Aromatherapy & yoga

Use aromatherapy to enhance your yoga practice.
Yoga Lifestyle by Charlynn Avery

Did you know aromatherapy can enhance your yoga practice? Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery explains below. 

The use of essential oils within the context of a yoga practice is truly a holistic approach to wellbeing on every level – mind, body and spirit. Practically speaking, we can incorporate essential oils into our practice to help deepen not only the experience, but our connection with nature.


In yoga, we can incorporate oils that can fuel our minds and support our practice. These are great additions to room sprays or diffusers.

Rosemary – known for its ability to help the brain, rosemary oil is an excellent choice for focus and can be used to help get us going in the morning.

Bergamot – can help ease the transition from the work day to an after work class.


Essential oils are great for soothing sore muscles after a rigorous Vinyasa practice. They can cool us down when we heat up and can help us persevere during times where we need to sustain long poses.

Ginger – great for its ability to warm the body, ginger oil is soothing to muscle tissue and can be added to sesame or almond oil to massage overworked areas.

Peppermint – naturally cooling to the body, it can be added to water for a cooling foot or body spray.


There is no coincidence that we have used incense and aroma in meditation and for spiritual practice. Essential oils can help transport us to a place that is ethereal. Wear these oils or make a little scent blend to carry to class.

Sandalwood – long associated with spiritual traditions, sandalwood can calm the mind in preparation for meditation.

Lavender – relaxing and corresponding with the crown chakra, lavender is a true spiritual support.

About the Author

Charlynn Avery

Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing.  

Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, Thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and received her additional education through both Carlson College of Massage Therapy and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  

Although she loves natural healing, she loves yoga and spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport as she waits to make her next connection.


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