Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Essentials for an EARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: spirituality.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
As most of you know, I love reading spiritual and new age type guide books because I’m fascinated by their ability to expand my own thoughts and experiences. In prior research, I’ve learned about chakras and their impact on certain body areas, but I hadn’t explored their importance, history, and how I could personally focus on my own. So, when I saw Chakras: Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being pop up on while perusing NetGalley, I jumped on the opportunity to read and review the guide.
As promised by the author and publisher, this book is an excellent introductory guide and the language is accessible to beginners- no confusing “woo-woo” banter, I promise. Though the concept of chakras can be difficult to understand with no ability to visually see the chakras, author Hartman explains their locations in detail, how to visualize them, and what physical parts they impact. Next, she gives a breakdown of how to understand, utilize, charge, and calm the chakras, along with tips like what crystals to utilize while working with each specific chakra. Then, Hartman caps each chapter on the chakras with a short example story of how the chakras can influence our lives, even if we don’t realize it, and then she provides an guided exercise on ways to get in tune with each specific chakra.
I read through the book without putting any of the tips into practice, so I can’t vouch just yet for the effectiveness of this guide book, but as far as the amount of information involved, I can say Hartman has thoroughly explained anything that a beginner might want to know about chakras. I also really enjoyed that in the sections of guided exercises, because she writes as if she’s speaking to a yoga class- deep breath here, visualize there- leaving no guesswork as to how to go about utilizing her information. It’s conversationally written between sections, and practical for readers who are of the DIY type. I’m hoping to go through the guide again when I have a weekend to myself this winter!
In the final chapters of the reference, Hartman goes over additional ways to center and align all the chakras, and things to keep in mind while going through the spiritual journey. These final notes also summarize the key information the reader should have gained while reading, and provide additional reference materials in case they prefer to deepen their research on chakras. Overall, I’m really pleased with Chakras: Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being and am glad that I’ll be able to reference it for my own spiritual growth, as well as share it’s knowledge with others.
Expected Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Essentials
TL/DR: Chakras: Using the Chakras for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being by Tori Hartman is a self-help instructional guide on how to maintain chakra balance and wellness.
Read it? Yes, this was a really entertaining, insightful, and quick-paced read.
Recommend it? Yes! If you’re the least bit curious, this is super informative, but accessibly so.
Buy it? Yes! Guide books are always excellent to have on your reference shelves.