The benefits of using essential oils during yoga practice - beauty tips

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Practicing yoga is often relaxing and invigorating for the mind, body, and soul. Many practice yoga and enjoy learning how to use their breath to deepen poses, center themselves, and push through aspects of the practice that are challenging. While yoga does not always have to be challenging, and can just be relaxing and a way to restore your energy and sense of purpose, using essential oils can help enhance this experience. 


Here are 3 ways that your yoga practice can be enhanced with the utilization of essential oils.


Strengthening and centering. Every day on your mat is different than the last when you are a practicing yogi. One day you may feel strong and at peace with your body. Another day you may feel differently. Essential oils, when applied or diffused appropriately, can have substantial effects on helping you feel your absolute best while practicing as well as afterwards. Sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, and frankincense are all great oils to use to help you feel strong and centered. When applying the oils during practice, you will notice your body respond to the scent and feel on your skin. Hours later you will still feel stronger and more centered than you did before you spent time on your mat.

Promote breath awareness and clear breathing. After a stressful day at work, spending some time on your mat can help you focus on what is important in your life and let go of the nagging to-do list that is on your mind from the workday. Yoga has the ability to teach you to breathe in a way that encourages you to let go of whatever is plaguing you. Essential oils enhance this notion by awakening your smelling sense. Peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, rosemary, myrrh, frankincense, and cardamom are all great oils to use when your goal is to open up your awareness to your breath or even accentuate your breathing to make it clearer and less ingested. 

Calming. Restorative yoga is a type of activity that is so relaxing that it can cause one to fall asleep during practice. This is caused by holding a pose for a period of time, taking long breaths, and allowing your body to relax into the moment. Adding essential oils such as lavender, geranium, chamomile, or vetiver can help with the calming sensation that is often found when holding various poses for an extended period of time. The oils heighten the calming sensation through sense of smell and touch. 
While we have discussed a few ways that essential oils can deepen your yoga practice, there are many more ways that you can experience this benefit while on your mat. Other sensations include but are not limited to purify and cleanse, uplift, spiritual understanding, or soothe sore muscles. Botanic Universe can help you explore the many ways that essential oils can be useful to you within your yoga practice and daily activities. Whether you directly apply to your skin or diffuse into the air, essential oils can make a great difference in your life. 

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