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.