Using Essential Oils for Yoga Practice – Part III: Focus

Today, I am continuing with a series I started back in October based on the use of essential oils for yoga practice. I have connected this usage to the more subtle aspect of yoga, the chakras or energy complex.

In the past, I have posted frequently on the concept of the chakric system. Many books and articles explain how each chakra can be balanced or pacified. There are seven chakra centers that follow the body from its base to its crown. If you are interested in learning more about the general chakra system, click here

We will proceed with the manipura or solar plexus chakra. It’s the third chakra and is located below the sternum and behind the stomach. This chakra balances our willpower, harmonizes our personality and motivates and focuses us as individuals. With characteristics of the fire element, it fuels ambition and confidence.

Within yoga there are many poses that can help an individual to discover the powerful quality of this chakra: Warrior I,I & III, Trikonasana (triangle), Vasisthasana (side plank) or Natarajasana (dancer’s pose).

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Using Essential Oils for Yoga Practice – Part II: Energize

Lately I have been enjoying the benefits of essential oils in dozens of ways for my health and well-being. It seems only natural that I would start to incorporate the oils into my yoga routine. Today, I continue a series I started back in October based on the use of essential oils for yoga practice. I have connected this usage to the more subtle aspect of yoga, the chakras or energy complex. 

In the past, I have posted frequently on the concept of the chakric system. Many books and articles explain how each chakra can be balanced or pacified. There are seven chakra centers that follow the body from its base to its crown. If you are interested in learning more about the general chakra system, click here

We will continue this series with the svadhisthana or pelvic chakra. It’s the second chakra and is located at the level of the hips, sacrum, genitals and kidneys. This chakra balances our creativity and harmonizes our expressions and emotions. With characteristics of the water element, it relishes fluid motion.

Within yoga there are many poses that can help an individual to focus on the energizing quality of this chakra like Lunges, Cat/Cow pose, Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Navasana (boat pose), Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose) or Supta Baddha Konasana (supported bound angle pose).

Along with the postures, chakras can be influenced by the use of essential oils. When combined, the benefit for this subtle energy system can be incredible. As I discuss the particular oils associated with a specific chakra, I will refer to the Young Living essential oils that are found in the Premium Starter Kit (see below).

For the purposes of balancing the energy of our second chakra, I suggest the blend Citrus Fresh.

When I received this oil, I felt compelled to use it daily. It provides such renewal and aliveness. Citrus Fresh is one of those multipurpose oils; good for the body and household use (as a cleaner). Citrus Fresh is known to help with the appearance of healthier looking skin. I’ve also heard stories of how worthwhile it is for those who need to balance emotions, addictions and desires.

Since the second chakra is so closely associated with fluidity and taste, Citrus Fresh is the perfect complement. The blend is composed of a mixture of lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and mandarin – literally all of the juicy citrus fruits! In addition, it contains spearmint oil to add minty coolness. Citrus Fresh can promote feelings of inspiration and encourage creativity – qualities that are definitely needed if you want to feel more energized and free-flowing. It has the capability to banish stagnation and remediate traumas associated with sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

I would begin by using this oil in a diffuser during your yoga practice. Inhaling its aroma is most effective and immediately uplifts. You can also apply the oil in a 1:1 dilution (using a carrier oil such as Jojoba) to the bottoms of your feet, ring finger or navel area. One word of caution, however, if you are applying any citrus oils to skin which will be exposed to the sun – they are photosensitive and contain compounds known as furanocoumarins which greatly increase UV sensitivity.

Once applied, try a few energizing poses like those mentioned in my post, Zest Things Up!

If you are new to essential oils and want to get started incorporating them into your yoga practice, you can register with Young Living here and get your Premium Starter Kit (which includes Citrus Fresh and all the other oils we will be discussing). Once you are enrolled, I will be connecting with you directly to provide reference sources and helpful advice. 

Flow with Feeling my friends!

My Latest Essential Oil Discovery: Frankincense

I periodically reevaluate my inventory of essential oils and select one to research and investigate. I love making new discoveries and learning how to incorporate the oils into my health regime.

Since there is little to no large scale scientific research involving essential oils, I think that it is very important for us, as users, to share our discoveries. For example, one of my first explorations was with the oil blend Peace & Calming. I tried it, thanks to my acupuncturist, when I had a bout with a facial nerve disorder. My journey with that particular oil was the reason that I started using aromatherapy for health purposes. Click here to see the original post.

Recently, I have delved into the world of Frankincense. This week I’d like to share my experience and tell you what Frankincense has done for me over the past month.

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Latest Essential Oil Discoveries

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As promised some time ago, I am updating you on my exploration with essential oils. I have quite a collection now and have been experimenting with them for specific ailments and general mood enhancement. I am also discovering their benefits for maintaining my overall health. Today I will outline my current regime and the brands and flavors I use. Continue reading “Latest Essential Oil Discoveries”

YOLY Challenge #49: Amplify Your Awareness

For many years, the system of yoga was my “go to” method for health maintenance. After all, it is a terrific course for correcting imbalances in body, mind and spirit. Small episodes of pain and stress would come and go – there was always my practice to guide me through any discomfort.

Until this year. I experienced a rare facial nerve disorder (that I have still yet to diagnose). Although restorative yoga postures, breath work and meditation did help me to relax, the pain and other repercussions of this ailment forced me to search out a viable treatment.

So, I googled my options for healing. You could say that I went on a quest for healing.

And, along the way, I discovered acupuncture, aromatherapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Together with the modalities of massage and yoga, these therapies have paved the way toward my well-being.

Because my background is geared to yoga, I applied simple breathing and relaxation techniques to the acupuncture and Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions I received. At first, it merely helped me to stay calm with the uneasiness I felt in these new situations. However, as my comfort level increased, I realized that when I executed these yoga techniques within my treatments, I could awaken my body’s intelligence and amplify my level of awareness. butterfly-492536__340

After a relatively short span of time, not only did my symptoms resolve for longer and longer periods but, in the end, they nearly vanished.

Nowadays, I continue to receive massage and Jin Shin Jyutsu, utilize aromatherapy and am slowly incorporating a stronger yoga practice back into my daily routine. I feel like my body is finally in sync again, a sensation that I had been missing for nearly a year.

Each form of bodywork I experienced has taught me how important the awareness of the present moment is to overall health. I am so thankful that I was able to apply the yogic principles of relaxation and breath work to amplify each modality’s effectiveness.

In turn, I have reapplied this new heightened level of awareness back into my yoga practice. In general, I am staying even more open minded. My body feels a new alertness and there is a deeper level of harmony moving within.

I had discovered that the underlying meaning of each of these modalities is the present moment awareness. And, that, even in the midst of pain, you can lean in, stay attentive and surrender.

Your challenge this week is to locate your own method for generating increased awareness. You may wish to look into one of the modalities that I have mentioned or maybe you already have something simmering on the back burner.

Please keep in mind that whatever you choose should grant you a deeper connection to Self. It should awaken you to your true nature. Only then will you be able to see things as they truly are and live in the present moment.

Best wishes!

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Taming the Nerves With Essential Oils 

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It has been awhile since I’ve checked in with news of my essential oil experimentation.

As some of you know, late last summer I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia – an inflammation of the 5th cranial nerve which can cause intense facial pain.

In an attempt to get relief, I underwent a series of acupuncture treatments back in September/October. It was at that time that I was introduced to the medicinal usage of essential oils through my acupuncturist.

My first experience was with a particular oil blend called Peace & Calming II (Young Living). One of its main components, tangerine oil, contains certain esters and aldehydes which are tranquilizing to the nervous system. Periodically throughout the day I diluted a drop of the mixture with jojoba oil and breathed it from my cupped hands. In conjunction with the acupuncture, the oil blend was surprisingly effective in quieting my outbreaks.

Having had some success, I wondered what else the field of aromatherapy had to offer my condition. In researching,  I ran across many oils with the ability to soothe the nervous system. However, since I didn’t know the cause of my disorder – whether it was viral, bacterial or merely stress related, I felt the need to explore all of the possible avenues that these jewels presented. So, I purchased a starter kit that consisted of 11 different types of single oils/blends and a diffuser. This turned out to be one of my best investments yet.

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I began to experiment with various oil combinations by adding a few drops to the diffuser and letting its cool mist envelope the room. Some of my initial favorites included lavender (known for its anti-inflammatory properties), lemon (a general stress reducer and overall health promoter) and a blend named Thieves (university tested for its cleansing abilities and highly effective in supporting the immune system). An added bonus was the wonderful aroma that these essences lent to our home.

The experience was truly an eye… or should I say, a nose…  opener. Along with regular yoga practice and acupuncture, essential oils have tamed my fiery nervous system and nearly eradicated my neuralgia.

If you are interested in exploring the world of essential oils, a good way to begin is to purchase a Premium Starter Kit. Click here to go directly to Young Living’s site for more details!

I look forward to sharing more EO experiences with you soon!

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When I first learned about Aromatherapy, I thought that it was just a pleasant way to enhance my environment. I was drawn to essential oils because I have a keen sense of smell.rose-177955__180

But I did not view them as critical components for my health.

Recently I attended a lecture on essential oils by Kayo Malik at Village Acupuncture here in Sedona.  She literally opened my eyes to the health benefits of aromatherapy and the medicinal ingredients of these amazing natural elements found in plants and flowers.

Here are my surprising discoveries:

Essential oils have the potential for treating virtually every ailment.

They are antiviral, antiseptic, anti fungal, anti inflammatory, aid in digestion, circulation and respiration. They can prevent hair loss, varicose veins, balance menstruation/menopause and reduce the effects of aging, cancer, and many other diseases. The list goes on and on…

The oils can penetrate the skin and actually enter into the body at a cellular level.

The chemical components of essential oils are taken from deep inside the stems, leaves/bark, buds, and even the roots of plants, trees and flowers.  They mimic some of the components within our own bodies and can therefore cross barriers to enter our cells.

Essential oils are oxygen carriers.

Oils are valued based on the percentage of O2 they can transport.  Increasing oxygen levels is key to fighting disease and generating overall good health.

Combining oils can enhance the individual benefits.

There is a synergistic connection between some oils that when combined make them even more effective than when they are utilized individually.

Internal organs have smell receptors.

Recent studies show that many internal organs like the heart, lungs & kidneys have their own smell receptors. Individually, therefore, they are capable of being influenced by specific oils.

The power of essential oils has been a wonderful discovery for me. Like the system of yoga, aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. And, like the individual yoga postures, each oil has a myriad of benefits. ancient-essential-oils-information-1-1-800x800

As I begin to incorporate these precious gems into my lifestyle, I will be sure to share my experiences with you.

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