By Tracy Griffiths, BCPP and Julie Sinclair, BCPP
If you attended the last APTA conference, you might have tried an Aroma Yoga® class. Aroma Yoga is based on Dr. Stone’s Polarity Yoga and Young Living Essential Oils—a potent combination that matches movement with the elements, triads, chakras and specific essential oils.
As an example, in working with the 1st/root chakra, earthy oils such as Cedarwood, Vetiver, or Valor™ could be paired with movements that focus on the knees, colon and neck—Dr. Stone’s Pyramid, Tree Pose, and Downward Facing Dog—combined with grounding affirmations.
Examples of other oils used and how they could combine with movement:
- Frankincense has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. It pairs well with the 5th, 6th, and 7th chakras.
- Lemon, which is great for supporting the 3rd/solar plexus chakra, has a strong, purifying scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Consisting of 68 percent d-limonene, it’s a powerful antioxidant. It is also super cleansing and would be paired well with movements that focus on the thighs, solar plexus, and head like Dr. Stone’s Ha! Breath and Wood Chopper, as well as any twisting yoga poses.
- Inner Child™ (a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood™, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Spruce, and Bitter Orange) opens the pathway to connecting with the inner self, creating space for creativity, desire, and fluidity—all through the 2nd/water chakra. The sweet fragrance may also stimulate memory response and help a person reconnect with their authentic self. This oil is paired with movements focusing on the feet, reproductive organs/hips, and chest such as Dr. Stone’s Windshield Wipers, Cat/Cow, and Pigeon Pose.
Interested in becoming a certified Aroma Yoga® teacher—or just learn about essential oils and how to pair them with Dr. Stone’s exercises to use with clients or for yourself? There’s a three-month online Zoom course coming up that begins June 15. All live classes are recorded, so if you can’t make some (or any) of the live classes or start on June 15, you could still take the course. There are three modules:
Module 1 includes how and why essential oils improve health, essential oils safety and precautions, the history and basic chemistry of essential oils, how essential oils work in the body, and proper usage and applications.
In Module 2, the language of the chakras and the elements are covered via six live webinars. You’ll learn how to pair essential oils, movement, and breath; how to incorporate Aroma Yoga into your self-care practice; and more.
Module 3 covers how to teach a class, defining your role as an instructor, preparing and facilitating a class, and business practices.
One of the things we love most about Aroma Yoga is that it allows us to take Polarity Yoga to an even deeper level, helping us—-and the friends, family, and clients we share it with—feel energized, clear, strong and resourced.
In honor of the current global situation, there is a discount on the June 2020 program. While the program is regularly $997, it’s being offered at the special price of $597. (For those who’d want to get certified to teach, there is an additional $200 for a private Practicum Review Session after Module III, as part of the final evaluation.)
If you’d like to register for the class, CLICK HERE. Or, if you’re interested in learning more and have any questions, feel free to reach out!
And, as always, for general information on Young Living Essential Oils or to become a member and get a 24% discount on all essential oils and essential oil-infused products, visit our website. You can also learn more about how to use essential oils in your daily life by signing up for our e-newsletter: FlowIntoWellness@marketingscents.com.