Yoga, meditation and aromatherapy
More and more of us want to pause and reconnect our minds to our bodies. There are many ways to do this, including meditation or yoga. Beginners in the practice of yoga or meditation as well as confirmed ones appreciate the benefits of essential oils in these special moments where body and mind are one and the same.
Meditation and Yoga
go very well with aromatherapy
Let’s discover together how to do this for both Zen and aromatic moments.
THE HIDDEN MEANING OF YOGA
Yoga is much more than just a form of physical exercise; it is a discipline that affects the health and well-being of both body and mind.
Flexural exercises, stretching, postures or “asanas”, are interdependent and aim to align and interconnect to bring the practitioner into a state of complete equilibrium. Yoga is a word derived from Sanskrit that can mean “joining” or “assembling pieces”.
Other aspects, however, are involved in this process and not least: breathing, withdrawal from external stimuli, concentration on the interior, meditation, purification of the body and rejection of negative values such as violence, greed and jealousy.
THE HOLISTIC DIMENSION OF AROMATHERAPY
Like yoga, aromatherapy can affect the body as well as the mind. It also strives to support physical and mental well-being.
Because essential oils have a subtle informational dimension and a real effect on the nervous system in particular, their use as part of yogic practice or meditation can reinforce or facilitate the practice.
THE TWO MAIN METHODS OF APPLYING ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE A DEFINITE INTEREST:
Diffusion: The aromatic molecules distributed in the space where yoga or meditation is practiced can create an inspiring or motivating atmosphere, or even improve breathing.
Massage or anointing: Essential oils applied to the skin, most of the time diluted, can soften the muscles and joints, to prepare for stretching and postures. They are also used after a session to recover more quickly and flexibly, prevent aches and pains or simply for immediate comfort.
Applied as an anointing, like a perfume, essential oils can also promote visualization, meditation or concentration.
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS TO USE AND HOW?
Many essential oils are known for their subtle action on the mind. They will be diffused in the room where one practices yoga or meditation with an adapted diffuser of essential oils.
15 drops in an ultrasonic diffuser are enough to aromatize the room by starting the diffusion 15 minutes before the session, we leave the diffuser on during the whole session if the device allows it. If you use an electric pump diffuser, it is quite different and it is advisable to diffuse more essential oil but for a shorter period of time so as not to saturate the ambient air too strongly.
Some essential oils refer to the sacred and help us “think higher”. This is the case of Himalayan Nard, frankincense and myrrh.
Other essential oils are reputed to bring enthusiasm and inspiration, which can be motivating in yoga. We then think of grapefruit, lime, mandarin, tangerine, small grain, rosemary officinal and mints.
The radiated eucalyptus, smithii or globular eucalyptus, cypress and myrtle are also well adapted to a diffusion session and facilitate the breathing process.
Finally, to encourage anchoring to the ground and strengthening, we usually think of sandalwood, cedar, patchouli or vetiver, but other essential oils are also possible.
A SYNERGY TO SPREAD DURING YOGA OR MEDITATION?
You can formulate yourself a synergy of essential oils to diffuse that will be adapted to your practice. We choose from 3 to 7 essential oils that we add one by one in the proportions chosen in an amber glass bottle of 10 ml for example. When the time comes, 15 drops of synergy are used in the diffuser used.
Interestingly, you can also make an aromatic spray to sanitize the yoga mat or towels. To do this, add 20 drops of its synergy to 4 tablespoons of vodka or 70° alcohol in a spray bottle to create an aromatic mist to shake and spray each session on the carpet or towels.
You don’t know how to formulate your synergy or you want a well-formulated and ready to use synergy? Meditation and Saintes Odeurs de Pranarôm Diffuser Blend is a superb synergy that combines sweet orange, lime, frankincense, bergamot, Ceylon cinnamon, elemental and Himalayan nard.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO PREPARE FOR EXERCISE OR TO PREVENT ACHES AND PAINS?
Some essential oils heat up the muscles, others soften the joints and muscles. Many of us have already profited from the benefits of Gaultheria or Lemon Eucalyptus, which have an excellent tropism on the articular and muscular sphere. They are found in the Aromalgic massage spray and oil, recommended for all sportsmen and women but also for those who practise yoga intensely.