Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to stimulate the senses and remedy ailments. Essential oils are the pure extracts from common plants such as Peppermint, Lavender, and Eucalyptus. They can be utilized many ways during yoga to enhance and invigorate your practice. You can try our signature blends of premium essential oils, designed to be easily incorporated into your yoga session, in our online store by clicking here. Use the Coupon Code “YOGA” to save 20% on your first order.
1. To Stay Focused on the Breath During Movement
Yoga is more than just exercise for the body. With practice, it becomes a moving meditation that enables profound synchronicity between the mind and body. Many forms of yoga, such as Ashtanga, require each inhalation and exhalation to correspond to exact movements, which puts focus, breathing, and body in the same temple throughout each session.
This is easier said than done. Focus is hard to retain as your body grows during sessions. Aromatherapy can help you to retain focus during yoga sessions. By applying a dab of blended peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oil to your upper lip, nose, temples, or neck, your breathing takes on a refreshing quality. Focus becomes enhanced through the strength of each blend, and each mind-body-spirit aspect of your Yoga practice improves.
2. To Coax the Mind Away from Thought Patterns and into the Body
Minds love to wander. Grasping, seeking, wondering, analyzing, planning, exploring… the mind is working overtime nearly every waking moment. Yoga is an opportunity to shine the mind’s eye directly into the body and regain a more complete awareness of yourself. Aromatherapy
stimulates the senses, drawing attention away from thought-patterns and into your practice in the present moment.
3. To Invigorate and Energize Before and During Practice
Life can be exhausting. It’s not easy to commit to your exercise routine alongside work and family responsibilities. Even as sun salutations begin, you might be craving a warm bed and long nap. Applying a dab of blended Peppermint and Eucalyptus to the nose and temples provides a natural jolt of energy, so you can dive into practice feeling invigorated, without having to use caffeine or artificial stimulants. Consider it Yogi-approved, zero-calorie, on-demand natural wakefulness.
4. To Relax and Stay Centered After Practice
Are you able to maintain feelings of clarity and wakefulness from the time you step off the mat throughout the rest of the day? Stressors of daily life tend to creep back into the mind quickly. Try a dab of blended Lavender and Vanilla essential oils to help maintain your peaceful awareness throughout the day.
5. To Create an Object of Awareness during Meditation and Breathing Practice
As your Yoga practice begins to incorporate periods of meditation, it is helpful to have an object of concentration. This can be visual (perhaps a golden buddha), auditory (a gong or bell), or focused on the breathing process. Aromatherapy aids in keeping awareness on the breath during meditation periods, enabling a stronger focus and enhanced practice session.
Of course, we recommend trying aromatherapy during Yoga on your own to see how it improves your practice. You can try our signature blends of premium essential oils, made to be easily incorporated into your yoga session in our online store by clicking here. Use the Coupon Code “YOGA” to save 20% on your first order.
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