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The Mind-Body Connection

SULTAN DECIDED TO pay me a visit because his wife had nagged him. He had no faith in any holistic methods and was sceptical.

By Shivani Adalja

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Published: Sat 21 Sep 2013, 4:58 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:54 AM

His main complaint was severe back and shoulder pain. He had tried medication, and physiotherapy but nothing worked. Every few weeks the pain returned with a vengeance and he didn’t know why. I had him fill out a simple questionnaire to get more information and something caught my eye. Sultan was facing problems at work for the past three years and was in financial trouble. It was around the same time that his back problems began. This was of no surprise to me, as I could understand the deeper connection between the mind and the body.

As we all know there are seven energy centres hidden in our body. These centres, also know as chakras govern our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Each chakra represents an aspect of life, controls a gland and relates to a body part. When a particular area of life is out of balance, the chakra corresponding to it is affected resulting in physical discomfort in a particular area of your body.

First chakra known as the root chakra represents the foundation and security within a person. It corresponds to materialistic world. The dominant element for this chakra is earth. The gland associated with first chakra is the adrenal gland and sense of smell dominates this chakra. The release of adrenaline activates the fight/flight syndrome, which prepares us to “fight or flight.” Therefore, our emotions can activate a release of adrenaline when we feel extreme fear. The first chakra is the “survival chakra,” and the fight/flight syndrome is vital for our survival. When any aspect of your life related to the materialist world or your survival is threatened, your back and shoulders are likely to be affected.

Something similar was happening to Sultan. Once his professional life got out of balance, he developed chronic back problems and was under severe stress.

Any imbalance in chakras can be resolved through regular practice of yoga and meditation. By creating a feeling of being more grounded, the first chakra can be aligned over a period of time. The yoga postures that strengthen the first chakra are Warrior One pose and Mountain pose. These can be easily picked up in a yoga class and then practiced at home. Secondly, a grounding meditation can be learnt and practiced daily to strengthen the first chakra. These meditations can easily be learnt in any wellbeing center or downloaded from the Internet.

Instead of looking at discomfort on the physical level alone, why not go deeper and discover the mind – body connection that will help you in aligning your life.

Shivani Adalja is an Abu Dhabi-based well-being expert. She runs the Alignment Insitute which offers effective solutions that focus on stress management and overall wellbeing. Email

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