Essential Oil Uses During Yoga
3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Enhance Yoga Practice
Ah, the smell of a yoga studio. Incense, yoga mats, and moving bodies (/sweat).
Being on my mat is one of my happy places, whether that’s at home or in the studio.
In my yoga bag I love to keep a few essential oils for good smells during my practice.
Here is how I like to use them:
1. Mat Spray
A yoga mat spray can be just for good smells, or for an antibacterial quality. I like to fill a small spray bottle with water and about 15-20 drops total of my favorite scents, shake it up, and spray on my mat towel at the beginning of class. The water helps give the towel extra grip during hot yoga classes, and the smell soaks through to the mat over time and gives it a nice scent. My current blend is grapefruit, lemon, and lavender. However tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and would make for a great mat cleaner.
When I’m at home, my practice doesn’t feel complete without a candle burning or oils diffusing. I love that diffusing oils puts less pollutants into the air than incense or candles. When I first got my dog I was careful to look up which oils shouldn’t be diffused around dogs. My favorite blend lately for diffusing is rosemary, lemon, orange, and peppermint.
3. On My Skin
I always have my little bottle of “peace and calming” in my yoga bag. This is a YoungLiving Oil that is citrusy and a little bit floral. This oil should be diluted before being applied to the skin. I also love my doTERRA InTune roller ball that is already perfectly diluted and ready to roll on. It’s a very earthy, hippy scent that feels perfect for yoga and meditation.
If you’re needing inspiration for diffuser blends, pinterest has lots of ideas, and you can also search the website that you bought your oils from for blends specific to the oils that you already have. Happy sniffing!
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