3 Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Many people are turning to the ancient practice of yoga to improve their flexibility, lose weight, manage their mental health, and lower stress levels. Yoga can change your life by building a heightened awareness of yourself and the world around you. Going deeper into your yoga practice means finding greater clarity about yourself and creating stillness in your mind. There are a few things you can do to achieve this sense of calm and lucidity. Here are 3 ways to deepen your yoga practice.

Explore Mantras

A mantra is a sacred word or sound that is recited repeatedly to increase focus, dispel negative thoughts, and block out external noise and internal thoughts. Using mantras with yoga can help you connect to your inner power so you can cultivate inspiration and creativity. You can whisper, speak, chant, or repeat your mantra in your head. If you prefer group chanting, head online to find a variety of guided mantras.

Introduce Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can soothe, calm, and elicit specific emotions as you focus on your breath. As you inhale the pleasant scents of essential oils it can trigger the brain to release serotonin and dopamine, which put your body in an intentional state of mind. Burn incense, light an essential oil candle, or use an essential oil spray or diffuser. Choose scents you feel drawn to in the moment and research which aromas will help you achieve your holistic goals.

Incorporate CBD Oil

Since the Farm Bill of 2018 hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states. CBD is derived from a low-THC strain of the cannabis plant, and never contains more than .03% THC. This provides the benefits of marijuana without the high, meaning that it won’t disrupt your yoga practice, but it can enhance it. Apply topical CBD to sore or tense areas or take one serving of CBD oil to soothe your mind and body and improve your yoga practice.

There is much more to yoga than quieting your mind chatter and mastering complex moves on your mat. Yoga is a lifestyle practice of clarity and mindfulness. Carry these intentions off your mat and live your yoga practice every moment of the day. Be mindful about your social interactions and the choices you make with your money and time. With consistency you can transform your life!

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