Chakras play an important role in each yoga practice. With their origins in ancient Indian philosophy, it is believed that these points of energy situated in our bodies are linked to our physical and mental wellbeing. Whether intentionally or not, each yoga practice focuses on balancing and aligning the seven main chakras.
Aromatherapy and yoga are often intertwined, enhancing one another. Essential oils are a great addition to any yoga and meditation practice. Through specific scents and aromas, you can target specific goals in your chakra healing journey.
Below you can find a list of essential oils for every chakra, so you can integrate aromatherapy into your yoga practice.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is responsible for survival, safety, stability, and feeling grounded. If your Muladhara chakra is unbalanced, you might experience anxiety, isolation, lack of purpose, loss of ambition, or confusion.
In troubling times, when the direction we follow becomes unclear, the earthy oils recommended for the root chakra will help you find grounding. Scents like sandalwood or ylang-ylang can diminish your anxiety and reduce depression.
Yoga poses to try out: sukhasana (easy pose), mountain pose, warrior II, sun salutations, malasana.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is found below the belly button and is responsible for emotions and creativity. The second chakra is also associated with sexual energy and sensuality.
If your sacral chakra is out of balance, you may experience guilt, obsessive thoughts, and recurring negative emotions. Whether you use creativity for artistic expression or problem-solving, you might experience creative block. Aromas like tangerine can help you unleash your creativity, while rose oil will support your sensuality.
Yoga poses to try out: frog pose, camel pose, warrior I, goddess pose, pigeon pose, cobbler’s pose.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Located at the bottom of the rib cage, this chakra influences our feelings of self-worth and confidence. If Manipura is balanced, it supports our motivation and sustains our inner strength.
Since this chakra influences our personality, when it becomes unbalanced, it can lead to issues such as low self-esteem, egotistical behaviour, perfectionism, or anger. Essential oils like lavender or cypress can lower the stress caused by these imbalances.
Yoga poses to try out: bow pose, cobra pose, high lunge, plank, child’s pose.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
As the name suggests, we can find this chakra in the chest, surrounding the heart and the lungs. Anahata chakra has a strong influence on how we perceive love, whether it’s our ability to give it or to accept it from others. Compassion, forgiveness, and loyalty are manifestations of our ability to understand love.
When your heart chakra is out of balance, it may limit your ability to offer love or, to the contrary, you might devote yourself to others to the point of self-neglect. You may experience feelings of betrayal, jealousy and abandonment, or physical issues such as respiratory problems and weight gain.
Among the recommended essential oils, melissa extract can be a great support for respiratory function, while orange oil can help with weight loss.
Essential oils for the heart chakra: orange, rose, melissa, bergamot, mandarin, neroli.
Yoga poses to try out: sphinx pose, wheel pose, bridge pose, upward facing dog, reverse plank.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Located at the base of the throat, this chakra is responsible for communication, self-expression, and clarity. Honesty, good communication skills, great listening power, and patience are associated with a well-balanced throat chakra.
If this chakra is imbalanced, you might experience an inability to express yourself, shyness, poor listening skills, and an overall problem with communicating your thoughts. Chamomile can release tension and provide the calm you need to clear your mind, while eucalyptus and sage will clear your throat.
Essential oils for the throat chakra: chamomile, peppermint, sage, clove, eucalyptus.
Yoga poses to try out: lion’s breath, fish pose, shoulder stand, neck stretches, cat-cow pose.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The Ajna chakra is located between the eyebrows, which is where the name “third eye chakra” comes from. Ajna is responsible for the processes of our mind. This is why a balanced third eye chakra supports concentration, awareness, intelligence, intuition, and wisdom.
Imbalances can cause stress, exhaustion, lack of focus, intense headaches, inability to see the big picture and trust your intuition. Lemon and rosemary oils can help you relax your third eye chakra, relieve stress, and clear your mind.
Essential oils for the third eye chakra: lemon, sandalwood, cypress, clary sage, rosemary, juniper.
Yoga poses to try out: child’s pose, wide-legged forward fold, humble warrior, puppy pose, lizard pose.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra can be found on the very top of your head. This chakra is linked to all other chakras and, as a result, it encompasses the entire function of our minds and bodies. The crown chakra is associated with spirituality and enlightenment. With the help of Sahasrara, we can see through illusion and discover the truth.
When this chakra is out of balance, you can experience fatigue and a feeling of being disconnected from your own self, as well as the outside world. Cedarwood oil and frankincense will help you prepare for meditation, while also keeping you grounded.
Essential oils for the crown chakra: lotus, cedarwood, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, vetiver.
Yoga poses to try out: headstand, tree pose, corpse pose, half-lotus, rabbit pose.
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