We are all energetic beings in an energetic universe.
However, sometimes the vibrations of our body fall a little out of tune when we experience physical or emotional stress. Chakra healing focuses on the seven energetic, life-force centres in our bodies (chakras): a philosophy originating from ancient, esoteric Tantric Indian practises. By balancing our chakras, we realign and restore the body, mind and spirit to harmonic vibrational resonance – allowing us to self-heal, unleash our potential and live a life of vibrant wellness.
Similarly, subtle aromatherapy focuses on the vibrational aspect of essential oils and how it affects our aura and subtle body. Each pure essential oil resonates on a different vibrational attunement, which aligns and corresponds with the seven energetic frequencies of the chakras. This allows us to combine aromatherapy with chakra healing to form a new holistic framework to elevate our wellness.
To enhance this concept even further, we’ve merged subtle aromatherapy and energy healing with a yoga flow mindfully designed to open up each chakra, to create a ritual that brings alignment in body, mind and spirit.
The poses for this chakra yoga series have been selected, presented and explained by Marzena Skowronska, a friend of Perfect Potion, passionate yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. Marzena is also the poet behind the beautiful Chakra poems in Sal’s book Aromatherapy and Chakras, which is an incredible resource to delve even deeper into this concept. Marzena also wrote the poetic affirmations for each pose in this series.
Creating a Chakra Balancing Aroma-Yoga Ritual
Begin by creating your sacred space.
Lay down your mat and mist the space with our Chakra Balancing Mist.
Mist over your crown and inhale deeply, breathing in the divine aroma with awareness and attentiveness.
After a few inhalations, set up your space in a way that fully immerses you in your wellness practice.
Perhaps for you this is creating a lush forest with houseplants, or the pink glow of a Himalayan salt lamp.
Set up your diffuser and decide which chakra you would like to focus on.
Settle in, and you are ready to begin!
In all poses, breathe in and out through the nose. Depending on the pose, stay in the pose anywhere from five breaths to a few minutes. Complete the flow by resting for five minutes in Savasana, even if you meditated for the Crown Chakra. It is advised to always finish your yoga in Savasana, allowing the practise to fully integrate. As always, listen to and honour your body when it comes to yoga, and modify poses to your abilities and needs. This Chakra Aroma-Yoga Ritual is designed as a guide, and so follow your own intuition or seek further instruction if in doubt.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana) + Breathing with Arm Movement
Essential Oil Blend: Balance
I am held by Mother Earth
Safe and protected
Nurtured, nourished, connected
Easy Pose activates our Base Chakra, as the base of our spine connects to the earth. As you find a comfortable cross-legged seated position, visualise roots growing down from your spine to ground and centre your energy. Allow yourself to be held by the earth, invoking a feeling of absolute safety, security and relaxation. Connect to your breath to anchor into your body and remember that this body is your home. Synchronise your breath with your arm movements, using long, deep breaths to focus your wandering mind and be fully present in your body and in the current moment.
Cow + Cat Pose (Bitilasana + Marjaryasana)
Essential Oil Blend: Allure
I am an effortless shapeshifter
Like a river I flow
Making an obstacle my new path
I move through life with joy
Moving through Cow and Cat sequence connects with and activates the Sacral Chakra on a physical level, located just below the navel. The flowing, fluid movement also invokes the water element associated with this chakra. Like water, allow yourself to flow with life and become more adaptable. Let the fluid movements in your hips and pelvis release any stickiness and stiffness, and unlock creative energy. The Sacral Chakra is also associated with sensuality and pleasure, and all things that bring sweetness to life.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Boat Pose (Navasana) or Spinal Twists in Easy Pose
Essential Oil Blend: Harmony
I turn on my internal sun
Allowing it to shine bright
Letting the fire to burn my fears
Enabling me to be in control
I am courageous, strong and powerful
Boat Pose helps us ignite the fire of the Solar Plexus Chakra by building the heat in our body and engaging the core muscles where this chakra is located. It makes us feel strong, powerful and capable – we become our own sun. The fire in our belly helps us bring our creative dreams to life with action, motivation, ownership and self-belief. This chakra teaches us to have courage and confidence; by believing in ourselves, we believe in our dreams and bring our creative ideas into existence.
SPINAL TWISTS IN EASY POSE
Spinal Twist activates the digestive fire of the Solar Plexus Chakra. A healthy Solar Plexus Chakra makes us feel stronger and more capable, more energised and powerful, and helps us shine our light and live our purpose.
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
Essential Oil Blend: Compassion
I deeply and completely
Love, honour and accept myself
I allow the winds of my heart
To continuously blow forgiveness and trust
I live heart-centered life
Our posture influences our consciousness. By mindful positioning of our body, we can transform the way we feel and approach life. Yoga poses that open our chest open our Heart Chakra. As we unfurl from a slouched, closed stance to bloom for the world and let our hearts shine forward, in a tangible way we embrace vulnerability and open ourselves up to trust and love, releasing our heart from its protective enclosure. Physiologically, an open chest allows us to breathe more fully, activating the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for relaxation. Our energy moves from protective and defensive to expansive and receptive, and in turn, this relaxed , trusting state opens us up to absorb all the beauty around us.
Moving Bridge Pose + Humming (Dwi Pada Pitham + Bhramari Pranayama)
Essential Oil Blend: Expressive
It is safe for me to speak
Express my feelings and dreams
I am free to create
Have my heart’s desires manifested
Our Throat Chakra is associated with expressiveness, creativity, communication and truth. It is how we speak ideas into existence, how we connect with and listen to others, and teaches us to be honest with others and honest with ourselves. The bridge pose stretches the neck and improves blood circulation in the throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands, i.e. activating the physical location of the Throat Chakra.. By humming as we perform this pose, we connect with the purifying energy of sound, which gently awakens and energises the Throat Chakra, and taps into its expressive nature. Opening the Throat Chakra allows us to speak our truth through communication and creative expression.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Essential Oil Blend: Insight
I go within
To connect with my intuition
I am guided by her wisdom
She blesses me with insight
To create life
I enjoy looking at
The Third Eye Chakra rests between our eyes on our forehead, and is connected to insight, intuition, and wisdom. Child’s Pose enables us to balance the Third Eye Chakra by physically grounding our brow to the earth. Press your forehead deeply into the mat, with your palms also grounded onto the floor, or put your hands together to form a prayer. The embracing nature of this forward fold is nourishing and nurturing and safe, and allows you to disconnect from the business of life and go within to listen to your inner wisdom.
Easy Pose or Savasana
Essential Oil Blend: Cosmic
I surrender with trust
Into the unknown
To the infinite potential
That is Love
The Crown Chakra dissolves the boundaries between ourselves and universal consciousness. It is considered the highest vibrational centre in our subtle body, and merges our own divine nature with the vast expansive cosmos around us. Being a chakra of enlightenment and fulfilment, meditative poses allow us to tap into the higher states of consciousness. Either return to Easy Pose, as we did for our Base Chakra, or lie down for Savasana.
Seat comfortably, lengthen your spine, soften your shoulders, close your eyes and focus on slow deep breathing. You can count your breathing (start with counting to 4) to synchronise the length of the inhalation and the exhalation. Form Gyan Mudra with your hands - a hand gesture that helps us to connect with sacred higher knowledge and direct your inner gaze towards your third eye or focus your attention at the crown of your head or just above your head.
Resting in Savasana, we melt and merge with divine consciousness and fully surrender to the flow of the universe.
To Close The Ritual:
When you feel ready, complete your Chakra Balancing Aroma Yoga ritual by gently wiggling your fingers and toes back into physical awareness. Allow your breathing to return to normal, and slowly, gently arise to a seated position. Bring your hands to form a prayer pose at your heart centre, and bow your head in a loving gesture of thankfulness.
Feel gratitude within yourself for taking the time to care for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is the ultimate act of love to care for your wellness, as it allows you to elevate your vibrational energy and meet the world as your most radiant and harmonious self.
To complete the practice you can say aloud, whisper or mentally vibrate the word ‘namaste,’ acknowledging the light within you that is also present in all beings, as we are one.
We hope this Chakra Aroma Yoga flow helps you to find alignment and reconnection in body, mind and spirit. We are so grateful to our dear friend Marzena for her beautiful poetry, spiritual wisdom and yogic expertise for guiding this flow.
She has also kindly guest-written an Advanced Chakra Flow and Yin Chakra Flow, which you can find below.
Marzena’s Favourite Perfect Potion Products
Chakra & Yoga Rituals:
Marzena’s favourite Perfect Potion products to use in her chakra rituals and yoga practices are the Chakra Balancing Mist for a quick-fix, and the Chakra Essential Oil Blends Kit to work with specific energy centres. For the essential oils, she also has a couple of diffusers at home, one in the car, and a Lily + Laura Bracelet!
When it comes to daily life, Marzena also loves the Perfect Potion skincare range and has a Perfect Potion skincare ritual that includes: Purify Cleansing Gel, Bare Faced Facial Exfoliant, Certified Organic Rose Water, 500 Roses Facial Elixir, Rejuvenating Eye Cream, Hydration Boost Serum and Rose Petals Lip Balm.