There are times when I’m pretty slack. I don’t always keep up with my yoga practice. I find myself making excuses for why it’s okay that I take a day or two off. Then that day or two becomes a week or two and I begin to fall apart.
I get moody and my muscles ache. I am irritable and short tempered and I literally start to get on my own nerves. I generally feel awful. Then I remember to breathe deeply, I inhale deeply into my abdomen and lumbar region. I drop my shoulders and expand my ribcage with each inhalation. My jaw relaxes and I can feel the stress of the day leave with each exhalation. Breath. It is super simple and yet so profoundly game changing.
When I notice this pent up tension I also turn to herbs and essential oils, my allies that help bring me into a deeper state of relaxation and mindfulness. As I continue to breathe, I make a mild decoction of Ganoderma lucidum (reishi, ling zhi) to bring my intention inward. While drinking the tea I diffuse essential oils of Vetiver, Frankincense, Myrrh and Clary Sage. These oils center me and allow me to go deeper into my practice. After this small ritual, I begin my yoga practice and am more open to receive.
What essential oils or herbs have you found to be beneficial to your practice? I’d love to hear your experiences!