Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you’re just starting out, it’s important to remember that yoga is a journey. It’s a twisting a winding road that sometimes leads us to unexpected places – places we never imagined. On this journey, it’s quite possible that what used to work for your body may not work anymore or the reason you originally started practicing is no longer your main concern.
If you’ve enjoyed a yoga practice at MunA Yoga, you’ve noticed that we always offer our students access to essential oils at the beginning of class. A few people have asked the big question: Why?
Using different essential oils during a class can be a wonderful way to enhance a yoga practice by stimulating the senses even further. Here are a few different scents you can use to add depth to your yoga practice.
- Peppermint. If you’re want to awaken your mind, breath and muscles, peppermint is the essential oil for you. Use peppermint on sore muscles to allow more blood to flow to those regions. As a precaution, don’t rub peppermint near sensitive areas of the body (including around the eyes or too high up the inner thighs) as this will cause a burning sensation and other irritation.
- Lavender. Opposite to peppermint, lavender oil calms the mind with its light, floral scent. Use this essential oil to allow both your mind and body to become more relaxed as you practice.
- Eucalyptus. This essential oil acts as a natural decongestant and is perfect for reaching maximum breathing during your practice. Because our breath is so vital, being able to inhale and exhale completely is important to any practice. If you find it difficult to achieve these deep breaths, this oil can help you.
If you’ve never tried using essential oils in your yoga practice, don’t be intimidated to try. Depending on your mood and your body, you may want to experiment with a few different oils to find the one, two, three or more that work best for you. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, contact us today!
(Do you want to know how to apply essential oils during your practice? Here’s a blog post all about the three different ways to add aromatherapy to yoga.)