Oooooh my goodness, friends. I am just back from an Ayurvedic Aromatherapy training and I’m kind of blown away. I didn’t know what we could possibly talk about for 10 days, yet we barely scratched the surface.
I feel like “aromatherapy” is a bit of a misnomer. This stuff is medicine
. In addition to hitting the limbic system — the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, and said to be the seat of emotion — oils are absorbed right into the bloodstream when used topically and can have incredible
physiological effect. This isn’t some hippy, wishful-thinking gimmick.
Here’s an example. The teacher put a drop of Blue Yarrow on every student’s hand. Blue Yarrow is an azulene used for its qualities as a blood cleanser, anti-inflammatory and cell regenerator — it also lowers the blood pressure and is very cooling and drying. As a cool, dry person with low blood pressure, I probably shouldn’t have tried it, but I did! Within about 5 minutes, I was having cold chills down my neck and back and became nauseated. I was fine — actually it was a great lesson that these are more than smell-good perfumes.
Get this — most pharmaceutical drugs are created by mimicking the chemical compounds of these oils. However, unlike essential oils, drugs can have many side effects as a synthetic product. The good news is western medicine has accepted and uses essential oils for treatment of diabetes, HIV and other conditions.
, often overused and not to be played with carelessly. Utilized wisely, it ishealing medicine.
I’m super excited to keep studying and start experimenting on friends, figuring out which oils in what dosages, considering all the factors of the person.
What’s going on for you this spring? Anything new? Anything you’ve been tending that’s now starting to break ground?
There is so much
at the studio this month — do take a minute to look through the list below. Menopause? Chakras? Clothes Swap? All that and more.
BTW, there will be delicious essential oil self-care prezzies at the Women’s Retreat day this weekend. I’m SO excited to share with you.
Aaaaand, Jeanne will offer ideas on how to use essential oils in meditation, so jump into the full Meditation Challenge.
April Meditation Challenge!
Get video, audio and written instruction and support. This is a great opportunity to try something at your own pace, in the support of a group. Starts April 1st, but you can sign up until April 15th! Get in!
Emotional Restoration: A One-Day Women’s Retreat
April 10, 10-4 pm with Michelle
A day of healthy movement, restorative postures, breath, discussion, meditation, an organic lunch and the support of a circle of women. All in the sanctuary of It’s All Yoga.
$149; Space is limited to 16 women, all levels welcome
Sign up online or at the desk
Grow Loose, Long & Strong–a 3-week Series
Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, 7:30-8:45 pm with Bella
A 3-week embodied experience with self-knowledge coming through guided felt sense.
1) Loosen: expert instruction in rollers & balls for exploration and release
2) Strengthen: applied subtle core power with investigation of asymmetry
3) Lengthen: intuitive stretching, postural stability & alignment
$35/series, drop-ins welcome **This series is included for Members*
Sign up here
Understanding the Chakras in Depth with Carrie
3 week Thursday series: April 14th, 21st, and 28th, 6-8:15pm,
The chakra series will be mostly lecture, discussion, and guided reflection, with meditation, breath work, and possibly a few postures that can be electively practiced for an experiential aspect in understanding the psycho-energetics of each chakra.
$90, no drop-ins, pre-registration
Ladies Clothing SwapAsana
Sunday April 17, 2 – 3:30pm, no pre-registration needed.
Ladies, please bring your high-quality, no-longer-wanted, clothing, shoes, accessories to SWAP!
$5 donation at the door, benefits WEAVE.
*Volunteer to help with setup (sneak peeks!), greeting and clean-up. Contact us
Yoga for Scoliosis Support & Community Practice
April 24, 1-4 pm with Kim Wagaman
For yoga practitioners with scoliosis, designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs. Sign up here
Two Workshops with Leslie Howard
Mindful Menopause: Yoga for Hot Women of a Certain Age
Saturday, April 30, 1 – 4pm
$65 (or combine with Cranky Hips – both for $95)
We will discuss the anatomy and physiology of this transitional time for women. Followed by a few different yoga practices that can be used for the most common symptoms of menopause. This workshop is open to all women in all stages of their life; whether you are in or post menopause, teaching to or in the company of women in menopause or anticipating going through it yourself (peri-menopause)!
Saturday, April 30, 4:30 – 6:30pm
$45 (combine with Mindful Menopause – both for $95)
This alignment-based class is a slow, methodical and safe approach to healthier hips! Use yoga poses and yoga props to create and increase space, flexibility and strength in and around the hip sockets. You will find familiar yoga poses (maybe done in an unfamiliar way) using props and done with a focus on the relationship between the legs and pelvis.
Sign up online or at the desk.