Aroma~Yoga for Healing. ~ Robin Barnette

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on Oct 1, 2010
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Transform Your Yoga Practice

Aroma therapy can restore both physical and emotional well-being. Combining the healing benefits of yoga with the powerful therapeutic properties of essential oils can transform your yoga practice. Using yoga asanas (poses) to heat the body and open up the energetic pathways allows the medicinal qualities of the essential oils to directly enter these pathways, thus increasing your overall sense of well-being.

Aromatherapy acts on the central nervous system relieving stress, anxiety, and depression while relaxing, and uplifting the spirit. I have found that a great way to start any yoga practice is a direct palm inhalation of your favorite essential oil. Just put a few a few drops of an essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub together, and breathe in deep. This is a quick and easy way to reap the many therapeutic values of these aromatic treasures without offending any sensitive yogis on a nearby yoga mat.

Here are my two all-time favorites to get you started. Lavender (which is considered by some to be the panacea of all essential oils), is calming, relaxing, anti-microbial, immune enhancing, hormone-balancing, safe, and it smells wonderful! Another favorite of mine is Floracopeia’s delightfully fragrant blend called “Breathe,” which is an exquisite mix of Eucalyptus, Silver fir and White sage. “Breathe” will help keep the lungs clear of excess mucous, deepen your breath, and boost your overall respiratory immunity.

Before you begin your aromatic journey, here are a few important tips to remember when using essential oils. It is important to only use the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils. Synthetic or adulterated oils may be less expensive, but they will not provide the same desired effect as pure therapeutic grade oils. Citrus oils are phototoxic and should not be applied directly to skin before exposure to sunlight because it can cause severe skin damage. Always avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.

The synergy of yoga and aromatherapy is truly a restorative and healing experience for the mind, body and soul.

Robin A. Barnette, ERYT 500, is a registered yoga teacher and a certified Aroma Therapist. Robin believes that the optimal way to healing begins with opening the body through yoga, laughter, love, and big, deep, aromatic breaths. “Like” her Facebook page to learn about upcoming workshops and classes.


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19 Responses to “Aroma~Yoga for Healing. ~ Robin Barnette”

  1. The Aroma Therapy workshop 101 was very informative, PRACTICAL, and AROMATIC 🙂 . This workshop provided a basic overview of how to vastly improve the everyday life and health of an individual and their loved ones; by exposing you to the Aromas, and everyday practical remedies, and recipes of plant derivatives. Oils should be an "ESSENTIAL" part of everyday living 🙂 Let Robin help guide the way, and "follow your nose!"

  2. Robin says:

    Thanks Boo

  3. Cari says:

    Way to go Robin, you rock. I loved the article, your are the aroma therapy guru. We love all of your potions.

  4. Robin says:

    Thank You Kerry I'am so glad you love your "potions"

  5. Tess says:

    I loved this article! You're amazing Robin!

  6. Robin says:

    Thank you Tess!!!

  7. I now cannot imagine taking a yoga class without the inclusion of scents and oils! It enhanced the class on several levels. 1st & foremost, their therapeutic & restorative properties naturally enhanced my breathing. Additionally, because the oils had such a pleasant calming effect, I transitioned through yoga poses with relative ease & grace.

    Essentially, the world's greatest secret is right under your nose! Pardon pun :)Everyone should come to Robin's class 4 a happier, healthier life.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Great article & very informative. Makes sense to use aromatherapy while doing yoga!!

  9. Robin says:


  10. Lisa BRice says:

    Great article, thanks Robin! I love yoga and I love essential oils, and I am inspired by this to combine the two together. Please come to Austin and give a workshop!! XO

  11. Robin says:

    Hey Lisa,
    I would love to lets plan it !!!!

  12. Robin's Aroma Therapy workshop 101 was very informative. PRACTICAL, and AROMATIC. Her workshop provided a basic overview of how to vastly improve the daily life and health of an individual and their loved ones; by exposing the practical everyday uses, and remedies of plant derivatives. Oils SHOULD be an ESSENTIAL part of everyday living, yet many people are unaware of how much can they could extend their life, and vitality by educating themselves to the world of essential oils. Let Robin help guide the way, and follow your nose. :>

  13. Robin says:

    I' am so glad you liked the 101 workshop.. I really have to agree with you essential oils should be "Essential".
    I have a workshop coming up at Whole Foods market in Tarzana Oct 19th 7-8 pm .My focus will be essential oils for cold and flu season… Hope to see you there

    Peace and Light,

  14. jon epstein says:

    They say that smell is the strongest of our senses when it comes to remembering events that occurred earlier in our life; I'm no expert on healing, spirituality, or enlightenment, but I know when I'm feeling less than fantastic, and enter into a little downward dog with a spritz of lavender or breeze essential oils, the moment becomes a better place! I think what Robin does with her aromatherapy practice and yoga instruction is extraordinary, her dance taps into some of the deepest and oldest wellsprings of my soul. Rock on Robin!!!

  15. Robin says:

    Hey Jon ,
    WoW! Thank you so much!!! I always love your great energy in class!!!
    Peace,Light and Rock On!!!

  16. Robin says:

    Cara thanks for your second set of eyes!!

  17. Robin says:

    Thanks Caren MUAH!

  18. Stacie LaFargue says:

    Great Article. The best of both worlds combined. Can you make an inhaler for flexibility so that I can get the true benefit of your class :). Glad to know you are doing another Essential Oil Workshop, I found that to be of great value… knowledge, how-to lessons, and a take-away product we created, what a very effective class. Keep up the teaching, workshops, articles and peace and healing you bring to the world.

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