Oily Yoga

Oily yoga is about how you can incorporate essential oils to give you that extra edge in your yoga practice. Tapping on the therapeutic properties of essential oils to enhance your overall well-being and invigorate your sensory experience during asanas.

Essential oils are pure plant extracts and they can be used aromatically, topically or internally. Do you know that one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 25 cups of peppermint tea? Essential oils are that potent!

There are some days that I have to drag myself to the mat, and those are the days that I will reach for those citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon, lime or bergamot. Citrus oils have uplifting properties and energize the body, keeping me happy and alert for the practice. 🙂

Right before you hit the mat, you may want to use Rosemary essential oil to settle your thoughts and clear your head. Especially for the evening practice, where you had been frenzy running around all day, bringing anxieties to the mat is a no no for me. Applying Rosemary essential oil helps to ease all the anxieties, align and create a sense of peace and purpose.

During asanas, do not forget to breathe! Deep breathing help to calm and relax your mind. Apply some peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils on your chest to open up the airways to promote clear breathing. And to promote breath awareness, use myrrh, cardamon and frankincense.

People go for yoga classes for different reasons, and you can use these essential oils accordingly to enhance your yoga therapy. Such as citrus oils are energising, floral oils are soothing and calming and earthly oils are grounding. Each type of oils provides different therapeutic properties.

For most of the yogis, there are bound to be some poses that are proved to be challenging and seem unattainable. When practising challenging poses, overcoming the “I can’t” mindset is important, the essence is to keep on practising and not give up. Cedarwood is inspiring and gives strength and endurance to drive you to reach higher goals.

There are also essential oils that can aid to relieve your sores and aches after an intensive Ashtanga class, such as Wintergreen. I kid you not, you can feel the difference within hours and you can go on to book your next Ashtanga class the very next day.

Finally….we have reached Savansan. We can use essential oils such as Chamomile or Sandalwood to quiet our thoughts and create an alpha state to bring us to a blissful resting pose. Applying Chamomile on our pulse points and also the nape of our necks to support muscular and emotional release of tension while Sandalwood promotes easing and calmness of the mind.

Combine each inhale and exhale that you take with these lovely scents enhances the asanas that you flow in. Each scent promotes a different kind of experience. At one time do not use more than three oils in a practice to prevent sensory overload and make sure you are using highest quality essential oils to reap their benefits.

Empower yourself with the knowledge of essential oils and take your yoga practice to the next level.