Today I had the privilege of attending a class/workshop on using essential oils while doing yoga. It was put on by the author of The Essential Yoga Program, which is where a lot of this information came from. It outlines monthly classes and uses for oils in each one of those classes – what an amazing resource for a wellness center or any location that offers yoga! You could even use it in your own home, which is why I do want to highlight oils we used today. I want you to be able to try them out and see if it’s something you enjoy!
We started the class by diffusing a holiday-themed blend of oils. It was like Christmas in a bottle! The oils in this blend have a variety of purposes, including: promoting an uplifted mood, supporting the immune system, maintaining physical and emotional well-being, cleansing, and providing feelings of comfort. Interested in purchasing it? Head here!
So, as you can imagine, the room smelled amazing and we felt energized, uplifted, safe, soothed, and prepped for a great yoga class.
Next, we were given a drop of Peppermint to rub between our palms and inhale. It’s an energizing oil that supports alertness and clarity. That woke us up and got us primed for our class! It also promotes healthy respiratory function (great for congestion!), and so our breathing was primed.
We were then given a drop of Frankincense (one of my favs!) to rub together in our palms, inhale, and rub on the bottoms of our feet. You can also diffuse this oil while practicing yoga to focus your intention for the day. It helps to promote feelings of relaxation and balance your mood.
At this point, the exercises began and we went through a some general yoga poses. Shortly after, we applied White Fir to our chests. This oil reduces stress and evokes feelings of stability and empowerment. It also provides soothing support to sore muscles and joints.
Next, we continued through our yoga moves until we relaxed into child’s pose for an extended period of time. While we were stretching, the instructors came around and applied Thyme to our lower backs. First of all, it felt amazing because it was applied with some oomph (or a massage therapist’s touch, if you will). It helped to open my hips a little more and provided comforting pressure on my lower back. Thyme is known to promote a sense of alertness. It also has a cleansing effect on the skin. (Have I said lately how amazing these oils are?? I don’t think so…so let me say it again: these oils are AMAZING! They have so many benefits and support so many functions. Anyway, I digress…)
After a few more moves it was time to close the class up and that meant it was also time for my favorite pose….corpse pose (More formally known as Savasana. I talked about it in this post here!). I love just laying there and zoning out. It really brings me to my zen place. While we were laying there, the instructors came around and applied Wild Orange to our third eye (the center of your forehead), down our temples and across the backs of our necks. First of all, Wild Orange smells HEAVENLY. It is also so uplifting and energizing. I left class smelling of Wild Orange for a few hours! It was fantastic, especially because I went grocery shopping afterward 😉
So…although that was a BRIEF overview, I hope you get the picture of how much essential oils can help your yoga practice and general well-being!! If you’re looking for more info, look for this book: The Essential Yoga Program!
Visit my page Essential Oils for more information on how to join the world of essential oils!
Remember that these products have not been tested or approved by the FDA. Any essential oil product, recipe or protocol suggested here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.