Therapeutic Yoga and aromatherapy are both holistic and ancient practices, and both give the yoga enthusiast physical, mental and spiritual benefits. If you enjoy yoga, then you are going to love aromatherapy yoga. Aromatherapy yoga is the use of carefully chosen essential oils, used specifically to enhance and intensify your yoga experience.
Therapeutic Yoga in itself is very relaxing but when you introduce aromatherapy oils, the experience is out of this world. One of the main areas of yoga is breathing. When we inhale at the correct moment it helps us achieve the best of each stretch and allows the areas that are blocked to open and benefit from the oils healing properties. Using an oil diffuser is a brilliant way to fill a room with a wonderful an relaxing aroma. Some essential oils that are used are Frankincense, it has been widely used for depression, and can rejuvenate the immune system, Peppermint oil is often used to enhance mental clarity and Lavender oil is well known and widely used for its calming and relaxing properties and therefore is an excellent oil to use while doing your yoga.
Remember that all essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, but mixed with a carrier oil first such as grape-seed oil. Another great way to use these oils while you are practicing your yoga is to apply the oil to specific pulse points on your body, like the neck and wrists.
Imagine your therapeutic yoga session beginning with dimmed lighting, soothing music and your favorite aromatherapy oils permeating throughout the room. Your body will embrace this experience and you will benefit from the healing qualities this exhilarating experience will bring to you.
The practice of aromatherapy with yoga aims to up hold the well-being of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy achieves this through incorporating the diffusion of pure plant essential oils that influence and heighten physical wellness, and enhance our state of mind. By blending therapeutic yoga and aromatherapy it can be very powerful in enhancing your yoga journey.
The three main key methods of application are:
- Diffusing – The yoga practice area is filled with the aromatic essential oils to create an inspiring and motivating balanced mood, which also has the effect of enhancing our breathing.
- Purifying – essential oils are also powerful cleansing and deodorizing agents, the yoga mat can be wiped down before the session to clear the atmosphere of unwanted smells.
- Anointing – essential oils can be used to massage the body to enhance the warm up and stretching of the muscles before your session.
Like any form of self-improvement, the practice of therapeutic yoga requires motivation and diligence, if your aim is to achieve balance with the mind, body and spirit. By incorporating the effective properties of essential oils with their aromatic qualities, no doubt will be of great benefit and give you a truly amazing experience.
If you haven’t already experienced therapeutic yoga with aromatherapy, then now is the time to start, you will soon understand why millions of people all over the world are enjoying the combination of aromatherapy with their yoga practice.