5 Essential Oils That Can Enhance Your Yoga Practice

LIFESTYLE  |  December 28, 2016
  • 1. Grapefruit
    1 / 5 1. Grapefruit

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    Grapefruit oil is a gallbladder and liver stimulant and can even help to boost metabolism. So if your practice for the day includes a lot of twists, inversions and other poses to boost circulatory and digestive systems, this is the perfect oil to diffuse during your yoga session.

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  • 2. Rosemary
    2 / 5 2. Rosemary

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    If your sesh today leans more towards the restorative side, try pairing rosemary with your cat-cow pose and hip-opening poses, like the pigeon pose. If your muscles are feeling especially sore or tense, try mixing two drops of rosemary oil with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut and then apply it topically.

    (Also Read: 4 Essential Oils to Prevent Mosquito Bites & Dengue Fever)

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  • 3. Jasmine
    3 / 5 3. Jasmine

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    If you find yourself having a lot of negative emotions such as anger or jealousy lately, it helps to fill the room with the soothing scent of jasmine before you start your yoga practice. Star the session with several sun salutations to get blood pumping throughout your body and end with savasana (corpse pose) to restore your mind.

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  • 4. Eucalyptus
    4 / 5 4. Eucalyptus

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    Getting back to yoga after a break? Take it easy and don’t kill yourself with super challenging poses. Instead, put some eucalyptus into your diffuser, which will help you breathe better and boost your spirits.

    (Also Read: The Best Yoga Poses For Weight Loss)

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  • 5. Peppermint
    5 / 5 5. Peppermint

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    If your intention for the day is to feel rejuvenated after your practice, try dropping some diluted peppermint essential oil onto your palms after the session. Sit in a cross-legged position, rub your hands together, and cup them over your face, closing your eyes while taking ina few deep breaths. The minty fresh scent should perk you right up.

    A version of this story first appeared on the CLEO Singapore website.

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