The first time I was ever tried essential oils was through a yogi friend. It was eucalyptus and the scent really took me to a new place as I inhaled and focused on the smell and forgot about what was wandering around in my mind. I love pairing essential oils with my yoga practice. Using essential oils in yoga can take your experience to a whole new level and give you a much richer experience, whether you are going for an energizing session or a restorative, calming session. Some people have a hard time calming their mind, even in yoga. When using essential oils during your yoga practice, depending on the oil you use, many different things can happen. Check out some of my recommendations:
To use: dab on pressure points (wrists, behind ears, base of skull, bottoms of feet) or diffuse into the air during your practice.
For an energizing practice:
Wild Orange: Energizing and uplifting. The oil of abundance. Dab on wrists right before your practice or diffuse.
Respiratory Blend, Peppermint or Cardamom: Helps you focus on breathing by opening your airways and providing respiratory support. Dab on chest or diffuse.
For a restorative, calming practice:
Calming Blend: softens the heart and promotes relaxation. Dab over heart and on pressure points or diffuse.
Cedarwood: Quiets the mind and promotes relaxation. Dab over heart and on pressure points or diffuse.
Lemon: add a few drops to your water (in glass, not plastic) to promote a natural detox. And it tastes great!
Protective Blend: make a spritz of a few drops of Protective Blend in a small glass spray bottle and spritz down your mat just before or just after a session for added immune support and to chase away threats.