Importance of Essential Oils in Yoga Practice
Yoga is, first of all, the science about mindfulness and the stability and harmony of though. it is extremely useful for managing different body and mind conditions, emotional stresses and burnout. However, in the modern tempo of everyday life, people may be too stressed out and strained to practice yoga with calm and positive mood. This is where essential oils should be added to the practice for balancing the emotional state.
How To Use the Essential Oils
It should be noted that, apart from specifically cosmetic purposes, essential oils should not be applied directly on skin before or during the yoga practice. Neither one is able to constantly hold the bottle close to the face in order to feel the aroma. For that, essential oil diffusers have been invented.
Basically, one can use an old-fashioned oil warmer, but it has a number of disadvantages: the candle may burn too fast and instead of practicing, one will have to go and take another candle, or the water with the essence may evaporate too fast, and instead of practicing, one will have to watch the oil burner and the level of water. So, essential oil diffusers are a better solution. To pick one for yourself, you should first read and then make a choice. Those diffusers are usually easy to use and have ready recipes and dosages of oils indicated in the instruction.
What Essential Oils To Choose?
If you are an experienced essential oil user, you probably know what you like and what you don’t like; however, always apply some essential oil on the inner side of your elbow before you decide to buy and use a new essence, or an essence from a different manufacturer. Untested low-quality oil, when inhaled directly, may cause considerable allergy, headaches, nausea and even a suffocating feeling. The point is, always buy essential oils from a well-known manufacturer.
If you are the first-time user, you should always use this trick with applying the essence on skin first, to check yourself for absence of allergy. It is also a good idea to start from the most neutral oils made of products you consume - lemon, orange, tangerine, or made of flowers like lavender or camomile. The most popular essential oils include:
- tea tree
Those can be found virtually in any drugstore or supermarket.
The main rule of using an essential oil for yoga practice is defining which aromas are cold and fresh, and which are warm and sweet. The first type of essence tends to brace up, while the second type calms down and relaxes. If you are not sure whether the aroma is cold or warm, you may check the instruction for it. Another option is just checking how you feel while using this particular essence.