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Yoga Essential Oils

Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India thousands of years ago. The original meaning of the word yoga is believed 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 stabilise 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, 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 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:

Having said that we now have a KIT just for yoga!

The Doterra Yoga collection

Anchor, Align, and Arise are the perfect blends to enhance your life and yoga practice. These blends provide aromas to steady, centre, and enlighten your spirit through every breath while strengthening and stretching your body.

You don’t have to be an expert in yoga to enjoy the beautiful benefits of the new doTERRA Yoga Collection. Created with the help of Elena Brower, (doTERRA Blue Diamond, author of Art of Attention, and creator of Teach.yoga), the collection consists of three 5 mL blends called Arise, Anchor, and Align. With these blends, the beginner as well as the seasoned yogi will enjoy using each distinct blend in their practice. Each blend is carefully designed with a unique combination of essential oils to provide different scents and benefits.

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ARISE – Enlightening Blend

At moments when discouragement and opposition affect your ability to reach your goals, doTERRA Arise Enlightening Blend can provide a joyful, encouraging aroma to uplift and help you rise up. Featuring Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, and Siberian Fir essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Arise’s fresh scent is both happy and inspiring and will help you continue to reach higher. 

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When you wake up, apply two to three drops of Arise on your heart while practicing daily affirmations to help you rise up and face the day with clarity and joy.
  2. When practicing challenging yoga poses, apply Arise to help yourself achieve the next level.
  3. Apply several drops to diffusing jewelry to remind you of your goals throughout the day.

Ideal Yoga Poses with Arise

  • Standing
  • Arms high and standing side stretch
  • Half Moon
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ANCHOR – Steadying Blend

When uncertainty affects your world, doTERRA Anchor Steadying Blend can help to restore balance and stillness in your life. Featuring Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Black Pepper, and Patchouli essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut oil, Anchor’s aroma is earthy, woody, and rich helping you feel rooted and grounded.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When faced with challenges or big decisions, apply two to three drops of Anchor on your heart to help encourage a steady foundational sense on how to move forward.
  2. Apply to ankles, base of spine, and bottoms of feet to promote feelings of completeness and calmness.
  3. Apply two to three drops to desired areas while meditating to feel steady, complete, and calm. 

Ideal Yoga Poses with Anchor

  • Seated Meditation
  • Seated Twist
  • Bhu Mudra (one hand on the heart, the other on the Earth)

ALIGN – Centering Blend

It’s easy to feel disconnected and out of control in the busyness of everyday life. Combining the properties of the doTERRA Align Centering Blend with certain yoga poses can help align and create a sense of peace and purpose. Align is made with a unique blend of oils such as Peppermint, Basil, Geranium, and Jasmine Flower to create a fresh, green, and herbal scent.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. Before starting the day, apply Align over your heart, wrists, and the back of your neck to promote feelings of self-acceptance and fluidity.
  2. Add two drops of Align to diffusing jewellry to enjoy the scent during your yoga practice.
  3. Apply one to two drops to your heart or other desired areas while practicing aligning yoga poses.

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