East Meets West Yoga Center

Yoga and Essential Oils

Yoga and essential oils are beneficial for your body and mind.   When both of these are combined, you can have a more intense experience.   Different essential oils have a range of healing properties.   When used correctly, they can provide you with a more grounded experience that improves your focus when practicing yoga.   Here’s a few tips on how to use essential oils in your yoga practice.

Methods of Incorporating Essential Oils into Your Own Yoga Practice

You can use essential oils in different ways to feel the benefits during yoga.   Three techniques to try:

  • Diffusing:   A popular way to use essential oils by adding a few drops to water in a diffuser.   A fine mist distributes a pleasant aroma around your yoga practice area.   This is suitable for a private home  use, or if you are a yoga teacher.   Diffusing allows all of the students to benefit from the healing qualities of the oils.
  • Cleansing:   You can cleanse your yoga space and props with a selection of therapeautic essential oils.
  • Apply to the skin:   The power of touch can be enhanced with the addition of essential oils.   Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) and apply to your neck, palms of hands, or soles of the feet.

Use Essential Oils in Yoga for Their Qualities to Enhance Your Practice

You may be looking for different results out of your yoga practice.   Sometimes your focus is alleviating sore muscles or back pain, at other times you may want to concentrate on the spiritual aspect.   No matter what you want to acheive from your yoga practice, there are oils to help enhance the experience.   Here are some of the properties of essential oils you might want to try:

  • Grounding:  Patchouli, Ginger, and Cedarwood
  • Strenthening:   Myrrh, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood
  • Calming:   Lavender, Vetiver, Geranium, and Chamomile
  • Breath Control:  Peppermint, Frankincense, Basil and Eucalyptus
  • Mood Elevation:  Clary Sage, Lemon, and Lime
  • Purify:   Grapefruit, Lemon, and Wild Orange
  • Muscle Aches:   Basil, Wintergreen, Coriander, and Lavender

Each oil has potent properties to activate different energies.    Use individual essentials oils or create a blend of your own.   Trust your sense of smell as your body will be drawn to the scent it needs.

Extend the Benefits of Essential Oils

By using essential oils during yoga practice, you apply a scent to create a blissful memory.   We may not be able to hold the yoga pose all day, but we can take the blissful memory with us.   If you experience stress or need uplifting, you can easily apply the same scent that you used during your yoga practice to take you back to that blissful moment.

Using essential oils in your yoga practice enriches your experience.   Diffuse your choice of scents or apply to your space or skin to feel the full effects.   Choose your essential oil based upon what you want to get out of the session.   If you need a reminder of that bliss, the scent can help take you back to that moment.

We  hope you will join us for our next Yoga & Essential Oils workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 29.   Please see the description of this event under Workshops.


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