What essential oils to diffuse during Yoga? Well, the choice is completely yours, but let me share my favorites. Essential oils + Yoga. in my opinion these two go hand in hand!
Diffusing essential oils during your yoga practice can help with the meditative effects and aid in concentration of your Yoga practice. For me, I find it certainly helps my concentration on the process of my flow routine and not so much on perfection of each pose within it.
Let’s start with the obvious oil of choice just by its name… Peace & Calming.from Young Living Canada. This is a heavy scent, so use sparingly, just a couple of drops in your diffuser will do.
This is a blended oil consisting of tangerine, ylang ylang, bluetansy, orange and patchouli. For some, the patchouli really comes out strong, so do take my advice when I say use it sparingly! This scent is said to encourage deep relaxation and may assist with meditation, for me this speaks absolutely true. And from Young Living Canada a little bottle of this heavenly oil is only $41 ($31 if you’re a distributor). With only needing a couple of drops this little bottle will go a ling, long way!
My next suggestion for you comes in your Young Living starter kit… Frankincense! I would say that this essential oil is used the most during my practice. It is a light and calming scent and is also one of the oldest recorded used oils. The Egyptians were known to have used this oil to promote younger, fresher looking skin. Although that is not its application for Yoga, Frankincense essential oil is also said to increase spirituality and inner strength both of which part of the primary purpose through Yoga. Come to think of it, maybe that is why it’s my favorite! Pictured to the right is my little place of diffusing during my Yoga practice. My diffuser sits next to my crystals, yes, I love crystals as they too hold healing properties.
Straight from the Young Living farm in British Columbia, Canada comes my next suggestion, Northern Lights Black Spruce.
The Young Living Canada Northern Lights farm in B.C. raises these trees for their purpose of becoming this wonderful essential oil. Every piece of the tree is utilized in making this oil, nothing is wasted. Diffusing this rich and woodsy essential oil scent is most welcoming during my Yoga practice and meditation. When diffused, it smells like you’re in the middle of a Forrest, it is absolutely lovely and very grounding.
Another one essential oil along the same line as the Northern Lights Black Spruce would be Cedarwood essential oil. Cedarwood when inhaled (diffused) can be calming which of course in turn enhances relaxation. This oil too comes from Young Living Canada.
You’ve probably guessed that I would be chatting about the next one on the list. Lavender essential oil… mix this one with a bit or peppermint essential oil and you’ve got a mixture that will open up the breath during your next Yoga practice.
Have some fun and venture into mixing your own blends to diffuse during yoga. Each and every essential oil has its own unique properties and speaks to us in different ways. What works for one might not work for the next. So get creative and try something new just for you.
Now that we’ve covered a few oil options for you, let’s talk diffusing methods.
Many think that the only way to diffuse is with a vaporizer diffuser which come in many shape, sizes and styles. But this isn’t the only way to get the best of essential oils during your yoga practice! Why not try a lava bead bracelet? I recommend a bracelet for yoga practice vs a necklace as the necklace will get in the way.
Let’s not forget about topical blending. FIRST THOUGH make sure you’re skin is not too sensitive! Sometimes applying oils directly to your skin can cause a rash. To prevent this. dilute the oils with a carrier such as vegetable oil or coconut oil. A blending example would be to apply a couple of drops of lavender on the left palm and then a couple of drops of peppermint on the right palm, rub your palms together to blend in this mixture for a wonderful scent that will last through your next yoga practice.
Well, that about covers it for now. I am sure this topic will come up again upon discovering new essential oils to diffuse during yoga! Yoga is something that is part of me each and every day. I have been practicing since my late teens, which brings me to saying I’ve been practicing for almost 20 years! YIKES…
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