There's nothing quite as relaxing as the scent of essential oils at the end of a yoga class. But have you ever wondered why your yoga teacher uses beautifully aromatic oils at the end—and sometimes in the middle of—your practice? After many years of studying and teaching yoga and using essential oils, I have found that like yoga, aromatherapy strives to support the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit.
Aromatherapy achieves its effects through the direct application or diffusion of the volatile oils extracted from plants (essential oils), which influence a strong sense of wellness, a positive emotional state, and mental clarity among several other things.
Combining aromatherapy with yoga greatly enhances your practice, and this duo puts you on an extremely powerful journey toward positive health and wellness. The following essential oils, which are commonly used by yoga teachers and studios around the world, can help make your yoga practice a much more holistic experience of the mind. These are some oils you should know about: