Yoga and Essential Oils

Essential oils are increasingly being integrated into the holistic management and treatment of disease for a wide range of illnesses including cancer, heart disease and a myriad of other conditions. They are also commonly used to boost immunity, help manage weight and diet, and treat the symptoms of menopause.

If you haven’t been introduced to essential oils, consider integrating them into your yoga practice. Testing their powers on the mat is a good way to gauge what works for you and what doesn’t. But be prepared: Everyone reacts differently to essential oils. One person’s go-to oil to relieve stress or headaches could be the catalyst of these for someone else. For example, most people find that lavender promotes restful sleep; but others can find the scent agitating, which leads to restlessness and insomnia.

Essential oils are potent (and rare), hence their relative high cost. But a drop or two usually go a long way. As a general rule essential oils should not be ingested or applied directly to the skin, as doing so can cause an adverse reaction, especially for people taking prescription medicines. If you are looking to integrate the oils topically or as dietary aids, do diligent research and consult with a qualified essential oils expert for guidance. Though essential oils are commonly sold in grocery stores and new-age boutiques, beware: Only high-quality therapeutic-grade oils—containing no artificial ingredients or chemical residues—should be used topically or ingested.

Three easy ways to use essential oils in your yoga practice:

Diffusing: Most oil companies sell diffusers that deliver a lovely fine mist of essential oils into your yoga space. Oil lamps offer a cost friendly way to diffuse oils. (These are great for the home too!)

Purifying: From lavender to sweet orange, and peppermint to oregano, essential oils can be used to cleanse and purify your yoga space, yoga mat, chairs and clothes.

Anointing: Touch is healing and powerful, and even more so when enhanced with essential oils. Using the right oil at the beginning of class can infuse energy into your class. Similarly, using the perfect oil just before Shavasana can boost the calming power of this restorative pose.

Essential oils are used aromatically, topically, and internally in yoga classes primarily using Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint allowing the essential oils to enhance the emotional support and therapy that yoga provides, besides the more obvious physical benefits. A yoga instructor that uses DoTERRA products explains, “Essential oils create a bridge for both the novice and the expert who may have been doing yoga for a long time, but was never taught the purpose behind it. By using the essential oils, they can bridge that gap. When you breathe them in, you get it.”
 
Essential Oil Routine
 
Example: Mood Balancing
Begin with Breathe™. To connect yourself more deeply to your breathing, place a drop or two in your palms and bring them in a tent to your face. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Use Peppermint to get going. Place a few drops at the top of the mat and create a circle. Peppermint works a lot like a mantra; it helps you to focus and has calming properties. It also is a great reminder to breathe.
Use Balance™ right before corpse pose. Place the oil on your feet to help you relax into the pose.
 
1.CROWN CHAKRA-Elevation
Location: Top of head
Benefits: Bliss, transcendence
 
2.THIRD EYE CHAKRA-Serenity™
Location: Brow
Benefits: Perception, intuition
 
3.THROAT CHAKRA-Whisper™
Location: Throat
Benefits: Communication, expression
 
4.HEART CHAKRA-Breathe™
Location: Center of heart
Benefits: Acceptance, compassion
 
5.SOLAR PLEXUS-DigestZen®
Location: Solar Plexus
Benefits: Self-confidence, willpower
 
6.SACRAL CHAKRA-Citrus Bliss®
Location: Lower abdomen
Benefits: Creativity, healthy relationships
 
7.ROOT CHAKRA-Balance™
Location: Coccyx, legs, feet
Benefits: Stability, ground emotions
 

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