Let’s face it. When we are in the flow of our yoga practice, it’s easy to tap into our heart’s center and feel inner light radiating with every breath. But once we leave our mats and face the trials and tribulations of living out our lives, our heart center can quickly become bombarded with numerous energies picked up from our surroundings. In this enlightened state, we sometimes retract to protect ourselves, because not everyone shares this expanded, open-hearted perspective.
One way to keep your heart chakra (anahata chakra) open and maintain this compassionate mindset is with the addition of essential oils into your yoga practice—both on and off the mat.
As human beings, we are rarely disciplined enough to operate from 100 percent love and compassion all the time. It is in our nature to react to the world around us, formulating behaviors as we respond to different situations. As we grow and develop our worldviews, there are many factors that make following our heart’s “higher self” difficult.
Our ability to love freely without fear, judgment, or self-consciousness is generated in the heart chakra. However, we need to neutralize any negative feelings and emotions in order to reach this blissful state.
“When it is open fully, the heart chakra becomes what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna, a channel for universal compassion—our true self. It is here where we invite this infinite love to flow through us, allowing it to heal ourselves and others.”
In Sanskrit, anahata means unhurt and unbeaten. By incorporating essential oils into our yoga practice or meditation, we can find the needed support for balancing and maintaining this expanded, heart-centered state.
Here are four different combinations of essential oils to help us find the essence of the anahata chakra.
There are a few easy ways to add essential oils to your lives on and off the mat. You can create a mist to spritz around the room before or during class—or while your students are in Savasana (Corpse pose).
Another option is to put your favorite blend into a nebulizing diffuser. This helps create the mood for your class and allows subliminal changes to occur. You can also dab a couple of drops on the corner of your mat or towel near your head, so you get a whiff of its transforming scent as you flow through your vinyasa.