If you ever walk into my house or talk to my husband you will quickly learn that I love essential oils. I diffuse them every night when I sleep and put them on specific parts of my body depending on my issue or need. I absolutely love to diffuse essential oils and use my roll on tubes after a long day while I practice yoga at home–or even just sitting down with a glass of wine and a good book trying to let go of whatever negativity the day brought.
Below are my favorite scents and blends to use for a nice stress free afternoon!
Calming: Diffuse 4 drops lavender [Young Living]
Grounding and Purpose: Diffuse 4 drops Frankincense [Young Living]
Balance and Peace: Diffuse 4 drops Geranium [Young Living]
Deep Breath: Roll on Breathe Easy & Concentrate on neck and chest [Blue Ridge Hemp Co]
Relieve Tension: Roll on Calm & Relax on neck, temples, and feet [Blue Ridge Hemp Co]
Stress: Roll on Headache & Stress on back of neck, temples, and forehead [Blue Ridge Hemp Co]
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I went to a yoga workshop a few weeks ago about managing anxiety, something a lot of us are too familiar with. I have struggled with anxiety for years, which is what originally brought me to practice yoga. I have only been practicing for a little over a year and have learned so much already. It’s not about being in a pretzel shaped pose and being able to balance like a pro, I can barely touch my toes to this day and still see amazing results from this practice.
Being able to calm my anxious mind is something I have always had a hard time with. I have constant worries running through my head all day and sometimes don’t even realize it. Even thinking 5 minutes into the future can cause anxiety, and it’s so important to live in the present moment. When people ask what the hardest practice for me is, I always answer with Restorative Yoga. I get crazy looks because it’s literally an hour long practice where you hold only a handful of resting poses. It’s the hardest practice for me because when I’m laying down comfortably in a quiet environment my mind starts to go a million miles a minute. Relaxing and quieting my mind is not an easy task for me. I always try to focus on my breath during this incredibly beneficial practice–I count to 10 and then start over.
It’s something I’ll always struggle with but will always continue to work on. Restorative is very necessary for our busy lives. I use props for a lot of restorative poses, but you can always do them without props. Below are a few of my favorites:
Legs Up the Wall [Viparita Karani]
-Regulates blood flow
-Calming to nervous system
-Relieves mild backache
-Relief for headaches & migraines
Child’s Pose [Balasana]
-Quiets the mind
-Releases lower back tension
-Gently stretches hips
Reclining Bound Angle Pose [Supta Baddha Konasana]
-Stretches knees and inner thighs
Shavasana [Savasana or Corpse Pose]
Everyone’s favorite, right?!
-Calms the mind
-Good time to connect with your breath