Crystals for a Yoga Room

Crystals for a Yoga Room

More than 90% of people come to yoga to improve WHAT? Strength, balance, flexibility, concentration, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. However, two-thirds of yoga students and 85 percent of yoga teachers have a change of heart regarding why they do yoga — most often changing to spirituality or self-actualisation, a sense of fulfilling their potential. Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness. True, yoga reduces the risk of heart disease just as much as conventional exercise, and on average, yoga participants loose five pounds, decrease their blood pressure, and lower their low-density (“bad”) cholesterol by around 12 points.

However, Yoga is really about removing any judgment and letting us be present to who we are now.

Buddhist teacher  Pema Chodron explains:

“Practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”  It’s about Self Acceptance.

So just how can crystals help our Yoga practice?

Both yoga and healing crystals have the ability to bring inner peace. In yoga, release, transformation, expansion and awareness happen when the mind, body and spirit connect through breath and movement. Crystals work in a similar way, only the mind, body and spirit connect through energetic vibration. Combining yoga and crystals during your practice is truly energy medicine for the mind, body and soul. 

As Laurey Simmons writes in The Inner Beauty Bible, ‘crystals are a particular form of mineral with a molecular structure that is a fixed, regularly repeating geometric pattern. ‘

Because of this, crystals are among the most ordered and stable matter in the universe, remaining the same over millions of years. The reason why this is important is because like everything on Earth, crystals vibrate at a specific frequency

Stability means they have an ability to maintain a frequency, and transmit energy, which is used in all sorts of ways;- from ensuring watches keep time - thanks to the quartz in them - to helping run computers: the silicon in silicon chips is a crystal too. Our brains have crystals in them - check it out!  Calcium carbonate crystals in the ear &  magnetite in our brains.

It's believed that this ability to keep things ticking in harmony is why crystals have healing powers when it comes to our wellbeing.   Ancient civilisations have used crystals for adornment and in ceremony, their beauty appeals to our senses. 

There are many examples of gemstones signifying similar things to very different cultures, even when there has been absolutely no interaction between those cultures, and so no opportunity for a crossover of information.

For example:-

The ancient Chinese, Aztec and Mayan civilisations all considered Jade to be a kidney healing stone, 

Turquoise has been worn to give strength and health all over the world,

and Jaspers have almost always been deemed to confer both strength and calm.

In India the ancient Hindu Vedas, record different crystals and give references for each stone’s specific healing abilities.

The Romans thought certain crystals could enhance health, attract good things, provide protection and healing in warfare. 

The Earth is the common link we all universally share. Using crystals and embodying a mindful lifestyle allows us to align our bodies with the energy & vibration of the Earth, which vibrates at the highest energy, LOVE. We would be short sighted if we did not use empowering tools, such as crystals, inspirational insights and powerful rituals to help us on our spiritual journeying.

As you practice your yoga, you can place your crystals, gems & precious stones around your mat or put them onto an altar that you create in your practice space. You could also choose to meditate directly, holding one of your favourite gems. If there is a specific stone that you’re attracted to or needing right now, get it, carry it around somehow (pocket, locket, etc.), or wear it as a pendant or even as a mala.

Be mindful. Raise your vibration. And feel your inner light shine. LOVE is truly in the Earth.

As I said earlier, both yoga and healing crystals have the ability to bring one inner peace.

In yoga, release, transformation, expansion and awareness happen when the mind, body and spirit connect through breath and movement.

Crystals can connect the mind, body and spirit through their individual energetic vibrations.

Combining yoga with crystals during your yoga practice can be energy medicine for the mind, body and soul.

 Take heed, that the following notes and information are absolutely not a replacement for medical attention. If you are concerned about your circulatory system, blood, or any other aspect of your health, consult a medical professional.

Himalayan Sea Salt:

Pure Himalayan Pink Salt is hand-mined in the Himalayan Mountains. This salt is known for its unique healing properties. According to the Global Healing Centre, “this salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibration energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb them.”  Himalayan pink salt naturally generates beautiful ions, which improve air quality and health. Place a few chunks in a bowl in your yoga room, meditation space or studio. Heat magnifies the natural healing properties of the salt, making a salt lamp beneficial, especially for any Hot Yoga practice.

Crystal Clusters 

Using crystal clusters in the practice room can be beneficial. Teachers could place a quartz, amethyst or selenite tower in the middle of the yoga studio and let students make a circle around it, facing the stone throughout their practice.

Clusters of crystals bring a group energy to it’s surrounding area. They can be used to foster protection, cooperation, purification, harmony, friendship, intimacy and to dissipate any negative energy in the environment. Clusters help to keep all life forms energised and clear of heavy or unproductive energy. 

A practical idea is to place smaller stone or stones of ones individual choice on the yoga mat as you practice. The stones will be there to remind you why you are there, on the mat this day.

Grid Layouts 

Using crystal grid layouts, while practicing yoga, can be more powerful than using a single stone or crystal. Having a crystal grid layout around your body helps to energise the subtle energy of your body, combining the prana created while doing yoga, with the energy of the healing crystals, to give you a unique experience. The energy of the crystals, the geometric pattern and your intention will all work as one towards a common goal. The specific placement of crystals will help to deepen your yoga practice by grounding your energy downwards as your energy also rises and expands upwards. I give you the following crystals to use for balance, to restore harmony between your lower and upper chakras.

 

*1. Fluorite use at the top edge of your Yoga mat, to leave the chaos in your mind & focus on the calmness of your breath

Fluorite can play a major role in helping you relax efficiently. It is ideal for people who are easily distracted or too restless, during yoga. To erase darkness, blocks or intrusions from your mind, to concentrate on the tranquility of your breath, use fluorite.

*1a. Lepidolite use at the top edge of your Yoga mat, for calming energy and transformational insights. 

*1b Blue Lace Agate use at the top edge of your Yoga mat, for calming, soothing energy and for stress and anxiety relief.

*2. Black Tourmaline boosts Protection, releases Fear, Anxiety and Stress,  use at the bottom edge of your Yoga mat.                                                                                                                                                                             

A shielding stone that repels all negativity, Black Tourmaline is perfect to attain composure in your mind when attempting Yoga. It can also help you create a positive attitude and bring more good into your life. This stone is excellent for releasing self-doubt and anxiety, helping you to keep grounded and become more stable and centred.

Wearing Black Tourmaline regularly during yoga sessions will help you release any fears easily and better achieve relaxation.

*2a. Black Onyx boosts Energetic Protection, use at the bottom edge of your Yoga mat.

Yet another protection crystal, Black Onyx is the perfect crystal for psychic protection. When doing yoga, keeping a black onyx crystal in your pocket, or even holding it for 3 seconds, will run a calming vibration through your body and spirit.

Wear a Black Onyx before your next yoga and try meditating afterwards to feel the real magic of Onyx.

*2b. Hematite for grounding and stability use at the bottom edge of your Yoga mat.

3. Selenite use at the sides or top edge of your Yoga mat, for clarity and expansion, place one piece each sides of your mat & during savasana, hold one in each hand to restore the flow of energy through your chakras, or place one on your third eye.) Do not get wet.

Has the healing ability to quickly unblock stagnant or contrary energy, vacuum out negative belief systems, remove all energy blockages and release all that is not welcome or wanted along your journey to create a fluid flow of energy throughout ones body. Selenite is ideal for energy cleansing, clearing energy blockages and facilitating healing, especially the alignment of the spine.

*4. Rose Quartz, boosts Love, during savasana (corpse pose) place one over your heart for love, forgiveness and to open the heart chakra.

As it supports the Heart chakra, Rose quartz is ideal for people suffering from  physical, mental or spiritual heart problems. A crystal that advocates self love, it can help significantly if you find it hard to concentrate due to a recent emotional trauma.

Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, loving, self-love and emotional balance! There is no better crystal to help nourish your yoga practice. It helps with issues of self-love and self-nurturing.

As humans and life students of yoga, it’s soothing influence helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. It helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to receiving from others. It’s particular value is helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. It helps us realise that all change is important, even difficult changes. This is one of the best stones to bring honour and compassion into your practice!

*5. Quartz crystal works wonders in clearing the mind. Boosts Clarity & Power, during savasana (corpse pose) hold one in each hand for expansion, clarity and enlightenment.

An ideal stone for meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, Clear quartz vaporises any confusions in your mind, in addition to helping you release any emotional agonies. If you’re looking for inner peace and outer success through your Yoga, focus on a Crystal Sphere now!

The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance within your yoga practice. Quartz is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change (mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the natural crystals in the brain, body tissues and fluids to vibrate at their highest healing frequency. 

This high frequency resonance is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can then assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Pure white light passes through quartz easily, leaving all the colours of the spectrum unaltered and giving substance to the argument that clear quartz crystals can help balance all the elements needed to make us whole and fulfilled. It may also amplify whatever influences are present in an individual or location, acting as a purifier and tuning into the frequency of each individual. Quartz  is thought to unblock specific areas or organs prevented from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body. Truly helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. A must have for any yogi!

 

*6. Amethyst boosts Peace & Stability, during savasana (corpse pose) place over the third eye to restore harmony between the upper & lower chakras.

This is the stone of transformation and spirituality, used for contentment, serenity and meditation. It can boost common sense and flexibility in decision making, strengthen and enhance psychic abilities, imagery and provide mind quieting along with peace and patience. This soothing stone is in tune with your Third Eye and Crown Chakra.  Amethyst can teach us to flow with peace, giving us a lesson in humility. A perfect yoga tool.

*7. Sodalite, Aquamarine or Chrysocolla during savasana (corpse pose)  place over the throat chakra for Truth.

If your yoga session today is to reveal the ultimate truth that has been confusing you, begin your session with a five minute meditation with a sodalite crystal. It activates the third Eye Chakra, is gorgeous to wear and powerful for all Yoga Poses.

Keep Sodalite on your mat when beginning yoga to dispel confusions, attain calmness and reveal truths.

8. Carnelian

A crystal signifying abundance and energy, Carnelian works well even if you don’t directly touch it, just keep it in the room where you do yoga. Carnelian is an exceptional stone to boost ones focus and flexibility in yoga due to its power of filling you with energy so helping you relax into positions!

9. Kyanite: -

Meditating with Kyanite helps cut through patterns of self-destruction, negative self-talk, and emotional masochism.

Kyanite promotes higher vibrations and is great for insights, breakthroughs, clarity and inspiration.  As it cannot contain or accumulate negative energy, it is one of the few minerals that never needs cleansing and can be used to charge other crystals in your collection—simply by placing them together. Kyanite balances energy and aligns the chakras.

Kyanite is one of the few crystals that does not hold any negative energy and does not need clearing. You can clean your other crystals by placing them near a piece of kyanite. Do not get it wet.

 

10. Moonstone boosts Intuition A beautiful crystal for ultimate spiritual relaxation, Moonstone is also ideal for cultivating divination as well as improving ones intuitive traits. It may help calm overreaction and relieve any tension of emotional stress. Wearing a moonstone pendant at all sessions of Yoga can also help your body move gracefully, without twinges or cramps.

 

Cleansing Your Crystals after Yoga.

Crystals have been used for ages for both Yoga and meditation. The golden rule is to cleanse crystals at the end of each session. Using crystals, you will have a more complete and fruitful session of Yoga. Smudging, with herbs like white sage, sweetgrass, cedar, or good quality incense, is one way you can remove any negative vibrations from your stones or ring a bell or chime, one could also immerse some of ones stones in rice, or sea salt for a while.

You can cleanse Quartz using just your intention.

Just hold your Quartz in the palm of your hand and set an intention that the crystal be cleared of all bad energy.

Blow that intention into the crystal and you’re done!

Yet another way is to beam white light from your third eye chakra and surround your Quartz crystal with it.

While you do so, imagine sweeping all the negativity to a black hole filled with white light.

 NOTE:-You do not want to use water to clean Kyanite or Selenite since they could be damaged.

Moon light is very effective with both those and, since Kyanite is a crystal that resonates with the Throat Chakra, Air Energy, or smudging would be great. Sound is an excellent tool (I have a singing bowl that I ring over mine) and combinations of air and fire (smudging, candles and incense) are also effective.