Use Essential Oils in Yoga Class
Use essential oils in yoga class to find balance and create optimal health. Yoga has healing properties for the mind and body. Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility. Yoga helps ease pains in the body like back pain. It benefits our heart health. It relaxes you to help you sleep better. Yoga is beneficial for the mental health and emotions. Yoga teaches us to breathe deeply and take control of our breath. Yoga slows the breath down to release stress on the nervous system.
We can maximize these healing properties when we combine yoga practice with essential oils. Yoga and Essential Oils can be combined together for some strong emotional and physical benefits. When we apply essential oils to skin, diffuse them, or drink them, we are taking the plants natural defense system for our own benefit. Aromatically, essential oils can directly affect the airways. It can affect our moods and emotions, and the aroma can purify the air. When used topically, essential oils can be applied directly to a specific area. When oils are ingested, they can directly support the digestive system and our immune system. So, use essential oils in yoga class to create optimal health.
Use Essential Oils in Yoga Class to Create a Healing Experience
Start by placing On Guard Doterra Blend (paid link) on your mat or in a diffuser. This will support a healthy immune response and strengthen the inner self. You are using the oil to directly affect the airways and elicit response. Keep a cup of water nearby to sip on and place Wild Orange (paid link) and Peppermint (paid link) in the cup. Wild Orange has uplifting properties that relieves feelings of anxiety and stress. Peppermint supports nervous system balance.
Sit in Sukhasana and place Balance Blend (paid link) on the arches of the feet. This harmonizes various physiological systems of the body. It promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Next move into baddha konasana. Watch this quick tutorial on the pose:
Move through cobra pose and child’s pose and then prepare for Vinyasa to warm the entire body. Place Melaleuca oil (paid link) (Tea Tree Oil) on the throat and chest. This will support a healthy immune response. It is the oil or energetic balance and clears negative energetic balance. When you use essential oils in yoga class, you will understand that the oils create both a physical and emotional stimulus. This is what creates balance and optimal health. Watch this tutorial for Vinyasa:
Create Health for the Body with Yoga
Now that the body is warm, move through yoga poses to stimulate health in the body.
Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Bend) will strengthen the hips and hamstrings while stretching the side body, chest, and shoulders. Just add a twist to this pose to stimulate the digestive system and relieve back pain.
Counter balance Parsvakonasana with reverse Warrior to stretch the other side of the body and take pressure off the hip.
Prasarita Paddotanasana will further open the hips and take pressure off the sacrum as the spine lengthens.
Bring the Emotions Into Class
With the body warm and stretched, we can further use essential oils in yoga class to elicit an emotional response combined with the physical response. Move your body into Balasana, child’s pose. Place Deep Blue Blend (paid link) and Aromatouch Blend (paid link) to your lower back and neck. This will help relieve muscle tension and support decreased inflammation (physical response). They will help calm the mind and allow you to live in the here and now (emotional response).
Counter balance poses bring balance and cultivate health in the body by stimulating and stretching muscle groups.
Paschimottonasana (forward bend) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose) are counter poses for health. Paschimottonasana stretches the back body as we engage the abdominals through uddiyana bandha to lengthen the hamstrings, stretch the hips, and lengthen the back. Bridge Pose strengthens the back body, glutes, low back, and hamstrings, while lengthening the front of the body through the quadriceps, psoas, abdominals, and chest.
Use Essential Oils in Yoga Class to Create Calm
Finish your balancing, healthy yoga and essential oils practice with Lavender oil on the brow swipe, and back of neck. This will assist with calming and sedation. It encourages self care and nurturing the self. Nurture yourself with some time in savasana. Use essential oils in yoga class for balance in cultivating optimal health.
All healing is first a healing of the heart.Carl Townsend
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