Ever been merrily going about your day and suddenly you get the hint of an aroma that triggers a memory from your past? Target Sunscreen will forever remind me of Hawaii. Also, there is a certain brand of hairspray I associate with a school camping trip. Whether it’s grandma’s perfume or ocean breeze, scents and smells are everywhere. I’ve personally been using incense and essential oils for years. Recently, as I become more interested in the metaphysical and yoga philosophy, I’ve been using scents specific for the chakras. Including Chakra Incense sticks.
What’s a Chakra?
The word Chakra means “wheel”. There are seven chakras in the body. Starting at the base of the spine, and ending at the crown of the head. Each one relates to an area of the body. The belief is that energy travels up the spine through these chakras, bringing balance and harmony. As the energy is traveling upward imagine the chakras as a series of locks. If the chakras are all open then the energy flows freely. Conversely, if a chakra is blocked then we manifest physical and emotional traits relating to that chakra. Throwing us out of balance and harmony.
Even if you think this is ‘w00-woo’, each chakra is located physiologically at areas of the body with a LOT going on (plexuses, glands or organs). There is so much about the human body we still just don’t fully understand, so I’m not one to dismiss something just because I don’t fully understand how it works. I know that when I have an attitude of gratitude my mood improves, so why would other areas of my emotional and physical state be different?
7 Chakras & Unbalanced Chakras?
We have seven chakras in the body, each serving a specific purpose and having it’s individual qualities. Yoga teachers are taught how each chakra affect us emotionally and physically. The seven chakras are shown above with the anatomical position, sanskrit name and associated color. Some physical or emotional issues can be attributed to blocked chakras. They can even get blocked by us not doing work on our own self study. Afraid to speak up for yourself? You may end up with laryngitis! (this happened to a friend of mine!). Having a creative block? Maybe check your Root and Sacral chakras. While these are linked to primal and sexual energy, they are also twinned with creativity. If something is ailing us, we can use asana and meditation to unblock the chakras. We could also combine it with Eastern medicine, like aromatherapy, to help balance ourselves.
There are so many ways to influence the chakras be it asana, meditation, sound healing, scents or more. While I do like essential oils, my skin is fickle and prone to reacting. Plus I do yoga, and the oils can get slippy when combined with a yoga mat. I do balance chakras with yoga poses, and sometimes if I’ve not feeling great yoga poses might not be applicable. Or if I need a double whammy I’ll use incense as a booster to asana. Just as each chakra has a color and anatomical properties, it is also believed that each has a scent, element, physiological and psychological properties. It’s no surprise then that incense sticks specific to the chakras exist to make our lives easier.
Using Incense to Unblock the Chakras
Personally I use these during yoga/meditation, or instead of air freshener. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately, plus the fires in Southern California have everyone here feeling like we’re in survival mode so I’ve been focusing on the lower 2 chakras. The first chakra relates to roots and primal energy. A lot of primal survival energy has been stirred up with friends being evacuated from their homes. Balancing this chakra should bring about level-headedness. The second chakra could also be related to “digging deep” to recover from loss. This one also relates to the water element and bodily fluids and as my health issue is kidney related I tend to do a lot of work on the the 2nd chakra.
Sometimes I simply light the incense in the house while I do chores, or write on the computer (now). Other times I use it while I’m doing asana, it really helps just connect a little deeper to your practice, especially in meditation.
Chakra Incense Stick Review
The folks at Natural Scents were kind enough to sponsor this blog post so it’s only fair to review their Chakra Incense sticks. The ones I’ve personally been using, and shown throughout this blog post. An Ayurvedic doctor uniquely blends each of the Seven Chakra incense sticks. They are 100% natural, meaning there are no nasty chemicals like charcoal and other accelerants. Scents include: Patchouli, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Rose, Frankincense, Peppermint, Sage, and Lotus. Every packet is color coded, so you’ll know exactly which one to reach for!
Each 11 inch stick last 60 minutes. And fills the room with the perfect aroma for your entire Yoga, Reiki or Meditation practice. The pack also includes a wooden incense catcher. This allows you to burn your first stick the moment you receive your set. These are my prefered holders as they catch the ash from the incense stick. Which means less mess. And an easy clean up!
Every 50 gram and 20 stick packet includes a FREE insert with overview and description of the Chakra, and a Mantra. Overall it’s a perfect gift to someone who does yoga or meditation. Kinda handy for the holiday season coming up.
- Do you believe in the chakras?
- Which of the scents would be your favorite?
- Do you prefer incense or oils?