January 22, 2019
Yoga and aromatherapy are both ancient practices that offer a holistic approach to health. Both of these practices have gained popularity over the last few decades as people look to better their health the natural way. Combining these two ancient practices allows for full healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
Originating from India sometime around 3,000 B.C., yoga is a traditional Hindu practice that began as a way to achieve harmony between the physical body and spirit on the path of enlightenment. Yoga combines postures, breathing, exercises, and deep relaxation.
Practicing yoga has many promising health benefits, including:
Essential oils are powerful tools that have been used for thousands of years to improve health and vitality. But did you know that the use of aromatherapy in your yoga practice can help enhance your experience while giving you the therapeutic benefits of essential oils? Plus, they smell good (;
You can incorporate essential oils into your routine for both their emotional and physical benefits. You can use essential oils aromatically or topically when practicing yoga. When choosing essential oils for your yoga practice, it is important to decide what your intentions are. Yoga teaches you that each day and each moment is different, and you must recognize that you are ever-changing. This means that the essential oils you use must change to reflect what you are working on that day.
When choosing essential oils for your yoga practice, ask yourself “How am I feeling today?” or “What is the focus of this yoga practice?” Answering these questions will help you choose which essential oils to use during practice. Below are some of our favorite essential oils for yoga.
RMO Chakra Blends — Find balance and harmony with our Chakra Blends. This kit includes seven signature blends crafted for each individual chakra. Chakras are energy centers in the subtle body that are used in a variety of yoga and meditation techniques. Our chakra blends restore balance and realign your chakras.
RMO Balance — Balance is a unique blend of Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Geranium, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Sage, Spruce, Frankincense, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Neroli, and it is crafted to bring peace of mind. Balance helps to center yourself, generate feelings of wellbeing, and coax out your inner peace.
Sacred Frankincense — A rare and precious oil, Sacred Frankincense features a warm, spicy, and woodsy aroma. This essential oil has been used since ancient times for its therapeutic benefits. Sacred Frankincense balances emotions, combats stress, and connects the body and mind, making it a useful oil to diffuse or apply during yoga practice.
Sandalwood — Presenting a woodsy, earthy, and grounding aroma, Sandalwood is an essential oil typically used to enhance meditation and yoga techniques. This essential oil enhances deeper meditation, brings emotional balance, and grounds the mind. Sandalwood has been used with traditional yoga practices for thousands of years.
When incorporating aromatherapy into your yoga practice, you can either diffuse the essential oils, apply them topically, or use aromatherapy jewelry. Out of respect to other people and their sensitives, if you decide to use essential oils during your practice, it is best to do it at home or check with your yoga studio to see if they allow the use of essential oils.
Diffusion — When practicing at home, diffusion is a wonderful option to incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only will the diffuser disperse the aroma throughout your practice, but it will also double as a focal point. Focal points allow you to relax your mind and help you focus during tough balancing exercises that can require you to steady your gaze on still objects.
Topical Application — Applying essential oils topically is a great way to receive the oils’ therapeutic benefits into the bloodstream. When applying oils to your skin for your yoga practice, it is important not to apply the oils in places that come in contact with your mat, as the oils could be slippery. Some areas to apply your essential oils include the crown of the head, the neck, behind the ears, on the chest and abdominal areas, and on the inside of elbows. Remember to always properly dilute essential oils with a carrier oil when applying them topically, or use a pre-diluted blend.
Aromatherapy Jewelry — Another way to incorporate aromatherapy into your yoga practice is to add a few drops of essential oil to an aromatherapy bracelet or necklace. This gives you a way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils in a more subtle way.
With so many different beneficial reasons incorporate essential oils into your yoga practices, it is time for you to choose an oil that balances what you need. Keep in mind that there are plenty of essential oils that will provide positive effects to your practice including but not limited to the ones listed above.
By incorporating the right essential oils in your yoga practice, you can optimize each session and achieve maximum health benefits.