What is Yoga Sangha?

Yoga and aromatherapy students and teachers have been asking us…what exactly is Essential Yoga Sangha? We thought the blog would be a perfect forum to give you a much more in-depth view of exactly what it is and why it’s such an amazing course!

Description: Essential Yoga Sangha is an interactive 2-week online course that allows participants direct access to Mona Flynn and Asti Atkinson (creators of Essential Yoga Practice)…and also to each other. It’s a prerequisite for those who want to join our affiliate organization, an organization created for yoga teachers and aromatherapy educators who like collaborating with other professionals on the best ways to teach their students to combine yoga and essential oils. It’s also ideal for beginning yoga and essential oil students, since they’ll get great step-by-step instruction on how to personalize Essential Yoga for their own practice. And there is a supportive forum so participants can ask questions and celebrate successes along the way. The class is set up so participants have complete flexibility on timing … so it will work for everyone.

Since we are in a supporting role for those directly teaching yoga and essential oils, we work with studios and teachers to promote and edify you to your own students. The benefits of both yoga and pure essential oils are so thoroughly documented, that we foresee mainstreaming the combination of these two ancient practices as one of the best services we can provide in helping people to take charge of their own healthy lifestyle and personal wellness. Therefore, yoga teachers participating in the Sangha will receive extra instruction each day specific to teaching their students, including how to start incorporating essential oils in your offering and classes if you haven’t started yet, or how to deepen your use of essential oils if you’ve already started using them in your classes. Best of all, we are approved with Yoga Alliance to provide continuing education credits for yoga teachers!

Participants can plan on approximately 1 hour of instruction per day; the instruction comes in the form of multiple videos and text, so you can work the education into your schedule a few minutes at a time. Participants have up to a month to complete the course, making it incredibly easy to fit into any schedule.

Benefits for students:

·       Learn about the characteristics that comprise a pure and effective essential oil – something that has a direct effect on the quality and results of your experience

·       Learn how to choose particular essential oils (ie peppermint or lavender?) to achieve a targeted result

·       Experience different methods for essential oil application

·       Learn how to incorporate essential oils with various parts of your yoga experience

·       Experience several ways to expand your yoga experience and understanding of yourself (including doshas, chakras and meditation)

·       Learn to reduce toxins in your immediate environment as you care for your space and yoga equipment naturally – natural-care recipes provided

·       Learn why using a diffuser in your practice (and daily life) can bring such powerful benefits

·       Receive many diffuser recipes to benefit your practice

·       Learn to pair essential oils to enhance your restorative yoga practice

·       Learn how to get synergistic benefits for your pranayama practice (breathing exercises)

·       Receive a list of powerful essential oil pairings to use in your practice

·       Receive specific tips regarding internal use of essential oils, and how this can affect your yoga practice and life

·       Learn about mudras (hand & finger gestures) and how you can use them to benefit your dosha-type

·       Get an introduction to Ayurveda and the 5 great elements that are part of everyday life, and how they affect your practice and life

·       Learn ways to incorporate principles of Ayurveda into your yoga practice

 

Benefits for teachers:

·       Receive CE credits through Yoga Alliance

·       Learn practical steps for introducing essential oils to your students

·       Consider pros & cons of carrying essential oils in your studio, as well as some tips if you choose to do so

·       Use diffusers powerfully to expand the yoga experience you offer

·       Targeted instruction for enhancing your 1:1 yoga sessions

·       Learn to avoid over-complicating addition of essential oils to your practice; less is often more

·       Learn special considerations for teachers regarding internal use of essential oils

·       In order to reduce toxic load of your studio (to raise vibration & enhance the experience), receive a shopping list of items to keep on hand. Natural care of your studio is easier than you think!

·       Learn how to teach your students about the important of reducing toxic load & help them feel amazing in your studio

·       Get tips for teaching doshas to your students, and for incorporating them into your seasonal yoga practice in a way that will help your students improve in – and out – of their yoga practice

·       Receive a helpful chakra summary as you incorporate chakra awareness into your yoga practice

·       Learn to do an ayurvedic face massage

·       Learn tips for incorporating meditation (together with aromatherapy) into your yoga practice

·       Join a network of like-minded individuals to share ideas, ask questions, receive clarity, and enhance your offering to your students

 

 You truly do receive an incredible education and experience by joining us in the Sangha … we hope to collaborate with you in the very near future!

Win our 2 week Essential Yoga Sangha course!

The ancient sages taught that plants were gifts from heaven. The evolution of our biosphere is initiated by the evolution of plants to survive disease causing toxic chemicals and situations.  What plants do in the biosphere, they do in our bodies too! We are connected to all living things on both a macro, and a micro level. Aromatherapy uses distilled oils and essences of plants to allow us the most concentrated forms of protection and prevention in how plants can contribute to our wellness practices.  Essential oils allow us to breathe in health and bask in the aromas that represent vitality.   

Did you know that it takes 50,000 jasmine flowers to create 5 ml of jasmine essential oil?  We should respect the potency of using pure essential oils and practice using them with the ideal that “less is more.” 

In the practice of yoga and Ayurveda, the quality of prana, or life force, is linked to the quality of living in a pure way: eating clean, living clean, seeking truth, being honest and respectful, having good intentions,  serving others, and growing spiritually. 

Want to learn more?  Join us in the upcoming Essential Yoga Sangha, based on the book, Essential Yoga Practice: Your Guide to the New Yoga Experience With Essential Oils. We will deepen our understanding of what essential oils are and how Ayurveda is a plant based wellness practice that gives us direction in how to use essential oils and  aromatherapy in yoga. We will learn how prana links the inward conscious to the outer world, and how this helps us to understand ourselves better, the cornerstone of the journey of yoga.  Come join us!  Get your copy of Essential Yoga Practice.  The next 2-week study of Essential Yoga Sangha begins August 14!  Sign up here.  “Like, comment, and share” this blog post on Face Book, Instagram, and Twitter to be entered to participate for free!  Yoga teachers will receive 10 CECs with Yoga Alliance.

Yoga Sangha- Live Clean and Practice Clean

1. Live clean, and practice clean, join us on that journey in enhancing yoga with aromatherapy:

We all know that Yamas (restraints) and Niyamas (observances) are foundational in the lives of yogis.  We can apply them both on and off the mat. But when our practice falls into the repetitiveness of our habits, our samskaras,, how can we find new ways to live our own practice with personal growth so that we can lead as yoga teachers?  The answer lies in another word that is synonymous with the word yoga, and that is “awareness.”  How do we cultivate the practice of awareness so that we can learn from being present, for ourselves and our students?  How can we practice being present more effectively? The answer:  By using our senses! If we live clean, and use the ideals of the niyama called saucha, cleanliness, then it is a clean environment that helps us to stay physically healthy as well as to clear our mind and focus on what is really in front of us.  Being present allows us the opportunity to learn and thus to evolve. 

Join us in a two- week online learning experience, Essential Yoga Sangha,, that is fun, and interactive!

First: get your copy of Essential Yoga Practice:  Your Guide to the New Yoga Experience With Essential Oils.  Second: sign up for Essential Yoga Sangha at   Together we will dive a little deeper to understand some of the benefits of pairing these two ancient practices, aromatherapy and yoga:

·      Learn what essential oils are, and how they work to improve the function ofbody systems

·      Become a smart essential oil consumer

·      Learn how to use your favorite essential oils

·      Experience for yourself the benefits of incorporating aromatherapy into your yoga practice

·      Understand how to safely clean your mat, yoga class and practice space in a way that removes toxic load, is inexpensive, and effective

·      Align with Ayurvedic principles on aromatherapy

·      Experience asana, pranayama and meditation on a whole new level by adding aromatherapy.

·      Receive 10 CEC hours with Yoga Alliance upon completion (half of the bi-annual requirement)

2.  Live your practice:  Yoga, Aromatherapy and Ayurveda

3.  Calling all yogis, take your practice to a new level (yoga teachers get 10 hours Yoga Alliance CECs).

Sign Up Here

6 Tips to Build Your Meditation Practice

Meditation is a buzz-word these days, and there is so much direction on how to meditate.  Don’t get confused, know that the simple ideal of a “one-pointed” focus is the cornerstone of building a meditation practice. If we do just that,  we give the mind a break from the racing or jumping around that happens all the time in our over-stimulated technology driven world.  Just as the constant flow of information from technology trains our minds to race with thoughts, we can also train the mind to “quiet.” Here are a few ideas to rein in your mind’s energy, andtherefore gain the advantage of allowing that focused energy to give you a more relaxed nervous system that leads to clarity and better understanding your true calling. 

1.  Decide if your meditation practice will be sitting , standing, or reclined.  People who find it hard to be still can do a walking meditation so that the body’s nervous energy can be worked off as the mind learns to quiet. 

2.  Turn your reflection inward to and give your practice an intention.  This is unique to you, every time.

3.  Decide what the one-pointed practice will be:  your breath (the most traditional way of yogis in meditation,” a mantra, a sound, a picture, ….

4.  Every time your mind wanders, don’t get frustrated.  Simply bring your focus back to the one point.  With practice, you will find progress. 

5.  Use a mudra, a hand gesture especially, to tap into the meridian energy systems of the body:  this will affect mood as well as energy.

5.  Use aromatherapy:  try a drop of an essential oil in your hands for your mudra practice, behind the ears, at the nape of the neck,  on the soles of your feet, or in a diffuser.  Experiment with aromas to recognize that your life experiences will drive the effectiveness of certain aromas but be open to the science behind using pure essential oils. Peppermint and/or citrus oils will energize,  resins such as frankincense and myrrh, and other tree oils will help quiet the nervous system, rosemary and peppermint will help with focus, and eucalyptus and peppermint will deepen breathing, thus quieting the body even more.

6.  Set a time to meditate and try to build us to a daily practice. 

Want to learn more?  Get your copy of Essential Yoga Practice book and DVD on Amazon!  Opt in to our website to receive our weekly blog and hear about upcoming events at www.essentialyogapractice.com.  And, join us for the next 2 week on-line training which starts on August 14, Essential Yoga Sangha, a fun, interactive way to learn how these two ancient practices, yoga and aromatherapy, enhance each other. 

Sign up here

Practicing Presence

Despite the exploding interest with using aromatherapy/essential oils, most people don’t think to combine aromatherapy with movement, but it is a great enhancing tool for any mind-body practices, as well as any kind of exercise.  Once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever practiced without it!  

There are many ways to approach using essential oils with any mind-body practice or exercise, but the foundation is “practicing presence.”  Anything you want to improve requires dedicated practice. Your ability to be focused on what you are learning and experiencing needs you to be present. You will maximize on your intention to spend time on the activity of your choosing if you are truly focused and present rather than being distracted with the habits of over-stimulation due to our technology driven society.  

Whether a walking meditation, practicing yoga asana, learning to use pranayama, applying Ayurvedic self massage, hiking a trail, focusing on Tai Chi, etc., mind-body practices become refined when we get “into the Zone,” when we come to the intended time of practice with awareness, fully open to what we can learn and experience. Aromatherapy can wake up our capacity to focus, help us to feel grounded, open our airways, boost our circulation, and get us over the hurdle of motivation so that we leap forward to deepen our practice. 

Need a boost of readiness?  Try a pick me up by breathing in any pure citrus oil, and consider combining your choice of these “happiness oils” with Peppermint, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus or Vetiver. In addition you will be surprise that essential oils can help with muscle ache prevention and exercise recovery. Need direction on more suggestions or where to find pure oils? We are here to help, message us!  

Want direction on deepening your yoga practice?  Sign up for our two-week online class called “Essential Yoga Sangha,” a fun, interactive class taken at your convenience daily, starting August 14, 2017.  Pre-requisite is to purchase your copy of Essential Yoga Practice:  Your Guide to the New Yoga Experience With Essential Oils – find it on Amazon, and find out more by opting in to our site, www.essentialyogapractice.com.

Then sign up here:  https://essentialyogasanghajuly17.eventbrite.com/

Oils for Pitta Dosha

Summer is Pitta Season – if you haven’t had a chance to read our blogpost from June 28th, we invite you to review it.

Since pitta energy is hot, fiery, intense, sharp, penetrating …. It makes sense that balancers to pitta energy include calming, soothing, pacifying actions and energy. Let’s take a look at some particular essential oils that are known for their ability to calm and soothe certain emotions that tend to be related to pitta dosha. Remember that when you use essential oils for mood support, inhaling the oils (breathe in from the bottle, rub into hands – cup nose and inhale, and/or use in a diffuser) is a fast and easy way to positively affect the limbic system of the brain. You can also apply the oils topically on the body part that seems related to the emotion…for example, if you are feeling angry you might rub an essential oil topically over the liver. (You can do a google search to get more information about this).

  • When you are feeling angry, try the following oils: cardamom, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, roman chamomile, spearmint, thyme, wild orange, ylang ylang.
  • If you are feeling bitter or offended, try these oils: cardamom, geranium, lemon, rosemary, thyme, wintergreen.
  • If you feel irritated or agitated, try arborvitae, bergamot, lavender, lemon, roman chamomile, wild orange.
  • When you feel reactive or defensive, try clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, roman chamomile, rosemary, vetiver, white fir, wintergreen.
  • If you are feeling tense or uptight, try basil, juniper berry, lavender, Melissa, patchouli, vetiver.

If you would like to create your own pitta blend this summer, get yourself a 10oz roller bottle and blend the following (in this order):

  • 12 d Lavender
  • 6 d Peppermint
  • 8 d Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 6 d Spikenard
  • 2 d Indian Sandalwood

    Fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil and blend.

Summertime Yoga Practice

Getting out in nature is more easily done in the warmer seasons and finding opportunities to take any practices to the outdoors has both advantages and hurdles.  Here at Essential Yoga Practice, we want to offer you a great summertime asana practice that you can enjoy outside – take care to prep skin for sun, to hydrate well and to keep pesky bugs at bay (see all our past two weeks of blogs for review of these tips).  Enjoy this short practice in your outdoor environment!

Tadasana – Mountain Pose

Tadasana – Mountain Pose

Urdhva Hastasana – Volcano Pose

Urdhva Hastasana – Volcano Pose

Vrksasana – Tree Pose

Vrksasana – Tree Pose

Virabhadrasana I - Warrior I

Virabhadrasana I - Warrior I

Nataranjasana - Dancer’s Pose Preparation

Nataranjasana - Dancer’s Pose Preparation

Trikonasana - Triangle Pose

Trikonasana - Triangle Pose

Parivrtti Parsvakoasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose

Parivrtti Parsvakoasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose

Navasana – Boat Pose

Navasana – Boat Pose

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog

Sukhasana with a Twist – Happy Pose

Sukhasana with a Twist – Happy Pose

As you are practicing outdoors, remember that lavender, cedarwood, arborvitae and lemongrass all have bug-repellent properties... just to
name a few. In this case the oils work aromatically, so dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil, and rubthem over exposed skin, and then rub the residue left on your hands over other areas, such as hair and clothing.

Essentials of Practicing Outside in Pitta Season – Summertime Skin Care

As we get into the stride of summer, the weather is beautiful and entices us outside to breathe fresh air and enjoy nature firsthand -- trees, beaches, ocean, rivers, lakes, hills, mountains... There is something inspirational about becoming one with nature as we take our yoga practice outdoors. We also want to be mindful of our skin during the sunny summertime season; use the recipes below for natural skin-care ideas to enhance your enjoyment of this pitta season. As you play with summertime essential oil recipes, remember to avoid using citrus oils topically on the skin as they can increase skin photosensitivity for about 12 hours after use. Join us in July for Essential Yoga Sangha to learn more about incorporating essential oils into your yoga practice: https://essentialyogasanghajuly17.eventbrite.com

 

All-Natural Skin Refresher and Makeup Remover Wipes:

2 ½ T witch hazel

5 drops Lavender essential oil

2-3 drops your choice of Melaleuca, Cardamom or Geranium essential oil

Quartered paper towel or fabric pieces

Combine witch hazel and essential oil in a bowl. Soak mixture into fabric or paper towel pieces. Store in an airtight ziplock baggie or plastic container.

 

Soothing After Sun Spray:

1 c Aloe Vera Gel

¼ c Fractionated Coconut Oil

15 drops Frankincense essential oil

10 drops Sandalwood essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

Combine ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake well before use.

 

Refreshing Lip Balm with SPF

2 T olive oil

½ t honey

¾ t beeswax, grated

½ t cocoa butter

4 drops vitamin E oil

½ t zinc oxide powder

peppermint essential oil

lemongrass essential oil

(optional, ultramarine or oxide pigment powders for color tint)

Yields approx. ½ oz.

Combine olive oil, honey, wax and cocoa butter in a double boiler. Heat over low heat until just melted, remove and let cool. Add zinc, vitamin E and essential oils, pour into container. Store in a cool place.

 

Decadent Body Butter:

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup raw shea butter

2 oz. sweet almond oil or jojoba oil

Essential oils of choice (see below for suggestions)

Using a saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil, shea butter and almond oils until liquified. Pour into a stainless steel bowl and put in fridge. When oils are lukewarm (and still liquified), add essential oils and stir. Put back in fridge. When mixture has hardened enough that you can see your fingerprint in it (this could take a few hours or several hours), whip it up for a few minutes with an electric mixer until it looks light and fluffy like frosting. Yields 1-2 cups.

 

Fun essential oil combos for Body Butter:

Invigorating foot cream: 8 drops peppermint, 8 drops spearmint

Moisturizing cream: 10 drops lavender, 4 drops geranium

Soothing cream: 5 drops lemongrass, 8 drops frankincense, 4 drops marjoram

The Essentials of Summertime Practices – Week I: 8 Tips for Hydration!

In the month of July, we will write weekly about a different aspect of yogic practices during the Pitta season, the summertime, for optimal wellbeing of  body, mind and spirit. . The fun-filled days of summer are fueled by the summer heat and strategy to manage overall health needs specific seasonal attention.  This first week we will focus on hydration!

Our bodies are compromised of almost 80% water so when the temperature gets hot and we tend to perspire more, it is imperative to drink enough liquids! Our skin is our largest organ, and an elimination organ at that.  If we are not well hydrated, then there is a buildup of toxins in the body which can increase the pitta dosha to excess, causing both acute and chronic symptoms of dehydration:  diminished drainage of the lymph, decreased appetite, increased chance of cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular events, buildup of toxins on the surface of the skin, like acne and rash, nausea, and increased susceptibility to headaches.  The number one choice for hydration is water, though other things with high saturation of electrolytes, like coconut water and melons are very hydrating.  As the majority of our body is water, it is stored both inside and outside cells to dissolve nutrients, carry waste, regulate body temperature, send brain messages, and lubricate all our moving parts. Thus, proper body functioning requires sufficient water intake.  Proper body function lends itself to emotional stability, an overall “feeling good,” and emotional stability has many mind-body effects, to include an enhancement of immunity.  On a daily basis, hydration is lostthrough breathing, perspiration (even if you don’t work out), urine, and bowel movements. Exposure to heat only enhances that.  Thus, striving for perfect healthmust include replenishing the body not only with ample water, but with specific strategy to maximize on hydration, especially in the summertime.

Here are 8 tips to practice preventative Ayurvedic Pitta strategy that you might enjoy practicing yoga and meditation outside in nature:

1.    Drink half the weight of your body in ounces, every day.  To increase the absorbtion of water, put something in the water, fresh fruit of veggies to infuse the water, or even a drop of essential oil (in a gallon of water and keep refilling a reusable glass water bottle this all day). Our favorite choices are:  lemon, lime, orange, peppermint, and ginger.

2.    Also to increase absorbtion, make it a point to sip water throughout the day rather than to gulp down a large amount.  Gulping down a large amount only goes right through you, making you have to go to the bathroom within 20 minutes or so, and has no hydrating or detoxyifing effect. On the other hand, sipping small amounts throughtout the day enhances hydration.

3.    In your daily routine, your Dinacharya, drink room temperature or luke-warmwater immediately upon waking (8 to 16 oz to flush the body, drink a glass between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner, a glass of water just before a meal while sipping a little during the mealtimes,   and anther glass before bedtime Ideally to counter constipation. 

4.    Drink a glass of water before exercise, sip water during exercise, and another glass after exercise, especially if exercising, and practicing yoga outside. 

5.     During a meal only consume 25% of the volume that the stomach takes in with a liquid, and 50% of the intake is food, while the remaining 25% allows for the digestive juices and the digestive process.   Push away from the meal when the body is not completely full, to allow for ideal digestion and to keep from overeating.

6.    Drink lukewarm or room temperature water with meals instead of ice water. Cold water will keep digestive juices from doing their job and constrict blood vessels so that the toxic buildup does not drain through the lymph, another cleansing system of the body.                                        

7.    Drink while sitting down, to allow the body and mind to focus on the digestive process.    

8.    Keep in mind that chapped lips, dry skin, eyes and hair, inflammation, acne, dark urine color, constipation, lack of perspiration, and your body’s thirst mechanism are all messages from your body that you need to drink more. Yogis are always learning to listen to the body. 

Keeping all of these ideas in mind will help steer you to listening to your body as you develop your routine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Stay tuned as we continue in July with more Pitta Summertime Ayurvedic tips. And, to learn more of how aromatherapy and yoga enhance each other, join our two-week online course, Essential Yoga Sangha, a fun, interactive learning experience. This is a course for new and seasoned students alike, and Yoga Alliance registered teachers receive 10 hours of CEC. Sign up at https://essentialyogasanghajuly17.eventbrite.com

Summer is Pitta Season

Of the three doshas, Pitta is the subtle energy that controls metabolism and can cause overheating in the summertime and in hot climates. If you are experiencing excess pitta, the following are possible:  Easily dehydrated, excess perspiration, irritability, red, hot , itchy and/or inflamed skin, stomach upset, red eyes, and hot temper.  If we keep in mind pitta pacifying strategies, then keeping our pitta constitution is proactively balanced and pitta dominant individuals exhibit great energy, motivation, mental clarity and lead with happy hearts and strong body, mind and spirit.

If you’re feeling dehydrated, sweaty, or irritable, you probably have excess pitta. Other telltale signs include skin inflammation, acidic stomach, burning sensations in the body, red eyes, and a flaring temper.

As we all have a little of all three doshas in our unique constitution, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, we can all benefit from the many ways that we can create daily practices for self care and that changes seasonally!  Keep in mind that “like increases like,” so that will help you make sense of Ayurvedic strategy. Finding what creates the opposite to the quality that is in excess, therefore creates balance in body, mind and spirit.  Here are some tips to create balance in the midst of this great summer season:  

 

1.  Stick to activity in the cooler parts of the day, including eating breakfast and even lunch before the hottest part of the day, hence, early to rise will help.  That is because our digestive capacity is the greatest in the cooler months and in the cooler parts of the day. With that in mind, it is permissible to eat a later dinner in the summertime.

 

2. Eat cooling foods, to include sweet, bitter and astringent foods. To keep from having an excess of sweets, use spices that have a sweetness like cardamom and fennel. According to Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the leading Ayurvedic doctor worldwide, the best summer foods are made with milk, yogurt, ghee, cucumber, apples, pears, melon, watermelon, fresh cilantro, asparagus, artichoke, broccoli, and basmati rice, to include getting a great dose of fresh leafy greens. 

 

 3.  Avoid hot, spicy and salty foods in the summertime, as they will lead to an increase of pitta dosha.  This includes red meats and red wine. 

 

4.  Stay hydrated, drinking plenty of liquids and eating foods high in electrolyte content like melons and cucumbers.  Here is a great recipe for a cool drink: a cup of coconut water with a squeeze of fresh lime and a drop of wild orange essential oil, to cool the body and quiet the mind. A great yogurt salad: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, I medium cucumber, peeled and diced, ¼ cup water, 2 tsp minced fresh mint, a pinch of salt and one drop lime essential oil. 

 

 5.  Avoid being in the direct sun from 10:00 am – 3:00 pmevery day.  Wear a hat, protect your skin before, during and after sun exposure. Using a 16 oz. glass spray bottle, make a great mist with water, a pinch of Epsom salt and 1 drop each of lavender, peppermint and geranium essential oil, as an after sun recovery spray.  Wear light colors that reflect the sun, breathable clothing and a hat!

 

6. Yoga practices for summer include sitali pranayama, a cooling breath practiced by inhaling through a rolled up tongue (like a straw) and exhaling through the nose, moon salutes and calming asana practices(get a practice of Essential Yoga Practice book on Amazon or DVD from www.essentialyogapractice.com to learn how. And, of course, to calm the fiery Pitta constitution, be sure to practice daily meditation, enjoying aromatherapy that will cool body and mind, like sandalwood, chamomile and lavender. 

Stay tuned as we continue in July with more Pitta Summertime Ayurvedic tips. And, to learn more of how aromatherapy and yoga enhance each other, join our two-week online course, Essential Yoga Sangha, a fun, interactive learning experience. This is a course for new and seasoned students alike, and Yoga Alliance registered teachers receive 10 hours of CEC. Sign up at https://essentialyogasanghajuly17.eventbrite.com

Enjoy your practice! Namaste