Yoga has many benefits for the body. Health benefits may include increased fitness and normalisation of blood pressure. It is a known antidote of stress. Reported lower levels of stress, increased health and wellbeing from regular practice occurs as the practice of concentrating on poses and breath acts as a form of meditation. This all sounds good to me!
Diffusing essential oils in Yoga can enhance the uplifting experience when practising yoga. Some yoga studios are using essential oil based sprays to wipe down their yoga mats
For me getting to a yoga studio is not always practical as a parent. I have started practicing yoga at home and there have been a numerous benefits. I can practice any time, my children join in and I use my diffuser to enhance the experience. I am able to work on my strength and flexibility at home and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards
There are a few things I have been using to make my home yoga experience work for me.
Yoga Studio App I recently purchased this app my iPhone and I love it. Follow one fo their classes or customise your own. Not particularly tech savvy I have worked out how to mirror the screen to my TV and I have my own private class with the convenience of being at home.
I was not keen on using a Yoga mat that was made of synthetics. Recently I purchased a Cork Leaf yoga mat. The first Australian company making natural yoga mats using recycled cork backed by natural tree rubber. Naturally anti-microbial, smooth and grippy. No need for a cleaning spray, simply let dry and roll away. I love that it feels cool under your feet. They also plant a tree for every yoga mat purchased! More expensive than some others on the market, the fact that it was natural was a big winner for me and as I am not paying for classes I felt that this offset the price. Definitely worth it. However now everyone loves the mat I might have to purchase another.
Essential oils you might like to try to diffuse are Bergamot for its uplifting properties, Frankincense* for its strenghtening and centering, Lavender* for calming and peppermint* for clear breathing. There are so many more options and sometimes it is a personal preference. Blending a couple of drops of different oils works well too. I choose Young Living Essential oils and you can read more why here
In our busy lives, I hope you can take some time out for yourself and benefit your mind and body by practicing yoga.
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