Combining essential oil use with yoga practice can powerfully enhance feelings o f well-being and groundedness. Many of my students find that the use of essential oils while practicing yoga helps refine their focus and mental clarity, deepen their mental and emotional grounding, strengthen the body-mind connection, increase their stamina, and reduce muscle and joint pain and tension.
Here are two of my students’ favorite essential oils:
Lavender Oil: Considered the most common essential oil, lavender oil has benefits that include a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach, and general nervous tension.
Peppermint Oil: Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and is used for a variety of medicinal, cosmetic, and culinary purposes. Peppermint essential oil is thought to have a calming, soothing effect on a tense mind.
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There is a safe way to incorporate essential oils into your yoga routine. It’s by diffusing the essential oil into the room to get the amazing benefits of inhalation aromatherapy. You may use a room diffuser or a mist bottle to diffuse your favorite scents into the air. Yoga is a breathing-focused practice, so it is an ideal time to incorporate aromatherapy inhalation. With slow, deep breaths, your body can better disperse and apply the oil to the necessary areas.
I’ve always been fascinated by the similarities in terms of the mind-body connection between practicing yoga and listening to music. When I began my yoga practice, I realized music could have a profound and positive impact on it. As my home yoga practice grew, I realized that a few songs could take me deeper into the yoga poses. Not only was I able to stretch further, but I was also able to connect with myself on a deeper level. I feel very liberated and deeply moved. I also notice my students experiencing the same type of music-yoga and mind-body connection when the right melody gets into their ears. Here is one of their favorite playlists; I would love for you to give them a try the next time you’re on your yoga mat.
Putumayo World Music introduces people to the music of the world’s cultures. There are four albums of yoga music on their website. Each album contains 60-75 minutes of music that enhances the yoga experience and creates a peaceful, relaxing environment. My students’ favorite is the World Yoga album This album takes a relaxing journey around the world with songs from Mali to Nepal and beyond. Other albums help soothe your mind and ease your soul with meditative and relaxing melodies.