How Essential Oils Can Enhance Your Yoga Routine
If you’re active on social media, you probably have at least one friend who hosts those essential oil parties. They post about their favorite peppermint oil when they have a sore throat and the best lavender oil to use at bedtime. They swear by these essential oils so earnestly that you might start to wonder what all the fuss is about.
If you’ve used essential oils, you know first-hand just how powerful and pleasant they can be.
Whether you’re a seasoned essential oil user who has a diffuser at your desk, or whether you’re a bit skeptical about the concept in the first place, our yoga studio wants to elaborate on the use of essential oils for yoga.
They might not be for everybody, especially if you suffer from allergies, but they can add an extra aromatherapy layer to your yoga routine!
Essential oils are a highly concentrated solution of natural oils found in plants, bark, leaves, or roots.
Some oils come blended with carrier oils (like jojoba or grapeseed), while others remain in their purest form. Blended essential oils are safe to use on the skin, but make sure not to drop any concentrated oils onto your skin if they aren’t mixed with a carrier oil!
How Can Essential Oils Help My Yoga Practice?
Scent has been used as a tool for meditation for centuries. Incense, burning candles, and essential oils all have a common place in meditative routines. Smells help to ground and focus our minds. It’s much easier to concentrate on a concrete smell than it is to quiet our mind monkeys alone.
Yoga is a form of moving meditation, and we all know how hard it can be sometimes to stay present. Think of scent like an anchor. It naturally connects us to our environment and allows our minds to gently focus instead of to fixate.
If you want to experience the power of essential oils and yoga first-hand, be sure to sign up for Essential Oils + Yoga with J’nae Williamson and Mayra Powers. This special class will use essential oils during a flow to restore, clear, and relax the body.
You can sign up online or visit our yoga studio in West Houston for more information!
Recommended Essential Oils for Yoga
We want to preface this by reminding everyone to be aware of their yoga studio environment before using strong essential oils, fragrances, or perfumes. While lavender might quiet your mind, it also might enrage the sinuses of the yogi next to you.
Feel free to ask our yoga studio team more about essential oil etiquette the next time you practice!
When you have the go-ahead or you’re practicing on your own, we highly recommend these essential oils:
- Strengthening and grounding — sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, frankincense
- Clear breathing — peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, rosemary, cardamom
- Calming — lavender, chamomile, geranium
- Clarifying — bergamot, lemon, orange
- Energizing— clary sage, lemon, lime, white fir
- Cleansing — tea tree, grapefruit, lemongrass
If you’re curious about using essential oils during your yoga practice, be sure to join our yoga studio for this awesome event!