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Crystals for a Yoga Practice by Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac

March 22, 2014

This incredibly detailed article below gives you an amazing overview of which crystals match up perfectly for use during your yoga practice. We went thru the article and pinpointed the crystals that really blend well with yoga and meditation and included a link to each of these crystals in raw form and wearable jewelry as well! Enjoy the article and the crystals!

Crystals for a Yoga Practice by Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac

Any gemstone can help you connect with your practice! Crystals can “speak” to us in different ways and it is usually due to the fact that we instinctively need something from it. It may be that we are attracted to its shape, color or sheen. It could be its size, weight or properties, but whatever it is that draws us in, there is a reason behind it. When this happens at first glance, I often like to look up it’s metaphysical properties and color meanings. This often explains immediately why I was drawn to it. Below is a list of my favorite stones I use in my yoga practice. I hope you find a stone or two that calls to you!

Amethyst: The stone of transformation and spirituality. It is used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting. This soothing stone is in tune with your Brow and Crown”Chakra. Amethyst takes you on this transition from the magic time of dusk to a conscious shift into a different place. Crossing this threshold is the lesson of humility, which Amethyst can teach us to flow with peace.The perfect yoga tool.
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Coral: Coral is a rich blend of calcium and calcite. It resonates with our body and beneficial in your yoga practice as it is used to quiet our emotions and brings peace to our inner self and offer the lesson of diplomacy and concurrence. Coral facilitates intuition, imagination, visualization and expedites and accelerates the transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. This “sea stone” strengthens both circulatory and bone structure in the body therefore, it is good for us on and off the mat. Coral can be used alone or in combination with other stones. Coral has a true link with the past and can pass knowledge along.
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Hematite: This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages ones survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings and turns fuzziness into mental clarity. It enhances concentration, memory and practicality. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical. A protective stone hematite is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability and brings our awareness back to the body. It helps one maintain their sense of self on and off the yoga mat!
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Herkimer Diamonds: These clear crystals closely resemble diamonds but are really quartz. Considered a “Dream stone”, they are used in for yoga meditation or under your pillow to enhance visualization, astral travel and dream recall. Most effective on the Brow and Crown Chakra, this stone shifts the brain powerfully into alpha/deep stillness. Amplifies and stores thoughts, energy; and can be used as a bridge to stimulate energy flow (kundalini) up through the Chakra centers, opening the Brow and Crown Chakra for a strong, clear channel for psychic awareness, intuitive insight and yogic practice.
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Jasper: This stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection. This makes it an exceptional stone for your yoga practice. Each color of jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Jasper is very effective when use on the Root Chakra. Jasper is a general tissue regeneration; mineral assimilation; and general healing.
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Phenacite: This angelic crystal is considered a powerful, loving, healing, spiritual stone. It is believed to be one of the highest vibrational crystals yet discovered. The clearer the stone, the more intensely it opens the Third Eye, Crown Chakra and Transpersonal Chakra as a white light channel. Hence, its aura clearing abilities are phenomenal! This stone ignites clairvoyance/spiritual communication, meditation, astral travel, as well as life journeys. Energizes meridians and the healing of other stones. It helps one to go further in a trance state and gives a deeper awareness of one’s inner structures. Phenacite can be used to amplify the energies of other stones used for healing and to balance energy within one. The perfect stone for a yoga practice. We can get you Brazilian Phenacite, just message us!

Quartz: “Rock Crystal”: Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”! 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 crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.
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Smoky Quartz: Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Attune to the Root Chakra, it is good for inducing Alpha/deep meditation. It benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep connection and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level. Wonderful for your yoga space.
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Crystal Clusters I love using crystal clusters in my practice. I have often used a quartz, amethyst or selenite tower in the middle of the yoga studio and have my students circled around facing the stone throughout the practice. Another idea is placing the stone(s) on my yoga mat as I practice, to remind me why I am here on the mat this day. Clusters of crystals bring a “group” energy to it’s surrounding area. They are used to foster protection, cooperation, purification, harmony, friendship, intimacy and to break up negative energy in the environment. Clusters help to keep all life forms energized and clear of heavy or unproductive energy.
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Connect with Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac at http://www.peacefulmind.com

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