Unlike gyms, which (to me) smell like a mix of sweat and plastic (ewh), yoga studios have the most amazing, fragrant air that promotes calm and deep breathing before class even starts. It’s called aromatherapy, and it’s the use of scents, mainly through essential oils, to promote health and well-being. Of the hundreds of essential oils available, the ones I’ve seen most often used in yoga are lavender (which promotes relaxation) and tea tree oil (for cleansing), but there are many others.
If you’ve ever been in yoga class, moved into down dog, and wondered what smelled so good, it was probably an aromatherapy wash used to clean your yoga mat. Many yoga studios ask participants to clean mats after class in preparation for the next set of students, and it’s often a homemade wash made from simple ingredients, including water, vinegar, tea tree oil (for its antibacterial properties) and any other essential oils you’d like to add. You can bring that therapeutic scent to your home practice by making and using your own yoga mat wash.
- Time: 2 minutes
- Cost: $3 to $6
- Materials: 5