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