I saw some teachers use aroma oils for students and I found that aromatherapy is complementary to yoga; it helped relaxation in Yin yoga and at the end of asana practice as well as boosting energy. From my research, historically and scientifically aromatherapy makes synergy with asana practices and brings mental & physical benefits.
In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, one way to balance and the body’s chakras is using essential oils and asana. Also, modern science says
using essential oils for asana practice balances the autonomic nervous system and help reach hormonal homeostasis.
For yoga teachers, there are several ways to apply aromatherapy and it’s recommended to be aware of characteristic and benefits of each aroma oil.
- Ask students if anyone is allergic to the oils. Pass oils around at the beginning of class and have students rub them on their feet, temples, or the backs of their necks.
- Spritz an essential oil blend throughout the space at the beginning and end of class
- Diffuse oils in the space throughout class
- Rub oils on students’ feet or temples during savasana
- Create a purifying oil blend for students to spray on their mats after classs
<5 types of aroma oils>
1. Stabilizing, meditative, and centering: Sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, and cedarwood
2. Detoxing and breathing: Peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary
3. Calming and relaxing: Lavender, geranium, and chamomile
4. Positivity and joy: Bergamot, lemon, and orange
5. Promoting transcendence, connection to others: Neroli, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and rose