: myrrh, oakmoss, vetiver, angelica root, cedarwood, linden blossom, spikenard, benzoin, patchouli, and frankincense.
  • Chanting or playing meditation music can help during the meditative state.
  • Gemstones that help balance the Root Chakra include garnet, bloodstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, red carnelian and red jasper.

Try this out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal