Yoga and essential oils go hand-in-hand. You can enhance your current practice by integrating essential oils to experience a more mindful and enlightened experience.
Rub a drop of Breathe, a respiratory blend, on your chest before beginning your practice, to help open up your airways and maintain clear breathing throughout.
Set the tone of your space by diffusing essential oils. For a more invigorating practice, diffuse Wild Orange and Peppermint, and diffuse Serenity, restful blend, for a more calming practice.
Apply Frankincense to your temples or back of your neck at the beginning to help improve your focus, minimize distractions and be present in the moment.
Utilizing Lavender during your practice can have a calming and relaxing effect. It brings balance to your nervous system and restores inner peace.
If you are in need of physical comfort, turn to Marjoram, Lemongrass, Black Pepper of Deep Blue, a soothing muscular blend. Massage onto areas of discomfort with some fractionated coconut oil to help soothe and ease any tension you may be experiencing. Do this before, during or after your practice.
Sandalwood or Cedarwood helps bring our mind into a meditative state. Deeply inhale the oil and massage topically to your heart chakra.
Apply Balance, a grounding blend, to the back of your neck or feet during Savasana to help with relaxation.
To keep your yoga mat fresh and clean, use a yoga mat cleaning spray at the end of your practices. Combine ¾ cup distilled water, ¼ cup alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar, 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Tea Tree in a glass spray bottle, shake to combine. To use, shake and spray on your mat and wipe dry with a towel.
Essential oils can support the overall outcome you are looking to achieve during your practice. Start small and incorporate one new oil in at a time. Upon completing your practice, reflect on your experience. How does your body feel after incorporating an essential oil? If you notice an improvement, continue using that essential oil and look at what you can incorporate next. If not, try other essential oils that has similar effects to see if you have a more powerful response to that oil. Have fun with it!