Depending on the oil and its properties (and any past experiences you’ve had with the smell), the result is usually an emotional response and/or a memory. In most cases (since essential oils usually smell pleasant) this triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, such as serotonin or dopamine. Getting the brain to release these neurotransmitters is the primary effect of aromatherapy, helping keep our bodies in a healthy and happy state. Knowing this, we can scientifically explain how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects.
There are two powerful ways to incorporate essential oils into your yoga routine. The first is by diffusing the essential oil into the room to get the amazing benefits of inhalation aromatherapy. Yoga is a breathing-focused practice, so it is an ideal time to incorporate aromatherapy inhalation because, with slow, deep breaths, your body can better disperse and apply the oil to the necessary areas. The second is to apply essential oil directly to your pulse points with a rollerball, which will help improve your circulation and disperse the powerful effects. However, since we are doing yoga, I would not recommend applying to the wrists because the carrier oil may cause us to slip on our mats. Applying the oil to the neck or upper chest is good because it will be close to the nose, for aromatherapy purposes. The third way is to create a wonderful mat mist with distilled water & Essential Oils. (5% dilution)
A word of caution (from experience): if you are using oil for the first time, make sure you enjoy the smell of it for more than 15 minutes before your yoga practice. Based on how you are feeling, here is a list of Essential Oils to use to deepen your practice.
You can use either one of them or make a blend
To Reduce Lethargy & Get Stability
Cedarwood Essential Oil, Geranium, Orange
For Clarity & Strength
Cedarwood Essential Oil, Rosemary, Basil
For Balance & Harmony
Frankincense, Palmarosa, Lavender
Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver
Lavender, Peppermint, Bergamot Mint
Cedarwood Essential Oil, Geranium, Ginger
Black Pepper, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Lemon, Eucalyptus
We can’t wait for you to try making your own Aromatherapy blends and tap into the powers of your sense of smell.
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