Tips for deepening your practice with oils, sound, and crystals.
About a year ago, I started sequencing my yoga classes around Chakras. Each month, we followed and explored the 7 Chakras, sticking with one Chakra for a month long of deepening and exploration.
In order to activate this subtle body energy system within our physical body, I love finding ways to enliven our senses of touch, sight, sound and smell for a full-body experience. In class, we used essential oils, candlelight, print-outs of mandala drishti focal points and sound mantras to accompany each chakra.
If you would like to add these elements to your home practice, here's a quick guide to reference and accompany my seven 45 minute "Chakra Flow Videos."
What are Chakras?
In Sanskrit, chakra means 'wheel of light'.
Chakras refer to the wheels of energy within the body, and the energy that spins within them is our vital life force.
The 7 major chakras energetically align the spin, starting at the base (root chakra) through the top of the head (crown chakra). Chakras act as a subtle gate or doorway of energy corresponding to our physical body.
In Chakra theory, when our energy is not flowing in a balanced way we can fall into a myriad of problems. When energy is flowing appropriately we feel well align, capable and clear.
What TOOLS can you use at HOME?
Oils: Mix a few drops of essential oil blended with a base oil (coconut or avocado) in a small roller and rub it on your hands/feet/mat during your practice.
Chanting: silently in your head or out-loud use the sound word/ mantra to open and close your practice.
Crystals: Place a crystal on your mat as you practice or hold it in the palm of your hand during savasana.
Color Association: Cut out a small colored piece of paper corresponding with each chakra and place it in front of your mat or on the wall near your mat to use as a drishti/focal point while you practice.
Intuitive Connection: Use the chakras as an energetic guide if you are feeling a little "off," or "too much/too little" of something. Check out below what each chakra "relates to" and take time for the corresponding flow class paired with any/all of the added tools or associations that make sense to your interpretation of the meaning.
What are the 7 CHAKRAS?
1st Chakra = ROOT
Located below the genitals
Relates to: grounding, survival and basic needs
Sound or mantra: LAM
Crystals: Tigers eye, onyx, bloodstone
Oils: Nutmeg, vetiver, cinnamon, myrrh, patchouli
2nd Chakra = Sacral
Located above the genitals
Relates to: creativity, healthy sensual desires
Sound or mantra: VAM
Crystals: red jasper, red garnet, carnelian, ruby
Oils: Sandalwood, tangerine, orange, geranium
3rd Chakra = Solar Plexus
Located at the navel
Relates to: Inner strength, Self control, the seat of your power
Sound or mantra: RAM
Crystals: amber, quartz, topaz, citrine, golden calcite, yellow sapphire
Oils: lemon, myrrh, balsam, frankincense
4th Chakra = Heart
Located in the middle of the chest
Relates to: Love, forgiveness, compassion, self-esteem
Sound or mantra: YAM
Crystals: emerald, green calcite, moonstone, green tourmaline
Oils: peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, bergamot
5th Chakra = Throat
Located in the throat area
Relates to: Communication, peaceful and healthy self expression
Sound or mantra: HAM
Crystals: sapphire, aquamarine, blue topaz, turquoise, quartz crystal
Oils: lavender, geranium, coriander, chamomile
6th Chakra = Third Eye
Located in between the eyebrows
Relates to: Intuition, insight, being open to new ideas
Sound or mantra: OM or Sham
Crystals: diamond, amethyst, azurite, lapis lazuli, sodalite
Oils: vanilla, bergamot, lemon, orange
7th Chakra = Crown
Located at/above the top of the head
Relates to: connection with or concept of a higher being "God," the consciousness with the subconsciousness
Sound or mantra: OM
Crystals: sapphire, clear calcite, quartz, diamond
Oils: jasmine, rose absolute or rose otto, yang yang, frankincense
The world of Chakras is infinite.
This is just a small taste, but I hope it entices you to keep learning more!