“In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.”

— Nikola Tesla

As yogis, we are always trying to go deeper—hold a pose longer, make modifications, twist further, and learn more about our practice. But did you know that just as we use blocks and straps to assist us, incorporating crystals into our yoga practice can help enhance it as well?

Crystals have long been known as conduits for healing and a pathway to spiritual connection. Colleen McCann, author of the book, Crystal RX, explains, “Our ancestors intuitively knew that when worn, the energies of the stones would interact with the human electromagnetic field to bring about energetic changes.”

In yoga, crystals are used in correspondence with each of the seven chakras in order to balance our energy. Flow instructor Susan Greene works with crystals routinely as part of her practice and teaches workshops to help others understand how to combine crystals with yoga. Susan says, “We use crystals to help balance our deficient or excess energy. For instance, if you know which of your chakras needs work, you can select a corresponding crystal, and place it at the top of your mat to help balance that energy.” Susan says if you’re feeling particularly out of balance, you can also choose one stone for each corresponding chakra and (lying down on your mat) place them directly on or next to those chakra zones. But, understanding which chakra relates to which stone is key.

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head and are most often associated with a specific color. That color or color family is in turn represented in the crystals or stones that are used in conjunction with them. For instance, the Root Chakra (Muladhara) is associated with the colors red and black. Because of that, we would choose red jasper and bloodstone, to assist with balancing that particular chakra.

Yogic postures take the formula one step further. When working on a particular chakra, we can also choose specific poses that will help in balancing that chakra. For instance, if working on opening the Heart Chakra (Anahata), poses like Camel (Ustrasana) and Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) can be used and incorporated with stones like rose quartz and rhodonite.

Susan suggests getting your crystals from a good source and making sure to cleanse and charge them before use. You can learn about how to do that in her upcoming workshop, Crystals, Chakras & Yoga, 1 – 3pm Saturday, September 8. She will be combining yoga postures to activate all seven chakras, then take a deep dive into learning more about crystals and their uses. She’ll also be incorporating a bit of astrology and aromatherapy.

— Michele Novy

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