Feng Shui🏠✨🌱

Feng Shui is a pseudoscientific traditional practice that originated in ancient China. Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English. Together, wind and water represent the flow of life that one should aspire to have in one’s home. Feng Shui is supposed to govern the spatial arrangement orientation of your furniture and décor in relation to the flow of energy (Chi). Feng Shui aims to maximize the flow of “qi” (energy or life force) in the environment so that your life feels both energized and balanced.

Entryway
  • The entryway sets the atmosphere for your home so make sure it is organised and clutter-free.
  • For lighting, try to have light sources at a variety of heights for example a ceiling light as well as a lamp so the area is well-lit.
  • You don’t want a mirror in front of your entryway as when chi enters the home, it bounces off the mirror and goes back outside. Mirrors reflect energy, so place them in the home where you want to increase energy flow.
Bedroom

A Feng Shui bedroom is peaceful and promotes better sleep. The bedroom is the most important room to Feng Shui as it is where we rest, recharge and spend many hours.

  • In Feng Shui, the commanding position is one of the most important principles. This is the position of important pieces of furniture (bed,desk,stove-The bed represents ‘you’ The desk represents ‘career‘ The stove represents ‘wealth‘) (of course it is not possible to move your stove). If your bed is in the commanding position, it means that your bed is facing the door however it should not be directly in line with the door. According to Feng Shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is favourable for relaxation and sleep.
  • Place your headboard against a solid wall. Your headboard should not be underneath the window and if possible should not be underneath a sloped ceiling. This position is to reduce the movement of Qi or energy above your head, so you will have a restful night’s sleep.
  • The three sides of the bed not against a wall. Your bed should be accessible from each side.
  • Declutter what is under your bed so Qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping. 
  • Ensure your bed has a bedside table on either side. Not every bedroom has space for two nightstands however for good Feng Shui, symmetry is important.
  • Do not keep many books in your bedroom. Try to only have books you are currently reading in your bedroom. Separate your workspace and rest areas. If you associate your bedroom with work, it will not be an area of tranquility.
  • Maximise air flow with adjustable blinds
  • A Feng Shui bedroom should not have a mirror. As mirrors reflect light, it makes the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang.  This may cause a delay in going to sleep as the bedroom’s energies must become more still, or yin. Active energy may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Plants

Green house plants connect us to nature. In Feng Shui, plants represent life energy. Plants add freshness and vitality to your home.

Colours

Choose soothing, neutral tones. Warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls. Too many colours interfere with relaxation.

Space

Reduce clutter and letting go of what is not necessary to you. In Feng Shui, clutter is believed to take up valuable space that new incoming energy needs. Cleaning your workspace each day will make you feel less stressed and create a sense of order. Free the most frequent routes in your home from tripping hazards.

Doors

Three doors in close proximity is not considered good Feng Shui, especially if they touch each other when opened. Several doors cramped together is chaotic.

Windows
  • Windows are the Feng Shui ‘eyes’ of the home. Wide, spacious windows support vitality, objectivity and creativity. Windows invite fresh air into your space and the view from any window is important.
  • It is unfavourable to have too many windows in the bedroom. windows. Low windows or floor-to-ceiling windows are also discouraged.
  • Positioning a small bed next to a window is bad Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, it is good to have more windows in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • It is best to not have too many windows at the back of the house as it weakens the home’s energy.

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Chakras🧘🕯️💫

You may have heard of Chakras at a yoga class, meditation class or energy healing session such as Reiki. The word Chakra translates to ‘wheel‘ or ‘disk’ in Sanskrit. There are 7 main Chakras, each corresponding to a specific organ as well as spiritual, psychological, physical and emotional states. Chakras are energy vortexes that are placed in 7 different points on the spinal column. Within each Chakra is a ‘Prana’, or the ultimate healing energy🌙⭐ If a Chakra is open and aligned, it means energy can run freely and harmony exists between the physical body mind and spirit. If a Chakra is closed, it means the Chakra is blocked or misaligned. It is believed that Chakra stones rebalance your Chakras. Reiki can also help you to balance your Chakras.

Chakra symbols
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
Awareness, Intelligence
Location: The crown of the head
Colour: Violet
Crystals: Clear Quartz
Element: Cosmic Energy
Yoga Pose: Headstand
When the Crown Chakra is blocked, we may feel a sense of disconnection, you may feel narrow-minded. Unlike other Chakras, the Crown Chakra is only fully open during yoga or meditative exercises. When the Crown Chakra is open, it is thought to keep all other Chakras are open and to bring the person bliss and elightenment.
Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra)
Intuition, Sixth-Sense, Imagination
Location: Between the eyes, on the forehead
Colour: Indigo
Crystals: Amethyst
Element: Light
Yoga Pose: Child’s Pose
When the Third-Eye Chakra is blocked, you may be closed-minded, cynical, untrusting or have trouble listening to your inner thoughts. When the Third-Eye Chakra is open and in alignment, it’s thought that you will follow your intuition ,are able to see the big picture, may have psychic abilities, a higher consciousness and strong inner wisdom.
Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
Communication, Self-expression, Truth
Location: Throat
Colour: Blue
Crystals: Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite
Element: Ether
Yoga Pose: Fish pose, Plow pose, Shoulder stand
When your throat chakra is blocked, you may feel like you can’t voice your voice or truth. If this Chakra is overactive, you may be overly talkative, not listen to others, dominate conversations, gossip, speak without thinking. When this Chakra is open, you may communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You may also become better at listening to others and honouring their truths without judgement.
Anahata (Heart Chara)
Love, Joy, Inner Peace
Location: Center of chest, above the heart
Colour: Green
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Malachite
Element: Air
Yoga Pose: Camel Pose, Reverse Plank, Upward-facing dog, Back Bends
When the Heart Chakra is blocked, you will have difficulty opening up to the people in their life. You may feel angry, hatred or jealousy towards others. When this Chakra is overactive you be be self-sacrificing, codependent, giving too much and putting others first at your detriment. When this Chakra is aligned and balanced, love and compassion flow freely.
Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area
Colour: Yellow
Crystals: Amber, Citrine, Pyrite
Element: Fire
Yoga Pose: Boat Pose, Twists, Warrior III
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked, you may feel shame, inferior, submissive, self-doubt or may struggle to be your most authentic self. An unbalance Solar Plexus Chakra can cause you to be domineering, perfectionist, judgemental or critical. Those with an open and aligned Solar Plexus Chakras feel free to express their true-selves and awaken their true inner personal power. You will have willpower, assertiveness and a healthy self-esteem.
Svadhisthana (Sacral or Pelvic Chakra)
Creativity, Sexuality, Pleasure, Abundance
Location: Below the bellybutton
Colour: Orange
Crystals: Carnelian, Tiger’s eye, Sunstone
Element: Water
Yoga Pose: Pigeon Pose, Goddess pose, Warrior II
When the Sacral Chakra is blocked, you may feel out of control, uninspired creatively or have a low libido. When the Sacral Chakra is open you may experience pleasure, sensuality, deep emotions, passion, optimism.
Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Security, Belonging, Survival
Location: Base of spine, in the tailbone area
Colour: Red
Crystals: Red jasper, onyx, hematite
Element: Earth
Yoga Pose: Malasana squats, Mountain pose, Warrior I
When the root chakra is blocked or out of balance, you can become needy, threatened, have low self-esteem, or self-destructive behaviours. When the Root Chakra is open, you feel strong, confident and grounded; you can stand up on your own two feet and take care of yourself.

Namaste✨


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