Using these essential oils can make your yoga experience better

Published on: 25 March 2022, 19:52 pm IST

Essential oils are known to have therapeutic properties, and can be used to promote healing in conjunction with yoga.

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These essential oils will help you calm down during yoga. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Essential oils provide healing in a drop. Through different methods, the oils are derived from flowers, seeds, roots and many other parts of a plant. Working with these beautiful essences means that we are looking for a holistic approach to
health and well-being. This is what makes essential oils a perfect combination with our yoga practice.

Since we wish to benefit from the healing qualities of the oil, it is absolutely important to use only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils. Every oil has its unique qualities and uses. We need to check-in with ourselves
before a yoga class, to sense our needs. If our mind is racing, a calming and grounding oil is of service. If we are lethargic and hardly find motivation to step on the mat, an activating oil is needed.

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Essential oils are not just for fragrance. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s a list of some essential oils that work well for a yoga class:

1. Frankincense

Place it on your third eye and neck, take a few deep breaths and let the fragrance sink into your system. It is a sacred oil that has been in use for thousands of years. It improves focus and promotes feelings of peace and overall well-being. The calming effect is in a sattvic way, which is perfect to engage in a yoga practice.

2. Wild orange

This oil has a fruity fresh aroma with an uplifting and elevating effect on body and mind. If you need an extra push to step on your mat, this is the oil to use. Place 1-2 drops in your palms and gently rub them together. Open the palms and inhale deeply. Tune into the fragrance and sense into your body. Place your hands on your ankles and feet, lower back and wrists, and let the activation reach your entire body.

3. Rosemary

This essential oil has been in use for thousands of years to strengthen and purify our system. If you are starting a strong vinyasa or ashtanga flow, take a few drops of rosemary in your palms, rub your hands together and then inhale the fragrance. Its potency enters your mind, provides a clear focus and activates strength through your body. This oil is best avoided during pregnancy and if you suffer from high BP.

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Rosemary oil can help you improve focus. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Peppermint

This is an all-rounder. It helps with digestion, muscle pain, headaches, and facilitates breathing. Since it has a cooling effect, peppermint oil is often used during strong yoga flows. Place 1-2 drops on your chest and you will have an open breathing passage throughout the class. If you have sore muscles after the class, rub a few drops on the places in need. An extra tip: if you have a good hot shower, place a few drops on the floor. The oil evaporates with the hot water and you receive a steam inhalation, while taking a shower.

5. Marjoram

In ancient cultures, Marjoram was known as a symbol of joy and happiness. It has a beautifully calming effect on the nervous system and a positive impact on the immune system. If you apply it on the back of your neck, it will lessen feelings of stress and open the gates to higher consciousness.

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Peppermint oil has a cooling effect. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Geranium and lavender

This essential oil helps to protect ourselves from mosquitoes during the Indian summer and monsoon months. Take a few drops of these two oils and spread on different parts of your body before Savasana. It will provide much relaxation.

Isabelle Karan Isabelle Karan

Healer, Yoga Trainer, Meditation, and Pranayama expert

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