"Many yoga teachers want to make their classes more effective and more memorable," Said Griffiths. "Yoga teachers who use essential oils in their classes say that that there is almost always a transformative experience in that they have a fantastic capacity to shift the space. There is a palpable change in the energy of the room, a softening or sometimes an expansion of everyone's life force—depending on the oil used."
Turner and Griffiths believe that when correctly using the right essential oils in one's yoga practice, there are many valuable benefits, not only for the students, but for the teacher as well. Both yoga and essential oils provide tools to help with the same challenges such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight loss and pain relief. When yoga and essential oils are used in tandem, outcome is very positive.
Yoga teacher Ingrid A. Marcroft said, "I've had the great pleasure of using essential oils in yoga classes, both as teacher and student. They make me feel like I'm receiving a sweet, intriguing gift. The aroma helps to center my mind and transports me into a sacred space, while the specific properties of the oils help to relax, inspire or energize me. I notice how the room becomes more unified, more uplifted, more present, after I share the oils.”
Aroma Yoga® How to Use Essential Oils in Your Yoga Practice is a resource to help balance,soothe, restore and active the body, mind and spirit. The 101 page, spiral bound book includes beginner through advanced yoga sequences, polarity exercises, meditations and essential oils for each of the seven major chakras and the five elements. There is also an essential oils safety and precautions guide and a guide to assessing your chakras, recognizing over-active, under-active and balanced tendencies.
The book also includes three complete Aroma Yoga® classes: Restorative, Activating and a Detox & Cleanse sequences.
Turner says that her students that are using the book and practicing with the essential oils, "are finding that they are able to take command of mood swings and feel better about themselves."
"I come to my yoga mat with a sense of peace and purpose after I use oils like frankincense and peppermint,"
Aroma Yoga® was written so that yoga teachers could confidently lead their own Aroma Yoga® classes and in the book, Tuner and Griffiths expressly only use the Young Living Essential Oils brand.
Griffiths explains that not all essential oils are the same, and Young Living's Essential Oils are the purest and most potent essential oils on the market."
Aroma Yoga cost $29.95 and is available at http://www.aromayogaguide.com/
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Tracy Griffiths RPP, RPE and CMT directs of the Life Energy Institute, which offers continuing education for nurses, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Tracy is also the co-author of Aroma Yoga®: How to Use Essential Oils in Your Yoga Practice and teaches the essential oils component of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program.
Ashley Turner, M.A., MFTI (#62103) brings a fresh approach to yoga as a modern day psychotherapist with a soulful bent on celebrating the body’s wisdom and inner spirit.Also, a frequent body-mind contributor to top tier media publications including Self, Shape, Women’s Health, Yoga Journal and Natural Health, Ashley is the creator of best-selling Element Beginner Yoga DVD’s Yoga for Weightloss, Yoga for Stress Relief + Flexibility and Power Yoga. Her latest DVD Yoga Bootcamp will be released by ExerciseTV in October 2011.