Yoga… it all began in India thousands of years ago, and has now become a popular form of exercise and meditation for millions of people around the world. Yoga combines meditation, breathing exercises, stretching through various postures, and deep relaxation techniques that combine to provide a holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
The ancient Indian healing system, Ayurveda, uses essential oils and asana together to balance and unblock the body’s chakras, which promotes the flow of life energy. It is believed that physical problems may manifest in the body as a result of blocked energy that should flow through the chakras.
If you have yet to try yoga, here are some practical benefits you may experience:
- Improve our muscle strength and tone. Having fit muscles prevents future injury, and enables you to better navigate daily life by arming you with physical and mental strength.
- Increase our flexibility. Stretching actions through yoga help loosen the tense muscles and ligaments in our bodies. Having more flexible joints means we require less energy to move through a greater range of motion. Stretching decreases resistance in muscles which also helps increase blood flow (and subsequently better disperses nutrients) throughout our bodies.
- Reduce effects of stress, and help us focus. When we have too much going on in our lives, it can be hard to stay balanced. Regularly practice yoga to help recenter our minds focus on being present, and reduce our stress levels along with its impact on our bodies.
There are MANY more benefits aside from these too! There are also many ways to enhance your experience and take your yoga practice to the next level… even as a beginner. One of our favorite ways is to include diffusing essential oils. Yoga and aromatherapy go together . Whatever your purpose in doing yoga, there is no intention you can set that would not be boosted by oils.
Incorporating essential oils into our yoga routine may produce emotional and physical benefits. Aromatherapy during yoga may help improve our physical practice and also enhances our internal connection in ways you may not have been able to before.
Essential Oils to Enhance Our Yoga Experiences
Essential oils are powerful tools to use within our yoga practice. Oils such as frankincense, sandalwood, and palo santo are fantastic to use for anointing prior to your practice, and truly helps the meditation and breathing practices deepen to new levels. Oils like lavender, peppermint, and orange can purify the air your practicing in, and can also be used in a spray to cleanse your yoga mat too.
Frankincense – diffuse or dilute and anoint to help you deepen your faith and connection with spirit as you meditate
Lavender – dilute and rub on our temples to help reduce the effects of stress (perfect for an evening practice because it may encourage the need to sleep)
Lemongrass – cleanse and energize our cluttered and distracted brains. It also promotes self-esteem and confidence. With the energizing effects, it is an ideal oil to use during our morning or early afternoon practices.
Sandalwood – helps us recenter, focus, increase our strength, and enhance our mental clarity. Sandalwood is incredibly grounding and helpful in healing emotional/spiritual wounds. It encourages the heart to open, and helps facilitate trust.
DIY Essential Oil Blends to Enhance Your Yoga Practice:
Namaste EO Diffuser Blend: 2 drops each frankincense and lavender
Yoga Focus EO Diffuser Blend: 2 drops each lavender, tea tree, orange
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