Yoga’s practices are designed to help us become more aware of our body, mind, and spirit. One of our most primal senses is the sense of smell. Our bodies are tuned to pick out a wealth of critical information by scent.
We know if a food is safe to eat. We recognize the scent of home. We pick up on subtle hormonal clues about those around us without even consciously realizing it. This is why essential oils can play a really important part of your wellness.
Here you will learn the benefits of using aromatherapy during yoga PLUS yoga essential oil blends you can make at home.
Aromatherapy and Yoga
In our modern world, we often don’t give a lot of thought to the sense of smell. We often focus on the way things look. The decorations on the walls and shelves. We tweak the audio aspects of music, choosing just the right song, but it’s the sense of smell that underlies everything. It creates the foundation on which all else is built. That is the science of aromatherapy.
The beauty of essential oils and aromatherapy is that they can perfectly complement the exact intention you present for your current yoga practice.
One of the main keys to aromatherapy is that it is incredibly unique from person to person. You know best, for yourself, which scents you react positively with. Try pairing your healing scents with gentle stretches such as the downward-facing dog.
Yoga Essential Oil Blends
Healing with Aromatherapy
Are you looking to heal and renew yourself? You would choose a scent which you find warming and enriching.
It could be that for you the scent of a rose reminds you of a beloved grandmother. It could be that for someone else it is the musk of patchouli oil that brings that warm healing sensation. Not sure what to pick? Try this diffuser blend:
Healing Connection Diffuser Blend
- 4 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Frankincense
- Aromatherapy Diffuser
Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.
Serenity with Aromatherapy
On some days, what you seek will be a sense of peace and comfort. The knowledge that everything will be all right. Traditional calming scents include lavender oil and chamomile essential oil – but, again, this may be unique for you.
Some people hate the scent of lavender. That’s all right, there are many more calming oils that can be substituted! Build your own personal aromatherapy oil kit which meets your specific needs.
Here is an oil blend for yoga, a calming and healing lotion recipe. Use while in a tree pose or child’s pose for contemplation.
Yoga Calm Lotion Blend
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil
- 2 drops Cypress essential oil
- 1 oz Unscented lotion
- 1 oz glass jar
Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to jar, stir to blend together. Rub onto skin for a calming and grounding effect.
Energizing with Aromatherapy
There are times when you crave a yoga session that lifts you and gets you ready for the tasks ahead. You can explore the citrus oils like lemon, orange, and grapefruit essential oil for this.
What lifts your spirit? What opens your eyes and gets you moving? Some flow yoga could be just what you need to get your heart rate going!
Post-Yoga Energy Roller Blend
- 4 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
- Jojoba Oil
- 10 ml Roller Bottle
Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, roll onto arms, chest, shoulders, and neck after your workout.
Energizing Room Spray
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops Spearmint essential oil
- 5 drops Lemon essential oil
- 1 tablespoon grain alcohol (optional)
- Distilled Water
- 2 oz glass spray bottle
Directions: Add all essential oils and grain alcohol (like Everclear, to keep blend fresh) into the spray bottle, swirl to blend. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake to mix together and spritz into the air.
There are many ways in which to add these scents into your environment. Some people prefer diffusers. Others enjoy diffuser beads or jewelry that can absorb the aromas.
Whether you go with a dab of essential oils on the wrist or a roomful of scent, make sure you connect with that most important sense. You’ll be surprised how much more fully engaged your practice becomes.
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