Yogi Essentials

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.”

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.”

The practice of yoga is beneficial to the mind and the body. Did you know that you can use your essential oils to increase your focus, deepen your intention, and enhance your practice both mentally and physically?  You can enhance your yoga practice by incorporating essential oils into your regular practice.  

I’ve been practicing yoga off and on since high school. A dear friend of mine and I started taking classes offered in the next town over in the evenings. Her and I were the “odd ducks” in our small town high school. We were vegetarians, we went on long runs on the old logging trails, encouraged each other to try new things, and we were uber focused on our schoolwork. I remember our first class, it was a community hall located up these rickety old stairs. We walked into a group of people already on their mats, moving in different ways, meditating, working on their breathe… We looked at each other and laughed a little since we had little to no idea what we signed up for. Our instructor was quiet, mindful, and loved having two new spirits join their tribe. We were hooked after one class! Did you catch the part about schoolwork? Her and I were somewhat rigid and stuck to the line. Here we could move freely, let our minds wander yet work on controlling the anxiety, and our bodies were being stretched to new lengths (literally!). We were hooked. Since high school I haven’t always kept up with my yoga practice but its a practice that even if you don’t make every week, once you have it, it’s yours for a lifetime. You can return to it at anytime.

Essential oils and other natural remedies are incorporated into every facet of my life and yoga is no exception. Frankincense is by far my preferred oil to ground myself before stepping onto the mat and it brings out that inner focus needed to experience yoga. Peppermint is another fav, it helps get my booty motivated! When I’m congested eucalyptus works to open up my airways and strengthen my breathwork. Okay, you ready? Let’s asana our way through how you, too, can bring in your oils to your practice. Download this Oils + Yogis Worksheet to get all the diy recipes.

Let’s break down some common language used in the yoga world…

It is common to confuse YOGA with ASANA

Asana is the practice of yoga through postures. It is just one small part of yoga. 

Yoga is really a way of life, a discipline; it is not just an experience on your mat, but how you live day-to-day. It is your internal thoughts, your external actions, your awareness within yourself through meditation, breathwork, and asanas, and your awareness toward others through kindness and compassion. 

 So what the heck does this have to do with essential oils?

The most common reason people are reluctant to start a yoga practice is that they “are not very flexible.” This is the very reason to incorporate a yoga practice into your routine. 

Did you know…

that stretching can decrease your risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles? Sounds like a win-win to me!

Throughout this post, I will make suggestions for oils and products you can use every day to support your wellness and workouts. Before we dive into specifics, let's talk about usage and safety. Click here >>>

Do you find yourself needing a boost of energy to get to your mat most days?  I know that feeling all too well.

Grab a bottle of Peppermint Vitality and drop a bit onto your tongue. If it is too hot for you to put it directly into your mouth, place a drop into your palm and swipe a pinky through it. Rub onto the roof of your mouth.

Another alternative is to simply place a drop of Peppermint oil into your palm, rub your palms together and breathe in the goodness. You will be ready to go in an instant! Wash your hands with soap afterwards to avoid getting the oil anywhere else.

Diffuse with a purpose

Using your oils during your practice will enhance your time on the mat. Your oils will help you reach the mental or physical state you want.

Use your diffuser and fill it with the oil(s) that inspire you on your mat.

A few Yoga practice faves are:

- Inspiration: to inspire your practice from inside
- Sacred Frankincense: to uplift the moment
- Ravintsara: for a deep breath
- Highest Potential: to bring out your highest self
- Rose: to increase your frequency

Consider your intentions for that practice and let your body decide which oil it needs to experience the most on your mat.

Room Spray DIY Recipe

If you can’t bring a diffuser to class. Make a spray to refresh your mat or towel for your mat before practice. Enjoy the aroma each time your nose gets near.

Mat diffuser spray:  Add 10 drops + 1 tsp unscented witch hazel + distilled water to a 2 oz. spray bottle.

Choose an oil that will make you smile every time you smell it! Like citrus, lavender, or peppermint.

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Breathwork

Breathwork is the very core of your practice. Throughout your practice, you are instructed and often reminded to be conscious of your breath.

Breathing consciously is the essence of yoga as it assists you in connecting with the subtle energy within.

Focusing on your breath helps you stay present, allowing you to let go of your past and your future and stay in the moment.

If you enjoy science, you will like diving deeper into what breathwork really means for your body.

Unconscious breathing is controlled by the medulla oblongata in the brain stem, the primitive part of the brain.

Conscious breathing is activated in the cerebral cortex of the brain. As you make your breath conscious, impulses are sent from the cortex to the connecting areas that impact emotions and create a relaxing and balancing effect on your emotions.

Do you ever hear people say Yoga has helped them feel more relaxed, even if it is a physically challenging class? Conscious slow breathing is one of the reasons for this.

Next time you practice, apply your oils to your chest just before your practice and focus on your breath. Notice how you feel. Dilute if you are brand new to oils. Try a eucalyptus (any kind) or blend eucalyptus with other oils.

Yoga and your moods

Exercising releases endorphins (happy chemicals), your breathwork sends you into a state of relaxation and emotional balance, and your essential oils can also positively affect your mood.

While we need to experience a wide range of emotions, being in a good mood makes us more likely to seek new experiences, be creative, plan ahead, procreate, and adapt to changing conditions.

 As you inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules enter the nasal cavity and pass by the olfactory bulb. Your olfactory bulb is a part of your limbic system and therefore your response to an aroma is going to be emotional before it can be rational.

There is a lot of chemistry I could present, but for the sake of saving time, I will just share that each essential oil has a unique chemical makeup. We can take advantage of that and use essential oils to improve our mood,  to feel calmer or more energized, or to reach a deeper state of happiness. Try Frankincense, lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, vetiver, or orange.

You can use any scent that reminds you of a happy memory. For example, the scent of cinnamon in the Thieves blend may remind you of your favorite memory from fall.

Meditation & Savasana 

Savasana sprays or roll-ons are a great way to “finish” up your practice and move into a quiet space for yoga.

There are many other oils and blends that can help you reach the state of mind you strive for during and at the end of your yoga practice. Choose whatever oil feels appropriate to you. You may want to consider making more than one spray or roll-on so you can choose what you need in the moment. These suggestions will help get you started in exploring.

When you hold onto limiting beliefs long enough, they can actually leave tags on your DNA. Release, a blend of floral, citrus, and tree oils, helps us let go of anger and frustration, which often occurs when what we really want hasn’t happened yet.

Spray: In a 2 oz. spray bottle, use 10-20 drops (based on what you want) + 1 tsp unscented witch hazel + distilled water.

Roll-on: Add 20 drops of a single oil or a combination to a 10 ml roll-on. Fill the rest of the roll-on with a carrier oil.

Mat Cleaner/Refresher

The mix of hot yoga studios and repeated sweat on your mat isn’t the best combo to keep things clean and fresh. Keep your mat clean so you can enjoy every practice. Make a quick mat spray you can use regularly after each practice.

In a 2 oz. spray bottle, add 10 drops Thieves essential oil + 10 drops Tea Tree + 1 tsp unscented witch hazel + distilled water. Shake well before using.

Another great option is to use a simple Thieves Spray. It is a convenient and portable plant-based essential oil spray ideal for cleaning surfaces. It is the perfect size to throw in your yoga bag.  

Post-flow recovery

I know that you are bound to have sore muscles after an intense yoga practice. Try making this post-workout rub to have on hand after class. Blend 8 drops each copaiba, lemongrass, PanAway, peppermint, and Valor essential oils into 1/2 cup of cold-pressed, organic coconut oil. Blend with a fork and add to a small glass or dark BPA-free container. You may apply this rub every hour if needed.

Or try soothing those sore muscles in a hot bath. Add 5 drops of PanAway to 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts.

How can you use your essential oils to intensify your yoga practice?

  • Use your oils to get motivated to go on your mat or for additional energy.

  • Diffuse your oils (or use a spray) to help you reach the mental or physical state you desire.

  • Apply your oils to your chest just before your practice and focus on your breath. Notice how you feel.

  • Exercising releases endorphins (happy chemicals), your breathwork sends you into a state of relaxation and emotional balance, and your essential oils can also positively affect your mood.

  • Savasana sprays or roll-ons are a great way to “finish” up your practice and move into a quiet space for yoga.

  • Soothe sore muscles after an intense yoga practice.

  • Keep your mat fresh and so clean!

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Thank you for being here on this journey with me. I'm truly honored you're here.

With Love & Gratitude, 
Jess


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Hello! I’m Jess – I’m a small town Oregonian, a scientist, and a crunchy mom. Passionate about essential oils, long distance cycling, cooking with my littles, cashew milk ice cream + margaritas (on the rocks - salt, please!). My purpose is to help people and nature, both in my professional career and in my personal life. I have spent my career helping bridge the gap between commercial development and preserving nature. Essential oils have become my way to do the same between all the commercial products in our home and creating simple, products on my own. This blog shares my journey to a more natural lifestyle using essential oils, including the science behind essential oils, DIY recipes, tips, and ways to save money using plant-based alternatives. Check out my free email course ditch + switch – natural living with plant based products and learn the steps you need to take to kick those toxins to the curb.

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