We get it — life gets busy. Between running errands, spending quality time with family and, oh yeah, showing up on time for work, there doesn’t leave much time to be kind to your body. If it’s not in your DNA to get up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym, or shelling out the cash for a spin class you’re barely awake for isn’t your jam, don’t sweat it. Instead, enjoy some yoga from the comfort of your living room.
Contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to be a certified instructor to enjoy the benefits of yoga. In fact, all you need is some time, a little know-how and the perfect aroma to complement your in-home class. After giving it some serious thought, we have paired some of our single oils and synergy blends withspecific styles of yoga you can pull off in your own home. These yoga-aroma pairings help you get the most out of what little time you have to stretch out and be present with yourself.
Hatha Yoga (Mandarin, Meditation, Peppermint): Hatha is a gentler, simpler style of yoga that is fantastic for both beginners and those highly skilled that want to take it back to the basics now and then. With an emphasis on held poses and measured breaths, the pleasure of hatha yoga can be elevated with oils that calm and revitalize. We recommendMandarin for its sweet citrus aroma and its ability to calm the mind. On the other hand, ourMeditation blend can help to keep you relaxed and focused by offering a pleasingly warm, floral aroma. For those looking for a more penetrating aroma that still sharpens focus,Peppermint is a fantastically refreshing essential oil.
Vinyasa Yoga (Patchouli, Fennel, Awake & Aware): If you’re the type that craves motion, vinyasa yoga is for you. Movement and breathing come together in the dance-like flow of vinyasa, meaning your heart rate and mood are likely to jump. Pair your uplifted spirit with somePatchouli, a sweet and earthy aroma that pleases the senses. For something a bit more aromatically stimulating, tryFennel’s sweet and herbaceous aroma to push you forward. Or, go withAwake & Aware for a boost of energy and grounding.
Iyengar Yoga (Blue Tansy, Amyris, Relaxation): For the type-A perfectionists, Iyengar yoga focuses on precision and body alignment. This form of yoga often relies on yoga blocks, straps and ropes for maximum effectiveness. Speaking of maximum effectiveness, we recommend diffusing a relaxing oil while practicing your Iyengar poses.Blue Tansy can fill your space with a sweet aroma that encourages tranquility and eases nervous tension, making it a great pairing with the relaxed pace of Iyengar. Likewise,Amyris serves to alleviate stress and soothe the spirit, though with a more refreshing aroma. Yet another great option to ease anxiety is the aptly namedRelaxation.
Ashtanga Yoga (Palmarosa, Blue Tansy, Good Morning): Those looking for a challenge may enjoy Ashtanga yoga. Consisting of six series of specific poses (no more, no less), this routine-oriented style of yoga is perfect for those who only have a finite window of time to get their workout in before the next task of the day. Pair your session withPalmarosa for its floral and citrus aroma that can uplift your mood, or go withBlue Tansy to find a reprieve from nervous tension as you work through the therapeutic cycles of your flow. If you’re an early riser that would prefer to save your coffee for after your yoga, ourGood Morning blend offers a sprite aroma that can galvanize your body and wake your mind.
Restorative Yoga (Pink Pepper, Worry Less, Mountain Savory): Perhaps the pinnacle of living room yoga, restorative yoga is mellow, relaxing and doesn’t require much space. Defined by long-held poses that give your body a chance to stretch and rest, restorative yoga needs only a wall and your attention. While this form of yoga is relaxing on its own, you can elevate the experience withPink Pepper,Worry Less orMountain Savory, all of which serve to sanction a peaceful mindset and a relaxed body.
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