Chakra Guided Meditations to Unleash Your Full Potential [CD]by Chitra Sukhu
Born into a yogic family in Guyana, Chitra Sukhu was raised in the States and has been practicing yoga since the age of three.
Listen to sound clipsSince then she's traveled, studied, and made bringing yoga and meditation to children her life's work, teaching and creating beautiful CDs like Chakra Guided Meditations. Speaking softly in an echo-laden voice over flutes and mellow acoustic guitar melodics, Sukhu guides listeners toward releasing their blocked energies via visualizations of the seven chakras.
Her softly spoken words may seem at times to dissolve in the mist of sound, but rest assured you are hearing everything she says. You just relax and let your unconscious mind and Chitra Sukhu take care of things. With a track devoted to each chakra, Sukhu uses the mellow tempo and warm timbre of the ever-present guitar to keep a constant, even, and bio-sympathetic rhythm, rocking you into a sense of nurtured comfort.
She also chants, as in the third chakra track, "Manipura." Singing along is not necessary but certainly recommended for your practice. What's unusual about her chanting style is the way she integrates the melodic four-chord structure of the guitar melody, inviting us to dissolve the difference between singing and chanting. She also incorporates visualization, as in "Anahata": "Imagine yourself in a field of sunflowers. It's a beautiful clear day. No clouds—only sunflowers as far as the eye can see.
Feel the sun, as it penetrates your body." For chakra six, "Ajna," Sukhu presents a system for approaching life's difficulties: "Detach yourself from the problem and the solution will find you. From this perspective, you can see the answer. You can feel it in your heart." This may not be the disc for the seasoned practitioner, but for children or people new to the world of the chakras, this is an ideal beginner's session.
The hypnotically repeating guitar and the elusive nature of Sukhu's voice as it stays comfortably cloaked in the background make falling into a deep alpha-wave trance all but unavoidable. She’s not out to dazzle with her virtuoso brilliance but to comfort, heal, and guide toward affecting positive change. And her Chakra Guided Meditations succeed admirably, humbly, and with grace to spare.
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