Want to Know the Best Crystals for Meditation?
Have you ever bought a brand new beautiful crystal, only to bring it home and think, “Hmm, what shall I do with this now?” Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to wonder about this (Psst, if you’re looking for an in-depth guide, we’ve found an excellent one on the cheap). Too many crystals just sit on shelves as opulent room décor. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, but if you want to get a little more out of your crystals, consider integrating them into your yoga and meditation practices.
Crystals, or crystalline stones, are powerful tools for a variety of practices, often amplifying the intentions of their user. There are thousands of varieties, covering a comprehensive spectrum of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, like these crystal wands that are excellent for Reiki and this round fluorite stone for concentration. They’ve been used for centuries in cultures all around the world, dating back to the Romans, Egyptians, and even further. People use them for healing, grounding, manifestation, comfort, and more. But how does one exactly ‘use’ crystals for these purposes?
It’s actually much simpler than you might think. Carrying a smooth stone in your pocket can create a sense of calm and ease, allowing you to touch it to remind yourself to cultivate these feelings. Similarly, wearing a beautiful crystal in a piece of jewelry can elicit a sense of confidence.
These properties, along with the metaphysical ones, which means the properties that include space and time along with existence, can be magnified when used in conjunction with yoga and meditation practices.
How to Use Stones in Meditation
My personal favorite type of crystal to get is a flat, round one, like this stunning opalite worry stone. Palm stones are one of the best crystals for meditation because they feel good sitting in the center of our hands. The oval shape makes them perfect for use during meditation. Choose crystals that have meaning to you and who’s properties speak to your hear. These will always be the best crystals for meditation because they represent your character and priorities. Establishing a regular meditation practice is key and you’ll begin to feel the effects more profoundly as you become more committed to your meditation practice.
If you prefer sitting while meditating, one of my favorite practices is to place the oval stones on the tops of my hands while they’re resting on my knees or thighs for an extra layer of grounding energy. Conversely, placing them in the palm of your hands facing up can create a more lifted, connected feeling as you meditate. You can also place one at the top of your head to open up your crown chakra, or at the very least, keep you focused on maintaining a straight, upright posture to balance the stone.
If you prefer laying down in meditation, you can place the stones on any area of your body that needs a little extra love or focus. This can be any of the chakra centers, the hands, or anywhere else you’re drawn to. Let the gravity of the earth pull their energy into your body, soothing and easing the area in an entirely different way than you’re used to. Bring some stones to yoga class and practice this during savasana as well.
Integrating crystals into your asana
Similarly, balancing stones on certain parts of the body while in different yoga poses creates a whole new level of balance and intention while practicing. Working with stones while you practice also brings in new flows of external energy, helping to ground you if you’re having trouble focusing, or bringing you renewed energy if you’re feeling fatigued during your flow.
For example, in Warrior 2, you can place a grounding stone like hematite on the tops of your feet to focus on building a strong foundation in the pose. You can even try balancing one on the top of your front hand to really focus and beam your energy forward.
In camel pose, you can balance a rose quartz stone on your chest to amplify this heart-opening pose while working on your back strength.
In tree pose, you can hold two energizing stones, such as citrine or calcite, between your hands and then take one in each palm to grow your arms up and out wide, moving that cultivated energy up and out to produce a lifted and powerful feeling in the body. There are endless varieties of this type of integration to try.
If that seems a bit too complicated, or you’d rather just focus on your own flow during your practice without any outside influence, another great way to integrate crystals into your practice is to arrange them in a pattern around (or on) your mat. This can be a simple circle around the mat, a heart, or a more complicated geometric pattern if you’d like. You can also place them at certain points of contact on the mat to make sure your alignment is intact throughout your practice.
Remember that your yoga practice is yours, first and foremost. If you find the outside influence of crystals distracting or don’t think it’s working for you, don’t feel discouraged. Just having crystals in the room can lift, cleanse, and clear the energy. They don’t have to be specifically involved in your practice.
If any of these ideas intrigue you, I encourage you to give them a shot. Crystals are such beautiful tools that can really kick your yoga practice up a notch.