Chakras: how to open them and keep them open

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – What are chakras and why should they be open? Harlene Simmons, Reiki Master and Owner of All Natural Reiki in Westfield, explained. She also showed us how to keep our chakras open, by eating certain foods or doing different exercises.

The 7 chakras and the foods, spices, & exercises associated with them to help keep them open:

Root Chakra
Foods: potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, eggs, beans, meat, tofu, peanut butter
Spices: horseradish, paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper
Exercises: stomp your feet, march in place, squats

Sacral Chakra
Foods: melons, mangos, strawberries, oranges, coconuts, almonds, walnuts
Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sesame seeds
Exercises: pelvic thrusts, circular pelvic movements

Solar Plexus Chakra
Foods: pasta, bread, cereal, rice, milk, cheese, yogurt
Spices: ginger, turmeric, cumin, chamomile
Exercises: dance (specifically twist, hula hoop, belly dance)

Heart Chakra
Foods: spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, squash, green tea
Spices: basil, thyme, cilantro
Exercises: push ups, swimming (breast stroke), give yourself a hug

Throat Chakra
Foods: water, herbal teas, fruit juices, limes, lemons, grapefruit, kiwi, apples, pears, plums
Spices: salt, lemongrass
Exercises: gargle with saltwater, sing, scream

Third Eye Chakra
Foods: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red grapes, red wine, grape juice
Spices: lavender, poppy seeds
Exercises: visualization, remote viewing, lucid dreaming

Crown Chakra
Foods: nothing specific – fasting, smudging with sage, myrrh, burning or wearing frankincense oil
Exercises: prayer, meditation