Imagine walking into your yoga class and a gorgeous aroma fills the candlelit room. As you take your place at the top of your mat, ready to begin your practice, you centre yourself, you take the first inhale and begin to move, and the aroma starts to work its magic…
Not only are the senses enthralled by the aroma during your practice, but the focus and effects of your practice are intensified by the use of carefully chosen essential oils.
Yoga and aromatherapy are holistic and ancient practices, both offering physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. They’ve been used for centuries by shamans and healers as they make a powerful addition to any practice.
Essential oils are powerful essences from nature which help us manage a range of emotions and physical ailments. This might be negative emotions, soothing tense or aching muscles, balancing hormones, or promoting feelings of calm.
Here are some ways you can integrate essential oils into your practice:
Frankincense, Lavender, and Wild Orange is one of my all-time favourite diffuser blends for relaxation and calming, and this makes a beautiful blend for an evening practice.
- Frankincense balances our mood, supports our bodies natural anti-inflammatory response, and it helps create a spiritual connection with oneself
- Lavender is beautiful and calming for an evening practice and to wash away any stress from the day. Lavender is the oil of communication so it’s very supportive of our throat chakra and speaking our truth
- Wild Orange is also calming for anxious feelings and has a gorgeous uplifting aroma
- On Guard is an immunity blend commonly used in winter to support the immune system. However, it’s also known as the ‘protective blend’ and is often diffused in yoga spaces for emotional support from toxic energies and purifying the air
- Breathe is a powerful blend that helps us connect with our breath, so this blend is especially helpful for opening up the airways and allowing you to breathe more freely during your practice
For a more energising ‘wake me up’ blend in a morning practice would be Peppermint and Lemon, or Peppermint and Wild Orange. Lemon supports mental clarity and focus and both Peppermint and Wild Orange are very energising for the body and senses.
On a physical note, if there are any aches or pains in the body which need soothing before your practice then Deep Blue is an essential oil blend which will help your body stretch more comfortably, ease sore muscles and joints, and support the body to recover after movement. (You’ll always want to use a good quality fractionated coconut oil when applying essential oils to the body topically).
When it comes to using essential oils, you want to make sure you are using a high quality oil. You want to be sure that what you’re diffusing into the air or applying to your skin is free of synthetics or chemical residues.
Be peaceful, be happy, be whole.
Bridget is a Holistic Coach & Wellness Advocate with doTERRA essential oils. She helps families become healthy from the inside out, physically, mentally, & emotionally, with nutrition + essential oils.