ESSENTIALS FOR AROMA YOGA
Looking to incorporate something new into your health and wellness routine? Yoga, an ancient discipline for the mind, body and spirit, is more popular today than ever as more people are discovering the benefits of this age-old practice. And now, beginning and experienced yogis alike can enhance their routines by incorporating their favorite essential oils into their Aroma Yoga.
Aroma Yoga combines conscious movement, breathing exercises, chakra meditations and therapeutic-grade essential oils. This groundbreaking technique provides a simple way to include powerful essential oils into yoga routines. By using therapeutic-grade essential oils, yogis can become more alert, receptive, connected, grounded, centered, uplifted and present. Tracy Griffiths, RPP and CMT, creator of Aroma Yoga, recommends combining Young Living Bergamot and Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oils to maximize the Aroma Yoga experience. Bergamot contributes an uplifting and invigorating scent, and Eucalyptus Radiata offers a stimulating and refreshing fragrance. Griffith recommends placing two drops of oil in your left palm, rubbing palms together and bringing them within a few inches of your nose before proceeding with the Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and then moving into the Warrior Pose (Vimanasana). Deeply inhaling the invigorating blend can maximize the already-potent benefits of yoga, and it can be an excellent way to get the day off to a focused and relaxed start while energizing the body and mind.
“This entire exercise will take only a few minutes and can serve as a wonderful way to wake up your energy and get yourself motivated for the day ahead,” says Griffiths, a longtime yoga enthusiast who serves as the lead essential oils instructor for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. “I find this exercise really helps me become energized, focused and more productive.”
Griffiths also recommends diffusing the same oils to carry the olfactory experience throughout the day. For specific instructions on how to do these Aroma Yoga movements, and for a modified, sweat-free version that can be done in a chair in your home or office, visit www.youngliving.com/blog.