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Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Everyday Yoga Practice

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Across the globe, we, as cultural beings, incorporate song, dance, food, music, and plants to our traditional events when we want to create a sensorial depth of meaning to our experiences.

This is what we usually describe as creating ceremony. When we do this mindfully with great awareness and intention, this ceremony becomes further enhanced as a sacred ritual.

Every yoga practice has certain components of ritual incorporated into it. When we look to enhance our practice, we can add other elements so that all the senses are involved to make an even greater impact.

We may add singing bowls, gongs or background music, scents or incense, and certain color lighting or decor, to generate an ambiance that we feel will encourage a more mindful experience.

Scents for the senses

It is with this knowledge that adding essential oils to our yoga practice can bring about unique desired results on many levels. Utilizing different essential oils can create different effects on the senses.

  • Invigorating essential oils such as rosemary, lemon, or peppermint will awaken and refresh.
  • Earthy scented essential oils like marjoram, patchouli, or geranium can help create an atmosphere of security and comfort.
  • Grounding essential oils such as cedarwood, juniper, and laurel can help to generate sensations of stability and assuredness.
  • Enlightening essential oils such as sandalwood and frankincense help to relax the mind and allow for spiritual liberation and tranquility to engulf one’s being.

Application methods

Incorporating essential oils into your yoga practice can be done in a number of ways.

1. Diffusing

Essential oils can be diffused into the studio or room where you are practicing. There are numerous diffusers on the market but it is typically best to use a nebulizing diffuser without the addition of water, so there’s less dilution of the oil in the vapor.

2. Anointing

Applying a dab of safely diluted essential oil onto one’s third eye chakra or on the corner of a mat or towel, will allow one the opportunity to inhale a whiff while moving through their yoga postures.

3. Room Mist

Creating a mist to spray over one’s mat or towel, or over oneself is also a nice enhancement without being overwhelming, as you only need a 1 percent dilution to be effective in this form.

Create your own room mist:

  • Fill a 1-ounce bottle with ¾ distilled water and ¼ aloe vera gel.
  • Add 5 to 8 drops of your favorite essential oil into the bottle.
  • Mix the solution well before spraying onto your mat.

4. Lotion

One can also create a lotion, oil, or cream with a 3 to 4 percent dilution of essential oils. Rub the oil on the bottom of the feet or on the heart chakra before or during one’s practice to bring about these sensory changes.

Incorporating these oils extracted from plant parts also brings the high vibration of the plant world right to our mats. This helps us to connect to something much greater than ourselves, and yet touches that very same inner light within us, that reminds us we are all part of the same.

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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