Using doTERRA essential oils for yoga
Yoga and doTERRA essential oils
When it comes to yoga and essential oils, Adabelle Carson, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, has a lot of experience. She says, “I became a certified yoga instructor about nine years ago when I was having my kids. Four of them had come pretty quickly, and I was just in a funk. So my husband said to take some time for myself and go to the gym. One of the first classes I did was a yoga class. At that class something clicked for me, and I was able to release a lot of emotions. I remember I cried; I didn’t know why then, but it left me feeling amazing.” Wanting to learn more about yoga, Adabelle took a 200-hour certification course which required doing 20 hours of teaching for free as a community service. So, she talked to people in her area and started a class at her church.
Just after she became certified, essential oils came into the picture. She shares, “I took a class in California where they used essential oils in their yoga routine. They primarily used essential oils during the relaxation portion at the end of the class, called savasana or corpse pose. The instructor went around with Lavender, and it took me to a deeper place and boosted all the effects of yoga for me. I went home and decided that I wanted to incorporate essential oils into my yoga classes.”
After years of using other brands of essential oils, Adabelle was introduced to doTERRA. “My sister-in-law, Heather Carson, gave me the Introductory Kit, and I wondered where these oils had been all my life. The rest is history.” Adabelle uses essential oils aromatically, topically, and internally in her yoga classes primarily using doTERRA Lemon, doTERRA Lavender and doTERRA Peppermint essential oils.
She finds that essential oils enhance the emotional support and therapy that yoga provides, besides the more obvious physical benefits. She says, “Essential oils create a bridge for both the novice and the expert who may have been doing yoga for a long time, but was never taught the purpose behind it. By using the essential oils, they can bridge that gap. When you breathe them in, you get it.”
“Never use more than three oils in your routine, because there is a lot of energy being processed in a yoga session, and you want to prevent overload. Also, make sure that you ask about sensitivity to essential oils before you begin. You will need to pay attention to the general feeling of the class to determine which oils to use.”
Adabelle Carson, Certified Yoga Instructor and doTERRA Wellness Advocate
doTERRA essential oil routine
Example: Mood Balancing
Begin with doTERRA Breathe. To connect yourself more deeply to your breathing, place a drop or two in your palms and bring them in a tent to your face. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Use doTERRA Peppermint to get going. Place a few drops at the top of the mat and create a circle. doTERRA Peppermint works a lot like a mantra; it helps you to focus and has calming properties. It also is a great reminder to breathe.
Use doTERRA Balance right before corpse pose. Place the oil on your feet to help you relax into the pose.
1. CROWN CHAKRA - doTERRA Elevation
Location: Top of head
Benefits: Bliss, transcendence
2. THIRD EYE CHAKRA - doTERRA Serenity
Benefits: Perception, intuition
3. THROAT CHAKRA - doTERRA Whisper
Benefits: Communication, expression
4.HEART CHAKRA - doTERRA Breathe
Location: Center of heart
Benefits: Acceptance, compassion
5. SOLAR PLEXUS - doTERRA DIgestZen
Location: Solar Plexus
Benefits: Self-confidence, willpower
6. SACRAL CHAKRA - doTERRA Citrus Bliss
Location: Lower abdomen
Benefits: Creativity, healthy relationships
7. ROOT CHAKRA - doTERRA Balance
Location: Coccyx, legs, feet
Benefits: Stability, ground emotions
DIY: doTERRA Lavender Eye Pillow
½ cup dried lavender flowers
¼ cup flax seed
5-7 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
28” x 4” pieces of fabric
Sew the fabric together and leave one short side open for filling, then fill the centre with lavender flowers and flax seed. Place the doTERRA Lavender essential oil the inside of the pillow as well. To finish, close the open side with a sewing machine or by hand stitching.
¼ cup or 20 grams fresh henna powder
¼ cup lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons doTERRA essential oil of your choosing
doTERRA essential oils for yoga
doTERRA essential oils for Relaxation and Focus
The Unity of doTERRA essential oils and yoga
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India thousands of years ago. The original meaning of the word yoga is beieved 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.
Modern day research has shown that yoga can help us manage stress, but why is that exactly? Studies have shown that yoga has the ability to decrease salivary cortisol, which is a known stress hormone. Additional studies have also found that yoga-based relaxation training can help stabilize the function of the autonomic nervous system, the system that controls our breathing, heartbeat, and digestive processes. Yoga also plays a significant role in decreasing heart rate. One study demonstrated that not only is breathing beneficial for overall brain wave activity but so is meditation and posture-based poses. These yoga practices have been found to stimulate the amygdala and frontal cortex,(6) which house our memory and emotional reactions. As you can see all of these benefits can have a positive effect on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Now that we’ve learned about some of the science behind yoga, it’s time to understand how essential oils can relate to this ancient practice. While modern day science has yet to thoroughly ascertain the benefits of essential oils and yoga when combined, there are still many benefits to be received. 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. There are several studies that speak to the abilities of essential oils to help reduce anxious feelings and provide an overall sense of well-being. Other research studies have shown that they can help maintain concentration. Lastly, research has suggested that essential oils help promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways.
As you can see, yoga and doTERRA 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 doTERRA 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 doTERRA Wild Orange and doTERRA Peppermint.
- Diffuse doTERRA Serenity for a more calming practice.
- Apply a drop of doTERRA Frankincense or doTERRA 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.
Contributed by Brooke Perkins