If you want to feel more peaceful, centered and powerful, I recommend having a simple, regular practice for locating and releasing heavy and stagnant energy patterns within your body. They can weigh you down mentally and physically.
In 2008, I finished my sport science degree, but couldn’t shake the sense that I was still missing a crucial piece in the weight loss and human movement puzzle. I wanted to take my fitness and yoga classes to the next level.
Luckily, while visiting my mother in Idaho that summer, I stumbled upon a forgotten copy of Caroline Myss’ book, Anatomy Of The Spirit. As I began reading about energy science and its effects on the human body, I felt a subtle shift in my perception of the world and myself. I fell in love with the idea that it is possible to harness the power and energy of our creative inner strength to become co-creators of our physical bodies.
Back then I had big dreams, but no idea how I would realize them. Like many of my clients now, I was looking for a way to push my consciousness higher and develop a deeper connection with myself and my practice.
When I combined the energy clearing techniques discussed in Myss’ book with my traditional sport science background, participants in my classes started having personal breakthroughs in weight loss and self-realization. Many experienced deep clarity about personal issues, which had kept them feeling locked down on psychological and energetic levels for years. I noticed changes in the movement of my own life and career too; opportunities began flowing in from every direction.
Anatomy Of The Spirit has become a guide for me and my work in the fitness industry. Now I regularly incorporate energy clearing techniques as part of my personal training and group fitness packages. Becoming aware of my own energy anatomy and taking time to practice keeping healthy energy balance made it possible for me to break through physical and emotional barriers I wasn’t even aware controlled and limited me.
There are seven energy centers called “chakras” that make up our core energy anatomy.
Chakras are energetically charged spaces within our body, which have a vibrational quality and resonate with our core belief systems and personal life experiences. Each chakra is represented by a color and a sacred truth. Clearing the energy within each chakra helps us get clear about who we are and what we stand for.
You can quickly clear your chakras by taking daily energetic inventory, reading through the descriptions of each. Notice the location of each chakra in your own body and breathe deeply into that space. Ask yourself, “What energies am I holding in this part of my body that I am ready to release?” Breathe through each energy center and feel the softening and expanding of your own subtle vibration as you move higher. You may want to run through the chakras a few times in the beginning, until you feel a strong connection with your own energy centers.
Root or Base Chakra
Located at the base of the pelvis.
Think About: Your life.
Key Words: Home, Family, Tribe, Society, Survival.
Located behind the belly button.
Think About: Order and duality.
Key Words: Power, Control, Blame, Guilt, Ethics and Honor (in relationships).
Solar Plexus Chakra
Located near the central base of the ribcage.
Think About: Personal power and wisdom.
Key Words: Trust, Self-esteem, Self-confidence, Personal Honor, Care of Oneself and Others.
Located in the center of the chest.
Think About: Unconditional love.
Key Words: Hope, Forgiveness, Compassion, Grief, Anger, Resentment, Bitterness.
Located in the neck behind the trachea.
Think About: Willpower.
Key Words: Choice, Judgment, Criticism, Faith, Knowledge, Addiction, Following One’s Dream.
Third Eye Chakra
Located in the middle of the forehead between the eyes.
Think About: Imagination and the ability to design your life using the power of your mind.
Key Words: Truth, Emotional Intelligence, Feelings of Adequacy, Self-Evaluation.
Located in the center of the top of the head.
Color: White or Gold.
Think About: Surrender and allowing divine guidance to take over.
Key Words: Values, Ethics, Courage, Humanitarianism, Selflessness, Ability To See Bigger Picture, Faith, Inspiration.