Essential Oils to Balance Your Chakras and Energy Field
Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us in nature. ~ St. Augustine
If you are not familiar with chakras and energy fields, the following is some background information along with some essential oils that you can use with yoga and meditation to balance your chakras and field. "In 1959, Dr. Leonard Ravitz at William and Mary University showed that the Human Energy Field fluctuates with a person's mental and psychological stability. He suggested that there is a field associated with the thought processes. He suggested that variation of this thought field caused psychosomatic symptoms.
"In 1979 another scientist, Dr. Robert Becker of Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, New York, mapped a complex electrical field on the body which is shaped like the body and the central nervous system. He named this field the Direct Current Control System and found that it changes shape and strength with physiological and psychological changes. He also found particles moving through this field that are the size of electrons.
"Dr. Victor Inyushin at Kazakh University in Russia has done extensive research with the Human Energy Field since the 1950's. Using the results of these experiements, he suggests the existence of a "bioplasmic" energy field composed of ions, free protons and free electrons. Since this is a state distinct from the four known states of matter—solids, liquids, gases and plasma—Inyushin suggests that the bioplasmic energy field is a fifth state of matter. His observations showed the bioplasmic particles are constantly renewed by chemical processes in the cells and are in constant motion. There appears to be a balance of positive and negative particles with the hbioplasma that is relatively stable. If there is a severe shift in this balance, the health of the organism is affected.
Thus, we have been plunged into a world of life energy fields, thought fields and bioplasmic forms moving about and streaming off the body. We have become vibrating, radiating bioplasma itself! But if we look into the literature, this is not new. People have known about the phenomenon since the dawning of time. It is just that in our time the phenomenon is being rediscovered. It was either unknown or rejected by the western general public for a time, during which scientists concentrated on our knowledge of the physical world. As this knowledge has developed, and Newtonian physics given way to relativity, electromagnetic and particle theories, we are more and more able to see the connections between scientific objective descriptions of our world and the world of subjective human experience. ~ Excerpts from Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan
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Essential Oils for Use in Yoga
Yoga is an ancient discipline that originated in India. It focuses on joining the physical and spiritual bodies through poses (asanas) and meditation. Archaeological discoveries suggest that yoga originated sometime between 3300 to 1700 B.C.E. Today, yoga is experiencing increased popularity worldwide as a form of relaxation, a way of deepening the mind/body connection, and as a method of total-body exercise.
Essential oils naturally complement yoga by supporting physical and mental strength and focus through the science of aromatherapy. Essential oils are extremely versatile and have many practical applications in yoga, including techniques for complementing pranayama, meditation, relaxation, post-practice, and for cleansing and purifying. Essential oils are also used to activate and balance the energy centers—or Chakra System—of the body.
Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils can create an environment that supports deeper yoga practice.
Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that the fragrances in essential oils, particularly pure essential oils such as Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ oils, stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the limbic system, where memories, instincts, and vital functions are controlled and processed. Main bodily functions can be regulated through the connection between the limbic system and other parts of the brain and body, such as digestion, respiration, cardiovascular activity, and stress levels.
Depending on the specific constituents in the oil, incorporating certain oils throughout a yoga routine may lead to increased energy, relaxation or focus, decreased stress, or deeper meditation.
By incorporating the use of essential oils into your practice, you can experience:
- Refined focus and mental clarity.
- Deepened mental and emotional grounding.
- Strengthened body-mind connection.
- Increased stamina.
- Reduced muscle and joint tension.
Essential oils can also be inhaled or applied topically to certain areas of the body to increase energy, relaxation or focus, decrease stress, or deepen meditation. Below is a basic guide of how to use oils during your yoga practice.
Purify ~ Diffusing oils like lemon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, Citrus Fresh™ essential oil, Thieves® essential oil or Purification® essential oil before or in between yoga class will purify the air while bringing a refreshing, uplifting energy to the space.
- Cleanse ~ For cleaning the studio floor, use Thieves Household Cleaner. This non-toxic product is safe for hardwood floors and can also be used for cleaning yoga mats and bathroom surfaces.
Meditation (dhyana) ~ Diffuse or directly inhale oils such as lavender essential oil, Peace & Calming® essential oil, or frankincense essential oil for a deepened, more relaxed experience.
Breathing (pranayama) ~ The pure aroma of essential oils such as frankincense essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and Raven™ essential oil assist in opening pathways to a more emotional state of mind via the pineal gland. Directly inhaling peppermint can help bring more oxygen to the brain.
- Exercise (asana) ~ Topical application of oils such as Deep Relief™ essential oil blend, Pan Away™ essential oil, or peppermint essential oil may help alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint can also aid to increase focus and mental clarity, and when added to a cool glass of water, can help sooth minor stomach discomfort. Lavender essential oil can also be used to decrease post-practice muscle irritation.
Yoga Technique with Frankincense
Yogis throughout the ages have practiced pranayama, the art of breathing well. Prana means "breath," "vitality," or "energy,"; ayama means "to stretch." Pranayama extends and regulates the energy flow throughout the body. As regular users of Young Living essential oils, we probably all know the importance of being able to breathe unencumbered, deeply, and fully. As we inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules of the oils enter through our nasal passages, into our lungs, and then into our bloodstream, helping increase the uptake of oxygen, among the many benefits the oils provide.
When we practice special breathing techniques such a pranayama combined with using essential oils, we have the ability to clear our minds, calm our nervous systems, and restore balance in our emotions in a very profound way.
Try this simple pranayama technique with frankincense essential oil, which is known as the "holy anointing oil." Frankincense can help ground us into a physical experience on the earth plane while also helping lift our consciousness to higher states of being.
Three-Part Yoga Breathing Technique:
Get your bottle of your frankincense essential oil and lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Place a drop of frankincense into your left palm and gently rub your hands together clockwise to spread the oil evenly onto your palms.
Step 1: Bring your oiled palms up to your nose and inhale deeply; first concentrate on lifting your navel and lower abdomen for ten breaths. After the first three or five inhalations, you may rest your hands on your lower abdomen to focus on sending the air to your lower abdomen. Exhale completely before the next inhalation.
Step 2: Apply another drop of frankincense to your palms, rub your hands together as described above, and bring your palms to your nose and begin another round of ten breaths; this time focus your breath into your middle abdomen and mid rib cage area. Rest your hands on your rib cage to help you focus your breath there. At the end of the tenth breath, fully exhale all the air out from your lungs and feel your navel draw up toward your spine.
Step 3: Reapply the frankincense to your palms and inhale for another round of ten breaths, this time focusing on filling your upper chest and upper lungs. Place your hands on your collarbones to help you focus your breath in the upper region of your lungs.
Now put all the steps together for the three-part yoga breath so you breathe evenly into all three sections of the torso: lower abdominal area, middle rib cage, and collarbones. Feel free to apply more essential oil to your palms and inhale if needed. Try to keep each inhalation and exhalation equal in length. Follow the breath and the scent of the frankincense, imagining the oil and the air washing through you. Your steady breath and the frankincense oil will help calm your mind and bring harmony to your whole body.
The Chakra System
The following is a basic reference for how to use essential oils for activating and balancing the energy centers—chakras—of the body.
First ~ Earth: The Root (or Base) Chakra
- Essential oils: Valor® essential oil, Abundance™ essential oil
- Apply topically to the bottoms of the feet and sacrum.
The root (or base) chakra is the first and most important chakra for yoga or any kind of healing work. The key words here are courage, security, safety, grounding, and boundaries.
Second ~ Water: The Sacral Chakra
- Essential oils: Peace & Calming® essential oil, Harmony™ essential oil
- Apply topically below the navel.
The sacral chakra is the center of your creativity, desire, emotion, sexuality, and intuition. This is where you learn how to give and receive pleasure.
Third ~ Fire: The Solar Plexus Chakra
- Essential oils: Harmony™ essential oil, En-R-Gee™ essential oil
- Apply topically below the sternum and behind the stomach.
The solar plexus chakra is the center of personal power, ambition, intellect, astral force, desire, and emotions based on intellect and touch.
Fourth ~ Air: The Heart Chakra
- Essential oil: Joy™ essential oil
- Apply topically to the center of the chest at heart level.
The heart chakra is the center of compassion, love, group consciousness, and spiritually associated with "oneness" with "all that is."
Fifth ~ Ether: The Throat Chakra
- Essential oils: Believe™ essential oil, Valor® essential oil
- Apply topically to the posterior neck and the base of the occiput (the back part of the head or skull).
The throat chakra is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing.
Sixth ~ Light: Third Eye Chakra
- Essential oils: Frankincense essential oil, Peppermint essential oil
- Apply topically to the middle of the forehead and above the eyebrows.
The third eye chakra is the center of physic power, higher intuition, the energies of the spirit, magnetic forces, and light. This center is about Divine Thought, balanced intuition, and intellect.
Seventh ~ Crown: The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought, and energy. The keyword is inspiration. This is the connecting link to your highest and finest self.
Reprinted with permission from Young Living Essential Oils with additional information included.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.