Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India thousands of years ago. The original meaning of the word yoga is believed to be “unity,” which is key to the overall goal of the practice: pushing one’s consciousness toward transcendence. Since the beginning, yoga has evolved and changed in many ways and throughout the years research has reaffirmed that this practice not only benefits physical health, but mental and emotional health as well.
Yoga has proven to be beneficial because of its three main components: asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing technique), and meditation. Oftentimes when we exercise we forget to incorporate these components. For instance, even though we are constantly breathing, it is not necessarily something we are consciously thinking about. In yoga, breath is the life of the practice; each movement is associated with a deep inhale or exhale. It is this state of active breathing that has been found to be highly beneficial, especially when it comes to our brain wave activity.
Our yoga classes are open to all generations and fitness levels. Everyone can feel accepted and included and, unlike other sports or classes that focus on niche clients, yoga tends to have open arms. Whether you like to say "Om" or you can't stand the word "yogi" whether you are male or female, in your 90's, 50's or in your teens, yoga can help you.
Modern day research has shown that yoga can help us manage stress and have a positive effect on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Much like yoga, the use of essential oils aims to support the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Research has shown that essential oils not only provide emotional benefits but physical benefits as well.
Yoga and essential oils easily go hand-in-hand. You can, and should, enhance your current practice by using the two together. So whether you are a brand new or seasoned yogi, everyone can benefit from using essential oils during their practice.
Here are some tips on oils to include in your practice:
- Apply InTune® at the beginning of class to help set your focus.
- Rub a drop of doTERRA Breathe® on your chest.
- For a more invigorating practice, diffuse Wild Orange and Peppermint.
- Diffuse doTERRA Serenity® for a more calming practice.
- Apply a drop of Frankincense or Sandalwood to your temples during meditation to help you relax and reduce stress.
- Apply doTERRA Balance® to the back of your neck during Savasana to help with relaxation.