Feeling like your chakras are out of balance? In this episode I share some of my favourite ways to heal energy blockages with yoga & essential oils.
If you have been to one of my Moon Flow Yoga classes, you’ll know that I love to focus on healing our chakras! I also love weaving some essential oils into our yoga classes for additional benefits. In this post, I’m breaking down how I work on healing the chakras through yoga asanas & essential oils.
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Aligning your yoga with the moon
When I’m designing a yoga class (or even just doing my own yoga flow in my personal practice), I’ll also start off my checking in with the moon.
What phase is the moon in? This will determine whether I do a vinyasa, yin, or other type of flow. I talk more about this in Episode 089.
What zodiac sign is the moon in? This will determine what body part or chakra I’ll focus on – and this is what I’ll be sharing about today.
What are the chakras?
The chakras are our energy centres, located along the spine from the tailbone all the way to the crown of your head. Chakra means “spinning wheel of light”, so you can visualize a spinning wheel of light where your chakras are.
- Root chakra = located at the base of the spine
- Sacral chakra = located under the navel
- Solar plexus chakra = located in the centre of the belly, under the ribs
- Heart chakra = located in the centre of the chest
- Throat chakra = located at the throat
- Third eye chakra = located in the centre of the forehead between the brows
- Crown chakra = located at the top of your head
When I did my Yoga Teacher Training a few years ago, my mind was BLOWN ? when I learnt more about the chakras! Our chakras are connected to our emotions AND our physical body.
If a chakra is out of balance, you’ll often experience the associated emotional and/or physical symptoms.
An example here is the solar plexus chakra. When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience anger as well as digestive issues.
So when you work on healing the chakras, you’re also working on healing your emotions and your physical body too. Powerful stuff!
How to use essential oils in your yoga practice
A quick word about how to use essential oils for chakra healing in your yoga practice!
When I’m doing yoga, I’ll do one (or more) of the following:
- Place a few drops of essential oil in the diffuser
- Place a drop on the palm of my hands, rub together, then cup my face with my hands and take a few deep inhales
- Dilute a drop of essential oil into a carrier oil (ie coconut oil) to rub onto your hands or body (perhaps on the chakra you’re working on!)
I use & recommend Young Living essential oils for the purest quality. You can find out more about essential oils here.
Healing the root chakra
The root chakra is associated with the colour RED. The root chakra, muladhara, is located at the base of the tailbone.
The root chakra is the home of your stability & security. When your root chakra is balanced, you’ll feel grounded and secure.
Zodiac signs: Capricorn & Aquarius
Essential oils: myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver
Yoga asanas: seated pose, squat pose, mountain pose
Healing the sacral chakra
The sacral chakra is associated with the colour ORANGE. The sacral chakra, svadhisthana, is located around your navel.
The sacral chakra is the home of your creativity & sexuality. When your sacral chakra is balanced, you’ll feel sensual & imaginative.
Zodiac signs: Sagittarius & Pisces
Essential oils: jasmine, orange, tangerine, grapefruit
Yoga asanas: butterfly pose, bridge pose
Healing the solar plexus chakra
The solar plexus chakra is associated with the colour YELLOW. The solar plexus chakra, manipura, is located in the centre of your abdomen under your ribcage.
The solar plexus chakra is the home of your courage & inner power. When your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you’ll feel confident & powerful.
Zodiac signs: Scorpio & Aries
Essential oils: lemon, chamomile, lemongrass
Yoga asanas: boat pose, twists
Healing the heart chakra
The heart chakra is associated with the colour GREEN. The heart chakra, anahata, is located in the centre of your chest.
The heart chakra is the home of your love & compassion. When your heart chakra is balanced, you’ll feel open to giving & receiving love.
Zodiac signs: Libra & Taurus
Essential oils: rose, geranium, ylang ylang
Yoga asanas: melting heart pose, cat/cow
Healing the throat chakra
The throat chakra is associated with the colour BLUE. The throat chakra, vishuddha, is located at the throat & neck.
The throat chakra is the home of your confidence to speak your truth. When your throat chakra is balanced, you’ll feel confident & communicative.
Zodiac signs: Virgo & Gemini
Essential oils: rosemary, sage, peppermint
Yoga asanas: shoulderstand, fish pose
Healing the third eye chakra
The third eye chakra is associated with the colour PURPLE. The third eye chakra, ajna, is located between the brows in the centre of your forehead.
The third eye chakra is the home of your intuition & foresight. When your third eye chakra is balanced, you’ll feel intuitive & imaginative.
Zodiac signs: Cancer & Leo
Essential oils: lavender, frankincense
Yoga asanas: forward folds, inversions
Healing the crown chakra
The crown chakra is associated with the colour WHITE. The crown chakra, sahasrara, is located at the crown of your head.
The crown chakra is the home of your Universal connection. When your crown chakra is balanced, you’ll feel connected & in tune with the Universe.
Zodiac signs: no traditional associations, although I often associate Leo with the crown chakra
Essential oils: chamomile, frankincense
Yoga asanas: headstands, meditation
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Comment and let me know: what chakra(s) do you feel need healing? What were your insights from this post?