Yoga is all about connecting with your body, but there are also different pieces of equipment that can be beneficial to use during yoga practice.
The yoga mat is the most recognized piece of yoga equipment. You can also use blocks, blankets and essential oils to enhance and change up your yoga routine.
(Tip: If you do yoga from your apartment, you might also want to consider putting excess seasonal clothes or unimportant furniture in self storage to free up some space and make your home more Zen.)
Lying with blankets or getting a new yoga mat can help your body adjust better to positions like Savasana.
If you go to a studio and take classes, your instructors may have already introduced you to these practices.
Essential oils are also a great addition for a yoga session because they can enhance mood, focus and breathing.
Here are a few suggestions of what types of oils to try and easy instructions on how to use them and incorporate them into your yoga routine.
What Oils to Use
Essential oils have been used for many years for holistic healing for the mind, body and soul. These therapeutic oils have the ability to calm your mind and body, and enhance your yoga experience. How do you know what oils to use? It depends on what you want to achieve or focus on during your yoga session.
This website offers the top 3 essential oils to use during yoga. The first, are flowery and citrus scents to help you calm your emotions. The flower scents offer a calming atmosphere when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed after a long day. Go for the flowery smells when you’re feeling fearful or upset and you need an extra boost of relaxation.
The second scent they recommend is sweet or astringent to level emotional feelings. If you’re someone who feels the high and lows, when you’re on cloud 9 or super angry, using these scents can help balance you out.
If you’re feeling angry or jealous, grab some lily, honeysuckle, jasmine or chamomile to level yourself out.
If you’re down or feeling sluggish, earthy smells can help you overcome depression. To boost your spirits, try eucalyptus, pine or cedar. Eucalyptus and Cyprus are great scents to use to open your mind to the breathing process. Tangerine and peppermint oils are great aromas to use to inspire and motivate.
How to Use Them
There are several different ways to use essential oils during yoga. The three methods I’m going to introduce are diffusing, purifying and anointing.
When you diffuse oils, you can use a candle lamp. Add 6-10 drops of oil for every ¼ cup of water. You light a tea light under the water bowl and this enables the gentle release of aroma into your yoga space.
Try using a purifying mist on your yoga mat and spraying the room before a session. A great recipe for making your own spray is adding 12 drops of a sweet orange scent, 6 drops of tea tree oils and 6 drops of lavender.
Add 4 ounces of water and put in an empty spray bottle. You can use this mist as a yoga mat cleaner, misting it over your mat before your yoga practice.
Just lightly spray it on your mat and gently wipe it off with a clean, soft towel. You can do the same after each session. Use this as a mist to fill up the room with warm aroma to loosen up before you begin. The oils will deodorize your mat and clear the atmosphere.
The last way is anointing, which is using oils to massage into your skin to help you stretch out before and recover after. You can also massage it on your skin to sport the scent during practice to enhance your focus during meditation.
To create your own massage oil concoction, just add 12 drops of your desired oil with 4 tablespoons of grape seed oil or another non-greasy oil. Gently massage into your skin and enjoy!
Quick Tip: If you can try before you buy, I recommend doing that. If your local market sells these products, do a smell test before you purchase.
Make note of which scents you like best and which make you feel the best, so you know your favorites when you go out to stock up. Enjoy the new yoga experience and the calming aromas.
So where can you get these oils that have spiked your interest? You can find them online or at local pharmacies. You may want to shop around and see where the best deals are in your area.