Using Young Living Oils to Enhance Your Yoga and Meditation Practice

by Cynthia on December 6, 2011

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Yoga is an ancient discipline that originated in India. It focuses on joining the physical and spiritual bodies through poses (asanas) and meditation. Archaeological discoveries suggest that yoga originated sometime between 3300 to 1700 BC. Today, yoga is experiencing increased popularity worldwide as a form of relaxation, a way of deepening the mind-body connection, and as a method of total body exercise.

Essential oils naturally complement yoga by supporting physical and mental strength and focus through the science of aromatherapy. Essential oils are extremely versatile and have many practical applications in yoga, including techniques for complementing pranayama, meditation, relaxation, post-practice, and for cleansing and purifying the yoga space. Essential oils are also used to activate and balance the energy centers—or the chakra system–of the body.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can create an environment that supports deeper yoga practice.  Below is a basic guide of how to use Young Living Oils during your yoga and meditation practice.

Before Practice

  • Purify:  Diffusing single essential oils like lemon, grapefruit or essential oil blends like Citrus Fresh™, Thieves™, Purification™ before or in between yoga class will purify the air while bringing a refreshing, uplifting energy to the space.
  • Cleanse:  for cleaning and disinfecting the studio floor, use all natural Thieves™ Household Cleaner.  This non-toxic product is safe for hardwood floors and can also be used for cleaning yoga mats and bathroom surfaces.

During Practice

  • Meditation (dhyana):  Diffuse or directly inhale oils such as lavender, frankincense or Peace and Calming™ for a deepened, more relaxed experience.
  • Breathing (pranayama):  The pure aroma of essential oils such as frankincense, peppermint or Raven™ assist in opening pathways to a more emotional state of mind via the pineal gland and can help bring more oxygen to the brain.
  • Exercise (asana):  Topical application of peppermint or Young Living blends such as Deep Relief™ essential oil roll-on or Pan-Away™ may help alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint can also aid to increase focus and mental clarity, and when added to a cool glass of water, can help sooth minor stomach discomfort.  Lavender essential oil can also be used to decrease post-practice muscle irritation.

Recommended Products:  Lemon, grapefruit, lavender, frankincense, peppermint, Citrus Fresh™, Thieves™, Purification™, Thieves™ Household Cleaner, Peace and Calming™, Raven™, Deep Relief™ roll-on, Pan-Away™.

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