Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Chakra Directory: Discover Your Chakras for Healing Balance

The Chakra Directory is a tutorial guide and instruction manual for chakra healing by Vicki Howie. Due out 27th April 2021 from Quarto on their Chartwell imprint, it's 192 pages and will be available in hardcover format.

The author is a yoga instructor, hypnotherapist, and holistic practitioner. There are a wealth of publications in the alternative genre. If that sounds like this book is full of new age 'woo', well, it is, honestly. That being said, I (firmly 'school of western medicine' and about as non-'woo' as it's possible to be) found quite a lot of interesting food for thought here. This is a well structured and well written book. The author has an encouraging and supportive voice. She's not strident or preachy and I found a lot to like.

For readers who are interested in alternative/eastern philosophy & healing, this one is well written and accessible. The chapters present the material in an understandable and logical manner: basic info (what -are- chakras and what readers should know), assessing your chakras and finding potential problems, and finally healing what's wrong. There are tutorials and short guided information blocks in sidebars showing techniques such as EFT, aromatherapy, watsu, touch therapy, and much more. Especially important information is enclosed in highlighted text boxes in the chapters. Key concepts are set apart in the text with a handy key graphic for easy location. 

Graphically the book is light and clean looking with high contrast text and clear photos. Models in the text are representative and picture a range of ages and ethnicities. It's nice to see representation in media. It's passive in the book, the author doesn't make a big deal out of it, but it is nice to see people who are older enjoying yoga and other forms of meditation and practice.

Four stars. Interesting alternative ideas and recipes.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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