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Top 3 Essential Oils for a Sweeter Savasana

Utter relaxation, integrating the breath while quieting the mind, and achieving a total sense of equanimity—these are the ultimate goals of Savasana, or Corpse pose. Putting the body through a flow of poses, both challenging and rewarding, culminates in this balancing pose where you can embrace total surrender.

We have all been there. We subconsciously assess ourselves during our practice and while teaching our classes. We feel constricted in areas where we hold onto our tension. We push our asanas further to gain the benefits of strength and flexibility. We twist, stretch, contort, contract, and upend ourselves. Finally, we get to blissfully relax into the wondrous relaxed state that is Savasana.

After such a rigorous workout, this resting pose should render itself simple and easy to accomplish. However, due to overactive egos, we have a hard time turning off the mind chatter and allowing ourselves to relinquish judgment to our quiet, meditative breath. When teaching Savasana, the addition of certain scents may help here.

Essential oils for Savasana

While we can’t enhance our postures beyond what our muscles allow, we can utilize essential oils to aid in quieting our thoughts. There are a few essential oils that are known to quiet the mind and naturally aid in creating an alpha state simply by inhalation. The top three that would greatly enhance Savasana are the following.

  • Patchouli: This essential oil, popular in the 60’s as a love potion, has strong sedative effects and aids in reducing anxiety. Its earthy, musky scent grounds us and helps us to feel comforted within ourselves.
  • Chamomile (Roman or German): Chamomile supports both muscular and emotional release of tension. Its lovely scent settles restlessness in the body, allowing muscles to let go of constricting tension for a blissful Savasana.
  • Sandalwood: Part of a precious wood, sandalwood oil has been used in temples throughout India because of its aromatic nature. The wood gives off vaporous scents that have an affinity for quieting and easing the mind, allowing calmness and a softening of unnecessary self-talk.

Use oils wisely

As your students lay there in a meditative state at the end of their yoga journey, aromatherapy offers an extra layer of mindfulness. But this tool should be added with caution. A small dab of diluted oil on the bottom of the feet or crown chakra should be adequate, but first check with students to see if they have skin sensitivities or allergies. Avoid overwhelming the senses with too much scent that interferes with settling into Savasana. Diffusing the oils in the room in a diffuser can keep the scent moderate and enjoyable.

With these and other essential oils, encourage a more fulfilling Savasana for yourself and your students.

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Cary Caster
Cary Caster
Cary Caster is the spirit of 21 drops®! For as far back as she can remember, Cary has felt a strong connection to plants and nature. From the orange trees she loved to climb as a child in Miami to the desert scrub of the Utah wilderness she explored as a teenager, Cary was never one for staying cooped up indoors. It was no surprise to Cary’s friends and family that she embraced her passion for nature in her professional life. She majored in horticulture at the University of Florida, went on to pursue her graduate studies in ethnobotany at Lehman College, and managed the Rare Plant House at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden on the continental United States. She furthered her education, earning academic and clinical degrees in anatomy and physiology and eventually moved to Europe to earn her certification as an Aromatherapist from the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy in the UK as well as her Advanced Clinical Certification from Essential Oil Resource Consultants in France. It was during this time that she became truly fascinated by the transformative and healing powers of essential oils. Cary used this knowledge to raise her three children in a natural and healthy home. Never treating them with antibiotics or over-the-counter medications, she created her own natural, first-aid-kit of custom-made therapeutic oil blends for pain, colds, allergies and other childhood ailments She used essential oils to help them get up in the morning, to calm them during times of stress, and to inspire and focus them to do their best each day. Today, not only is Cary the founder and expert behind 21 drops®, but she shares her devotion to healing by sitting on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and has been featured as an essential oil expert in the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living, among others. Cary offers continuing education classes in Aromatherapy at the University of Miami’s iCAMP program, and throughout the country.

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