Maybe you’ve been to yoga class and your nose perks up wistfully when your teacher walks by. Or perhaps you’ve gotten a massage, and noticed how certain scents make you feel invigorated, while others calm you down. The age-old practice of aromatherapy that we’re referring to is powerful, and somewhat mystical, even for the non-believer.
Our sense of smell is not only functional, but also intuitive: it’s saturated with wisdom about the world around as well as our internal universe. Yogis are sensual in that they draw upon all of their senses to live and breathe the practice. There’s a method to a yogi’s engagement with each of her senses, some more prescribed than others. Of course there are Ayurvedic and scientific explanations for why we respond to one scent over another, but sometimes, it’s fun to just feel out what works for us and what doesn’t.
Here, we poll our friends and teachers to find out what oils speak to them. To try these oils at home, you can apply a few drops directly to skin. Be sure you like the smell before you apply, as the scent will stay with you for many hours. You can add drops of your favorite oil to a bubble bath, or take a stab at diffusing oils through various methods. You can buy a nebulizer or diffuser, combine your favorite oil with grapeseed oil and rub over the top of a natural candle and then burn, or even rub an oil on a terracotta pendant or other piece of jewelry to carry it with you every day. Continue reading >>