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Chakras And Single Essential Oils

Posted by terrepruitt on April 13, 2013

In my post Balancing The Chakras With Essential Oils I shared a technique for balancing chakras that was adapted from a specific essential oil company using their specific blends.  It seems like most companies that sell essential oils have their own blends with their own cute little names.  As I stated in that post, I have a sample of one of the blends and it smells terrific, I really like it.  In case you are not interested in buying the blends that are named in that post I did a little research on the internet about single essential oils that associated with balance and/or unblocking the chakras.  Just like with pretty much everything there is a ton of information out there.  I am not an essential oil expert nor a chakra expert.  I created this list off of various websites.  I picked the oils that I saw associated with each chakra on multiple websites.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaAs all oil is not created equally I would use these oils topically with a carrier oil or diffuse them.

•   Crown chakra:  sandalwood, lavender, jasmine

•   Third Eye chakra:  sandalwood, frankincense, sweet marjoram

•   Throat chakra:  bergamot, chamomile

•   Heart chakra:  peppermint, eucalyptus

•   Solar Plexus chakra:  peppermint, ginger, coriander, rosemary

•   Sacral chakra: sandalwood, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange

•   Root chakra:  sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang

As you can see sometimes one oil can help with multiple chakras.  So that is helpful in itself.  Instead of buying seven different blends you can buy one oil, say sandalwood, and use it for four of the seven chakras. Using that formula, you could buy peppermint for another two, and then bergamot or chamomile for the last one.  That would be only three oils.  Since good quality essential oil can be expensive, to me it helps to figure out a way to get more uses out of one oil!  That is just an example.  I am sure there are many more combinations.

Of course, you might find that you use one oil more than another and you just want to have it on hand.  There are many ways to use essential oils so I am sure you can find other uses.

Here is a little bit of information on the oils, herbs, scents, etc. listed:

Sandalwood is actually fragrant wood from specific trees.  Thought to have a calming effect.

Lavender is a plant used both as a flavor in food and a scent.  It is believed to have a calming, relaxing effect.

Jasmine is also a flowering plant, that is very fragrant.  It is said to help relieve tension.

Frankincense is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia (from Wiki).  It is claimed to help many things including over all health.

Sweet marjoram is an herb, I use in cooking quite often, the oil is said to relieve pain.

Bergamot is a type of orange the color of a lemon, good for treating skin ailments.

Chamomile a daisy like flower that is commonly used for tea.  Especially tea that is promoting relaxation and even sleep.

Peppermint, most people are familiar with this flavor or scent.  Peppermint has an invigorating effect.

Eucalyptus from the Eucalyptus tree, very aromatic and believed to promote healing.

Ginger, this root is used often in helping with motion sickness and nausea and digestion.

Coriander to me are the little seeds used for cooking . . . doing the research for this post, I learned that the LEAVES are what I know as cilantro!  It has a calming effect.

Rosemary an herb used for cooking.  Kind of like tiny twigs.  It’s oil can be used to stimulate and help with concentration.

Orange, a fruit that which the oil is from the skin.  Orange sent can be uplifting!

Ylang ylang, this oil comes from the Ylang Ylang tree/plant blossoms.  Thought to help relieve stress.

Do you use essential oils?  What do you use them for?

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Balancing The Chakras With Essential Oils

Posted by terrepruitt on April 11, 2013

We have energy running through our bodies.  I mean literally we have electric currents in our bodies.  Some people believe there are specific points where these energies converge and concentrate.  The points, called Chakras, “correspond to vital points in the physical body i.e. major plexusaes of arteries, veins and nerves.”  (According to Wiki.)  Energy flows through our bodies and often with the belief of these energy points or chakras there is the belief that they can be blocked or imbalanced.  With the belief that the flow of energy can be blocked or chakras out of balance there are beliefs that they (the chakras) can be cleared or put back in balance.  I believe that there are at least as many beliefs of ways to open the chakras as there are the cultures believe in this type of thing.  There are exercises one can do to get energy moving again.  There are meditations one can do.  I wrote a post about sounds one can make to help heal and open the chakras, you can see that post by clicking here.  Another way to deal with imbalances is with essential oils.

There are many ways this treatment can be done.  The one noted below can be done on oneself, it is an adaptation of the one in the doTERRA Spa Manual.  The oils used in this treatment are blends from doTERRA, but there are single oils that can be used in association with each chakra.  That will be my next post.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI feel steps one and two are optional when performing this therapy on oneself.  You might not feel the need to find out which areas are blocked and may not be concerned with vulnerability since the treatment you are about to do will help with that.  The same goes with step four.

Chakra Balancing with doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

60 minutes

Create chakra balance by applying specific oils to assist and support spiritual development and awakening of the chakra energies.

Step 1:  Start by lying face up.  Check your chakras by using a pendant over each of the 7 chakras.  Look for movement of the pendant:

Clockwise circles = an open, balanced chakra
Counter clockwise or oblong circles = imbalance
No movement = blocked

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaStep 2:  Apply OnGuard on the crown for protection, as you are creating some vulnerability by working on chakras.

Step 3:  (To avoid mixing the oils use a different finger with each oil application.)  Apply oil directly to chakras in clockwise motion.  For the Root chakra apply the oil to the feet.

1.    Crown (#7):  apply Elevation
2.    Third Eye (#6):  apply Serenity
3.    Throat (#5):  apply Whisper
4.    Hear (#4):  apply Breathe
5.    Solar Plexus (#3):  apply Digestzen
6.    Sacral (#2): apply Citrus Bliss
7.    Root (#1):  apply Balance

Step 4:  Check the chakras.  If they are not in balance, apply Purify to the chakra that did not clear, then apply the oil for that chakra again.  Repeat until chakra clears or consider other options, such as discussing the emotions or relationships associated with that chakra or doing the exercise associated with that chakra.

Finish by sitting cross legged and just hold your feet and close your eyes until you feel ready to move into your day/evening/night.

This might be something that could help you if you are interested.  I am interested in chakras and essential oils.  I hadn’t really thought of them together until one day when Marlies came to one of my Nia Classes.  After class several of us were discussing essential oils and chakra balancing came up.  She sent a copy of this treatment to me and I immediately asked for permission to share it on my blog.  I thought it would be something of interest to my readers.

As I stated the oil mentioned in the above are blends from doTERRA.  But a little bit of research on the internet and I found several sites that had lists of oils associated with the different chakras.  I am sure you could order the blends or the individual oils from Marlies.  I am preparing a list of individual essential oils associated with each chakra for my next post.

When Marlies attended my Nia class she brought me a sample of Elevation.  She also gave me another sample but I don’t think it is a blend.  I love the way Elevation smells.  I have the little bottle in my living room and I pick it up and sniff at it all the time.  It is such a lovely scent.  If I had a diffuser I would definitely enjoy having that aroma fill my home.  Other than that, I have not yet tried these other blends.

Well?  What are your thoughts?  Do you have any thoughts on chakras?  What about balancing them with essential oils?

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A Lot Associated With Chakras

Posted by terrepruitt on August 18, 2012

I’ve written a few posts having to do a bit with chakras.  I’m still not all that familiar with chakras.  I believe them to be energy points in the body.  Points from which energy flows, both into/out of, to/from.  I read a site that said “the area of interconnection between the body and the spirit”.  I find that to be an interesting idea.  There is a lot of information out there about chakras —- a lot of information!  Not all of it matches up or is in agreement so I tend to look at a bunch of information and different sources and go with what I see the majority of and disregard the rest if I can’t find another source to corroborate the information.  Some information claims there are seven chakras, other information claims there are more.  I can see there maybe being more, but I am just focusing on learning about just seven since there is so much information out there.  Most information is in agreement with a few facets of chakras.  Most agree that there is a color associated with each chakra.  Most information agrees that there are other things associated with each chakra; a sound, a tone, a stone, and a symbol.  Some say a flower and/or a plant.  Most even agree with the idea that the chakras are associated with parts of the body and/or functions of the body.  But even though the information might all concur that there are all of these things associated with specific chakras, the information does not always agree with the details of the association.

I’ve seen that there is usually one color associated with a chakra.  But I have seen that there are many gemstones associated with each chakra. Sometimes the gemstone will be the same as the color, but sometimes not.  It could be that the stone is associated with the chakra but the different color is thought to do different things.  I posted about my pendant I purchased that is made up of the different chakra healing stones.  Those are not the only stones associated with the chakras.

A chakra is thought to be balanced or unbalanced.  An unbalanced chakra could be either open or closed.  With an unbalanced chakra the energy does not flow properly.  The energy being out of whack could cause physical ailments, symptoms, or actions.  In my post about the heart chakra I touched upon information that the heart chakra is associated with “the heart, the circulatory system, the entire chest area, lungs, breasts, the diaphragm, the thymus gland, the immune system, and some say the endocrine system.”  The chakras are often associated with feelings and emotions.  When I wrote that post I was sensing my lungs, they seemed to tickle and itch.  I believe since the heart chakra is affected by grief my lungs were being affected because that was shortly after my mother-in-law died.  It is even more significant that the heart chakra is located behind the sternum.

I think it is interesting to entertain the idea that there are chakras and these energy points are associated with body parts and body functions.  And if you have an unbalance in a specific chakra you could have physical issues.  As I was saying for me, I believe grief equaled itchy/cough lungs.  One of the challenges with chakras is, as I said, there is a lot of information out there and sometimes there is such a large association it is difficult to even really believe that it is the chakra that is unbalanced and that is why there is an issue.  Sometimes the list of things a chakra is associated with is just too lengthy to comprehend or the information contradicts itself.  Never the less I think it is interesting and for me it is something I think about when I am having a physical symptom.  I think is this a chakra imbalance manifesting itself as a physical issue.   While I don’t think chakra balancing is a substitute for medical attention when needed, sometimes it is still nice to know.

With all these thoughts about chakras it reminds me that I love to use chakras as the focus in my Nia classes.  I think I will us one as the focus in my next Nia class!

How do you feel about the whole chakra thing?  Are you a believer?  Do you know much about them?

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Chakra Vowel Sounds — AH!

Posted by terrepruitt on April 28, 2012

When I first discovered Nia I bought The Nia Technique Book to see if I would be able to do it.  I don’t mean do it as in do the moves and participate in a class, I mean do it as in “get into it”, as in understand it.  It sounded a bit “woo-woo” to me.  Listening to your body, voices of the body, energy this, moving energy that.  I wasn’t sure I could sync it up with my beliefs.  But as I studied it more I realized that it is based on science.  It involves human kinetics.  Most of the moves, although called the 52 Nia moves are quite common and are seen in many other types of exercises and workouts.  The ones that I consider unique are probably part of some other dance I am not familiar with.  And the “woo-woo” part, well, I realized that it is woo-woo – at least that is how many people think of certain things like energy, chakras, mind-body, and body-mind practices.  I mean look at yoga, when I was young that was one of the “woo-wooest” things around and now people have embraced it.  There are so many types of yoga it is difficult to keep track.  For some they just ignore the woo-woo while others embrace it because they realize it makes sense.  I mean cultures have been using “woo-woo” stuff for centuries.  There is meditation, herbs, chanting, drumming — all types of other things that some people think of woo-woo.  The woo-woo must not be too far off base though because it seems to work.  Recently my posts have been about healing sounds and making sounds, this post is about the vowel sounds related to the chakras and I am sure to some people it sounds a little, or maybe even a lot, “woo-woo”.  But I like to imagine that if you are reading this you are somewhat open to new things — even woo-woo things.  So you might be willing to try the healing sounds or even the vowel sounds of the chakras.

The vowel sounds related to the chakras are as follows:

CROWN CHAKRA:  EEE as in “me”

BROW/THIRD EYE CHAKRA:  AAA* as in “say”

THROAT CHAKRA:  EYE as in “my”

HEART CHAKRA:  AH as in “ma”

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:  OH as in “go”

PELVIC CHAKRA:  OOO as in “you”

ROOT CHAKRA:  UH as in “cup”

The idea is to say these sounds in a specific note.  If you have a keyboard or a phone with an app that has a keyboard or an app that can give you examples of the notes it might help you.  Or you might be musical and know what the notes sound like.

EEE is to be made in the B note
AAA is to be made in the A note
EYE is to be made in the G note
AH is to be made in the F note
OH is to be made in the E note
OOO is to be made in the D note
And UH is to be made in the C note

These sounds are to help open and heal the chakras.  Or to keep them balanced, all depends on your needs and your practice.

As with everything there is a wealth of information out there on how to “do” the vowels.  The commonalities I am seeing is to sit comfortable with a lengthened spine.  Be relaxed.  Use a normal breath.  Repeat each sound seven times.

I have used these sounds in my Nia classes when we are using a chakra as a focus.  I am going to take this list and use the vowels sounds just as I did the healing sounds.  The focus can be the chakra vowel sounds and we can create an intent from there.  Yay!  I love thinking of things to use as focuses in my classes.  I also think that sitting down to make these sounds as a specific exercise is a good idea. What do you think about chakra vowels?  Might you try the exercise?

*Many places note this as “AYE” but to me that is AYE, as in what a pirate says.  So I noted it as AAA, like Fonzie would say.  🙂

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Heart Chakra Associations

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2011

Yesterday after my Nia class I was looking for something to post about today.  I often look at my blog to see how many articles I have posted in each category.  I am sort of surprised that my “Misc” is surpassing my “Nia”, but I bet a lot of the post categorized under Misc mention Nia in some way.  I noticed Chakra only has two post and I know I said I was going to post more on that so I googled Chakra and lungs.  I have been sensing my lungs lately.  If you’ve read my blog for a bit you might know that I think that most of the time we don’t sense our body parts.  We don’t think about them and we don’t sense them.  When we sense them is it usually because something is up.  I don’t think about my back until it hurts.  I never sense my elbow until it is sore.  My toes are pretty much on their own until I hurt one.  So that is what I mean.  You don’t think about your heart or your lungs unless they are bothering you.  I don’t always like to assign the word PAIN to a sensation because it is not always pain.  I could just be an itch or a discomfort, either way, I am sensing them.  So I did a Chakra lung search.  I don’t know why I was surprised.  The chakra that affects the lungs is the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra.  It located in the middle of your chest.  The color associated with it is green.  In the body the associations to the heart chakra are the heart, the circulatory system, the entire chest area, lungs, breasts, the diaphragm, the thymus gland, the immune system, and some say the endocrine system. One website states:  “Possible Physical Symptoms: Heart Issues, Lung & Breathing Problems, Upper Back Pain, Breast Cancer, Compromised Immune System, Blood Diseases.”

The fourth chakra is where feelings and emotions of love originate.   Joy, honesty, happiness, generosity, compassion, respect, and understanding are associated with the heart chakra.

The heart chakra is affected by grief.  I was just thinking that my itchy lungs could be a result of a less than happy heart chakra.  I was reminded by this one site that the middle of the chest would be right behind the sternum.  The sternum and rib cage protect the actual heart and organs.  This information made me lean even more towards those thoughts.

Several sites stated an exercise that could be performed to help balance the heart chakra is to vigorously rub your hands together.  This opens the energy in the hands which are connected to the heart’s energy.

So interesting.  I still do not understand all the energies in the body and in the world, but I see how it can all be connected and how sometimes certain energies can become block or unbalanced.  It amazes me to see how it all connects.  But if you believe that it DOES all connect, then it might be that you can understand how a sad heart could have itchy lungs.

Have a day full of light!

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The Fourth Chakra

Posted by terrepruitt on February 17, 2011

The focuses of my Nia classes this week were connected to love.  Since is was Valentine’s Day this week.  Monday’s Nia class the focus was Love with the intent of allowing what was needed.  Whether it was to give love to the community, the world, or oneself or to receive love from the community, the world, or for oneself.  The playlist was LOVEly.  Wednesday the focus was peace.  With somewhat the same intent but with the addition of the peace inviting in calm.  The playlist was the same . . . love, kisses, and hearts.  Tomorrow’s class in Los Gatos the focus will be the fourth chakra, the heart chakra.

The routine I’ve put together allows for the many opportunities to move the upper back, chest and the ribs.  Our intent will be move the physical area where the heart chakra is located in order to open the heart chakra.  Opening this chakra invites feelings of joy.  Joy shares company with calm.  With joy and calmness as companions additional positive feelings, sensations, and states of being are experienced such as compassion, prosperity, and abundance.  This also allows for connections to peace and harmony.

Also with moving our heart chakra we are enhancing our circulation.  Concentration and focus is a powerful tool.  While we might move our upper back, chest, and ribs it will undoubtedly affect our circulation but with the additional focus on the fourth chakra we can bring extra attention to it.  Bringing whatever healing to our heart chakra that might be needed.  This will round out the week of love quite well, I believe.

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Second Chakra

Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2010

In my Nia class tomorrow the focus is going to be the second chakra. The routine I am doing has a lot of opportunity for us to focus on it. Chakras are areas of the body with specific energies. The second chakra is the sacral chakra, the hara, or the pelvic chakra.  This chakra is located in the pelvis area.

The routine has a lot of hip movements; side to side, up and down, folding, circles, and just dancing them however the body senses the music.  There are times when we might not be moving them at all but focusing on the area enables us to be aware of where we are directing its energy even when it is not in motion.  While we are doing a rib isolation the hips stay still but they should be facing the front with the energy directed to the area in front of us.

This chakra is located in the first lumbar area so movement of it stimulates the spleen, bladder, lower back, sex organs, areas of the intestines, and all liquids in the body.  The sacral chakra is also associated with emotions.  According to The Nia Technique* “move this chakra to develop a strong connection between your male and female sexual energy and to stimulate your powers of creation.”

The color orange is associated with this chakra.

As with any focus the intent can be changed to whatever you would like.  I think tomorrow we will start out with the intent of being aware of the sacral chakras energy and being aware of where we are focusing the energy of the hara.

*A book written by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, NKA Carlos AyaRosas

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Healing Stones

Posted by terrepruitt on March 4, 2010

Recently I have become curious about healing stones. I am wanting to learn more about Chakras and in doing some research about them I came across information about colors and gemstones that heal. It is all very interesting to me. I am at the point where I believe that everything holds energy. But how or if that energy transfers over from stones and has the power to heal, I am still iffey on that.

I have come up with ideas and reason where I can comfortably accept that this is possible so, I figured why not get some pretty jewelry to boot.

Here is my first piece of chakra jewelry. I have been told that silver has strong healing properties, but I just don’t wear silver, so in my search to find something that I would wear that was under $70.00, I found this. I thought it was gorgeous, so when I saw that it was under $30.00 I figured that I was meant to have it. I had been looking for weeks, so I was so excited to find this. When I received it, I was not disappointed.

CROWN CHAKRA: Amethyst for spiritual awareness, meditation & transformation
BROW CHAKRA: Sodalite for higher knowledge, intuition, wisdom
THROAT CHAKRA: Blue Agate for courage, strength, acceptance
HEART CHAKRA: Malachite for balance, peace, healing
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: Aragonite for truth, mental and emotional stability
PELVIC CHAKRA: Peace aventurine for prosperity, success & creativity
ROOT CHAKRA: Poppy Jasper for healing, grounding, and completion.

I believe it is actually “gold plated” wire, but it is awesome. I will continue to research this information and post as I learn and go along.

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