There is nothing I love more than some essential oils and yoga practice; both support & improve the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit and both have found a special place in my heart for life.
For me, yoga came first, I’ve been practicing upwards of 10+ years but essential oils just recently found their way in to my world. I have found that combining the two have enhanced my yoga practice & journey, allowing my energy to flow more freely, centering my mind, calming my nervous system, and uplifting my spirit.
A few of my favorite essential oils to use during my yoga practice:
• for ENERGY FLOW: Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Copaiba
• for UPLIFTING: Vetiver, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli
• for CENTERING: Patchouli, Cedarwood, Myrrh
• for GROUNDING: Ylang Ylang, Angelica, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Frankincense, Ginger
You may be wondering how I incorporate all of these oils in to my yoga practice, and you’re in luck. Below, I will list out the 4 ways I use Essential Oils before, during, and after yoga.
Sweat, smile, breathe, cry, sweat, child’s pose, warrior, crow, sweat some more; with all the adventures your yoga mat takes with you, there comes a point when it needs to be cleaned. In my opinion, your yoga mat & props should be cleaned before & after each yoga sesh to keep them sanitary & odor-free. You don’t want to be too aggressive with the cleaning of your mat, and you don’t want to use any harsh soaps or chemicals. A few essential oils + witch hazel will do the trick and keep the “sticky” in your mat. Here is a cleaning recipe that you can spritz on your mat & props prior to class and you can use to wipe down your mat after class:
YOGA MAT SPRAY
WHAT YOU NEED
• 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
• 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
• 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
• Witch Hazel
• Glass Spray Bottle, 2 oz.
• Fill the 1/4 of the spray bottle with witch hazel then add the essential oils. Shake until the ingredients are combined then fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell and long-term memory. Diffusion is one of the most simple methods for using essential oils aromatically. Choose 2-3 of the oils listed above to customize your yoga practice with centering, grounding, uplifting, and/or enhanced energy flow.
Just before my yoga practice, I like to apply an essential oil blend (diluted) to my chakra points, over my heart, down my spine, behind my ears, and on my wrists. When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. To make a roller blend for your yoga practice, choose 3-4 of the oils listed above, and add about 10-15 drops of each to a roller bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil such as Jojoba Oil or Fractioned Coconut Oil.
EASE SORE MUSCLES:
Although yoga is typically a low-impact exercise, some yoga poses will stretch your muscles in unfamiliar ways and cause soreness. To help your muscles recover, essential oils come to the rescue. Here are a few ways to use essential oils for sore muscles:
• Use 3-5 drops each of Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile Essential Oils in a hot bath to relieve the aches and pains
• Use several drops of Peppermint Oil in a massage oil or lotion to cool down your warm muscles and ease inflammation
• Add a few drops of Lemongrass to a cold compress to help with localized swelling. To make the cold compress, add a few drops of essential oils to cold water, place a clean piece of muslin or cloth into the water, wet it completely and then wring it out. Apply the cold compress to the area in need.
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