Yoga and essential oils go hand in hand! As a yoga teacher, I love incorporating essential oils into my community yoga classes as well as my own personal practice of yoga, meditation and relaxation. Essential oils have the powerful potential to elevate our health and well-being. In addition to teaching yoga, I am a wife and mother of two lovely girls. Our family uses essential oils on a daily basis. I am eager to share what I learn along with my favorite recipes with my students and essential oil group.
I've come to appreciate so many oils but my favorite will always be Joy! I ordered a diffuser necklace right after I received my kit. A couple of drops everyday along with using my little finger to wipe around the top of the bottle and that goes over my heart! It helps lift my spirits and I believe anything is possible!— Vicki Stoecker
I love using Stress Away, it helps relax me tremendously and keeps the mental tension away. I also love Digize for healthy digestion.— Mary Runnion
Aroma Restorative Yoga
The aim of Restorative Yoga is to bring the body & mind into a state of balance, cultivating a sense of harmony and inner peace.
“We are human beings, not human doings.” How often do we forget this in the face of technology overload and juggling work commitments, family responsibilities & full social calendars? The antidote to this kind of stress is Restorative Yoga.
Restorative Yoga creates the conditions for true relaxation and rejuvenation to take place. The practice allows us to temporarily step away from the to-do list and allow ourselves to simply be. We enjoy the here and now without expectations.
Everybody can benefit from a weekly restorative practice, although a little practice each day is ideal! The passive nature of restorative yoga allows us to practice without strain. Some of the benefits include:
*Restoration after surgery or illness
*Therapeutic benefits for women’s health
*Support for respiratory system, circulatory system and more
*Decreased feelings of mental tension
*Healthy weight management
*Improved energy levels
Aroma Restorative Yoga is enhanced through the support of yoga props, affirmations and Young Living essential oils!
Aroma Restorative Classes: Mondays at 1:30 pm (https://www.teresabushnell.com/)
My favorite restorative posture: Blanket Roll Heart Opener
My favorite Aroma Restorative Yoga essential oils: Tranquil, Calm CBD roll-on & Forgiveness.
Complimentary Meditation/Affirmation: “I choose to forgive myself (or others) and I allow myself to learn from all life experiences.”
The best of both worlds and my personal favorite style of practice….
Yin/Yang Fusion combines passive, long held, deep Yin stretches with dynamic, strengthening Hatha yoga postures.
Taking time to center sets the tone for a class experience and/or home practice. Start with an intention- choose what you would like to cultivate or perhaps what you want to release. It can be simply choosing how you want to feel or practicing staying present- let this intention guide you as you explore your body and your breath.
Mindful breathing is a part of every yoga practice and can include a variety of practices with the goal of establishing a connection between our minds and bodies while becoming more aware. We can enhance this by adding our favorite essential oils into our practice through diffusing, breathing from the bottle or creating a “scent tent” by covering our hands over our noses with 1-2 drops of essential oil. Choose an essential oils that matches your intention for the practice.
The options for movement are endless! I love including a few rounds of Sun Salutations to move from head to toe. Handstand hops, arm balances and inversions are a fun way to energize the practice and give it an extra boost. On the flip side, choosing to pause in Child’s pose or Uttanasana can be utilized to conserve energy or be more gentle- it all comes back to the intention.
Yin/Yang fusion beautifully blends the benefits of fitness while still enjoying time for relaxation and restoration.
Yin/Yang Fusion Classes: Wednesdays at 8:30 am (https://www.teresabushnell.com/)
My favorite Yin/Yang posture(s): Sun Salutations
My favorite Yin/Yang Fusion essential oils: Breathe Again, Clarity & Valor
Complimentary Affirmation: “I choose to tap into my endless well of strength.”
Yin is in.
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” ~Rumi
A Yin Yoga class consists of long held (3+ minutes) postures, mainly targeting the spine and lower body, accessing deeper connective tissues in the body. The practice nourishes ligaments, tendons, joints, blood and organs. Physically, Yin benefits the body by promoting strength & hydration of tissues, vitality and mobility. It also promotes overall balance by facilitating energy to flow freely through the body.
The quiet nature of Yin calls us to go inside and to pay attention. We become the witness to the stream of thoughts and changing emotions. In the place of stillness, we cultivate clarity and a sense of inner peace.
A weekly Yin practice can benefit all! It is especially balancing for those who over-work their bodies through fitness, athletics and/or manual labor. It is also ideal for those entrenched in a fast-paced work schedule, dealing with high stress levels or those who generally need some relaxation.
Let Yin be your reset button and time for self-care!
Aroma Yin Classes: Fridays at 8:30 am (https://www.teresabushnell.com/)
My favorite Yin posture: Toe Squat
My favorite Aroma Yin Yoga essential oils: Peace & Calming, Joy & Stress Away.
Complimentary Affirmation: “I can always find peace within myself.”
Recommendations For A Great Yoga Class Experience
-Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. This allows time to check in at the front desk, use restroom, ask questions and set up your space/props before class starts. Also, please plan to stay for the duration of class as final relaxation can be the most important part. If you must leave early, please make arrangements with the instructor.
-Arrive with an empty stomach. Allow 2-3 hours digestion after a large meal before practicing. If you need to eat before class, make it a light snack. Bring along water to drink, as needed.
-Notify your instructor regarding health concerns or injuries. Avoid any postures that cause pain or compromise smooth, even breathing.
-Notify your teacher whether or not you wish to use essential oils and be assisted during class.
-Practice in bare feet.
-Please silence your phone before class starts. Also, keep conversations before and after class at a low volume for other students who are practicing relaxation or meditation.
-Mats and props will be available to use at no charge. However, you are encouraged to bring your own mat if possible. If you do borrow a mat, please clean it after class.
-Honor the culture of kindness and respect in this community setting. We want each person to enjoy their practice to the fullest.
THANK YOU FOR COMING TO CLASS!
Savasana, also known as final relaxation, is known to be one of the most important postures of yoga. During Savasana, yoga practitioners lie on the back keeping the body and the mind still while remaining fully conscious. This practice is known to bring about deep relaxation, soothing both the body and the mind.
While it may seem simple to keep the body still, keeping the mind quiet is quite challenging which makes Savasana one of the most difficult postures to master. As a yoga instructor, I use essential oils in my classes to help facilitate the relaxation process.
For those practicing at home without the assistance of an instructor: self-apply Young Living essential oils (diluted as directed) to the neck, shoulders or feet. For extra benefit, then cup the hands over the nose and take a few slow, smooth breaths to enjoy the aroma of the oils before settling into Savasana. Enjoy!