Aromatherapy for Yoga
My first encounter with aromatherapy was in my first Hatha yoga class. Before the start of the class, we were asked if we were allergic to any essential oils. Essential oils was sprayed around us while we were relaxing in Savasana. The feeling was indeed calming and relaxing for me.
Aromatherapy aids in attaining the relaxation that is important in the yoga experience. It can also help to stimulate and balance the mind, body and spirit. Incorporating certain oils throughout a yoga routine may lead to increased energy, relaxation or focus, decreased stress, or deeper meditation.
Fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Because they are extracted from plants, essential oils have a life force that can affect the body in unique ways.
Essential oils may be used to support the three points of yoga:
1. Meditation (dhyana):
We should strive to entertain positive and creative thoughts, as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind.
2. Proper Breathing (pranayama):
Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3. Proper Exercise (asana):
Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind, and spiritual life.
Placing (diluted) essential oil drops on your pressure points likely is the best mode of transportation. For it is not only the scent but the essential oils inert properties which will help in practicing yoga. In addition essential oils were frequently used in India to limber the muscles prior to yoga.