Using essential oils in your daily yoga practice can improve your practice, support the immune system, help you focus and lighten your mood. It is easy to simply add a few essential oils, and the impact is worth it and very enjoyable. I suggest using DoTerra essential oils for their purity and effectiveness. Below are a few suggestions on how to incorporate the oils:
For a mood balancing practice, began with DoTerra's breath essential oil, this supports a connection and deepens your breathing. Place a drop or two in your palms and bring them in a tent to your face. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. After breathing and grounding into your practices.
Next place a few drops of Peppermint oil at the top of the mat. Create a circle on your mat, repeating the circle a couple times. Peppermint oil works a lot like a mantra; it helps you focus and has calming properties. It is invigorating and supports intelligence through out your practice. Just before ending your practice, use Balance essential oils on the bottoms of your feet, and then relax into corpse pose.
If you need to make your practice quick, sun salutations are the way to go. With this start by sitting in lotus position at the top of your mat. Use one to two drops of peppermint oil in the palm of your hand, rub it together and breath in deeply, allow yourself to connect to your breath and clear your mind. Then apply the oil to your chest and over your lungs, this helps open the airways and prepare your body for effective oxygenation.
Once you are finished with this step use one drop of wild orange on your wrists and at the back of the neck. Inhale deeply and start your sun salutation practice. Once you are complete with the sun salutations, end your series by applying lavender oil at the bottom of your feet and resting in corpse pose.
Some people like to help the body detox during a yoga practice, if this is you, take two drops of Lemon essential oil in your water before and after your session to help flush toxins and cleanse the body.
For meditation, use Sandalwood and or Frankincense to balance the left and right hemisphere of the brain.
To clean your mat, use 4 oz of Water in a Glass Spray Bottle and add 10 drops of both Lavender and Melaleuca
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.