ELEMENTS – WATER
Fluid and ever-changing, the water element represents purification, love, compassion and forgiveness. It is the element of peace and friendship, kindness and nurturing. In certain conditions, this element is known for its ability to transform into other states of being, attracting some forces, letting go of others. At times, it is the liquid life force, flowing freely through your subtle and physical bodies. At other times, it is stillness and quiet.
In physical terms, the water element refers to the fluid that courses through our veins, bladders, our mucous membranes and our sex organs. Without this fluid, we couldn’t eat, swallow, procreate or live.
Water & The Sacral Chakra
The life-sustaining water element is deeply connected to the life-affirming sacral chakra. The sacral chakra is the energy swirling in the vicinity of our pelvis and reproductive center, where physical life begins and grows.
Feminine power resides here, the seat of the feminine part of the Hindu God Shakti and the realm of all things Goddess-related.
We derive our creativity, passion, desire, self-confidence and power from this vital energy force. When we are connected to our water element and sacral chakra energy is balanced, we connect well with others, are creative and passionate about life, people and the people we love.
Opening this area of energy and helping it to flow in balance and alignment with your other chakras is important. You can help this process along by bringing the water element into your sacral chakra balancing during your yoga, meditation and aromatherapy routines.
Specific essential oils can magnify your yoga and meditation sessions, but they’re also effective on their own.
- Essential oils carry their own certain vibrational energy or frequency. Appropriately selected essential oils can work with the energy of your own physical and subtle bodies to bring about better harmony and balance. Anoint your body with the oils that best suit the water element and chakra, and you can help to create a shift in your energy.
- When placed in an aromatherapy diffuser or burner or placed on jewellery or crystals, essential oils infuse your olfactory senses with inspiring and energising scents. Often this can motivate you to continue to pursue balance and focus on the goals for your mind, body and spirit.
Essential oils that connect and correspond to the water element include:
- Clary Sage
- Ylang ylang
Yoga For Water Element & Sacral Chakra
These water element essential oils can also be used in aromatherapy devices during yoga to help you align your sacral chakra and improve your water element awareness. In fact, yoga and aromatherapy date back to ancient India, each used to amplify the other’s ability to connect you to the natural and spiritual world.
For those who want to explore a greater relationship with the universe and embrace the power and grace of the water element, yoga combined with aromatherapy is a great method.
To bring the water element into your yoga practice and restore your sacral chakra, think about adding flowing, wave-like movement to your poses and use the “oceanic breath”, or ujjayi breath. The sacral chakra asanas that open your hip and groin area are best, such as sitting in the lotus position, resting in the child’s pose or downward facing dog. Other sacral chakra and water element poses include tabletop, frog, low lunges, Goddess and warrior asanas.
Meditation for Water Element & Sacral Chakra
Meditation is also a good way to connect to water and align your sacral chakra. Here is one water meditation recommended by The Chopra Center:
- Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor and take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Relax and sink into your seat a little more heavily.
- Picture yourself jumping into water. This can be the ocean, a lake, a swimming pool or any other body of water that appeals to you.
- Think about how the water feels gliding through your hair and against your skin, rushing across your face, swirling around your body. Is it soft, cold, buoyant-feeling?
- Imagine yourself plunging deeper into the water, then rising to the surface for a breath before diving back into the water. Repeat this visualisation several times.
- Picture yourself emerging from the water onto land. Think about how it feels as each part of your body is sequentially exposed to the air.
- Imagine drying off, then take a few last cleansing breaths to emerge from your visualisation.
After a few aromatherapy, yoga and meditation experiences, you may begin to feel more connected to others and the world. Your creativity may blossom, and your self-confidence, love and compassion may similarly flourish.