There are five different groups of essential oils and this blog will discuss how to use them on and off the mat!
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Once it becomes a habit, there's nothing quite as relaxing as aromatherapy infused into your yoga practice, whether at the beginning, middle or end of your class/practice. After many years of studying and teaching yoga and using aromatherapy, we have found that aromatherapy supports the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit,… just like yoga! Aromatherapy is effective whether one diffuses essential oils or through direct application onto the skin. Remember that “less is more” when you have a pure essential oil, it is rather potent so it is always best to blend essential oils with a carrier when applying onto skin. For more information, refer to your copy of Essential Yoga Practice: Your Guide to the New Yoga Experience With Essential Oils.
Regardless of application, essential oils aid the efficiency of all body systems to function optimally, promote a positive emotional state, and provide mental clarity. Here are some suggestions of essential oilsenhance your yoga practice and positively affect your overall health and wellness:
1. Ginger, sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, white fir are all very grounding. These aromas will support balance, stability, and intention in asana practice and deepen your meditation practice.
2. Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, melaluca, petitgrain, cardamom, and arborvitae will clear airborne pathogens, open the airways, and support mastering the art of deep, steady breathing, pranayama practice and the clarity that comes from focusing on the breath.
3. Lavender, spikenard, chamomile, marjarom and geranium are calming scents used to promote relaxation and quieting the mind, especially during restorative poses and savasana at the end of yoga asana.
4. Wild orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit and lime all boost positive emotions and allow a lighter spirit and outlook, another way to maximize on how your yoga practice can boost your energy and sense of happiness.
5. Neroli, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, and geranium help lift the heaviness from the heart, connect us to each other and encourage spiritual growth, all ways to help us transcend stuck patterns and improve outlook.
Now that you are beginning to understand which aromatherapy choices your yoga teacher is making, now that you understand the effects of certain aromas, begin to use essential oils as you build your own yoga practice as well as in other parts of your day. As you combine aromatherapy to help make your yoga experiences and practices more holistic, please share your choices and experiences! Join us in this movement and let’s journey together! We look forward to hearing from you! From the responses, we will randomly choose a winner to receive a DVD that accompanies our book! Need essential oils? Message us at www.essentialyogapractice.com