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As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, the chakras offer unparalleled opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. Anodea Judith's classic introduction to the chakra system, which has sold over 200,000 copies, has been completely updated and expanded. It includes revised chapters on relationships, evolution, and healing, and a new section on raisin As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, the chakras offer unparalleled opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. Anodea Judith's classic introduction to the chakra system, which has sold over 200,000 copies, has been completely updated and expanded. It includes revised chapters on relationships, evolution, and healing, and a new section on raising children with healthy chakras. Wheels of Life takes you on a powerful journey through progressively transcendent levels of consciousness. View this ancient metaphysical system through the light of new metaphors, ranging from quantum physics to child development. Learn how to explore and balance your own chakras using poetic meditations and simple yoga movements--along with gaining spiritual wisdom, you'll experience better health, more energy, enhanced creativity, and the ability to manifest your dreams. Praise: "Wheels of Life is the most significant and influential book on the chakras ever written." -- John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga


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As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, the chakras offer unparalleled opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. Anodea Judith's classic introduction to the chakra system, which has sold over 200,000 copies, has been completely updated and expanded. It includes revised chapters on relationships, evolution, and healing, and a new section on raisin As portals between the physical and spiritual planes, the chakras offer unparalleled opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation. Anodea Judith's classic introduction to the chakra system, which has sold over 200,000 copies, has been completely updated and expanded. It includes revised chapters on relationships, evolution, and healing, and a new section on raising children with healthy chakras. Wheels of Life takes you on a powerful journey through progressively transcendent levels of consciousness. View this ancient metaphysical system through the light of new metaphors, ranging from quantum physics to child development. Learn how to explore and balance your own chakras using poetic meditations and simple yoga movements--along with gaining spiritual wisdom, you'll experience better health, more energy, enhanced creativity, and the ability to manifest your dreams. Praise: "Wheels of Life is the most significant and influential book on the chakras ever written." -- John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

30 review for Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System

  1. 5 out of 5

    kripsoo

    This was my first book on the Chakra system and to be quite frankly it has been one of those books I always go back to look for references My personal opinion is that Anodea Judith, PhD, has done an excellent book, both for the beginner in working and understanding the Chakras as well as the advanced Each chapter is dedicated to a particular Chakra You will learn, the Sanskrit name to each Chakra, it's meaning, location, Element, Function, Inner State, Outer State, Body Parts, color, Mantra sound This was my first book on the Chakra system and to be quite frankly it has been one of those books I always go back to look for references My personal opinion is that Anodea Judith, PhD, has done an excellent book, both for the beginner in working and understanding the Chakras as well as the advanced Each chapter is dedicated to a particular Chakra You will learn, the Sanskrit name to each Chakra, it's meaning, location, Element, Function, Inner State, Outer State, Body Parts, color, Mantra sound, Hindu Deity, as well as other deities from other pantheons. Also each chapter has a meditation on that particular Chakra as well as Yoga exercises to harness that particular Chakra to your favor. I have been directed to other books, because people say that there are better books out there. But to be honest this book for beginners is simple and right to the point. Anodea Judith, PhD writing is down to earth, and direct. Think about it, how can 100,000 readers go wrong. If you are looking for your first book on Chakras, you will not go wrong here. This is a good book, full of a wealth of information.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Whether the chakras are actually real or not, the philosophy behind it all provides an interesting conceptual model for the "energies" of life and how they are balanced and expressed. Not only will you figure out your own chakra system, but the book will give you a whole new (and very enlightening perspective) on your relationships, and in fact, this is the best "relationship" book I've read in years (and is not even its primary objective)! A very fun read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Pershey

    Apparently I am now the kind of person who listens to audiobooks about chakras.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shonna

    If I were to recommend one book on the chakras, this would be it. Inspiring, educational, easy to understand. I'm reading it a 2nd time now, slowly. I'd say this book is what lead me to embark on my chakra project in the first place. I especially love how Anodea teaches how the chakras function in our day to day life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dmw

    Absolutely love this book! Reading this book will change your life. It has answered so many questions that plagued me for years. The author does such an exceptional job of explaining the chakras and their relevance to life, love, spirituality and growth. The last few chapters she links the creation of earth and humanity to each of the chakras using excellent descriptive examples. I will keep this book close by for the rest of my life as I will need and want to continue to turn to it for referenc Absolutely love this book! Reading this book will change your life. It has answered so many questions that plagued me for years. The author does such an exceptional job of explaining the chakras and their relevance to life, love, spirituality and growth. The last few chapters she links the creation of earth and humanity to each of the chakras using excellent descriptive examples. I will keep this book close by for the rest of my life as I will need and want to continue to turn to it for reference. Thanks so much to Carly Brown for recommending "Wheels of Life" to me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    The "bible" of the chakra system. Everything you ever wanted to know about the chakra system but were afraid to ask :-) Incredibly detailed, comprehensive, thorough, deep, useful, practical, and *interesting*. It's the best!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    If you've already read Eastern Body, Western Mind, this will be review. This one provides a nice overview of the chakra system -- how to imagine the system, what each chakra influences, etc. The other book gets into the psychology of how our unique system gets developed and I think is more interesting... but this would be a good primer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keely

    This is a good read for those who want to learn more about the chakra system. I actually wanted more exercises and journaling prompts than what this book offered, so I read the authors other book, The Sevenfold Journey, as a companion. It doesn’t go into as much detail as wheels of life, but offers exercises and journaling prompts.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    I bought this originally on the Kindle but I liked it so much that I have ordered a print copy to allow for easier referencing. If you have never read anything about chakras before, this book is definitely the place to start. It provides you with tons of interesting information and insights about the seven major chakras in an easy-to-read and engaging way. Plus, it also has a couple of chapters exploring the chakra system as a whole (something that most authors don't do), so you get a very holist I bought this originally on the Kindle but I liked it so much that I have ordered a print copy to allow for easier referencing. If you have never read anything about chakras before, this book is definitely the place to start. It provides you with tons of interesting information and insights about the seven major chakras in an easy-to-read and engaging way. Plus, it also has a couple of chapters exploring the chakra system as a whole (something that most authors don't do), so you get a very holistic approach. Highly recommended for anyone interesting in learning more about chakras, even if you already have prior knowledge about them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Very detailed descriptions of each of the 7 major chakras. Judith gives textbook information that reads like a novel. Also provides exercises and instructions for strengthening and balancing the chakras. Loved it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aidaalkhufash

    an expansive and well-written book about chakras, with various how-tos, exercises and guides. the text is easy to understand and a book contains a lot of references to other similar books, which i find very useful. much recommended

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte L.

    Perfectly clear, very well written, and so interesting ! You can't find a better book to learn more about chakras.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    My wife recently completed a teacher training in Kripalu Yoga and was sharing some of the teaching materials with me. I couldn't help but notice some of the overlaps with the somatic psychotherapy that I was training in at the time. I recently reviewed a book on Tantric Yoga, that I found rather disappointing and someone recommended I give Judith's book a chance. This time I was not disappointed. Judith has integrated a vast amount of learning on Yoga and the Chakra system from various Yoga disc My wife recently completed a teacher training in Kripalu Yoga and was sharing some of the teaching materials with me. I couldn't help but notice some of the overlaps with the somatic psychotherapy that I was training in at the time. I recently reviewed a book on Tantric Yoga, that I found rather disappointing and someone recommended I give Judith's book a chance. This time I was not disappointed. Judith has integrated a vast amount of learning on Yoga and the Chakra system from various Yoga disciplines, with developmental psychology and other spiritual disciplines such as Kabbalah and Jungian theory, and created this integrative masterpiece summarizing the 7 chakra system and the physical, psychological and spiritual implications of working through and balancing these centres. I have to take some of Judith's assertions as speculative and some as an approximation of sometimes mildly contradictory spiritual theories... but overall I found this book very informative and deeply inspiring and it helped me clarify what I had found confusing and vague in other works on the topic. I like Judith's meditative exercises and her recommendations for practices at the end of each section and look forward to trying some of them out over time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This is the first book about Chakras I have ever read, and I was glad it was written in an easy-to-understand manner. I am impressed with the way the author was able to explain the concept of chakras in a way I could relate to. I didn't get as much out of the final chapters - the part about our entire history being based on Chakras lost me - but I learned a lot. I'm not sure how much I plan to incorporate chakra healing into my life, but most of the ideas in the book are practical and easy to app This is the first book about Chakras I have ever read, and I was glad it was written in an easy-to-understand manner. I am impressed with the way the author was able to explain the concept of chakras in a way I could relate to. I didn't get as much out of the final chapters - the part about our entire history being based on Chakras lost me - but I learned a lot. I'm not sure how much I plan to incorporate chakra healing into my life, but most of the ideas in the book are practical and easy to apply. It's well organized and makes a great book to refer back to over and over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey (bookishpursuit)

    Very dense. Reads like an encyclopedia. It has all the info you could ever need or want about Chakras but it could take a lifetime of study to digest and remember all that is in this book. Not a good book for a Chakra beginner.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    An incredibly practical and informative approach to the Chakra System. I keep this on my desk to refer to whenever I have a question regarding the Chakras and the flow of energy in the body.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Wild

    This is hands down the best books the chakra system I have read! Lovely to read with a group!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Bushore-maki

    A good primer for understanding the chakras

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    One of my favorite go to references.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I wanted to read this book as I’m about to embark on a Chakra Balancing and Cleansing Practitioner Course...and I’m so very glad I did! Although I had a basic understanding about Chakra’s already, I feel I have learned a lot more about the symbolism and functions of the Chakra System than before. My particular favourites in the book were: the Chakra Self Test; the chapter on how the Chakra’s interact with each other and the outside world and also the association between Chakra development and chi I wanted to read this book as I’m about to embark on a Chakra Balancing and Cleansing Practitioner Course...and I’m so very glad I did! Although I had a basic understanding about Chakra’s already, I feel I have learned a lot more about the symbolism and functions of the Chakra System than before. My particular favourites in the book were: the Chakra Self Test; the chapter on how the Chakra’s interact with each other and the outside world and also the association between Chakra development and child development. My least favourite parts were the chapters on the sixth and seventh Chakra’s as I felt they were written from a more scientific approach, compared to the first five Chakra’s. These two chapters explored a lot of physics, which I found uninteresting but that could be because I’m more of an art-type person than a scientific one. However, I did enjoy the inclusion of psychology and sociology and could see the relevance of both in all the Chakra’s. I was particularly inspired by the author’s perspective of creativity as an expressive process and therefore, associated with the Throat Chakra rather than traditional teachings, where creativity is seen as being linked with the Sacral Chakra (the centre of life creation). Intuitively, this made sense to me as I’d often had similar thoughts about where ‘creativity’ comes from, in terms of Chakra’s. I think this will require a paradigm shift for many people who see the Sacral Chakra as the home of creativity. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in, or studying Chakra’s for personal or professional use. It was extremely informative and practical too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn Campbell

    This was my first book about chakras; it was recommended by a yoga instructor I have known for several years now. It is not a new book, but most of the concepts withstand time. I enjoyed the yoga and other exercises the author provided after most chapters. She makes references to a number of other sources and has endnotes after each chapter, so it is easy to pursue additional reading on selected topics. Reading this book inspired me to take immediate action with several of the exercises. The aut This was my first book about chakras; it was recommended by a yoga instructor I have known for several years now. It is not a new book, but most of the concepts withstand time. I enjoyed the yoga and other exercises the author provided after most chapters. She makes references to a number of other sources and has endnotes after each chapter, so it is easy to pursue additional reading on selected topics. Reading this book inspired me to take immediate action with several of the exercises. The author revisits a few key points throughout the book, which I appreciated. I had a handful of favorite passages; here are two: "Opening the heart chakra, and developing compassion, connection, and understanding for those around you naturally gives rise to the urge to heal. From a selfish point of view, the realization that we are all one dictates that, like the Bodhisattva, we cannot advance alone while others are ailing. (The Bodhisattva is someone who is spiritually advanced but avoids crossing into enlightenment until others can follow. Instead he stays behind to teach.) Like the Bodhisattva, we find we must take the time to heal others as we advance along our path. This represents a balance between the lure of spirituality and the need to remain in the physical world." "There is no greater activity for the development of the seventh chakra than meditation. It is the very act through which consciousness realizes itself, and is as essential to the spirit as eating and rest are to the body." I plan to read at least one other book by this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Silas

    I knew this was a classic work that I have seen referenced elsewhere, so I thought it would be a worthwhile listen. It is from the late '80s, so I also expected it to be perhaps a bit dated. There was also an update in the late '90s, so it wasn't too bad. I was surprised to find that this ventured beyond a strictly Indian look at the chakras, but synthesized it with some Western ceremonial magic and Wicca (I personally noticed several references to the works of Starhawk). That might not work for I knew this was a classic work that I have seen referenced elsewhere, so I thought it would be a worthwhile listen. It is from the late '80s, so I also expected it to be perhaps a bit dated. There was also an update in the late '90s, so it wasn't too bad. I was surprised to find that this ventured beyond a strictly Indian look at the chakras, but synthesized it with some Western ceremonial magic and Wicca (I personally noticed several references to the works of Starhawk). That might not work for all readers, but it resonated quite a bit with me, and it still had a lot of traditional knowledge, just with those things layered on top, and if they are not of interest to you, they are fairly easy to just leave out. This was a very thorough look at the chakra system as a whole, as well as each individual chakra, including mantras, color associations, and a thorough description of the functions of each chakra. I would recommend this as a good, solid introduction to chakras as a concept. It matches up well with other things I have learned about them, and is all in one place. I expect I will reference this book in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This book is, to me, like a bible. I find myself going back to it regularly to read any passage I may find, to reread the meditations, to find answers and also useful questions for reflection and growth. Judith somehow seems to understand the connectedness of earth, bodies, and the intangible elements that we are always in relationship with. Aside from the somewhat dated comparisons of chakras as floppy disks (!lol!), her perspective is easy to understand and translate into real practices. If yo This book is, to me, like a bible. I find myself going back to it regularly to read any passage I may find, to reread the meditations, to find answers and also useful questions for reflection and growth. Judith somehow seems to understand the connectedness of earth, bodies, and the intangible elements that we are always in relationship with. Aside from the somewhat dated comparisons of chakras as floppy disks (!lol!), her perspective is easy to understand and translate into real practices. If you are more scientific minded, you may have to set some of your predispositions aside and simply take what you can. Metaphysical ideas are an inherent part of chakra exploration. The practice of setting aside what you default to is in close keeping with the book’s intent, and also the best way to see new possibilities within your default framework. They aren’t exclusive; they are complimentary :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rida Marriyam

    This book had been sitting in my shelves for i don't even remember how many years. I had bought it from a used book shop outside some shopping centre in Islamabad. Near the mountains. It feels surreal to imagine that the wisdom was gifted to me before the time for its use came. Maybe if i had read it then all those years ago i would not have been able to understand it because i needed the experiences i have gone through to relate them with every single chakra. I think this is one book i am going This book had been sitting in my shelves for i don't even remember how many years. I had bought it from a used book shop outside some shopping centre in Islamabad. Near the mountains. It feels surreal to imagine that the wisdom was gifted to me before the time for its use came. Maybe if i had read it then all those years ago i would not have been able to understand it because i needed the experiences i have gone through to relate them with every single chakra. I think this is one book i am going to go back to again and again because of course every new experience requires new clarity and if i could name this book as something, i would call it a book of clarity. There are thousands of ways one could possibly understand their own self and i find this the most illuminating one. This has helped me integrate all the random structures in my energy that needed comprehension and integration. I am really grateful for this knowledge coming into my life. This is the path i choose.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lily Haven

    I found this book to be a good read, the information put forth is clear and easy to understand. I think it makes a great beginner's guide to the chakras and I would recommend reading it if you are interested in them. Each chapter that is about a specific chakra has a section on symbols and correspondences for that chakra, which can be very helpful if you are working with some other system and you want to know which chakra would relate to what you are working with. As far as the exercises provide I found this book to be a good read, the information put forth is clear and easy to understand. I think it makes a great beginner's guide to the chakras and I would recommend reading it if you are interested in them. Each chapter that is about a specific chakra has a section on symbols and correspondences for that chakra, which can be very helpful if you are working with some other system and you want to know which chakra would relate to what you are working with. As far as the exercises provided in the book I did book mark some of the meditations so I could easily find them again, but I didn't really find the yoga exercises to be all that helpful. I think yoga should be done as a full practice for good balance rather than just doing one completely individually for the sake of boosting a chakra. Overall: 4 stars, read if you would like to start learning about chakras.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Olya Amburg

    The chakra book I will be coming back to for references. It is very well structured, the language is light and provides a great balance of science and poetic metaphors. The information is not purely theoretical but actionable, which is a gift for anyone who wants not just to learn but create a lasting change in their life. As a yoga teacher, I appreciate all the exercises that can inspire and diversify chakra-related meditations and classes. I believe this book is also a must-read for psychologi The chakra book I will be coming back to for references. It is very well structured, the language is light and provides a great balance of science and poetic metaphors. The information is not purely theoretical but actionable, which is a gift for anyone who wants not just to learn but create a lasting change in their life. As a yoga teacher, I appreciate all the exercises that can inspire and diversify chakra-related meditations and classes. I believe this book is also a must-read for psychologists since it will help tremendously in work with more empathic, metaphors-loving clients. It did help me in this area. The book is fantastic for creating handouts for clients who want to work chakras on their own. Personally especially loved the 1st chakra and the account about grounding.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Sailer

    This is a comprehensive, approachable, but sophisticated introduction to the chakra system for anyone with some familiarity and a desire to expand one's knowledge. (Though total beginners could surely connect with the text.) I came to the book with some background (through yoga and yoga teacher training), but my foundation was definitely basic and somewhat vague. This book provided my first, more integrated understanding of the thinking around the chakra system and its influences on the body, mi This is a comprehensive, approachable, but sophisticated introduction to the chakra system for anyone with some familiarity and a desire to expand one's knowledge. (Though total beginners could surely connect with the text.) I came to the book with some background (through yoga and yoga teacher training), but my foundation was definitely basic and somewhat vague. This book provided my first, more integrated understanding of the thinking around the chakra system and its influences on the body, mind, and spirit (and children, relationships, and culture). It looks like a long read, but it sails by. Also includes exercises for working with individual chakras, as well as illustrations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Good comprehensive guide to one of the most talked about, but rarely understood, aspects of yoga and life philosophy. Anodea Judith approach’s each Chakra from a wealth of sources and a plurality of entry points, making their ideas relatable and accessible to readers unfamiliar with the Chakra system, while adding new perspectives for those already versed in some Chakra study. With so much plurality, not all of the information is necessarily for everyone, and I’m personally wary of anything that Good comprehensive guide to one of the most talked about, but rarely understood, aspects of yoga and life philosophy. Anodea Judith approach’s each Chakra from a wealth of sources and a plurality of entry points, making their ideas relatable and accessible to readers unfamiliar with the Chakra system, while adding new perspectives for those already versed in some Chakra study. With so much plurality, not all of the information is necessarily for everyone, and I’m personally wary of anything that starts out quite open and then narrows to a more prescriptive doctrine. But this book is an excellent reference volume that I look to often for insights into body-mind research.

  29. 5 out of 5

    valeria cazzetta

    This book takes you to a deep journey through the different Chakra and how they work with each other, and more importantly within ourselves. This manual gives you the spiritual information you need punctuated by more rational examples, such as in medicine, sciences, chemistry and so on. Each Chakra can be opened and balanced by different physical and mental exercises, such as Yoga poses, meditations and so on. I devoured each chapter with so much fascination, that I can only recommend this book. This book takes you to a deep journey through the different Chakra and how they work with each other, and more importantly within ourselves. This manual gives you the spiritual information you need punctuated by more rational examples, such as in medicine, sciences, chemistry and so on. Each Chakra can be opened and balanced by different physical and mental exercises, such as Yoga poses, meditations and so on. I devoured each chapter with so much fascination, that I can only recommend this book. Looking forward to read the other Judith Anodea book about Yoga and Chakras.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Bozsik

    Clearly changed my life. Even if you are not into chakras, worth to read it slowly and think about each chapter...for me...I cannot describe...help me, I often found myself thinking back some of the advice or situations from the book. Who is looking for themselves self-help book, this is one of the basic what you need. It is spiritual, it is science as well, and Anodea Judith is really wise and helpful. Just buy, get this book, read it, not because the chakras...read it for your balance: between Clearly changed my life. Even if you are not into chakras, worth to read it slowly and think about each chapter...for me...I cannot describe...help me, I often found myself thinking back some of the advice or situations from the book. Who is looking for themselves self-help book, this is one of the basic what you need. It is spiritual, it is science as well, and Anodea Judith is really wise and helpful. Just buy, get this book, read it, not because the chakras...read it for your balance: between your soul and others, between your heart and mind, between compassion and self.

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