Therapeutic Yoga Counsellor
M.S.W., R.S.W., CYA-RYT300,
My learning journey began after doing a workshop on restorative yoga where I began to realize the benefits that this type of yoga practice offers. I always found great emotional release through intense workouts and power yoga classes however, I realized that I gain more benefits (physically and mentally) when doing slow, steady movements with yoga and breath work. Coming into my mind-body network is a lot easier when my yoga practice is slow, calm, and mindful.
In the sweet whisperings of my teacher, restorative yoga, “creates an awareness in life that we need to be soft to be strong; that taking time to instill growth, awareness and silence is a mandatory need in this sometimes weary and anxious world” (Ann Green).
Essential oils are the volatile liquids (liquid that evaporates at room temperature) of the plant. They are obtained from properly distilling any part of the plant including the seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, fruit, flowers or branches!
Therapeutic grade essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects of chemical based products. When using oils neat (straight on skin), diffused, or ingested they are absorbed into the blood and tissues instantly. Oils cross the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain that control our mood, aid in problem solving, reasoning, memories for events and facts, emotional and relational experience, feeling and ‘gut’ memories, and instinctive responses. Simply put, essential oils can help us with our ability to handle stress, anger, sadness or any other emotion that we are working through (Experience-Essential-Oils.com, 2015).
The amygdala is the emotional center where all the emotions are controlled and stored. Therefore, just smelling an essential oil can help us safely release emotional fear, trauma and suppressed memories that are stored anywhere in the body.
A few examples of essential oils I use for people working through their healing journey are as follows: