At Inner yoga teacher training bali we love exploring and experiencing the powerful influence essential oils have on the body mind and spirit. If like us, you are fascinated by these tiny but mighty oils and the effect they have on our nervous system, emotions, physical body and mind, keep on reading to discover how to use them to bring harmony and balance into your 7 chakras.
Chakras are commonly described as energy centers in the body, their purpose is to take energy and nourishment from the outside environment and use that energy to bring back balance and harmony into the body. Sometimes these energetic gateways get blocked due to certain unbalances in our physical body or due to trapped emotions or an unbalanced lifestyle. We can use essential oils alongside practices such as meditation, yoga and self-care to bring the mind and body back into alignment and create a sense of calm, inner peace and overall wellbeing.
When the base chakra is blocked or out of balance the body can feel ill at ease, an indicator of this is that the spine, legs, taste and blood-cell rejuvenation may be affected. Lethargy, anxiety, an unfocused mind and difficulty letting go of the past can all be signs that the base chakra is out of alignment. If you find yourself feeling sluggish and under active it might be a sign that your base chakra is under active, use Doterra’s Patchouli essential oil and massage it into the soles of the feet to stimulate and bring back activity into this energetic center. Another great activity for stimulating the root chakra is “grounding”; spend 5-15 minutes with your bare feet on the ground a day, and try get out for walks in nature as much as possible.
The Solar Plexus chakra is associated with bringing in the subtle energies of happiness, joy and “zest for life” into the body. When the solar plexus chakra is blocked it’s common to feel anxious, have low self-esteem and to feel the need to control situations and other people. Physical symptoms include digestive problems, lower back pain, diabetes and liver problems. Use Doterra’s sweet orange or sandalwood essential oils massaged onto the lower back to bring balance back to this energetic center. Practice some gentle hip opening yoga poses such as happy baby or extended child’s pose daily, holding each pose for 2-10 minutes while wearing the oil on the skin or scenting the room by using it in a diffuser.
The heart chakra is located near the heart in the center of the chest and works to bring balance in the body by drawing in the pranic (life force) energy of the planet. When this chakra is out of balance it is common to have symptoms such as high blood-pressure, heart disease, lung disease and asthma. Emotional symptoms of unbalance include being guarded and closed off towards others (especially in romantic relationships), being needy, putting conditions on love, and the inability to move on from a situation that didn’t go the way it was supposed to. To bring balance into this chakra use Doterra’s geranium, lavender or jasmine oil and massage it into the center of the chest. Other activities that can bring balance into this chakra include volunteering, spending time with loved ones, family and animals.
Located deep within the throat, the throat chakra helps to keep us well by bringing subtle energy vibrations from the earth’s atmosphere and sky into our physical body. This chakra is the bridge between higher and lower states of being and its main task is to absorb the energies from the earth’s atmosphere and purify the body.
This chakra is closely associated with the thyroid, respiratory system and parathyroid glands, which bring balance and equilibrium to the body. When this chakra is out of balance symptoms can include too low or high body weight, exhaustion, thyroid, neck and throat problems and head and neck pain. Emotional symptoms include the inability to express emotions, lying, not trusting others and stammering. To bring balance into this chakra apply Doterra’s peppermint oil directly to the skin on the throat or add a few drops to a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes. Other activities that assist in opening the throat chakra include repeating mantras, listening to solfeggio frequencies or chanting Om.
Third Eye Chakra
Located within the aura near the middle of the brow, this chakra balances the circadian rhythms of sleeping and waking, incorporating the energetic vibrations of Ether and Akasha into our physical body through the pituitary gland. The third eye chakra is closely associated with the eyes, nose, ears, nervous system, the brain and the pituitary gland. When this chakra is out of balance symptoms include headaches, eye and sinus problems, sleeplessness and hormonal imbalances. Emotional symptoms include indecision or uncertainty about life, lack of imagination and poor memory. Use Doterra’s sandalwood oil during meditation or yoga nidra to bring balance into this chakra and to calm the chatter in the mind. Meditation and silence is the best ways to bring back harmony into the third eye chakra; practicing daily pranayama (breathing exercises) and gentle grounding yoga flows will help to bring the body and mind back into alignment.
Located just above the head the crown chakra is associated with pure divine energy and consciousness. When kundalini (divine feminine energy) reaches the crown chakra it no longer belongs to the realms of human awareness, it is purely divine and illumination or enlightenment is reached. A person with balanced crown chakra will have wisdom, intelligence, an ability to analyze spiritual connections and open-mindedness. Symptoms of an unbalanced crown chakra include depression, psychological issues, sensitivity to light, sound and environment and the inability to learn. To bring balance back into the crown chakra use Doterra’s lime oil and visualize “cutting the cord” of any relationships or situations that are hurting you or preventing you from moving forward with your life.
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