Deepen Your Yoga Practice with Rose Quartz

Have you ever thought about using crystals to deepen your yoga practice? If you’ve been to a lot of yoga classes before, you may have seen someone with a crystal or two placed at the front of their mat. The reason people do this is because crystals are believed to hold different healing and energizing properties. Each crystal holds a different frequency. Today we’re going to take a brief look at rose quartz, the healing benefits that it holds, and how you can incorporate it into your yoga practice.

What is Rose Quartz?

Rose quartz is a very common type of crystal. You’ve probably seen it before because it is very common in jewelry. It is a semi-clear crystal and looks just like normal quartz except it has a beautiful pink hue to it.

The Benefits of Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is associated primarily with your heart. Most people associate pink with love and it is the same thing here. Wearing rose quartz or having it near you can help you open your heart a little more. You may want to use it to deepen your love for your significant other, your family, friends, work, or even yourself. A lot of the time, people forget about how important it is to love yourself. If you are one of those people, you might find it extremely helpful to use your rose quartz with yourself specifically in mind. It can create a beautiful and transformative connection for you.

How to Use Rose Quartz in Your Yoga Practice

One of the most common ways that people use rose quartz is by wearing it. You can find many stores selling beautiful rose quartz necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and all other kinds of jewelry. Another common way that people use rose quartz is by placing a little piece of it at the front of their mat. You can place it on your mat or –if the class isn’t too busy– you might be able to place it in front of your mat so that you are free to move however you like without having to worry about laying on it. Another way to use rose quartz is by purchasing a large cluster of it. If you do have a large crystal or cluster of them, it is probably best if it is placed elsewhere in the room. It is not something that you can bring with you into class, but you might be surprised to find that your studio already has one. A lot of studios will already have things like amethyst and pink Himalayan salt lamps; it wouldn’t be a surprise if they have rose quartz as well.

Yoga Poses Associated with Rose Quartz

The yoga poses associated with rose quartz are every heart opener pose. These poses are any pose that creates a stretch or opening in your chest and front part of your body. Backbends are great heart openers, even if it is a very gentle one.

Rose quartz may be just what you need in life right now to bring a little bit of extra love into your life. Whether it is self-love, love of others, or love of the things in your life, give rose quartz a try.

VOGA

When people say there is yoga out there for everyone, they aren’t lying. Yoga is flexible, which is why new and unique styles continue to be created. There are a lot of people that enjoy and stick to the traditional style of yoga, which is perfectly fine! However, for some people traditional yoga does not cut it. If you think traditional yoga is too slow-paced and drab, try to flair it up by trying Voga.

Voga is by no means traditional yoga. Yes, you still do yoga poses but with a significant twist. Juliet Murrell fell in love with yoga but wanted to make it her own. She decided to create something that no one had thought of before. She combined her love for yoga and her love for voguing to create Voga. For those that were not around in the 80’s or those who don’t know a lot about that era, the term voguing may seem foreign to you. The term voguing comes from the 80’s dance craze that Madonna mentions in her song Vogue. Voguing is when you dance using model-like poses integrated with angular and rigid body movements. Basically, you are posing like a model over and over again, creating a type of dance. These dance poses are typically inspired by the models in Vogue magazine. Those who show up for Voga are usually decked out in 80’s throwback workout gear. Instead of yoga pants, people come to Voga wearing vintage swimsuits and leotards to get their work out on.

 

How do you combine a calming exercise with a 1980’s dance? Surprisingly, Juliet Murrell combined the two totally different exercises perfectly. A Voga class consists of a yoga-style flow that incorporates Vogue-like poses. These poses are meant to be fun and energizing. Typically, classes end up feeling more like a night out on the town than a yoga class, but this could be because classes are usually held in bars and clubs. Traditional yoga classes are either held in silence or with soft music in the background in order to create a calming environment. This is the opposite of what the environment feels like during a Voga class. During class, 80’s music is constantly booming to create an uplifting, party atmosphere. The music also pushes those participating in the class further. Even though it’s fun, Voga is a pretty intense workout.

Voga is not widely known, but it is gaining some followers. At the moment, Juliet Murrell only has one studio open called the “House of Voga” in London. However, Voga studios could very well start to pop up all over the place. Voga is bringing the 80’s back in a tremendous way.