How to Combine Yoga with Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and yoga are complementary healing practices. By combining these two practices into one, you can exponentially increase the benefits of them both and further their therapeutic elements.
5 Ways to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Yoga Practice
- Use the Sleepy Head or Essential Oil Blend to Further Relax in Your Yin Yoga Class
With a relaxing blend of lavender and frankincense, the Sleepy Head Essential Oil Blend or Mist can greatly improve the calming benefits from your Yin Yoga practice. Yin Yoga is often used to improve sleep and heal the body, so by massaging a bit of this blend (mixed with a carrier oil such as almond oil) onto the bottoms of your feet during Yin Yoga, you can deepen these effects and further promote inner peace. Alternatively practice with the lights off and just the light of a Sleepy Head aromatherapy candle. If you haven’t tried candle lit yoga before, you will love! Alternatively go for Calm which contains lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, rosemary and frankincense.
- Add the Invigorate Essential Oil Blend to Energise Your Vinyasa Yoga Practice
Vinyasa Yoga and aromatherapy also go very well together, particularly when you use more energising essential oils. Yoga is energising for the body naturally, so when you use some essential oils such as the Invigorate Essential Oil Blend, it can further awaken your body and mind. Try rubbing a bit of this blend (mixed with a carrier oil) on the back of your neck before practicing yoga. Invigorate Essential Oil Blend contains peppermint, lime and rosemary, which are great for waking up the mind and revitalising the body with yoga.
- Wake Up in the Morning with Yoga and a Burst of the Happy or Revive Atmosphere Mist
Before you practice yoga in the morning, try spraying a burst of the Happy or Revive Atmosphere Mists to rejuvenate your mind and prepare yourself for a rejuvenating yoga practice. Practicing yoga in the morning is the best time to use aromatherapy because the scents can go deeper into your lungs and awaken you from the inside out. The Happy blend contains a mix of lime, basil and clementine, and the Revive blend contains lemongrass, ginger, lime and bergamot which are all highly beneficial for awakening the mind and lifting up your soul.
- Spray Some Purify Space Cleansing Mist Before Relaxing into Savasana or Meditation
When practicing meditation or savasana, the final resting pose in a yoga class, it is always good to cleanse the space. Traditional yogis used incense, but essential oils are a wonderful alternative that can offer greater therapeutic benefits. Particularly with the Purify Space Cleansing Mist, this blend of sage, lemon, rosemary and oregano is specially made to reduce any negative energy or tension in your mind and spiritually cleanse the area.
- Deepen Your Restorative Yoga Practice and Relax with Restore Essential Oil
Restorative Yoga is a deeply grounding yoga practice often used to help you prepare for sleep and relieve tension. When you use the Restore Essential Oil Blend or the Restore Aromatherapy Soy Candle while practicing Restorative Yoga, it can help you further relax into a calm state and restore your body, mind, and soul. Restore is a blend of eucalyptus, cedarwood, coriander and black pepper.
Essential oils in blends, mists, and candles are a highly therapeutic offering to use together with yoga. When yoga and aromatherapy are combined, it exponentially increases the benefits of both of these practices, improving your mind, body, and soul all at once. So try to incorporate aromatherapy into your yoga practice today and see the multitude of benefits for yourself!