Balancing Your Chakras with Yoga and Essential Oils
Chakras are fascinating and the more you learn about them, the more empowered you can become to heal yourself and thrive.
My two favorite ways of working with chakras are through yoga poses and essential oils. I was first introduced to chakras (pronounced with a hard CH like cheese) during Yoga School in 2014. I had a vague understanding that chakras (a Hindu word meaning Wheels) were associated with parts of my spine and that each chakra could be represented by a color of the rainbow. My instructor filled in some of the blanks with an excellent book entitled The Book of Chakras by Ambika Wauters. In it, I learned how chakras could be thought of as energy centers of your physical, mental and emotional bodies. I took a chakra self-assessment to figure out which of these energy centers were blocked and need to be balanced.
I was shocked when my imbalance showed up in my throat chakra known a Vishuddha. I laughed. Me — the person who majored in Communication, spent years as a broadcast journalist, then a lobbyist for environmental causes, then a school teacher. I was known to my friends as someone who willingly would give them a candid, if not blunt, assessment of any situation. I also was known as a good listener. In fact, many friends and students called on me when they needed to vent. As I re-read the description of the throat chakra , it finally dawned on me that what was blocking this wheel of energy was my belief that I had so much to offer the world and no one was listening. I was teaching to mostly empty classes at that point in my yoga career. Today my classes are generally full and I feel much more balanced as far as my throat chakra is concerned.
I continue to help my students learn more about the Chakra System and its role in physical, mental and emotional health. Using the essential oils as I teach my students yoga seems to enhance their practice. I only recommend doTERRA because they have no chemical fillers or other additives which can actually be harmful. In addition, they are carefully harvested in a sustainable way. Here is a quick primer on doTERRA Essential Oils
- They are pure therapeutic grade of oils extracted in an environmentally sound way from different parts of the plants—leaves, stems, flowers and roots.
- Each oil has specific chemical properties that can be powerful tools in health if used correctly.
- Oils can penetrate cells through topical use, aromatic use(smell) or through ingestion.
- Oils, as opposed to most medicines, don’t have serious side effects and are safe .
In the next series of articles, I will be exploring the Chakras, Yoga and Essential Oils.
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