Feeling Sore? Learn How To Combine Essential Oils With Your Yoga Practice

by Nisha Gulati

Creating a marriage between your mind, body and soul requires ardent dedication and an open mind towards a lifestyle that includes a regular combination of yoga asanaspranayama, meditation, good nutrition, and holistic healing.

Aromas produced from rare essential oils can create a significant improvement in the way you experience your yoga practice, final savasana, and ultimately the rest of your day.

Importance Of Being A Well-Oiled Machine
Relaxation, boosting one’s immunity, relieving sore muscles, managing one’s weight, creating an alert mind, healing migraines, and decreasing stress are just a few of the touted benefits of diffusing essential oils in your personal yoga space.

Essential oils are extracted from flowers, plant seeds, roots, bark, and stems. Since each person’s body makeup is different, what may work for one person, may not work for another. So it is very important to test yourself and be open to trying out different scents to reap Mother Nature’s goodness that appeals to your personal, physical and mental well-being.

Infuse, Don’t Use
The best ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life are to use oil lamps in your personal yoga space, and clean your mat/clothes with oil (preferably peppermint, lavender, tea tree or orange).

As a word of caution, never apply oils directly to your skin or consume orally without expert guidance. And, always respect your teachers and fellow students if you practice at a studio. What may be an uplifting scent for you, can prove to be a repulsive one to others so it is always best to avoid applying any scent when in a shared space.

Find Your Match

  • If you are looking to uplift your mood, drop the coffee and try one of these oils: White flower, lime, clary sage, lemon or cassia. These also work well for days you’re feeling too lazy to hit the gym or get started on that at-home workout.
  • Feeling sore or experiencing DOMs after a workout session? Ditch the anti-inflammatory balms and pills and try reveling in the goodness of rosemary, cypress, lavender, wintergreen, basil, or coriander oil instead.
  • If you’re looking to clear out those sinuses and improve your breathing, take your pick from cardamom, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and myrrh oils.

Don’t let the many benefits of essential oils for relieving muscle sores, burn fat, and relax and de-stress your mind escape you. Think about it. Aren’t your R&R massages all about the oils and their ability to alleviate tension, spasms, and cranks in the body?

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