Lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, patchouli, eucalyptus, wild orange, bergamot…What is your favorite Essential Oil? These aromatic compound found in plant seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers can be use to enhance mental and emotional wellness, relieve sore muscles, and support physical and spiritual well-being.
Essential oils have had a long history of being used and are making a comeback into our modern day lives. Here are a few techniques to incorporate essential oils into your yoga practice whether you are new to essential oils or looking for ways to incorporate them into your practice.
Three ways to use essential oils in your yoga practice:
Use the healing power of touch in conjunction with essential oils. Apply essential oil directly to your body. Some oils may need to mixed with a carrier oil such as a fractionated coconut oil so that they are gentle on the skin. Oils can be used at the start, throughout, and at the end of class. Apply to pressure points or give yourself a self message with a scented oil. Try these locations: crown of head, temples, behind ears, neck, upper and lower back, abdomen, over vital organs, soles and top of feet, ankles
Use an aromatherapy spray to cleanse your space. You can make an aromatherapy spray using water and essential oils. Simply spray around your yoga sanctuary space or use the spray to disinfect your yoga mat and yoga props.
Use essential oils aromatically, evaporated into the yoga practice space to create an inspiring/motivating mood and to enhance breathing. This can be done using a diffuser or by placing the oils on your hands and cupping them up to your nose and inhaling directly.
Use these techniques on and off the mat to enhance your wellbeing. Pick an oil or a few to set an intention for your practice.
Oil Suggestions to Enhance Your Yoga Practice:
- For spiritual nourishment: Frankincense, lemon, orange
- For calming: Lavender, geranium, chamomile, vetiver
- To uplift: Wild Orange, lemon, white fir
- For grounding: Ginger, patchouli, cedarwood
- For strengthening and centering: Sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense
- To promote breath awareness and clear breathing: Peppermint, basil, eucalyptus,
- To purify and cleanse: Grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, wild orange
- To soothe sore muscles: Lavender, rosemary, wintergreen
When using essential oils in a class setting, please be aware of others around you as everyone reacts to the oils different.
What is your favorite essential oil or blend? How do you use essential oils in your daily life and yoga practice?
~By Melissa Kaufmann
Melissa is a RYT Yoga Teacher, as Mindfulness Instructor, and Doterra Wellness Advocate
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