aromatherapy

Is Yoga Right for You?

Yoga is often associated with health-conscious people who want to lose weight to get a fit body. But, yoga can be beneficial to nearly everyone in one form or another. When yoga was invented thousands of year ago, it was not about losing weight or getting a fit body. Yoga’s main aim then was to treat different types of muscle and joint pain. Yoga was later used as a meditation technique to help the brain and body relax to improve concentration.

Yoga can benefit people of any age. In fact, yoga can be used with children to help make their bodies more flexible when carefully supervised. Yoga, particularly stretching exercises, can be a great way to get relief from different muscle and joint pain for seniors. The use of yoga among seniors is growing faster than other age groups. So, yes! Yoga is right for you. Whether you are male or female, child, adult or senior, want to improve fitness level or treat joint pain, yoga can be a solution for you. Here are several reasons to help you decide for yourself.

1) Yoga Has Hundreds of Different Poses
You don’t need to be expert in yoga to get started because there many different poses to begin your journey. Starting with easy yoga poses will build your confidence and you will start seeing benefits from the practice. Most yoga poses do not just provide you with health benefits, they also enjoyable and convenient. You can do them anywhere at anytime. Yoga can be addicting!

2) Health Benefits
The second reason that why yoga may be right for you is the number of health benefits associated with yoga. People practice yoga to burn calories so they can lose weight. Some people do yoga after cardio-exercise to relax and stretch their muscles. Others find that yoga is just a great way to treat their muscle pain. Yoga can be a huge benefit in getting your body to recover after strenuous exercise, like weight lifting or yard-work. Making yoga a habit often leads to better health and an improved lifestyle.

3) Relieve Stress
Yoga can also help you to relieve stress after a long working day at office or home. Just few poses of yoga on an office chair can help you to get refreshed and release stress. Yoga does not require much time or special equipment to practice and its benefits multiply when combined with a healthy diet and aromatherapy.

Most communities have certified yoga instructors to get you started right. Yoga Alliance provides a terrific directory at https://www.yogaalliance.org/directory.

Natural vs Synthetic Scents

According to Pour le Monde Natural Perfumes, 60% of what we put on our skin gets directly absorbed into our blood stream. The skin does not have a filter unlike other organs, like our kidneys. This is the basis for Aromatherapy. So, it’s obvious that knowing the origins of the scents and lotions you use is important to your health.

WebMD reports that the use of fragrances in all types of products is skyrocketing and so is the number of consumers are are reporting allergies to these scents. Sensitivity or alergic reactions appear more with synthetic fragrances where “as many as 200 or more chemicals are being mixed to create the fragrances we smell and masking agents in unscented products.” Think about that one for a minute. Making an unscented product requires dozens if not hundreds of chemicals to cover up the real scent.

80% or more of the chemicals used in commercial fragrances are synthetic and 95% of these synthetic compounds are derived from petroleum and natural gas according to Pour le Monde’s research. Why? Cost. Natural scents are more costly to produce than synthetics. The distillation process to get fragrances from botanicals uses steam or water, which is the same process that has been used for thousands of years. Natural scents are often sourced from around the globe. This takes time, effort and money. To be fair, there are some scents, like cucumber-mellon, that are obviously not found in nature. In these cases, synthetics are the only option.

Another side of the debate regarding natural vs synthetic scents is an environmental one. Natural scents are healthier to use and better for the environment that perpetuating a reliance on petroleum. The big caveat here is that botanicals must be grown, harvested and distilled in a environmentally-responsible manner. The great news is that are choices in the marketplace for those who want a healthier and green option in scents. It’s up to you to evaluate the tradeoffs.