Autumn Aroma Yoga with Chakra Balancing Oils. Ayuvedic medicine encourages us to restore balance and awaken the Vata in us at this time of year. In this workshop we moved through asanas and oils that focused on the Vata Dosha, to restore balance and awaken the constitution for this time of year. This constitution benefits from grounding postures and oils that are sweet and soothing yet fortifying. What is aromatherapy?
This aromatic class was a regenerative practise with warming pranayama and grounding asanas to stimulate the lower chakras. The practise was completed with sound and healing vibrations and Nidra meditation. Please contact me if you would like the sequence used in the workshop.
The first chakra is Muladara or the Root Chakra. It is foremost the centre of physical energy, and survival. It is located at the base of the spine, between genitals and anus. The Root Chakra governs the back, feet, hips, spine and legs.
Ginger resonates with the Root Chakra’s resourceful strength; a root spice, earthy, warming, fortifying and grounding. You can apply 1 drops of Ginger essential oil to 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond oil to your lower back and sacrum to strengthen the Root Chakra. Ginger has a warmth and slightly musky, earthy spiciness to its’ odour.
The second chakra Swadhistana is also known as the Sacral or Navel Chakra. It is located just below the navel, in fact between navel and anus. The Sacral Chakra governs the sexual organs, ovaries and testicles, physical development, bladder, bowel and lower intestines.
Sandalwood encourages the Sacral Chakra’s power to allow intimacy, passion and healthy relationships. It also smells divine! A soft, deep, sweet woody smell. You can apply this with the same dilution above on and around the lower belly. It’s also delicious to dap the blend on your wrists.
Please be careful where you buy this oil from as it is often diluted with cheaper oils. A link to one of my favourite essential oil brands is below.
The third chakra is Manipura or the Solar Plexus Chakra. It is found in centre line below the ribs, along diaphragm. It governs the stomach, upper intestines, upper back and upper spine. The Solar Plexus chakra also manages self-esteem and decision making.
Cardamon has a dynamic presence and is sweet and spicy. It will stoke the fire within, promoting will power and self-confidence! It also warms the digestive system and soothes uncomfortable cramps and spasms. A harmonious oil with sweet-spicy, fresh-woody aroma.
The fourth chakra is Anahata. The Heart Chakra is located around the “heart space” of the chest. It governs the circulatory system and thymus gland. The Heart chakra encourages love, compassion, kindness and affection.
Palmarosa – a healing and regenerating oil that soothes anger and helps to heal the heart and invite love. A pale, watery rose aroma. Palmarosa is often used with Rose in perfumery. You could blend both, place a drop (first diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil) between the palms of the hands an inhale reciting the affirmation “I am worthy of love”.
The fifth chakra is called Vishuddi or the Throat Chakra and is located at the front of the throat. It is associated with the Thyroid and Parathyroid glands, mouth, teeth, tongue and jaw. The Throat chakra also encourages creative ambitions and the ability to express oneself.
Clary Sage – creative resourcefulness, subtle power. Smell rich, bitter-sweet and herbaceous with a slight muskiness. Clary Sage strengthens vitality and helps you to find your inner voice. Diffuse with Lavender and Rosemary, 6 drops in total for clarity.
The sixth chakra is Anja or the Third Eye and is located between the eyebrows. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous system. The Third Eye chakra allows us to access our intuitions and psychic power.
Frankincense – aids insight and access to higher wisdom. It smells slightly sweet, spicy and resinous. It uplifts and calms the mind whilst deepening the breath so use it meditations by placing a drop on a cotton pad to hold between your hands in namaste or place the pad on your forehead if lying down in a guided meditation.
The seventh chakra Sahasara is also known as the Crown Chakra. It is top of the head and governs the pineal gland and central nervous system. It is about enlightenment, wisdom and truth.
Myrrh – free the spirit, transcend the physical, let the soul soar, find peace. A balsamic, spicy, dry smell. Myrrh can similarly be used on a cotton pad or diffused with Sandalwood and Lavender (6 drops in total in the vapouriser) during savasana.
If you would like to buy any of the oils mentioned above please follow this link Neal’s Yard Organic Oils