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Chakra Yoga: Balancing Energy for Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Well-being Paperback – December 13, 2005
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"Alan Finger is the supreme yogi. There are great yoga teachers and then there is Alan Finger."—Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine
"A long-respected tantric teacher in the West, Alan Finger makes accessible the vital healing of the chakra system through practical understanding and—most relevant—integrated practices that deeply enhance all aspects of one's life."—Shiva Rea
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The author starts with an overview of his background, and then briefly covers the history of yoga. He then devotes one chapter to each of the core 7 chakras, describing the energies associated with each, and listing questions for identifying whether you potentially have an imbalance or block within that chakra. Then, because his focus is physical yoga, he depicts (with pictures and explanation) basic physical hatha yoga positions that can help address this imbalance. There is not a lot of information on other ways to work with the chakras, but you can get that from other sources.
The included meditation CD is also very helpful and direct. He walks you through the classic yogic breathing technique Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, and then guides you through a mantra (sound) based meditation on each of the 7 chakras. He includes some mudras, or sacred hand movements, associated with each, and in the book he also discusses the yantras, or visual images sometimes used in chakra meditation as well. The meditation techniques he features are safe and easy for anyone to follow.
It should be noted that the chakra system, and corresponding mantras, mudras and yantras that he features are specific to the Indian Hatha-based systems.Read more ›
In this book, he provides guidance and direction in performing basic yoga poses and reveals their relation to the human chakras. This, in my opinion, is very important in getting your foundation straight & solid, so it can safely be built upon.
The book is written well, without bogging you down with excess theory or pages of boring information, yet neatly introducing useful concepts. The author goes into great detail in explaining how to correctly do a certain pose, and points out common mistakes. I have found it very helpful. The brief real-life examples of balances and imbalances in chakras are also quite interesting.
Lastly, the spiritual part of the book: meditation. I was quite a novice to the whole practice of meditation prior to reading this book. So no surprise, as I tried, I did not always feel like I was entering "the state of oneness, yoga", and at times I couldn't even let go of restless thoughts. But it improves with time and practice. And Alan Finger emphasizes it - practice consistently, in order to get results. I would probably also play some quiet meditation music while listening to the book's audio, as it comes without background music.
I do recommend this book to all who are seeking another dimension in their lives. It will not only help you become better at your yoga practice, but may as well help you make a shift towards a better life and being a better person.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has specific yoga exercises for each chakra and a self test to see what you need to work on.Published 7 months ago by Khezla Durr
Was a gift. Granddaughter is very much into yoga and the balancing of energy. She was very excited to read and explore.Published 15 months ago by Robert A Weaver
Easy to follow without any complicated explanations. Basic yoga poses to follow.Published 18 months ago by Deborah A DeMarino
A thorough and readable lesson on the Chakras. With poses that help tap into each Chakra, I came away with a much better understanding of myself and my practice.Published 22 months ago by jpg
I've only read a small portion so far, but really like it! Thank you!Published on August 12, 2014 by Brenda Bottini
This book is well-written, inspiring, and easy to understand. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in yoga, whether beginners or experienced practitioners.Published on February 25, 2014 by lisa
I bought this book years ago and think Alan Finger is great and the book itself is great. BUT..This book always came with cd. I have an old copy but broke the cd. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Donna
Like half of the universe these days, I teach yoga. I have found the information in the book to be very valuable in sharing with my students. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by California Mom
This is a vital read for those wanting to learn more about yoga and their meditation. I really enjoyed learning about the different Chakras and their importance's.Published on April 10, 2013 by Benjamin