How to create a yoga a yoga bath at home (*)
The easiest and most accessible type of hydrotherapy is a hot bath. We all know the temperature of the water helps to relax the muscles and blood vessels, improving circulation and releasing natural endorphin’s that make you feel good. But how can you turn a hot bath into a spa like experience that can not only melt away the tension but also clear the mind?
For me, I can’t stand still long enough in the same pose for over 3 minutes without getting twitchy so normal yoga is out of the question (unless it’s Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga). But the one thing I can do for hours is sit in the tub, so imagine combining the meditation practises of yoga with an hours worth soaking?
Bath meditation is easy, it’s as simple as focusing on your breathing, the sensation of the water on your body and keeping your mind quiet, focusing solely on the present.
But there’s a couple of extra things you can do to turn your bathroom into a spa like experience using aromatherapy and bath products. For me I like to use 2 types of bath products, some bath salts that help to draw out impurities and relax the muscles as well as a bath soak that contains essential oils.
One of the greatest editions to my ‘yoga bath’ is the Organic Aromas Radiance Essential Oil Diffuser which I’ve previously mentioned in another blog post >here<. I’m obsessed with using this wherever and whenever I can If I want to induce a deep sleep or relax. I even used it the other day just to fill the room with an ‘awakening’ scent before some friends arrived as it helps to create a relaxing atmosphere. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil, turn the dial to how much you’d like dispersed and watch the mood lightening change colour as the oil pushes the steam into the air without added water or heat. Aromatherapy is incredibly beneficial (for me personally) as it instantly changes my mood. So when I was told that Organic Aromas had created a bespoke collection of 10 scents blended from 60 pure oils, I jumped at the chance to review them! Unlike most diffuser scents that are typically one pure essential oil, these scents are individually blended to create 10 incredibly different and more luxury oils that work together to create results.
Firstly the packing is just stunning with a magnetic closure and velvet lined inside containing 5 scents in each box. One box (Awaken) contains more gentle, intriguing scents that are quite floral, fruity and mild where as the other box (Inspire) has more earthy, woody and crisp scents, which are the ones I prefer to use when I’m having a yoga bath.
To complete your yoga bath experience, once you’ve set the mood and dipped into the tub you’ll want to pop on some spa like relaxing music. Depending on how you’re wanting to feel afterwards (awakened, revived, relaxed, calm) would depend on the music you choose but there are trillions of different types out there, just opt for the one you’re most attracted to. When you’ve chosen your type of music, it’s good to perform a couple of easy yoga stretches such as seat twists, seat forward folds, side lateral stretches and rolling of the shoulders before taking that 15-60 minutes away in the bath to just breath.
(*) As part of this blog post I was gifted the Organic Aromas Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection however all views and opinions are my own