Essential oils can also be inhaled or applied topically to certain areas of the body to increase energy, relaxation or focus, decrease stress, or deepen meditation. Below is a basic guide of how to use oils during your yoga practice.
- Purify: Diffusing oils like lemon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, Citrus Fresh(TM) essential oil, Thieves(R) essential oil or Purification(R) essential oil before or in between yoga class will purify the air while bringing a refreshing, uplifting energy to the space.
- Cleanse: For cleaning the studio floor, use Thieves Household Cleaner. This non-toxic product is safe for hardwood floors and can also be used for cleaning yoga mats and bathroom surfaces.
- Meditation (dhyana): Diffuse or directly inhale oils such as lavender essential oil, Peace & Calming(R) essential oil, or frankincense essential oil for a deepened, more relaxed experience.
- Breathing (pranayama): The pure aroma of essential oils such as frankincense essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and Raven(TM) essential oil assist in opening pathways to a more emotional state of mind via the pineal gland. Directly inhaling peppermint can help bring more oxygen to the brain.
- Exercise (asana): Topical application of oils such as Deep Relief(TM) essential oil roll-on, Pan Away(TM) essential oil, or peppermint essential oil may help alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint can also aid to increase focus and mental clarity, and when added to a cool glass of water, can help sooth minor stomach discomfort. Lavender essential oil can also be used to decrease post-practice muscle irritation.