About Essential Yoga Practice
The interplay of these two very useful practices, essential oils and yoga, can provide myriad physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. Both are a “practice.”
We practice to understand ourselves and our world better, to see where our efforts can be helpful and useful.
We practice to learn much more than how to be strong and healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We practice to learn to be better human beings every day, to affect positive change and to make our world a better place.
And, as with the idea of what the word practice means, we must work at using these tools consistently, so that we refine what we are able to do and evolve along the way.
So whether you are a new or a seasoned student, let us help you incorporate pure essential oils into your yoga practice for a more healing full-body experience.
Mona Flynn, MS, RYT 500E, has over 25 years of experience in the wellness and fitness industries. She is well rounded in the fitness arena with advanced study in Exercise Physiology and several certifications with fitness organizations. Having worked first with a physical therapist and in the areas of rehabilitation, her teaching style is to pull knowledge from rehab into the area of prevention. She has worked primarily with special populations, and as a result of study and preparation for these groups, her interest in using yoga and other means of natural and alternative therapies grew.
Mona has been a yoga student since 1989. She is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher since 2003, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists since 2005, and co-owner of the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, a four-part yoga teacher training school. She started using essential oils with in her yoga practice for herself and with her students, after meeting Asti and recognizing Asti’s incredible knowledge and experience with essential oils.
As the owner of Lifefit, Inc., and co-founder of a yoga school, Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, Mona maintains a balance of leading many group and private classes weekly, helps train a competitive swim team, conducts yoga and Pilates workshops each summer, trains prospective yoga instructors, and is often invited to speak and share her insight and experience in many areas of wellness and fitness. She is always ready to be the student, learning about more ways to improve upon wellness, as well as to lead, sharing her knowledge with her students, and volunteering in many ways to support and build community. Mona is an excellent speaker, mentor, and teacher. She is recognized as a movement specialist, combining knowledge and experience in applied anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of movement, with attention and care for safety, and for the needs of the individual, so as to educate and empower students to prioritize self-care in their wellness practices.
She is the mother of two and lives in North Carolina with her husband.
Asti Atkinson has been a Wellness Advocate & Educator since 2010 and she has been using essential oils since 1998. Her natural wellness journey began when she became aware of essential oils. She became intrigued with the benefits of natural solutions for health and wellness, and began to research and experience more. She quickly discovered that all essential oils are not created equal. She experienced first-hand the importance that sourcing, harvesting, extraction and testing have on the purity and potency of the end product.
This led to her passion for teaching others how to incorporate pure essential oils and other natural solutions into their lifestyle to assist with their emotional and physical wellbeing. It also led to her interest in Yoga in connection with the application of pure essential oils, both of which are ancient practices dating back thousands of years.
Asti has spoken at health and fitness events around the country and has created and collaborated on wellness training programs and seminars, all designed to educate, empower and inspire participants to incorporate natural solutions into their lifestyle. Asti also regularly participates in health and wellness training courses and seminars to increase her knowledge and expertise.
Asti lives in Utah with her husband and two sons. She loves to travel with her family and enjoys outdoor adventures including skiing, hiking, camping, and sailing.